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Wordof MOUTH NIH awards $17.7M to UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science UIC’s Center for Clinical and Transprove quality of life.  lational Science (CCTS) will receive The College of Dentistry, as one $17.7 million over four years from of UIC’s seven health science colthe National Institutes of Health in leges, is part of a campus-wide effort a Clinical and Translational Science to increase translational and clinical Award (CTSA) to translate scientific research. Dean Clark Stanford plays discoveries into better health and beta role as the director of the pilot grant ter medicine, and to conduct innovaprogram for the CCTS. He is overseetive clinical and translational research. ing the strategic direction and perforThe new mance of this funding will allow important initiaall UIC researchtive sparking new ers to make collaborations real-world adand research vances in health discoveries for all and health care areas of science by developing across campus. a diverse clini“Our basic cal translational research faculty workforce that will have a clear can address toconduit to the The new NIH funding will allow UIC researchers, day’s complex clinical research including those at the College of Dentistry, to health problems, expertise on make real-world advances in health and health collaborating and campus,” care. Pictured are Associate Dean for Research engaging with Dr. Stanford said. and Oral Biology Head Dr. Lyndon Cooper and a broad range “The use of the researcher students Osama Siddiqui and Elizaof stakeholders pilot grants will beth Guirado. both locally and allow bench disnationally, and coveries in the integrating research discoveries across oral health sciences at the College of the full spectrum of clinical science Dentistry to move both into the clinic from basic biology to population apand, aspirationally, within communiproaches to reduce disease and imties of interest. Improving community

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East Meets West Through MOST

Student Named King Fellow

New Faculty Join College

health is a key long-term goal of this program.” Dr. Stanford added, “A key element of the mission of the College of Dentistry is to discover and translate new knowledge at the boundaries of science, transforming oral health care practice, social systems, and related technologies for the benefit of individuals, families and communities.” He also said, “Therefore the CTSA/CCTS funding helps to build a vital bridge that connects our 40-plus talented research investigators with opportunities to apply their discoveries to improving patient health. This award creates opportunities that can be leveraged for both the College and University but most importantly, the communities we serve.” 

Nominate a Faculty Member for the Du Brul Award

Nominate a faculty member for the Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award. Dr. Du Brul was one of the most famous oral anatomists in the world. He taught at the College from 1946 to 1993, and founded the Department of Oral Anatomy, serving as its Head from 1966 to 1977. He served as faculty emeritus until his passing in 1996. Well-known for his imaginative teaching style, Dr. Du Brul pioneered the concept that, in biomechanics, function follows form. A student of mechanics, architecture, and engineering, he was the first anatomist-anthropologist to apply these disciplines to the understanding of jaw and skull movement. The College’s collection of skeletal artifacts on the fifth floor was collected by him, and the room is named for Dr. Du Brul as well. Anyone in the College—faculty member, resident, or staff member—can nominate a current faculty member for the Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award. Since 1969, the award has been presented each year to an outstanding faculty member whose work is reminiscent of the quality and innovation of Dr. Du Brul’s. The 2016 Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award will be presented at the College’s annual faculty retreat to be held Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, at Student Center West.

Students enjoy working with the Du Brul collection of skeletal artifacts prepared for teaching.


Send nominations to or In the email, tell us who your choice is, and why the faculty member deserves this award. For more information, contact Bill Bike, Director of Advancement Communications, at or (312) 996-8495.

East Meets West: Making MOST of summer

Undergraduate students in a summer research program at the College made the most of their experience in oral health science research. “The interesting thing about the oral sciences is that they affect the body in different ways,” said Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Director of Applied Biomaterials and Interfaces. “So when we’re thinking about oral sciences, we’re talking about craniofacial types of research. It can be about the teeth, head, soft tissue, or tissue regeneration.”

Shira Berger works on her oral health research project.

