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					                 A Publication of the University of North Carolina
                            Dental Alumni Association
                              Spring 2007 • Volume 24, Number 1

School Celebrates
Forty Years of Dental
                           UNC D E N TA L A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N

                       Board of Directors
President                             2nd District                       5th District
Dr. Richard Pence
DDS Class of 1971                     Dr. Scott Davenport                Dr. Barry Belton
Lincolnton                            DDS Class of 1984                  DDS Class of 1985
                                      Charlotte                          Rocky Mount
Vice President
Dr. G. Bennett Smith                  Dr. Mustafa Shah-Khan              Dr. Phyllis Cook
DDS Class of 1983                     DDS Class of 2002                  DDS Class of 1996
Mount Airy                            Charlotte                          Ayden

Secretary-Treasurer                   Dr. Michael A. Webb                Dr. Mary Lynn King
Dr. John G. Buchanan                  DDS Class of 1979                  DDS Class of 2001
DDS Class of 1983                     Charlotte                          Wilmington
                                      3rd District                       Out-of-State
Immediate Past President
Dr. John Matheson                     Dr. Bryan Cobb                     Dr. Michael F. Hasty
DDS Class of 1969                     DDS Class of 1977                  DDS Class of 1986
Asheville                             MS Class of 1979                   MS Class of 1990
1st District                                                             Ex-Officio
                                      Dr. Ralph Leonard
Dr. Keith Dedmond                     DDS Class of 1985                  John Williams, DMD, MBA
DDS Class of 1975                     Chapel Hill                        Dean
                                      Dr. Scott Michael Vines            Kelly Almond
Dr. Scott Eidson                      DDS Class of 1996                  Executive Director
DDS Class of 1978                     Reidsville
Lenoir                                                                   Jennie Boone
                                      4th District                       Executive Secretary
Dr. Brad Morgan
DDS Class of 1981                     Dr. Stan Hardesty                  Craig Dorian
Canton                                DDS Class of 1993                  Senior Class President
                                      Raleigh                            DDS Class of 2007

                                      Dr. Robert Hollowell, Jr.
                                      DDS Class of 1986

                                      Dr. Deuce Roberson
                                      DDS Class of 1999
                                        NORTH CAROLINA


The North Carolina Dental Review is published
twice annually by the Dental Alumni Association
and the Dental Foundation of North Carolina for
alumni and friends of the UNC School of

John N. Williams, DMD, MBA

Kelly Almond, BA, UNC ’94
                                                   5     A Timeline of Dental Discoveries at UNC
Executive Director, Dental Alumni Association            School Celebrates Forty Years of Research
Associate Director, Dental Foundation
of North Carolina

Assistant Editor
                                                   19    School News
Courtney Jones, BA, UNC ’01                              Thank You Day CE Course
Contributing Writers
                                                         Dental Hygiene Commitment Ceremony
Chrys Bullard, BA, UNC ’76                               40 Years of Research
Deb Saine, BA, UNC ’87

Ramona Hutton-Howe                                 24    Faculty News
Will Owens, BA, UNC ’88                                  Faculty Notes
Cover Art & Graphic Design
Alison Duncan, BA, UNC ’96,
Duncan Design                                      27    Student News
                                                         Student Profile
We welcome your comments, opinions or
questions. Please address correspondence to              Student Update
Kelly Almond at the UNC Dental Alumni                    Student Notes
Association using the address below, or by
e-mail at

Dental Alumni Association                          34    Dental Foundation News
UNC School of Dentistry                                  Deans Club Ball
Campus Box 7450
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599                        Campaign Update
                                                         Why I Give

                                                   40    Alumni News
                                                         Alumni Profile
                                                         Alumni Notes
                                         MESSAGE       F RO M T H E      DEAN


Dear Alumni and Friends:
   n June of 1967, the School of Dentistry took a huge step in its development

I  with the opening of the Dental Research Center. We celebrated this 40-year
   milestone in dental discovery earlier this year with several events, including a
keynote Dental Research in Review Day address from Dr. James W. Bawden.

    The Dental Research Center was        (fiscal 2006). More importantly,         in a high-quality education for our
completed near the beginning of           this ranking reflects research that is   students. This year, our School is
Dr. Bawden’s eight years as dean.         asking compelling questions about        embarking on a major DDS
Dr. Bawden had also received our          the role of oral health in systemic      curriculum revision; building on
School’s first individual research        health, the underlying causes of         my decision to increase clinic atten-
grant from the National Institute of      chronic pain and treatments for          dance last year, I have asked our
Dental Research (now the National         craniofacial malformations, among        new associate dean for academic
Institute of Dental and Craniofacial      other issues.                            affairs, Dr. Janet Guthmiller, to lead
Research, or NIDCR). The memo-                Clearly, we stand at another         this curriculum revision initiative.
ries and insights he shared with us       crucial crossroads in positioning our    We are identifying ways to offer our
earlier this year reinforced the          School for continued educational         students even more patient-care
DRC’s critical role in establishing       and research excellence. The DRC         experience for the world they will
our School as one of the preemi-          has not received significant renova-     enter as practitioners—particularly
nent dental institutions nationwide.      tions during its 40-year history, and    our third- and fourth-year DDS
Not surprisingly, Dr. Bawden              its antiquated structure is proving      students.
received a standing ovation after his     more and more insufficient in                Carolina 2010: School of
remarks.                                  sustaining our faculty members’          Dentistry Academic Plan, featured in
    Dr. Bawden and Dr. John               promising research. The N.C.             this issue of the North Carolina
Brauer understood that to truly           General Assembly has generously          Dental Review, is our School’s
offer our students the best educa-        appropriated $5 million for the          blueprint for sustained excellence
tion possible, the School of              planning and design of our pro-          within our missions of education,
Dentistry had to establish leader-        posed Dental Sciences Building, and      research, patient care and service.
ship in oral health research. We          I would heartily encourage you to        As the enthusiastic response to
could not forfeit our obligation to       let your elected officials know how      Dr. Bawden’s dental research pres-
prepare our students for research         vital this building is to the advance-   entation demonstrated, our School
discoveries that would influence          ment of oral health in our state.        of Dentistry is, and always has
their experiences as practitioners.           The proposed Dental Sciences         been, a community with a shared
We could not forfeit our stake in         Building, as currently designed,         commitment to improving the oral
the nation’s emerging opportunities       would add state-of-the-art educa-        health of our fellow citizens. You
for research that would have a            tional and research space and            are an important part of that
positive influence on oral health.        technology. The design includes an       community, and I welcome your
    Establishing this research leader-    auditorium able to seat more than        thoughts on Carolina 2010.
ship involved the sacrifice, hard         200 people, several 100-plus-seat
work and vision of many people.           lecture halls and larger seminar         My warmest wishes,
Forty years after the creation of the     rooms. We currently have no
DRC, the School of Dentistry is           lecture halls within our buildings
number three of all dental institu-       that can seat more than 80 people.
tions nationwide in NIDCR fund-               Of course, state-of-the-art
ing in the most recent numbers            educational space is only one factor     John

                MESSAGE        F RO M T H E      A S S O C I AT E D E A N         FOR   R E S E A RC H


Dear Friends:
        his year marks forty years since the doors to the Dental Research

T       Center at the School of Dentistry first opened. A dedication ceremo-
        ny complete with stage and podium, distinguished guest speakers,
and a lawn full of alumni and friends marked the occasion. The men wore
suits; the women, hats. Then-UNC President Bill Friday addressed the
crowd along with the School’s first dean, Dr. John Brauer, who travelled
from his new home in California to be present for the occasion.

    For the School of Dentistry in          As dean of research for the            research and discovery leads to
1967, the opening of the Dental         School, I’m often asked why the            economic development for the state
Research Center was a big deal.         School spends its resources and the        by spinning off companies, patents
    Forty years later, it remains so.   time of its faculty on research. It’s a    or licensing.
    Why? Read on. We’ve designed        good question, as there can seem a             Finally, many people who are
this issue of the North Carolina        disconnect between safety goggles,         drawn to academic careers are
Dental Review to offer a journey        petri dishes and surveys and your          drawn to opportunities to uncover
through the history of dental           day-to-day practice. But in truth,         new knowledge. To do so, these fac-
research at UNC and to highlight        the radiographs you take of your           ulty look for schools that strongly
some of its impact on your practice     patients every day were once a             foster that inclination. Carolina’s
and on the oral health of the           discovery in a scientist’s laboratory.     long-standing reputation for robust
patients you treat.                     Imagine doing your work without            evidence-based research is a critical
    The journey as you see it here is   them. Our research today leads to          attractor for the recruitment of new
by no means exhaustive, nor is it       your best practices tomorrow.              faculty and the retention of the
anywhere near its end. Indeed, the          But there’s more than that. At         superlative faculty we have.
research being conducted within the     UNC, we are fortunate to be a den-             With that said, I hope you enjoy
walls of the School of Dentistry        tal school among a full complement         this first research-oriented issue of
today is some of the most com-          of exceptional health affairs schools      the North Carolina Dental Review
pelling and trenchant the field         at a top-tier university which has a       and put it down having learned
has to offer. For proof, peruse the     mission to conduct research. To            something new about the promis-
stories on the ongoing work of our      fulfill this mission, the university       ing and useful work taking place in
faculty members, Drs. Tim Wright,       has established tertiary care clinics      Chapel Hill.
Bill Maixner and Steve                  which not only foster and enhance
Offenbacher.                            research, but provide highly-special-      Sincerely
                                        ized assistance to patients and the
                                        community that general clinicians
                                        cannot.                                    Pat Flood, PhD
                                            Research also serves as an eco-        Associate Dean for
                                        nomic base for the School. The             Research
                                        process of discovery spins off funds
                                        that provide for the hiring of faculty
                                        and the support of programs that
                                        bolster the educational mission of
                                        the School. At the same time, novel

                           L OF
   A Ti                         DENTI
        m                                  RY
  of D eline
 Disc ntal
at U veries

                                            It’s a wonderful life.
                                           Take a Frank Capra moment and imagine
                                            your practice without dental research,
                                            then explore this timeline of tangible
                                                contributions from Carolina’s
                                               forward-thinking scholars. Like
                                                Jimmy Stewart’s pocketful of
  by Chrys Bullard ’76                                Zuzu’s petals, it’s a
                                                        reality check.

                              1950                                                                          1956
                              Under the leader-                           1953                              A $6 million nod from
                              ship of Dean John                           Research into mercury             Congress benefits dental
                              Charles Brauer,                             amalgams necessitates a           research nationwide. Grants
                              Carolina’s School                           temperature- and humidi-          to Carolina from this money
                              of Dentistry opens                          ty-controlled environ-            fund investigations into
                              on Sept. 20, edu-                           ment. The Dental                  fluorides, tooth calcification
                              cating 40 students in two Quonset           Foundation air-conditions         and maturation, dental assis-
                              huts. The Dental Foundation forms           a lab in the basement of          tant training, cancer, dental
                              to fund initiatives in preventive           the original building and         materials, high-speed hand-
                              dentistry, research and continuing          presages the need for the         pieces, diamond stones and
                              education at the new school.                Dental Research Center.           tungsten carbide burs.

     1948                        1950                             1952                            1954                          1956

1947                                                                     1952                               1955
In 1856—three years before the                                           The National Cancer                The School names Dr.
American Dental Association—the                                          Institute funds research into      Kermit Knudtzon director of
North Carolina Dental Society formed to                                  oral cancer. The school opens      Dental Research. He consoli-
advance its trade as a science. By 1947,                                 its first building, welcomes       dates departmental initiatives
these savvy professionals knew the state                                 its first patient in the Private   that include the cause of
needed its own school. A 1947 survey         1951                        Patient Clinic and becomes         voids in dental gold castings,
proves their hunch and by 1949, legisla-     Carolina receives           the first school in the nation     dimensional changes in wax
tion formalizes appropriations for the       $4,665 from the             to allow educators to practice     patterns, image clarity in
dental school at UNC.                        Atomic Energy               in the School as part of their     dental radiographs and grad-
                                             Commission to               work-week, enhancing               uate student investigations in
                                             study tooth devel-          salaries that attract top          orthodontics and pediatric
                                             opment and its              faculty to the School.             dentistry.
                                             relation to dental
If walls could talk
These do. Biomedical investigation and discovery within the laboratories of the Dental Research
Center find voice in scholarly, peer-reviewed articles and journals, the mainstream media, in profession-
al conferences and weekend workshops. Funding seeds the process. It built the Center that attracts
the scholars who solicit the grants that advance the research informing the dentists who improve
their practice (somewhat like The House that Jack Built).Thanks to the Dental Research Center and its
groundbreaking scientists, we consistently rank among the top dental schools in the nation for attract-
ing elite funding from the National Institutes of Health—all benefiting your 8–5 schedule. From water
fluoridation, advances in pain and infection control and improved dental materials to the pathogenesis
of periodontal disease, the viral properties of HIV infection and temporomandibular joint disorders,
Carolina research is as much a part of patient care as your warm smile and gentle touch.

