Dear Colleagues,


It seems as if there's an opportunity almost every week for me to express our college's appreciation for the efforts of those who support us and our missions. This week set a record with three events at which I was able to let people know how much our college benefits from what they do.


The first was during a lunch we hosted to celebrate Dental Assistants Recognition Week. With pizza as the entrée and the gift of a College of Dentistry mug to remember the occasion, I thanked nearly 60 dental assistants for the many ways they help us to better care for patients and educate students. I also let them know that their broad scope of responsibilities adds tremendous value to our clinical and teaching operations, and that without them our college would not be as productive and effective as it is. That event was on Tuesday.


On Wednesday evening, it was my distinct pleasure to offer welcoming remarks to those who attended the Alfred W. Reader Endowed Professorship reception. Along with staff and faculty members, our generous alumni attended the event that celebrated the successful fundraising efforts that completed the endowment. The event also recognized Dr. Melissa Drum as the first recipient of this professorship. I thanked all those who helped make this endowment possible, and I reminded them that their contributions would continue in perpetuity to support the faculty, the research, and the ideals of the Division of Endodontics.


Today, at the end of our annual Research Day program, I was pleased to acknowledge the scholarly achievements of our students, residents, and post-docs. In total, 42 presenters were judged on the scientific merit and innovation of their work. The topics ranged from the study of subgingival microbiomes, to the use of social media in the dental school setting, and the effects of orthognathic surgery on the quality of patients' lives. With an audience that filled the banquet hall at the Ohio Union, I had the chance to speak about the importance of having a strong research program in the college, and I was privileged to present eight awards for outstanding research achievements.


What a week it was! Inspiring, enlightening, and rewarding for me and the hundreds of others with whom I shared these important events. How fortunate we are to work among such dedicated, grateful, and talented people. It's no wonder that dentistry continues to attract the attention and interest of so many, while it sets the standard among our academic and professional peers.

College News

Dr. Melissa Drum Announced
as A.W. Reader Endowed Professor

At a ceremony held March 6, Dr. Melissa Drum was announced as the first Alfred W. Reader Endowed Professor in the Division of Endodontics.

The $750,000 endowment was completed two years earlier than expected, allowing for the appointment of Dr. Drum to this position that represents one of the highest academic awards the University can bestow on a faculty member. 


Read on...

Dean Lloyd Interviewed by WOSU for "All Sides with Ann Fisher"

College of Dentistry Dean Patrick Lloyd was the featured guest speaker on the February 20 presentation of a radio talk show called All Sides with Ann Fisher, hosted by The Ohio State University's WOSU radio station and Executive Producer Ann Fisher.


The "All Sides" program was broadcast on WOSU public radio from 11:20 - 11:40 a.m., and was then re-broadcast on WOSU TV at 7:00 p.m.


The show highlighted advances in dental technology, covering such topics as 3-D radiography, teledentistry as a learning tool, and CAD-CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) technology that  is changing the way many dentists serve their patients.


Distributed by WOSU Public Media, the program is available by podcast. Click here to listen to the radio interview with Dean Lloyd.

Dr. Bobby Thikkurissy Featured on "Dentally Speaking" Radio Talk Show

Dr. Bobby Thikkurissy, a College of Dentistry professor of pediatric dentistry, was the featured guest speaker on a radio talk show called "Dentally Speaking," hosted by Columbus-based dentist Dr. Brian Kvitko.


The "Dentally Speaking" program was broadcast on Sunday, February 17, on SUNY 95 radio (94.7 FM) from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. The program showcased many of the most common questions posed by parents caring for the oral health of their infants and children. Topics included Children's Dental Health Month, the impact of cavities on the systemic health of children, and ways to prevent tooth decay in children and adolescents.


"Dentally Speaking" interviews are available by podcast. Click here to listen to the radio interview with Dr. Thikkurissy.

Second Annual "Pre-Dent Day" Success!

