At the end of an eventful day, UCSF Dentistry Dean John D.B. Featherstone speculated that Research and Clinical Excellence Day 2012 may have been "the best ever."
The day opened with words of welcome by the Dean and UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, preceeded by a welcome from Research and Clinical Excellence Day Committee Chair Dr. Peter M. Loomer.
A very full morning included a keynote address by Dr. John S. Greenspan, UCSF Dentistry's Associate Dean for Global Oral Health, introduced by Dr. Jay A. Levy of UCSF Medicine.
The morning oral presentations session was chaired by Dr. Sarah Knox, and included presentations by Dr. Jeremy Horst, Chelsea Wong, and Jonathan Hurng.
The Outstanding Clinician Award address was given by Dr. Karin Vargervik, introduced by Dr. Troy Daniels, just prior to the lunchtime poster session and judging.
The afternoon oral presentation session was chaired by Dr. Rupinder Buttar, and included presentations by Jolie Goodman, Diana Proctor, and Dr. Vagan Mushegyan, followed by Faculty Research Award Lecturer Dr. Randall Kramer.
Closing the day, Samantha Aguinaldo presented the Mentor of the Year Award to Dr. Ralph Marcucio, followed by the presentation of awards (below), including the new Ernest Newbrun Award for Research Excellence (1st Place, Predoc Category), which was presented by Dr. Newbrun himself to D2 Molly Hague.
1st Place - Ernest Newbrun Award for Research Excellence: Molly Hague
2nd Place: Chelsea Wong
3rd Place (tie): Shibani Rajadhyksha and Natalie La Rochelle
Postdoctoral Fellow/Resident Category
1st Place: Dr. Jeremy Horst
2nd Place: Dr. Wendy Yang
3rd Place: Dr. Phuong-Nghi Karen Lam
1st Place: Francis Yang
2nd Place: Dr. Michael Le
3rd Place: Joyce Sumi
Research Assistant Category
Clockwise, from top: Randall Kramer delivers the Faculty Research Award Lecture; poster presentation; Molly Hague receives the first Ernest Newbrun Award for Research Excellence (1st Place, Predoc Category) from Dr. Newbrun; Karin Vargervik receives an ovation at the conclusion of her Outstanding Clinician Award address; Associate Dean for Global Oral Health John S. Greenspan (right) receives the Keynote Speaker plaque from Dean John D.B. Featherstone.