First Thursday College of Dentistry News
Message from the Dean


Dean Patrick Lloyd

Dear Colleagues:


Although I knew there would be broad general interest in our college among senior leaders on campus, I have been and continue to be impressed by the level of sincere and genuine attention I have experienced as the new dean of dentistry. Each day I meet or hear from someone who asks me, "How are things going?" or "Is there anything I can do to help you?" I see the sincerity in the expressions on people's faces when they ask me questions like these, and I know they truly care, and they really want to help. 

The broad-based interest in and support for our college goes beyond OSU. I've witnessed it at every meeting, conference, and gathering I've attended in the past couple of months. Whether at an alumni event, a football game, or the annual ODA meeting, people want to know what's happening at the college. They stop me anywhere and everywhere to ask questions that are significantly different from those I get on campus. The most common one is, "What attracted you to OSU?" The next most frequent is, "How big is the freshman class?" Many also want to know, "What's the tuition?" My favorite one though is, "When are we going to get a new school?"

I can't tell you how exciting it is to get these frequent questions that I see as an opportunity -- a chance to educate, to engage, but most importantly, to inspire. People everywhere are rooting for us. They want us to succeed. They are and they will be there to support us because they know  -- as I do - that our college's best days are ahead of us.

I encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way to let people know what our college does to improve the lives of people in our local communities and our state. We need everyone to know about and be proud of our college. Our future -- and our future success -- depends on it!


College News
Welcome to the Dental Class of 2015


The College of Dentistry's newest class of D.D.S. students, the class of 2015, was introduced to the college September 19 and 20 during a two-day orientation program.


Of the 958 applicants, just 109 students were accepted into this year's D.D.S. program. Of these, 17 are out-of-state students, and 92 are Ohio residents.


The average incoming overall GPA of the class is 3.75; average science GPAs are 3.66, and total science DAT scores are 20.30 -- the highest aggregate scores of any class in the college.


Click here to view the 2011 White Coat Ceremony Facebook Album!


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College of Dentistry Outreach Featured on 10TV


Dentistry professor and Director of the Office of Community Education Canise Bean was interviewed on WBNS 10TV's GameTime with Luke Fickell on the subject of community outreach at the College of Dentistry.


The "Community Outreach" segment of GameTime is presented by The Ohio State University Medical Center, and it spotlighted the College of Dentistry's H.O.M.E. Coach mobile dental clinic Saturday, October 1. 



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Dr. Stanley Vermilyea to Retire at Year's End


Dr. Stanley Vermilyea, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, announced his retirement at the end of the 2011 calendar year. Dr. Vermilyea has served as associate dean of the college since 2002.


College of Dentistry Professors on Cutting Edge of Oral Cancer Research


The research of Drs. Susan Mallery and Peter Larsen on a medicated oral patch that may help to prevent oral cancer, has recently been published in Pharmaceutical Research.   


Read more and watch a video clip here.


Fourth-Year Dental Students Compete in Business Plan Competition


An award reception was held in late August for the winners of the Business Plan Competition, an option for D4s enrolled in the Limited Care Clinic elective course.


This year's winners were Tristan Perry and Ryan Shurtz with Brendon Prestwich, awarded a tie for third place; Daniel Harning was the second-place winner, and Brooke Buller won the first-place prize of $10,000.


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Ohio Dental Association Scholarships Awarded


Alumni Reception ODA

The Ohio Dental Association Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the ODA, works to improve oral health for Ohioans and to enhance the dental profession in the state.


To support this mission, the Foundation awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, or expanded function dental assisting.


Seven scholarships were recently awarded to Ohio State College of Dentistry students. Awards included a $6,000 scholarship for D2 student Ross Gordon; $5,000 scholarship for Andrew Hansen (D2); $3,000 scholarship for Lauren Hehl (D2); $5,000 scholarship for Rachel Lin (D2), and a $2,000 scholarship for fourth-year student Yirae Kang. A $1,000 scholarship was also awarded for dental hygiene student Amy Molnar.  

Student Wins AAOMS Outstanding Poster Presentation Award


Fourth-year dental student Yirae Kang recently received the Outstanding Poster Award at the 2011 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (AAOMS) Annual Meeting.


The competition featured poster presentations from 85 contestants, including practicing oral surgeons, faculty members, residents, and dental students.


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Student Receives Scholarship from Pierre Fauchard Academy


Stephen Webster, a fourth-year dental student, received the 2011 Foundation Dental Student Scholarship Award from the Foundation of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, given in the amount of $1,500.


This international honorary dental society focuses on influencing the dentistry profession by recognizing the highest levels of achievement as demonstrated by professional excellence, integrity, and ethical behavior.


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Oral Biology Seminar Oct. 12


The Division of Oral Biology presents "Search for Pharmacogenomic Biomarkers: Focus on Expression Genetics" by Dr. Wolfgang Sadée.


Dentistry's faculty, staff, and students are invited to join a seminar presented by Dr. Sadée, Felts Mercer Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, and Director of Programs in Pharmacogenomics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.


Please join us for this event Wednesday, October 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Wade Conference Room, 4082 Postle Hall.                 


The Office of Research Presents a Distinguished Lecture


The College of Dentistry's Distringuished Lecture Series presents Dr. James E. Melvin, Clinical Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research/NIH.


Dr. Melvin, who holds a D.D.S. from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, focuses his research on the molecular identitiy of the transport proteins that regulate fluid secretion.


Please join us for this lecture titled, "The Salivary Gland Fluid & Electrolyte Secretion Mechanism." Thursday, October 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in 1183 Postle Hall.                                   

Alumni News
ADA Reception in Las Vegas: October 11


ADA Reception

On Wednesday, October 11, please join College of Dentistry Dean Patrick M. Lloyd, along with faculty and alumni, at the annual ADA alumni reception. 


The reception will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Shell Seekers meeting room. Other ADA events will include continuing education courses, the World Marketplace Exhibition, and the ADA Health Screening Program. 

Please let us know if you'll be joining us, and we'll look forward to seeing you there!
  For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-292-9254 or email us at

Reunion and Tailgate Weekend Reunites College of Dentistry Alumni


The College of Dentistry's Alumni Reunion and Tailgate Weekend on September 9 and 10 brought hundreds of alumni back to campus for the weekend.


Dentistry alumni from the classes of 1961, '66, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96 and 2001 gathered at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Columbus for individual class reunion receptions, and a gala dinner where they reconnected with classmates, faculty, friends, and fellow Buckeyes, including President E. Gordon Gee and Dean Patrick Lloyd.

The following day featured the alumni
tailgate at the Ohio Union, and the OSU vs. Toledo football game. A great time was had by all at this Buckeye spirit-filled gathering that included alumni and their families, dentistry faculty members, staff, and students. Thanks to all who joined us for this weekend of alumni reunion events!


The 2012 Reunion Weekend is tentatively scheduled for the first weekend in October. More information will be provided at a later date.

Questions? Send an e-mail
 or call 614-292-9254.

Click here to view the 2011 Alumni Reunion & Tailgate Weekend Facebook Album

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