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SIU SDM Research Day Ignites Curiosity, Amplifies Scholarly Interest

19 April 2018, 10:30 AM

Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) Research Day keynote speaker Parish P. Sedghizadeh, DDS, MS, QME.Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) Research Day keynote speaker Parish P. Sedghizadeh, DDS, MS, QME, shared his outward passion for dentistry and excitement for research with a room full of faculty, staff and students on Tuesday, April 10. He presented on biofilm microbiology, biofilm-mediated diseases and biofilm-related problems.

“Right now, we believe that over 90 percent of infectious diseases treated in the developing world are biofilm-mediated diseases,...

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SIUE Sustainability Supporters Take Aim at Plastic Straws During Earth Week

17 April 2018, 8:36 AM

PlasticStrawsWhenever Southern Illinois University Edwardsville junior Sadie Spears eats out, she always requests that they hold the straw. That is because she carries a reusable one with her. 

Spears, SIUE Student Government vice president-elect, was one of several students who conducted the #EndPlasticPollution ball drop game on Monday, April 16 as part of SIUE’s involvement in Earth Week. 

Monday’s green activity gave participants the opportunity to learn about environmental proble...

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SIU Trustees Approve Contracts for SIUE Infrastructure Improvements and Student Recruitment

12 April 2018, 12:35 PM

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees today approved contracts to provide infrastructure improvements for the Edwardsville campus and support marketing efforts to sustain undergraduate and graduate student recruitment during its regularly scheduled meeting on the Carbondale campus. The board also approved contracts for supplies and dental lab services for the SIU School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM) in Alton.

Beginning with Phase I of the Student Success Center renovation, the board...

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SIUE Celebrates Earth Week, April 16-21

12 April 2018, 8:48 AM

EarthWeekgraphicOne of the most critical issues of our time will be highlighted from Monday-Saturday, April 16-21, according to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Connie Frey Spurlock, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Sociology. SIUE will join the worldwide observance of Earth Week with informational, enlightening and fun activities leading up to Earth Day on Sunday, April 22. 

 “We’ve worked intentionally to make sure we have a range of events that appeal to b...

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Weissinger Named SIUE Teaching Excellence Award Winner

11 April 2018, 5:05 PM

Sandra WeissingerThe Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Office of the Provost announced that Sandra Weissinger, PhD, is the recipient of the annual Teaching Excellence Award for tenure-track faculty. It is the most prestigious teaching award for an SIUE faculty member. Three additional faculty members were saluted for their teaching skills and accomplishments with Teaching Distinction Awards, and seven more received Teaching Recognition Awards.

Weissinger, PhD, is an assistant professor of sociology and ...

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Record Number of Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities Visit SIUE Campus

6 April 2018, 1:16 PM

HBCU-Visit-JoinerThe Office of Graduate Admissions launched a new diversity recruitment initiative in hopes of introducing qualified students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and McNair Scholars to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

Nearly 40 students participated in the HBCU Campus Visit on Wednesday and Thursday, April 4-5. The program was a multi-phased initiative focused on building relationships with HBCUs located in states n...

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SIUE’s Sustained Dialogue Creates Safe Places, Develops Leaders, Promotes Peace

4 April 2018, 1:39 PM

Jessica-TarshaTalking, listening, understanding and connecting across seemingly wide chasms of race and color, sexual orientation, religion, class and socio-economic status, among other things, are taking shape at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with the help of the Sustained Dialogue (SD) Campus Network. 

Sustained Dialogue seeks to transform relationships for the better through meaningful dialogue by creating a space for students to convey and exchange not just their opinions about co...

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SIUE Police Department Heightens Security at School of Dental Medicine

2 April 2018, 9:50 AM

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Police Department began staffing the SIU School of Dental Medicine (SDM) in Alton with one patrol officer on duty 24 hours per day on a daily basis effective Monday, April 2. The SIUE Police Department will have a sub-post located in Building 271 at the SDM. 

“The SIUE Police Department strives to provide the highest quality police service to keep our students, faculty, staff and guests safe,” said Chief Kevin Schmoll. “W...

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SIU SDM’s Nash Receives ASDA National Appointment

27 March 2018, 11:40 AM

Alexandra NashThe Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine’s (SIU SDM) Alexandra Nash has been appointed as an editorial board contributing editor by the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) for 2018-19. Nash received the appointment at the January meeting of the ASDA Board of Trustees.

“I am thankful for this appointment, and look forward to representing both my class and school on a national level,” said Nash, a Lebanon native.

Nash was elected in August 2017 to a fou...

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SDM’s Joy Receives ADEA Fellowship

12 March 2018, 9:45 AM

Anita JoySouthern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine’s (SIU SDM) Dr. Anita Joy is the recipient of the 2018 American Dental Education Association/ADEAGies Foundation Education Fellowship.

Joy is an associate professor and chair of the SIU SDM’s Department of Growth, Development and Structure. She is an 8-year member of the SDM faculty, having joined in 2010 and began her interactions with the ADEA at that time.

“Being awarded this prestigious fellowship is an honor both per...

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SIU School of Dental Medicine Provides Dental Screenings, Interactive Education to Hundreds of Local Children

5 March 2018, 3:10 PM

JaTerra Castine-Ross, a third-year SIU School of Dental Medicine student, leads an educational station during National Children's Dental Health Month.Since high school, JaTerra Castine-Ross knew she wanted to be either a teacher or a dentist. Instead of picking one future profession, she says she chose both by pursuing a degree at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine (SIU SDM).

“As a dentist, you not only treat patients, but also teach children and adults about how their oral health impacts the rest of their body,” said Castine-Ross, of Chicago.

Her passion for dentistry and education was on full display as...

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SIUE to Host Free Community Health Clinic

1 March 2018, 3:55 PM

Terri Poirier SIUESouthern Illinois University Edwardsville will host a free Community Health Clinic from 3:30-6 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Fairmont City Library Center located at 4444 Collinsville Road in Fairmont City.

A similar event will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Technology Learning Center located at 111 South Appleknocker Drive in Cobden.

Services will include diabetes, hearing, cholesterol, oral health, and height, weight and body mass screenings, as well as blood pressure m...

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Journal of Dental Ed Honors SDM’s Biethman for Research

21 February 2018, 8:25 AM

Rick BiethmanSouthern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine’s Rick Biethman, DMD, is among four honorees to receive the 2017 Olav Alvares Award for Early Career Scholars Who Published Outstanding Articles in the Journal of Dental Education (JDE). His article “Screening for Diabetes in a Dental School Clinic to Assess Interprofessional Communication Between Physicians and Dental Students” earned the award.

An assistant professor in the SDM Department of Restorative Dentistry, B...

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SIUE Black Heritage Month Puts a Spotlight on Health

13 February 2018, 5:14 PM

MythFactFact or fiction? African Americans have disproportionately higher rates of cardiovascular disease-related risk factors such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes. A group of students attending Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Black Heritage Month community health fair on Tuesday, Feb. 13 were split in their responses. The answer is true. 

“Studies show that African Americans are at a higher risk of hypertension, obesity and diabetes than someone of Caucasian descent ...

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SIUE Celebrates Black Heritage Month with a View of “A Different World”

1 February 2018, 4:49 PM

Marissa-PembrookAt Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Black Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Black people, and for the University to recommit to challenges ahead, according to SIUE Chancellor Randy Pembrook. 

Pembrook gave remarks Thursday, Feb. 1 at the SIUE Black Heritage Month Opening Ceremony in the Morris University Center’s Goshen Lounge. The SIUE Campus Activities Board (CAB) is sponsoring the 18th annual observation, which has theme of &#...

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