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On Sunday, May 12, 2024, Dean Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch conferred diplomas to 172 graduates of the Doctor of Dental Surgery, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, and post-graduate specialty programs at the dental school recognition ceremony.

As they approach the finish line of their dental school journey, IUSD recognized outstanding student achievements at the annual honors and awards ceremony. This year’s occasion was held April 26, 2024, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis.

The dental school came together to celebrate our research achievements at the 32nd Annual Research Day on April 10, 2024, at the IU Indianapolis (IUI) Campus Center. Sixty-five students, faculty, and staff members presented 94 research projects. For the second year, researchers from the IU-Fort Wayne Dental Hygiene Program also shared their innovative research.

At the IU Indianapolis  Elite 50 awards ceremony this week, DDS/PhD student Katie Chester was confused why she was not seated with nor called on in alphabetical order with the other honorees. After the presenters announced 40 of the 50 graduate students, it dawned on this bright, promising DDS researcher that she had been selected -- out of 8,000 graduate students at IU Indianapolis (IUI) -- among the top 10.  

Team Clinic returns to create practice-ready graduates. The aim of  IUSD’s educational program is to develop independent graduates who can be entrusted to provide competent, compassionate care for diverse patients in different practice settings and situations.

Dr. Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch (at right) returned to IUSD as dean. She had been serving as IU interim chancellor since June 2023. She comes back to IUSD as Dr. Latha Ramchand begins her term as inaugural chancellor of IU Indianapolis today.

For the second time in five years, research by an IUSD Pediatric Dentistry graduate student made the cover of the Journal of the American Dental Association. Dr. Hannah Jackson (Peds’23), above,  was lead author of “Topical fluoride impact in future restorative dental procedures: A claim study,” published in the October 2023 Journal of the American Dental Association, with faculty co-authors Drs. Juan Yepes, Allison Scully, LaQuia Vinson, James Jones, and Gerardo Maupomé.

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) researchers one of the largest federal grants in the school’s history.

The future is bright for IUSD’s Class of 2023! Indiana’s dental school graduated 186 DDS, advanced graduate, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students on May 13, 2023, at the 145th graduation ceremony in the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Indianapolis. 

IUSD honored graduating DDS and Dental Hygiene students who excelled academically, clinically, and through service to the school and community at the annual student awards program, held April 28, 2023, at Scottish Rite Cathedral.

Congratulations to our student researchers and their faculty mentors who showcased their work at IUSD’s 31st Annual Research Day on April 10, 2023. This year marked the highest number of poster presentations – 123 – in the history of Research Day, including contributions from dental hygiene students at the Fort Wayne campus, said Dr. Gabe Chu, associate dean of Research.

Dr. Vinicius Dutra has developed a virtual reality (VR) radiology training for oral health providers, designed to address both the high cost of radiology training and the low interest of many dental students in radiology.

A new exhibit highlighting 145 years of women's history at IUSD was unveiled today on Main Street for Women's History Month. 

Beginning Feb. 1, 2023, new patients in Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) comprehensive care clinics can manage their information and appointments using the school’s new online patient portal.

Some follow paths. A few blaze trails. Then there is Dr. Arden Christen (Oral Diag/Oral Med’65), who died Dec. 30, 2022.

Congratulations and THANK YOU to the following faculty and staff for the special milestone years of service. Dean Murdoch-Kinch recognized these long-term members of the IUSD family at her Town Hall meeting on Nov. 30, 2023.

Dr. Chandler Walker, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Comprehensive Care at Indiana University School of Dentistry, was awarded a three-year, $1.1 million grant package from Neurodegenerative Disease Research, Inc. (NDR) for stem-cell research and to study pathological changes related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.  

Faculty emeritus Dr. Melvin Lund was honored Oct. 22, 2022, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Gold Foil Operators, in Indianapolis. His peers, students, and family members celebrated his 100th birthday and his lifetime achievements.

For the first time since 2019, IUSD held Research Day’s poster presentations in person, with the remainder of the program presented online. Students presented 93 posters of their research conducted under the mentorship of their faculty.

Dr. Charles Willis Gish (DDS’49, MSD’60), professor emeritus, Pediatric Dentistry, passed away on Jan. 24, 2022. Dr. Gish was known for his outstanding work in public health, academia, and clinical dental research.

Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) is pleased to announce the launch of a new Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Institute on the IUPUI campus! Perhaps the first of its kind in the United States, the TMJ Institute is a multidisciplinary, collaborative, clinic designed to support the treatment of patients with chronic or challenging dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint.

