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Hirsh Library Newsletter June 2021

Dental Librarian Office Hours in June: Throughout the month of June, I will be hosting office hours on Zoom by appointment. Book a time here (click on “Schedule Appointment.”) If you see no availability, that means the Read more…
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Join Hirsh Library For a Special Summer Reading Series.

Join Hirsh Library for a special Summer Reading Series. Through a series of three meetings held the second Friday of each summer month, provided by Hirsh Library, learn, unlearn, and be inspired to take actions Read more…
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SAMDA T-shirt Orders/E-board Elections!

Dear SAMDA Fam, Just a reminder that T-shirt orders are going to end Wednesday June 9th. If you haven’t already please order a shirt to support SAMDA! We hope to wear the shirts next year Read more…
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Meet This Week’s JUMBO of the Week, Issa Hamad (D24)!

D24 Jumbo of the Week 𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙄𝙨𝙨𝙖 𝙃𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙙! Hometown: Boca Raton, FL Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? The Energy. The city is always active and thriving. It’s very Read more…
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TuftsNow: Reaching for New Levels of Understanding in Chinatown

TuftsNow: Reaching for New Levels of Understanding in Chinatown By Helene Ragovin May 25, 2021 Over the past half-dozen years, dental student volunteers have provided screenings and oral health instruction at the Greater Boston Chinese Read more…
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Cherish Chinatown Reflection By Venus Tran & Maya Sunar

As the AAPI hate vigorously escalated in the past couple of months in addition to the bigotry brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the drive to understand our own local community fueled the initiation of Read more…
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Cherish Chinatown Initiative Presents: Trashion Show

Tufts University’s Health Sciences Campus is uniting together to show support for our campus home, Boston’s Chinatown. A group of student leaders from the Dental and Medical school have started an initiative called “Cherish Chinatown”, Read more…
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Meet This Week’s JUMBO of the Week, Trace Matthews (D24)!

D24 Jumbo of the Week 𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙬𝙨!  Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama Positions of leadership at TUSDM: D24 Wellness Representative, ASDA Events & External Affairs Vice Chair Favorite thing(s) Read more…

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Lunch with a couple of the newly minted TUSDM docs before they leave boston. #tusdm #tuftssnda

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Don’t you just love post workout photos 😒
Regardless, this event was amazing and the #tusdm crew came pumped and ready to go 💪🏽
Nationwide people rode together to raise money for Parkinson’s today. There was so much strength and energy in the room you could feel it walking in. #parkinsonsrevolution #futuregarcinidmd

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙄𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙖 𝙁. 𝙆𝙚𝙮𝙨!

Hometown: Long Beach, CA; Jackson, MS; New Orleans, LA

Position of leadership at TUSDM: SNDA D24 Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about Tufts is that we have access to sooooooo many resources. Every time I turn around, I’m learning about another beneficial resource.
My favorite thing about Boston most definitely has to be the architecture. My first time in Boston was in 2014 for a graduation and the one thing that constantly stood out was the interesting architecture.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I love my pup, Opal. She really is the dog version of me. I love, love, love, love running and the outdoors. I also put 3 places as my hometown because I was born in New Orleans then moved to CA, but I literally visited/lived in all three places. I have had the beautiful opportunity to be influenced in all ways by all 3 cities as well.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Here’s to the blue crew. What a year we’ve been thru in our first year in dental school but there’s no stopping us! Glad to have such an awesome class! #tusdm #tusdm24 #futuregarcinidmd

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙄𝙨𝙨𝙖 𝙃𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙙!

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? The Energy. The city is always active and thriving. It’s very different from my quiet town in Florida.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I used to be a Youtuber who made compilations of Twitch Streamers. I had a few videos with over a million views.

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙬𝙨!

Hometown: Phenix City, Alabama

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: D24 Wellness Representative, ASDA Events & External Affairs Vice Chair

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? My favorite thing about Tufts is the people! I love being surrounded by such hard-working, passionate, and dynamic people. In Boston, my favorite thing is the food! There are so many great places and it's always a fun break from school to try somewhere new.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? A fun fact about me is that my favorite food is fried chicken and is the thing I miss most about Alabama (besides my family, of course). My hobbies include reading, cooking, and exploring Boston when I can!

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Corin Kwasnik!
Undergraduate Education: Exercise Science- Montana State University
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I chose TUSDM because of the family connection and global relationships individuals create.
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I am the youngest of 15 siblings.
I have climbed the tallest mountain in North America, Europe, and Africa.
One day during quarantine, I hiked for 63 miles and gained over 16,000 ft. without stopping (time: 25:45:00).
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠'𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙍𝙖𝙫𝙞 𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙡 !

Hometown: Waltham, MA

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: Pulmonary Liaison

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? I love how there are so many things to do based on how the seasons change! From snowboarding to going to the beach, there's so much to do. Also the sports teams, best in the country. Lastly, I love all the different types of restaurants, I love food!

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Fun fact: I'm blocked on Instagram by Tom Brady
Hobbies: watching movies, snowboarding, eating, and napping!

