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Recent Honors & Awards

Russell Taichman

Dr. Taichman Receives U-M Research Mentoring Award

Dr. Russell Taichman of the School of Dentistry was among seven University of Michigan faculty members recognized today for significant contributions to U-M’s research environment with a 2016 Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award.

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Wenche Borgnakke

Dr. Borgnakke, team receive Clinical Research Award

A team of researchers including Dr. Wenche Borgnakke, adjunct clinical assistant professor at the School of Dentistry, received the 2016 American Academy of Periodontics Clinical Research Award during the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., earlier this month.

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Jeff Wang Ann Decker Juan Rodriguez

Three researchers receive national periodontology awards

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry was well-represented among award recipients at the 102nd annual meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology in San Diego, Calif., in September.

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Peter Polverini Janet Kinney

POM Faculty Recognized at ADEA’s Annual Meeting 2015

Several UM faculty were recognized by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Boston March 2015. Dr. Peter Polverini was awarded the William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Dental Educator for his many achievements. Janet Kinney received the 2015 ADEA/Colgate Palmolive Allied Dental Educators Fellowship for her excellent efforts and creativity with dental education and curriculum design.Several UM faculty were recognized by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) in Boston March 2015. Dr. Peter Polverini was awarded the William J. Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Dental Educator for his many achievements. Janet Kinney received the 2015 ADEA/Colgate Palmolive Allied Dental Educators Fellowship for her excellent efforts and creativity with dental education and curriculum design.

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Squarize Wins Major Award from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

In May 2015, Dr. Cristiane Squarize was one of 12 individuals nationwide to receive a prestigious award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program. She is one of the first two dentists to receive this award, which seeks to recognize impressive scientific and academic backgrounds and achievements.

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Dr. Yvone Kapila Receives Award

At the 2015 MICHR Mentor Forum in November, Dr. Yvonne Kapila received the Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award for her excellence in research and mentoring.

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Dr. William Giannobile New AAAS Fellow

Dr. William Giannobile was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received this prestigious honor for his work in scientific and research advancements that benefit humanity.

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Dr. Jack Gobetti Honored by ICD

Dr. Jack Gobetti was honored by the International College of Dentists for his service to field. Gobetti has donated more than 35,000 oral pathology images which he photographed during his teaching career at the University of Michigan.

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Suheil Boutros receives 2014 Academy of Osseointegration (AO) Fellowship Award

In March Dr. Boutros received one of the only two AO Fellowship awards that is given annually during the meeting in Seattle.
(photo with Steven Wheeler President, Russ Nishimura Vice-President)


2014 ADA Annual Meeting honors Suheil Boutros

At the ADA meeting in San Antonio, Dr. Boutros received the Fellowship award of the American College of Dentists (FACD).
(photo 1 with Jeff Johnston, photo 2 with Robert Eber and Mark Fitzgerald)


At the same meeting, Dr. Boutros was also inducted as a Fellow in the International College of Dentists (FICD).
(photo with with Matt Lindemann, Endodontist from Flint)

Congratulations to the POM faculty recognized at the 2013 student council recognition luncheon for teaching excellence

Most appreciated by class were:

  • D2 - Phil Richards
  • D3 and the Paul Gibbons Award for most influential faculty member for Class of 2013 - Paul Edwards
  • DH2 - Sarah Moeller
  • DH3 - Dina Korte
  • DH4 - Wendy Kerschbaum

DK 2013 award

2013 International & American Associations for Dental Research General Session - POM faculty and student awards

Darnell Kaigler was awarded the Sigmund S. Socransky Young Investigator award from the Periodontal Research Group of the IADR. This award is annually bestowed to promising, young investigators in the field of periodontology who are in an early phase of their academic/research career.
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Jill Bashutski was recognized with the William B. Clark Clinical Research Fellowship. The AADR sponsored this award in clinical research in periodontology. The fellowship is in memory of William B. Clark, the late Professor of Oral Biology and Director of the Periodontal Research Center at the University of Florida. A $5,000 award was provided to assist Dr. Bashutski to further her research.

Student Vincenzo Dersiderio, mentored by Silvana and Petros Papagerakis, won the IADR Colgate Research in Prevention Travel Award. Vincenzo's project was entitled: "Stem cell implications in oral carcinogenesis".

