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Wordof MOUTH Three Staff Earn Major UIC Awards Three members of the College Staff, knowledge and skill sets that each Stephanie Clarke, Susan Lloyd, individual brings to the table,” Clarke and Ana Lisa Ogbac, received the added. “Dr. Stephen Campbell University’s highest staff awards at the [Department Head] has fostered Employee Recognition Ceremony on this type of environment through his Nov. 10. consistent excellence in leadership Clarke, Director and genuinely supportive of the Prosthodontics nature.” Clinic, received an In addition, Clarke Inspire Award, which was presented the UIC honors employees Luminary Award, which who exhibit longis not revealed to the term, consistent, and recipient until the actual outstanding service to presentation. It is given the University and who to only one of the several are committed to UIC’s Inspire recipients, and is core values. presented to the person “It is very easy to who best represents go above and beyond the pinnacle of service when working in such to the campus and its a supportive and constituents. productive environment,” Lloyd, Business/ Award winners Stephanie Clarke said. “Everyone in Administrative Associate, Clarke, Ana Lisa Ogbac, the department, whether Oral Medicine and and Susan Lloyd. They faculty, staff, or resident, Diagnostic Sciences, were honored at UIC’s anhas such a positive, received an Award of nual Employee Recognition collaborative, and team Merit, which recognizes Ceremony. player approach when it excellence in work comes to being patientperformance, delivery centered that it makes the day-to-day of user responsive service, problem tasks easy to manage. solving and initiative, individual “I can confidently say that we development and growth, promotion all thoroughly enjoy working with of morale, and sensitivity to diversity. each other and rely on the various “I am so humbled and honored to

In This Issue

Dentistry Collaborates In Two Grants

Several College Faculty Earn National Awards

Students Aid CURE Event

have unexpectedly won the Award of Merit,” Lloyd said. “I am always proud and privileged to be an employee of the UIC College of Dentistry,” and called herself “fortunate to work with the people at the College.” A licensed clinical social worker, Lloyd earlier had worked in a hospital setting. “Much of what I learned there is easily translated to my work here: the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, understanding systems that work well and don’t—then figuring out what change you can effect and where,” Lloyd said. “I enjoy working in the Department of OMDS because there are so many aspects within it: Oral Medicine Clinic, Radiology, Small Group Learning, Research, and DMRT (Dental Medicine Responder Training),” Lloyd said. “There is never a dull moment.” She also thanked Department Head Dr. Richard Monahan for his support and guidance. “I really do love my job,” Lloyd concluded. “The people with whom I work make the difference.” Ogbac, Director of Donor Relations, Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, received the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award, which acknowledges the demonstrated excellence and contributions of Academic Professional (AP) employees. “I am tremendously honored to have been selected recipient of the CAPE Award,” Ogbac said. “I have been with the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs since 1998,” she explained. “Since then, I have developed strong relationships with our alumni,

donors, friends, and College community. It’s these relationships that have motivated me throughout my career at the College, beginning as student administrative employee, to coordinating our most successful events, to stewarding our most generous benefactors. Being a part of this team for over a decade and a half is a rarity, and I am privileged to work with wonderful people on a daily basis.” Ogbac noted that she was “overwhelmed by the encouragement and support I receive from my team, the College, and our alumni and friends. I am truly fortunate to have these relationships, many of which have evolved into life-long friendships. Receiving this prestigious recognition is a very humbling experience, and I am grateful for the honor. “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Mark Valentino [Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advancement] for his knowledge and mentorship,” Ogbac added. “Without his excellent leadership skills, I could not have been as successful as I am. I would also like to thank Mark and Bill Bike for keeping our team together this long. With the addition of Bruno Mancari over four years ago, we are a well-oiled machine that feels like family.” The program included a portion in which longtime employees were honored for their service. Dr. Robert Hawkinson, Assistant Professor, Department of Endodontics, was the longest tenured employee of the College honored. He has been with UIC for 40 years. Several other College employees of long duration were celebrated as well.

UIC Awarded Health Career Opportunity Program Grant

The UIC Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, and the School of Public Health, are collaborating to implement the Illinois Health Professions Navigator Program. The program was recently awarded a three-year grant from the Federal Health Services Resources Administration (HRSA) for $650,000 per year for a total of $1.9 million. Dr. Darryl Pendleton, Associate Dean for Student and Diversity Affairs, is a Co-Principal Investigator and the College of Dentistry Director for the program. “The purpose of the Navigator Program is twofold: to increase the underrepresented minority student enrollment and retention in the UIC health sciences colleges by increasing the number of competitive applicants, and to strengthen UIC’s relationships with local and regional partners to provide clinical and research experience for high school, college, and professional students,” Dr. Pendleton said. “The funding will allow the College to expand our existing underrepresented minority, low income, and disadvantaged student recruitment and enrollment efforts,” he continued. “In essence, the Navigator Program will help identify and address barriers that students face in their educational journey from high school to a health science career.” Dr. Pendleton noted that, “At the College, our efforts to recruit and enroll underrepresented minorities are 2

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It also recognizes that UIC is a leader in training underrepresented minorities in the health professions. “We are excited that they have agreed to fund the Navigator Program,” Dr. Pendleton concluded. “It is our goal that in three to four years, we hope to see program outcomes that result in more underrepresented students applying and enrolling in our College.” For more information regarding the program, contact Dr. Pendleton at

NIH Grant Will Result in Improving Oral Health of Families and Children HRSA funding for the Navigator Program will increase underrepresented minority student enrollment and retention in the health sciences.

impacted not only by the challenges students face, but also due to the high cost of dental education and our small class size that makes every seat more competitive. Our campaigns to provide more student scholarships and increasing the DMD class size will help.” The HRSA recognizes that certain minority populations are underrepresented in dentistry and in dental schools.

