April 20, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 16


Of Note


Dental students, faculty earn awards

portrait of Danna Radcliff RADCLIFF

portrait of Justin Dacy DACY

portrait of Adam Martin MARTIN

A number of students and faculty of the Health Science Center Dental School recently received awards for their research.

Danna Radcliff, DS-I; Justin Dacy, DS-II; and Adam Martin, DS-III, brought home awards from the 14th Annual Caulk/Dentsply Student Research Group Awards Competition held March 8 in Chicago. Seven students from across the nation were selected as finalists in two categories - basic science and clinical science. Radcliff placed first and Dacy placed second in the clinical science category. Martin placed third in the basic science category.

Nine students were honored for their presentations during the Annual Dental Science Symposium held March 23 at the UTHSC. Casey Campbell, DS-II, earned first place and Cara Knight, DS-II, placed second in the predoctoral oral presentations. Dr. Scott Malthaner placed first in the postdoctoral oral presentations. Danna Radcliff, DS-I, and Karen Rude, DS-II, placed first, and Violetta Martinez, DS-I, placed third in the predoctoral poster presentations. Dr. Michael O'Sullivan placed first and Dr. Rosemary Shinkai placed second in the postdoctoral poster presentations. Greg Thiel, DS-III, placed first in the table clinic presentations.

The William J. Gies Award for best paper in the Journal of Dental Research went to Drs. Jan Hu, Jake Chen and James Simmer in the department of pediatric dentistry. The dentists were honored from among 18 nominations for their paper titled "Cloning human enamelin cDNA, chromosomal localization, and analysis of expression during tooth development."

Dr. Bjorn Steffensen, associate professor in the department of periodontics, was awarded the American Association for Dental Research William B. Clark Fellowship in Clinical Research. Dr. Steffensen was recognized for his research on matrix metalloproteinases, a family of enzymes responsible for normal tissue turnover as well as abnormal tissue degradation in patients with diabetes, periodontal disease and cancer. The fellowship will allow Dr. Steffensen to learn new methods of analyzing enzyme activity in diabetic patients with poorly healing wounds. Dr. Steffensen will work with Dr. Gregg Fields in the department of biochemistry at Florida Atlantic University.