Dr. Bedran-Russo also is the director of the T32 Multidisciplinary Oral Science Training (MOST) Program. The umbrella program, which is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, is based at the College. Students and postdoctoral fellows — from disciplines on the east and west sides of campus — participate in the multidisciplinary science training program to learn how to contribute to and influence the future of oral health research and clinical care. The MOST Summer Research experience is a fulltime, 12-week program that gives students interested in biomedical or biological sciences a chance to complete a research project in laboratories on campus and under the direction of grant-funded faculty. Participants “may not necessarily be interested in becoming dentists, but actually have a specific interest in a disease process that can be studied through craniofacial development or craniofacial biology,” said Dr. Bedran-Rus-

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Hoda Fakhari is studying how oral cavity cells respond to injury.

so. “So a lot of the researchers that these students can work with go beyond dental school.” Faculty mentors from dentistry, medicine, and pharmacy address questions about a wide range of health issues — from HIV prevention and diabetes to cancer research. The competitive summer program also includes week-

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ly, instructional seminars and career development opportunities, along with a stipend of $3,500. “The program gives students a structured research experience,” said Dr. Luisa DiPietro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research. She also is a Professor in the College of Dentistry as well as director of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration. “They not only get lab experience, they’re taught certain really important elements of research,” Dr. DiPietro said. DiPietro has mentored more than 70 students and postdoctoral fellows. This year, she mentored Hoda Fakhari, an Honors College student double majoring in English and biochemistry. “Hoda is looking at how the cells in the oral cavity respond to injury and how that response is different than those in the skin,” said Dr. DiPietro, whose research revolves around wound healing, healing response, and tissue regeneration following injury. Dr. DiPietro has received more than $14 million in funding for research projects from the National Institutes of Health. “I’m really excited,” said Fakhari. “You’re treated as part of the team, so it’s really nice to join a lab and feel like

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Student Jessica Williams Named King Fellow

GOOD YEAR FOR SNDA— Representatives from the College’s Chapter of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) attended the national SNDA meeting in Atlanta. The students participated in numerous meetings and events including the Chapter Scrape Book Contest, which provides an overview of the chapter’s activities for the past year. DeVonna Purnell (D-2), Stephen Martin (D-4), and Kiah Henry (D-3) show off the UIC Scrape Book.

you’re working towards the same goal as everyone else, even as an undergrad.” “We’re trying to shift away from textbook-based learning,” said Dr. Lin Tao, a microbiologist and Professor of Oral Biology. He’s mentored Shira Berger, whose summer research focused on optimizing the process of production for a private drug company. “Our students can actually solve existing problems,” he said. “Doing research teaches you to think in a different way than you normally would,” said Berger, a biological sciences student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “It teaches you to think about the bigger picture and think analytically to produce outcomes.” Participants presented their projects at a symposium in August. They also are encouraged to send abstracts to the American Association for Dental Research. Two students were invited to present their findings at the group’s annual meeting last year. “The real measure of your success is who you train and encourage,” said Dr. DiPietro. “Because that’s the real legacy: the people who follow.” —Francisca Corona

Promotions Announced

Dr. Linda Kaste was promoted to Professor, Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Sheela Raja was promoted to Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry.

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Student Jessica Williams, D-3, was named a recipient of a University of Illinois at Chicago Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes underrepresented students who have demonstrated high academic achievement and have shown a commitment to civil rights and social justice through community service. It provides a scholarship of $5,000. “I applied for the scholarship, and I was so grateful when I heard the news that I received this meaningful award,” Williams said. “I am deeply honored to have been selected to receive this scholarship because it is a true embodiment of my personal Jessica Williams. philosophies regarding service and justice. To be recognized under Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his influential spirit is an honor in itself.” Williams also is a Schweitzer Fellow. Her Schweitzer public service project is to improve oral health literacy among low-income older adults at community centers and nursing homes.

