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Dugoni School of Dentistry to Receive 2011 Gies Award for Visionary Approach

December  13, 2010

The ADEAGies Foundation has selected University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry as the winner of the 2011 Gies Award for Outstanding Vision — Academic Dental Institution. The school will be honored among other Gies Award winners in conjunction with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session and Exhibition, to be held in San Diego in March.

Named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, Ph.D., the Gies Awards annually recognize individuals and organizations for contributions to global oral health and education initiatives. The winners exemplify dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation and achievement in dental education, research and leadership.

The recognition comes as a result of the Dugoni School of Dentistry's commitment to vision and excellence in many areas. The Dugoni School is committed to being one of the premier dental schools in the United States and setting the standard for oral health education. The dental education community continues to take notice of the school's curriculum enhancements through the Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum, its student leadership and community involvement, commitment to faculty development, new international partnerships, the implementation of its strategic plan and recent focus on new facilities, to name just a few areas.

"This recognition speaks to the tremendous talent and hard work of all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors," said Dr. Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., interim provost of University of the Pacific and dean of the Dugoni School of Dentistry. "I am so proud of our entire school community for their ambitious pursuit of excellence and for working to ensure our visions become reality."

In addition to the school's recognition, Dr. Diarmuid (Derry) Shanley, former associate dean for global affairs at the Dugoni School of Dentistry, was announced as the winner of the Gies Award for Achievement — Dental Educator. Shanley's impact on global dental education includes a 20-year deanship at Trinity College in Dublin and a leadership role in the creation of the International Federation of Dental Educators and Associations (IFDEA).

Category Type: Honors and Awards

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