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The American College of Dentists (ACD) Northern California Section honored Maggie Ma DDS ’22 with an outstanding student leader award and Dr. Alan Budenz with a distinguished faculty award. Please see a photo attached from the recent ACD event.

Some great news about our Orthodontic residents and faculty who attended the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists meeting. Four residents presented research posters and 1st and 2nd place awards went to Dr. Daniel Vohrees’ maxillary expansion study presented by Dr. Bianchi and Dr. Kyle Cuenin'sefficacy of caries detection using near-infrared imaging technology.

Congrats to DDS ‘24 student John (Travis) Huang, who won a Most Outstanding in Clinical Research award at the recent Hinman Student Research Symposium at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Thanks to all involved in organizing the Research Symposium for the American Association of Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research (AADOCR) San Francisco Chapter, held Thursday, November 3 at our school. Students, residents, and postdocs from the Dugoni School, UCSF School of Dentistry and Stanford presented their research posters to attendees and judges.

Some good news about the Dugoni School’s alumni magazine Contact Point, which is receiving an award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the issue “A Tribute to Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni” in the single topic/special edition category. Special thanks to editor Kara Sanchez, the team members in Design and Photo and Marketing and Communications and the magazine’s editorial board for all of their contributions to the success of Contact Point.

Two recognition opportunities are being celebrated this week. National Radiologic Technology Week(November 6-12) celebrates the vital work of our medical imaging and radiology technicians in providing patient care and health care safety. National Allied Health Professions Week (November 6-12) honors the nearly seven million allied health professionals who make a significant impact on our health care system. These professionals comprise 60% of the health care workforce and include audiologists and speech-language pathologists; physical, occupational and respiratory therapists; physician assistants; medical clinical laboratory scientists; EMT and paramedics; imaging specialists; nutritionists and dietitians; and more!

Finally, a reminder about the Free Veteran’s Health Event taking place this Thursday, November 10 on our 2nd floor clinics, offering free dental check-ups, hearing screenings, COVID-19 vaccines, and more. Thank you to our volunteers who are organizing the event on the day before Veteran’s Day. A flyer is attached. Please share with any veterans you may know or share this event link with them.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the recent CDA conference activities, including speakers at the event, volunteers at the school’s booth in the exhibit hall, and our alumni reception on campus. It was wonderful to connect with our alumni and other colleagues in person. We also held a meeting on our campus for leaders of CDA and all the California dental school deans (see photo attached). Alumni reception photos are available in the online gallery.

We also hosted a symposium with the Santa Fe Group, “Achieving Equitable Oral Health for Those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  A Promise – A Pledge – A Plan,” September 6-7 on our campus. Nearly 100 local, state, and national health care leaders attended. Special thanks to Dr. Allen Wong, program director, for his leadership in putting the program together, and to many others from the school who spoke, attended, and helped organize the symposium. Read more about it here.

The September ADEA Bulletin of Dental Education spotlighted our historic fundraising campaign. It was wonderful to see the acknowledgement of this ten-year campaign that included over 5,300 donors!  Also, the BDE included an article about the Men of Color in the Health Professions event that took place in August, which I had the opportunity to kick off as ADEA Chair. Links to both articles are available on ADEA's website.

Today, September 20, is National IT Professionals Day. A big thank you to our Pacific Technology team for all the work they do to support our people and programs. We appreciate the IT team’s cooperative and friendly approach in helping us learn, work, and care for patients.

I would like to wish everyone a happy Juneteenth, as our country officially celebrates our new federal holiday for the second year. Also, I encourage you to read a guest opinion piece written by Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi, Vice President for DEI at University of the Pacific, which was published over the weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle.

As we kick off Commencement Weekend, we have a special surprise tonight to honor our graduates.

Starting at dusk, San Francisco City Hall will be lit up tonight in Pacific’s university colors of orange and black in honor of the Dugoni School’s Commencement Weekend. We reached out to City Hall to request this special civic recognition in honor of the many ways that our graduates have positively impacted the community and were pleased to hear the good news about this special lighting request for tonight.  Thank you to Dr. David Lam for the suggestion and Associate Dean Dan Soine for making the contact to obtain the approval.

A public webcam where you can view City Hall is located here.

Step through webcam images of the City Hall lights below.

Also, as a reminder, the livestream link for Sunday’s Commencement Ceremony is available on the school’s YouTube channel here (also linked below)

We look forward to a wonderful weekend in celebration of our graduates, and thank you to the entire Dugoni School family for helping them reach this important milestone!