The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) has named Sarandeep
Huja, D.D.S., Ph.D., Professor and Division Chief of Orthodontics at the
University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in Lexington, KY, the first
ADEA/ADEAGies Foundation Drs. Connie L. and Richard R. Drisko Scholar in
the ADEA Leadership Institute. The Drisko Scholarship provides the
opportunity annually for a mid-career dental school faculty member who
has shown evidence of leadership potential to participate in the ADEA
Leadership Institute. Funding for the scholarship is provided through
the generosity of Drs. Drisko. ADEA presented Dr. Huja the award on
March 17 at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX.
"ADEA applauds Dr. Huja for his rigorous clinical research and
commitment to serving on a number of editorial review boards," says
Stephen K. Young, D.D.S., M.S., Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors.
"Dr. Huja represents the qualities of a leader that this scholarship
strives to uphold, and we are grateful to Connie and Dick Drisko and
ADEAGies Foundation for supporting this fellowship and Dr. Huja's
participation in the ADEA Leadership Institute."
Dr. Huja initially received his dental and orthodontic training from
India. From 1993-2001, he was associated with three U.S. institutions,
receiving his M.S. in 1995 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, his
Ph.D. and Orthodontic Certificate in 1999 from Indiana University and
his DDS in 2001 from University of Nebraska Medical Center College of
Dentistry. His research seeks to understand bone remodeling and
adaptation to physical forces. His clinical interests include skeletal
anchorage, biomechanics of tooth movement and an interdisciplinary focus
to treating patients with compromised malocclusions. He is an
Orthodontic consultant to the Commission on Dental Accreditation and
serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Angle Orthodontist, American
Journal of Orthodontics and Journal of Dental Biomechanics.
Dr. Huja is a member of the Angle Society and a Diplomate of the
American Board of Orthodontics. He also maintains an intramural faculty
practice. As the recipient of the scholarship, Dr. Huja will receive an
award of $10,000 to defray tuition and fees in the ADEA Leadership
Institute, with the goal of preparing for a leadership position in an
academic dental institution.
The scholarship honors Dr. Connie and her husband Dr. Richard Drisko.
Connie Drisko, D.D.S., was Dean and Merritt Professor at the Georgia
Regents University College of Dental Medicine from 2003 through June of
2013. She is a well-known and highly respected dental educator,
researcher, and administrator. She has held many other leadership
positions in her distinguished career, including serving as Chair and
Professor of the Department of Periodontology, Endodontics, and Dental
Hygiene and Associate Dean of the University of Louisville School of
Dentistry. Richard Drisko, D.D.S., served his career as a highly
regarded dentist and educator in the Veterans' Administration.
About the American Dental Education Association
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is the voice of dental
education. Its members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools and
many allied and advanced dental education programs, corporations,
faculty, and students. The mission of ADEA is to lead individuals and
institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary
issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health
care for the health of the public. ADEA's activities encompass a wide
range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings, and
communications, such as the esteemed Journal of Dental Education,
as well as the dental school admissions services AADSAS, PASS, DHCAS and
CAAPID. For more information about ADEA, visit www.adea.org.
About the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition
The ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is the premier professional
development and networking event in academic dentistry, featuring four
days of dynamic plenary sessions and workshops, and an exhibit hall show
casing academic dentistry's leading partners and suppliers. For more
information, visit www.adea.org/2014.
About The William J. Gies Foundation
The William J. Gies (pronounced guys) Foundation was established
in 1950 by colleagues and admirers of Dr. Gies with seed funds raised by
the American College of Dentists. It was a private foundation and the
first U.S. foundation to support dental education and scholarship. In
2002, it joined with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) to
form the ADEAGies Foundation, a public foundation.
Dr. William J. Gies was a Columbia University biochemistry professor
interested in dental education, science and clinical applications. In
1926, as part of a series of studies on professional education in the
United States funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching, Dr. Gies published a landmark report that established the
importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component
of higher education in the health professions.
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