Accomplishments: School of Dental Medicine

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.
February 9, 2017
Dr. Wendy Woodall (Dental) has been appointed as a member of the inaugural 12-person review committee of site visitors for the Dental Therapy Accreditation Board. The board, which reports to the Commission on Dental Accreditation, reviews three-year academic dental therapy programs and recommends accreditation consideration to the commission.
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.