Dr. Michael Han to Raise Profile of TMJ Surgery, Augment Orthognathic Surgery as well

New Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Michael Han has a niche in two areas: orthognathic surgery and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) surgery. “While the traditional scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery will constitute the biggest portion of my work, I want to raise the level of visibility and expertise concerning orthognathic and TMJ surgery,” he explained. “Especially for TMJ patients, I feel a responsibility to build a sustainable model to treat these patients so they’re not neglected.” Dr. Han noted that in terms of resident training, “the specialty is expanding in the areas of craniofacial surgery, cosmetic surgery, cancer, and Dr. Michael Han, TMJ and orthogreconstructive surgery. We want to nathic surgery add to the curriculum in these areas expert. while at the same time reinforcing the traditional scope of OMFS so that residents’ training isn’t diluted.” He also is involved in predoctoral training. “My job is to make predocs competent in the fundamentals of outpatient OMFS and in the area of case selection in terms of what they can do themselves, and what they should refer,” Dr. Han said. Dr. Han also provides direct patient care and clinical research. He also is interested in obstructive sleep apnea

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syndrome, craniomaxillofacial trauma, and maxillofacial reconstruction. After earning his DDS at the University of California at Los Angeles, he was an OMFS resident at the University of Washington in Seattle. Earlier this year, he completed a Fellowship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dr. Han also has worked as a public health dentist in South Korea. He and his wife, Sue, have two daughters: Olivia, 2, and Sophie, who is four months old. “With a young family and a new job, I don’t have a lot of ‘me time,’” Dr. Han said, laughing. “Luckily, I really enjoy being a dad.”

Prosthodontics Alum Dr. Daniel J. Pinkston Stays on to Teach

After earning his Certificate in Prosthodontics from the College earlier this year, Dr. Daniel J. Pinkston has joined the faculty of the Department of Restorative Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He teaches in the Mozart Clinic two days per week. “I oversee restorative dental treatment—treatment planning, operative dentistry, fixed and removable prosthodontics,” he explained. “I hope to help my students become critical thinkers and clinical problem solvers. I try to push my students to reach solutions based on their

preclinical knowledge, but I’m always there to support them and help them get things done.” Dr. Pinkston also works in a private practice, the Chicago Center for Advanced Restorative and Implant Dentistry, in Glenview, IL. Originally from St. Louis, MO, Dr. Pinkston earned his BS in biology from St. Louis University and his DDS from the University of Missouri in Kansas City before his residency in Restorative Dentistry at the College. “I have always loved the artistic component Dr. Daniel J. Pinkston. of dentistry,” he said. “My passion for reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry drove me to pursue dental specialty training in prosthodontics. My training at UIC focused on implant dentistry—diagnostic, surgical, and restorative components—as well as complex esthetic dentistry.”

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When not working, Dr. Pinkston spends time with his girlfriend, Sylvia, a certified public accountant, and enjoys running, riding his bicycle along the lakefront, and going out with friends. “Managing complicated cases during my residency helped me to realize that dentistry is about building relationships with patients,” he concluded. “I want every patient to feel comfortable and trust that they are receiving the best treatment available.”

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji to Play Key Role in Restorative Digital Efforts

Dr. Ghadeer Thalji has joined the College as a Clinical Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry. “My major responsibility includes teaching in the Advanced Prosthodontic Program,” she explained. “In addition, as the Director of the Advanced Prosthodontic Program Digital Center of Excellence, I will be working with the Advanced Prosthodontics Program Director [Dr. Kent Knoernschild] to provide an oversight of program activities to ensure students receive the necessary learning experiences, specifically related to digital technology and the application of digital Dr. Ghadeer Thalji received dentistry for patient care.” an award from the Academy She noted that she is of Osseointegration in 2015. excited about joining the department, and also will be involved with research and mentoring graduate students. “I hope I will a be a great model for the graduate students and can influence their lives in their passion towards prosthodontics,” Dr. Thalji said. “It is a great time to be in this specialty.” Dr. Thalji received her DDS from the University of Jordan and completed Advanced Prosthodontic Training at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry. She subsequently earned her PhD in Oral Biology from UNC. A Board-Certified prosthodontist, she has significant teaching and research experience, including most recently as Advanced Prosthodontic Program Director at the University of Iowa. Dr. Thalji has received numerous recognitions including the GSK Young Prosthodontist Innovator Award from the American College of Prosthodontists. In her spare time, Dr. Thalji said, “I like to enjoy nature. So I like walking outside and hiking. I also like spending time with family and friends.” In conclusion, she said, “I look forward to working with all the great people at UIC and hope we can together build on the strengths of the College.”