1957                                                                                                                    1967
Federal grants support record numbers of                                                                                Success! Funded by the Dental
graduate student and post-doc fellowships.                                            1963                              Foundation, the NIH grant and
Research funding advances the practice of                                             Dean Brauer appoints              University trust funds, the Dental
bonding ceramics onto chrome. The School                                              Dr. Bawden assistant              Research Center building opens,
launches a training program in the expand-                                            dean and coordinator of           signaling Carolina’s commitment
ing field of dental epidemiology.                                                     Research.                         to world-class dental research.

    1958                                 1960                                1962                               1964                                    1966

                                           1961                                                                     1966
                                           Dr. J.W. Bawden receives the                                          Bawden succeeds Brauer as dean of
                                           school’s first National Institute                                     the School and Dr. Andrew Dixon
                                           of Dental Research RO-1 grant                                         joins the faculty as assistant dean for
                                           to study the placental transfer                                       Research and director of the Dental
                                           of calcium and fluoride. The                                          Research Center. Dixon investigates
                                           National Institutes of Health                                         craniofacial nerve
                                           (NIH) offers a $492,000 chal-                                         tissue, sparking
                                           lenge grant to build the Dental                       research into neural mecha-
                                           Research Center building. The                         nisms, mineralization, speech,
                                           Dental Foundation accepts the                         immunology, growth, bioma-
                                           challenge and begins fundraising                      terials and hemostasis. Projects
                                           to match the grant.                                   encompass cleft palate, pain
                                                                                                 control, tooth and bone forma-
                                                                                                 tion, wound healing, transplants
                                                                                                 and composite restorative materials.

                                           Cutting our teeth
                                           Pediatric dentist and father of five, James Wyatt Bawden, looked into toothless, baby-faced grins and saw
                                           science. Could tooth formation and dental health be influenced prenatally? He applied to the National
                                           Institute of Dental Research for a grant investigating the placental transfer of calcium and fluoride and
                                           received it, ushering in the School’s first individual research project grant and heralding a new age of
                                           discovery. Bawden’s grant signaled to other Dental Research Center scientists that our scholars could
                                           compete for the most prestigious national funding and win it. His ensuing investigations established
                                           baseline science that has influenced the practice of dentistry and medicine for decades: nutrient require-
                                           ments for preterm infant formulas, implications for maternal alcohol and drug use, preventive dentistry
                                           for Medicaid-eligible children and fluoride sealants, just to name a few.
                                                   Student research receives a
                   1974                            financial boost: the Dental
                   In more accolades,              Foundation awards $20,000
                   Columbia University sur-        to the School. The Dental
                   veys the nation’s graduate      Research Center celebrates its
                   schools in 17 fields, and       10th anniversary as a national
                   Carolina’s School of            research institute supporting
                   Dentistry comes out on          20 full-time researchers, and
                   top. Dr. Raymond White          the NIH funds a post-doc
                   becomes the School’s            program in craniofacial pain
                   third dean.                     mechanisms and control.

            1973                         1975                          1977

1973                                    1975
We’re number one: the School            Investigations into the physiology
ranks first in the nation, becomes      and pharmacology affecting calcium
the nation’s first dental school to     metabolism attract attention as
manage clinics via computer and         Dr. Philip Hirsch, professor of pharma-
the Dental Research Center is           cology in the School of Medicine is
named one of five regional dental       named director of the Dental Research
research institutes in the country.     Center. The School purchases a scanning
The National Institute of Dental        electron microscope to enhance research.
Research funds investigation of the
cerebral cortex function, especially
nerve pathways as they relate to
pain. Miss A. Jane Hunter
bequeaths $25,000 to support
graduate student research.
Cleft Lip/Palate: An About Face                                                     anti-acne drug, isoretinoin.The UNC Craniofacial Center draws from
Tad Lincoln, beloved son of Abe and Mary Todd, was born with a cleft                physicians and practitioners in adult general or pediatric dentistry, audiol-
that remained untreated, eventually rendering his speech unintelligible.            ogy, genetics, otolaryngology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics,
Today, the birth defect is still no respecter of persons: In 2006, 6,800            pediatrics, plastic surgery, prosthodontics, psychology, social work and
infants came into the world with a cleft lip, palate or both, ranking these         speech-language pathology to ensure total patient care. We have earned
anomalies first among the 18 most common birth defects in the United                an international reputation for research and treatment that improves out-
States. Scholars in the School of Dentistry are gaining ground.Thanks to            comes, drawing scholars, professionals, patients and more to our doors: In
decades of research, cleft lip/palate are both preventable and treatable.           1997, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) and the
Our labs discovered an increased frequency of newborns with cleft                   Cleft Palate Foundation ended a 23-year affiliation with the University of
anomalies in mothers taking the anticonvulsive drug, lamotrigine, and the           Pittsburgh to join the School’s Department of Dental Ecology.

1979                                                                                      1985
Breakthrough! Researchers in the                                                          Out of the lab and into the
Dental Research Center discover a                                                         operatory: addressing the short-
link between a drug commonly                                                              age of community practitioners
used to treat epileptics and the fre-                                                     whose backgrounds include
quency of cleft lip in newborns.                                                          advanced scientific research
The Center receives $1.5 million in                                                       skills, the National Institute               1987
renewed funds and Rolfe O’Neill,                                                          of Dental Research grants                    Twenty years and going
publisher of The Charlotte Observer                                                       $1.9 million to the School. Dr.              strong: the Dental
writes, “Welcome to North                                                                 John Stamm becomes assistant                 Research Center celebrates
Carolina: We Produce the World’s                                                          dean for research and director               two decades of scientific
Best Dentists.”                                                                           of the dental research center.               excellence.

  1979                                 1981                                                                         1985                                 1987

                            1981                                                                                              1988
                            Newsweek takes notice:                                                                            In the mid ’80s, Carolina becomes
                            A member of the Dental                                                                            the nation’s top school of dentistry
                            Research Center faculty,                                                                          for fiercely competitive NIH
                            Dr. Jacob Hanker, identifies                                                                      grants and contracts, and—for the
                            a previously undiscovered                                                                         first time in the School’s history—
                            form of white blood cells.                                                                        every clinical department receives
                            The finding receives main-                                                                        these valuable funds. Inquiry
                            stream press. Dr. Ben Barker                                                                      begins into orthognathic surgery,
                            assumes deanship of the                                                                           the clinical impact of early versus
                            School.                                                                                           late orthodontic
                                                                                                                              intervention, pulp
                                                                                                                              biology, geriatric
                                                                                                                              dentistry and den-
                                                                                                                              tal implants.

    Murphy to Manteo and Beyond                                                         ed: to be a world leader in improving oral health through excellence in
    No brag—just fact: As the School of Dentistry started improving the                 education, patient care, research, public service and engagement. We are
    health of North Carolinians, others began to take notice. Research done             well on our way. Recent PhD/visiting professorships include participants
    in hushed labs emerged in respected publications and scholarly presenta-            from Peru, Nigeria, China, Iceland—nearly 20 countries in all. International
    tions that suddenly had people talking—all over the world. International            research spans the globe from the Malawi HIV and Oral Diseases
    dental scholars sought collaborative research relationships with our facul-         projects to the UNC-Hawaii Low Birth Weight Study and many more.
    ty. We welcomed visiting professors from around the world and recipro-              International companies such as Unilever (England) Sunstar (Japan) and
    cated.The nearby Research Triangle Park promoted an international col-              AstraTech (Sweden) partner with us for scholarly research. Informal
    legiality that inspired multidisciplinary thinking and cross-cultural discov-       collaborations are underway in Africa, Singapore,Tai, Canada, Colombia
    ery. While the School’s mission remains to promote the health of North              and 12 other countries. Mention that you earned your DDS from
    Carolinians through teaching, research and service, its vision has expand-          Carolina, and a dentist from Germany just may nod with approval.
 To be (or not to be) removed.                                          Tulloch’s research found that the common preventive practice
                                                                        of removing wisdom teeth in the teen years didn’t necessarily
 That is the question.                                                  translate into best practices when it came to costs tallied in dol-
 Did Mother Nature’s infinite wisdom include—pardon the pun—            lars and misery. Other newsworthy research explores periodontal
 wisdom teeth? Our ancestors lost most of their teeth to decay by       problems in middle-aged and older adults who keep their wisdom
 the time their 3rd molars appeared, making these hearty grinders       teeth intact. A new $2 million study led by former dean Dr.
 handy to have around. But like the “fight-or-flight” response that     Raymond P. White discovers how to predict which patients are at
 saved us from wild animals, wisdom teeth are less essential to our     high risk for wisdom teeth infection and other quality of life issues.
 lives today—though no less intriguing. As noted in the New York        What is conventional wisdom about wisdom teeth? It’s getting
 Times, chair of the UNC orthodontic department, Dr. Kitty              wiser thanks to Carolina’s place at the top in 3rd molar research.

                                  1992                                                                                 The School draws more than 400
                                  Front-page news! The New                1994                                         medical and dental scientists to
                                  York Times features Dr. Kitty           Research draws a crowd:                      its largest and most prestigious
                                  Tulloch’s research into                 student representatives from 52              symposium to date: Periodontal
                                  alternative strategies for the          dental schools throughout the                Diseases and Human Health:
1990                              management of wisdom                    U.S. and Canada attend the                   New Directions in Periodontal
National and interna-             teeth. The Minority High                30th Annual Dental Students                  Medicine. National and interna-
tional media smile on             School Student Summer                   Conference on Research, host-                tional media spotlight Drs.
School researchers who            Research Apprentice Program             ed by Carolina. Dr. Patrick                  Steven Offenbacher and James
develop an inexpensive,           celebrates ten years of helping         Flood is named associate dean                Beck for their exploration of the
modern way to whiten              teenagers conduct and                   for Research and director of the             link between periodontal infec-
teeth.                            present research.                       Dental Research Center.                      tion and premature births.

       1990                               1992                                1994                                 1996                              1998

1989                              1991                                1993                                1995
The School                        Setting his sights on               U.S. News and World                 History repeats itself
names Dr.                         increased funding,                  Report ranks Carolina               when the School ranks
Stamm its                         renovations and faculty             among the top three den-            among the nation’s top
dean. Carolina hosts the          recruitment, Dr. Roland             tal schools in the nation.          three in competitive NIH
Conference on Risk                Arnold becomes director             Johnson & Johnson                   funding. The American
Assessment in Dentistry,          of the Dental Research              awards professor of                 Dental Association recog-
introducing national and          Center and Assistant                orthodontics, Dr. Robert            nizes orthodontics professor,
international audiences           Dean for Research.                  Kusy, a grant to research           Dr. Bill Proffit, with the Norton
to a management strategy          The estate of Dora Lee              biosensors that determine                            Ross Excellence in Clinical
based on risk assign-             Brauer, widow of the                an individual’s health,                              Research award. The
ments, indicators and             School’s first dean, estab-         replacing outdated popu-                             Orofacial Sensory
planned preventive treat-         lishes a fund supporting            lation methods. The                                  Disorders Center opens to
ments.                            pilot research projects             School launches a PhD                                explore multidisciplinary
                                  undertaken or endorsed              program in Oral Biology.                             responses to neurological
                                  by the faculty.                                                                          diseases.

                       Ph.D.-- Phinally Done                                                   They help generate new knowledge disseminated through confer-
                       As old jokes go, PhD can mean Pizza hut Driver, Please hire,            ences and publications to be harvested by industry.They establish
                       Desperate, or Phinally Done. For the School of Dentistry in 1995,       new truths that advance inquiry, and their research informs best
                       it meant a serious commitment to seeding brilliance. “The best          practices: For example, in 2005, Charlotte dentist and former
                       research programs have a mix of senior, mid-level and junior peo-       doctoral student Dr. Matthew Savage studied more than 9,000 of
                       ple,” said Dr. John Stamm, former director of the Dental Research       N.C.’s preschool-aged Medicaid children and discovered that early
                       Center and dean emeritus. Under his leadership, ensuing PhD             preventive dental visits encouraged the likelihood that children
                       programs in Oral Biology and Oral Epidemiology ensured it. Only         would use preventive services as they grew older. Perhaps best of
                       the best need apply: Statistics from 2002 show that out of 81           all, many of our PhD candidates remain at the School to become
                       inquiries, 25 students applied to the PhD program and four were         faculty members, sharing their experience and expertise with the
                       accepted. Fresh-thinking PhD’s feed the genius of our academy.          next the generation of our nation’s dentists.
                                                                                                              What’s next?
                                                                                                           Exploratory, creative and dynamic
1998                                                                                                     research pushes boundaries. Generous
The Craniofacial Center receives a $3.5 million grant to
                                                                                                            financial resources drive change.
create the first national registry that measures the outcomes
of craniofacial surgery, highlighting the most effective treat-        2004                                 Invest in the transforming power
ments for craniofacial anomalies. Partnering with Wake                 The Academy of Dentistry             of research and make a profound
Forest University, School researchers locate and clone the             International names retiring            contribution to tomorrow’s
gene responsible for tricho-dento-osseous syndrome, a                  dean, Dr. John Stamm,
                                                                                                                    dental arts, today.
mutation that results in defective—but extraordinarily                 International Dentist of the
strong—teeth. Treatment for osteoporosis may benefit.                  Year. A $25,000 gift from the
                                                                       Holiday Dental Conference
                                                                       Foundation stimulates
                                                                       research by creating an annual
                                                                       clinical research award.

