Summer 2002      

Celebrating Our Community


Ms. Susan Abraham with her 25,000 pound sculpture.


Congratulations to:

MS. SUSAN ABRAHAM,
assistant to Executive Associate Dean Steven Donofrio, on exhibiting seven pieces of her outdoor art at the new public sculpture park on the Hudson River waterfront in Yonkers. The photo below shows one of Susan’s pieces, a 25,000-pound “River Bed” composed of Vermont white marble and Indiana limestone depicting a wave in motion.

MR. VAN AFES,
director of the Waldmann Memorial Library, on being interviewed by Voice of America on NYUCD’s new DVD-formatted curriculum.

DR. KATHLEEN AGOGLIA,
clinical assistant professor of Diagnostic Science and Urgent Care, on receiving the Humanitarian Award of the New York Academy of Dentistry in recognition of her dedicated efforts as a tour commander on the Dental Information Team for the Office of the Medical Examiner of the City of New York, following the September 11 tragedy at the World Trade Center.

DR. MICHAEL C. ALFANO,
dean of NYUCD, on authoring an article entitled “Dental Education: One Dean’s Perspective” for the Journal of the American College of Dentists and on being quoted in the ADA News on the need for a mandatory postgraduate dental residency program in New York State. In addition, Dean Alfano spoke at the New York State Dental Association’s Council on Dental Health Planning and Hospital Dentistry on “Dentistry’s Role in Preparing for and Responding to Bioterrorism”; he spoke at the Greater Long Island Dental Meeting on “Terrorism Preparedness”; and he presented the keynote address at the 2002 graduation ceremony at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Dean Alfano also presented three lectures at the ADEA Meeting in San Diego entitled “Faculty Recruitment and Retention,” “The Value of Minority Recruitment and Retention,” and “Redefining Scholarship: An Assault on Academe or Academe at Its Best?” He also spoke at the ADA conference on “The Role of Dentistry in Bioterrorism”; at the Dr. Stuart and Tibby Super Foundations Dinner at the Harvard Club on “The Future of Dentistry,” and at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine’s Alumni Day on “Will Dentistry Accept the Challenge of Catastrophe Preparedness?” Dean Alfano also served as a member of two FDA Advisory Committee panels. The first panel recommended the switch from Rx to OTC of Claritin® and the second panel recommended the Rx to OTC switch of Prilosec®.

DR. KENNETH L. ALLEN, ’73,
assistant professor of general dentistry and management science and director of the Foundation Skills Program, on coauthoring an article entitled “Clinical Simulation and Foundation Skills: An Integrated Multi-Discipline Approach to Teaching” for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Allen’s coauthors included Dr. Frederick G. More, professor of epidemiology and health promotion, and Dr. Alan H. Rattet, ’61, clinical associate professor of general dentistry and management science. Dr. Allen’s article was also selected as a finalist in the 2002 ADEA Educational Research and New Programs Award Competition.

MS. RASHMI AMBEWADIKAR, ’05,
on being selected for a 2002-2003 national leadership position with the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) this summer. Ms. Ambewadikar was chosen to serve as a Washington national health policy extern. She will be funded by the ASDA to attend the 32nd Annual Session in Portland, Oregon, August 28–September 1, 2002.

MR. JEFF BENGERT,
assistant director of student affairs, on leading a panel at the second annual NYU Student Affairs Conference.


Dr. Page W. Caufield

DR. PAGE W. CAUFIELD,
head of the Division of Diagnostics, Infectious Disease, and Health Promotion, on being interviewed for a Discovery Channel program on human wild life. Dr. Caufield spoke about how oral bacteria foster immunization in infants.

DR. RUBEN COHEN, ’02,
on authoring an article entitled “In Service to Others” for the New York State Dental Journal. The article described the dental clinic for impoverished villagers in East Africa that Ruben organized last year.

DR. ALLYN J. COLEMAN,
assistant professor of prosthodontics, on coauthoring an article entitled “Macromolecular Leakage Beneath Complete Cast Crowns: A 6-Month In Vitro Investigation Using Microfluorimetry” for Quintessence International. Dr. Coleman’s coauthors were Dr. Haig D. Rickerby, clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics, and Dr. Lisa R. Antonoff, ’86, clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics.

