Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

May 8, 2017
Dr. John Gallob (Dental) received the “Best ICARE Physician” award from University Medical Center. The hospital’s customer service program acknowledges physicians and staff for exceptional performance within multiple categories. Gallob earned the accolade for practicing ICARE — Identifying himself to patients, Communicating, Asking, Responding promptly, and Exiting — principles with his patients.
May 1, 2017
Dr. Stanley Hillyard (Dental) received the 2017 Regional George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the National Park Service for the Pacific West Region. Next, the regional award recipients will compete nationally for the honor of being named a national recipient of the award . Hillyard has consistently volunteered at Death Valley National Park every year since 1976, totaling more than 3,687 hours of service. He shares his expertise in the field of desert fish...
April 17, 2017
Marcia Ditmyer (Dental) has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Springs Preserve Foundation. The board of directors comprises business and community leaders who are committed to the Springs Preserve's long term health and viability.
April 7, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) has been appointed to the editorial board of Nature, Scientific Reports. The editorial board manages the peer review process, and makes final decisions on whether papers should be accepted. The board comprises experts from all major fields within the clinical, biological, chemical, physical, and earth sciences, to ensure that each submission is handled by a specialist with an active research career. Lynch also published a clinical trial in this prestigious journal Nature,...
March 31, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) this week was installed as president of the Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Research Group at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research and American Association for Dental Research in San Francisco. He was elected by his peers. At the meeting he served as group program chair, refereeing submissions as well as structuring scientific sessions. He also was chairperson of a scientific session and chairperson of the annual business...
March 29, 2017
Connie Mobley (Dental) presented “Linking Nutrition and Dentistry: Interdisciplinary Collaboration for a Common Cause” during the International Association for Dental Research annual meeting. She has spoken about dental nutrition at multiple annual meetings for the international and national associations during the past 20 years. The International Association for Dental Research is a nonprofit organization with nearly 11,000 individual members dedicated to advancing research and increasing...
March 21, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) has recently published a research paper in the International Dental Journal investigating the influence of time and different tooth widths on masticatory efficiency and muscular activity in dentures. A reduction of the occlusal table width in these teeth resulted in decreased masticatory efficiency two months after denture fabrication, but there was no significant difference in muscular activity between narrow and wide teeth. However, after four months, the masticatory...
March 9, 2017
Joshua Polanski, Karl Kingsley, Nicolette Rizutto, and Matthew Vial (all Dental School) recently published the manuscript "Clinical Significance and Utility of Neck Circumference Measurement in the Dental Clinic Setting" in the Journal of Medical Discovery.
March 9, 2017
Schools of Dental Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work, and departments of Physical Therapy and Psychology hosted the third annual Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Day during the first week of March. The day-long event provided students with group interactions such as a poverty simulation designed to encourage collaborative, positive patient outcomes when they begin working in clinical settings. Nearly 50 faculty and staff volunteers made the day possible for more than 180 students. The next...
March 6, 2017
Edward Lynch's (Dental) recent paper Spatial distribution mapping of drinking water fluoride levels in Karnataka, India: fluoride-related health effects published in Perspectives in Public Health estimated the concentration of fluoride in drinking water through different zones of 29 districts of Karnataka, India. The research paper presented an updated fluoride concentration intensity map (in relation to temperature and rainfall) and evaluated the data in the context of fluoride-related health...
February 23, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) recently published a research paper titled “Effect of Different Thermo-light Polymerization on Flexural Strength of Two Glass Ionomer Cements and a Glass Carbomer Cement”. (J Prosthet Dent.  E-pub ahead of print). This novel “thermo-light polymerization” work proved that simple polymerization lights can be used for heating the more biocompatible filling materials glass ionomer cements (GICs) or glass carbomers to dramatically improve their mechanical properties. This...
February 16, 2017
Edward Lynch (Dental) has been elected by his peers in the Pharmacology, Therapeutics and Toxicology Research Group of the International Association for Dental Research as the incoming president of this prestigious international organization. His presidency will commence at the annual meeting of the International Association for Dental Research in San Francisco in March.