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Dental Central D20 Trivia: Week 2

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 10.30.58 AMHop on to Dental Central throughout the month of August to play weekly trivia!

Every Monday, the winner for the previous week’s trivia question will be announced and a new question for the week will be posted. Please submit your answer to

All answers can be found on Dental Central, so start exploring!

One lucky D20 will win a prize each week!

Week 1 winner: Congratulations to Craig Holliday!

Week 2 question: How many student organizations are currently listed on Dental Central? And name one that you might be interested in joining 🙂

Dental Central D20 Trivia

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 10.30.58 AMHop on to Dental Central throughout the month of August to play weekly trivia!

Every Monday, the winner for the previous week’s trivia question will be announced and a new question for the week will be posted. Please submit your answer to

All answers can be found on Dental Central, so start exploring!

One lucky D20 will win a prize each week!

This week’s question:

Which student group promotes healthcare for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities? (Hint: Provide the full name of the group)

Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program

Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 9.39.32 PMThe ADEA Academic Dental Careers Fellowship Program (ADCFP) is designed to connect dental students with faculty mentors to provide insight into the life of faculty educators/researchers. This year-long educational research opportunity allows students to do a research project with a faculty mentor and present their study at the ADEA annual meeting. Click HERE to see more details on ADCFP.

Students from all years in good standing are encouraged to apply. Postdoctoral students should obtain permission from their program directors first.

Click HERE for the application form. Submit your application via e-mail to Dr. Saksena by Tuesday, July 5th.

Winners of the TUSDM Post-Doctoral Interdepartmental Research Day

Congratulations to the winners of the Seventh Annual TUSDM Post-Doctoral Interdepartmental Research Day!

First place:
Dr. Federico Ausenda
The Effect on Subgingival Inflammation and Toothbrush Wear Using the Stationary Bristle Brushing Technique

Second place:
Dr. Audra Reynoso
CBCT Quality Assessment for Orthodontic Diagnosis

Third place:
Dr. Zuhair Natto
Effect of Mucograft® Seal on Post-Extraction Ridge Preservation Using Bone Allograft: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial and Radiographic Evaluation

We are very proud of the research endeavors of all members of the Tufts Dental community. Keep up the great work!

TUSDM Students Present at the Institute of Healthcare Advancement’s Health Literacy Conference

Four students from the ‘Health Literacy Intensive’ course  travelled with Professor Dolan to Anaheim, CA in early May to attend and present at the Institute of Healthcare Advancement’s 15th annual Health Literacy Conference: Creating a Vision for Health Literacy’s FutureKim Meyers (D18), Mikenah Vega (D18), David Somoza-Valle (D19), and Anne-Marie Vu (D19) presented a poster on the Health Literacy Intensive course for the 1st and 2nd year dental students at TUSDM, which was very well received! Tufts was the only dental school who presented at the conference and the only organization that sent students. Read on for their reflections!

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Congrats to the D16s Selected for Honos Civicus Society!

Screen Shot 2016-05-15 at 10.35.26 PMTuft’s Honos Civicus Society, launched by Tisch College in 2009, celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at Tufts University.  Selected graduates come from Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and from undergraduate schools or the Arts, Sciences and Engineering. This year’s honorees join an alumni network of health professionals who have committed to active citizenship throughout their careers.

We are proud of the following D16s who were selected for Honos Civicus Society:

  1. Alfred Geoffrey Mateo
  2. Anjalee Shah
  3. Christina Penn
  4. Felisha Patel
  5. Courtney Schick
  6. Hannah Gilman
  7. Jason Safer
  8. Jennie Leiken
  9. Khusbu Patel
  10. Lauren Marzouca
  11. Mandy Alamwala
  12. Marissa Dykes
  13. Olga Raptis
  14. Paul Shamirian
  15. Risha Deleon
  16. Stephie Castera
  17. Tahira Williams
  18. Victor Nyakundi
  19. Yamila Garber
  20. Yu Li

Those selected will be honored at the Honos Civicus Induction Ceremony and Lunch in Chinatown on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

CGI-U Innovation Fund

Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 9.58.37 PMThe Clinton Global Initiative-University (CGI-U) has officially launched the CGI U Innovation Fund! This new CGI-U funding competition aims to source, support, and feature the most effective, high-impact college student entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide by providing critical, early-stage seed funding. Selected scholars will receive funding to advance projects that fit CGI-U’s Commitments to Action model and an invitation to attend CGI-U 2017. The Innovation Fund is open to anyone 18 years of age or older currently enrolled in an institute of higher education. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Prospective applicants can submit their project ideas in an online pre-application by June 27, 2016. Only pre-applicants whose projects best fit the selection criteria will be invited to submit a full application in July 2016. Please email with any questions.

Stephie Castera (D16) is awarded Prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service

For over 15 years, Tufts has honored exceptional students with the prestigious Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. These awards recognize undergraduate and graduate students across the University for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership.

Among those honored this year was D16 Stephie Castera, who received the award at a special ceremony for recipients on April 21, 2016. The program included Tufts University President Tony Monaco, Dean Alan Solomont of Tisch College of Civic Life and TUSDM’s Dean Huw Thomas.

Stephie’s special guests included her mother Agnes who came from Haiti for the event and her boyfriend, D16 Brian Hedstrom. Presenting her with her award were Nancy Marks and Dr. Mark Nehring, Chair of Public Health and Community Service Dept.

Stephie’s impressive accomplishments include fundraising and creating local partnerships in order to open the first community library in Furcy, Haiti; organizing an annual holiday party (five years and still going strong!) in Furcy for 350 impoverished children, which included collecting and distributing toys, school supplies, shoes, dental kits and oral hygiene education.  Locally, Stephie has also been an active member and leader in AAPD, HDA, and SNDA and has volunteered at Sharewood, Project Bridge and DentalCentral!

Congrats to Stephie!!

Honos Civicus Accepting 2016 Applications~ Due 2/12!

150512_16687_civicus212-1024x683D16 and Postdoctoral Students!

Have you demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service and civic engagement? The Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service are accepting applications for the Honos Civicus Society Class of 2016 at TUSDM. Honos Civicus, Latin for “Civic Honors,” celebrates and publicly recognizes graduating predoctoral and postdoctoral students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to community service and civic engagement during their studies at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.  Honos Civicus provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect upon TUSDM’s community involvement while creating an alumni network of health professionals who are excited to continue their commitment to active citizenship throughout their careers.

Applications Due Feb. 12th!

For more information and the online application:

Additional Questions? Contact Professor Kathryn Dolan or Nancy Marks, Dept. of Public Health, TUSDM

Schweitzer Fellowship Information Session

image001Karen Spiller, Interim Program Director of the Boston Schweitzer Fellows Program, will be on campus on Tuesday 12/1 from 4:00-5:00 pm in SK216B to promote the Schweitzer Fellowship program. Schweitzer Fellows annually serve more than 25,000 people and offer prevention, wellness and access programs that address the underlying causes of health inequities, such as poverty, the environment, and education. In doing so, the Schweitzer Fellowship works to improve health outcomes in underserved communities. Each year, Tufts PHPD students are selected as Schweitzer Fellows, and many have been able to conduct their ALE project as a part of the fellowship.

The Fellowship gives selected students the opportunity to create and implement their own public health project to serve the local community. Please join us to hear more about the fellowship and application process (application deadline is February 15, 2016). To learn more visit:

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