BOR Award Winners

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement 2016Preparations are being made for seven graduation ceremonies to confer Masters of Science in Oral Biology Degrees upon the Postgraduate Dental College Class of 2016.  Ceremonies will be held at Fort Bragg, Fort Gordon, Schofield Barracks, Naval Postgraduate Dental School in Bethesda, Lackland AFB, and Keesler AFB, representing sixteen different residency programs. 

Fifty-seven students representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, VA, and the Canadian Forces received their Masters of Science in Oral Biology degree in 2015. Seven PDC graduation ceremonies were held in May and June. President Rice delivered the commencement address and conferred degrees upon 20 graduates from 6 residency programs at the Naval Postgraduate Dental School.  He also delivered the commencement addresses and conferred degrees upon 4 Comprehensive Dentistry graduates at Schofield Barracks as well as 7 Comprehensive Dentistry and Endodontics residents at Keesler AFB.  commencement 2016bThe Executive Dean conferred degrees upon 5 graduates from the Comprehensive Dentistry Residency at Fort Bragg and 12 graduates from 3 different programs at Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland.  COL Prisicilla Hamilton, Dean, Army Postgraduate Dental School, delivered the commencement address and conferred degrees upon 7 Comprehensive Dentistry residents at Fort Hood.  This was the first year that graduates from the Air Force Endodontics residencies at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland and Keesler AFB earned MS degrees from USU.

BOR Award Winners 2016

Board of Regents Award Winner

In conjunction with the University’s annual Research Days in May, Army Major (Dr.) Brandon Gage presented a report on his thesis: “Surface Detail Accuracy and Dimensional Stability of a New Hybrid Vinyl Polyether Siloxane Impression Material Under Dry and Moist Conditions.” Gage, a 2013 comprehensive dentistry graduate, had his thesis selected as best among the College’s 2013 graduating class. His presentation was a first at Research Days and was received with acclaim by the broad spectrum of health and science professionals who gathered. Knowledge gained through his research has the potential to improve the selection of impression materials resulting in improved dental restorations.

In 2014, Army Captain Paul Crites received the PDC Research Award for his thesis entitled, “Microtensile Bond Strength of an Adhesive System Containing 0.2% Chlorhexidine.” Army Major Brandon Coleman, assistant professor in periodontics and assistant program director at the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at Fort Gordon, received a scholarship from the American Academy of Periodontics to attend the 2014 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning.

Colonel Fred Bisch, professor and director of the Advanced Education Program in Periodontics at Fort Gordon, received the Dental Corps Chief’s Educator of the Year Award. He also received a Special Citation Award from the American Academy of Periodontology at their annual meeting for his work on the Task Force to Update the Glossary of Terms.

Research: Significant Faculty Accomplishments

LCDR Laura Carle, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, NPDS, is the Primary investigator on IRB approved research project titled: Expression of p16, p53, EGFR, and mTOR in Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-Associated and Non-HPV Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma. 

LCDR Rachel Werner, Resident, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, NPDS, is the Primary Investigator for two IRB approved studies: A) Reappraisal of Benign Lymphoepithelial Sialadenitis for Evidence of Extranodal Marginal Zone B Cell Lymphoma.  B) The Clinical and Morphologic Spectrum of HIV Sialadenitis. 

CAPT Terry Webb, Professor, Endodontics, NPDS, served as Primary Investigator on research entitled: “A Naval Postgraduate Dental School Analysis of Initial Endodontic Treatment”, “The Effect of Smear Layer Removal on Endodontic Healing”, “Outcome of Endodontically Treated Teeth Diagnosed with Cracked Tooth” and Associate Investigator on human use research entitled: “Apical Patency and its Effect on Endodontic Outcomes” and “A Clincal Evaluation of Cone Beam Computed Tomography”. 

COL Kathy McNally, Associate Professor, Endodontics, NPDS, served as Primary Investigator on human use research entitled: “Apical Patency and its Effect on Endodontic Outcomes”, “A Clincal Evaluation of Cone Beam Computed Tomography” and Associate Investigator on human research entitled: “A Naval Postgraduate Dental School Analysis of Initial Endodontic Treatment”, “The Effect of Smear Layer Removal on Endodontic Healing”, and “Outcome of Endodontically Treated Teeth Diagnosed with Cracked Tooth”. 

LCDR Susan Hinman, Associate Professor, Endodontics, NPDS, served as Associate Investigator on research entitled: “A Naval Postgraduate Dental School Analysis of Initial Endodontic Treatment”, “The Effect of Smear Layer Removal on Endodontic Healing”, “Outcome of Endodontically Treated Teeth Diagnosed with Cracked Tooth”, “Apical Patency and its Effect on Endodontic Outcomes”, and “A Clincal Evaluation of Cone Beam Computed Tomography”. 

Col Timothy C. Kirkpatrick, Professor of Endodontics, Col Howard Roberts, Professor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Lt Col Mark Roberts, Associate Professor of Endodontics, AFPDS, Keesler AFB, had a research abstract published in the Journal of Endodontics based on research conducted at Keesler AFB. 

Col Timothy C. Kirkpatrick, Professor of Endodontics and Lt Col Mark Roberts, Associate Professor of Endodontics, AFPDS, Keesler AFB, served as research presentation judges at the American Association of Endodontists Annual Session.