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Dugoni School Representatives Honored at ACD Northern California Awards Dinner

Dr. Heidi Hausauer, Dan Hammer and Dr. Nader Nadershahi (left to right) at the ACD Northern California Awards Dinner

June  01, 2011

The Northern California Section of the American College of Dentists (ACD) honored five members of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry community at the ACD's annual awards banquet on May 21 in Burlingame, Calif.

Class of 2011 student Dan Hammer was honored with an Outstanding Student Leader award, which recognizes him for his high level of achievement in academia as well as superior leadership abilities. Hammer has held several student government roles at the school, including student body president; ASDA District 11 trustee; ASDA chapter president; and Faculty Appointment and Tenure Student Committee member, among others. He also co-launched a new program on campus - the Dugoni Practical Leadership Initiative (DPLI) - which teaches participating students practical leadership skills.

Dr. Cindy Lyon received a Distinguished Faculty Member award in recognition of her outstanding service to the school and extraordinary dedication to dental education. Lyon's impact on students and her colleagues has been widespread. She currently serves as chair of the Department of Dental Practice, and is involved with organized dentistry through the California Dental Association Foundation, of which she currently serves as chair of the board of directors. She is a graduate of the DDS Class of 1986.

Dr. Bruce Peltier received the Dr. Joseph J. Krajewski Award for Merit. This award is given annually to a non-dentist whose activities have contributed to the advancement of the dental profession, and have enhanced the image of dentistry. Peltier currently serves as a professor of Psychology and Ethics, a role in which he directs the school's ethics program; teaches behavioral science and doctor-patient relationship skills; and counsels dental students.

Finally, Dr. Ariane Terlet, a graduate of the class of 1986 and current president of the dental school's Alumni Association, received the Dr. Willard C. Fleming Meritorious Service Award. This award is given to an ACD fellow whose activities have contributed to the advancement of the dental profession and its public appreciation.

These dedicated Dugoni School representatives were selected as award winners by a vote of school faculty members who are fellows of the ACD.

The event also included welcoming and closing remarks from Dr. Heidi Hausauer, a member of the Class of 1985 and a former faculty member at the dental school. Hausauer will serve as chair of the ACD Northern California Section through May 2012. The outgoing chair, Dr. Alan Budenz, is also a Dugoni School faculty member.

Founded in 1920, the American College of Dentists is the oldest national honorary organization for dentists. The mission of ACD is to promote ethics, professionalism and service within the dental profession. Membership is by invitation only. Fellows are selected based on their contributions to organized dentistry, oral health care, dental research, dental education, the profession and society.

Category Type: Special Events, Honors and Awards

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