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2011 News Archive

Morgantown, W.Va.—West Virginia University  announced the appointment of Dr. David A. Felton as dean of its School of Dentistry. He began serving in that capacity in August.

Baltimore—After his death in 2007, Deamonte Driver became a tragic symbol of the access to care issue, no more so than in his home state of Maryland.

In December, the ADA New Dentist Committee is offering a live webinar for dentists, “Ten Effective Ways to Prevent Dental Malpractice Lawsuits.”

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The Fall 2011 ADA Catalog features two new patient education brochures available at a special ADA News discount.

Houston—An internationally renown heart surgeon has made the largest single gift to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Dentistry in honor of his father, a dentist.

Las Vegas—The 2011 House of Delegates registered its support for the Student Block Grant Program and accepted the Council on Membership’s recommendation to capture results that demonstrate the program’s success.

Dr. Olga Gonzalez “was very interested in participating in the focus group regarding dental therapists,” she told market researchers inviting her to join Chicago area dentists Oct. 27. Declining in favor of “a previous commitment” to her son’s birthday, Dr. Gonzalez offered a written response to Moderators Etc., Inc., which convened the focus group.

Nairobi, Kenya—Key issues in international mercury treaty negotiations are “related to how the control of mercury products will impact the availability and use of dental amalgam,” ADA observers reported.

Washington—An ADA-supported business coalition is taking nothing for granted after U.S. Senate 95-0 approval Nov. 10 of legislation to repeal a 3 percent withholding tax scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The Commission on Dental Accreditation is calling for nominations to fill vacancies for public members of its review committees.

Washington—CDC officials told the Association Nov. 10 that the agency will retain its Division of Oral Health, which had been slated for an effective downgrading by yearend as a branch of another division.

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products has approved a new work project for the establishment of an ADA standard for table-top steam sterilizers. The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) wrote the standard (ANSI/AAMI ST55: 2010 Table-top Steam Sterilizers), which both the American National Standard Institute and AAMI have approved.

Los Angeles—In 1957, Dr. Clifton O. Dummett, then the 36-year-old editor of the National Dental Association journal, penned a call to action that would have a profound impact on membership practices in the ADA while adding momentum to the struggle to eliminate discrimination in organized dentistry.

If you’re a recent graduate who has not yet joined the ADA, you may be eligible for the Reduced Dues Program.

Morrisville, N.C.—A North Carolina state court in September entered a consent order resolving a complaint by the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners against Heartland Dental Care Inc. and an individual dentist after the dental board alleged the dentist violated the state’s Dental Practice Act’s ownership provisions.

Las Vegas—Annual Session-goers flocked to the exhibit hall during the ADA Annual Session last month to “Learn, Optimize and Connect” at the LOC.

Las Vegas—Are the ADA Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties clear enough?

Las Vegas—Drs. Gary Klasser and Prabu Raman sat side by side on a stage in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, but the two dentists could not have been farther apart.

Las Vegas—“If we don’t get the answers here today, at least we will get the questions,” said Dr. Michael Glick, kicking off the Oct. 11 Open Clinical and Science Forum on the safety and effectiveness of dental restorations.

Las Vegas—To fulfill its mission, the ADA must focus on serving two critical constituents: its member dentists and the public at large.

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