School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff Honored

Dozens of awards and achievements, along with hundreds of years of service, were honored September 18, 2018 at the UMKC School of Dentistry Faculty and Staff Recognition ceremony.

At the annual event at the Diastole Scholars Center, Dean Marsha Pyle said its people were what made the school great, so it’s important to pause and recognize them. She took the time to announce the 155 recognitions. You can see them all here. By the numbers, they break down this way:

— 384 years of service among the 15 people retiring
— 440 years of service among 33 faculty and staff recognized at milestones of 5 to 35 years of service
— 29 new faculty and staff members
— 12 faculty promotions or achievement awards
— 3 staff awards
— 21 distinguished teaching and recognition awards
— 21 service recognitions
— 27 journal publications and 1 book chapter by 9 faculty members
— 12 research grants in excess of $50,000

Find the program from the event here.

Enjoy photos from the event.

 

Dr. Pam Overman honored for her nearly 40 year tenure at the School of Dentistry

A celebration on August 30th honored of the retirement Dr. Pam Overman and recognized her many accomplishments and dedication during her nearly 40 year tenure at the School of Dentistry. The event was hosted by the UMKc Dental and Dental Hygiene Alumni Associations and the School of Dentistry at Diastole.  Find photos from the event here.

Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal Visits the School of Dentistry

As part of his introduction to the UMKC, Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal is touring each of the units on each campus. He is looking forward to learning more about each school and interacting with students, faculty, and staff. Wednesday, August 29th the Chancellor toured the School of Dentistry.  Chancellor Agrawal comes to UMKC from University of Texas San Antonio Health Science Center and has a real passion for health services.  Enjoy photos from the visit.

Record Number of AEP Students Graduate

The graduating DDS Class of 2018 includes a record nine students who participated in the School’s Admissions Enhancement Program (AEP).

The School’s Admissions Enhancement Program (AEP) was established in 2011 to develop culturally diverse candidates to the UMKC School of Dentistry by strengthening their foundational knowledge, academic skills, and interactions with individuals across the dental profession. Since its inception, 86 students have successfully completed the AEP. During the 2017-2018 school year, 30 students were former AEP participants.

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Student News

ADA “Dentist and Student Lobby Day” on Capitol Hill

Jessica Sliger (DDS Class of ’18) was among the dental professionals and dental students attending hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill with legislators and their staffs on April 10 as part of ADA Dentist and Student Lobby Day to advocate for oral health-related issues.

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Faculty News of Note

Dr. Carole McArthur, a professor in the Department Oral and Craniofacial Sciences, is performing a large HIV clinical study in Congo, Africa, funded again by Abbott Labs. This is the largest HIV clinical study carried out by a UMKC faculty member in Africa with the exception of a previous study her team carried out between 1998-2004 to develop and evaluate HIV diagnostic tools. At the recent Conference for Retroviral and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, Mass., the CEO of Abbott Laboratories, Dr. John Hackett, described Dr. McArthur’s and her colleagues’ 2017 findings on HIV diversity as, “incredible.” “Thus we are funded for another year for this high impact research,” says McArthur. “We have 34 clinical sites set up in the greater Kinshasa area in one of the most difficult environments in the world to carry out research successfully! In March I traveled to Africa to review these sites. I have been invited to Panzi Hospital on the eastern border of Rwanda to initiate a further HIV collaboration and evaluate their dental clinic infectious disease program. Panzi Hospital is notable for the program associated with the survivors of the shocking Tutsi genocide in early 2000s and with the International Criminal trials which followed for many years.”

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Rock Your Socks

The UMKC SOD community participated in “Rock Your Socks,” Wednesday, March 21, to support World Down Syndrome Day by wearing their craziest socks. When people asked about their socks, participants were encouraged to help bring awareness of all the incredible individuals born with Down’s Syndrome.

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