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UIC will develop and test an outreach program to reduce cavities in Chicago’s low-income and minority infants and toddlers under a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Community health workers will reach out to educate families about oral hygiene at health clinics and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) centers and in their homes. “We want to improve the oral health of the child by improving the oral health of the whole family,” said Dr. Molly Martin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the UIC College of Medicine. “If the parents or caregivers aren’t practicing good oral hygiene themselves, the

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College outreach will improve children’s oral health by working with the entire family. “If the parents or caregivers aren’t practicing good oral hygiene themselves, the chance that the children will take good care of their own teeth is much lower,” said researcher Dr. Molly Martin.

chance that the children will take good care of their own teeth is much lower.” Dr. Martin said the success of educational interventions can depend on the environment in which they are delivered. “Are families more likely to take action if they are reached at home, in the clinic, or at a WIC center?” asked

Dr. Martin, who is a fellow of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy and principal investigator on the NIH grant. Her team also wants to look at whether a combination of settings has a greater effect. “We might find that families are more likely to take action if they are reached in the clinic and at home,” she said, “than they are if they are just reached at a clinic.” The study, called Coordinated Oral Health Promotion Chicago, or CO-OP Chicago, includes UIC researchers in clinical pediatrics, dentistry, and health policy. They will recruit and train six community health workers to talk with 1,500 families in Chicago who have children between the ages of six months and three years. Families will be followed for two years to evaluate their overall oral health and the incidence of cavities in the children. Almost half of children 11 years and under have cavities, one of the most common chronic health conditions of childhood, particularly among low-income and minority children. In Chicago, 63 percent of third graders have cavities, and more than half of the cavities go untreated. Pediatric dentists at the College of Dentistry will develop the training curriculum for the community health workers. “Improving oral health and access to care for families and children is something we are very excited to be a part of through this grant,” said Dr. Marcio da Fonseca, Head,

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Pediatric Dentistry, at the College of Dentistry. The grant to UIC is one of ten announced by the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) as part of the new national Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children. “Research has shown that individual-level approaches alone are not sufficient to reduce rates of tooth decay and other oral diseases,” said NIDCR Program Director Ruth Nowjack-Raymer. The consortium’s research projects, she said, “will involve holistic, population-health, and other approaches to take decisive action against oral health disparities at multiple levels of influence, such as families, neighborhoods, and healthcare systems.” The CO-OP Chicago grant is administered by the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, an all-campus home and incubator for multidisciplinary health research. Co-investigators on the grant are Drs. William Frese, Usha Raj, and Benjamin Van Voorhees of the UIC College of Medicine; Drs. Marcio da Fonseca, David Avenetti, and Sheela Raja of the UIC College of Dentistry; Michael Berbaum and Oksana Pugach of the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy; and Jennie Pinkwater of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. —Sharon Parmet

Dr. Stephen Campbell Receives Presidential Citation from ACP The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) has created a new award, the Presidential Citation, to recognize Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Department of Restorative Dentistry. He received his award at the ACP’s 2015 Annual Session in Orlando, FL. ACP President Dr. Frank J. Tuminelli created the award. It recognizes Dr. Campbell’s decades of service with the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), which began in the 1990s when Dr. Campbell

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served as a site visitor for CODA. “During that phase I realized how important accreditation standards are relative to setting expectations for all programs and graduating students,” Dr. Campbell explained. “I recognized they were a critical point of control. I also realized there was the potential to have some impact on them.” For the College, Dr. Campbell directed the two site visits that established the College’s new Advanced Prosthodontics Program in 1993, the clinical portion of the College-wide CODA site visit in 1999, and he then chaired the College’s whole site visit in 2006. “In those roles you learn the accreditation standards really well,” Dr. Campbell said. With that high level of knowledge, he then made an application for CODA’s Predoctoral Review Committee and was selected as part of a very competitive process. The various commission Review Committees do much of the preparatory and hard work of the commission. Ultimately, the commission considers and acts on the recommendations from the committees. The commission’s Predoctoral Review Committee considers all matters related to predoctoral dental education in the US. “I volunteered for the Predoctoral Review Committee because I knew it was at a critical crossroads,” Dr. Campbell said. “It had just embarked on totally rewriting the predoctoral accreditation standards. I served on the Predoctoral RC from 2008 through 2012.”

The American Dental Education Association had prepared a framework for new accreditation standards. The process requires that the Predoctoral Review Committee consider in detail, act on, and recommend to the commission actions related to the standards. “Over the next couple of years we poured through those, rewriting and changing key aspects of the standards to be certain that schools are encouraged to follow best practices when it comes to patient care and their educational programs, and to really be certain that all graduating students are doing the right things,” Dr. Campbell said. “The goal was to be certain they promoted excellence, and that there was a right mix of accountability for programs while allowing adequate flexibility for programs to be themselves. “We rewrote boilerplate sections and crafted many of the standards as they now exist,” he added. “Specifically, I championed best practices as they related to a large number of practices and competencies such as oral cancer risk assessment and screening, recognizing the complexity of care and referring, managing dental laboratory procedures, evaluation of the outcomes of care, application of evidence-based dentistry, application of emerging science and technologies, and a large number of other items. There was not much we didn’t touch. “One important example was that we inserted in the clinical education standards that all students must be competent in the replacement of missing teeth with fixed,

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removable, and implant prostheses,” Dr. Campbell said. “This holds all programs accountable for all of their graduating students and programs for the didactic knowledge and clinical experience that ensures competence.” The committee’s recommendations were implemented in January 2013, and they subsequently developed the Self-Study Guide that provides important information for all programs preparing for accreditation. Dr. Campbell was then appointed Chair of the Prosthodontics Specialty Review Committee. As Chair, he serves as one of 30 commissioners that consider all dental accreditation matters. The Prosthodontic Review Committee had recently completed a total re-write of the Prosthodontic Specialty Standards, and these were actively under consideration by the commission. Over the next two-and-a-half years, Dr. Campbell stewarded the proposed standards through the process of consideration and adoption. This included their re-crafting in response to the open comment periods mandated as part of the commission’s process. This culminated in the adoption of the new Prosthodontic Accreditation Standards by the Commission in August 2015 for effective implementation in July 2016. “The new standards reflect the current and future status of our prosthodontic specialty, and embrace such things as disease risk assessment and intervention, digital dentistry, and the standard that requires all graduating prosthodontists to be competent in the restoration, placement, and referral of dental implants,” Dr. Campbell explained. As a result of these 20 years of service to the Commission on Dental Accreditation and dental education, the ACP decided to create a new Presidential Citation Award to recognize Dr. Campbell for his leadership and work in accreditation. “You do not do this work for recognition,” Dr. Campbell said. “You do it because it impacts every graduating student, every program, every school in the country and most importantly, every patient. “Nonetheless, it was very gratifying,” Dr. Campbell concluded. “It was deeply moving when they shared a standing ovation for what was ultimately something that just had to be done for our programs, our students, our patients. It resets the foundation.”

Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan Receives NIDCR Grant

Dr. Phimon Atsawasuwan, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthodontics, has received a mentored clinical scientist development award (K08) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research of the National Institutes of Health. The project is titled “The Role of microRNA-21, 27 and 29 in Tooth Movement.” The award will fund Dr. Atsawasuwan’s research for the next five years and allow Dr. Atsawasuwan “to gain comprehensive insight into a mechanism of orthodontic tooth movement with an emphasis on epigenetic aspects of microRNA biology,” he said. December 2015

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For this award, Dr. Atsawasuwan is mentored by Dr. Salvador Nares, Department Head, Department of Periodontics and Dr. Tom Diekwisch, Texas A&M Baylor College of Dentistry, and former head of Oral Biology at the UIC College of Dentistry.  Dr. Atsawasuwan also noted he has “an illustrious advisory committee for the award,” including Dr. Charles Zhou of the Department of Periodontics; Dr. Richard Gemeinhart, UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research; Dr. Yuji Mishina, University of Michigan; and Dr. Sarah Millar, University of Pennsylvania.

IgNobel Prize-Winning ChickenDinosaur Study a UIC first

Assistant Professor of Oral Biology Dr. Jose Iriarte-Diaz traveled to Harvard University in September to be honored by Nobel Prize laureates — but it wasn’t exactly the Nobel Prize. Dr. Iriarte-Diaz was among ten national winners of the 2015 IgNobel Prize, given to researchers whose work makes you laugh, then think. “Winning the prize was completely out of the blue,” said Dr. IriarteDiaz. “I’ve heard of the award and watched the ceremony on TV before so I was very happy and flattered.” Dr. Iriarte-Diaz won the Biology Prize for his research on dinosaur “I’m very happy that people movement, which are paying attention, one way involved attaching a fake or another,” said Dr. Jose Irarte-Diaz. tail to chickens to observe how it affected their gait. “I’m very happy that people are paying attention, one way or another,” said

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Dr. Iriarte-Diaz of his IgNobel Prize. “We don’t have dinosaurs, so this is one of the best things that we have,” he said. “Birds are derived from dinosaurs. There’s been many, many changes from dinosaurs to birds but one of the most important is that they lost their tails, which produced a change in the center of mass. It’s an interesting approach to a very difficult problem.” Studying a group of 12 domestic chickens, Dr. IriarteDiaz used modeling clay to attach a tail — a wooden stick — to the chickens two days after hatching. He changed the tail every five days as the chickens grew, then compared their movements to his control subjects, chickens without tails. See video at https://youtu. be/2LQVeSXLqFM. Dr. Iriarte-Diaz conducted his research about ten years ago in Chile, but didn’t publish it until 2014 in the journal PLOS One. His current research at the College focuses on the biomechanics of feeding and the evolution of the craniofacial system in mammals. He was happy to travel to the celebration at Harvard Sept. 17 to pick up his prize, which came with a $10 trillion banknote from Zimbabwe, worth about $0.04. The ceremony can be viewed online at http://www.improbable. com/ig/2015/. His award is presented at about 1:12. “It was a very interesting night of science and funny things and people enjoying what they do and promoting their research,” Dr. Iriarte-Diaz concluded. —Christy Levy for UIC News

The award, presented on Nov. 4 during the recent ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics (SCDI) meetings in Washington, DC, highlights the crucial role dental informatics standards play in improving the quality of patient care, assuring patient health and safety, and increasing efficiency through use of information technology. 

Medical Marijuana: Studies Underway for Dental Applications While the legalization of medical marijuana in Illinois has had little impact on the practice of dentistry at this point, legalization has served to open the door a bit further, initializing selected centers in Illinois to examine its potential as a pain-relieving agent in dental applications.

Dr. Emilia Taneva Receives Ahlstrom Award

The American Dental Association Council on Dental Practice selected Dr. Emilia Taneva, Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthodontics, as the first recipient of the Robert H. Ahlstrom New Investigator Award for her research project entitled “3D Evaluation of Palatal Rugae for Human Identification Using Digital Study Models.”

Dr. Emilia Taneva receives her Ahlstrom Award from Dr. Julian Hal Fair III, 16th District Trustee of the ADA (left), and Dr. Greg Zeller, Chair of the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics.


Dr. Michael Colvard.

“Now that medical marijuana is legal in Illinois, at least in theory, we want to study the benefits of the cannabinoids from the marijuana plant may have for oral pain conditions that a dentist would encounter,” said Dr. Michael Colvard, Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, and Director, Dental Medicine Responder Training Office. “There’s sufficient research in the world today to continue the study of various cannabinoids and whether they can serve as legitimate pharmaceutical agents for medical and dental medicine conditions.” Since 1999, Dr. Colvard has been conducting studies into the benefits and drawbacks of plants used in various applications in dentistry. The primary focus of this work has been in pain relief, an area where the National Cancer Institute suggests cannabinoids from medical marijuana may show some promise. “We’ve worked with the National Institutes of Health [NIH] in government-funded studies to define the benefits and identify the risks in various plants used as medicines. We hope to continue to do the same with cannabinoids,” Dr. Colvard said. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that act upon

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cell receptors in the brain and other parts of the body such as the GI tract. To date, over 100 cannabinoids have been clearly identified in the various species / cultivars of marijuana. Plant chemistry scientists and pharmacognosists suggest there are more to be defined and tested. “Illinois is taking the lead in advocating for the need for thorough research effort to validate the potential role of medical marijuana and cannabinoids in oral healthcare as well as risks to oral health,” Dr. Colvard said. “We are working with ISDS and other State agencies to enable the dental profession to have a say in this new paradigm, for dentists to be at the table to contribute to valid and invalid uses.” In addition to his studies on the potential dentalrelated benefits and drawbacks of medical marijuana and cannabinoids, Dr. Colvard and his colleagues in dentistry have been collaborating closely with Illinois health care organizations, legal professionals, and industries that have an interest in its use. Medical marijuana is being examined closely by those in the agriculture, pharmaceutical, legal, law enforcement, and public policy communities, as well as other areas of healthcare. “This is a very structured and organized effort,” Dr. Colvard said. “Illinois has a thorough, step-by-step compliance process to be able to research this legally, ethically, and morally, in order to advance the use of cannabinoids in healthcare in both medicine and dentistry. We’re taking a slow and sensible approach.” Editor’s note: A portion of this article was reprinted with permission from Illinois Dental News, Vol. 84, Issue 7, September 2015.