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Anthropologist Dr. Christina Nicholas Joins Department of Orthodontics

Dr. Christina Nicholas has joined the College as a Visiting Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthodontics. “I’m a biological anthropologist by training,” she explained. “My primary responsibility is research, though I also am involved in teaching,” Dr. Nicholas added. “I started as a facilitator for Small Group Learning.” Her main research area “is craniofacial growth and development, and Dr. Christina Nicholas. I work a lot with various imaging modalities, such as Cone Beam Computed Tomography and 3D scans,” Dr. Nicholas said. “I hope to build new collaborative research projects with others in the College and across campus.” Dr. Nicholas earned her BS in Anthropology from Michigan State University and her MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Iowa. Her previous research and teaching appointments include the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City. “It was a blast doing a PhD in anthropology, but I now find it very fulfilling to use my background in craniofacial growth to help tackle important clinical questions,” she said. Earlier this year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research at the University of Iowa, Dr. Nicholas earned first place in the Dentsply Implants Oral Presentation Competition in the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research. While a Graduate Research Assistant at the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research at the University of Iowa, one of her supervisors was Dr. Clark Stanford, now Dean of the UIC College of Dentistry. When not working Dr. Nicholas enjoys reading mysteries and is an opera buff. She is married to Dr. Steve Miller, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University.

WELCOMING BREAKFAST—The Student National Dental Association, Hispanic Student Dental Association, and the Urban Health Program held their Annual Breakfast of Champions for the new DMD and DMDAS students.

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Irma Butler Named Dental Unit Coordinator in Restorative

Irma Butler has been named Dental Unit Coordinator in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. “I’m excited to join the UIC team,” she said. “I’m currently responsible for the administrative operations in the areas of patient care coordination and clinic management,” Butler continued. “I’m looking forward to working with a great team of professionals in providing optimal dental care.” In her spare time, Butler noted, she enjoys “spending time with my family enjoying a great meal.” Her husband is Irma Butler. named Anthony, and her son, Anthony Jr., is known as “AJ.” Butler has been in dentistry for more than 25 years, including chairside assisting and managing a dental practice. “I’m looking forward to many years with UIC,” she concluded.

College of Dentistry, School of Public Health Collaborate on Clinic Scheduling

Participating in the ASDA oral health screening event were top row from the left: Sebastian Przybylo, Mutaz Amine, Samer Al-Shaltooni, Ajaypal Mann, Alhareth Dhari, George Rizkalla, and Hector Cabrera; middle row from the left: Mardin Yokhana, John Tran, Dr. Sahar Alrayyes, DeVonna Purnell, Sam Kang, Laurel Vana, and Nasim Lassemi; and bottom row from left: Mina Golubovich, Risha Khan, Asima Chughtai, Nitika Aurora, Prabha Singh, Katy Salazar, Jonathan Banks, and Karen Homsi.

was collected in order to review clinic scheduling and chair utilization, and the outcomes of their research and recommendations were presented on July 25 to a group of College of Dentistry clinical, finance, and academic faculty and staff members.