     2000                            2002                         2004                            2006                          2008

1999                              2001                                                2005
Under the leadership of           Triple crown: NIH funding puts                      Dr. John Williams is named dean. Dr. Bill
Dr. Patrick Flood, the            Carolina third among all dental                     Maixner makes news exploring a genetic pre-
School receives $2.1 million      schools in the nation. Dr. Steven                   disposition to the way people experience pain,
per year for five years to        Offenbacher earns a Special Impact                  opening the door to individualized treatment.
create the Comprehensive          Award from the National Healthy                     $19 million from the NIDCR—the School’s
Center on Inflammatory            Mothers, Healthy                                    largest award to date—supports this and
Disorders, courtesy of the        Babies Coalition for                                TMJD research in the Orofacial Pain Center.
National Institute of Dental      his research into                                   In a boost to regenerative thera-
and Craniofacial Research         periodontal dis-                                    pies, Dr. Lyndon Cooper
(NIDCR).                          ease, prenatal                                      and collaborators discov-
                                  complications                                       er a method to convert
                                  and birth                                           human fat stem cells
2000                              outcomes.                                           into human bone cells.
The School marks its
50th anniversary.

     eg ins a h                                    Instead, he turned his       consequences ever since.
“It B nds wit                                  attention to dentistry:             “My research always starts
     E       ds”
                                                “For one thing, it’s more       with something I’ve seen clinical-

      the Ki                                     accessible than outer
                                                  space, and I liked my
                                                                                ly — I’m looking for a way to
                                                                                help my patient. It all begins
                                                   family dentist. I didn’t     and ends with the patient. Or in
                                                    like what he did to me,     my case, with the kids.”
                                                     but I liked him a lot. I      Something of a kid himself,
                                            get that now from my                Wright better resembles your
                                       patients and their parents. They         favorite uncle — the fun, irrever-
                                       don’t like what I do to them, but        ent one who livens up holiday
by Kelly Almond ’94                    they like me okay.”                      meals — than the man behind
                                           Early on in his career, the plan     the safety glasses inspecting the
    For Tim Wright, the road to a      was to practice general dentistry        beakers. That he is both makes
career in complex pediatric dental     out West: “Work four days a              him a treasure to the kids he
research began with the chance to      week and ski the rest.” Plans            treats, to their parents and to his
pet a skunk.                           changed when Wright took his             colleagues.
    The “skunk”— a toy com-            first job in the public health              “Tim brings an infectious
prised of a strip of furry white       arena and began working with             enthusiasm to everything he
cloth on top of black cloth that       children. With his interest              does,” says Mike Roberts, DDS,
would rise up like an arched back      piqued, Wright sought specialty          MS, Henson Professor and for-
when rubbed — was the reward           training in pediatric dentistry.         mer chairman of the department
Wright’s childhood dentist             He opted to attend the                   of pediatric dentistry, which is
offered his young patients at the      University of Alabama because,           now chaired by Wright. “His
end of a visit to his chair. “He’d     among other things, they enthu-          patients feel that enthusiasm and
pull it out of one of those shallow    siastically offered a post-doctoral      know they can trust him to take
drawers in an old dental cabinet       research training program funded         care of them.”
so you could pet it and it would       by a National Institutes of Health
do its thing. He had me at             (NIH) fellowship.                        THE RESEARCH:
skunk.”                                    As he worked on his specialty
    The son of a chemist, Wright                                                    In layman’s terms, Wright’s
                                       training, Wright began looking at
grew up in a small town in West                                                 research probes the causes of
                                       academic dentistry as the means
Virginia with dreams of becom-                                                  abnormalities in tooth formation
                                       to have the greatest impact on
ing an astronaut. “Because of my                                                at the genetic level. As Wright
                                       the population he cared about
dad, I was always into science                                                  explains it, “lots and lots” of
                                       most. It occurred to him that he
and had the best chemistry set in                                               genes are involved in forming a
                                       could treat hundreds of children
the neighborhood. As a kid, I                                                   single tooth and there is a host of
                                       in practice himself, or he could
liked fooling around with experi-                                               ways that formation can go
                                       train other people to treat
ments — seeing what I could                                                     wrong. His research focuses on
                                       children and have an impact on
blow up. I did that pretty much                                                 identifying which genes are the
                                       hundreds of hundreds. Hundreds
all the way up until high school.                                               source of a given problem.
                                       of hundreds became the goal.
    “I kind of lost interest in high                                                Being able to identify which
                                           During his time in the clinics
school—by then, there were                                                      genes are at play in a particular
                                       in Alabama, Wright found him-
girls and cars—better kinds of                                                  patient’s case leads to a better
                                       self encountering case after case
experiments to try."                                                            diagnosis and treatment plan for
                                       of children with genetic dental
    About the same time Wright                                                  that patient — important because
                                       abnormalities. Motivated by a
was conducting these better                                                     many tooth malformations can
                                       desire to find the causes of these
experiments, he began to bring                                                  have similar manifestations
                                       abnormalities in the hopes of
his career aspirations down to                                                  though wildly different causes.
                                       treating and, ultimately, prevent-
earth. “Let’s face it — my chances                                              Knowing the cause is essential to
                                       ing them, Wright has been con-
of getting in the space program                                                 being able to inform the patient
                                       ducting research into genetic
weren’t all that good.”                                                         about their condition and what
                                       malformations in teeth and their

                                                                                                                      photo by Will Owens
   “My research always starts with something I’ve seen clinically —
I’m looking for a way to help my patient. It all begins
          and ends with the patient. Or in my case, with the kids.”

    they can expect, as well as to        which gene wasn’t doing its             dren, and have lower self-image
    being able to treat it.               work in forming the teeth of the        than their unaffected siblings.
        For Wright, it’s an interesting   affected mice and dogs, replaced           Improving the understanding
    time to be involved in this           it with a functioning gene and          that these disorders are not
    particular science. The NIH has       new, normal teeth are generating.       merely a matter of aesthetics
    launched an initiative encourag-           While still early in the discov-   should help patients and their
    ing geneticists to “build” a tooth.   ery process, such promising out-        families receive coverage through
    Wright sees the value of this, but    comes suggest a better life awaits      their health insurance to offset
    adds gravely: “Hey, even Star         patients battling genetic tooth         the costs of treatment.
    Trek didn’t go so far as to build a   malformations in the future.
    tooth. They gave out new spinal            Another part of Wright’s work              ■   ■   ■   ■   ■

    columns, but they never tried         is to study the psychosocial
    building a tooth.”                    effects of the genetic disorders           Wright was recently named
        Whatever the hesitation of        he encounters. Currently, it can        the first James Bawden
    scientists in far-off galaxies, the   cost around $100,000 for the            Distinguished Professor for the
    research here on Earth looks          treatment of disorders related to       School of Dentistry and divides
    promising. A Swiss group is hav-      tooth formation, and that’s mere-       his time between administering
    ing some success building teeth       ly to get a child to adulthood.         his department, conducting his
    in mice and dogs afflicted with       Wright’s research has proven that       research and taking care of his
    ectodermal dysplasia — a condi-       it’s medically necessary for affect-    patients. But it’s not all work
    tion characterized by the abnor-      ed children to receive treatment        with no play — it’s serious busi-
    mal development of the outer          for these disorders. Untreated          ness with a wink. Fitting for the
    layer of tissue which can affect      adults demonstrate lower educa-         man whose career was launched
    skin, hair, teeth, nails and sweat    tion levels, are less likely to be      by a toy skunk.
    glands. Researchers identified        married, less likely to have chil-

                                                                                                                    photo by Will Owens

                                            factors for chronic pain, par-   years when he took a job in the
                                             ticularly the pain associated   department of surgery at Iowa.
                                              with TMJD, or temporo-         It was there he realized that
                       ursui n
                                               mandibular joint              pain — its origins, manifestations
                      P                         disorder.                    and psychological impact — had
                          Pai                       A born scientist,        not received much attention in the
                                                 Maixner’s career in the     scientific community.
                                                  pursuit of pain began          By his junior year, he was doing
                                                   thoughtfully and at a     formal research into the subject
                                                   young age. “For as long   and presenting his findings at
                                        as I can remember, I was always      national research conferences.
                                     interested in making life better for        Less than two years later, when
                                     others — in improving the human         he received his bachelors of science
by Kelly Almond ’94                  condition.”                             degrees in both biochemistry and
                                         For Maixner, science held the       zoology, Maixner already had well-
   Most of us do what we can to      keys to that improvement and            formed thoughts about his future
avoid pain in life. Bill Maixner     initially led him to the study of       career path: he wanted to be a
spends his days pursuing it.         psychiatry and philosophy as an         clinician/scientist. “Dentistry
   When Maixner, professor in the    undergraduate at the University of      seemed to me the obvious career
department of endodontics, joined    Iowa. Over time, however, his           choice for marrying research into
the faculty at UNC in 1986, he’d     interests migrated toward the hard      pain with practice.”
been working with pain for a         sciences and the treatment of               Unfortunately, there was no
number of years. Maixner is one of   disease.                                academic tract for clinician/scien-
the world’s foremost researchers         Pain first piqued Maixner’s         tists at the time — one could either
into the genetic causes and risk     interest during his undergraduate       be a clinician or a scientist. The

“For as long as I can remember, I was always
interested in making life better for others —
                     in improving the human condition.”
only way to be both was first to        aches, neck pain and tension.         with TMJD have already been
earn your doctor of dental surgery      Often, TMJD sufferers are in some     identifitied, and drugs currently
degree and then return for more         form of pain all the time.            indicated for other conditions may
years of academic training to               Despite the number of symp-       be useful in combating the symp-
receive your PhD.                       toms and the level of discomfort      toms of TMJD and other chronic
    Undaunted, Maixner proposed         experienced by the patient, x-rays    pain conditions in the future.
to the departments of dentistry         and other tests often reveal no           A small clinical trial is currently
and medicine at the University          apparent physical cause for           underway using the drug
of Iowa his own plan to achieve         TMJD — a frustration for its          propanolol for the treatment of
simultaneous dual degrees. It           sufferers, who can be inclined to     TMJD. Presently, propanolol is
would require the development           wonder if they’ve lost their grip.    indicated for the treatment of
of a special curriculum to earn a           They haven’t. The proof? A        hypertension and anxiety, but
DDS as well as a PhD in pharma-         series of complex studies conduct-    because of its ability to block the
cology over the course of six years.    ed by Maixner and his team            body’s receptors for epinephrine, it
    The administration at Iowa          revealed that there is, in fact,      holds promise for the sufferers of
accepted his proposal and a career      a genetic component to an             TMJD and other chronic pain
was born.                               individual’s susceptibility to and    conditions.
    Maixner left Iowa in 1983 with      experience with chronic pain.             Identifying potential drug treat-
a pocketful of degrees to work as           The studies spanned several       ments is only one step in the over-
one of a select few fellows at the      years and involved hundreds of        all goal for Maixner and his fellow
National Institutes for Dental and      female subjects (female because       researchers. Ultimately, they hope
Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).          women are more likely to suffer       to achieve well-formed methodolo-
Shortly thereafter, UNC came call-      from TMJD and other chronic           gies for the clinicians who are
ing, wanting the gifted researcher      pain conditions), who were free of    diagnosing and treating patients
to further his pursuit of pain from     chronic pain at the beginning of      suffering chronic pain. How close
the top of the Hill.                    the study. The subjects offered       are they to that goal? “I believe
                                        samples of their DNA and under-       we’re two-thirds of the way there,”
THE RESEARCH:                           went a variety of tests designed to   says Maixner, so matter-of-factly
                                        measure their pain threshold, or      that TMJD sufferers have good
    Maixner’s research, which he
                                        the levels at which they were able    reason to be encouraged.
conducts in concert with a team of
                                        to tolerate pain.                         In 2006, the NIDCR sponsored
talented researchers in the Center
                                            The results from these tests      the research being done by Maixner
for Neurosensory Disorders at
                                        were then combined to develop a       and a group of fellow researchers
UNC, delves into the genetic and
                                        pain “portrait” for each subject.     from UNC and around the country
environmental causes of chronic
                                        Over time, the studies indicated      to the tune of $19 million. It was
pain, particularly the kind associat-
                                        that those subjects whose portraits   the largest grant ever received by a
ed with TMJD. The Center’s
                                        included a particular genetic trait   researcher at the University of
scientists also look at what risk
                                        linked to the body’s ability to       North Carolina —a University
factors might cause a person to be
                                        break down the stress hormone         which has as part of its mission the
more likely to suffer from chronic
                                        epinephrine were more likely to       promise “to improve the condition
pain or certain chronic pain condi-
                                        develop TMJD or suffer another        of human life.”
                                        chronic pain condition.                   Maixner and his team are
    TMJD is a baffling disorder
                                            These findings should be a        helping the University fulfill that
affecting between 5 and 15% of
                                        source of hope to TMJD sufferers      mission through their work —
the population that manifests itself
                                        and the dentists and physicians       pursuing pain for the ultimate gain
in a veritable buffet of misery:
                                        who treat them, as new drug tar-      of relieving it for good.
searing, shock-like pains in the jaw
                                        gets for the symptoms associated
when chewing, headaches, ear-

    Dr. O’s research began nearly three decades ago with the
    premise that the mouth is not distinct from the body and that
    factors affecting the health of the mouth more than likely hold
systemic implications for the body as a whole.