interested in researching dental trauma, local anesthesia in children, behavior management, and dental anomalies. Dr. Kratunova noted that she brings “international experience and possibilities for international collaboration on research projects.” She also looks forward to performing “collaborative work with other UIC dental departments” and writing literature reviews, case reports, and book chapters. Originally from Bulgaria, Dr. Kratunova earned her dental degree from Sofia Medical University. She later spent 13 years in Ireland, at first working for the Public Dental Service, “where I was involved in providing oral healthcare to children up to age 16—some of them with compromised health or special needs,” Dr. Kratunova said. “I also worked with adults with disabilities.” Since she particularly enjoyed dealing with youngsters, Dr. Kratunova decided to enter the Pediatric Dentistry specialty program at Trinity College at the University of Dublin, where she earned a doctorate. Her research was in pediatric crowns, which resulted in three articles published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry. She entered academe by teaching clinical pediatric dentistry in the Dublin Dental University Hospital. “It’s my dream to combine teaching, doing my own research, making sure I’m up to date with the literature, and practicing—so here I am at UIC,” she said. Dr. Kratunova and her husband, Nick, have a daughter, Adriana, 8, and a son, Martin, 2. “I enjoy spending time with family and friends, taking nature walks, and reading,” Dr. Kratunova said. “I’m also a keen chess player.”

Dr. Evelina Kratunova Joins Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Yolonda Silas Joins HR as Associate

Dr. Evelina Kratunova has joined the Department of Pediatric Dentistry as a Clinical Assistant Professor. In her post she is responsible for student and resident education and training; mentoring graduate student research projects; providing oral healthcare for infants and children; conducting research; assistance in course development and evaluation criteria; and teaching in a variety of seminars and conferences in the department. “Excellence in teaching” is Dr. Kratunova’s top goal, she said. Her research is in restorative dental Dr. Evelina Kratunova. materials for primary teeth, and she also is December 2015

Human Resources at the College has added Yolonda Silas as an HR Associate. “I function as an HR generalist and am responsible for policy administration, labor and employee relations, hiring, payroll functions, reporting, and training in all employment classes,” Silas said. “I also serve as a resource to all College of Dentistry employees, including faculty, Academic Professionals, Civil Service, residents, graduate students, extra and temporary help, volunteers, and student worker employees to insure their success in their careers at the College.” Yolanda Silas. She noted that her goal is “to develop

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a partnership and understanding with College, campus, State, and Federal guidelines.” Silas has worked for UIC in various areas since 2008, serving in Payroll Customer Service, as an Assistant Payroll Manager, and as a Business Administrative Associate before becoming an HR Associate. Previously, she worked as a Payroll Human Resources Outsourcing Delivery Specialist for Hewitt Associates and as a Senior Human Resources Specialist for Quaker Oats Co. After earning a BS in Business Administration from Robert Morris College, she went on to earn an MBA from Morris’s Graduate School of Management. She and her husband, Terry Silas, have two children. Courtney Silas, 25, is an Associate Producer at WCIUTV Channel 26. Tramell Silas, 20, attends Prairie State College and is training for a supervisor’s post at United Parcel Service. When not working, Yolonda Silas enjoys “shopping, traveling, and spending time with family and friends,” she said. To contact her, email

Students, Dr. Robert Rada Participate in CURE Event

The CURE (Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education) Network, which offers free dental, medical, and vision care to the uninsured and underinsured in the Chicagoland area, held an event providing healthcare in LaGrange Park, IL, on Sept. 18. Students Dante Brown, Jihan Doss, and Mark White, along with Dr. Robert Rada, Clinical Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, provided both preventive care and extractions of infected teeth. The students are in the Public Health and Advocacy track overseen by Dr. Caswell Evans, Associate Dean for

Prevention and Public Health Sciences. A total of 308 patients visited the event, and about two-thirds of them received both dental and vision services. Equipment was provided by the Mission of Mercy organization, which also provides free healthcare to the needy. About 50 dental chairs were organized in hygiene, oral surgery, and restorative sections. Patients were triaged and walked to and from the appropriate section by volunteers. “The unique part is that our students provided the dental care,” Dr. Rada explained. “They did not simply assist dentists from the community. This is possible because of a contractual agreement I have with UIC so that they may provide care under my supervision. This agreement is similar to the site agreement at various community sites.” Dr. Rada noted that, “Our Public Health and Advocacy track students performed compassionately and confidently. We can be certain that these young doctors have a special gift that they are sharing with those less fortunate.” Dr. Rada found it “really rewarding to me to hear the local dentists and Midwestern University dental students admiring the fact that Dante, Jihan, and Mark were actually providing the care,” he said. “I might add that they were not given ‘easy’ cases and that they were exposed to some challenging procedures. I was really proud to be working with them. It was great to welcome our young UIC dentists into the profession at this event.” “This was an amazing, well-organized public health event that provided essential healthcare services all in one stop,” Brown said. “It was evident how appreciative the patients were. Through Dr. Rada we were able to provide the dental services, instead of just assist.” Since its inception in 2010, the CURE network has provided more than $27 million in free care to more than 4,000 patients. For more information, log on to

Admissions Office in Full Recruiting Mode

Pictured left to right are student Dante Brown; Dr. Tom Sullivan; Dr. Robert Rada, Clinical Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences; and students Jihan Doss and Mark White. They participated in an event sponsored by the CURE (Collaborative Underserved Relief and Education) Network in which they provided preventive care and extractions of teeth to needy patients in LaGrange, IL.


The College of Dentistry Admissions Office is has been in full recruiting mode. Outreach activities have included visiting the UIC Predental Club on Sept. 24, where 100 students attended a staff presentation. Admissions staff visited Urbana-Champaign, IL, to host a booth at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Graduate and Professional Fair on Sept. 30, and attended the UIC Graduate and Professional Fair at the UIC Forum on Oct. 1. On Oct. 3, UIC hosted a campus-wide Open House and hosted more than 8,000 prospective students. The College of Dentistry was well represented and parents and prospective students kept Admissions staff busy all morning.

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Feb. 11, by Dr. Amy Paller, Chair of the Department of Dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Thursday, April 14. For more information, contact Dr. Wendy Cerny, Director, Office of Faculty Affairs, at, or log on to http://

Carolyn Feller, Director of Admissions, with a prospective UIC/GPPA student at the UIC Open House on Oct. 3.

Students and residents will explain their research at Clinic and Research Day.

