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Dear Friends and Family,

During this holiday season and throughout the year, I am thankful for the people who make the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry such a special place. Everyone plays an important role in fulfilling our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives.

Please click below or visit this link to watch a holiday greeting from our entire Dugoni School family.

Warm wishes to you and your loved ones!

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD

Dear Dugoni School Family,

As we look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving, I want to share my gratitude for all that each one of you do as part of our wonderful Dugoni School family. You, as our students, faculty, residents, staff, and alumni play a significant role in strengthening our humanistic culture and helping people live healthy lives.

As you gather to share a meal with your family or attend our Thanksgiving meal at school, please take a few moments to think about those who are less fortunate, especially the thousands of lives affected by the wildfires in the counties of Butte and Woolsey.

Thanksgiving week provides a great opportunity for us to show appreciation for those who have impacted our lives, to pause and reflect on the positive and incredible good in the world.

Thank you… I am inspired by how much you give to the school, our community, and profession.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the past few days, two deadly wildfires have erupted in California, the Woolsey Fire in Ventura County and the Camp Fire in Butte County. The Camp Fire has been described as the most destructive and deadliest in state history.

At this time, 30 percent of the Camp Fire is contained and as a result of the smoke drifting, the Bay Area’s air-quality index is in the unhealthy range. Members of the university community are advised to limit outdoor activities. The National Weather Service is not predicting any significant shift in the smoky conditions of the region until around the Thanksgiving holiday.

Updates about the location and status of the fires are available at the Cal Fire web site and in numerous local news media outlets including here.

Updates about air quality can be found at the EPA AirNow website.

These fires undoubtedly affect some of our own students, faculty, staff, alumni, and patients, or their friends and family members. We encourage you to be flexible with your schedule if you are being immediately affected or need to care for family members or other loved ones who are impacted by the fires.

Please also keep in mind that the University has an Employee Assistance Program available to employees and their dependents. This program offers free and confidential assessment and counseling services for people who are in need.

Resources for students include Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provided through the University. More details can be found here.

Students who would like more information about assistance available to them may also contact the dental school’s Office of Student Services on the 4th Floor.

With these disasters, please join me in keeping all the members of the Dugoni School family and their loved ones who have been affected by these terrible fires in your thoughts and hearts.

This week, November 5-10, we celebrate National Allied Health Week and National Radiologic Technology Week. This week-long celebration raises awareness of the important role of these professional colleagues.

Allied Health may be defined as those health professions that are distinct from medicine and nursing. In the U.S., there are about 8 million health care workers in over 100 allied health professional areas and representing about 60 percent of the health care workforce (excluding nursing, pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry). The recognition week is organized by the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals. To learn more, please visit this link.

National Radiologic Technology Week calls attention to the important role medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play in patient care and health care safety. The celebration takes place each year during the week that includes November 8 to commemorate the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen on November 8, 1895. The American Society of Radiology Technologists established this annual celebration and this year's theme is "Powerful Together." To learn more, please visit this link.

Please join me in thanking all our allied health professionals and the faculty and team members of our wonderful radiology service department. Together, we achieve our purpose of helping people lead healthy lives because of you.