Students Provide Oral Screenings

The College of Dentistry collaborated with the School of Public Health (SPH) recently. Dr. Susan Rowan, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, applied for the College to be a recipient of a SPH Capstone Project, and her application was accepted. A cohort of SPH Master’s Degree students, all of whom are from China, worked to determine whether the College of Dentistry Predoctoral Program was utilizing its clinic opportunities to greatest effectiveness. Data

College of Dentistry American Student Dental Association members on July 30 performed oral screenings and applied varnish and silver diamine fluoride on the teeth of children residents of A Safe Haven, a family shelter in Chicago. The event was organized by students Asima Chughtai, Mina Golubovich, and Karen Homsi under the supervision of Dr. Sahar Alrayyes, Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry. Khatija Noorullah, Clinical Community Academic Manager, was instrumental in organizing the event and obtaining materials. The event was funded by a grant from the Wrigley Co. Foundation. “It was a fun event and we hope to get the opportunity to do more in the future,” Homsi said.

ADA Success Readies Dental Students for Life After School

Dr. Susan Rowan, with the SPH team that studied the College’s clinic effectiveness and scheduling.


In an effort to help dental students prepare for life as a dentist and boost student engagement with the American Dental Association, the ADA New Dentist Committee and Office of Student Affairs is launching an enhanced series of ADA Success programs for the 2016-17 academic year. “ADA Success is such an important program because it highlights topics most relevant to students,” said Dr. Emily Ishkanian, an alumna of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine. ADA Success consists of a series of live, in-person

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Checks should be made to UIC ASDA. For more about payment and other information, email venmo@UIC-ASDA.

Lecture Series Examines Tissue Regeneration

UIC College of Dentistry students listen at a “Managing Debt and Wealth” session, held Aug. 12 at ADA Headquarters. Seventy-two students attended one of the first ADA Success program sessions of the 2016-17 school year.

programs presented by ADA member dentists or other subject matter experts on topics most relevant to dental students such as managing debt and wealth, the future of dentistry, practice management, associateships, employment agreements, finding a job, and ethics. A total of 72 dental students from the UIC College of Dentistry attended the Managing Debt and Wealth session held August 12 at ADA headquarters. The Illinois State Dental Society sponsored the visit. The ADA and/or state and local dental societies present all ADA Success programs at no cost to the students or dental schools. ADA Success is made possible through the support of their platinum sponsors, Great West Financial and Patterson Dental Supply Inc., and gold sponsor, AXA. The ADA Office of Student Affairs administers the program. To learn more, visit  or contact the ADA Office of Student Affairs at

ASDA Golf Outing Set

The College’s chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) will host its 12th annual Prophy Cup Golf Outing on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Klein Creek Golf Club, 1N333 Pleasant Hill Rd., Winfield, IL 60190. Price is $100 for students and their guests and $150 for faculty, staff, residents, and alumni. Golfing on 18 holes and golf carts included in the price. Dress code is shirts with collars, no denim, and soft spikes. Buffet dinner provided. Awards ceremony and raffle at end of event. Students at a previous year’s Email RSVP to ASDA Prophy Cup Golf Outing. October 2016

In the 2016 Advanced Oral Sciences Lecture Series, the theme of this year’s lecture series is tissue regeneration. Lectures cover stem cells, biomaterials, and regeneration of dental and craniofacial tissues. All students and faculty are welcome to attend. Several lectures already have been held. All are scheduled for Thursdays. Remaining lectures are: How Wounds Heal: Inside and Out, Dr. Luisa DiPietro, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Oct. 13; Biomimetics in Dental and Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration, Dr. Sriram Ravindran, Assistant Professor, Oral Biology, Oct. 27; Bioinspired Strategies to Repair

The College is researching using materials to enable bodies to regenerate damaged and failing tissues.

