Ann Arbor, MI — January 29, 2015 — The School of Dentistry celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with the presentation of Ida Gray Awards to a third-year dental student, a faculty member and an alumnus. The award is presented in January to individuals who promote diversity at the School. Recipients were:
Dr. Margherita Fontana, an associate professor in the Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics, received an award for her research focusing on reducing oral health disparities among socioeconomically disadvantaged children.
My Yang, a third-year dental student, was recognized for being an advocate for groups regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, economic, academic or language differences.
Dr. David White (DDS 2003) was honored for being a faculty sponsor and advisor to the predental club at the University of Nevada-Reno and treating a diverse group of uninsured and Medicaid patients. White estimates he has provided more than $50,000 annually of free dental services to at-risk groups in the Reno area.
Dr. Ida Gray (DDS 1890) was the first black woman to graduate from the School of Dentistry, the first black woman in the country to earn a dental degree, and the first black woman to practice dentistry in Chicago.