Awards, Celebration, and Education at YDC 2014

(l-r) Chair of GSDM Dean’s Advisory Board David Lustbader CAS 82, DMD 86 and Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter at the YDC alumni reception

At this year’s Yankee Dental Congress (YDC), Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) held its annual alumni reception, featured two booths, and applauded several GSDM award winners.

Erica Weinberg DMD 14 won the 2014 Matthew Boylan Scholarship Award sponsored by the Massachusetts Dental Society and Eastern Dentists Insurance Company at the Yankee student lecture on Wednesday, January 29.

“It was a great honor to win this award and represent GSDM,” said Erica Weinberg. “It was even more special since I received it at Yankee in front of my peers from all three dental schools in Boston.”

On Saturday, February 1, Mohammed Badri ORAL BIO 14 came in first place in the post-doctoral poster session at YDC.

“I’m grateful to my family for their unlimited support, for my family in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology who helped me achieve such success—including my mentor Dr. Yoshiyuki Mochida, committee members Dr. Philip Trackman and Dr. Eva Helmerhorst— and all of my colleagues and lab members,” said Dr. Badri.

On that same day, Neelam Shah DMD 14 was awarded the 2014 American College of Dentists Award at the American College of Dentists New England Section Luncheon.

“Neelam Shah truly represents the American College of Dentists’ principles of high achievement, strong leadership, and high ethical standards,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter when presenting the award to Neelam..

Oral Health Promotion Director Kathy Lituri and GSDM’s American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) student chapter organized student volunteers at the HIV Dental Work Group booth (#2611) Thursday, January 30–Saturday, February 1. Booth volunteers handed out packets of information, spoke with people who stopped by, and collected donated items for HIV-positive people living in Massachusetts.

GSDM alums also stopped by the Alumni Lounge booth (LG3) to meet with Development & Alumni Relations, Continuing Education, and Student Affairs staff. Alums picked up GSDM lanyards and eyeglass cleaners and enjoyed snacks and conversation.

On Friday, January 31, GSDM alumni, faculty, staff, and students attended the annual YDC reception at the Seaport Hotel. Over 725 attendees mingled and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

“The Yankee Dental Congress (YDC) alumni reception was a tremendous success,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “It’s always gratifying to see such an impressive turnout from our School community and it was a wonderful follow-up to our 2013 YDC Alumni at which we officially launched the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine in 1963.”

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