DR. STAN B. DAWKINS, ’63,
associate professor of general dentistry and management science and director of the Advanced Education Program in General Dentistry, on coauthoring an article entitled “Assessing the Use of a Standard Evaluation Report by CCAPA Faculty Pre- and Post-Calibration” for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Dawkins’s coauthors included Dr. Bapanaiah Penugonda, associate professor of general dentistry and management science; Dr. Alan M. Solden, ’63, associate professor of general dentistry and management science and director of clinical systems; and Dr. Eugene Hittelman, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion. In his capacity as president of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) section on minorities, Dr. Dawkins also moderated a symposium of five deans, including Dean Alfano, who presented their views on increasing diversity in dental schools.

DR. DENISE J. ESTAFAN,
assistant professor of biomaterials and biomimetics and of prosthodontics, on coauthoring an article entitled “Implementing an Esthetic Dentistry Program Into the Dental School Curriculum” for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Estafan’s coauthors included Dr. John G. Poulos, ’75, clinical associate professor of prosthodontics and acting chairman of the Blatterfein Department of Prosthodontics; Dr. Ivy Peltz, ’83, clinical assistant professor of general dentistry and management science and of prosthodontics; and Dr. Alan H. Rattet, clinical associate professor of general dentistry and management science.

MS. JILL B. FERNANDEZ-WILSON,
clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry, on receiving a Presidential Meritorious Service Award for her outstanding service as master chief dental technician in the U.S. Naval Reserve. This is the highest non-combat award given to an enlisted person. Professor Fernandez-Wilson also presented an essay entitled “Growing Up Cavity Free—The Early Years” at the 2001 Greater New York Dental Meeting. In addition, she organized a group of dental students who acted as mentors to sixth graders at the Salk School of Science Teen Health Fair, a collaborative initiative with the Programs in Preparation for the Professions at the NYU School of Medicine. Also participating in the program was Dr. Kenneth E. Fleisher, assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

DR. STUART J. FROUM, ’70,
clinical professor of periodontics and implant dentistry, on coauthoring an article entitled “Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma on Bone Growth and Osseointegration in Human Maxillary Sinus Grafts: Three Bilateral Case Reports” for the International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Froum’s coauthors included Dr. Stephen S. Wallace, ’67, clinical associate professor of implant dentistry; Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow, ’72, professor and chairman of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry; and Dr. Sang-Choon Cho, clinical instructor of implant dentistry.


From left: Dr. Esther Colchamiro, Dr. Gwen Brown, Dr. Neal Herman, Professor Jill Fernandez-Wilson, and Dr. David Tarrab

DR. NEAL HERMAN, ’72,
clinical professor of pediatric dentistry, on authoring an article entitled “10 Oral Health Strategies to Keep Kids Pain-Free and Problem-Free Throughout Childhood” for the New York State Dental Journal. Added kudos to Dr. Herman on copresenting an Infant Oral Health Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association. His copresenters included Ms. Jill Fernandez-Wilson, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry; Dr. Gwen Brown, assistant professor of oral pathology; Dr. David Tarrab,’87, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry; and Dr. Esther K. Colchamiro, clinical professor of pediatric dentistry.

DR. MARK N. HOCHMAN,
clinical associate professor of orthodontics and of implant dentistry, on coauthoring “An In Vitro Study of Needle Force Penetration Comparing a Standard Linear Insertion to the New Bidirectional Rotation Insertion Technique” for Quintessence International.

DR. LEILA JAHANGIRI,
clinical assistant professor of prosthodontics, on coauthoring an article entitled “Subjective Evaluation of Problem-Based Learning in a Large Class Setting” for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Jahangiri’s coauthors included Dr. Warren I. Scherer, professor and acting chairman of the Department of General Dentistry and Management Science and Dr. Alan H. Rattet, clinical associate professor of general dentistry and management science.



Dr. Kenneth W. Judy

DR. KENNETH W. JUDY, ’68,
clinical professor of implant dentistry and cochairman of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, on receiving an honorary doctoral degree from Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. Dr. Judy is only the second person to receive an honorary degree from Yeditepe University, the inaugural recipient having been the Turkish prime minister. In addition, Dr. Judy was recently inducted as an honorary member of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Zahnaerztliche Implantologie (DGZI), the oldest implant dentistry society in Europe.

DR. RACQUEL Z. LEGEROS,
Linkow Professor of Implant Dentistry, on authoring an article entitled “Properties of Osteoconductive Biomaterials: Calcium Phosphates” for Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Dr. LeGeros also recently coauthored an article entitled “Effects of Calcium Phosphate Ceramic Bone Graft Materials on Permanent Teeth Eruption in Beagles” for the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal.

DR. YIHONG LI,
associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology and director of international research, on being named an honorary professor at the West China College of Stomatology.

MS. EVA M. LUPOVICI,
clinical associate professor of dental hygiene and director of the dental hygiene clinic, on coauthoring an article entitled “Use of Internet for Recruitment of Dental Assisting Students” for the Journal of Dental Education. Her coauthors included Ms. Judith L. Cleary, clinical associate professor of dental hygiene; and Ms. Cheryl M. Westphal, assistant dean for allied health programs and director of the Dental Hygiene Program.

DR. FRANCIS V. PANNO,
associate dean for clinical affairs, on receiving the Distinguished Alumnus in Dentistry Award presented by Marquette University. Added kudos to Dr. Panno on being selected to receive the Austen Sniffen Medal of Honor presented by the Ninth District Dental Society.

DR. PAUL A. ROSENBERG, ’62, associate dean for graduate programs and professor and chairman of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, on being elected a director of the American Board of Endodontics.

MR. JASDEEP SAGOO, ’04,
on being selected as a winner of the 2002 Summer Dental Student Award presented by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

DR. RODOLFO SANCHEZ,
clinical instructor of implant dentistry, on coauthoring “The Effect of Two Different Coatings on the Surface Integrity and Softness of a Tissue Conditioner” for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry.

DR. WARREN I. SCHERER, ’63,
professor and acting chairman of the Department of General Dentistry and Management Science, on being named to the Board of Directors of “Smiles Against Hate,” a nonprofit organization created to promote diversity and multicultural awareness among individuals from all backgrounds and eliminate hate and hate-motivated crimes, beginning in our nation’s schools.

DR. SIDNEY I. SILVERMAN, ’37,
clinical professor of prosthodontics and of basic sciences and craniofacial biology, on being invited to participate in the XVII International Symposium on Morphologic Sciences to be held in September 2002, in Romania.

SNDA,
the Student National Dental Association, on presenting a Community Outreach-Free Dental Screening Program at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Cambria Heights, New York. In addition to oral health screenings, the students provided health promotion information.

DR. FRANCIS F. TUNG,
assistant professor of prosthodontics, on coauthoring “The Antimicrobial Properties of a Urea-Based Handwash Lotion with Triclosan” for General Dentistry. Dr. Tung’s coauthors were Dr. Denise J. Estafan, assistant professor of biomaterials and biomimetics and of prosthodontics, and Dr. Warren I. Scherer, professor and chairman of the Department of General Dentistry and Management Science.

DR. MEA A. WEINBERG,
clinical associate professor of periodontics, on coauthoring an article entitled “Assessing Oral Malignancies” for American Family Physician. Dr. Weinberg’s coauthor was Dr. Denise J. Estafan, assistant professor of biomimetics and biomaterials and of prosthodontics.



From left: Dr. I. N. Quartararok, Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg, and Dr. Leon Schertzer
Department of Endodontics Presents Distinguished Service Awards
The Department of Endodontics honored four of its longest-serving, most devoted faculty members at the Annual Endodontics Faculty, Alumni, and Residents Dinner held last spring. Dr. Paul A. Rosenberg, chairman of the Dr. I.N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, presented outstanding service awards to Dr. Harry Blechman, dean emeritus and professor emeritus of endodontics; Dr. I. N. Quartararo, clinical professor of endodontics; Dr. Leon Schertzer, clinical associate professor of endodontics; and Dr. Martin Weisselberg, clinical professor of endodontics.