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Thank You from our Troops!

Last month, the Tufts Dental Health Professional Scholarship Program students sponsored a “Drive for the Troops.” When the packages are sent out to the troops, a letter is encoled with the Tufts logo thanking the military members for their service and that we are keeping them in our thoughts. These military members have received our packages and are very grateful. Thank you to everyone for supporting the drive and our troops overseas!

Bates-Andrews Research Day

Mark your calendars! This year’s TUSDM Bates-Andrews Research Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Research poster presentations and commercial exhibitors will be from 11:30am-4:00pm on the 14th and 15th floors of the dental school. In addition, to help celebrate TUSDM’s 150th anniversary this year, we are excited to be joining with the Office of Alumni Affairs as they hold their annual Student Alumni Networking Session immediately following the Bates Day poster presentations.  The registration for the Student Alumni Networking will be available January 10th.

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HDA Members Lead Team to 2nd Place in National Contest

HDA leaders Krysten Herrero and Elizabeth Betances lead team to Second Place in National Contest 

The Hispanic Dental Association launched Nuestros Niños, a Colgate-sponsored  national contest through Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) Chapters to address oral health care issues with Hispanic children under 6 years old.

D18s Krysten Herrero and Elizabeth Betances led the project with the guidance of Dr. Martha Forero and team: Ann-Marie Vu, Brandon Wong, Isamary Bernet, Yusleisy Camacho, Dr. Rocio Saavedra, and Dr. Leopoldo Correa. They developed an educational tool after evaluating what barriers Hispanic families are facing to finding dental care for their children, and then tested the prototype in the community.

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Bake Sale for Jumbo Hurricane Relief—Baked Goods Needed! 

We are the Jumbo Hurricane Relief — a small group of Tufts students and faculty from around the university who have joined together to raise funds for the Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria. We have been fundraising through various events and bake sales, and have raised in more than $2,750.

We are trying to raise $15,000 by the end of the 2018 school year and are doing so through various events and bake sales. For the weekend of  (12/8-12/10), we are hoping to raise $2,500 through 5 bake sales and are in dire need of baked goods. If you could donate some baked goods, we would greatly appreciate your help!

You could sign up to bake below and contact Pietra Check (, who can arrange to pick up the goods in a central location on the Boston campus. Pietra will be on the Boston campus next Friday, 12/8.

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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 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.

Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health.