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Irene temporarily disrupts dental study but ADA employees, facilities unaffected

Washington—The Association’s East Coast employees reported to work Aug. 29 in sunshine and calm after Hurricane Irene raked the eastern seaboard hard on the heels of a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the mid-Atlantic region. There were no immediate reports of damage to dental facilities from either event, and Association business continued without interruption at the ADA Washington Office and the ADA Foundation Paffenbarger Research Center in Gaithersburg, Md., each with some 20 employees.

One ADAF-PRC experiment, a study of the causes of secondary caries with a pump system that mimics the mouth, was disrupted without negative effect when Irene knocked out power at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where ADA scientists conduct dental materials research. “I’ve heard of no damage. It’s just a different Monday morning,” said Clifton Carey, Ph.D., ADAF-PRC director of independent research and grants administrator. “The message here is that we were prepared.”

As for the experiment, “We lost no data,” and the study resumed with the restoration of power.

ADA members affected by Hurricane Irene can find a list of resources on’s Disaster Recovery page.