                                            with the rest of your body.           implications for the body as a
                    NBA      CHER           The gums could be horribly            whole.
          EN   OFFE
   STEV                                     diseased and teeth could be               Today, a sizeable body of
                    nd                         rotting, but these factors would   evidence suggests this premise is
               rch a                            seldom, if ever, be linked to     true. How so? There may be
          Resea O Zone                           other diseases or medical        multiple ways that periodontal
             the                                 conditions present in the
                                                  same body.
                                                                                  disease impacts other systemic
                                                                                  diseases like diabetes and cardio-
                                                      It was this divide —        vascular disease, but in the case
                                                   the scientific disconnect      of pre-term and low birth weight
                                                    between the arts of medi-     babies, animal and human studies
                                                    cine and dentistry — that     suggest its impact could be
                                              has for years seized the atten-     manifold.
                                            tion of Dr. Steven Offenbacher,           That infections in pregnant
                                            OraPharma Professor of                mothers can cause problems
     by Kelly Almond ’94
                                            Periodontology, and director of       during pregnancy is not news.
                                            UNC’s Center for Oral and             Between one-third and one-half
         Imagine for a moment: you          Systemic Diseases (COSD).             of all premature births are linked
     have an open wound on your             That the divide is beginning to       to infection in the mother. And
     fore-arm roughly the size of your      disappear is due, in part, to         those infections that induce fever
     palm. It is bleeding and puss-         Offenbacher’s prodigious work         in expectant mothers are known
     filled and painful. It has not         examining the link periodontal        to cause a host of problems,
     been treated and you are not           disease has to cardiovascular         among them miscarriage,
     feeling well. You determine to         issues and to pre-term and low        premature birth and the birth of
     see your physician.                    birth-weight babies.                  abnormally small babies.
         Your physician examines                Referred to as “Dr. O” by his         On one hand, infection causes
     you— your eyes, your ears, your        staff, Offenbacher reigns over        these dangers by triggering the
     throat. He draws some blood,           what they call “the O Zone”— a        mother’s body to defend itself
     listens to your heart, orders a bat-   modest laboratory in the Dental       against it. To do so, her body
     tery of tests. In the end, he gives    Research Center that has, shall       produces chemicals to beat back
     you a diagnosis and a treatment        we say, the patina of age to it.      the offending virus or bacteria—
     plan, all without looking at or        The lab, along with the COSD’s        chemicals that can be harmful
     addressing the swelling, infected      laughably remote and compact          to the developing child and its
     sore on your arm.                      warren of offices, defies the         environment. Threats introduced
         That would never happen,           sophistication of the science tak-    by these chemicals include the
     you say. And you’re probably           ing place, as well as the singular    impairment of normal fetal
     right. Move the swelling, infected     reputation in which the COSD’s        growth, as well as precipitate
     sore from your arm to your             research is held world-wide.          contractions and cervical dilation
     mouth, however, and it happened            Dr. O’s research began nearly     which can lead to premature
     all the time for many years.           three decades ago with the prem-      birth.
         For ages, there was something      ise that the mouth is not distinct        On another hand, infection
     of a scientific divide between         from the body and that factors        threatens a normal pregnancy by
     what was happening in your             affecting the health of the mouth     the inflammation it causes in the
     mouth and what was happening           more than likely hold systemic        mother’s body. Inflammation can

                                                                                    findings were later confirmed in
                                                                                    humans by studies undertaken at
                                                                                    another university. Other COSD
                                                                                    studies rendered the conclusions
                                                                                    that fetal exposure to the mother’s
                                                                                    oral bacteria is common, and
                                                                                    exposure to enough periodontal
                                                                                    bacteria to trigger an immune
                                                                                    response in the fetus leads to two-
                                                                                    and-a-half to three times the risk
                                                                                    for premature birth.
                                                                                        While the link between
                                                                                    periodontitis and complications
                                                                                    with pregnancy cannot yet be
                                                                                    termed unequivocal, the evidence
                                                                                    produced by the work of Dr. O,
                                                                                    the COSD and other researchers
                                                                                    worldwide is substantial. So sub-
                                                                                    stantial, in fact, that health insur-
                                                                                    ance companies have taken note
                                                                                    and initiated new policies: some
                                                                                    are now providing coverage for
                                                                                    pregnant mothers undergoing
                                                                                    periodontal treatment.
                                                                                        This is no small achievement,
                                                                                    but there is other good news as a
                                                                                    result of the COSD’s work.
                                                                                    Periodontal disease can be pre-
                                                                                    vented, and where not prevented,
                                                                                    can be managed. Treatment for a
                                                              photo by Will Owens
                                                                                    suffering expectant mother can
occur in the membranes of the            It follows then that the infec-            be provided safely and, by limit-
placenta, weakening their struc-      tious properties of periodontitis,            ing the spread of infection and
ture and encouraging the condi-       as well as the inflammation it                inflammation, have a swift, posi-
tions for premature labor. At the     causes, could profoundly impact               tive effect on her health and the
same time, animal studies on pla-     the health of a pregnancy. It is              health of her unborn child.
cental inflammation demonstrate       this theory that drives the                       In time, as studies grow more
a variety of ill effects, including   research being conducted by                   conclusive, other preventive
edema which can destroy tissue,       Dr. O and the COSD.                           measures may result, including
and damage to blood vessels —            So far, studies conducted in               the development of vaccines to
causing them to shrink and            the COSD have determined that                 protect developing babies from
inhibit bloodflow and the flow of     oral bacteria in both mice and                the harmful bacteria produced by
nutrients from the mother to the      rabbits can cross the placental               oral infections. Until such time,
child.                                barrier and reach the fetus. These            the work of the COSD goes on.


■ APRIL 2007
   April 13                        Provisional Restoration Fabrication Workshop: A Hands-on Course
   April 20                        Annual Harrell Symposium: Fiber Posts and Shade Selection in Restorative
                                   Dentistry featuring Dr. Thom Ziemiecki
   April 20 – 23                   Annual Shankle Lecture: Differential Diagnosis — Is It Really Toothache?
                                   and Forensic Dentistry featuring Dr. Asgier Sigurdsson
   April 27–11                     Annual Dental Hygiene Lecture: Periodontal Health to Overall Health –
                                   News You Can Use featuring Maria Perno Goldie
   April 27 – 28                   Advanced Functions in Dental Assisting: A DA II Prep Course

■ M AY 2 0 0 7
   May 4                           OSHA and Infection Control Annual Update Training (morning)
   May 4                           Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office (afternoon)
   May 11                          OSHA Compliance Made Easy and HIPAA Update
   May 11                          Update in Oral Surgery for General Practitioners
   May 11                          Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Annual Update
   May 31– June 2                  Update in General Practice 2007

■ JUNE 2007
   June 1– 10th                    Annual Straumann Lecture
   June 8                          Esthetics and Conservative Operative Dentistry for General Practitioners:
                                   Posterior Composites
   June 14 – 16                    Annual Dental Review at Myrtle Beach, SC
   June 30 – July 7                CE at Sea – Cruise of the Greek Isles featuring Dr. David Paquette

■ J U LY 2 0 0 7
   July 15 – 17                    Carolina Radiology Institute for Dental Radiology Educators
   July 18 – 19                    Clinical Oral Pathology for Educators
   July 23 – 28                    Annual Prosthodontics for General Practitioners on Hilton Head Island
                                   featuring Dr. Charlie Goodacre, Dr. George Blakey and Dr. Fernando Rojas

■ AU G U S T 2 0 0 7
   August 3                        Clinical Excellence in Dental Hygiene
   August 16 – 19                  Institute for Teaching & Learning – Part 1
   August 24                       Esthetics and Conservative Operative Dentistry for General Practitioners:
                                   Ceramic Restorations

   For Additional CE Course Information Please Contact:
   Continuing Dental Education
   UNC School of Dentistry, CB 7450, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450
   Phone: (919) 966-2729, Fax: (919) 966-8954

                                            SCHOOL NEWS


                                                                                                                  photo by Ramona Hutton-Howe
School Honors Part-Time Faculty with
first “Thank You Day” CE Course
    The first Thank-You Day CE        by the Dental Foundation of            Prosthodontics. It also gave the
Course for part-time faculty par-     North Carolina and football            departments the opportunity to
ticipating in clinical teaching for   tickets to the UNC vs. Wake            discuss the pre-clinical curricu-
Operative Dentistry, Fixed            Forest football game sponsored         lum and what is expected of
Prosthodontics and                    by Dean John Williams.                 students in terms of quality
Comprehesive Care began with a            The course was planned for         standards, techniques, materials,
free continuing education course.     the mutual benefit of part-time        and instrumentation. The course
The course was designed especial-     faculty members and the two            highlighted the preparation and
ly for part-time faculty to honor     restorative clinical departments.      restoration techniques taught pre-
their significant contribution to     The departments wished to show         clinically in both disciplines and
the School’s clinical programs.       appreciation to their adjunct          was intended to promote a more
The course was held in October        faculty for their invaluable con-      consistent educational experience
2006 at the School of Dentistry       tribution to the School, and par-      for the students as they progress
and offered three hours of CE         ticularly their clinical teaching in   from the pre-clinical labs to
credit for participation, along       Operative Dentistry and                clinical patient care.
with a barbecue lunch sponsored

Dental Hygiene Students Affirm
Commitment at Ceremony
     They had just completed a          donned blue lab coats and                 Erin Ross, president of the
 first semester of rigorous learn-      affirmed their commitment to          dental hygiene Class of 2008,
 ing, and on January 7, members         advancing the public’s oral           gave the student address, encour-
 of the UNC School of Dentistry’s       health.                               aging the other members of her
 dental hygiene Class of 2008                “As these dental hygiene stu-    class — 35 in all — to use the
                                        dents enter the arena of patient      next three semesters to strengthen
                                        care this semester, we thought it     their skills and increase their
                                        appropriate to recognize the seri-    knowledge.
                                        ousness of this step and congratu-        Donna Reed Collins, presi-
                                        late them for their sincere com-      dent of the North Carolina
                                        mitment to improving the health       Dental Hygiene Association, was
                                        of our state’s citizens,” said Dr.    the ceremony’s keynote speaker
                                        Sally Mauriello, director of the      and offered three critical success
                                        Dental Hygiene Program.               factors to the Class of 2008:
                                            Mauriello offered introductory    always respect patients, be profes-
                                        remarks at the ceremony, and          sional in all aspects of life and be
                                        Dean John N. Williams spoke           flexible.
                                        about the “sacred relationship”           The keynote address was fol-
                                        between patients and those            lowed by the donning of the lab
                                        health-care providers who care for    coats and the recital of the dental
                                        patients. “We need to recognize       hygienist’s pledge. The ceremony
 Dr. Sally Mauriello, director of the
 Dental Hygiene Programs, stands
                                        the tremendous accomplishments        concluded with a reception for
 with members of the Class of 2008,     you have made as students and         families and friends of the dental
 including (L to R) Seung Jeon,         the joys you will experience in       hygiene students.
 Sarah McPeters and InAe Kim.           your careers.”

