Spring 2005 Table of Contents
Applause, Applause
NYUCD Faculty Lobby Capitol Hill for Deans' Advocacy Day

From left: Associate Dean Spielman, Assistant Dean Cheryl M. Westphal, Dr. Eisenberg, and Dr. Peltz.
Last April Dr. Andrew I. Spielman, Associate Dean for Academic Programs, Clinical Associate Professor Cheryl M. Westphal, Assistant Dean for Allied Health Programs, Dr. Elise S. Eisenberg, Director of Dental Informatics, and Dr. Ivy Peltz, Clinical Assistant Professor of General Dentistry and Management Science, joined Dean Alfano and other deans and faculty from 22 dental schools to lobby Congress for legislative support for dental education and research. Associate Dean Spielman led the NYU delegation, which was the largest faculty delegation of any school. The delegates focused their advocacy on four messages: 1) oppose cuts in federal spending for Medicaid and support efforts to create a bipartisan Medicaid Commission; 2) reauthorize the HIV/AIDS Dental Reimbursement Program as part of the Ryan White CARE Act; 3) support authorization of the Dental Health Improvement Act; and preserve the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) as an independent institute in a reorganized NIH.

NYUCD's 2005 DC lobbyists came well equipped for their assignment. Three are already graduates of the prestigious ADEA Leadership Institute, an intensive, yearlong program designed to nurture carefully selected dental faculty to become future leaders in dental and higher education. Dr. Peltz is a 2005 graduate of the Leadership Institute and Assistant Dean Westphal and Dr. Eisenberg completed their training in 2001. Dr. Spielman is scheduled to enter the Institute in fall 2005.