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$3.4 million grant enhances college’s commitment to diversity

The first $700,000 of a recommended five-year, $3.4 million grant was awarded to the college in July. The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers of Excellence program, advances one of the college’s chief goals: to further increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students that it enrolls and faculty that it appoints and retains.

The comprehensive program, “Bridge to Dentistry: Awareness to Practicing, Teaching and Research,” will link the Dallas Independent School District, three undergraduate institutions and community-based entities. It means some exciting enhancements are in store for the dental school over the next several years, specifically in the newly minted Office of Student Development and Multicultural Affairs, led by professor and director Dr. Ernestine Lacy.

To shed light on how this up-and-coming Dallas-based program will address national issues like faculty shortages, Lacy, the grant’s principal investigator, will share some of the thoughts and ideas behind the initiative. Read about it in the September issue of the Baylor Dental Record Online.

 

Alumnus wins Academy of General Dentistry Humanitarian Award

Dr. Kevin Seidler ’78 recently was honored with the 2012 Humanitarian Award during the Academy of General Dentistry 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia. Seidler, who runs a restorative, cosmetic and implant dentistry practice in The Colony, Texas, also founded ServingHIM, a Christian medical and dental mission organization.

Since starting the group in 1998, Seidler, along with approximately 500 volunteers, has traveled to far-reaching countries like India, Moldova, Ukraine, Romania and even Cuba to provide oral health care, extractions and more.

Only 14 AGD members have been recognized with the humanitarian award, which honors individuals whose service, quality care and civic leadership have helped to promote the general dentistry field. 

 

Two faculty members to serve Texas Dental Association council

Faculty members Drs. Jacqueline Plemons and Eric Solomon will serve the Council on Dental Education, Trade and Ancillaries for the Texas Dental Association as chair and council member, respectively.

The council addresses a number of issues, including:

  • workforce concerns (scope-of-practice, education and training requirements, etc.);
  • quality education;
  • recruitment to underserved areas (through associateship seminars); and
  • course work for dentists and dental assistants.

Plemons, who was an existing member, moved to the position of chair during the TDA annual session in May. This marks Solomon’s second appointment to the council, which he previously served from 2005 to 2009. 

 

Highland Park alumna’s blog site offers practical advice, insight for the modern female dentist

In case you haven’t seen it, Dr. Ritu Rao ’03 has a blog site, bizzytoothmommy, offering female dentists practical advice for all matters business and personal. Postings on the site range from personal anecdotes on motherhood to tips for incorporating social media into a dental practice.

Rao, who has a family and cosmetic dentistry practice in Highland Park, Texas, says she hopes the blog provides an informal, ‘big-picture’ resource for recent graduates, while still offering clinical and business resources.

 


Condolences

Eva Fowler

The college offers sympathy to Annette Pearson, administrative coordinator in clinical affairs, whose grandmother, Eva Fowler, passed away June 21.

Funeral services were June 29 at First United Methodist Church in DeWitt, Ark.

 

Genevieve Jones

Sympathies are extended to Tonja Jones, administrative coordinator in diagnostic sciences, whose mother, Genevieve Jones, passed away July 8. Services were July 12 at Sunnyvale First Baptist Church, followed by interment at Ridgeview Memorial Park in McKinney, Texas.

 


Reminders

Get Up and Give on Sept. 13

North Texas Giving Day 2012 is slated for Sept. 13, which means that those who want to give can simply access the DonorBridge website between 7 a.m. and midnight to make a donation to Baylor Oral Health Foundation. The foundation exists to provide monetary support to the college beyond what state funding provides, in order to support Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry’s leading-edge research, academic programs and scholarships, among other initiatives.

During the annual giving day, a percentage of each donation of $25 or more will be matched.

 


Events

For early-bird specials, register now for 2012 Smile Walk and Run

The 2012 Smile Walk and Run fundraiser has a new location, date and pricing structure. Scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 6 at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas, registration prices for the 5K run are as follows:

June 1 – Oct. 2: $30

Oct. 6, Race Day: $40

Those 18 years and younger can register for a $20 fee.

The college and Baylor Oral Health Foundation are among several sponsors for the fundraiser, which benefits Community Dental Care, including:

  • Henry Schein;
  • Griffin Dental Lab;
  • Structures & Interiors;
  • Higginbotham & Associates; and
  • The Alliance of Dallas County Dental Society.

 


New faces

The college’s most recent hires

(No photo available) Kelli Buckner                
Staff Diagnostics Senior Transcriptionist
New Hires Patricia Murillo              Staff General dentistry Patient Appointment Associate
New Hires Dr. Sarah Paulowsky Rice  Faculty Pediatrics Assistant Professor 
(No photo available) Dr. Phillip Wilson Faculty General Dentistry
Assistant Professor


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