Dentin, Dr. Ana Bedran-Russo, Associate Professor, Restorative Dentistry, Nov. 10; and Stem Cells and the Regeneration of the Dentin-Pulp Complex, Dr. Anne George, Professor, Oral Biology, Dec. 1. Lectures are at 4:30 p.m. in Room 230D. For more information, contact Dr. Xianghong Luan, Associate Professor, Oral Biology, at

Pre-Dental Night Scheduled

College-level students are invited to Pre-Dental Night, Thursday, Nov. 17, sponsored by the College and the American Student Dental Association. Registration will begin at 4 p.m., and the event will run until at 8 p.m. at the College. The event will provide a tour of the College, admissions information, tips on writing a personal statement, and an opportunity to network with dental students. To sign up, log on to For more information, contact Directors of Admissions Braulia Espinosa or Carolyn Feller at

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“My wonderfully supportive staff members—Brenda Roman, Lucy Mendez, Marilyn Westbrook, Olga Valdez, and Yolanda Padilla—over the years made me look good on a daily basis,” he added. He also thanked the leadership at the College over the years for their support. “But again, I think the people who had the greatest influence on me from the beginning were the students,” Dr. Salzmann asserted. “Recognizing their needs, from redesigning curriculum, to revisiting teaching modalities, to patent experiences, to outside opportunities, to questioning what and why we do things—really helped reopen my eyes and look at what we do from their perspective.” He noted he has “many fun memories” of his time at the College, and wanted everyone to “now how much the last 15 years meant to me. I wish everyone well on their future journeys,” Dr. Salzmann concluded.

Predental students learning from DMD candidates at the College.

Dr. Larry Salzmann Bids Farewell to College

After 15 years at the College, serving as Clinical Professor and Predoctoral Program Director of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Larry Salzmann has left to become Clinical Director in Pediatric Dentistry for the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Salzmann started at the UIC College of Dentistry in July of 2001 and left in August. Previously, he had been at Northwestern University’s School of Dentistry for 19 years. At the College, Dr. Salzmann also served on the College’s Executive Committee and as Faculty Secretary. At Michigan, he noted that he works “directly with the pre-doc students and post-grad residents in clinic, seminars, and class.” Dr. Larry Salzmann. When asked about the number one highlight of his time at the College, Dr. Salzmann replied, “That’s easy— my students. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing them grow and develop over the four years for DMD students and two years for DMD-AS students. “I was there at the UIC College of Dentistry at the beginning of the curricular and clinical changes and helped shape and direct the initiatives that I think gave a richness to the didactic and clinical programs in pediatric dentistry that at the same time focus on serving the community,” he added. Dr. Salzmann noted that his colleagues who were particularly influential and helpful to him were “certainly Dr. Indru Punwani, and all the faculty who embraced the importance of creating a supportive and nurturing learning environment—Dr. Sahar Alrayyes and Dr. Rodney Vergotine are in that group,” Dr. Salzmann said. “My buddies Dr. Satish Alapati and Michael Dunlap kept me sane.” 10



Student Matt Bernard took third place at the Academy of General Dentistry General Session in Boston, MA, in July in the e-poster competition for work he performed in the laboratory of Dr. Anne George, Professor, Oral Biology. Dr. William Flick, Clinical Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Dr. William Flick, Golden Surgery, was awarded a 2016 Apple Award recipient. Golden Apple Award by the DMD class of 2017. The award was presented during the D-4 class meeting in July. Dr. Flick is director of the Undergraduate Oral Surgery Clinic, and has been a UIC Faculty member since 1993.


Dr. William Arrow, a former faculty member at the College, passed away earlier this in Scottsdale, AZ, at age 93. He joined the faculty of the College in 1972, and served for many years. Dr. Arrow had graduated from the College in 1961. He practiced in River Grove, IL, and was active in the community, serving on the library board and as the Public Health Officer in River Grove, and also serving on the Advisory Board for the dental assisting program at Triton College. He was on the medical/dental staff at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park and served as Chair of the Department of Dental Surgery. “He was always grateful for the fine training he received at UIC and tried to impart his love of the creative aspects of dentistry on his students” at the College, said his son David Arrow. Duane Demus, evening equipment specialist, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 7, at age 58. Duane worked with Fred Chapa and Jerry Thomas, in the Dental Clinics. Dr. Frank Kerous IV, ’65, a longtime faculty member in the Department of Periodontics, passed away on July 29. He was 76. Dr. Kerous graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL. He was elected a Trustee of Knox in 1974, and was named a

