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Dental Medicine Teaching Awards

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May 24, 2011, Volume 57, No. 34

Penn Dental Medicine faculty members were honored for excellence in teaching at the School’s Senior Farewell, held May 10. The event is sponsored by the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society.

Kuperstein The Senior Outstanding Teaching Award—presented to a faculty member who has gone beyond the scope of his/her responsibilities to significantly impact the class’s education at Penn Dental Medicine. For the fifth consecutive year, this award was presented to Dr. Arthur Kuperstein, assistant professor of oral medicine, director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and course and clinic director of the Oral Diagnosis and Emergency Care Clinics. Dr. Kuperstein has been with the School since 2002. He also lectures within the postdoctoral programs, the program for advanced standing students, and other clinical and basic sciences courses.

Odell The Joseph L. T. Appleton Award—presented to a part-time faculty member for excellence in clinical teaching. Dr. Scott Odell (D’82), clinical assistant professor of oral medicine, is this year’s recipient of the award for the third year in a row. A member of the School’s faculty since 2007, Dr. Odell teaches diagnostic radiology and is also an instructor in the Emergency Care Clinic. The Appleton Award is named in honor of Dr. Appleton, D’14, who served as dean of the School from 1941 to 1951. The award was founded in 1979 by Dr. Abram Cohen, a member of the Class of 1923 and father of Dean Emeritus D. Walter Cohen, D’50.

Hersh The Basic Science Award—presented for excellence in teaching within the basic sciences. This year’s recipient is Dr. Elliot Hersh, professor of oral surgery and pharmacology. An internationally known researcher in local anesthesia and the management of acute pain, Dr. Hersh is an 18-time recipient of this award. A Penn Dental Medicine faculty member since 1988, he currently serves as director of the Division of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, teaching a first-year Physiology Course, second-year courses in Pharmacology and Pain and Anxiety Control, a third-year Geriatrics Course, and serving as course director for fourth-year and postdoctoral Clinical Therapeutics courses. He also presents seminars to the Oral and maxillofacial surgery and oral medicine postdoctoral residents.  

Smithgall The Robert E. DeRevere Award—presented for excellence in preclinical teaching by a part-time faculty member. This year’s recipient, for the second year in a row, is Dr. Francis Smithgall (C’79, D’83), clinical assistant professor of restorative sciences. He currently teaches undergraduates in the general restorative dentistry laboratory. He began service at Penn Dental Medicine in 1984. The award is named in honor of Dr. DeRevere, D’45, who served on the School’s faculty

Maggio The Earle Bank Hoyt Award—presented for excellence in teaching to a graduate who is a full-time junior faculty member. For the fourth consecutive year, Dr. Margrit Maggio (D’87), assistant professor of restorative dentistry, was selected to receive the award. Dr. Maggio, who also serves as director of operative dentistry, teaches courses in the Virtual Reality Simulation Laboratory for first-year, second-year, and PASS students. She runs the General Restorative Dentistry I Operative Dentistry lecture and laboratory courses; as well as the introduction to clinical dentistry for second-year students; and an Operative Dentistry Module course for third-year students. She has been a member of the School’s faculty since 1996. The award was established by a grateful patient in honor of Dr. Hoyt, a distinguished clinician and educator and member of the Class of 1918.

Hangorsjy Honorary Alumnus Award—the award honors a faculty member for dedicated service to the School and for having a long-standing commitment and meaningful impact on generations of Penn Dental Medicine students as a teacher, mentor, and friend. This year’s recipient is Dr. Uri Hangorsky, associate dean for academic affairs, director of the Program for Advanced Standing Students (PASS), and clinical professor of periodontics. Dr. Hangorsky, who holds a DDS from Columbia University and an MS in periodontics from Case Western Reserve University, has been part of the Penn Dental Medicine faculty since 1980. He also has served as director of the Model A Pennsylvania Experiment (1981-1982) and associate dean for clinical affairs (2004-2009).

Almanac - May 24, 2011, Volume 57, No. 34