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    2018 Graduates

    DDS Graduates
    Tareq Ahmad Abdulrasoul
    Sophia Aramoon
    Martin Gregory Bailey
    Lindsay Marie Biggs
    Brittany Ann Bingesser
    Shawn Boehm
    Todd Christian Brueckner
    Matthew Lee Buswell

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    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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    Congratulations, 2018 Graduates!

    The UMKC School of Dentistry celebrated its 2018 graduates with plenty of pomp and circumstance during the commencement ceremony held Friday, May 11.

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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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    Meet our Newest Faculty Members

    Dr. Timothy M. Barry has joined the faculty as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Clinical Sciences. Dr. Barry earned a BA in a biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (’80) from UMKC School of Dentistry.

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    In Memoriam

    Bruce K. Barrow (DDS ’81)

    Penelope E. Copeland (BSDH ’70)

    Victor Davis (BSDH ’76)

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    Class Notes

    Classes of the 1960s
    Charles M. Cobb (DDS ’64), Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, has become an Honorary Member of the American Laser Study Club (ALSC).

    Terrel R. Myers (DDS ’69) has been named a 2017 Top Doctor in Dallas, Texas.

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    A Fantastic Day “Fore” Golf!

    Golfers enjoyed a warm, but beautiful day on the course Friday, June 1, at Shoal Creek Golf Course for the 19th Annual UMKC Dental Alumni Scholarship Golf Tournament. Attendees were treated to food, fun, and some antics including wingspan drawings, putting contests, and a few mulligans.

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