On Thursday evening, April 28th, the Tufts’ American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) student club hosted a presentation on “Treating Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” Dr. Steve Perlman presented to approximately 60 Tufts students and faculty. Dr. Perlman has been treating patients with both physical and intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an oral health initiative for the athletes participating in the Special Olympics International. It now has over 215 events per year taking place in every state in the US along with 80 other countries.
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!!
Apply to secure funding for your community outreach initiative or collaborative research project through Tufts Institute for Innovation’s
Applications due June 10th, 2016.
Does your student group or team need funding? TII funds student-driven campus programming, collaborative research, and/or community outreach that exemplify TII’s philosophy and over-arching mission. In the past, TII funded Tufts Synthetic Biology, an under-grad Tufts student group focused on “benefitting human health and the environment through biological engineering.”
TII is especially interested in solution-focused projects that tackle a health issue from a variety of disciplinary angles – physical, psychological, cultural, economic, etc. For example, applicants might be funded to organize a multidisciplinary symposium or to create a pilot mobile app focused on smoking-cessation.
May 16-17 | Northeastern University
Led by a collaborative of community residents, organizations, and government leaders committed to transformation and healing, the City of Boston has joined a national movement to ensure that policies and practices that impact the lives of residents are just and equitable. This two-day summit will launch an inclusive cross sector regional network to advance racial equity and ensure opportunities for all. We hope government and community partners from across Boston and the New England region will join us to share local and national racial equity best practices and policies addressing structural racism and develop policies and alternative structures that challenge unfair systems. Click here for more information.
Stairway out of Homelessness
Friday, April 29 | 5:30-8:00 p.m.
574 Boston Ave, Room 401
Come listen to the multiple experiences of individuals struggling with homelessness or economic difficulties and learn about the various reasons that brought them to their situation and the various steps they have taken toward their recovering path. Food will be served and the night will end with a raffle! See the flyer for more information.
Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series and 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service Featuring Civil Rights Leader & U.S. Congressman John Lewis
April 5 | 6:30 PM|Cohen Auditorium | Tufts Medford Campus
Tisch College is proud to host Congressman John Lewis, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th District, for the 4th Annual Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship & Public Service. Lewis was a leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement who marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and has dedicated his life to public service and social justice. From protests to politics, the Congressman will share his experiences with the Tufts community and discuss many of the pressing issues facing our communities today.
The Alan D. Solomont Lecture on Citizenship and Public Service at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service was established in honor of Alan D. Solomont, A70, A09P. These lectures enable Tisch College to bring to campus distinguished guest speakers who embody the spirit and values of active citizenship and public service. Since its inception, the Alan D. Solomont Lecture has been delivered by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Ambassador of Spain and Andorra, Alan Solomont, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. This lecture is also supported by Tisch College’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Learn more at activecitizen.tufts.edu.
This will be a ticketed event. Tickets are free and available through Karen Alexander at the Office of Student Affairs for tickets.
The Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry (SPEA) has relaunched their TUSDM chapter! If you are interested in promoting and supporting the dental student’s commitment to ethical behavior in order to benefit the patients they serve, then this is the group for you. Check out their updated Dental Central page to learn more about the organization.
SPEA will be holding a general information meeting Thursday, March 31st at 12pm in the Continuing Education Classroom on the 14th floor. Dean Hanlon will be speaking on professionalism during emergency situations in response to recent events at the school. More information to come, check back here for updates!
Join representatives of Tisch College for one of two upcoming lunch meetings to hear about Jumbo Vote 2016, a new university-wide initiative to increase voter participation and political learning among Tufts students in the upcoming presidential election and beyond.
The lunch presentations will be held on Tuesday, March 29 at Noon in Sackler 316 and Friday, April 15 at Noon in Jaharis 508. Jumbo Vote 2016 is largely student-driven—so we need your help! We’ll be discussing many ways to get involved – including voter registration drives, events and issue forums, funding opportunities, and other ways for students and student groups to engage in the political process. As we gear up for the November election, we hope interested students from across the Boston campus will come to learn more and share your ideas.
Over 70 female TUSDM students attended the ‘sold out’ student-run Women in Leadership Forum, held on February 25, 2016 – an evening dedicated to promoting and enhancing the development of women in leadership as students and community members at TUSDM.
The good news is that the number of women in dentistry has been rapidly expanding, and the Class of 2019 at TUSDM boasts the highest percentage of women in its history at 58%! However, despite the increase in female presence in dental school, their numbers are not reflected in on-campus leadership positions. The last female class president at TUSDM graduated with the Class of 2012. Poorna Phaltankar, D17 Vice President, recognized the need to address this gap and organized the Women in Leadership committee (Hana Gilman D16, Poorna Phaltankar D17, Aekta Patel D18, Jacqueline Liu D19, Nari Park D19, Abigail Manzella D19). They were joined by event advisors Nancy Marks and Karen Alexander. With the support of Dean Thomas, Associate Dean Kasberg, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Tisch-TUSDM Community Service Learning Program, thus was born TUSDM’s first Women in Leadership Forum. Continue reading Women Fly at the First Women in Leadership Forum!
Tufts Predoctoral Dental students, along with a couple of PG pedo residents, and a faculty member, conducted a dental education event at the Josiah Quincy School. The pedo residents gave a brief PowerPoint presentation on the basics of how many teeth we have, what comprises a tooth, what causes cavities, what foods to eat and not eat, as well as brushing and flossing methods. After the presentation, they played an exciting dental cartoon from www.dentalcare.com for the kids; then, the elementary school students received a lunchbox. The children were very happy, opening the lunchbox and exploring its contents, which contained dental health products and dental education literature. Please take a moment to see the photos posted that were taken from the event.
The goal of the event was to complete the “lessons in a lunch box program,” to children in first through third grades. It consisted of different learning modules to promote health literacy and disease prevention through the use of a lunchbox, containing a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste, which was stored in a carrot-shaped case with a rinsing cup at the top of the carrot. Instructional labels throughout the box illustrate and remind children how to brush and floss properly, as well as to help depict what foods they should be consuming, utilizing information from www.choosemyplate.gov. The purpose of the dental event, which utilized a lunchbox as an educational prop, was to encourage young students to “See yourself becoming a dentist, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant or a dental technician,” promoting a career in the dental field.