First Thursday College of Dentistry News

Message from the Dean



Dear Colleagues,


We're only three days into 2013 and I can already see we have quite a year ahead of us. In addition to the usual expectations a new year brings, we've got some exciting and challenging times coming our way!


On the upside, we've hired a number of new staff and faculty, and we're going to continue to bring more on board. It will seem as if there's a new member of our college community every couple of weeks for the next few months. And, mark my words, these will be people who benefit and enhance the programs, clinics, labs, and operations throughout our college. We spent the past year searching for outstanding staff and faculty to join us in our mission, and I can't wait for everyone to meet them and get to work with them. 


This year, facing us head-on are some uncertainties in our state and national economic situations. In addition to the impact the economy has on the average patient who comes to our clinics for care, we're significantly dependent on both state and federal dollars to run our college. Reducing either or both of these funding sources is a real possibility, and it's something we have to prepare for.  


Even with those potential issues taken into consideration, there are many other great things in store for us in 2013, and we need to take advantage of every opportunity. We need this to be a year in which we make even greater strides in converging our energies and commitment toward helping each other and moving our college forward. From what I saw this past year, I know we have it in us.    


Next week, I'm giving my first quarterly update of this new year. As with previous sessions, we've scheduled separate meeting times for students, staff and faculty, and I hope you'll be able to attend one of them. I'm excited to tell you about all the things that are happening in our college so that together we can look forward to all that 2013 has in store for us!


Happy New Year!


College News
College of Dentistry Experts Featured in Columbus Dispatch

The Columbus Dispatch recently featured dentistry's dean and two pediatric dentistry faculty members  in the publication's health and wellness section.


Drs. Paul Casamassimo, Dennis McTigue, and Dean Patrick Lloyd appeared in the December 17th and 30th issues of the Dispatch's "To Your Health" series that focused most recently on oral health care and dental students' loan debts.


Dean Lloyd Joins HS Deans to Explore Educational
Partnerships in Ethiopia

Throughout 2012, Ohio State officials and senior leaders from the Health Science Colleges joined with members of the Ohio State Global Strategies and International Affairs Office as they visited partner institutes in Ethiopia.  


Dean Patrick Lloyd and D3 student Beau Meyer joined the OSU teams that explored collaborative opportunities among academic institutions in Ethiopia related to the health sciences at the Universities of Addis Ababa and Gondar.


Post College Assembly Coming Soon: April 18-19! 

The 69th Annual Post College Assembly (PCA) will be held April 18-19.  This event continues a tradition of educational excellence by offering continuing dental education sessions on an array of topics for today's dental practitioner -- in one convenient on-campus location!


PCA 2013 topics include:  Pharmacology, Evidence-Based Care, Oral Pathology, Periodontal Concepts and Care, Sleep Apnea, Medical Emergencies, Esthetics, Temporomandibular Disorders, CPR, Practice Management, and more.


We hope you'll join us for a great continuing education experience, alumni events, and a return to campus where you'll reconnect with friends and fellow Buckeyes!


Read on...

College Hosts 29th Annual Research Day: March 7

Research Day at the College of Dentistry is an annual event that showcases research conducted by dental and dental hygiene students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and residents.  The event also features a distinguished lecturer from among the world's leading oral health researchers.


Date:  March 7, 2013

Time:  8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Ohio Union

Lecture title:  NIH/NIDCR, Health Advances Through Discoveries

Speaker:  Martha Somerman, DDS, PhD; NIDCR/NIH Director and Chief, Laboratory for Oral Connective Tissue Biology, NIAMS/NIH

Alumni Reception at IADR/AADR Meeting: Save the Date, March 21

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) present the annual General Session and Exhibition meeting in Seattle, Washington, March 20-23, 2013.


In conjunction with the event, Dean Patrick Lloyd will host a reception for College of Dentistry alumni.


Event:  Alumni Reception 

Date:  Thursday, March 21, 2013 

Time:  6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location:  Sheraton Seattle Hotel


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Bucks for Charity Drive Continues through January 25!

Ohio State's annual Bucks for Charity Drive is underway in the College of Dentistry.  This university-wide effort gives staff, faculty, and students a chance to donate to organizations that provide assistance and services to those in need in our communities.  


The Bucks for Charity drive runs through January 25, 2013, and the need in our community is great, so please join us now!


Read on...

12th Avenue Garage Now Open

The 12th Avenue Parking Garage on the Wexner Medical Center campus reopened January 1, 2013, after being closed the last six months for restoration and maintenance.


Ohio State faculty and staff can park in the garage after 4 p.m. with their parking permits.


With the reopening of the garage, a new payment process is now in place for Wexner Medical Center customers, visitors, or those without parking permits.


The new payment process, called "pay on foot," uses technology that allows customers to pay their parking fees before getting into their cars to exit the garage, which allows vehicles to leave the garage faster and more efficiently.


To find out more about the "pay on foot" option, or for more 12th Avenue Garage  information, please visit

January 2013 Edition
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