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UNC DentistrE News

December 22, 2010

Dear Friend of the School of Dentistry:

As 2010 comes to an end, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for another tremendous year for the School. By now, our Dental Sciences Building project is well on its way, with the public phase of the campaign kicking off in the upcoming year. Our team of volunteers is set to meet in January, so please stay tuned and check in often for exciting updates on the building. Shortly before the construction crane was dismantled earlier this month, Dr. Ken May, the School of Dentistry's vice dean, ascended to the top of the crane (accompanied by school photographer Ramona Hutton-Howe and a safety escort) to present the crane operator, Walter Tillman, with a commemorative pin of the Dental Sciences Building and thank him for his service. When the crane was retired, it had logged more than 3,500 hours of work on the Dental Sciences Building construction project. For photos of Dr. May's view from the top and for other DSB updates, please click here.

I also want to again congratulate Dr. Jessica Y. Lee, Associate Professor in the School's Department of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Lee was selected this fall to receive a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. Dr. Lee is involved in teaching, clinical practice and research, and she maintains several research grants, including a $1.8M grant addressing how the oral health literacy of caregivers and parents affects the oral health outcomes of their preschool-aged children. For all that Dr. Lee has already accomplished, we applaud her, and we thank her for the distinction she has brought to our institution.

Our students' work this season is remarkable as well. In response to increasing demand for free dental treatment throughout North Carolina, Dr. Rick Mumford and Dr. Carol Haggerty led groups of students to set up Missions of Mercy clinics in Nags Head and Greensboro, providing much needed treatment to needy patients. These projects are invaluable to the residents of our state, and the work so well exemplifies the School's commitment to public service.

Finally, with year-end approaching, let me remind you of deadlines to note if you want to receive tax benefits for 2010. If you have already contributed to the School in 2010 - thank you! If you have not yet made your gift, please remember that in order for your gift to be credited to the 2010 tax year, checks sent by USPS must be postmarked on or before December 31, and on-line gifts must be submitted here on or before December 31. To check the status of your giving for 2010, please go to our new online giving lookup page here. You may contact me at (919) 966-4563 or if I can be of any assistance with these features. I'm always glad to help.

Again, I thank you for your wonderful, dedicated support in 2010. Now - let's raise a glass to the landmark year ahead!


Sarah Andrews
Assistant Director of Development