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Life Trustee in 2009. Dr. Kerous was a former President of the Knox Alumni Association and chaired three capital fund drives for the university. He earned his DDS degree from the UIC College of Dentistry in 1965, and his Certificate in Periodontics in 1967. Dr. Kerous spent 38 years on the faculty at the Dr. Frank Kerous, presenting an College. At retireaward to Dr. Julie McDole at Honment, he was Clinical ors Day 1997. Director of Periodontics and concentrated on preparing graduating students for board examinations. He maintained private practices in Arlington Heights, IL, and Oak Brook, IL, for many years. Dr. Kerous and his wife, Sandra, were married in 1968. They were members of the Christ Church of Oak Brook, and Dr. Kerous was principal architect of the church’s endowment fund. He is survived by his wife, Sandra; children Karen Kooy, wife of Richard; Kathryn Voss, wife of David; and Frank Kerous V, husband of Emily, and seven grandchildren. Memorials in Dr. Kerous’s name may be made to Open Arms Mission Food Pantry, PO Box 79, Antioch, IL 60002, or Christ Church of Oak Brook Mission Fund, 501 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook, IL 60523.

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NEW FACILITIES— The final student clinic remodel, 329, was completed in late August, with a great deal of staff support. Ginny Lothrop, Deborah Carr-Woods, and Armando Santana can be seen working in the photos. Jerry Thomas and the facilities team were instrumental in preparing the Clinic for patient care beginning on August 29.

ROOTING FOR THE SOX—Several College of Dentistry people attended the Chicago White Sox game August 26 as it was both UIC Night and Elvis night. Among them were (front row L-R) Polly Mather, Lea Alexander, Julie Dulski, Nancy Norman, and Ondrea Lopez; and (second row L-R) Ashley Burton, Blanca Sanchez, Tim Sullivan, and Jennifer Bereckis.

AHOY! The UIC College of Dentistry DMD Class of 2020 visited Navy Pier and enjoyed a boat cruise as a celebration of Orientation Week in August.

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Important College contacts: For consumable supplies, e-mail For dental instrument issues, contact Robin Waner at, (312) 996-6411, second and third floor and third floor sterilization. For dental equipment problems, e-mail; enter room and unit number with description of problem and write the issue on the maintenance log. To reach housekeeping, call (312) 996-7468. For the Information Technologies (IT) help desk, call (312) 413-4731 or (312) 413-3182. (FN) Wound Healing Seminars are held once per month at 12:30 p.m. on selected Thursdays. Call (312) 355-2662 for more information. (FN) Know a college-level predental student? Tell them about our monthly tours from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tours are followed by a Q&A session with College of Dentistry Admissions staff. RSVP information is posted on the Admissions website at http://dentistry. and

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A “Positions/Practices Available” page is on the College’s website at Check it out for listings of jobs that are available, and for notices


COLLEGE REPRESENTED AT AADR-CS—The Chicago Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR-CS) hosted its annual summer research meeting at the American Dental Association (ADA) on July 27. This year’s speaker was Dr. Alonso Carrasco-Labra, the Director of the Center for Evidence Based Dentistry at the ADA. Dr. Carrasco-Labra spoke to a group of around 40 clinicians and scientist from all over the Chicagoland area about “Clinical Practice Guidelines: How is research informing clinical practice and policies.” Pictured are Dr. Spiro Megremis, AADR-CS Councilor from the ADA; Dr. David Reed, Assistant Professor, Oral Biology; Dr. Carrasco-Labra; Dr. Linda Kaste, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry; and Dr. Carla Evans, Head, Orthodontics.

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5: Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $275 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $500 for ISDS non-member dentist staff. Email, log on to, or call (800) 475-4737. 8: Pediatric Oral Radiology and Oral Lesions Lecture, UIC College of Dentistry, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To register, visit or call (630) 718-4844.