School Ranks Third in National Institute for Dental and
Craniofacial Research Funding
    The UNC School of Dentistry         outcomes that will improve the        “The NIDCR recog-
 ranks third among dental               lives of people throughout North
 institutions nationwide in 2006        Carolina and beyond. The              nizes the critical role
 National Institute for Dental and      NIDCR recognizes the critical
 Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)          role research at this School is
                                                                              research at this School is
 grant funding. The NIDCR is            playing in the future of patient      playing in the future of
 a component of the National            care and has funded it according-
 Institutes of Health.                  ly. We are proud of the accom-        patient care and has
    “Dental research has a long         plishments of our distinguished       funded it accordingly.”
 history at Carolina, dating back       faculty, not so much for the sake
 to the early 1950s,” says Dr. John     of science, but for the sake of the   DEAN JOHN WILLIAMS
 N. Williams, Dean of the School        patients who will ultimately
 of Dentistry. “From its begin-         benefit from their hard work and
 ning, this research has focused on     discoveries.”

                                                                                                                     photo by Ramona Hutton-Howe
School Joins Prosthodontic Leaders
in Discussions on Future of Research
    The UNC School of Dentistry         organizer and director of graduate     American College of
and the American College of             prosthodontics at the School of        Prosthodontists in
Prosthodontists Education               Dentistry. “We can do this without     response to demand
Foundation (ACPEF) co-sponsored         sacrificing our commitment to          for research sup-
a recent symposium at which oral        clinical excellence. Every prostho-    port, has funded
health research leaders discussed the   dontist’s contribution to the          prosthodontic-
best ways to advance patient-direct-    ACPEF is necessary to achieve the      related research
ed prosthodontic discovery.             excellence in research necessary       since 1985. The
    “The Scope of Prosthodontic         to restate the significance of our     funded research
Research,” held in January, featured    clinical specialty.”                   has been conducted
presentations by deans, chairs, and          “This was a first-ever and        entirely by post-
academic, military and corporate        important event in terms of this       graduate students com-
investigators from throughout the       type of summit on the future of        pleting their specialty edu-
United States and Canada.               prosthodontic research, and our        cation. In supporting this
Presenters discussed activities under   School of Dentistry was honored        prosthodontic-related research, the
way to strengthen prosthodontic         to host it,” Williams said. “The       ACPEF has provided necessary and
research and its impact on the          discussions were substantive and       otherwise unavailable funding for
future of patient care.                 demonstrated just how powerful         more than 120 projects that have
    “The participants have indicat-     collaboration will be in advancing     increased the overall understanding
ed their desire to build our research   prosthodontic research. What was       of many dental conditions and
infrastructure and to reinforce         discussed will become a crucial        promising treatment outcomes.
prosthodontics’ place in the            building block in the advancement          Other symposium sponsors
biomedical academic environment         of the research that is most respon-   were Astra Tech Inc., 3M ESPE
through research activity,” said        sive to patient needs.”                and Ivoclar Vivadent.
Dr. Lyndon Cooper, symposium                The ACPEF, created by the

 “Dental Research at UNC-Chapel Hill: Past, Present and Future”
                                                       A Symposium

                            On February 20, the         celebration of its 40 years of

 School of               School of Dentistry hosted a
                         symposium, “Dental
                         Research at UNC-Chapel
                                                        oral health research.
                                                           The next day, February
                                                        21, the School hosted its

 Dentistry               Hill: Past, Present and
                         Future,” that focused on the
                         school’s contributions to
                                                        annual Dental Research in
                                                        Review Day, featuring
                                                        research poster viewing and

   Honors                research and the future of
                         oral health discovery.
                         Presenters were UNC School
                         of Dentistry researchers and
                                                        judging, and a keynote pres-
                                                        entation by dean emeritus,
                                                        Dr. Jim Bawden, on the
                                                        history of research at the

40 Years of              the director of the National
                         Institute of Dental and
                         Craniofacial Research
                                                        School. The entire School
                                                        community was invited to
                                                        attend both events.

  Research               (NIDCR).
                            The symposium was
                         part of the dental school’s
                                                           The Dental Research
                                                        Center was officially dedicat-
                                                        ed on October 15, 1967.
                                                        The dedication address that
                                                        day — just as the celebration
                                                        of 40 years achievement this
                                                        year — focused on the past,
                                                        present and future.

                                                           Back row, left to right: Dr. J.Timothy
                                                            Wright, chairman of the depart-
                                                            ment of pediatric dentistry and
                                                           Bawden distinguished professor of
                                                           pediatric dentistry; and Dr. Steven
                                                                 Offenbacher, OraPharma
                                                                     distinguished professor of
                                                                       periodontal medicine.
                                                                        Front row, left to right:
                                                                         Dr. John N.Williams,
                                                                         professor and dean;
                                                                         Dr.William Proffit,
                                                                         distinguished professor
                                                                         of orthodontics;
                                                                         Dr.William Maixner,
                                                                         director of the school-
                                                                         based Center for
                                                                        Neurosensory Disorders
                                                                      and professor of endodon-
                                                                      tics; Dr. Lawrence Tabak,
                                                                     director of the NIDCR; and
                                                                      Dr. Patrick Flood, associate
                                                                      dean for research.

                                         F A C U LT Y N E W S


Faculty & Staff Notes
          ■ ■ ■ ■                             ■ ■ ■ ■                    corporate settings. His research
                                                                         areas include the biochemical and
 Office of Academic Affairs           Department of Diagnostic
                                                                         functional aspects of collagen
                                        Sciences and General
Dr. Janet M. Guthmiller,                                                 cross-linking and structure of
associate professor within the                                           dentin related to tooth fracture
              University of          Donald Tyndall, DDS ’80,            and the use of calcium hydroxide
              Iowa College of        MSPH, ’84, PhD ’88, professor,      as a medicine in root canal therapy.
              Dentistry’s depart-                 was elected to the
              ment of periodontics                American Academy
              and Dows Institute                  of Oral and                      ■ ■ ■ ■
              for Dental Research,                Maxillofacial                 Department of
              has been appointed                  Radiology                   Operative Dentistry
associate dean for Academic                       (AAOMR)
Affairs. Guthmiller began the           Tyndall   Executive Council as   Harald O. Heymann, DDS ’78,
transition into her role at UNC      Councilor for Scientific Affairs    professor and director of the
beginning in January 2007,           and Public Policy. This election    Operative Dentistry Graduate
focusing her time in Chapel Hill     result was announced at the                      Program, lectured
on beginning a major revision        annual AAOMR meeting in                          at the Chicago
of the School of Dentistry’s         Kansas City, MO, in November                     Midwinter Meeting
predoctoral (DDS) curriculum.        2006.                                            in February 2007
She will fully transition to her                                                      and served as
new role in July.                                                                     moderator of a
                                              ■ ■ ■ ■                     Heymann Symposium entitled,
                                                                         “Ethics in Esthetic Dentistry”
                                     Department of Endodontics
          ■ ■ ■ ■                                                        with panelists, Drs. Gordon
                                     Eric M. Rivera,                     Christensen, Frank Spear, Terry
     Department of
                                     DDS ’85, MS ’89,                    Donovan (of UNC), and Mark
   Continuing Education
                                     associate professor,                Friedman.
Sue C. Felton, director of con-      was appointed chair-
tinuing dental education, became     man of the UNC
the Chair-elect of the Continuing    School of Dentistry’s                         ■ ■ ■ ■
Education section of the             Department of                         Department of Oral and
American Dental Education            Endodontics on February 1.             Maxillofacial Surgery
Association (ADEA) at their          A faculty member at the school
annual meeting in New Orleans        since 2003, Rivera previously                  The American
in March 2007.                       served as interim chairman of the              Association of Oral
                                     department.                                    and Maxillofacial
                                        Rivera previously served as                 Surgeons (AAOMS)
                                     graduate program director and                  bestowed their most
                                     chairman of the Department of                  prestigious award,
                                     Endodontics at the University of               The Torch Award to
                                     Iowa College of Dentistry. His      Raymond P. White, Jr., DDS,
                                     career experience has spanned       PhD, Dalton L. McMichael
                                     academic, private practice and      Distinguished Professor of Oral

                                                                        Education Consortium and the
                            ■ ■ ■ ■                                     Madigan Army Medical Center
                                                                        in Tacoma, Washington. Her
           Department of Allied Dental Education
                                                                        clinical interests include surgical
                                                                        treatment of temporomandibular
 Rebecca Wilder, MS, Director of
                                                                        joint patients, cosmetic facial sur-
 Graduate Dental Hygiene Education, is
                                                                        gery to include nasal, peri-orbital
 the 2007 recipient of the University of
                                                                        and ear esthetic medication/reju-
 Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Alumni
                                                                        venation, and dental implant
 Achievement Award. Each year UMKC
 honors select alumni who have achieved
 notable success in his or her field and
                                                                        Timothy A. Turvey,
 rendered outstanding service to the
                                                                        DDS, MS, chairman
 community. Wilder, who also serves as
                                                                        of the OMFS
 the Editor in Chief for the Journal of
                                                                        department, was an
 Dental Hygiene, receives this award from              Wilder           invited speaker at the
 the UMKC School of Dentistry
                                                                        Asian Congress of
 Division of Dental Hygiene. She attended UMKC from 1978-1980                                     Turvey
                                                                        Oral Maxillofacial
 where she completed a BS in dental hygiene and an MS in dental
                                                                        Surgery held in Hong Kong in
 hygiene education and administration. She will be honored publicly
                                                                        November 2006. His lectures
 by UMKC’s Chancellor at a dinner in April. UMKC’s alumni office
                                                                        included “Facial Osteotomies for
 notes, “Rebecca has had a distinguished career as a dental hygiene
                                                                        the Sick and Syndromic” and
 educator and is nationally known for her expertise in periodontics
                                                                        “Biodegradable Bone Plates and
 and her knowledge about the dental hygiene process of care. She is
                                                                        Screws in Maxillofacial Surgery.”
 an accomplished scholar with number publications in scientific
                                                                        He also lectured at the Finnish
                                                                        Dental Society Apollonia’s
    Wilder has also been elected from the UNC faculty-at-large to
                                                                        Research Meeting in Tampere,
 serve a three-year term on the UNC Faculty Executive Committee
                                                                        Finland on “The Exaggerated
 (FEC). The FEC meets bi-weekly with the Chair of the Faculty and
                                                                        Immunological Response to
 Provost to discuss faculty issues and concerns on the UNC campus.
                                                                        Biodegradable Bone Plates and

and Maxillofacial Surgery and       Michael Gentile, DDS (along
dean emeritus of the School, on     with Nazir Ahmad, DDS Class                   ■ ■ ■ ■
October 4, 2006. The award,         of 2007) presented a total of 10
                                                                                Department of
which is not given annually, hon-   programs.
ors White for his career-long
devotion to education, research,    Jan Faulk-Eggleston, DDS, MS,       H. Garland Hershey, DDS,
patient care and involvement in                 has joined the                      MS, professor, has
professional service. In addition               Department of Oral                  been named
to this honor, Dr. White was                    and Maxillofacial                   to the Review
recently named the principal                    Surgery as a clinical               Committee on
investigator in a multi-center                  associate professor.                Postdoctoral
project studying the efficacy of                Dr. Faulk-Eggleston                 Dentistry Education
                                      Faulk-                              Hershey
third molar removal.                 Eggleston recently completed a                 by the American
                                                26-year career in the   Dental Association. The Review
At the annual AAOMS meeting,        United States Army at Brooke        Committee is advisory to the
OMFS residents Anthony Ruvo,        Army Medical Center in San          Commission on Dental Accredi-
DDS, Donald Hull, DDS ’03,          Antonio, Texas, the San Antonio     tation on matters of accreditation     Faculty/Staff
                                                                                                               Notes continued
David Stoker, DDS ’04, and          Uniformed Services Heath            policy and program review.             on next page

                                                                                                               photo by Ramona Hutton-Howe
         ■ ■ ■ ■                   of Implantology (ITI), based in       heritable disorders that affect the
                                   Basel, Switzerland. Fellows of this   ectoderm, which is the outer
       Department of
                                   prestigious organization demon-       layer of tissue in a developing
                                   strate an active commitment in        baby.
Dina Dedi, DDS, MS, clinical       the areas of leadership, research,
assistant professor, received      education and development in          Dr. Stella Kourkouta joined the
the Best Clinical Research         implant dentistry.                    Department of Prosthodontics in
Presentation Award at the                                                October 2006 for a one-year
              Research             Albert Guckes, DDS, MS,               implant research
              Competition of the   associate professor and assistant     scholarship pro-
              European             dean for academic affairs,            gram, a scholarship
              Association for      received the National Foundation      granted on an annu-
              Osseointegration     for Ectodermal Dysplasias’ John       al basis through the
              (EAO). The award     E. Gilster, DDS,                      International Team
     Dedi                                                                                         Kourkouta
              was presented to     Outstanding Service                   for Implantology
Dr. Dedi during EAO’s annual       Through Dentistry                     (ITI) based in Basel, Switzerland.
session in Zurich Switzerland      Award at its recent                   ITI is a worldwide non-profit
in October 5-7 2006, for her       25th anniversary                      organization of scientists and
presented abstract “Immediate      gala. Guckes was                      practitioners in the field of
Tooth Replacement: A 2-year        honored for his com-                  implant dentistry that aims to
comparative study.”                mitment to the oral health of         promote and disseminate knowl-
    Dr. Dedi was also voted as a   individuals affected by ectoder-      edge in implant related research,
Fellow of the International Team   mal dysplasia syndromes and for       education and patient care.
                                   his outstanding                       Kourkouta also holds a position
                                   contributions to the foundation.      as an Honorary Consultant at the
                                   Ectodermal dysplasia syndromes        Eastman Dental Hospital and
                                   constitute a group of about 150       Institute in London, England.

