Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

February 3, 2017
Marcia Ditmyer (Dental Medicine) authored a chapter titled “Logic Modeling for Planning, Implementing, Evaluating, and Communicating Results From an Organizational Oral-Health Literacy Project“ that appears in the current issue of SAGE Research Methods Cases. The publication, which appeared online Jan. 27, provides cases for educators who teach research to use in their curriculums.
January 19, 2017
Karen West (Dental Medicine) co-authored “Which Way to Lean? A National Study of Women Dental Faculty Members’ Career Aspirations and Choices,” which appeared in the December issue of the Journal of Dental Education. The article explored factors and perceived barriers for why administrative/leadership positions were or were not sought, and was named one of the journal’s top ten published articles during 2016.   
January 18, 2017
William Davenport (Dental Medicine) served as an accreditation consultant to the University of Nuevo Leon School of Dentistry (UANL), located in Monterrey, Mexico. During the visit, he presented information about competency-based education and how to develop rubrics for competency assessment. UANL, the third largest dental school in Mexico, is seeking international accreditation available through the Commission on Dental Accreditation. This is the second consultation visit between UANL and the...
January 17, 2017
Tanya Al-Talib (Dental Medicine) received the 2016 Orthodontic Faculty Development Fellowship Award from the American Association of Orthodontics Foundation. The $11,700 award is designed to support the scholarship of junior orthodontic faculty. She will use the award to continue her project titled " 3 D Airway Volume and Shape Comparison between High-Risk and Low-Risk Skeletal Class I and Class II adults,” which evaluates the airways of adults of high risk for sleep apnea.  
December 15, 2016
Karl Kingsley and Brady Petersen (both Dental) authored the publication "Differential Expression of miR-21, miR-133 and miR-155 from Exosome Fractions Isolated from Oral Squamous Cell Carcinomas In Vitro" in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Medical Discovery in November.  
November 23, 2016
Karl Kingsley (Dental) is the senior author of the article "Assessment of Oral Human Papillomavirus Prevalence in a Multi-ethnic Pediatric Clinic Population," which was published in the November/December edition of the Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. 
November 22, 2016
Daniel Orr (Dental) earned the 2016 Alumnus of the Year recognition for the College of Life Sciences at Brigham Young University. Each year, the university honors outstanding alumni from each college who have made significant contributions to their profession, community, nation, family, church, or university. Prior to the recognition ceremony, Dr. Orr gave a presentation titled “Advisors of Merit” during the university’s Alumni Achievement Lecture.  
November 14, 2016
Antonina Capurro (Dental Medicine) has been named Nevada state dental health officer. In her role, Dr. Capurro will provide clinical and public health leadership to Nevada’s oral health program, and will be the state’s spokesperson for oral health. Her office will be housed within the School of Dental Medicine.
November 10, 2016
Michael Sanders (Dental) accepted Gov. Brian Sandoval’s three-year appointment to the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners. Sanders is the first academic dentist appointed to the board in its history. The board protects the dental health interest of Nevadans by developing and maintaining programs that ensure only qualified professionals are licensed to practice dentistry and dental hygiene, and that violators of the laws regulating the dental and dental hygiene professions are sanctioned as...
November 4, 2016
Karl Kingsley (Dental) is the senior author of a new study, "Screening of a Pediatric and Adult Clinic Population for Caries Pathogen Scardovia Wiggsiae," published in the Journal of Clinical and Pediatric Dentistry.       
October 7, 2016
The School of Dental Medicine Class of 2019 participated in the school’s 14th White Coat Ceremony. Seventy-seven second year students were welcomed into the profession, marking the transition from preclinical training to treating actual patients. During the event, the school presented an honorary white coat to John Hunt, '79 BS Accounting, legal counsel for the Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners, to recognize his many years of devoted service to dentistry within the state.
September 13, 2016
Tina Brandon Abbatangelo (Dental Medicine) and Ms. Nevada 2016, represented the Silver State during the 2017 Ms. America Pageant, which was held during the Labor Day weekend. She won the “Power of the Crown” award acknowledging the positive impact that winning the state title has made in her life. In addition to continuing her community service with many local organizations and speaking to young women interested in health professions, Dr. Brandon Abbatangelo will continue her work with the...