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Students   

"Say what?" Dental Students Learn High-pitched Drills Double the Risk of Hearing Loss Among Dentists

When Natalie Newton was a dental student on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, she worried about damaging her hearing as she and other students operated high-pitched handpieces (often referred to as drills) while they practiced fixing teeth.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date September 01, 2021
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Research

CU Dental’s Publication Roundup

From migrant and refugee oral health to preventive dental visits, here are some of the latest publications from our esteemed faculty and residents:


Author Kathy Michel | Publish Date July 07, 2021
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Students

Periodontics residents start their next adventures after graduation

Taking time off and building a dental practice is on the lists for two of CU School of Dental Medicine’s periodontics graduates. The two students earned their certificates in Periodontics and Masters of Science in Dentistry in June.


Author Kathy Michel | Publish Date June 23, 2021
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Students

The DDS Class of 2021: What’s Next

Despite our world having to change and some courses being remote, the CU School of Dental Medicine’s Class of 2021 continued to achieve major milestones and were able to pursue their passions in dentistry.


Author Kathy Michel | Publish Date June 17, 2021
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Students

Graduating During A Pandemic

If this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, could be summed up in one word—distance comes to mind. The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine’s Class of 2021 learned that space could mean the linear extension between patients. It can mean being six feet apart from a peer. It can also be miles apart from family, friends, or loved ones.


Author Kathy Michel | Publish Date May 05, 2021
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Research   

CU Dental Researchers Make Craniofacial Gene Discovery

Patience. It's something most researchers need when it comes to discoveries. For Jamie Nichols, CU Dental craniofacial biology assistant professor, and his team, it took eight years to understand how genes impact a crucial component in our facial structures.


Author Kathy Michel | Publish Date April 19, 2021
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Research

CU Dental Researchers, Students and Fellows Awarded Several Grants by NIDCR, NIH

Our CU Dental research teams received more than $1M in grants from top-tier organizations like the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Institutes of Health. Their exceptional work deserves recognition, along with the mentees, who have helped spearhead these latest developments. Congratulations to the awardees!


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date August 03, 2020
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Faculty

CU School of Dental Medicine Welcomes New Senior Associate Dean

The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is pleased to announce the new Senior Associate Dean of Academic Achievement and Innovation, Tracy de Peralta, DMD, Ph.D., MClinEd.
 

Author Kathy Michel | Publish Date July 14, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Dental researcher fuels top talent and innovation in recognition of institutional support

CU is one of the Stansbury family’s top philanthropic priorities. Jeffrey Stansbury, PhD, and his wife, Audrey, believe that the CU School of Dental Medicine went above and beyond in supporting Jeff, professor and associate dean for research at the school. Now, they are honoring the dental school for that support in their estate plans, as well as encouraging philanthropic support for other researchers at the school.


Author Courtney Keener | Publish Date July 13, 2020
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COVID-19    Students

A dental student’s perspective on coping with the COVID crisis

During her first year of dental school, Sheaffer Skadsen, DDS ’21, thought about running for class president. When the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis hit in the middle of her third year, she decided to turn those thoughts into action.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date June 15, 2020
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COVID-19    Students

Dentistry focuses on public health during the current global pandemic

Dentists are in the top five percent of health professionals in the high-risk category for becoming infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This new reality is causing the dental profession to rethink how it keeps its members and patients safe by focusing on public health.
 


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date June 15, 2020
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Alumni    Students

DDS Class of 2020 Award Recipients

The Commencement Ceremony, and the festivities surrounding it, annually provide us with the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates in pursuit of their degrees. Although we have had to cancel our in-person ceremonies this year, I invite you to join me in congratulating the Dental Class of 2020 for a job well done.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date May 20, 2020
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Alumni

2020 Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Inductees

​The Pi Rho chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) has invited nine students from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine's DDS Class of 2020 to become members. OKU, the national dental honor society, invites new members who are graduating academically at the top of their class.

The 2020 inductees are Kara Arceneaux, Evan Entze, Kyra Garrison, Jordan Henke, Crispin Herrick, Sam Lynass, Matthew Melcher, Matthew Michelotti and Jennifer Terrio. Communications Manager John Brunelli asked each of them about their experience at CU Dental.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date May 19, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Dental providers are on the frontline of healthcare

Teams at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine are part of the community of healthcare workers on the frontline during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date May 11, 2020
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COVID-19    Faculty

Professor Designs State-of-the-Art Backup Ventilator

​A University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine faculty member is using his background in engineering to help alleviate the country’s shortage of ventilators in light of the COVID-19 crisis.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date April 17, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Students

Thimble Army helps workers on pandemic's frontlines

“Sew with love” is the slogan of the Thimble Army, a group of CU Dental students who have dedicated their free time away from remote learning to sewing masks for local healthcare workers.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date April 14, 2020
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COVID-19    Faculty    Students

Students, Faculty Adapt to an Online World

With a rush to stay safe during the COVID-19 global pandemic, students and faculty at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine had just a week’s notice that classes would go from in-person to remote delivery.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date April 03, 2020
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COVID-19    Students

DDS Student Fosters Puppies During Self-Isolation

​Caring for a litter of puppies is the last thing Kara Arceneaux (DDS ‘20) thought she’d have time to do. Being in her final semester of dental school, she expected long days in the clinic. But that was before coronavirus, social distancing and global pandemic became common, everyday terms.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date March 31, 2020
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COVID-19    Faculty

CU Dental Donates Personal Protective Equipment

​As the number of COVID-19 cases rises in Colorado, medical providers are looking for more personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe while treating patients. The University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine has donated thousands of PPE to CU Medicine to help those on the frontlines. 


