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Alumni Spotlight: Richard L. Williams, Class of ‘97

Richard L. Williams, D.M.D. Class of 1997, was recently inducted as a Fellow of both the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, at their annual convocations in San Francisco, Ca., on Oct. 18 and 19, 2012, respectively. Williams received his Ph.D. in Oral Sciences from…

NCEF Pediatric Dental Center receives national dental-program award

DentaQuest Institute has recognized NCEF Pediatric Dental Center as a Safety Net Solutions Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence awards honor safety net dental programs around the U.S. that have displayed tremendous leadership and excellence in oral health practice management and have greatly improved the oral health status…

The placebo effect goes beyond humans, UF researchers find

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rats and humans have at least one thing in common: They both react the same way to a placebo, according to a new University of Florida study. “That was the big finding — that the animals that expected pain relief actually got pain relief when you…

Grant to provide financial assistance to dental students in need

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The University of Florida College of Dentistry has received a four-year, $ 2.5 million grant that will help provide financial assistance to the college’s disadvantaged students. Health Resources and Services Administration, or HRSA, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students awarded the college $645,000 for the current academic year,…

Nina Guba, D.M.D. Class of 2015

Congratulations to Nina Guba, a member of the D.M.D. Class of 2015, who represented the University of Florida at the 2012 ADA Annual Session in October in San Francisco, Ca. Guba was one of 70 student clinicians who participated in the 53rd Annual ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Research Award Program…

Occlusal Anatomy Session

Faculty and dental residents learned cutting edge use of dental materials during a special course on occlusal anatomy presented by Walter Dias, D.D.S., M.S., a clinical specialist with DENTSPLY who visited from Germany to share his expertise. The course, held on Oct. 26, combined a morning lecture with an…

Get Up & Give!

This Homecoming, over 90,000 fans, students and alumni will come together to support the University of Florida. (There will also be a football game.) Thursday, November 3, is Get Up and Give, a one-day, all-out, give whatever you can extravaganza to support the University of Florida. Any gift,…

Alumni Spotlight: Robert Ford, D.M.D., talks about the power of teams

On Oct. 16, Robert Ford, D.M.D., and University of Florida staff member Pearl Ann Harris demonstrated the power of teams and networking during a presentation for the North Central Florida Dental Hygiene Association (N.C.F.D.H.A.) meeting in Ocala, Fla. Ford, a member of the UF College of Dentistry D.M.D. Class…

$2.5 million grant to develop dentistry faculty

GAINESVILLE, Fla. ― The University of Florida College of Dentistry has received a $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration to execute a multifaceted, interdisciplinary plan to improve faculty development. “The idea is to help develop new and better skills in our faculty,” said Frank Catalanotto,…

Dental caries detection training

On Oct. 16 to 18, a group of college faculty from restorative dental sciences, pediatric dentistry, and community dentistry and behavioral science received specialized training on a new system, designed to help detect and diagnose dental caries. Andrea-Ferreira Zandona, D.D.S., M.S.D., Ph.D., a visiting professor from the Indiana University…