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Last fall, 30 enthusiasts of evidence-based dentistry journeyed to ADA Headquarters in late October.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has named Dr. Noor Obaisi as its first John W. Stanford New Investigator Award recipient.

Dr. Raymond S. Damazo, an ADA member from North Bend, Wash., has been named the 2014 ADA Humanitarian Award recipient.

St. Augustine, Fla.—Dr. Roger Hehn, a former ADA vice president (1982-83) and regarded humanitarian, died Nov. 20. He was 91 years old.

New Orleans—The ADA is urging all state dental boards to register U.S. dental laboratories to enhance patient health and safety.

Portland, Maine—To raise money for two charities, Dr. Glen Knock found success when he combined two of his passions: dentistry and dancing.

Members of the dental community, including the ADA and the ADA Foundation, continue to offer resources and other forms of support to people still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan, which lashed the Philippines in early November.

Denver—International Medical Relief, a charitable organization that provides medical care to underserved and vulnerable people around the world, seeks dentists and other health professionals to provide emergency relief services for areas in the Philippines affected by a major earthquake in October and Typhoon Haiyan in November.

Washington—As do fingerprints and DNA, dental data will now have a communication protocol as the basis for interaction and interoperability among the various forensic dental repositories and systems deployed internationally.

Des Moines, Iowa—After soliciting public comments on fluoridation for eight weeks, the Des Moines Water Works Board accepted a recommendation from its technical staff Dec. 17 to continue fluoridating its water supply.

New Orleans—For the first time since 2002, the ADA convened in The Big Easy for Annual Session Oct. 31-Nov.3, drawing nearly 23,500 attendees to the renovated Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, part of the rebirth of New Orleans after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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