Summer 2012 edition of the Pediatric Dentistry Newsletter.
On Friday, February 5th, 2010 faculty members and residents from the UNC School of Dentistry’s department of pediatric dentistry provided free screenings, preventive care and restorative treatments to children in Durham. This initiative was part of the “Give Kids a Smile” national children’s dental access day.
UNC pediatric dentistry residents Drs. Robert “Bob” Cherry, Travis Hicks, Stephanie Jackson, Marshall Long and Jossein Shahangian provided care to children at the Durham County Health Department. Dr. Kristina Coffield, adjunct faculty member at the School of Dentistry, coordinated the health department visit.
The “Give Kids a Smile” event, founded by the American Dental Association, is held annually to provide free dental care to children from underserved communities and to raise awareness of the importance of access to dental care for children. The 2007 North Carolina Child Health Report Card reports that 19 percent of N.C. kindergartners have untreated tooth decay.
OKU Honor for 2010
Quinonez Wins Craig Teaching Award
Congratulations to Rocio Quinonez (2000)! Rocio, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department, has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Omicron Kappa Upsilon Charles Craig Teaching Award. This is the first time a faculty member of the UNC-SOD has been selected as the winner. The Charles Craig Teaching Award recognizes young dental educators who have demonstrated new and innovative teaching techniques into dental education.
The award recognizes individuals who have introduced creative methods that not only educate students but also motivates them to be lifelong learners and dental educators. The award, given to faculty members early in their careers, serves as a formal method for creative teachers to be recognized by peers at the national level. Rocio was honored at the Annual Business Meeting of Omicron Kappa Upsilon in Washington, D.C. on February 28, 2010.