Dr. Billie Jeansonne has
been chosen by the American
Association of Endodontics (AAE) to receive the I.B. Bender Lifetime
Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of education in
endodontics. This is based on her selfless commitment to full-time
pursuits and the many ways she instills the pursuit of excellence in
students. Dr. Jeansonne is interim head and professor in the Department
Endodontics. She is also director of the advanced education program in
endodontics. She will be the 10th recipient of the award.
Dr. Janice Townsend,
assistant professor, has been part of
our faculty for just two years and already has brought great
distinction to the
school and the Department of Pediatric Dentistry. She scored the
of all 219 dentists taking the national examination of the American
Pediatric Dentistry. For this, she has been awarded the “Art Nowak
Excellence.” She has also earned the status of diplomate. A tireless
for children’s dental health, Dr. Townsend can be found many weekends
outreach in the community.
At its next annual conference, the American Association of
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons will honor Dr. Michael O’Brien and Dr.
Block. Dr. O’Brien will be given the 2009 Daniel Laskin Award for an
Outstanding Predoctoral Educator. He is director of the undergraduate
as well as associate professor.
Dr. Block will be
honored with the Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery Foundation Research Recognition Award. The purpose of this
award is to
recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the
through their participation and support of research. He is clinical
in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.