College of Dentistry E-News

In this Issue
Message from Dean Dolan

It's a FNDC Gator Gathering

Dentistry’s Talent Show

Register for Dental Weekend
UF Students Win Hinman
Faculty Note Bene


June 15-17 — Florida National Dental Congress Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
June 16, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. AA&F reception
June 17 - 8 a.m. to noon Harold R. Stanley Memorial Lecture on Oral Pathology

July 29, 2:00-5:00 p.m. — White Coat Ceremony J. Wayne Reitz Union Grand Ballroom

For more information, contact Sue Guido via telephone 352-273-5781, email,
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Family Day
Dental freshman Danny Bass put his exuberant and creative percussive talent in action to win $100 and first place May 4 in the first-ever College of Dentistry Acid Etch Talent and Comedy Sketch.

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Message from Dean Dolan

Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, MPH
This is the time of year I especially enjoy. For our graduating dental students, it is a time of new beginnings. For our alumni and friends attending Florida National Dental Congress, it is a time of reconnecting with each other and with our profession.

For the college, summertime represents the culmination of weeks, even years, of preparation. Faculty and staff take great pleasure in preparing our students for graduation and in sending them on to bigger and better things. This May, the college graduated 78 D.M.D. students, 47 advanced and graduate education students, and 12 internationally educated dentists.

Commencement was made even more enjoyable by the witty and “thought-provoking” presentation of our keynote speaker, Dr. Hugh Wunderlich, who shared his Jeff Foxworthy-like musings on, “You might be a UFCD grad if ….” One of my personal favorites is, “You might be a UFCD grad if the mascot of your school has never worn pants,” seconded by, “You might be a UFCD grad if the dean of your school has never seen the top of her refrigerator.”

Hugh, I've seen it… enough said.

I hope I will see you at the annual UFCD Alumni & Friends Reception at FNDC, which will take place Friday, June 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gaylord Palms Sun A ballroom. It will be a fun time of reconnecting with the college and each other.

See you there!

-Teresa A. Dolan, DDS, MPH
Dean and professor, College of Dentistry

It’s a FNDC Gator Gathering!

Don’t forget to meet up with old friends and colleagues during the UFCD Alumni & Friends Reception at FNDC, Friday, June 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Room Sun A inside the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort Hotel. Dean Teresa A. Dolan and Academy of Alumni & Friends President Gregory Reddish encourage you to join us!
The class photo board is baaaaack! Stop by UFCD’s booth in the exhibit hall to have your Polaroid photo taken and posted to the class photo and message board…. It’s a great way to reconnect with classmates!

Dentistry’s Acid Etch talent show hits big

Dentistry Talent ShowDental freshman Danny Bass put his exuberant and creative percussive talent in action to win $100 and first place May 4 in the first-ever College of Dentistry Acid Etch Talent and Comedy Sketch. Organized by the UFCD Dental Ambassadors, Acid Etch featured 16 student and faculty performances — including a crowd-wowing baton-twirling act by Dean Teresa A. Dolan — and video skits produced by each class in the D.M.D. program.

Attended by more than 200 dentistry faculty, staff and students, Acid Etch was modeled on TV’s American Idol, complete with a judging trio of fave faculty members Buddy Clark, D.M.D., Ph.D., (as Randy), Venita Sposetti, D.M.D., (as Paula Abdul) and Marc Gale, D.M.D., M.Ed., (as the irascible Simon). The judges critiqued performers in good spirit and with enormous humor. After Bass’ winning drum/stomp/drink-blending performance, which garnered a standing ovation from the audience, Gale quipped, “I would like to know why you got to wear earplugs and we didn’t!”

Register Now for Dental Fall Weekend

The annual UF College of Dentistry Dental Fall Weekend will be held in Gainesville at the Hilton University of Florida on Friday, Nov. 10 – 11, 2006.

Gordon ChristensenWatch for DFW registration brochure in the mail and plan to join alumni, friends and colleagues for an exciting weekend of continuing dental education with Gordon J. Christensen D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D., presenting, “The Most Important Topics in Dentistry…. What’s new? What’s hype? What’s important?”

You’ll also enjoy alumni class reunions, reception, BBQ and college tours. Register for CDE early for an opportunity to purchase two FL Gators vs. SC Gamecocks football tickets, while supply last.

Hilton UF room reservation form is available on our web page here. For additional information, contact Sue Guido, alumni affairs coordinator, office: (352) 273-5781, email: or fax: (352) 392-3070

UF dental students win Hinman Scholarships

UF dental students Manav Malik and Maggie M. Novy have been Manav Malik and Maggie M.awarded scholarships from the Thomas P. Hinman Dental Society. The awards were presented at a special luncheon held recently during the 94th Hinman Dental Meeting in Atlanta.

Student recipients of the scholarships are known
as “Hinman Scholars.” Malik and Novy are members of the American Dental Association and rank among the top 10 percent of junior dental students from 37 Southeastern colleges and universities.

Faculty Note Bene

Roger B. Fillingim, Ph.D
Dr. Roger Fillingim

Roger B. Fillingim, Ph.D., associate professor of community dentistry and behavioral science, has been awarded a UF Research Foundation Professorship Award. The three-year professorship recognizes Fillingim for his distinguished record of research and scholarship, which is expected to lead to continued distinction in the field of pain research. The professorship term is 2006 through 2008, and includes a $5,000 salary supplement for each of those years as well as a $3,000 one-time allocation in support of his research program.

Barbara Hastie, Ph.D.
Dr. Barbara Hastie

Barbara Hastie, Ph.D., a research assistant
professor of community dentistry and behavioral science, received a five-year, $805,194 National Institutes of Health grant to study ethnic differences and genetic factors in acute postoperative pain and analgesic response. In addition, Hastie is the recipient of the 2006 “Future Leaders in Pain Management” small grant award from the American Pain Society. This award is given to three researchers from around the country and is aimed to advance pain research. Hastie will investigate ethnic differences in pain and side effects using the Third Molar model.

Franci Stavropoulos, D.D.S.
Dr. Franci Stavropoulos

Franci Stavropoulos, D.D.S., an associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and a diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, will serve as an examiner on the group’s Examination Committee, the certifying board for oral and maxillofacial surgeons recognized by the accrediting Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association. This achievement follows her appointment as site visitor for the ADA’s Accreditation of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs in 2005.

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