Volume 1, No. 1
April 22, 2015
Welcome to the first issue of News Bites, the monthly newsletter of the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Thank you to everyone who submitted newsletter titles – we had more than 100 entries in our contest. The winners who submitted News Bites were Carol Dill, Nicole Guerrettaz, Joe Loveless, Kathy Sterrett and Mark Vaughn, who received their prizes at the First Friday donuts and coffee gathering with the Dean in the cantina on April 3. You’ll see a few of the runners up as subheads throughout the newsletter. Thank you to Terry Wilson and Mark Dirlam for the masthead design. What a creative group we are!

- Leslie Flowers, Editor


Multidisciplinary 4th Floor Clinic Renovation

Renovations are beginning in the building “C” (south portion) clinics on the 4th floor and will continue from May through mid-October. These renovations are another step a holistic, long-term plan to update our facility, which began with the SB05 project completed in 2011. The 4th floor space will be a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary clinic, with 25 brand new ADEC operatories for dental hygiene, graduate operative, and the DDS Team Clinic. This multi-purpose space is a prototype of the contemporary clinics proposed for the new building expansion. These renovations will call for flexibility and team work. “We will experience short-term inconvenience for long-term progress and innovation at our school,” Dean Williams said.

Building Expansion

Financing for the proposed 48,000-square-foot building addition is gaining great momentum. IUPUI administration endorsed our building financial plan in early April and submitted it to IU Bloomington administration for review. Our goal is to be on the IU Trustee’s Facilities and Auxiliaries Committee agenda in the near future for preliminary project approval.

Health Policy Forum

Third-year students were active participants in the 11th annual IUSD Oral Health Policy Forum on Feb. 26. Dr. William R. Mass, director of the Division of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control was keynote speaker. Students acted as lobbyists on behalf of dental policy issues and toured the State Capitol.

Photos from the event are available in our Facebook Albums.


International Service Learning in Ecuador

Nine dental students, one dental hygiene student, and Professor Tim Carlson and his wife Ann traveled to Quinto, Ecuador, over spring break for their service learning experience. Student Tasha Dhir said, “This trip definitely changed me as a dental professional – going forward I would like to spend more time treating the underserved. Everyone deserves to live a healthy life and for many people, even here in Indianapolis, this is not a reality. I hope to help change that!”

The Root Run: Brush-Floss-Rinse-Run 5K


Oral Health Care for Cancer Patients, a not-for-profit founded by Dr. Stuart Schrader, is launching its first race/walk to raise money and awareness of oral health care for cancer patients. The first of its kind in the country, The Root Run: Brush-Floss-Rinse-Run 5K will take place from 7:30 am to 1 pm, Saturday, May 30, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. To register or for more information about this family fun event go to

Student Outreach Clinic featured in video

They’re stars! IUSD students and faculty appeared in a video recently released by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry about starting and managing a student-run dental clinic. The video features many of our student and faculty volunteers who make the Student Outreach Clinic run successfully. Watch at

Extraordinary lengths to take board exams during snowstorm

Congratulations to 4th-year students for completing their board exams during the snowstorm of Feb. 28 and March 1. With so much riding on the exam – formerly known as North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners (NERB) now The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA) – some students drove their own patients, many of whom were afraid to drive in the snow. Pictured at right is student Aatif Ansari’s car stuck on an off ramp while awaiting a tow. Ansari was almost two hours late, but he saw his three patients and passed all three sections within the time limits. Kudos to IUSD facilities and the dental equipment team of Adam Smith, John Beltran, Brad Metz, and William Carney, who ensured all was in good working order for the exam, as well as Steve Stringer, who prioritized cleaning IUSD’s sidewalks and parking lot.

Class of 2019

We have offered provisional acceptance to 106 applicants for the IUSD Class of 2019. Of the 1,508 applications processed, 213 were Indiana residents. Preliminary data show 54 males and 52 females, with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.659. Congratulations to the admissions committee, auxiliary faculty interviewers, and staff from the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs for their hard work. We look forward to welcoming the Class of 2019 in July!

