Advancing in April

The Dugoni School was in the spotlight in numerous ways at the American Dental Education Association’s Annual Session held recently in Orlando, Florida. We have enjoyed a long history of leadership at ADEA, helping shape the future of dental education for thousands of students. Our faculty, staff and students shared their knowledge in a variety of program sessions, at the ADEA TechExpo and through research poster presentations. You would be proud to have seen them in action!

Dr. David Chambers, professor of dental education, was honored with the national “Gies Award for Achievement — Dental Educator” during the conference. What a fitting award for someone who has advanced how we train dental professionals for decades. Our student Will Keeton DDS ’18, who serves as a leader on the ADEA council of students and residents, had the honor of introducing Dr. Chambers at the ceremony. This award marks the fourth ADEA Gies Award that our dental school or its leaders have received since the Gies awards program began in 2008.

Also making news was Dr. Michelle Brady, assistant professor and group practice leader, who was selected for ADEA’s 2018 Enid A. Neidle Scholar-in-Residence Program. The program offers the recipient a unique opportunity to focus on issues affecting women faculty members in dental education. Dr. Brady will receive a stipend to pursue a cumulative two- to three-month fellowship at the ADEA office in Washington, DC. She will be working on the topic, "A Development Model to Support Female Faculty Academic Advancement and Leadership Potential in a Dental School Environment," with the goal of creating a pathway for female faculty to develop, starting as students.

Efforts to advance women in the profession continue back here on campus as well. Our student-driven chapter of the American Association of Women Dentists has been very active on campus. Recent activities included a keynote presentation by faculty member Dr. Natasha Lee ’00, current president of the California Dental Association.

Our students across all of our programs are staying involved in organized dentistry at local, state and national levels. Several students and faculty from our Dental Hygiene program even visited the state capitol during a recent Legislative Day organized by the California Dental Hygienists’ Association.

With sincere gratitude to the thousands of generous members of our Dugoni School family, we have now surpassed the $50,000,000 milestone in our $65,000,000 comprehensive campaign supporting our stellar people, programs, and place. Many philanthropic gifts have been eligible for the University’s wonderful 1:1 Powell Match program, doubling the donors' impact for our student, faculty, and staff members.

Our alumni continue to make a difference across the country and around the globe. One of these people is Dr. Colin Wong ’65, who was honored this past weekend with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Smiles in recognition of his many years of treating children with cleft lip and palate in China. Thousands of children have healthy and beautiful smiles thanks to the efforts of Dr. Wong, who serves as an adjunct professor and our school’s Vice Dean for China/U.S. Relations.

The leadership of Drs. Chambers, Brady and Wong, along with so many of our other alumni, students, and faculty, are inspiring examples of the Dugoni School family making a difference in the world of dental education — and the world at large.