Dr. Linah Shahoumi, a former graduate student and now a faculty member in the Department of Oral Biology and Diagnostic Science, received the
Dr. Robert and Kay Schattner Award for the best original research presentation, Modulation of EPS8 functions by phosphorylation, at the recent meeting of the American Academy of Oral Medicine in New Orleans.
The Department of Restorative Sciences has opened an Anaplastology Clinic to serve patients who need prosthetics. Amanda Behr, Georgia’s only certified clinical anaplastologist, will staff the clinic two half-days a week. Behr also serves other areas on the Health Sciences campus, including oral and maxillofacial surgery, otolaryngology and ophthalmology.
Dr. Corey Menou received the fifth Dr. Connie L. Drisko Dental Resident Professionalism Award, named for the deceased DCG dean. The award includes a glass sculpture honoring Drisko’s love of art and a $2,000 monetary award. Dr. Roy Rockman, program director for the Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry Program, cited Menou’s outstanding skills and caring chairside manner in his nomination.
Army Medicine Promotion
DCG student Lara Way (’22) will be featured in a nationwide commercial promoting Army medicine. Her recruiter nominated her for the honor based on her expertise, poise and long list of academic and athletic accomplishments. Way earned her undergraduate degree at Augusta University. The commercial will appear on all social media platforms.
The DCG Department of Pediatric Dentistry teamed with the College of Nursing in June to present the third annual Interprofessional Education Program for the Augusta University Nurse Practitioner Program. Several DCG faculty and residents lectured on a variety of topics in pediatric dentistry and common scenarios encountered in daily practice. Drs. Mary Lou Davis and Bruce Riggs initiated the collaboration to integrate oral health prevention, care and emergency treatment into the curriculum for pediatric and family nurse practitioner students.
Drs. Carolina Herrera and David Urbanawiz introduced a three-session block on digital dentistry into the new operative curriculum. The block included lectures, inlay preparation scans and manipulation of digital impressions. Dr. Ray Jeter, who chaired the digital dentistry teaching wedge workgroup, directs the operative course for
Hinman Endowed Chair
Dr. Kent L. Knoernschild has rejoined the faculty and is the Department of Restorative Sciences’ Thomas P. Hinman Endowed Chair. He earned his dental degree from the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine and the certificate and master’s degree in prosthodontics from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. Knoernschild served on the Department of Prosthodontics faculty from 1990-97. Before rejoining The DCG, he held the Chicago Dental Society Endowed Professorship. He oversees the department’s predoctoral program and three Advanced Dental Education Programs.
Bachand Named President
Dr. Bill Bachand, associate professor in the Department of Restorative Sciences, has been named president of the Georgia Dental Association’s Eastern District. He has been a member since joining The DCG faculty in 2013. He has served on the GDA Board of Trustees and Foundation Board of Directors. He chaired the Facilities Committee for the 2018 Georgia Mission of Mercy in Augusta.
Dr. Yong Teng, assistant professor in the Department of Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences, has been appointed associate editor of Frontiers in Oncology for the section of cancer metabolism. The publication ranks among the world’s top oncology journals in terms of influence and quality. Teng also has been named associate editor-in-chief of Cancer Management and Research, an international, peer-reviewed journal focusing on cancer research and the optimal treatments.