Clinic and Research Day to be Held March 3 Dates Set for Regenerative Sciences Seminar Series

Dates have been set for the next talks in the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration’s Regenerative Seminar Series. Upcoming seminars are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, by Dr. Stephen Boppart of the Bioponics Imaging Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Friday, Jan. 15; Thursday,

CHAMPIONS!— The College of Dentistry team, “Caries Free,” won the UIC Intramural Flag Football Championship in October. The team is a combination of D-2, D-3, and D-4 students. They were undefeated in the regular season and playoffs, and allowed only two points all season.

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Get the latest dental knowledge at the 29th annual Clinic and Research Day, set for Thursday, March 3, at the College, which will take on the appearance of a national dental meeting all day. The event will run from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and focus on student research presentations, Critically Appraised Topics competitions based on actual cases, and feature a nationally known keynote speaker. Continuing Education credit will be available for attending the poster presentation and the keynote presentation. “Our students and fellows will present approximately 100 posters highlighting their current research,” said Dr. David L. Crowe, Professor of Periodontics and Chair of the Clinic and Research Day Committee. “They cover a wide range of topics in the basic, behavioral, clinical, and applied sciences. Predoctoral, postgraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and their faculty mentors will be competing for awards in a number of categories.” At the College, faculty, postgraduates, and students conduct a wide range of research activities, from basic research, public health and prevention, and the development of best practices in dentistry, to the creation of techniques and technology that will allow teeth to be regenerated in adults. Research occurs at the College from the “bench to the chairside” (and the reverse)—to accelerate diagnostic and interventional therapies for College patients. Clinic and Research Day allows the postgraduates, students, and their faculty mentors to share their research with the dental and medical communities.

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Keynote speaker will be Dr. Lyndon F. Cooper, Associate Dean for Research and Head of the Department of Oral Biology at the College, whose talk will be “Environmental Control of Stem Cell Fate for Regeneration in Dental Therapy.” A Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics (ACP), Dr. Cooper is a former ACP President and received the ACP’s 2004 Clinician/ Researcher Award. He also was named the recipient of the 2009 International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award for Prosthodontics and Implantology. Also featured will be “CaseCAT” (Critically Appraised Topics) competitions, featuring actual cases that exemplify unique and interesting aspects of dental practice combined with critically appraised literature reviews relevant those cases. “There will be dental products and services, vendors’ exhibits, and events planned just for fun, too,” Dr. Crowe continued. “Dentists, students, postgraduates, residents, our medical colleagues, and those interested in research and the vendors’ exhibits are welcome to attend.” Events will wrap up with presentations of awards in a variety of categories. Dr. James Izzo is a member of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors and served as a judge at the 2015 Clinic and Research Day competition. “I think I learned more in one Clinic and Research Day than I did in all the Continuing Education courses I’ve taken over the years,” Dr. Izzo said. “I was supposed to judge four research posters, but I ended up looking at all of them. The content was incredible. “The professionalism of the student researchers is astonishing. The presenters knew their stuff—they offered in-depth knowledge about the research they performed and discussed it very thoroughly and articulately,” Dr. Izzo added. “There also was a broad range of research— everything from scientific applications to sociological studies. At Clinic and Research Day, you can learn about the latest research even before it makes it to the scientific journals. I highly recommend coming to Clinic and Research Day,” Dr. Izzo concluded. For more information, contact Virginia Buglio, Director of Research Services, at (312) 996-1027 or or log on to departments/research/clinic_day/.

“As I got older, I took over the tradition,” Dr. Rynn continued. “One year, I went totally overboard and painted an entire family of squash and pumpkins. They were complete with ‘hair,’ hats, and outfits. “There is a part of me that’s completely corny, but I have just learned to embrace it,” she said. Dr. Rynn noted that she loves art “in almost any form. I typically go through phases where I am more interested in one art form or another. I started drawing and painting when I was a kid. My parents always worked, so I went to a lot of art classes in the summers to keep busy. In college, my thesis included a photography component and I actually had my own gallery exhibit.” In her work at the College, Dr. Rynn calls herself “a jack of all trades.” She teaches in the preclinical fixed Prosthodontics course, predoctoral students, and in the advanced Prosthodontics program. “I lecture for all of those programs as well,” Dr. Rynn said. “My most recent endeavor is to incorporate digital dentistry into our preclinical and clinical curricula.” Besides paining pumpkins, Dr. Rynn enjoys cooking with her husband, trying new restaurants, bicycle riding, hiking, and travel. She earned her Certificate in Prosthodontics from the College in 2010, and a CETL award for teaching excellence from the College in 2014.

Dr. Michelle Howard Rynn’s decorated pumpkins.

Dr. Rynn’s Hobby Creates Festive Atmosphere in Restorative

When Halloween season rolls around, the Department of Restorative Dentistry sports a festive look with pumpkins hand-painted by Dr. Michelle Howard Rynn, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry. “I paint pumpkins because I like arts and crafts and I’ve always liked celebrating holidays,” Dr. Rynn said. “It’s somewhat sentimental to me at this point, because my mother and I started doing this when I was in kindergarten. It started off with her doing the majority of the painting and I just colored in some lines. 12

Dr. Terry Parsons Retires; Started DMDAS Program

“I came here as a student in 1978 and never left,” said Dr. Terry Parsons, Director of the DMD Advanced Standing Program. After serving on the faculty since he graduated in 1982, Dr. Parsons will retire on Dec. 31. “I was hired for the summer after my graduation to do a residency; I would put together cases where either a