                        STUDENT NEWS


                STUDENT PROFILE

  Allison Cavenaugh, DDS Class of ’09

Family’s Christmas Tradition Leaves Mark on Craniofacial Center
                                                         by Courtney Jones ’01

                                                                or most college-

                                                         F      age students,
                                                         Christmas gifts have
                                                         gone the way of the
                                                         paper plate Santa and
                                                         the clothespin rein-
                                                         deer. And while most
                                                         parents look forward
                                                         to the clothing and
                                                         restaurant gift certifi-
                                                         cates their older chil-
                                                         dren can now afford
                                                         to purchase, Bruce
                                                         and Alice Cavenaugh
                                                         — parents to Allison
                                                         Cavenaugh, DDS
                                                         Class of 2009 — have
                                                         gone back to basics.
                                                                                 Student Profile
                                                                                   continued on
                                                                                      next page
                                   photo by Will Owens

Student Profile,      “My junior year of col-                                                 and have very little to play with.”
continued from
  previous page    lege, my parents asked that                                                     Exhausted one evening from
                   rather than give them gifts                                                studying for a prosthodontics
                   for the holidays, my brother                                               final, Allison set out for Target.
                   Matt and I donate our time                                                 Choosing the toys for the chil-
                   or money to a charity for                                                  dren was the perfect pick-me-up.
                   children,” says Cavenaugh.                                                  She filled her cart with books
                   “So we documented what we                                                   she’d loved as a child, like Shel
                   did that first year in a scrap-                                              Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” a
                   book and gave that to them as                                                small bookshelf, cloth toy
                   a Christmas gift.”                                                            chests, and heaps of toys to fill
                      Every year since, they’ve                                                  them. Classmate Marshall Long
                   added a new page to the scrap-                                                 chipped in a large over-stuffed
                   book documenting their “gifts”                                                 toy horse to round out the
                   and rewrapped it for their par-                                                 spree.
                   ents to open on Christmas                                                           “When I do my Christmas
                   morning. The pages—eight of                                                giving, I never want my right
                   them now—are decorated with                                                hand to know what my left hand
                   narratives and photos of the proj-    Allison had noticed                  is doing,” she says. The day after
                   ects undertaken by Allison and                                             her last exam, Allison had
                   her brother, and why they chose       the condition of the                 arranged to bring in the toys
                   them. Among the pages are tales                                            without telling the Center staff
                   of children sponsored through
                                                          clinic’s playroom, a                what she was up to, hoping to
                   the Salvation Army, Spanish-lan-      space filled sparsely                sneak out unnoticed and leave a
                   guage books donated to children                                            surprise behind. The surprise was
                   who need them, and paper angels           by the Center’s                  on her: “When I looked up
                   plucked off local charities’ trees.                                        everyone was watching me. Dr.
                   Inspired by her parents—who
                                                          limited state funds.                (Ronald) Strauss gathered the
                   request the same kind of giving         She knew that the                  Center staff together and they
                   from the employees at their five                                           had all come to see.”
                   car dealerships in Wilmington,           Center would be                        Cavenaugh credits her tightly-
                   NC—the giving has gotten big-                                              knit family for her interest in giv-
                   ger and bigger. On Christmas
                                                           the place to focus                 ing back, which she already trans-
                   morning, the excitement centers             her efforts.                   lates into her interest in the chil-
                   not around the gifts from Mom                                              dren and staff at the Craniofacial
                   and Dad, but on watching her                                               Center and her love for dentistry.
                   parents discover the new entry in     would be the place to focus her           “I love observing in the clinic
                   the years-old scrapbook.              efforts. She had noticed the con-    at the Craniofacial Center. I love
                      This year, Allison focused her     dition of the clinic’s playroom, a   seeing the disciplines come
                   charity on UNC’s Craniofacial         space filled sparsely by the         together. It’s not about one aspect
                   Center. Following a meeting for       Center’s limited state funds. The    of health—you have to pay atten-
                   Miles for Smiles, a student           toys were worn, and there were       tion to the comprehensive treat-
                   fundraising group for the Center      lots of small toys, but not many     ment of the individual.”
                   for which she serves as treasurer,    learning materials. “Some chil-
                   Allison knew that the Center          dren would be there for hours

Running Miles to Create Smiles
    Savannah Gelesko, a first-year   families cannot afford it,”
DDS candidate, recently started      Gelesko says. “In the past, some
Miles for Smiles—a student           of the most financially able par-
fundraiser collecting donations      ents at the Craniofacial Center
for miles run by students in local   have come forward to donate
races—to make a difference in        money to these struggling fami-
the lives of children and families   lies. And the doctors often
affected by cleft lip and cleft      donate both their money and
palate. The goal is to bolster       their expertise.”
Dental Foundation of North               A former track athlete,
Carolina funds for UNC’s             Gelesko says, “Our goal is to get
Craniofacial Center to ensure        in shape while raising money for
access to comprehensive, special-    families who cannot afford the            Gelesko
ized treatment for all children      full cost of treatment for their
with cleft lip and cleft palate.     children with clefts.”
The Center will be able to allo-         In addition to a host of        “Our goal is to get in
cate the funds raised to needy       fundraisers still in the planning
families on a case-by-case basis.    stage, the group will be running     shape while raising money
    Gelesko was inspired to start    8K and half-marathon races this
Miles for Smiles not only by the     spring. Miles for Smiles will be
                                                                          for families who cannot
children and families who are        asking members of the School         afford the full cost of
unable to afford the craniofacial    and community to sponsor each
care they need, but also by the      participating runner for money       treatment for their
families and Center faculty and      per mile.
staff who often step in to donate        “We can run the miles, but       children with clefts.”
money or services.                   need help making the kids
    “All too often, children are     smile,” Gelesko says.                SAVANNAH GELESKO
denied treatment because their

Dental Student takes on World Hunger
    Students, faculty                                  NI were entrepreneur-     wise joined a socially-minded
and staff all over the                                 ial ideas born of         organization,” says Cintineni.
UNC’s campus                                           necessity for Citineni,   This summer NI plans to use
know where to go to                                    who felt compelled to     funds raised through the weekly
get a good meal                                        do something to com-      hunger lunches and their annual
when money’s tight.                                    bat hunger in impov-      poker tournament to build an
A dense slice of                                       erished nations after     after-school educational facility in
cornbread, a healthy                                   encountering a rapid-     La Pista, Guatemala. Since 2002,
portion of seasoned                                    ly blinking world map     NI funds and workforce have
black beans and a                                      online with the notice    supported communities in
heaping pile of                                        “every time a country     Hyderabad, India; Mumbai,
sticky wild rice await                                 changes color, another    India; Buenos Aires, Argentina;
for a mere three dol-               Citineni           person dies from          La Bolivia and Mbale, Uganda.
lars. Sweet tea and as                                 hunger.”                  The central goal of each project is
much Texas Pete as you can stand               According to its mission state-   not only to provide assistance to
are thrown in in what’s known as           ment, NI “designs entrepreneur-       the community but also to ensure
the “hunger lunch.” It’s a small           ial fundraising ventures (a la the    a sustainable impact.
price to pay for such a lunch.             Hunger Lunch) to finance and              While NI is a tough workload
    It’s also a small price to pay to      implement sustainable develop-        in addition to dental school, for
help stamp out hunger and                  ment projects for communities in      Citineni it’s worth it. “It feels
poverty, which is what each lunch          dire need.” Now a successful          that any free time I have I’m
is designed to do.                         model running at UNC, Duke            being as productive as possible”
    The “hunger lunch” is spon-            University, North Carolina State      she says. “Our goal is to run at
sored every other week around              University and Ohio State,            full capacity and be at 50 chap-
campus by Nourish International            Citineni’s brainchild is a full-      ters by the end of next year.
(NI), an organization created by           fledged non-profit organization       Think how many communities
Sindhura Citineni, a first year            that is expanding nationwide.         could be helped with that.”
dental student, in 2002 while she              “Nourish uses business models         More information on Nourish
was still an undergraduate at              because it helps them recruit peo-    International can be found at
UNC. The Hunger Lunch and                  ple who would not have other-

Students Chip In for New Dental
Sciences Building at UNC
    A group of DDS students                 The aim of the tournament is         and closest to the pin.
have found a new way to chip in          to provide students, faculty and            Tournament planner Michael
to help the School. They plan            private practitioners the opportu-      Demo, a third year dental
golf tournaments.                        nity to come together and bond          student, would like to make the
    The first annual, entirely           outside of the School and work-         Path of Draw Invitational an
student-run Path of Draw                 place while raising money for           annual event for the School’s
Invitational was held August 26,         the future of dentistry at UNC.         chapter of the American Student
2006, with 31 golfers at UNC’s              The winning team was Eric            Dental Association. He and his
Finley Golf Course. The tourna-          Roman, Chad Biggerstaff, and            fellow classmates have begun
ment raised $1,600 for the               Ethan Nelson, all students in the       plans for the second annual
Dental Foundation of North               DDS Class of 2007, who shot a           tournament to be held this fall.
Carolina for a new dental                17 under 55. Prizes were given
sciences building at UNC.                for best team score, longest drive,

Morton Tackles New Challenges
                                    When we profiled Mike             January 19 was also one day shy
                                Morton—former professional            of Mike’s due date to take his
                                football player turned fourth year    clinical boards. Given the option
                                dental student—in the last issue,     to reschedule his boards for later,
                                Mike, his wife and son planned        Morton focused on the needs of
                                to return to their hometown of        his family in the way you might
                                Kannapolis after graduation in        not expect: “My family was
                                May. Mike’s focus was on set-         healthy and my wife told me I
                                tling his career there. Nine short    needed to go pass those boards,”
                                months later, the challenge is no     he laughs. With four new babies
                                longer so much establishing his       under one day old and without
                                practice in Kannapolis, but in        much sleep, pass the boards is
              Morton            finding a car large enough to get     what he did.
                                his family there.                         Mike and Alana credit their
                                    You see, the Mortons, once        strong faith with guiding them
  “In a matter of a few         just Mike, Alana and Trey, wel-       through this expansion of their
                                comed quadruplets on January          family, from the minute they first
      minutes, we went          19, 2007— Katie, Laney, Molly         discovered four heartbeats to the
                                and Jesse. “In a matter of a few      day they saw their faces for the
from a party of three to        minutes, we went from a party         first time. “This was a leap of
      a party of seven.”        of three, to a party of seven,”       faith. We’ve known from the start
                                Morton says.                          that if this was God’s plan, we’d
                                    More than doubling the size       be okay.” In fact, he notes that
            MIKE MORTON
                                of your family would be enough        Molly was the smallest of the
                                to make a day interesting, but        babies, which were born at 28
                                                                      weeks and remain in the neonatal
                                                                      intensive care unit at UNC, “and
                       Jessie                                Laney    she’s the feistiest!”
                                                                          Morton casually mentions
                                                                      that The Learning Channel
                                                                      (TLC) has been filming segments
                                                                      of their lives for a special on
                                                                      multiple births, but the family
                                                                      man is modest. “I made it clear
                                                                      to the producers that this was not
                                                                      about me. This is about my wife
                                                                      and our children.”
                                                                          Certainly more impressive
                                                                      than the nuances of television
                                                                      production has been the support
                       Molly                                  Katie   from his classmates, patients, and
                                                                      faculty. “It’s a humbling experi-
                                                                      ence to see so much good.
                                                                      Everyone has gone above and
                                                                      beyond for us and we couldn’t
                                                                      be more appreciative of their
                                                                      concern and support.”
                                                                          At press time, the babies—all
                                                                      healthy and growing stronger—
                                                                      were due home in four weeks,
                                                                      when Mom and Dad will surely
                                                                      be glad he got those boards out
                                                                      of the way.