IUSD is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Angeles Martínez Mier as Associate Dean for Global Engagement, effective Nov. 1, 2021. In this role, Dr. Martínez Mier will support students, faculty, and staff to become engaged global citizens.

IUSD honors the faculty and staff who celebrated milestone anniversaries in 2021.Our faculty and staff are the heart and soul of the dental school. We are so grateful for your service to our students and the oral health profession. This year we recognize three employees who have been with IU for 40 years! 

As dental professionals, we must be educated about the relevant impacts of dentistry on the environment. We owe it to our patients and fellow human beings to take care of this amazing planet we live on by being conscious, informed practitioners.

Indiana University School of Dentistry’s (IUSD) 29th annual Research Day was a great triumph! The hybrid virtual event, held April 12, 2021, featured almost 70 poster presentations, remarks from Dean Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch and research updates from Dr. Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, associate dean for research. Dr. Marcelo Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD, CEO ADA Science & Research Institute, foundation and chief science officer, American Dental Association, served as keynote speaker.

Each year, IUPUI honors 50 graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work, and community engagement. IUPUI will recognize these exceptional students at a virtual awards ceremony at 6 pm, April 6, 2021.

The keynote speaker for this year's Indiana University School of Dentistry Research Day is Dr. Marcelo Araujo, DDS, MS, PhD. Dr. Araujo is Chief Science Officer for the American Dental Association and Chief Executive Officer of the ADA Science & Research Institute. His keynote presentation will be "The use of scientific strategy to support health policy and clinical practice."

Dr. George Stookey, professor emeritus, has been awarded the IU Bicentennial Medal. Dr. Stookey received all of his education at Indiana University, including a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1957, MSD in preventive dentistry in 1962, and PhD in dental sciences in 1971. He began his career in an IUSD lab in the 1950s, earning one dollar an hour testing the fluoride formulation that became the active ingredient in Crest® toothpaste. 

Every year the Indiana University School of Dentistry Alumni Association recognizes a select group of dental professionals for their contributions to the school and their achievements in the field of dentistry. Help us celebrate this year's honorees!

The one-year anniversary of my appointment as the 10th dean of Indiana University School of Dentistry, and first woman in the position, arrived faster than I could have imagined.

The COVID-19 pandemic has asked much from the Class of 2020 in terms of quick-thinking action and adaptability. These qualities were again on display as the School of Dentistry was forced to forgo our traditional, in-person commencement ceremony, and instead honor this year’s graduates with an online recognition event.

This year, the 28th Annual Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) Research Day looked a little different than usual. Due to public health issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Research Day was forced to forgo the customary in-person poster judging and presentation sessions; instead shifting to an online format that saw researchers presenting and judges deliberating over virtual conferences and video chats.

Each year, IUPUI selects 50 graduate and professional students who embody the qualities that make IUPUI exceptional – students who demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom – in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work, and community engagement. This year IUPUI selected five IU School of Dentistry (IUSD) students  to be among the Elite 50!

The free Give Kids A Smile event will be held from 9:30 am to 1 pm at the IU School of Dentistry on the IUPUI campus at 1121 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, Ind., 46202. Dental school faculty and students will provide free dental screenings, fluoride treatments, and preventive oral health care. Children also will receive goodie bags with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and oral hygiene instructions. Face painting, coloring, and games will entertain families as well.

As we celebrate our dental school’s rich 140-year history, I look forward to co-creating our vision of the dental school in 2020 and beyond, to be the best dental school in the world,  and putting our plan in action to get us there.

Held when students transition from the classroom segment of their education, to beginning to provide care to patients in our school clinincs, our student dentists pledged their commitment to the profession of dentistry and the patients they will serve at our annual White Coat Ceremony.

Each year, IUPUI honors 50 graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence beyond the classroom—in areas such as campus leadership, scholarly work, and community engagement. These IUPUI Elite 50 represent the best of the best among IUPUI’s graduate and professional students and capture everything that makes IUPUI exceptional. This year, Indiana University School of Dentistry had three students honored among the IUPUI Elite 50 and we are enormously proud they represented the School of Dentistry. Congratulations Pinky, Apoorv and Melorin! See more photos in our Facebook gallery!

Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry at IUPUI. When Murdoch-Kinch assumes her role July 1, she will be the 10th person -- and first female -- named dean in the school's 140-year history. She succeeds John N. Williams Jr., who will be stepping down June 30.

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