Improvements to patient parking


We are now on the same paper ticket validation system as the rest of the IUPUI parking system. Patients simply take a ticket to open the gate and bring it with them to their appointment for validation. What kind of feedback are patients giving? Please let Terry Wilson know at


A word from new library director Sean Stone

Sean Stone joined IUSD as library director in March from Claremont University in southern California. He shares some of his goals for the library:

Last year the School of Dentistry Library celebrated 100 years as a reading room/library open to students. The library goes back even further as a “faculty library.” What’s potentially even more interesting is that the IUSD library is one of the only dental libraries left in existence. Most have closed and/or been absorbed into other libraries, even the ADA library. Our library is unique, but the question is: What do we do with it? What should our library be?

I have some ideas: The library should be an inspirational space. It should be a comfortable, inviting place to be scholars. Just as you hone your skills in clinics and labs, the library should be the “scholarship clinic,” where you can read, write, research, meet, discuss, and think. It should have collections that are not only among the best historical dental collections in the world but also support cutting edge dental education research. It should also maintain and make accessible the rich history of IUSD and provide services that support searching for, accessing, and synthesizing information. Access to the collections could happen in the library or anywhere in the world.

I think we could improve in all of these areas, as well as plenty of others. We have a lot to do, and I’m very interested in what everyone at IUSD has to say. Please contact me with your thoughts at

Seeing friends at Chicago Midwinter Meeting

IUSD alumni and current students gathered at professional meetings and receptions at the Chicago Midwinter Meeting in late February. Below, friends who gathered for the alumni reception at the Hyatt Regency included current D3 students; 1980 alumni with Dean Williams; and class of 2013 graduates.


Periodontics receives visiting scholar grant

The American Academy of Periodontology chose IUSD to receive its 2015 AAP Foundation Charles W. Finley Visiting Scholar Grant to bring Dr. Eros Chaves, chair of periodontics at the University of Oklahoma, to speak to IUSD faculty and students.



Kudos to Faculty, Students and Staff

IUSD highly represented at ADEA
IUSD faculty and students traveled to the annual meeting of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Boston in early March. Our faculty members are leaders and members of numerous ADEA committees:
• Dr. Bruce Gitter, elected to secretary of the Section on Physiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics
• Dr. Kelton Stewart, completed a three-year term as Section on Orthodontics officer
• Dr. Melinda Meadows, LDH, MS, one of three IUSD members on the Commission on Change and Innovation and is the IUSD representative to the Council of Faculties
• Dr. Laura Romito, chair elect of the Biochemistry, Nutrition and Microbiology Section and a member of the Leadership Institute Alumni Association Board
• Dr. Stuart Schrader, councilor for the Behavioral Science Section
• Patricia Capps, CDA, RDH, MS, councilor for Dental Assisting Education Section and on the Council of Sections Program Fund committee
• Dr. Tawana Lee-Ware, elected officer to the Pediatric Section
• Dr. John Williams, Dean, elected to chair of the Section on Practice Management, ADEA, and Councilor, American Association of Dental Research

More faculty kudos:

Faculty Exemplars: 2014 DDS graduates identified exemplars in teaching among our faculty, including: Dr. Daniel Bennett, Comprehensive Care Dentistry; Dr. Steven Dixon, Restorative Dentistry; Dr. Kellie Schaub, Restorative Dentistry; and Dr. Daniel Shin, Periodontics. Dean John and Lucy Williams hosted a dinner in their home honoring these faculty members.

