Global Health Nexus, Winter 2003

Celebrating Our Community

Congratulations to

Dr. Michael C. Alfano,
Dean of NYU Dentistry, on his election as an Honorary Life Member of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. This honor has been extended to only a handful of people in the past, including former Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat. Also, Dean Alfano lectured on bioterrorism preparedness and on the work of the Oral Cancer Consortium at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, and he spoke at the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), a national trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription, over-the counter (OTC) medicine and dietary supplements, including oral health products. He also served on the FDA panel that increased warnings on OTC analgesics, and he lectured on terrorism preparedness at both the Indian Dental Association Meeting and the Greater New York Dental Meeting. In addition, he spoke on the subject of recruiting underrepresented minorities at the ADEA meeting on diversity.

Ms. Elyse Bloom, 
Director of Public Affairs, on receiving a third consecutive Platinum Award from the International College of Dentists in recognition of the “continued excellence” of Global Health NEXUS. 

Dr. Robert G. Castracane, 
Clinical Associate Professor of General Dentistry and Management Science and of Prosthodontics, on his election as President of the NYU Dental Alumni Association.

Dr. Gustavo D. Cruz, 
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and Director of Public Health and Health Promotion, on coauthoring an article entitled “Dental Caries Prevalence and Treatment Need among Racial/Ethnic Minority Schoolchildren” for The New York State Dental Journal.

Dr. Stuart J. Froum, 
’70, Clinical Professor of Periodontics and of Implant Dentistry, on coauthoring an article entitled “Current Concepts of Periodontal Regeneration: A Review of the Literature” for The New York State Dental Journal.

Ms. Julie L. Jarvis and Mr. Kamel Preet, 
both dental hygiene students, on receiving second place awards at the Greater New York Dental Meeting for their Hygiene Student Table Demonstration entitled “Effects of Smokeless Tobacco.”

Dr. Vasiliki Karlis, 
Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, on earning her M.D. degree from Tulane University Medical School and on being inducted into the American College of Dentists.

Dr. Racquel Z. Legeros, 
Professor of Biomaterials and Biomimetics and Linkow Professor of Implant Dentistry, on coauthoring a book chapter entitled “Injectable Calcium Phosphate Cements for Repair of Bone Defects” for Engineering and Biodegradable Equivalents: Scientific and Clinical Applications. Dr. LeGeros also presented papers entitled “Implant Surface Modifications and Coatings” at the annual meeting of the Japan Society of Hard Tissue Biology and “Properties of Modern and Fossil Shark and Human Teeth” at the International Society of Odontology.

Dr. Yihong Li, 
Associate Professor of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology and Director of International Research, on coauthoring an article entitled “Predicting Caries in Permanent Teeth from Caries in Primary Teeth: An Eight-Year Cohort Study” forThe Journal of Dental Research. Dr. Li’s coauthors included Dr. Weijian Wan, Associate Professor of Preventive Dentistry at Peking University.

Mr. Salim S. Rayman, 
instructor in dental hygiene, on authoring an article entitled “A Framework Analysis: Male Diversity in Dental Assisting” for The Dental Assistant.

Dr. Mehdi Saber, 
Clinical Associate Professor of Periodontics and President of the Union County, NJ, Dental Society, on leading a campaign that raised $6,000 for the Union County chapter of the American Red Cross to aid local victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Dr. Daryl Styner,
’78, Associate Professor of General Dentistry and Management Science and of Prosthodontics, on being inducted into the American College of Dentists. Added kudos to Dr. Styner on earning a certificate in multimedia technology from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and on her appointment as Director of Educational Multimedia Development in the Division of Reconstructive and Comprehensive Care.

Mr. Philip Zaveloff, 
Class of 2003, on receiving the second place award at the Greater New York Dental Meeting for his Dental Student Table Demonstration entitled “An Analysis of the Horizontal Transmission among Patients with Porphyromonas Gingivalis via Heteroduplex Analysis.”