                 Student Notes
ENNEAD, one of the School’s                         Carrie Bigelow, BS,   (ADHA) effective May 2007.
student volunteer groups, com-                      RDH, a second year    Danielle, who is conducting a
pleted a two-day mobile dental                      graduate student in   full time internship at ADHA in
clinic this past November at the                    the Dental Hygiene    Chicago, IL during the spring
Shelter Rock Ministries facility in                 Education Master of   semester, will complete her UNC
Foscoe, NC. ENNEAD, Shelter             Bigelow     Science degree pro-   graduate degree in May and will
Rock Ministries, NC’s Missions                      gram, is conducting   become the first ever ADHA
of Mercy (established by Steve        a full time internship during the   Manager of the
Slott, DDS ’84), and local volun-     spring semester at the University   Student American
teer dentists, dental hygienists,     of British Columbia. Under the      Dental Hygienists’
and dental assistants participated    direction of Bonnie J. Craig,       Association
in treating over 250 patients         RDH, M.Ed., Carrie will assist in   (SADHA). She
with cleanings, fillings, and         administrative program planning     conducted her the- Furgeson
extractions.                          and implementation for a new,       sis research in the
                                      four year dental hygiene program    area of SADHA and her project
Nimet Adatia, DDS, a graduate         at UBC. Carrie will also have the   is entitled “Role of the Student
student in the department of          opportunity to work with the        American Dental Hygienists’
prosthodontics, won the 2006          British Columbia College of         Association in Mentoring Dental
John J. Sharry Prosthodontic          Dental Hygienists, the regulatory   Hygiene Students for the
Research Competition at the           authority for the profession of     Future.” Danielle is also the
American College of                   dental hygiene in Canada, learn-    ADHA student member of the
Prosthodontists’ annual session in    ing more about laws and ethics as   Committee on National Boards
November in Miami. Sponsored          they relate to the profession in    for the 2006-2007 fiscal year.
by the American College of            Canada. Carrie has been invited     This committee will meet in
Prosthodontists Education             to present her thesis research to   March with the ADA Joint
Foundation, the competition is        the British Columbia Oral           Commission on National Dental
designed to stimulate and             Prevention Program, housed at       Examinations’ Committee on
acknowledge original student          Vancouver General Hospital.         Dental Hygiene.
research in prosthodontics.           Carrie worked with Dr. Lauren
Adatia’s abstract was titled          Patton on a project entitled,       Christina Karamini, DDS, a
“Fracture Resistance of Y-TZP         “Dental Hygienists' Views on        graduate student in the depart-
Dental Implant Ceramic                Oral Cancer Control in North        ment of prosthodontics, was
Abutments.” She is the 2006-          Carolina.”                          among three finalists for the
2007 Astra Tech Dental Implant                                            2006 John J. Sharry
Fellow at the School of Dentistry     Danielle Furgeson, BS, RDH, a       Prosthodontic Research
and received both her undergrad-      second year graduate student in     Competition. Sponsored by the
uate and DDS degrees from the         the Dental Hygiene Education        American College of
University of Alberta.                Master of Science degree pro-       Prosthodontists Education
                                      gram, has been selected to assume   Foundation, the competition is
                                      a new position at the American      designed to stimulate and
                                      Dental Hygienists’ Association      acknowledge original student

                                                                                       photo by Will Owens
research in prosthodontics.            Douglas Lambert,                    findings in March at the
Karamini’s abstract was titled “A      BS, RDH, a sec-                     International Association for
Matricellular Hydrogel Enhances        ond year graduate                   Dental Research’s General Session
Bone Regeneration in Rat               student in the                      in New Orleans. She will also
Calvarium Critical Size Defects.”      Dental Hygiene                      present her findings in May at
She will be the 2007 ITI implant       Education Master      Lambert       the AAPD’s Annual Session in
scholar at the School of Dentistry     of Science degree                   San Antonio.
and received her dental school         program, is conducting a full
education at the Kings College         time administrative internship at   Ashley Puleo
School of Medicine and                 Guilford Technical Community        Schaff, DDS candi-
Dentistry in London. She com-          College. He is working with         date, Class of 2008,
pleted a residency at the Kings        Mary West, division chair of        with the help of the
College Hospital in General            health sciences and with Lois       Orange County
Dentistry, Oral Surgery, Oral          Smith, department chair of den-     Health Department,        Schaff
Pathology, Restorative and             tal hygiene, in administrative      Eugene Sandler,
Removable Prosthodontics, as           activities.                         DDS, MS, professor of dental
well as an Oral and Maxillofacial                                          ecology, Nona Breeland, BSDH
Surgery residency at Guys              Julie Robinson Molina, DDS          ’73, DDS ’87, MS, and
Hospital also in London.               ’05, a second-year graduate resi-   ENNEAD volunteers—outfitted
                                       dent in the department of pedi-     231 middle and high school stu-
Vandana Kumar, a third year                         atric dentistry, has   dents with custom mouthguards.
graduate student in the Oral and                    been named a recipi-   Schaff and Bill Vann, DDS, MS
Maxillofacial Radiology program,                    ent of the American    ’76, PhD ’80, Demeritt Professor
was recently awarded the                            Academy of Pediatric   of Pediatric Dentistry, were
Radiology Centennial Award                          Dentistry/OMNII        featured on a WRAL health
from the American Academy of              Molina    Pediatric Dentistry    segment promoting the benefits
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology                    Postdoctoral           of mouthguard use.
at its 57th annual meeting in          Fellowship for 2006-07. This
Kansas City, MO in November.           recognition is presented by the
The award is given annually to         American Academy of Pediatric
the U.S. radiology graduate stu-       Dentistry (AAPD) Foundation
dent who demonstrates the most         and OMNII Oral
promise as an oral and maxillofa-      Pharmaceuticals, a division of
cial radiologist and carries with it   3M. Molina’s research is titled
a $5,000 scholarship. This is the      “Traumatic Root Fractures in
second year in a row that a UNC        Children and Adolescents:
Radiology student has won this         Diagnostic and Clinical
award.                                 Considerations.” She received a
                                       grant award of $7,500 to support
                                       her research and supplement her
                                       stipend. Molina presented her

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Carolina First Campaign Update
Dear Alumni and Friends,                                                                    • Endowed professorships to
                                                                                              attract and retain the best
    More than $2 billion and                                                                  faculty to Carolina; and
counting! It is my privilege to                                                             • Programmatic support to
report that the University of                                                                 improve patient care and fund
North Carolina at Chapel Hill                                                                 research.
has exceeded its $2 billion
Carolina First Campaign goal.                                                                  There is still time to make a
                                            tions, and donors who have                     campaign commitment before
The Carolina First Campaign
                                            reached into their pockets and                 Carolina First comes to a close
and reaching this $2 billion goal
                                            supported the School of                        on December 31, 2007. It is my
are wonderful testimonies to the
                                            Dentistry’s goals in the Carolina              hope that every alumna, alumnus
dedication, loyalty and generosity
                                            First Campaign. Over the past                  and friend of this leading School
of Carolina’s alumni and friends.
                                            eight years, the School’s founda-              of Dentistry will participate in
    Carolina First is another great
                                            tion, the Dental Foundation of                 Carolina First.
story of this University’s excel-
                                            North Carolina has received                        On behalf of the Dental
                                            more than $39,500,000 in gifts                 Foundation of North Carolina
    From Elkin to Emerald Isle, I
                                            and pledges to our Carolina First              and the School of Dentistry, I
want to personally thank alumni,
                                            Campaign: Building on                          thank you for your enthusiasm,
friends, corporations, founda-
                                            Excellence — that’s 40% more                   friendship and continued gen-
                                            than our stated $30,000,000                    erosity.
                                            goal. For those of you who have
                                            given, once again, thank you.                  With thanks and congratulations!
                                               Since July 1999, your gener-
                                            ous gifts and Carolina First
                                            commitments to the Dental
                                            Foundation have provided:                      James A. Harrell Sr., DDS,
                                              • Annual support for the                     Campaign Chair
                                                current operating activities of
                                                                                           For more information about how you
                                                the School of Dentistry;
                                                                                           can participate in the Dental
                                              • Post-DDS graduate fellow-                  Foundation of North Carolina and the
                                                ships and new scholarships for             School of Dentistry’s Carolina First
                                                outstanding DDS, Dental                    Campaign: Building on Excellence,
                                                Hygiene and Dental Assisting               contact Jim Ervin or Kelly Almond at
                                                students;                                  (919) 966-2731.

             W H AT I S T H E D E N TA L F O U N D AT I O N O F N O RT H C A R O L I N A ?
             Chartered in 1950 by the UNC School of Dentistry’s founders, the Dental Foundation of North Carolina is the School’s
             non-profit foundation. It raises funds from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to provide exclusive support
             for students, faculty, and programs at the UNC School of Dentistry. Assets in the Dental Foundation are overseen by its
             Board of Directors, most of whom are UNC School of Dentistry alumni. All contributions to the Dental Foundation of
             North Carolina are tax deductible and are, in short, contributions to the UNC School of Dentistry.

Wright Named Bawden Distinguished
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
 Dr. J. Timothy                                      School’s Department of      Williams. “Dr. Wright has direct-
 Wright has been                                     Pediatric Dentistry.        ed almost the entirety of his
 named the first Dr.                                  The gift of more than      career to advancing the field of
 James W. Bawden                                     $333,000 was provided       pediatric dentistry, and his efforts
 Distinguished                                       by more than 165 indi-      have had a major influence on
 Professor of Pediatric                              viduals and organiza-       patient care, education and
 Dentistry in the                                    tions; state funds of       research at our School. He richly
 UNC School of                                       $167,000 were matched       deserves this honor.”
 Dentistry.                                          to this amount to create        Wright received his doctor of
     Wright serves as                                an endowment exceeding      dental surgery degree from the
 chair of the School’s                               $500,000.                   West Virginia University School
 Department of                    Wright              “Dr. Bawden had an         of Dentistry and his master of
 Pediatric Dentistry.                                incredible vision for our   science degree from the
 Friends and colleagues of Dr.             school, and you see his influence     University of Alabama at
 James Bawden, who was dean of             in so many of our strengths —         Birmingham. He began his career
 the School from 1966 to 1974,             patient-centered research and col-    in 1978 as director of the
 established the endowed chair to          laboration with our fellow health     Children’s Dental Clinic, a com-
 attract or retain a distinguished         affairs schools are just two exam-    ponent of the Cabell-Huntington        Continued
 teacher and scholar within the            ples,” said Dean John N.              Health Department in West              on next page

Carolina First Campaign Exceeds $2 Billion Goal
 From the UNC News Service                 mitment exemplifies what we aim       become the nation’s leading pub-
 Feb. 21, 2007                             to achieve with Carolina First,”      lic university, began July 1, 1999,
                                           Chancellor James Moeser said.         and will end Dec. 31. Its public
    CHAPEL HILL – More than                “It will greatly extend the univer-   launch came in October 2002
 $2 billion and counting.                  sity’s ability to innovate public     with a $1.8 billion goal. That
    The University of North                health solutions across North         mark was raised to $2 billion in
 Carolina at Chapel Hill surged            Carolina and around the world.        October 2005.
 past its $2 billion goal for the          UNC is committed to global                “This is an extraordinary
 Carolina First Campaign – with            education, and our School of          achievement, and a tremendous
 more than 10 months to spare              Public Health is one of the best      testament to the generosity of our
 and the single largest commit-            in the world.”                        supporters and their belief in
 ment in university history push-              UNC will recognize the            what this university is all about,”
 ing the drive into its closing            Gillings’ contribution by renam-      Moeser said. “In every way, we’re
 months.                                   ing the School of Public Health       a stronger institution thanks to
    A $50 million commitment               as the Dennis and Joan Gillings       Carolina First, and the campaign
 from Dennis and Joan Gillings to          School of Global Public Health.       will continue to pay dividends in
 support the School of Public                  The Gillings’ pledge raised       its final months. “Our deepest
 Health put Carolina First over            total Carolina First commitments      gratitude goes out to the thou-
 the $2 billion mark.                      to $2.05 billion. The campaign,       sands of loyal supporters who’ve
    “This history-making com-              which supports UNC’s vision to        brought us to this point.”