• Dr. Marco Bottino, named to the editorial board of the prestigious Journal of Dental Research
• Dr. Angela Bruzzaniti, appointed director of student research for undergraduate and pre-doctoral dental students
• Dr. Judith Chin, received the IDA Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award
• Dr. Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, appointed interim associate dean, Research
• Dr. Richard Gregory, appointed associate dean, Graduate Education
• Dr. Anderson Hara, appointed associate director, Oral Health Research Institute
• Dr. Vanchit John, received the IDA Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award
• Dr. Carrie Ann Klene, named board member of the Indiana Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and representing District IV for the committee on hospitals and interprofessional affairs for the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
• Dr. Joan Kowolik, received the Indiana Career and Technical Education Partnership Award for Excellence with Community Health Network from the Indiana Department of Education
• Dr. Michael Kowolik, named chair, Ethics Committee of the International Association for Dental Research for 2015-2017
• Dr. Pamela Linder, appointed interim program director, General Practice Residency
• Dr. Sean Liu, achieved Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
• Dr. Jeffrey Platt, appointed interim chair of IUSD Oral Biology; named chair of the American Dental Association/American National Standards Institute U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO/Technical Committee 106 Sub-TAG 1 Working Group 1.4 - Dental Cements
• Dr. Mythily Srinivasan, received a patent for her invention Glucocorticoid induced leucine zipper mimetics as therapeutic agents in multiple sclerosis
• Dr. Achint Utreja, achieved Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
• Dr. Darlene West, received the Dr. Donald W. Johnson Faculty Community Service Award for her outstanding work with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Congratulations to Dr. Bindu Dukka, third-year periodontics resident, who was a finalist at the Midwest Society of Periodontology's Graduate Student Research Forum competition. Dr. Dukka is pictured at left with Dr. Vanchit John, chair, IUSD Department of Periodontics & Allied Dental Programs.

IUSD students brought home huge accomplishments in February from both the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) in Boston: From left, Allison Williams (D1) was named Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows (CoSRF) Policy Center Liaison for Institutional Capacity Building; Tim Treat (D3 class president) was named national chair, ADEA Council of Students, Residents, and Fellows; Mackenzie Kelley (D3), holding IUSD’s Most Improved Chapter award(!), was named ADEA CoSRF Ohio Valley Regional Representative; and D1 Class President Chris Dawson.

Student presenters at ADEA included Allison Scully (D4), whose poster was the culmination of her ADEAGies Foundation Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program. Win Chein (D4) co-presented with Dean John Williams and adjunct professor Sally Morgan on ESL student success.

At IADR, Sabrina Feitosa, PhD, received the prestigious $15,000 Toshio Nakao Fellowship, awarded to just one up-and-coming researcher in the world every two years. Feitosa will complete her research here at IUSD with Dr. Marco Bottino as her mentor.

Also at IADR, Joshua Evans (D3) received an AADR Student Research Fellowship and second place in the Dentsply Caulk Competition (Clinical Science Category); Stuart Ryan (D3) received first place in the Dentsply Caulk Competition, Basic Science Category; and PhD visiting student Dr. Eliseu Műnchow received the $2,500 Heraeus Kulzer Travel Award to present his work. PhD visiting student Dr. Maria Tereza Pedrosa Albuquerque served as a co-mentor to Evans and Ryan along with Drs. Marco Bottino and Richard Gregory. Other students who attended IADR include Laura Albrecht, Nicholas Brassard, Nadine Ferbinteanu, Chau Leminh, Molly Oster, periodontics resident Rana Shahi, and Corrie VanWanzeele.

Cutting Teeth

Welcome or welcome back to IUSD!

