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  • School of Dentistry Alumni Awards
    On May 13, 2022 the School of Dentistry honored 3 alumni with the Alumni Awards. The following are the award recipients:

    Distinguished Alumnus in Dentistry Award
    Timothy R. Kinzel, D.D.S., Dent ’84 - Madison, Wisconsin.
    Dr. Timothy Kinzel says that, for a pediatric dentist, success is easy to define: “If we could get to the end of the day and were able to say we did some really good work, that was enough.” By that definition, thanks to his work with children and patients with special needs for more than 35 years, Tim has had more than his share of success.

    Outstanding Dental Service Award
    Gary A. Hendricks, D.D.S., Dent ’85  - Cumberland, Wisconsin.
    What does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8). Dr. Gary Hendricks’ favorite Bible verse tells us a lot about a man who has been involved in mission work in the Dominican Republic for more than 20 years and served as a Marquette preceptor at Chippewa Valley Technical College dental clinic for nearly a decade.

    Young Alumna of the Year Award
    Zazell Staheli Cummings, D.D.S., Dent ’16 - Kiana, Alaska
    After completing her degree, Dr. Zazell Staheli Cummings traveled more than 3,000 miles back to provide public health dental care in her home of Northwest Alaska. As lead dentist at the Maniilaq Health Center Dental Clinic, she serves Kotzebue and the 11 surrounding villages. This remote area is a part of the world where travelling annually is done by airplane and seasonally by boat or snowmobile.
  • Dr. Andrea Tsatalis, graduate student in Endodontics, is the first author of a recently published article in the Journal of Dental Education with the title “Impact of learning-style-based education on student performance and perception in preclinical endodontics”. The senior author of this paper is Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim. The study showed that providing of supplemental material aligned with student’s learning mode significantly improved their learning experience.
  • Dr. Geoff Ganzman, graduate student in Periodontics, was awarded the first honorary mention in the poster competition of the 2022 Midwest Society of Periodontology Graduate Student Research Forum with his presentation 'Influence of free end distal extension on the accuracy of guided implant surgery'.
  • The School of Dentistry was noted by Becker’s Dental + DSO Review on March 8 as being one of the top recipients of NIH funding in 2021.
  • Dr. Vrisiis Kofina, Graduate Program Director for Periodontics in the Dental School, has been awarded the FY22 Faculty Development Award to attend the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research in Atlanta, Georgia on March 22- 26, 2022.
  • Dr. Geoffrey Thompson, Professor and Graduate Program Director for Prosthodontics in the Dental School, spoke with NPR Marketplace about the impact of an American Dental Association seal on dental products.
  • Dr. Christopher Okunseri, Professor and Predoctoral Program Director for Public Health in the Department of Dental Clinical Services, has obtained new research funding from the NIH - National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) for the research project entitled, “No-Show Prevention Practices in Dental Care Settings Serving Underserved Populations.” Prof. Okunseri is the Marquette University Principal Investigator on this Multi-Investigator award. This award is a phased award – we have received notice that a milestone-driven planning phase (UG3) has been funded. The amount funded for the first year of the two-year phase 1 UG3 is $337,401. This phase of the project starts February 1, 2022. Based on successful achievement of the project milestones, transition to a clinical trial implementation phase of up to an additional five years (UH3) would result in a total award of $4.2 M awarded over all seven years. Funding is a vehicle to conduct research. (Read more)
  • Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Chair and Professor of General Dental Sciences at the Marquette University School of Dentistry, was elected Treasurer of the American Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR, formerly AADR). Ana Bedran-Russo, D.D.S., Ph.D. has also served as the past Chair of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs and is a current member. Dr. Bedran-Russo will be installed, and her term will commence at the conclusion of the 51st Annual Meeting of the AADOCR that will take place from March 21-26 in Atlanta (Read more).
  • Dr. William K. Lobb, Dean of the School of Dentistry, is the recipient of the 2021 Wisconsin Dental Association Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his continuous work to make the School of Dentistry one of the leading dental schools in our country. Dr. Lobb was one of seven dentists honored at the WDA’s annual Pyramid of Pride Awards/151st Anniversary celebration held Nov. 12 at the Brookfield Conference Center in Brookfield (Read more).
  • Chicago Midwinter Meeting:  Marquette University School of Dentistry Alumni Reception was held at the Renaissance, Chicago Downtown Hotel on February 25, 2022
  • Drake Lindholm, a third-year student in the School of Dentistry, was elected to the Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) Board of Trustees for a one-year appointment. He was elected by the American Student Dental Association to represent Student Region 6. Lindholm, a Wisconsin native, will represent the interests of Marquette to the WDA Board of Trustees through November 2022. He attended several meetings throughout the year to weigh in on WDA board decisions.
  • Dr. Vrisiis Kofina, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Graduate program in Periodontics, has been awarded the Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. The fellowship is a $30,000 award ($10,000 per year, for up to 3 years) for periodontists who show great potential for research and leadership.
  • Dr. Shivam Mehta, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthodontics, has received first prize at a prestigious international conference, the Association of Orthodontists (Singapore) Congress (AOSC). Featuring the best in the field of orthodontics, the 2021 AOSC Scientific Poster Competition saw 19 presenters.
  • Eleni Langas, Class of 2022, received first place at the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) sponsored by Dentsply Sirona and the American Association of Dental Research (AADR). The research was titled "Influence of Scanning Speed, Tip Size and Pattern On Intraoral Scan Accuracy".
  • 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