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dental medicine Accomplishments

Apr 20, 2018
Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) accepted an invitation to author an editorial from the American Journal of Public Health. Her article titled “Can Tobacco Cessation Quitlines Improve the Use of Dental Health Care” appeared in the May issue and concludes that while cessation quitlines can improve dental health care. Sufficient resources and innovative thinking are essential for creating such community services.

Apr 6, 2018
Dr. Robin Reinke (Dental) completed the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute, becoming a fellow of the 2018 graduating class. The institute supports the nation’s most promising individuals at academic institutions in becoming leaders in dental and higher education. Prospective fellows are selected from a competitive pool of applicants and participate in the year-long educational experience that prepares them for expanded roles in their institutions and the profession.

Apr 5, 2018
Karen P. West (Dental) received the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) premier award — the ADEA Distinguished Service Award — at the 2018 annual session & exhibition in Orlando, Florida, in March. The ADEA Board of Directors presents this award when an ADEA member has made an extraordinary contribution to dental education through research, teaching, or service. According to Dr. Leon Assael, ADEA board chair,  “All of us in this room have been helped by the work of Karen West,” referring to her long tenure with and varied leadership roles and accomplishments on the Commission on Dental Accreditation, within ADEA and dental education, as well as her inestimable qualities as a person, and as an academic dentist. West is dean of UNLV's School of Dental Medicine.    

Apr 4, 2018
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) received the “Community Partner” award from Acelero Learning for her commitment and advocacy to children, families, and Acelero Learning Clark County Head Start programs. She is leading an early childhood caries prevention project sponsored by Oral Health America that is designed to reduce the incidence of childhood cavities among children enrolled in 68 federally funded Early Head Start and Head Start Centers throughout Nevada.

Apr 3, 2018
Dr. Robin Reinke (Dental) co-authored "Methods and Purposes for Conduction Students' Course Evaluations Reported by North American Dental Schools and Dental Hygiene Program Leaders: A Preliminary Survey Study," which appeared in the March issue of the Journal of Dental Education. The authors sent the electronic survey to academic deans of 76 dental schools as well as 232 accredited dental hygiene programs in the United States and Canada.

Apr 2, 2018
School of Dental Medicine and the Military & Veteran Services Center received the $10,000 first-place prize in the NV Energy Foundation’s “Power of Good Giveaway” competition. More than 110 nonprofits statewide that support active duty military or military veterans participated in the contest. Nevada residents voted to determine the top three organizations in the northern and southern regions. The dental school will use its half of the award to support the Sgt. Clint Ferrin Memorial Clinic, which serves the dental needs of underinsured and uninsured veterans.

Mar 27, 2018
Dr. Karl Kingsley (Dental) and Dana Thimons (Libraries) published a research article in the current issue of Modern Research in Dentistry.

Mar 22, 2018
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Aging Effects on Humoral Immune Responses in Chronic Periodontitis,” which concluded the adaptive immune responses to oral bacteria that chronically colonize the oral cavity appear generally unaffected by age, but clearly are linked to the extent of disease. The article appeared in the Journal of Clinical Periodontolgy’s February issue.

Mar 16, 2018
Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) co-authored “Activation of Notch-1 in Oral Epithelial Cells by P. gingivalis Triggers the Expression of the Antimicrobial Protein PLA2-IIA.” The article, which identifies new mechanistic information concerning the regulation of epithelial antimicrobial and pro-inflammatory responses, appeared in the journal Mucosal Immunology, which is the official publication of the Society for Mucosal Immunology.

Mar 15, 2018
Christine Ancajas (Dental) received a promotion to lieutenant colonel within the Nevada Army National Guard. Dr. Ancajas has served as the guard’s state dental officer for nearly 10 years and is responsible for the dental readiness of more than 3,200 soldiers. At UNLV School of Dental Medicine, she is the associate dean for admissions and student affairs.