Ida Gray Award - 2015
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.
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. 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.
2014 - Scott Ward, John Squires, Isabel C. Castillo
2013 - Jauana Gissendanner, Elizabeth Easter, Wolverine Patriot Project
2012 - Ricardo Lugo, dr. Henry Temple, Dr. James Lee
2011 - Christinel Dima, Evelyn Lucas-Perry, Dr. Sharon Brooks
2010 - Synthinia Pryor, Javier Johnson, Dr. Preetha Kanjirath
2009 - Dr. Ali Nikoo, Nejay Ananaba, Dean Peter Polverini
2008 - Elizabeth Rodriguez, Joan Anderson, Dr. William Gregory
2007 - Patricia Anderson, Brent Frey, Dr. Marilyn Woolfolk
2006 - Tamanika Terry Stewart, Paul Lopez, Dr. George Taylor
2005 - Diane Nixon, Justin smith, Dr. Todd Ester
2004 - Patricia Katcher, Erika J. Tyler, Dr. GrahamR. Holland
2003 - Cara Voss, Paulta Lloyd, Dean William Kotowicz
2001 - Cheryl Quiney, Damon Watson
2000 - Dr. Emerson Robinson
1999 - Dr. Lisa Tedesco
1998 - Dr. Marita Inglehart
1997 - Dr. Lee Jones