Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

June 7, 2016
The School of Dental Medicine hosted the dean from the University of Taif’s dental school in Saudi Arabia to help him develop his clinical program with the goal of attaining international accreditation from the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). Dean Yousef Al-Thomali met with Dr. William Davenport, Jr. and other faculty members to learn about UNLV School of Dental Medicine’s unique clinical education model. Earning CODA international accreditation will enable faculty and graduates from...
June 6, 2016
James Mah (Dental Medicine) gave two presentations in Canada during the Jasper Dental Congress, hosted by the Alberta Dental Association & College. “Management of Bruxism – Occlusal Guards vs Neuromodulators” focused on the dental and facial signs of chronic bruxism, radiographic finding, and treatments. “Advances in Clear Aligner Therapy” provided up-to-date clinical tips for treating patients with aligner therapy, and explored common pitfalls and strategies for case selection, and...
June 2, 2016
Robin Reinke (Dental Medicine) earned the 2016 Charles Craig Teaching Award from the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Honor Dental Society. The national award recognizes one new dental educator each year who demonstrates innovative techniques in teaching the art, science, and literature of dentistry, and encourages students to be life-long learners. Dr. Reinke, who has been teaching full time for four years, received the award during the American Dental Educator’s Association meeting in March.
October 13, 2015
Patricia Cruz, Mark Buttner, and Theresa Trice (all Environmental and Occupational Health) and Katherine Howard (Dental) published an article, "Development of a Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay for the Rapid Detection of the Oral Pathogenic Bacterium, Selenomonas noxia," in the August issue of BMC Oral Health. UNLV master of public health alum Arthuro Mehretu also was a coauthor of the article.
October 1, 2014
ToanFoeng Tham (Dental Medicine) was an invited speaker and presenter on "Legal and Ethical Issues in Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Elder Abuse." In the presentation he talked about forms of abuse, including neglect, exploitation, and isolation as well as intervention strategies to stop elder abuse, such as reporting, investigating, intervening, and prosecuting. The presentation also reviewed instances of suspected domestic violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. This included items such...
May 1, 2014
ToanFoeng Tham (Dental School) was an invited speaker and presenter at the American College of Legal Medicine in Dallas. The presentation, "The Overview of Dental Education and Training in China vs. United States," highlighted the differences of dental school admission processes, length of study, training facilities, dental school curriculum, qualifications and licensure processes, and attainment of dental specialist status and specialty boards.
June 1, 2013
ToanFoeng "Bill" Tham (Dental) is coauthor of the "Rule of Law Index," which appears in the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2012 report. For the first time, this year's report includes a total of 97 countries and jurisdictions. It ranks countries across eight areas impacting on the rule of law -- limits on government power, corruption, security, fundamental rights, open government, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice. The index and its findings have stimulated...
May 1, 2013
Mildred McClain (Dental School), Frank Jones (Dental School), and Clifford McClain (Teaching and Learning) are coauthors of an article, "Increasing Dental Student Diversity Through the UNLV Dental Prospects Program," which appears in the Journal of Dental Education. Francis Curd of the School of Dental Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Fla., is their coauthor. The article describes UNLV's Dental Prospects Club, a pre-dental education program that has...
March 1, 2013
Connie Mobley (Dental School) is an invited keynote speaker at the International Association for Dental Research/American Association for Dental Research annual meeting in Seattle in March. The title of her presentation is "Nutrition and Oral Health Research Horizons: Obesity and Diabetes Prevention."
October 1, 2012
William Davenport (Dental) was an invited symposium speaker at two national meetings earlier this year. At the March annual session of the American Dental Education Association he focused on "Engaging Our Dental Students to Learn the Basic Sciences: Results from the Basic Science Survey Series for Dentistry." At the Experimental Biology meeting in April, he addressed "Current Trends in the Anatomical Sciences: How Are We Teaching North American Dental Students?"
October 1, 2012
Karl Kingsley (Dental) and Christine Bergman (Hotel Administration) coauthored a presentation by dental student Don Phipps at the International Association for Dental Research in Iguacu Falls, Brazil, in June. It was titled "Soy Protein Extract Inhibits Oral Cancer Growth: Potential Dietary Implications." Kingsley also is the senior author of a research article titled, "Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase (IDO) and Tryptophan Dioxygenase (TDO) mRNA Expression in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma Cells is...
October 1, 2012
Karl Kingsley (Dental), Katherine Howard (Dental), Clifford Seran (Dental), and Patricia Cruz (Community Health Sciences) have published their research, "A Molecular Survey of S. Mutans and P. Gingivalis Oral Microbial Burden in Human Saliva Using Relative Endpoint Polymerase Chain Reaction (RE-PCR) within the Population of a Nevada Dental School Revealed Disparities among Minorities," in BMC Oral Health.