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AAID 2017 Annual Conference

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) had their annual conference in San Diego, the weekend of October 13-16!

Andrew G. Lum (D19) reflects: “Attending the AAID annual conference was a wonderful opportunity that would not have been possible without the generous help of my mentors and the research department at Tufts. This conference had a more intimate feeling than other meetings I’ve attended in the past and as a result, I was able to hear many of the main podium speakers, and sit-in during some of the hands-on workshops. I highly encourage any interested students who are conducting implant related research to consider applying for the AAID student research grant since it gave me exposure to organized dentistry on a smaller platform and challenged me as as presenter to think critically alongside established clinician-researchers in implant dentistry.”

Event with Zhubin Parang, Head Writer at the Daily Show

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute will welcome Zhubin Parang, Head Writer at Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, to discuss how the show is adapting and responding to the unprecedented political and media climate that the 2016 presidential election ignited.

Parang will discuss the editorial decisions The Daily Show team faces daily in creating content for their show, and explore the role that journalists and comedians play in sustaining a healthy political dialogue. Join us for a lively, free program on the unique role late-night shows and satire play in balancing comedy and reporting the news to generate a conversation on issues of national significance. If interested, RSVP here!

Volunteers Needed- Massachusetts Health Council

The Massachusetts Health Council is seeking volunteers with a passion for helping kids learn better nutrition to work on a multi-faceted campaign aimed at reducing the consumption of sugary drinks! The campaign works with school administrators, teachers and local organizations to run an educational program that increases student awareness of the health harms of sugary drinks. The education program can be tailored to each school or individual classrooms using resourcessuch as guest speakers, presentations, poster contest material, drinking water contest material, stickers, etc.

Volunteers can be presenters in schools and classrooms, help design new material and resources, or help coordinate the campaign by interfacing with school administrators, teachers and others. Expenses reimbursed and possible stipend available.

Please contact Nancy Marks nancy.marks@tufts.edu if you want to work on this effort.

Imagine then Vote: Songwriting and Video Competition

Like writing songs or creating music videos? Want to inspire eligible voters to vote? The Imagine then Vote competition is a two-tiered contest designed to motivate people to vote. The first portion is a song writing contest judged by an advisory board, and the second part is a video contest judged through crowd-sourcing. Total prizes available amount to $36,000. Check the websitetwitter, and facebook page if you’re interested.

SNDA Community Servings: Food Heals

On November 8th, Student National Dental Association (SNDA) volunteered at a Community Servings: Food Heals event in Jamaica Plain, MA. They were able to help organize meals for those in need!

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “SNDA had a fabulous time serving at Community Servings, a not-for-profit food & nutrition program. We jammed out to music while we packaged a variety of home made meals that will be sent to families with chronic illnesses for free. It was amazing seeing how everything was organized based on the individuals dietary needs. Also, the staff was amazing!”

HANCO AC/DC Oral Cancer Screenings

On October 28th, Head and Neck Cancer Organization (HANCO) volunteered at the AC/DC Seminar in Boston  to promote oral health and head and neck cancer awareness. Daria Ameri (D19) and Aekta Patel (D18) also gave a presentation on head & cancer.

Aekta Patel (D18) reflects: “At this event, we saw again that many people are unaware of head & neck cancer, along with their overall dental health. We were able to spread awareness of dentistry, and really appreciated that the community was very receptive towards learning more about oral health.”

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston

 The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston is a one-year interdisciplinary, mentored fellowship program focused on health-related community service and leadership development. Founded in 1992, the Boston Chapter is the oldest of the Schweitzer program sites located across the U.S. dedicated to developing a pipeline of emerging professionals who enter the workforce with the skills and commitment necessary to address unmet health needs. Since the program’s inception, Schweitzer Fellows in Boston—competitively chosen from health-focused graduate student applicants in a variety of fields—have worked tirelessly to address health disparities and the social determinants of health throughout the greater Boston and Worcester areas.  Upon successful completion of the initial Fellowship year, Fellows have the opportunity to participate in an alumni network of Fellows for Life– an interdisciplinary pipeline of emerging professionals who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

The application period for the 2018-2019 cohort will open on November 14, and applications are due February 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM.  Continue reading Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Boston

HPSP Troop Drive

Today starts the annual Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)‘s Troop Drive to collect items and donations to be sent to our troops overseas during the Holidays. Every noontime hour until next Tuesday 11/21,  a table will be set up in the 4th floor Sackler cafeteria for collection. Popular items include DVDs, CDs, holiday decorations, T-shirts, work out items, magazines, candy etc. If you donate cash, it’ll help with the postage or be used to purchase items. Just imagine yourself being overseas, far from home, serving your country. What would you like to receive? What would pleasantly surprise you?

In addition, if you have a relative or know someone serving overseas in the military; email Dr. Rankin before Thanksgiving to make sure  they receive something during the Holidays!

HDA: East Boston OHC reflection by Nicolette Angioli (D19)

On October 20, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) volunteered in East Boston to promote oral health care to children and members of the community.

Nicolette Angioli (D19) reflects: “So far HDA has had multiple events in East Boston with the Most Holy Redeemer Parish. They have been very successful events for both the children who attend and the TUSDM community. The children look forward to our visits and are very engaged in learning about oral health. The Tufts students really enjoy interacting with the children and being able to volunteer in a Hispanic community.”

   Volunteers: 
Sandy Perez D’19
Nicolette Angioli D’19
Roberto Aleman D’20
Christian Mendoza D’20
Janelle Diaz D’20
Mason Fortuno D’20
Haneen Shehadeh D’20
Melissa Ruiz D’20
Amanjot Sarao D’20
Christopher Lucido D’20
Al McQuarrie D’20
Katherine Ynsinare D’21
Gabbi Sangiovanni D’21
Orestes Riera D’21