Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

July 28, 2017
Dr. Katherine Howard and Dr. Karl Kingsley (both Dental) co-authored "Selenomonas Noxia Screening Among Pediatric Patient Samples: A Pilot Study", which appears in the current issue of the Journal of Oral Health and Dental Care.
July 26, 2017
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) co-authored “Estimating the Cost of School Sealant Programs with Minimal Data,” which successfully explored and demonstrated a method for calculating annual expenditures for sealant programs. The Journal of Public Health Dentistry published the article in its July issue.
July 19, 2017
Dr. Christina Demopoulos and Marcia Ditmyer (both Dental) co-authored “Association Between Human Papillomavirus and Oral Health,” which addresses why dental professionals should educate their patients about infection risks. The article appeared in the July issue of Decisions in Dentistry.
July 13, 2017
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) authored a white paper titled “Human Papilloma Virus and Oropharyngeal Cancer,” which addresses a dentist’s role in screening for the virus and encourages promotion of the available vaccine. The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors published the paper on its website July 10.
July 5, 2017
Dr. Karen West (Dental Medicine) was invited to speak at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University College of Dentistry to the faculty and students about competency assessment and the process of accreditation in the United States. During the May visit, the dean also provided leadership training as well as a lecture to the Saudi Arabia Dental Education Society in Riyadh comparing the Saudi Arabia and United States accreditation processes.
June 29, 2017
Karen West (Dental Medicine) attended the International College of Dentists Section XIII-China Annual Meeting and Induction Ceremony held in Chengdu, China, in April as the event’s keynote speaker. Dr. West spoke about the United States dental school accreditation process. Her status as a fellow in the organization allowed her to participate during the ceremony as the inductees were recognized.
June 28, 2017
Dr. Christina Demopoulos and Marcia Ditmyer (both Dental) co-authored the study “Bridging the HPV Knowledge Gap,” which addresses the association between human papillomavirus and oral cancer, as well as the responsibility of oral health professionals to educate their patients about the connection. The findings appeared in the June issue of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.
June 8, 2017
Galya Raz (Dental) earned diplomate status from the American Board of Periodontology. Diplomate is the board’s highest recognition and acknowledges periodontists who have made significant achievements beyond the mandatory educational requirements for the specialty. Dr. Raz is one of only nine diplomates registered in Las Vegas, and the first full-time faculty member within the School of Dental Medicine to earn the distinction.
May 18, 2017
Dr. Karen West (Dental Medicine) accepted an appointment as the Dental Squadron Honorary Commander for the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis and Creech Air Force bases. In this role, she is charged with encouraging the exchange of ideas, experiences, and friendships between the civilian and military communities. She received this honor during an official ceremony in April.
May 16, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) recently had two more peer-reviewed papers published in dental journals. Published online in Implant Dentistry in May was  “Heat Generation on Implant Surfaces During Abutment Preparation at Different Elapsed Times." The purpose of this study was to evaluate heat generation at the implant surface caused by abutment preparation using a diamond bur in a high-speed dental turbine in vitro at two different water-coolant temperatures as temperature changes can affect healing...
May 11, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) has just been elected by his peers as the 11th most influential person in dentistry, as published in the UK Journal Dentistry on May 9. He also was voted by his peers in 2015 to receive the Lifetime Contribution to Dentistry Award. He previously was voted in first place (as the most influential person in dentistry), third, fifth and sixth in recent years. In fact, he is one of the very few people to have been voted in the Top 50 influencers in dentistry since this started...
May 8, 2017
Dr. Christina Demopoulos (Dental) received Immunize Nevada’s Silver Syringe Award for Innovation in Immunization. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates exceptional innovation in developing and executing immunization programs and projects. The Immunize Nevada coalition focuses on preventing disease and promoting health by increasing the vaccination rates among state’s children, teens, adults, and seniors. Demopoulos' community involvement during her 16-year tenure at the School of...