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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SOULFUL SUNDAY:
Friends are invaluable and are by your side through it all. Grateful feelings today for all the friends that I have been privileged to have in my circle!  It’s life’s chapters, that bind you for a lifetime . Love all those smiling faces!( photo from 2018, and still going strong)👯‍♀️🙏👍❤️
Diane Bonanni, DMD http://www.StonehamCosmeticDentist.com

#TUSDM #TuftsUniversity #dentalschool #classmates #womenindentistry #friendsforever #friends #dentist #reunion

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Claudia C. Martinez!
Undergraduate Education: Psychology B.S. at Syracuse University
Graduate Education: Biomedical Sciences M.S. at Barry University
Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Secretary of Alpha Omega
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: I've always wanted to go to school in Boston and when I looked into the program at Tufts I feel in love. TUSDM is one big family where everyone wants everyone to succeed. It's a place that has turned into a second home where I am constantly motivated and in awe of my classmates and all their accomplishments both in and out of the classroom. Seeing them succeed only encourages me to succeed.
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I'm a registered poll worker
I've been zip-lining in Costa Rica
I've seen an active volcano in Hawaii
I love to spend time with my family, read, travel, watch TV, and spend as much time on the ocean as possible.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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Very honored to have been featured on tuftsaawd Instagram this week.
#aawd, #americanacademyofwomendentists, #dentistry, #tufts, #tuftsdental, #tusdm, #tusdmalumni

For Teacher appreciation week we asked our lovely mentor Professor, Dr. Talmo, why she decided to go into teaching. This was her response:

“I teach because I love the profession of dentistry and want to share that enthusiasm with the next generation of dentists.  I enjoy working hands on with students in the patient care setting and guiding them through the practice of clinical dentistry, imparting tips and tricks whenever I can.  It is with great pride that I witness students evolve in their conceptual understanding and clinical skill level. When I was a dental student I was fortunate enough to have been taught by outstanding faculty members.  I was also lucky enough to have my father, Paul Talmo, D56, as a mentor.  Surviving the rigors of dental school is enormously challenging.  If I can do one thing to lessen that struggle for a student, as my instructors did for me, I feel gratified.  And so, in my own way, I also teach to help sustain the legacy of those who came before me and to maintain the Tufts tradition of clinical excellence.” #tuftsdental #teacherappreciationweek #aawd

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝘼𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙮!

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Positions of leadership at TUSDM: ASDA District 1 Advocacy Vice Chair and
ASDA Tufts Fundraising Committee Member

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? Even though I'm from California, my parent's grew up here in Boston so it's nice to get to live where they lived! There is so much history in Boston, it' amazing that we get to live in a city that has been around since the 1600s and is still an integral part of so much reform.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? Fun Fact about me is that I'm a Tufts Legacy! My maternal grandfather graduated from TUSDM in 1956 and I am proud to be following in his footsteps. Also for hobbies, I really like to paint and scrapbook 🤗

#tusdm #dentalcentral

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🧼 Cherishing Chinatown 🎏 as AAPI month started several classmates and I did a block clean up and gardening/replanting across Chinatown. What a fun time! Lots of members from the community were very grateful and some even joined! Can’t wait to do it again!
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#cleanupcrew #futuregarcinidmd #dentistsgiveback #active #fitgirl #community #chinatown #tusdm #love #instagood

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Christiana White!
Undergraduate Education: University of Central Florida – Bachelor of Science

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Director of Media and Mass Communications for Tuft’s Chapter of SNDA
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: My favorite thing about TUSDM is the class diversity and how beautiful the facilities are! I chose Tufts because I wanted to go to a school where I felt supported and comfortable. All of the faculty and students that I met while interviewing and doing my research on Tufts made me feel so welcome and confident in my decision to attend!
Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: I love doing DIY crafts and planning out home decor! Interior design is so interesting and fun to me.
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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𝙈𝙚𝙚𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙒𝙚𝙚𝙠’𝙨 𝙅𝙐𝙈𝘽𝙊 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙚𝙚𝙠, 𝙋𝙖𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙠 𝙇𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙩!

Hometown: Aberdeen, MS

Favorite thing(s) about Tufts and/or Boston? The things I enjoy most about Boston are the history & cultural diversity. Similarly at Tufts, it’s the cultural diversity & support for me.

Fun Fact(s) about yourself and/or hobbies? I enjoy doing anything creative: making art, music, and design; athletics; cooking; traveling; and outdoor activities.

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#tusdm #dentalcentral

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Meet this Week's Jumbo of the Week: Nickeisha Louis-Elias!
Undergraduate Education:Bachelor of Science and minor in Psychology from St. Joseph's College in New York

Positions of Leadership at TUSDM: Orientation Leader for D24 class, Women in Leadership event facilitator, member of SNDA & HDA (I participate in volunteer opportunities with both)
Favorite Thing about TUSDM/Why you chose Tufts: Favorite thing: The sense of community. I feel supported academically and emotionally by my classmates and upperclassmen.
Why I chose Tufts: The diversity and sense of inclusion. Tufts was the most racially/culturally diverse school I interviewed at, and they made me feel that they wanted me to attend instead of me needing to prove myself yet again over the course of the long application process. On my interview day, Tufts made me feel accomplished, appreciated, and wanted.

Fun Fact About yourself/Things involved in outside of School: Fun fact: I love to draw original cartoons in my free time. One day I hope to write and illustrate my own children's book!
Outside of school: I love hiking, kick-boxing, going on long bike rides, going to the beach, and trying new foods!!
#DentalStudent #TUSDM

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