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Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Robert Spears presented “Contributions of the sympathetic nervous system to TMJ pain” Feb. 29 at the Moyer’s Symposium at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Hutchins B, Cobb S. When will we be ready for academic integrity? J Dent Educ 72(3): 359-363, 2008.

Other news
Dr. Bob Hutchins organized a symposium titled “Academic integrity and the millennial dental student: faculty roles and responsibilities” at the American Dental Education Association annual session March 30 in Dallas.

Dental Hygiene

Dr. Janice Dewald gave a presentation on allied dental careers at the Tenth Regional Predental Advisors’ Workshop March 28.

The following research posters were presented at the ADEA meeting March 29 – April 2 in Dallas (bold indicates the presenter):

DeWald Poster SessionNelms Poster SessionDewald JP,  Solomon ES. Impact of cultural competence instruction in a dental hygiene program, year 2. J Dent Educ 72: 224, 2008.

Muhney KA, Hutmann ME, DeWald JP, Campbell PR, McCann A, Schneiderman E. The prevalence of academic dishonesty in Texas dental hygiene programs. J Dent Educ 72: 213, 2008.

Nelms AP, Gutmann ME, DeWald JP, Campbell PR, Solomon E. What domestic violence victims want from the dental profession. J Dent Educ 72: 207, 2008.


Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Roger Alexander presented a half-day continuing education program titled “Diagnosis and management of dental patients with cardiovascular diseases and conditions” Jan. 8 to the Chicago Dental Society.

Alexander presented the same continuing education program for the First District Dental Society in Mount Pleasant, Texas, April 4.

Alexander RE, Ellis E. Principles of differential diagnosis and biopsy. In: Hupp J, Ellis E, Tucker M. Contemporary Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 5th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby, 2008.

Alexander RE. Incidence of use of unregulated herbal products by patients in sampled Texas dental practices. Tex Dent J 125: 26-36, 2008.

Other news
Alexander arranged for donation of two automated cardiac defibrillators, an emergency oxygen cart and tank, emergency drug kit and a first aid kit to the Dallas County Dental Society to equip their new dental van that will be used to provide free dental care to indigent Dallas County residents.


Burkhart N. The many faces of oral lichen planus. The Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice 9:1, 2008.

Delong L, Burkhart N. Oral Exams – Are you still performing one? RDH 27:12, 2007 (feature article).

Restorative Sciences

Dr. Stanton W. Cobb presented “Ethics in Dental Education” to Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society and Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society at a symposium March 29 at the 2008 American Dental Education Association annual session in Dallas.

Cobb presented “Academic integrity and the millennial dental student: faculty roles and responsibilities” March 30 at the ADEA symposium hosted by Dr. Bob Hutchins.


Cobb S, Hutchins B. When will we be ready for academic integrity? J Dent Educ 72(3): 359-363, 2008.

Other News

Hutson, Cobb ForensicsDr. Brent Hutson attended the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology 44th annual Forensic Dental Identification and Emerging Technologies Conference in Washington, D.C., March 10-14. Hutson is the forensic odontologist for the Collin County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

Hutson and Cobb collaborated with Dr. Ronald Wetherington of the Department of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University on the forensic dental examination of remains from more than 300 Pueblo Indians excavated from the Pot Creek site south of Taos, N.M. Each specimen was photographed and CT scanned, and appropriate dental impressions were made. Wetherington has been conducting an archaeological excavation at the site in New Mexico since 1965. 

Cataloging of the specimens was done to facilitate a return of all human remains excavated from the area during the study. Cobb accompanied Wetherington and doctoral student Katrina Whitley to witness the return of remains. Whitley featured Cobb and Hutson in her presentation to the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies.