Nexus - Winter 2002 Issue      
DR. MICHAEL C. ALFANO, dean of NYUCD, on serving as guest editor for a special issue of Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry. The issue was devoted exclusively to articles written by faculty from the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry. Dean Alfano also authored an article entitled “Too Few Sirens,” a commentary on the September 11 terrorist attacks, which appeared in the ADA News; he coedited a special supplement to the Journal of the American Dental Association on “Combating Oral Cancer,” and he coauthored two articles in the supplement. He also authored an article entitled “Purpose of Conference — Issues” that appeared in a special issue of the Journal of Dental Education devoted to the proceedings of the NIH Consensus Development Conference on Diagnosis and Management of Dental Caries Throughout Life. And he presented papers at the ADEA Conference on Dental Research in Bethesda, MD; at a conference on Healthy People 2010 in Washington, DC; and at the ADEA Dean’s Conference in Scottsdale, AZ.


DR. RIMA BACHIMAN-SEHL, associate professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on her appointment as associate chairman of the department of epidemiology and health promotion.







DR. STEPHEN J. CHU, clinical assistant professor of implant dentistry on coauthoring an article entitled “Digital Shade Analysis and Verification: A Case Report and Discussion” for Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Chu’s coauthor was Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow ‘72, professor and chairman of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry. Dr. Chu was also featured in a report on ABC 7 and in an article in Mode Magazine on the digital shade analysis technique.

RUBEN COHEN, ’02, on participating in the 2001 Hinman Student Research Symposium and presenting a research project done at the NIH last summer entitled “CD69 Expression in HIV+ patients with Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers,” and on receiving the Goldmann Student Merit Award presented by the Public Health Association of New York for a paper entitled “Preventing Childhood Oral Health Problems in New York City by Educating Our Non-Dental Health Professional Students.” Ruben’s mentors on this project were Dr. Neal G. Herman, ’72, clinical professor of pediatric dentistry, and Ms. Jill Fernandez-Wilson, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry. Added kudos to Ruben as the recipient of the Pierre Fauchard Academy Dental Student Scholarship Award.


ADA COOPER, ’02, on being inducted as a student member of the American College of Dentists.









MS. EVELYN DELGADO, Dental Assistant Program Class of 2001, on winning the inaugural Ultradent Diversity Award, sponsored by Ultradent Products, Inc. The award recognizes a DAP student who has fostered and encouraged respect, acceptance and understanding among people of different backgrounds through clinical experiences, community service, and education.

MS. JILL FERNANDEZ-WILSON, clinical associate professor of pediatric dentistry, on coauthoring an article entitled “Treating Dental Injuries on the Field” for Sports in Primary Care. Professor Fernandez-Wilson’s coauthors were Dr. Lily J. Lim, clinical assistant professor of pediatric dentistry, and Dr. Martha B. Miqueo, assistant professor of pediatric dentistry.

DR. HERBERT FROMMER, professor of diagnostic science and urgent care and director of radiology, on the publication of the seventh edition of Radiology for Dental Auxiliaries. This text, complemented by a study guide for self-evaluation, is the most widely used book of its type and has been translated into both Spanish and German.

DR. STUART FROUM, ’70, clinical professor of implant dentistry, on coauthoring an article entitled “The Use of Enamel Matrix Derivative in the Treatment of Periodontal Osseous Defects: A Clinical Decision Tree Based on Biologic Principles of Regeneration” for The International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Froum’s coauthors included Dr. Jeffrey R. Lemler, ’89, clinical assistant professor of periodontics and of implant dentistry; Dr. Robert Horowitz, clinical assistant professor of implant dentistry; and Dr. Bruce Davidson, ’73, clinical associate professor of periodontics.

DR. DONALD B. GIDDON, clinical professor of epidemiology and health promotion, on his appointment as a member of a Center for Scientific Review Study Section (Special Emphasis Panel) of the National Institutes of Health.


MS. EMILIE GODFREY, administrative coordinator of the NYU Oral Cancer Disparities Research Center and a registered dietitian, on being quoted on the relative merits of fast food in BrideGuide.com.







BRIAN HONG, ’03, on receiving the fourth annual Dr. Edward G. Kaufman Award for Academic Excellence. The Kaufman Award is presented annually to the student who has attained the highest grade point average during his or her freshman year.






DR. ZIAD N. JALBOUT, a resident in the implant dentistry program, on coauthoring “The Implant Peripical Lesion: Four Case Reports and Review of the Literature” for Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Jalbout’s coauthor was Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow, 72, professor and chairman of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry.

DR. LAURANCE JERROLD, ’75, visiting associate professor of orthodontics and director of the Advanced Education Program in Orthodontics, on authoring an article entitled “Georgia On My Mind,” a commentary on a Georgia Court of Appeals ruling for the Litigation, Legislation, and Ethics section of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

DR. MLADEN M. KUFTINEC, professor of orthodontics and director of orthodontic research, on his solo choral performance at the Spring 2001 Choral Concert at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan.

DR. LLOYD S. LANDA, ‘57, clinical professor of implant dentistry and of prosthodontics, on coauthoring “A Prospective 2-Year Clinical Evaluation of Overdenture Attached to Nonsplinted Implants Utilizing ERA Attachments” for Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Landa’s coauthors included Dr. Sang-Choon Cho ‘97, instructor in implant dentistry, Dr. Stuart J. Froum ‘70, clinical professor of implant dentistry, Dr. Nicholas Elian ‘91, assistant professor of implant dentistry and Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow ‘72, professor and chairman of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry.

DR. HARALD A.B. LINKE, professor emeritus of basic science and craniofacial biology, on coauthoring “Oral Clearance and Acid Production of Dairy Products During Interaction With Sweet Foods” and “Effect of Increasing Sucrose Concentrations on Oral Lactic Acid Production,” both for the Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism.



Dr. Lief A. Loberg and Mrs. Bella Tillis

DR. LIEF A. LOBERG, ’01, on receiving the Dr. Bernard P. Tillis Award for Excellence in Dental Journalism for his design and writing for the NYUCD Student Council Web site. The Tillis Award is funded by Mrs. Bella Tillis in honor of her late husband, Dr. Bernard P. Tillis, ’36, who served for 22 years as editor of the New York State Dental Journal.

Dr. Denise Murphy with Habitat for Humanity beneficiaries.
DR. DENISE MURPHY, clinical associate professor of general dentistry and management science, on authoring “Ergonomic Considerations for the Care of Special Patients” for The New York State Dental Journal; a chapter entitled “Ergonomic Concerns for Dental Professionals” for the International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors; and “Occupational Exposures to Blood in a Dental Teaching Environment: Results of a Ten-Year Surveillance Study” for the Journal of Dental Education. Added kudos to Dr. Murphy for placing as a finalist in the regional “Nurse of the Year” competition sponsored by Nursing Spectrum and for her service as a Habitat for Humanity volunteer in Paraguay.


DR. FRANCIS V. PANNO, associate dean for clinical affairs, on being selected to receive the Distinguished Alumnus in Dentistry Award for 2002 presented by Marquette University.

SALIM S. RAYMAN, instructor in dental hygiene, on being featured in RDH: The National Magazine for Dental Hygiene Professionals in an article entitled “Life’s Like a Circuit Board.”

DR. PAUL A. ROSENBERG, associate dean for postgraduate programs and professor and chairman of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, on being appointed an Endodontic Consultant to the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation.

DR. JONATHAN A. SHIP, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology and of oral medicine and director of the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, on being quoted in The Lancet on a study which identified T1R3, a sweet receptor gene that is selectively expressed in the taste cells of the tongue and mouth of human beings.

DR. PAULA-NAOMI SMALL, ‘94, clinical associate professor of implant dentistry, on coauthoring “Gingival Recession Around Wide-Diameter Versus Standard-Diameter Implants: A 3- to 5-Year Longitudinal Prospective Study” for Practical Procedures & Aesthetic Dentistry. Dr. Small’s coauthors included Dr. Dennis P. Tarnow ‘72, professor and chairman of the Ashman Department of Implant Dentistry, and Dr. Sang-Choon Cho ’97, instructor in implant dentistry.

SNDA, the Student National Dental Association, on receiving this year’s “Most Improved Chapter Award” presented at the 88th annual National Dental Association (NDA) convention.

DR. ANTHONY T. VERNILLO, professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, on authoring “Diabetes Mellitus: Relevance to Dental Treatment” for Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology.

DR. JULIE K. YIP, ’93, assistant professor of periodontics, on coauthoring “Dental Students’ Attitudes Toward Smoking Cessation Guidelines” for the Journal of Dental Education. Dr. Yip’s coauthors included Dr. Gustavo Cruz, assistant professor of epidemiology and health promotion and director of public health and health promotion. Dr. Yip is also the recipient of a special commendation for excellent teaching from the Class of 2003.

JOSEPH ZELIG, ’02, on placing second in the student research competition at the Greater New York Dental Meeting for his paper entitled “The Prevalence of Identical Porphromonas Gingivalis Strains Among Family Members.” The project contains a novel adaptation of PCR methodology to the study of bacterial transmission. Joseph’s faculty mentors were Dr. Robert J. Boylan, associate professor of basic science and craniofacial biology; Dr. Mea A. Weinberg, clinical associate professor of periodontics; and Dr. Upinder Fotadar, assistant research scientist.