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mistake had been made or that weren’t quite finished,” Dr. Parsons explained. “I had access to the entire faculty, and they offered me a job in the fall as a part-time instructor. “The following year I was offered a full-time position, and I have been full-time ever since,” Dr. Parsons said, noting that he also had a part-time private practice that he closed in 1997. Dr. Parsons cites two milestones in his life related to the College—one personal, and one professional. “I met my wife here,” said Dr. Parsons, who is married to Dr. Judy Johnson, ’79, former Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. “We were longtime friends and were married in February 2001.” Dr. Parsons started the DMDAS program in 1994. Then called the International Dentist Program, it started as an 18-month board preparation Continuing Education program for foreign trained dentists Dr. Terry Parsons. who were U.S. citizens or U.S. residents. The first year Dr. Ken Gehrke, Clinical Associate Professor, and Dr. Parsons were the IDP’s two faculty, and there were 12 students. “The biggest challenge at the start, believe it or not, was finding out what the supplies needed to be,” Dr. Parsons recalled. “Every course had its own supply list, which was hard to obtain and to find out what was current and what had been on the list forever. “The College gave me 45 days to figure out the program, and it quickly became apparent that I couldn’t provide all the didactic information they needed,” Dr. Parsons continued. “So what I decided to do was piggyback on all the undergraduate lectures—the international students would go to all the lectures and take the tests, but we would do the labs in our own space.” That, Dr. Parsons said, allowed the IDP faculty flexibility. “If a person was doing well in one area but was weak in another, we could concentrate on the problem, give direct and immediate feedback, and map their progress,” Dr. Parsons said. The program was expanded to a two-year certificate program at the end of the first year. Dr. Edward E. Savers, Clinical Assistant Professor, took over for Dr. Gehrke, and served with Dr. Parsons until Dr. Savers left the College in 2012. In 2006, the IDP became the International Dentist Degree Program and began granting dental degrees instead of certificates. Dr. Adriana Semprum-Clavier took over for December 2015

Dr. Savers in 2012, and she and Dr. Parsons have codirected the program since then. In 2014, the program was renamed the DMD Advanced Standing program, since the word “International” had been causing some confusion, as the participants are U.S. citizens or residents. “The program being completely integrated into the predoctoral curriculum is a good thing in that they get a degree instead of a certificate, but some of the customization necessarily has gone away, which made it a little less fun from a faculty perspective,” he said. In looking back at his career, Dr. Parsons noted he is grateful to the late Dean Dr. Allen Anderson, “for allowing me to create the program and giving me free reign in the first year, sometimes changing things on a day-to-day basis. “I gave him regular reports and he was always very supportive and positive,” Dr. Parsons said. “Unfortunately, the best report I ever gave him was on the day I found out he had pancreatic cancer.” In retirement, Dr. Parsons plans to teach at the College part-time a couple of days a week. “I’ll be looking forward to not commuting as much and having more time to catch up around the house,” Dr. Parsons said. “Since my wife is a bird-watcher, we will probably do some traveling.” Dr. Parsons will receive the College’s Dr. E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award at Reunion 2016 on Friday, April 15.

Dr. James B. Ricker, an ‘Original Six’ Managing Partner, Retires

Dr. James B. Ricker, one of the College’s original six managing partners when the group practice clinics were created in 2002, will retire at the end of 2015. Dr. Ricker, Clinical Associate Professor of Restorative Dentistry, served full time on the faculty of the former Northwestern University Dental School beginning in 1973, and served simultaneously on the faculty of both Northwestern and the UIC College of Dentistry from 1999 to 2001, becoming full time at the College when Northwestern closed its dental school. “Between the two schools, I will have taught for 42.5 years,” he said. When he first joined the College, he taught Operative Dentistry preclinical courses with Dr. Marsha Babka and the late Dr. James Buckman. By 2001, Dr. Ricker worked with Dr. Frank Perry in the pilot precursor to the Comprehensive Care Program. “In January of 2002, Dr. Bill Knight identified six of us to be the new Managing Partners in the creation of six Group Practice Clinics,” Dr. Ricker explained. The College launched the Comprehensive Care Program in September of that year, and Dr. Ricker became a Managing Partner. “Over the years the program and the Managing Partners have changed, but we have constantly striven to give the students the best possible clinical experiences,” Dr. Ricker said. “Faculty and administrations have come and gone,

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but physical changes have been constant,” Dr. Ricker said in reflecting on his years at the College. “The curriculum has evolved from a discipline-based to a comprehensive model, which has afforded the students a great educational and patient experience. I think our model and school have produced some of the greatest students of any school in the country.” Dr. Ricker noted that the names of College of Dentistry colleagues he would like to thank “could fill a page,” but he particularly singled out Drs. Susan Rowan, Mike Santucci, Michael Dunlap, James Bryniarski, and Seema Ashrafi. In addition, Dr. Ricker said, he would like to thank “Dr. Steve Campbell for hiring me and for providing me support and flexibility in my position at the College. Former administrators Dr. Bruce Graham, Dr. David Clark, and Dr. James B. Ricker. Dr. Knight “were all influential in giving me direction and feedback,” he added. “I have had a great career, in part supported by the many people who make up our College family,” Dr. Ricker said. He noted that his first goal after retirement is to have some rest and relaxation. “No getting up at 5 a.m. and commuting in the dead of winter for over three hours a day,” Dr. Ricker said. He also is looking forward to a new fitness program and to travelling with his wife, Susan, whom he met when she was at the Wesley School of Nursing. The couple has a daughter, Janine, 34, “our fitness guru who has taught it all—aerobics, pilates, yoga, and more”—and a son, David, 32, business manager for School District 163 in Park Forest/Chicago Heights. “We have been to many presidential homes and museums,” Dr. Ricker said. “It would be nice to eventually see them all. We like historic sites and various parts of the country with different terrains and features. My main hobby is cooking. I might even take some classes.”

Nona Flores Retires After Lifetime Relationship With College, University

With the exception of “four weeks one summer,” said Nona Flores, Business Associate, Oral Biology, her entire working life has been with the University of Illinois. But 14

her relationship with the College stretches back to her childhood. Flores will retire Dec. 31. Her relationship with the University has been in every possible category: student, extra help, graduate teaching assistant (she earned her MA and PhD in English from Urbana), Civil Service (“I nearly failed my first Civil Service exam,” she recalled), Academic Professional (in Neurology and Pediatrics in the College of Medicine, and in HR at the College of Dentistry), and faculty (in the Department of Medical Education). “I also worked on the all-University committee to set up the HR component in Banner; please don’t hate me for that,” she said, laughing. Flores’ working relationship with the College of Dentistry goes back to her high school years, when she labored in the lab the late of Dr. Julia Meyer, one of the “Vienna Group” of brilliant College of Dentistry faculty with European backgrounds. Flores fed laboratory rats; looked up journal articles, checking out “huge bound journal volumes from the library and lugging them back to the department,” but sometimes sneaking in a PG Wodehouse read in the stacks; and did lab inventory. “I learned to use a microtome to cut paraffin sections,” Flores recalled. “I also learned, the hard way, not to whistle while lifting paraffin ribbons to the waterbath.” Dr. Meyer “changed my life,” Flores said. “She is perhaps the most remarkable person I have ever known. Tiny, cigar-smoking (in the office), casually dressed, heavy accent, terse. But her staff was devoted to her. I came back to the lab every summer, Christmas vacation, and spring break until I finished my PhD. She was interested in our studies and introduced us to a wider world.”