On Saturday, February 23, the college's Office of Admissions hosted its second annual Pre-Dent Day event that welcomed 87 aspiring dental students from 16 undergraduate schools throughout Ohio, and one from the state of Florida.

The day-long program included welcoming remarks from Dean Lloyd, question and answer sessions with Office of Admissions staff members, as well as a hands-on experience in the pre-clinic lab that gave current DDS students and pre-dent students a chance for one-on-one interactions. View the pre-dent day photo album here.

Dental Assistants Recognition Week Celebration

The college celebrated national Dental Assistants Recognition Week with a noontime pizza luncheon for dental assistant staff members. At the event, attendees were given healthful snacks, a College of Dentistry mug, and special thanks from faculty and staff.

Dean Lloyd provided welcome remarks, and he thanked the luncheon attendees for their many contributions to the college. "Your efforts are vital to our continued success, and we thank you for your unique and diverse contributions to our college, our patients, and the dental profession."

Alumni Reception at IADR/AADR Meeting:  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, Associate Dean for Research Dr. John Sheridan 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

Questions? Contact

ODA Day at the Statehouse: March 20

College of Dentistry faculty members and students will participate in the ODA's "Day at the Statehouse" on March 20. This annual advocacy event provides ODA member dentists and dental students with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with state legislators, while also advocating for issues that impact their patients, dental practices, and oral health in Ohio.


Please join the College of Dentistry's representatives at this event that will include discussions about Medicaid funding for dental procedures, dental insurance reform, and mid-level providers.


Date: Wednesday, March 20
Location: Renaissance Hotel, downtown Columbus
Registration information: Please visit

Join the First Annual "Miles for Smiles" 5K Run/Walk: April 7

Hosted by the college's student members of the American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA) and the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), the first annual "Miles for Smiles" 5K Run/Walk will raise funds for the college's Give Kids A Smile events. All participants who register before March 15 will receive a complimentary "Miles for Smiles" t-shirt.


Time: Race starts at 4:00 p.m.
Date: April 7, 2013
Location: Ohio State's Fred Beekman Park; 2200 Carmack Road, Columbus, Ohio;
Race day registration begins at 3:00 p.m.
Questions? Click here for more race details!

Post College Assembly is Coming Soon: Register Online Now!

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.

Click here to find out more or to register online!

Save the Date: Boucher Conference Offers CE and More; April 11-13

The Carl O. Boucher Prosthodontic Conference provides continuing education in the art, science, and practice of prosthodontics. Held annually in Columbus, Ohio, this event is dedicated to Dr. Carl O. Boucher, who devoted his career to the advancement of prosthodontics.



The Fawcett Center at The Ohio State University; 2400 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210


Date: April 11-13, 2013


Conference Events Include:

CE presentations, golf outing, presidents dinner, table clinics, and more!


Click here for more information and online registration!

Give Kids a Smile Event Succeeds Again!

The College of Dentistry's Give Kids a Smile event held Saturday, February 9, provided dental care for 148 patients, from infants  to adolescents and children with special needs. Faculty members and residents joined dental students and dental hygiene students to provide a range of treatments, including sealants, cleanings, stainless steel crowns, pulpotomies, pulpectomies and composites. Families also scheduled follow-up appointments for additional care, as needed.


Ohio Representative Michael Stinziano attended the event, which received coverage by Columbus's Channel 10 and Channel 4 TV stations.

Bucks for Charity Drive Raises $1,126,920 for Ohio's Families in Need

Ohio State's annual Bucks for Charity Campaign raises funds each year for organizations that provide assistance and services to those in need in our communities. The College of Dentistry participated in this event, raising a total of $27,402. The amount raised by the University totaled $1,126,920.


This university-wide effort offers staff, faculty, and students a chance to participate in this program that has a positive and wide-reaching impact on the Columbus-area community.


Special thanks go to College of Dentistry Professor Bobby Thikkurissy and Ms. Mollie Workman for their work as Bucks for Charity coordinators.

March 2013 Edition
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