2013 AH Award

Russ Taichman's student Aaron Havens received second prize in the Edward Hatton Competition of the AADR. The award is designed for junior investigators who exhibit potential for a productive career in dental research. Aaron's project was entitled: "Multilineage tissue regeneration in a craniofacial wound by human very small embryonic-like (VSEL) Cells, in vivo."
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In addition to these awards, we had several faculty and students present their work in the general session including Wisam Al-Rawi, Bob Bagramian, Nisha D'Sliva, Bob Eber, Emily Eubanks, Renny Franceschi, Marita Inglehart, Julie Marchesan, Suzanne Mason, Miguel Padial-Molina, Silvana Papagerakis, Christina Springstead and Andrei Taut.

J Halaris photo

Jane Halaris, Dental Hygiene adjunct clinical lecturer, receives graduate student research award

Halaris will receive the Joan K. Wilder Graduate Studies Research Award from the University of Detroit Mercy during its annual honors convocation March 24.  Presented annually, the award recognizes graduate student research that demonstrates scholarship and insight into challenges facing college and university educators. 


Emily Springfield photo 2013

Emily Springfield, BA, MSEd, recipient of the 2012 Olav Alvares Award

The Olav Alvares Award for Best Article Published in the Journal of Dental Education by a Junior Scholar was established to encourage junior scholars to conduct and publish outstanding research in dental education.  The article, Using Multiple Methods to Assess Learning and Outcomes in an Online Degree-Granting Dental Hygiene Program, with co-authors Anne Gwozdek, Melissa Peet and Wendy Kerschbaum, focused on the programmatic evaluation and outcomes assessment of the Dental Hygiene E-Learning Program.  The Alvares Awards will be presented in March 2013 during the ADEA Annual Session in Seattle, Washington.

Anne Gwozdek photo

Anne Gwozdek, RDH, MA, named 2013 Philips Sonicare/RDH Mentor of the Year

Anne Gwozdek was selected out of a pool of mentors in dental hygiene by a panel of judges coordinated by Philips Oral Healthcare and RDH magazine. The two companies have collaborated on honoring mentoring in the dental hygiene profession every year since 2004. “Philips is very proud to announce the 2013 winner, Anne Gwozdek. Anne is a clinician, educator, researcher, published author and leader. Let’s celebrate excellence in dental hygiene by recognizing the accomplishments of this exceptional individual — congratulations Anne!” said Gail Stoops, RDH, the senior manager of professional relations at Philips Oral Healthcare.

Gwozdek will be featured in the April 2013 issue of RDH magazine, and will be toasted for her mentoring achievements during an award ceremony at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s 2013 annual session in Boston.

Dr. Kerschbaum luncheon

Dental Hygiene Students Say Farwell to Wendy Kerschbaum

Professor Kerschbaum recognized for her many contributions as long time director of the Dental Hygiene program at a special luncheon.


Dr. Steffensen

Congratulations to Dr. Bjorn Steffensen -  2012 AADR Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award

Dr. Bjorn Steffensen, an 1986 alumni of the School of Dentistry Graduate Periodontics program, received the newly renamed Irwin D. Mandel Distinguished Mentoring Award at the recent American Association of Dental Research Annual Meeting & Exhibition held in Tampa, Florida, March 21, 2012.  This is the highest award given annually to faculty and student mentoring by the AADR.

Steffensen has served as the associate dean for research at the University of Texas HealthScience Center at San Antonio as well as the director of the Comprehensive Institutional Research Training Program in Craniofacial Oral Biology since 2005.  He has mentored six faculty, seven postdoctoral fellows, 10 PhD and MS degree students, and 14 dental, college and high school students. This mentorship has led to 17 peer-reviewed publications and 44 abstracts for presentation at national and local research meetings. Complementing his hands-on approach to mentoring, Dr. Steffensen has been a key figure in research training at UTHSC. Since 2002, he coordinated the dental student research program and organized a summer research seminar series for the trainees. Under his direction, 125 dental students have had research experiences; and most of the students have presented their research findings.

This award was established to provide national recognition for outstanding efforts to foster and promote research training and career development of students, trainees and junior faculty. It is intended to identify individuals at all levels of their career with an exemplary record of mentoring. As the inaugural award recipient, Dr. Irwin D. Mandel (1922-2011) embodied the qualities AADR seeks to honor. Mandel began his career as a research assistant in 1946, and gave up his part-time private practice in 1968 to devote himself full-time to research and teaching. He founded the Division of Preventive Dentistry at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, at Columbia University. He also founded and directed the Center for Clinical Research in Dentistry and served as the Dental School's associate dean for research before attaining emeritus status in 1992. Dr. Mandel served as the 9th president of the AADR. Today the award has been renamed as a tribute to his contributions to AADR, dental research and mentorship.