Student Profile,   Virginia. Wright, who joined the          He achieved the rank of full       nicest things that has happened
continued from
  previous page    UNC School of Dentistry faculty       professor in 1965 and dean in          to me in my long career.”
                   in 1990, also is a practicing         1966. Bawden served as the                 Wright said Bawden was a
                   dentist in the school’s Pediatric     School’s dean through 1974,            pioneer in research investigating
                   Dentistry Clinics and specializes     providing crucial leadership in        the effectiveness and safety of
                   in care for patients with special     the School’s establishment of its      fluorides in preventive dentistry.
                   medical and dental health-care        research infrastructure. The           “He helped envision a statewide
                   needs.                                Dental Research Center, which          plan for preventive oral health
                       His research interests include    he helped dedicate in 1967, is         care and referral for children
                   the diagnosis and treatment of        celebrating its 40th year of opera-    from birth to 3 years of age and
                   developmental abnormalities in        tion this year.                        has been a leader in preventative
                   teeth that result from hereditary         As a researcher, Bawden led        health care for children.
                   and environmental conditions,         studies on enamel formation,               “I had the pleasure of working
                   and understanding normal tooth        mechanisms of fluoride action          with Dr. Bawden in his research
                   development. He is the author of      and clinical effects of topical        laboratory when I first joined the
                   more than 130 journal publica-        fluorides. He retired in 2000.         UNC faculty and was immediate-
                   tions, edited texts and chapters.         “I’m just delighted that Tim       ly impressed by his undying
                   Wright’s research has identified      got this,” Bawden said. “I think       conviction for the search for
                   mutations in genes that are criti-    he is a fantastic scientist, teacher   truth,” Wright added. “He has
                   cal to normal tooth and bone for-     and clinician, and he is doing a       been an incredible role model and
                   mation. His research has provid-      wonderful job as department            a tremendously positive influence
                   ed the clinical tools to diagnose a   chairman.”                             on my thought process in
                   variety of craniofacial conditions        Of the professorship estab-        approaching research and then
                   and has led to novel treatment        lished in his honor, Bawden said,      applying those finding to improve
                   approaches for disorders that are     “It was a huge honor, one of the       the oral health of children.” ■
                   associated with devastating mal-
                   formations involving the head
                   and neck.
                       Bawden received his doctor of
                   dental surgery and master’s
                   degrees and doctorate from the
                   University of Iowa. He was a
                   dental officer in the U.S. Navy
                   Dental Corps from 1954 to 1956
                   before practicing privately in
                   Glenwood, Colo. When he came
                   to UNC as an assistant professor
                   in 1961, his career accelerated
                   quickly. In 1962, he became an
                   associate professor, and the
                   following year he was appointed
                   assistant dean and coordinator
                   of research.

                       “Dr. Wright has directed almost the entirety of his career
                      to advancing the field of pediatric dentistry, and his efforts
                        have had a major influence on patient care, education
                      and research at our School. He richly deserves this honor.”
                                                          DEAN JOHN WILLIAMS

Why I Give
                              S UZETTE S TINES , DDS ’81

                                                                                Clinic, and travels as a certified
                                                                                trainer in Cerec crown technology.
“It’s important to support dental                                                   She encourages the students
education in the ways in which                                                  she instructs and alumni she
                                                                                meets to find their own way to
you believe it should be supported.                                             make a difference. “It’s important
                                                                                to support dental education in the
With your degree, you can support                                               ways in which you believe it
the School from here all the                                                    should be supported. With your
                                                                                degree, you can support the
way to Alaska and back.”                                                        School from here all the way to
                                                                                Alaska and back.”
                                                                                    Stines says the inspiration to
                                                                                lead such a full life as a dentist
                                                                                came from the Operative
                                                                                Dentistry faculty who shaped her
 by Courtney Jones ’01                   Dentistry.                             professionally. “They were really
                                             “Our nostalgia always makes us     influential in my becoming a
 Bread and butter, n.                    think what we had was best, but I      dentist and I want to honor them
 1. A means of support, a livelihood.    truly do value the way I was           because they’re a really special
 2. The essential sustaining element     taught. The instruction has really     group of professors. Dr. (Ken)
    or elements, the mainstay.           stuck with me. The knowledge           May and Dr. (Ted) Roberson set a
                                         is still in there and I am able to     model for us, a model to make
     This is the definition according    properly diagnose patients when        service your life. They set a high
 to the American Heritage                they walk into my practice. You        bar, but, hey, that’s the bar!”
 Dictionary, but the Dental              have to be grateful for a skill like       It’s the same bar Stines
 Foundation of North Carolina            that — that you can look at a          sets for her students in the
 (DFNC) would define their essen-        patient and diagnose them. From        Comprehensive Care Clinic and
 tial sustaining element as the          pathology to comprehensive den-        the same she set for her three
 Annual Fund. Private gifts to the       tistry, I use everything I learned.”   children: Lee Gause is a Howard-
 Annual Fund are essential to the            By giving through a monthly        educated dentist in Manhattan,
 School’s ability to achieve and         bank draft, Dr. Stines says she is     New York, Hollins Gause works
 maintain its lofty academic,            able to donate more than with an       for the corporate office of Teach
 service, and research goals.            annual check. “Each year, I bump       for America in New York and
     To thank the School for her         up my monthly draft a little more.     Alexander Gause is a first year
 own sustaining elements — an            I don’t even notice the change, but    DDS candidate at UNC. Upon
 enjoyable way of life, the ability to   over time, it makes a difference to    their graduations, she has encour-
 educate her three children at top       the School.”                           aged all of them to begin their
 institutions, the training and              Stines is certainly making         annual giving programs to their
 expertise to treat the various          her own difference in the dental       alma maters.
 dental maladies of Chadbourne,          profession. She owns a practice in         “The School has given my
 NC — Suzette Stines, DDS ’81,           Chadbourne, NC, serves on the          children and me a blessed life,”
 donates monthly to the Annual           DFNC Board of Directors,               she says thankfully. “We have to
 Fund designation of her choice,         instructs every other week at the      remember how we got here.” ■
 the Department of Operative             School’s Comprehensive Care

Dean’s Club Ball
Loyal donors, alumni and friends
      of the Dental Foundation of
    North Carolina braved a rainy
 night as they gathered in Chapel
Hill on October 27, 2006 for the
      Dean’s Club Ball. The Dean’s
  Club is an annual giving society
recognizing those who contribute
    upwards of $1,000 per year to
  the School of Dentistry through
     the DFNC. Before enjoying a
       candlelit dinner of sea bass,
 guests proudly joined the Dental
 Alumni Association as they hon-
    ored Dr. Sandra Madison with
    the John C. Brauer Award and
      the DFNC as they bestowed
            their highest honor —
 the Distinguished Service Award
          — on Dr. Ted Roberson.

                                       photos by Will Owens

                                                           ALUMNI NEWS


                                                   ALUMNI PROFILE

                                          Nolan Davis DDS ’04
                 by Courtney Jones ’01

                          or the spotty cell phone connection, Nolan Davis, DDS

                    F     ’04, apologizes. “You have to take advantage of a sunny
                          day in Juneau,” he says loudly over the audible crack
                    and crunch of ice beneath his boots. As he describes the scene
                    before him — sunshine made brighter by the snow, the weath-
                    er holding steady at 25 degrees — one can almost see the frost
                    on this native Tar Heel’s breath. He finds a rock to rest and
                    exhales, “I absolutely love it here!”

                       After graduation, Davis left
                   North Carolina with a handful of
                   cash, a couple of credit cards inch-
                   ing to their limits, and a paper
                   diploma so valuable it would
                   secure not only his place in the
                   dental profession, but also the cred-
                   it for a car, and later a home. After
                   a month of travels, Davis and his
                   beloved dog crossed the border to
                   Alaska with only one dollar left. “I
                   took it out and snapped a picture
                   of it,” says the ever-optimistic den-
                   tist. “I’ve still got that picture
                       One would need a little opti-
                   mism to drive across the country
                   with so little in his pockets. But
                   while many of his classmates
                   were settling down in secure
Alumni Profile
 continued on
                   private practices, Davis was living
      page 42      in his car and worried about how

                   Davis’s last dollar, summer 2004.
                   Three years later, he has enough to
                   share—giving back to the School of
                   Dentistry to support the scholar-
                   ships that once supported him.
                   “Being around dentists from all
                   over, I know that UNC has the best
                   program out there.We shine.”

Alumni Profile,    he would feed his dog. Happily, a     resources so you have to be a jack   his family on the east coast this
continued from
       page 40     series of serendipitous events — a    of all trades.”                      year, Davis will spend the sum-
                   group of hitchhikers paying for a         Recently returned from a         mer working in a private practice
                   ride to a pub; a free pool tourna-    week-long job in Pelican, Alaska     in Juneau. After some time in
                   ment where Davis won a salmon         — which could only be reached        NC, he’ll head to South Vietnam
                   rod and reel he could sell; a store   by floatplane — Davis says he’s      for a month of volunteer den-
                   charging one dollar for a week’s      comforted by the small town          tistry. “I really don’t know exactly
                   worth of day-old pastries —           feel of this “Mayberry, Alaska,”     where I’ll be in five years. The
                   would keep Davis and his dog          having come from a small town        hardest thing to see is the blatant
                   fed and show him he was defi-         outside of Lenior, NC himself.       neglect of the dental health needs
                   nitely in the right place at the      “Everyone knows you’re coming        of children in these areas. I feel
                   right time.                           before you get here and they         like my help is needed and I fit
                       “The main draw up here was        always send you home with bags       this niche really well.”
                   the location and adventure,” says     of fresh meat or fish.”                  Once literally down to his last
                   Davis, who first fell in love with        Does he miss anything about      dollar, Davis’s early optimism was
                   Alaska on a summer trip. “And         the part of the country that         well-founded: he now owns his
                   with public health dentistry I can    raised him? His friends, his         own home, with a view of the
                   extract any tooth that walks in       family, and the landscape of the     Alaskan mountains he’s grown to
                   the door. I’ve seen some crazy        Blue Ridge are all on the list. To   love. Just don’t count on him
                   pathology. We don’t have a lot of     save money for extra time with       settling down any time soon. ■

                  “Being around dentists from all over, I know that
                               UNC has the best program out there. We shine.”

                          Class Notes
             e want to hear from you! Please keep your fellow class-
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             Drop us a note in the enclosed envelope or send us an
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     ■ ■ ■   1957        ■ ■ ■             ■ ■ ■   1980        ■ ■ ■             ■ ■ ■   2001       ■ ■ ■

Charles Strange, DDS, retired in       Michael D. Spreng, DDS, was          Jennifer Burke Sams, DDS
1988 after serving 31 years in the     awarded a fellowship in the          completed an AEGD residency at
US Navy. He is a life member of        American College of Dentists         Langley Air Force Base in 2002.
the American Prosthetic Society.       during its annual meeting and        While stationed in England, she
Charles is living in Carlsbad,         convocation on October 17,           met and married Dr. Jon Sams in
California with his wife Pat.          2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr.       the town of Bury St. Edmunds.
They will celebrate their 50th         Spreng practices general dentistry   The couple now resides in San
Anniversary in October 2007.           in Ashland, Ohio. Rex Card and       Antonio, TX where they celebrat-
                                       David Paquette, also members         ed the birth of their first child,
                                       of the DDS Class of 1980, were       Jonathan “J.J.” Sams, Jr. this past
     ■ ■ ■   1964        ■ ■ ■         also inducted.                       June. Jennifer has been selected
                                                                            for promotion to Major in the
John R. Dunn, DDS, won a                                                    US Air Force but will be leaving
trophy as the best male dancer in
the silver division last fall at the
                                           ■ ■ ■   1988        ■ ■ ■        military service this summer to
                                                                            practice dentistry part time and
First Coast Ballroom Dance             Kim Perry, DDS, clinical assis-      to spend more time with J.J., her
competition in Jacksonville, FL.       tant professor in restorative sci-   pride and joy.
                                       ences at Baylor College of
                                       Dentistry – Texas A&M Health
     ■ ■ ■   1971        ■ ■ ■         Science Center, has been selected         ■ ■ ■   2003       ■ ■ ■
                                       as one of 14 National Institutes
Roger N. “Nick” Reynolds,              of Health Multidisciplinary          Jeremy R. Fry, DDS, MS, along
DDS, MS ’73, was elected               Clinical Research Scholars           with his wife, Nicki and their
President of the Southern              supported by a $9.7 million          daughter, Caroline, welcomed
Academy of Periodontology              grant from the NIH to UT             new daughter, Lily Suzanne Fry
at their annual meeting in             Southwestern Medical Center.         on Thursday, February 1st.
Naples, FL.                            Part of Perry’s study will be to
                                       conduct a study at the College
                                       for which she will receive
                                       $100,000 in research funds.

The DDS Class of 1991
gathered in Chapel Hill in October 2006 to celebrate their 15th reunion.
The Class enjoyed dinner at the Carolina Inn, golf at Finley Golf Course,
and some class members stuck around for bluegrass and barbecue at the
School prior to the UNC vs. Wake Forest football game.

                                                                            photo by Will Owens

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