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date March 26, 2020
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Community    Students

Former Olympian's Passion for Health Equity Changes Communities

Second-year dental student Dijana Elmejdoubi (DDS ’22) was ten years old when civil war tore through her home country of Bosnia ripping families apart and leaving her community shattered. But, instead of allowing her early life experience to defeat her, she overcame the darkness she had seen in the war and emerged with a deep appreciation for life and commitment to helping build community.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date March 10, 2020
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Alumni

Lucinda Lewis named CU Dental's Distinguished Alumni

In 2016, Lucinda Lewis (DDS ’92) decided it was time. Time to sell her successful Aurora-based dental practice. Time to move closer to her elderly parents. Time to, as she likes to say, punctuate the end of her career by returning home.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date January 22, 2020
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Community

ACTS Preceptor Spotlight: Megan Bright, DDS

The Advanced Clinical Training & Service (ACTS) Program is comprised of nearly 40 clinical sites across Colorado and a team of more than 70 community dental preceptors (experienced clinicians).

 


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date December 30, 2019
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Patient Care

Bringing Tidings of Comfort and Joy

A visit to the dentist can leave you with a case of sensory overload, but the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is calming patients’ fears with the help of a new dental therapy dog. Lucy, a five-year-old golden retriever, roams the clinic halls—easing patient’s anxiety and providing them comfort during routine cleanings and procedures.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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Faculty    Students

2019 ISP Award Recipients Announced

​Faculty of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine recently recognized outstanding members of the 2019 Class of the Advanced Standing International Student Program.​


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date December 06, 2019
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Students

Friendships Without Borders

Ama Boateng (DDS ’19) was eating breakfast in a hotel lobby in Aurora when she struck up a conversation with a woman named Gina.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date December 02, 2019
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Community

Thanking our Heroes

John Berdeaux came up with a simple solution to his complex dental problem: chew a Chiclet and put it where his front tooth should be.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date November 08, 2019
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Faculty

Remembering Dr. Les Burrows, Founding Dean

Leslie “Les” R. Burrows, D.D.S, Ph.D., the founding dean of the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine passed away on December 22, 2018.

Author SDM Comms | Publish Date December 26, 2018
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Students

CU Dental DS1 Wins 1st Place in the Hatton Competition

Congratulations to Courtney Johnson, CU Dental DS1, for winning first place in the Hatton Competition (Junior Division) at the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) 47th Annual Meeting, held on March 21-24, 2018 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date April 06, 2018
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Alumni

2018 CU Dental Distinguished Alumni Award

This year, the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine is proud to honor an outstanding dental graduate with our CU Dental Distinguished Alumni Award. Eric Van Zytveld, DDS Class of 1979, is a great example of what a talented and compassionate dental professional can do with his passion and skills.


Author SDM Comms | Publish Date January 08, 2018
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School of Dental Medicine In the News

CU Anschutz News

Celebrating Exceptional Women in Medicine During National Hispanic Heritage Month

news outletCU Anschutz News
Publish DateSeptember 14, 2021

Celebrating exceptional women on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus? No problem.

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ATLAS Institute

CTD offers company-sponsored capstone option

news outletATLAS Institute
Publish DateSeptember 02, 2021

There’s a new option for ATLAS seniors enrolled in the yearlong capstone course. Aimed at giving Creative Technology and Design (CTD) undergraduates practical experience while letting industries benefit from the cutting-edge creativity that ATLAS students are known for, seniors enrolled in the capstone course can now choose a sponsored option for their projects. In past years students developed their capstone projects solely from personal interests. 

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CU Anschutz News

CU Cancer Center Receives Highly Competitive SPORE Grant for Head and Neck Cancer

news outletCU Anschutz News
Publish DateJune 30, 2021

Research and treatment of head and neck cancers at the University of Colorado Cancer Center reached a new level this month with a highly competitive Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The SPORE was approved by NCI Scientific Program leadership for FY2021 funding; the projected starting date is July 1

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CU Anschutz News

Grad Sees Dentistry as a Way to Spread Happiness

news outletCU Anschutz News
Publish DateJune 29, 2021

Growing up, Dalal Alnassar rarely smiled. Behind her seemingly sad demeanor was the immense weight of embarrassment due to her imperfect smile. But after receiving dental care, the Kuwait native felt her shame evaporate and her confidence and happiness grow. Now she could unabashedly smile, a feeling that would ignite her passion for dentistry. 

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