Dear Colleagues,

Although I thought about it earlier in the week, it wasn't until

mid-morning that I remembered today -- August 1st -- is my second anniversary at Ohio State. This year, I'm celebrating this milestone as I travel to the annual dental school deans meeting. Spending the bulk of this special day waiting in airports has given me a chance to reflect on the many things that continue to make me feel fortunate about being a member of Ohio State's community. And, as I wait through flight delays and other travel-related issues, I have time at last to write this First Thursday column!


I'm pleased to report, while stranded here at LaGuardia, that my enthusiasm and excitement for our college has not waned. In fact, it has only increased, thanks to a steady stream of good news, great opportunities, and general praise for our college that has been expressed to me by so many throughout this last year.


The positive reports came in just about every week, all year long. Some days, I'd hear a remark that praised our students, staff, or faculty. On other days, there were letters from grateful patients and alumni that came in from all across the country. Many of them just wanted to let me know how proud they were of their alma mater, and each of those notes made my week!


We accomplished so much this past year -- a successful accreditation with just one recommendation, and new and expanded partnerships with Ohio dental companies, the OSU Wexner Medical Center, the James, the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Dental Association. All in all, it was a year of getting to know and learn about good people who share our desire to make our profession better so we can provide the best care for our patients, educate the next generation of oral health care providers, and make discoveries that will improve the lives of others.  


To all who helped make my second year as dean so invigorating and rewarding, thank you. Here's to another year of memorable moments, extraordinary achievements, and unparalleled success!   




College News
Dr. John Sheridan and Collaborators Receive $2.4 M Grant from NIH


Dr. John Sheridan is the principal investigator on an interdisciplinary research project, along with collaborators from the College of Dentistry and the College of Medicine.

Co-investigators from dentistry include Division of Oral Biology Professors Ning Quan and Michael Bailey, and research scientist Nicole Powell. Collaborators from the College of Medicine are Department of Neuroscience Professors Jonathan Godbout (co-investigator) and Phillip Popovich (consultant).

The research has been awarded a five-year National Institutes of Health--National Institute of Mental Health grant in the amount of $2,452,350. The project is entitled "Brain region dependent trafficking of myeloid precursor cells in repeated defeat."

 "This new grant from the NIH will allow us to continue our studies on bi-directional communication between the brain and the immune system," said Sheridan, who is a professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Dentistry, and Associate Director of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at the Wexner Medical Center. 


College Welcomes New Graduate Students and Residents


Each summer, the College of Dentistry welcomes newly arrived, first-year graduate students and residents with an annual reception attended by faculty, staff, and senior graduate students.

This year's reception was held July 10 in the Grand Lounge of the Faculty Club, where students were officially welcomed by Associate Dean of Academic Affairs John Kalmar, Dean Patrick Lloyd, and faculty and staff representatives from the college's divisions and clinics.

Click here for photos.

D4 Student Nathan Prueter Featured in
ODA Today

Nathen Prueter, a 4th-year dental student, was featured in an article in the July edition of ODA Today.  

Commenting on the Ohio Dental Association's support of the OSU chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), Prueter said, "Over the past few years, Ohio State's ASDA chapter has achieved tremendous membership growth and received several prestigious awards...due to many reasons, but in my opinion, one of the vital reasons ASDA has achieved so many of its goals stems from the ideal relationship we have with the Ohio Dental Association."
White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Students

On August 19, the College of Dentistry's new dental hygiene and dental students will celebrate the beginning of their path to becoming dental professionals at the annual White Coat Ceremony.


The event serves as an official welcome to the college, and it marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the members of the dental hygiene Class of 2015 and the dental Class of 2017. The white coats students wear at the event symbolize their newfound commitment to dentistry.


Click here for previous White Coat Ceremony photos.

Share News with Your Fellow Alumni


Dental Alumni

Have you received an award?
Accepted a new position?
Are you newly married or proud new parents?
Please send your class notes and photos to:
Be sure to include your full name and graduation year!
[Class notes submitted may be used in an upcoming College of Dentistry alumni publication.]

Alumni Reception at the ODA: September 20


We invite you to join Dean Patrick M. Lloyd, college faculty and staff members, and the Dental Alumni Society Board of Governors for our alumni reception held in conjunction

with the 2013 Ohio Dental Association (ODA) Annual Session at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. 


The alumni reception will be held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Columbus. Meet and mingle with your fellow Buckeyes, enjoy refreshments, and catch up on the latest news from the College of Dentistry. 


For more information, please call 614-292-9254 or email us at

Join Us for Alumni Reunion Weekend: October 18-20


The College of Dentistry's alumni reunions and tailgate are coming October 18-20, and we hope you'll join us for this scarlet-and-gray-packed weekend. We welcome you back to campus for our alumni reunion events held in conjunction with the university's Homecoming Weekend!


Questions? Call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-292-9254, or send an email to:


Click here for a complete list of Homecoming-Reunion Weekend activities.

Ohio State-Huntington Bank Partnership Brings New Branch to OSUWMC 


Huntington is now at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) on the ground floor near Wendy's. Visit the new branch Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to learn about exclusive banking benefits for Ohio State's staff and faculty.


Pelotonia Hosts Movie Night at The Shoe!


Pelotonia is a grassroots bike tour with one goal: to end cancer.    


To help raise funds for this year's event, Pelotonia 2013 is showing a movie, The Avengers, on Friday, August 2 at the Ohio Stadium (The Shoe). Gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the movie begins at 9:00 p.m.

August 2013 Edition

Brutus D.D.S. 
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