Nona Flores, enjoying art by Dale Chihuly.

Flores's relationship with the College actually reaches back to her pre-school days, however, thanks to her father, Dr. Sam Flores, Professor Emeritus, Restorative Dentistry. “My dad practiced Take Your Daughter to Work Day decades before this became an institutional practice,” Nona Flores recalled. “I’d be dressed up in my best poufy-

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skirted dress and patent Mary Janes.” She’d visit the clinics and meet with the College’s greats such as Dr. Howard Kubacki, Dr. Isaac Schour, Dr. Allan Brodie and Dr. Edward J. Forrest, several of whom would invariably give her “a handful of change for my piggybank,” she said. There sometimes would be an attempt to make a model of her mouth. Though bribed with Disney figurines, “I cried—roared actually—and wouldn’t hold still,” she recalled. “I still remember the taste of that impression material. Yuck!” Flores started at the College when it was located in 808 S. Wood St., when students had to wheel their instrument cabinets in the elevators when moving from floor to floor. “If you had a nasty argument with one of the elevator operators, you ended up walking a lot between Oral Pathology on the third floor and Histology on the 13th floor,” she said. In more recent times, Flores noted that a highlight at the College was her work with Dr. Tom Diekwisch and Dr. David Reed on the UIC Oral Biology Centennial conference in 2013, “a fabulous week of 12-14 hour workdays,” she recalled, noting that, “we had over 120 participants from all over the world. People still come up to our faculty and students at professional meetings and tell them what a great conference it was.” Concerning her retirement, Flores noted that “It’s really hard to say you’re going to retire for real when your 93-year-old father is still coming in to teach. You feel like a slacker.” Nonetheless, in retirement she will continue to enjoy theatre and concerts; she has submitted a proposal to teach at the Art Center in Highland Park; she plans on visiting Thailand and Cambodia; and she enjoys kayaking. “I’m also saving up to buy my own Segway,” Flores said. “If anyone in the College knows of a second-hand one for sale, please let me know.” Flores concluded, “I started my UI career in a College of Dentistry research department with a most remarkable researcher, and I’m ending it at a College of Dentistry research department full of terrific faculty, staff, and students—all of whom I will miss very much. I feel not just that I’ve come full circle—I feel that I’ve come home.”

Dr. James Buckman Passes Away; Taught Restorative Dentistry at College for 50 Years

Dr. James W “Jim” Buckman, Professor, Department of Restorative Dentistry, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 24. He was 75. Dr. Buckman earned his DDS from the College in 1964 and started a part-time private restorative practice, which he kept until 2009. After completing an internship at what was then called the West Side Veterans Hospital in 1965, he joined the faculty in the College’s old Department of Fixed Prosthodontics, which later became part of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He earned his Certificate in Prosthodontics from the College in 1975. December 2015

He served as Assistant Professor from 1965 through 1973, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1973. He was promoted to Professor in 1980.  He “retired” from the College in 1995, but continued teaching part-time for the next 20 years. Dr. Buckman served as Course Director for undergraduate and postgraduate occlusion courses until earlier this year. He had served as Interim Head of the Department of Fixed Partial Prosthodontics and as Director of the Fixed Partial Prosthodontics Section and Preclinical Section of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He was responsible for developing guidelines for teaching occlusion approved by the American Association of Dental Schools (now the American Dental Education Association).

Dr. James Buckman.

He served as President of the American Equilibration Society in 2013-14. He also was active in the Chicago Dental Society, American Dental Association, and American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Buckman was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and Psi Omega dental fraternity. He was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honors fraternity as a student. At the College, Dr. Buckman earned a Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching. He received the College’s E. Lloyd Du Brul Faculty Achievement Award for 1986, and the College’s F. William Towner Organized Dentistry Activity Award for 2013. Dr. Buckman served multiple terms on the College of Dentistry’s Executive Committee, Admissions Committee, Dean’s Advisory Committee, Faculty Promotions Committee, Student Disciplinary Committee (Chair), and Student Promotion Committee. Dean Clark Stanford called Dr. Buckman “an inspiration to many, many UIC alumni, faculty, staff, and students.”   “Dr. Buckman was a leading faculty member for 50 years and deeply cared about our College, students, and faculty,” said Dr. Stephen Campbell, Head, Restorative Dentistry. “He positively influenced the lives of thousands of students and practitioners over his 50-year academic career. 

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“Ultimately, his impact on patients and our entire Chicagoland and State practice community has been significant,” Dr. Campbell continued. “Dr. Buckman was simply one of the most special individuals we have ever had in the College of Dentistry, a patriarch of our family. He was highly regarded by all. “His presence was always a calming influence, always kind, respectful, and giving. We are all deeply saddened by his passing and will miss his counsel, humor, and enduring friendship,” Dr. Campbell concluded. Dr. Buckman is survived by Susan, his wife of 50 years; two children, Carolyn Oyster (wife of Randall) and James E. Buckman (husband of Kelly); five grandchildren; a brother; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials in his name may be made to the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, IL; the American Red Cross; or a charity of your choice.

Attend CDS Midwinter Meeting

The 151st Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting will be held at McCormick Place West Thursday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, Feb. 27, offering Continuing Education, hands-on learning, lectures, and commercial exhibits. Meet and mingle with colleagues from across the United States and around the world. Log on to the website at midwinter_meeting/midwinter_meeting.aspx for attendee registration, to view the course catalog and special events catalog, to download a Continuing Education certificate, and to download the meeting’s preliminary program. Register and enjoy caccess to the Exhibit Hall featuring the latest in professional products and instruments. You will receive a hands-on introduction to an array of equipment and materials, meet product representatives, and learn about state-of-the-science advances. Online registration will be available through Friday, Feb. 19. McCormick Place West is at 2301 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago. There is parking in Lot A of the West Building. See Information/Driving___Parking.aspx. For more information, call (312) 836-7300. The College will host a reception in conjunction with the meeting on Friday, Feb. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago. Visit with Dean Clark Stanford and friends and colleagues. For information, call (312) 996-0485 or email dentevent@uic. edu.



Dr. Antonia Kolokythas, Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was named Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health, part of the University of Rochester Medical Center.