• Leslie Albers, clinical services representative, Clinical Affairs
• Kim Anderson, assistant to the chair, Oral Surgery
• Holly Black, senior administrative secretary, Restorative Dentistry
• Jennifer Pace, dental assistant, Orthodontics
• Dr. Kamolphob Phasuk, clinical assistant professor, Restorative Dentistry
• Christopher Rak, senior School of Journalism student, communications intern
• Dr. Elizabeth Rinehart, returning adjunct clinical lecturer, Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs
• Sean Stone, director, Library
• Krista Tanksley, dental assistant, Comprehensive Care
• Karen Wilson, dental assistant, Endodontics
• Dr. Yung Ting Hsu, visiting clinical assistant professor, Periodontics


Congratulations to:
• Kari Arthur, promoted to clinic coordinator, Craniofacial
• Carmen Gonzalez, promoted to dental assistant, Pediatrics
• Sharese Hale, promoted to dental assistant, Orthodontics
• Kathy Neal, promoted to clinic service representative, Periodontics
• Anthony Sanders, promoted to technician, Senior Central Services/Infection Control


Warm retirement congratulations and gratitude to:
• Dr. William Gillette, professor emeritus, Periodontics
• Dr. Brady Hancock, professor emeritus, Periodontics
• Pat Huff, Dental Assisting
• Dr. Donald Newell, professor emeritus, Periodontics
• Dr. Jack Schaaf, associate professor, Oral Pathology, Medicine & Radiology, pictured
at right with well-wishers from his farewell lecture on April 17

In Memoriam:

• Dr. Ralph McDonald, pioneer of pediatric dentistry, IUSD Dean from 1968 to 1985
• Dr. Charles Burstone, chair of Orthodontics from 1961 to 1970
• Dr. LaForrest Garner, professor and chair emeritus, Orthodontics; first associate dean for minority student services; first African American chair of a major academic department at IUSD and first African American president of the Indiana Society of Orthodontics
• Dr. Raymond Maddox, past president of the Indiana Dental Association, instructor in Practice Management

Filling You In – IUPUI Campus News

Bottle Caps for School Benches:

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability and the Student Sustainability Council of IUPUI has partnered with the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four Sustainability Committee to collect plastic (only) bottle caps, such as beverage containers, milk cartons, juice cartons, detergent bottles, etc. until April 30. Each 400 pounds of plastic caps will be transformed into a plastic “Buddy Bench” donated to an Indianapolis public school to encourage inclusion and prevent bullying. Drop your plastic bottle caps off at collection bins around the school. IUSD has collected 28.3 pounds of caps as of mid-April!

Human Resource Trainings:

• How to Develop Effective Working Relationships, 1-4 pm, 4/28, Campus Center 405
• Organizational Trust, 9 am-12 pm, 5/27, Lockefield Village Rm. 4401. Register at

Contact Points

April 24-25 Indiana Mission of Mercy - State Fairgrounds
April 25 Dental Hygiene Graduation Tea
April 28 Dean’s Town Hall
May 9 IUSD Graduation
May 10 IUSD Awards Program Breakfast; IUPUI Commencement
May 16 American Association of Orthodontics - San Francisco
May 21-23 American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry - Seattle
May 30 Root Run 5K: Brush, Rinse, Floss, Fairgrounds
June 11 Indiana Dental Assistants Annual Meeting - French Lick
June 11 IDA Annual Session - French Lick
June 12-13 IUSD Alumni Weekend/Class Reunions - French Lick
June/July IUPUI Backpack Attack
July 10 Orthodontics Graduation Dinner
Sept. 12 Dental Hygiene Reunion
Sept. 19 IUPUI Regatta
Sept. 25 Dean's Society Banquet
Sept. 26 IU Bicentennial; IUSD Alumni Association Meeting
Oct. 3 White Coat Ceremony
Oct. 15-16 IUSD Fall Teaching Conference
Oct. 23 Burstone Symposium
Oct. 25 Pediatric Dentistry Mini Residency
November IUPUI Jam the Pantry
Nov. 17 IUSD Annual Scholarship Luncheon & Presentations
Nov. 5 ADA Annual Meeting
Nov. 14 American Academy of Periodontology - Orlando
Nov. 17 Fall Scholarship Luncheon
Nov. 19 Faculty Holiday Party

Click here for a calendar of IUSD’s superb Continuing Education offerings!

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