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SDM awarded over $11M from NIH
On October 1, the University's Goldman School of Dental Medicine received
an award of more than $11 million from the National Institutes of Health
(NIH) to establish the Northeast Center for Research to Reduce Oral Health
The NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR)
is funding five new centers -- the first step in implementing the institute's
strategic plan for eradicating oral health disparities. The centers will
identify factors contributing to oral health disparities and then develop
and test strategies for eliminating them. Each center will also provide
training and career development opportunities for scientists in underrepresented
groups and others interested in establishing careers in oral health disparities
Raul Garcia, professor and chairman of the SDM department of health policy
and health services research, who heads the center, says, "We will
examine the effects of tooth decay on the quality of life of low-income
African-American, Asian, Hispanic, and white children, and also determine
whether severe dental infections can slow the growth of children. We will
also determine the best ways to involve pediatricians in improving children's
Additionally, the center will conduct studies of children and caregivers
from various racial and ethnic groups to learn more about the oral microbes
that trigger tooth decay and how the microbes are transmitted.
In partnership with the National Center on Minority Health and Health
Disparities, NIDCR will provide funding over a seven-year period to support
the centers through cooperative agreements. For more information, visit
SDM receives largest Ryan White funding
The Goldman School of Dental Medicine has been awarded the largest Ryan
White CARE Act Dental Reimbursement funding of any of the nation's dental
schools. A total of $555,000 has been allocated to SDM's patient-care
services, dedicated to providing oral-health services to people living
with HIV. Each year since 1990, SDM has received a Ryan White CARE Act
grant, which pays dental schools and postdoctoral dental education programs
for unreimbursed costs incurred in treating patients with HIV/AIDS.
"We are extremely pleased to receive this funding and continue our
work of advocacy and care for our patients living with HIV," says
Spencer N. Frankl, a professor and dean of SDM.
BU gives MLK slabs to Morehouse College
On October 4, President Jon Westling presented Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.,
chairman of the Morehouse College board of trustees, with four original
granite facing stones from the base of Boston University's memorial sculpture
on Marsh Plaza honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS'55, Hon.'59). King
was a graduate of both schools.
The slabs formed the sides of the pedestal that held Sergio Castillo's sculptural
tribute to King, Free at Last. They were recently replaced with red
granite panels to match the resurfacing at Marsh Plaza.
alma mater to alma mater: Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, chairman of the board
of trustees of Morehouse College in Atlanta, is presented with the
four original facing stones from the base of the sculpture Free at
Last, which honors Martin Luther King, Jr. (GRS'55, Hon.'59), on Marsh
Plaza. The idea for the gift to Morehouse began with Rev. Anthony
Campbell, preacher in residence at the School of Theology. In attendance
at the ceremony on October 4 are (left to right) Dennis Berkey, provost
and dean of Arts and Sciences, Campbell, President Jon Westling, and
Moss. Photo by Kalman Zabarsky
Each slab is inscribed. One has a dedication to King, while the rest have
quotations from ing, including, "We must come to see that the end we
seek is a society of peace. That will be the day not of the white man, not
of the black man. That will be the day of man as man."
The slabs, with a combined weight of 8,160 pounds, will be shipped to Atlanta
later this year and installed at the King Memorial Chapel on the Morehouse
College campus next year.