SERVICE LEARNING—Khatijia Noorullah, Clinical Community Academic Manager, presented a poster, “Reflective Learning in Community Based Dental Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry” at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in November.

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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 of practices that are for sale. For adding or subtracting listings from this website, contact William S. Bike at Come join the professionals at ProCare Dental Group PC. Generous compensation, contemporary facilities, flexibility, autonomy, premier locations, continuing education, professional camaraderie. Part-time and full-time positions available. (847) 621-7229. (FDT) Dentists wanted: Associates earn $200,000 while gaining lots of great experience. We love to teach comprehensive pedo, surgical extractions, space maintenance, fillings, etc. to the right person. If you are willing to learn, we will keep you busy. Malpractice paid. Recent grads and H1B visas welcomed. Offices in Chicago and just outside Cook County. Email resume (as Word or PDF attachment only or paste resume in e-mail message) to (FA) General dentist: Family Dental Care. Full- or part-time. Several of our associates have become partners. Come and talk to them. Very high income potential. Specialists on staff. Currently four locations and growing. 95% fee-for-service. No Public Aid. (773) 978-7801 (ask for Laura) or e-mail http:/ (FA permanent)

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Facebook users can sign up to be a fan of the UIC College of Dentistry. Just type in “University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry” in the search bar of your Facebook page. (FN) 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)

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HALLOWEEN POTLUCK—Students held a Halloween potluck in Pediatric Dentistry on Oct. 30. The event was wellattended.

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EID CELEBRATION—The College’s Association of Muslim Dental Students, with support from the Diversity Advisory Committee hosted an Eid celebration Oct. 1. Dean Clark Stanford and Dr. Seema Ashrafi, AMDS Faculty Advisor, was joined by the AMDS Executive Board. General dentist four-day work week. Immediate opening for office located in Cissna Park, IL, approximately 30 miles north of Champaign, IL. Salary $120,000-$200,000 with bonuses and commission. For someone looking to get away from the corporate stress. Our office is pay per service and accept only one PPO. Please email your resume to: Windingroaddental@gmail. com. (FA)

Calendar December

6-14: Hanukkah, Jewish observance.

March 2016

3: Clinic and Research Day. Students, postgrads, and research staff present research achievements. There will be Continuing Education, dental products and service exhibits, a keynote lecture, and student awards. Call (312) 996-1027. 8: Dr. Marsha Babka, former faculty member and a member of the UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors, will speak to the West Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society on Using Magnification in Restorative Dentistry. The program begins with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at Barclay’s American Grille, 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, IL. To reserve a spot, email Two hours of CE credit available.

8: Dean Clark Stanford will speak to the West Side Branch of the Chicago Dental Society on the Management of Missing Teeth in the Transitional Adult. The program begins with cocktails at 6:15 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at Barclay’s American Grille, 1110 Pleasant St., Oak Park, IL. To reserve a spot, email Two hours of CE credit available.

23: 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.

18: Holiday Reception, 2-4 p.m., fourth or fifth floor.

27: Easter Sunday.

24-25: Christmas Holiday, College closed.

April 2016

26-Jan. 1: Kwanzaa, African American/interfaith observance. 31: Designated Holiday, College closed.

7: UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting preceding Legacies and Leaders event, UIC Forum. (312) 996-8495.

January 2016

1: New Year’s Day, College closed.

13 and 14: 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.

18: Martin Luther King Day, College closed. 31: UIC Dental Alumni Association Board of Directors meeting, UIC College of Dentistry. Call (312) 996-8495.

February 2016

National Children’s Dental Health Month. 4: Give Kids a Smile Day. Call (312) 413-7714. 26: Alumni Reception during the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, Virgin Hotel, 203 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago. 5 to 7 p.m. Call (312) 996-0485.

7: Endodontics Alumni Dinner, San Francisco, held in conjunction with the American Association of Endodontists meeting. Call (312) 996-7514.

15: Reunion. UIC College of Dentistry and Loyola University Chicago School of Dentistry alumni. Years ending in “1” and “6” highlighted. Alumni awards presented. Carlisle Banquets, 435 E. Butterfield Rd., Lombard, IL 60148. Email or call (312) 996-0485.

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FACULTY AWARDS—The University held a campus-wide awards ceremony on Oct. 21. Above, Dean Clark Stanford was honored by being named a UIC Distinguished Professor; he was congratulated by Chancellor Dr. Michael Amiridis and President Dr. Timothy Killeen. Right, Dr. Luisa DiPietro, Professor of Periodontics, Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, was selected as a University Scholar, and was congratulated by Upper right, Dr. Amiridis and Dr. Christophe Pierre, Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Aristotelis Marinis, Clinical Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry (2nd from left), received a Teacher Recognition Award. He is pictured at the event with Dr. Zizi Papacharissi (left), Professor and Head, Department of Communication; Dr. Nadine Naber (center), Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies; Dr. Heidi Schlipphacke (2nd from right), Associate Professor Germanic Studies, and Dr. Imke Meyer (right), Professor, Germanic Studies.

16: 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.

May 2016

4: Graduation and Awards Luncheon. Student Center West, 12:30 p.m. Call (312) 996-0485. 7: Commencement. UIC Forum and Rochford Tent. 10 a.m. Call (312) 355-5259.

September 2016

7 and 8, and 14 and 15: Local Anesthesia Course. UIC College of Dentistry. Fee is $950 for Illinois State Dental Society member dentist staff, $1,100 for ISDS non-member dentist staff. Email, log on to, or call (800) 475-4737. 17: 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.

30: Memorial Day, College closed.

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You are not a benchmark.

And at the Dentists Insurance Company, we won’t treat you like one because we are not like other insurance companies. We were started by, and only protect, dentists. A singular focus that leads to an unparalleled knowledge of your profession and how to best protect you in it. It also means that TDIC is in your corner, because with us, you are never a benchmark. You are a dentist first, last and always.

New Dentist Program $0 Professional Liability insurance for your first year 45% discount in your second year and 25% in your third Free Risk Management seminars to help you practice safely Five-minute short-form and e-signature make the online application process a breeze. Apply today at First year TDIC Professional Liability coverage rate depicted is for newly licensed and never practiced dentists in the state of Illinois and is valid for a $1M/$3M coverage amount. Rates subject to increase per schedule in years two through eight until they reach maturity.

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Word of Mouth

December 2015

Word of Mouth, December 2015, UIC College of Dentistry  
Word of Mouth, December 2015, UIC College of Dentistry