A DAY AT THE BEACH—The College’s chapter of the American Student Dental Association hosted its annual volleyball tournament on Aug. 13. “This was not only a great day to take a health break under the sun, but it was also an opportunity to interact with the new D-1 class,” said D-3 Nasim Lasemi.

13: Dr. Luisa DiPietro in a Tissue Regeneration lecture will speak on How Wounds Heal: Inside and Out, 4:30 p.m., Room 230D.

VIVA ESPERANZA— Students from the College, led by faculty Dr. Beth Miloro and Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier, participated a recent Esperanza Health Center Extravaganza Health Fair providing oral cancer screenings, oral health education, nutritional counseling and more than 50 fluoride varnish applications on children and adults. The Health Fair was well attended by many residents from Little Village, Pilsen, and other surrounding communities. Pictured is Luis Peralta, AS3, with a young friend.

16-23: Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), Jewish observance, sunset to sunset. 18-20: Dr. Phil Patston in a Continuing Education session will

9: ASDA Golf Outing, 12th annual Prophy Cup, 12:30 to 6 p.m., Klein Creek Golf Club, 1N333 Pleasant Hill Rd., Winfield, IL 60190. RSVP to or email venmo@UICASDA. 10-11: Ashura, Islamic and Shia observance, sunset to sunset. 11-12: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Jewish observance, sunset to sunset.

11: Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami), Hindu observance. 11-13: 7: Dr. Blasé Brown in a Continuing Education session will discuss Application of Evidence Based Dentistry in Clinical Practice, Tues., Oct. 11; Weds., Oct. 12; and Thurs, Oct. 13, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Email for more information. 12 and 13: Anesthesia/Sedation Assistant Monitoring Clinical Certification Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $525 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $850 for ISDS non-member dentist staff. Email, log on to, or call (800) 475-4737.

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discuss Application of Critical Thinking Skills in Clinical Practice, Tues, Oct. 18; Weds., Oct. 19; and Thurs., Oct. 20, 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Email for more information. 23-25: Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Jewish observance, sunset to sunset. 27: Dr. Sriram Ravindran in a Tissue Regeneration lecture will speak on Biomimetics in Dental and Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration, 4:30 p.m., Room 230D. 30: Diwali, Hindu observance.


IMPACT ON HIV—Dr. Linda Kaste, Associate Professor, Pediatric Dentistry, attended the National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment in Washington, DC, in August and met with Ryan White’s mother, Jeanne White Ginner (center) and Helene Bednarsh (right), director of the first Ryan White Dental Program.

10: Dr. Ana BedranRusso in a Tissue Regeneration lecture will speak on Bioinspired Strategies to Repair Dentin, 4:30 p.m., Room 230D.

12: Birth of Baha’u’llah, Baha’i observance. 16: Nitrous Oxide Monitoring and Administration Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $275 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $500 for ISDS non-member dentist

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry (MC 621) Room 404-A 801 South Paulina Street Chicago, Illinois 60612-7211

staff. Email, log on to, or call (800) 475-4737. 17: Pre-Dental Night, undergraduate students welcome to learn about the College of Dentistry. Log on to For more information, contact Directors of Admissions Braulia Espinosa at or Carolyn Feller at 22: Faculty Retreat and Staff Retreat. For more information, email

12: Coronal Polishing and Pit/Fissure Sealants Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $450 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $800 for ISDS non-member dentist staff. Email, log on to, or call (800) 475-4737.

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VIVA AVISAIL!—Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox spoke at the College on Sept. 13, brought here by the Hispanic Student Dental Association and Diversity Advisory Committee as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

24: Thanksgiving Day, College closed. 25: University holiday, College closed.


1: Dr. Anne George in a Tissue Regeneration lecture will speak on Stem Cells and the Regeneration of the Dentin-Pulp Complex, 4:30 p.m., Room 230D. 11: Mawlid al-Nabi, Islamic observance, sunset to sunset.

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