- Mitchell Piacsek, Class of 2023, is the recipient of the 2021 Ralph Phillips Student Research Award. This competitive student award from the Academy of Operative Dentistry will provide funds for Mr. Piacsek to carry out a research project entitled “Pulpal stem cells differentiation and dentin formation mediated by plant biopolymers” and present the results as a Clinic Table at the 2022 Annual Meetings of the Academy in Chicago in February 2022.
- Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Professor and Chair, General Dental Sciences, received the Way Kingler Fellowship Award at the Distinguished Scholars program on April 13.
- Marquette virtually showcased the 2021 Alumni National Award recipients during Celebration Week (May 24 – 28), including a special virtual ceremony honoring recipients of the All-University Awards. (Read more)
- Amanda Waddle and Aesha Bhatt, from the Class of 2022, along with Dr. Damon Cole, Class of 2021, presented posters at the International Academy of Pediatric Dentistry meeting on June 12, 2021.
- Dr. Emily Hahn (Bugger), Class of 2012, received one of the ADA's 10 under 10 Awards. The ADA 10 Under 10 Award honors dentistry’s rising stars: dentists who are making an impact on the profession less than 10 years after graduating from dental school. The 2021 winners are driving dentistry forward and inspiring their colleagues through their work in science, research & education, practice excellence, philanthropy, leadership and advocacy. (Read more)
Dr. Zazell Staheli Cummings D.D.S. has published an article in the Artic Sounder, a local paper in Alaska. Dr. Cummings graduated from MUSOD in 2016. In the article, she details the challenges faced by the officials in Alaska to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to the remote location of several Alaskan villages the delivery and administration of the vaccine will be a challenge. Dr. Cummings, who is also a pilot, explains how cold weather and other inclement conditions can affect air transportation further complicating vaccination efforts. However, the people of Alaska are no stranger to the delivery and administration of vaccinations under difficult conditions. (Read more)
Dr. Christopher Okunseri was installed as the President of the American Board of Dental Public Health. (Read more)
Dr Brian D. Hodgson, D.D.S. from Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry and a retired Captain in the US Navy administered the Oath of Office to Captains Alex Padalino and Cole Brennan, both graduating students at the School of Dentistry. The ceremony was part of the completion of their Health Professions Scholarship Program through the US Air Force. Click to watch ceremony.
In addition, the Oath of Office was administered to Lieutenant Patrick Campbell. This was the culmination of the Health Professions Scholarship Program through the US Navy which Dr. Campbell completed. Click to watch ceremony. This ceremony is usually accomplished at the MUSoD Graduation, but due to COVID-19, the ceremony was conducted online and the Oath of Office was administered remotely.
- Marquette University School of Dentistry hygienists provide free care to elementary students
Hygienists from the School of Dentistry visited Rocketship Southside Community Prep to provide free dental cleanings and check-ups to hundreds of elementary students. Principal Madeline Hawkins said for many families, access to dental care is not something readily available or affordable even with insurance. “We know that dental hygiene is incredibly important,” Hawkins added. “If a student comes to school with a sore tooth or something, that has a huge impact on their ability to learn.” Stories appeared in WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), Spectrum News, March 9-10, 2020.
- Chante Parker, School of Dentistry student, was featured by WUWM for its “Black Women Firsts” series highlighting black women making history in their roles and industries in Wisconsin. Parker is the first black woman to be class president in the Dental School’s 125-year history. “It just showed the dynamic of how things have changed over time,” Parker said. “It showed me that my classmates, as well as the school saying that it prided itself on diversity and inclusion and integration of students . . . that this is actually happening here at Marquette. These things are actually possible and attainable for every student there.” Story aired on WUWM-FM (89.7), Feb. 18, 2020.
Marquette dental students might get rural scholarships
A proposal going through Wisconsin state legislature would incentivize graduates of Marquette University School of Dentistry — the only dental school in the state — to practice in rural areas immediately after graduation. The scholarships would save students money and combat Wisconsin’s dentist distribution problem. The federal government has designated more than half of Wisconsin’s counties as “Health Professional Shortage Areas.” Story appeared in Milwaukee Magazine, Jan. 27, 2020
- Dr. Joseph Best, adjunct associate professor of dental clinical services at Marquette’s School of Dentistry, described how he has dedicated his expertise to re-educating dentists and oral surgeons on the dangers of opioids and the non-addictive alternatives. He is leading a dentistry rehab program on painkillers and lecturing throughout the country on responsible prescribing techniques and how dentists can be a part of the opioid crisis solution. Story appeared in Milwaukee Business Journal
Students at Marquette University School of Dentistry and Wisconsin Dental Association have given out free check-ups and teeth cleanings to hundreds of children aged 16 and under as part of the annual "Give Kids a Smile Day". Watch FOX6 (WITI-TV) report