May 11, 2016
In honor of his many years of positive impact on the school and leadership in his field, Dr. Sheldon Baumrind has been appointed as the first Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Endowed Professor of Orthodontics at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
A professor in the school's Department of Orthodontics, Baumrind also serves as director of the Craniofacial Research Instrumentation Lab. He is the author of more than 100 original publications in the orthodontic, medical, statistical and engineering literature. His primary research interest for the past thirty years has been the development of integrated three-dimensional craniofacial measurement systems for use in clinical dentistry. He has been principal investigator of several National Institute of Dental Research (N.I.H.) supported studies and served as a founding officer and co-chair of the Joint University of California Berkeley — University of California, San Francisco Graduate Program in Bioengineering. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Professor Emeritus of the University of California San Francisco. His awards include the 2008 Craniofacial Biology Research Award from the International Association for Dental Research.
Baumrind is also the principal investigator for the AAOF Craniofacial Growth Legacy Collection project. With support from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, nine of the 11 known collections of longitudinal craniofacial growth records in the United States and Canada are featured on the project's web site.
A native New Yorker, Baumrind earned his DDS degree from New York University. He practiced general dentistry in Berkeley, California, for several years before earning an orthodontic specialty certificate and a master of science in cell biology from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining University of the Pacific, Baumrind served as a professor of growth and development at the University of California, San Francisco.
This appointment is supported by a $1.2 million endowment established by Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus of the school, and numerous other donors. Dr. Dugoni currently serves as Professor of Orthodontics and Senior Executive for Development at the school.
"Endowments sustain a legacy of philanthropy that supports educational excellence in perpetuity," said Dr. Dugoni. "They are the single most powerful way to enhance scholarship, advance innovation in research, teaching and learning, and create distinguished centers of education. They are the lifeblood of renowned universities."
Endowed professorships significantly aid the school by providing funding for a faculty member, thus allowing the school to direct money that would otherwise have been spent on salaries toward other school needs. The endowment will provide an annual payout of approximately four percent, resulting in thousands of dollars each year to support Baumrind's teaching and scholarship.
"Dr. Baumrind is one of the world's leading experts on clinical orthodontic study design and measurement, and he has made a tremendous impact on the field of orthodontics," said Dr. Nader A. Nadershahi, interim dean of the Dugoni School. "We are excited to recognize him with this new endowed professorship in honor of his many decades of teaching and scholarship."
A reception celebrating Baumrind's appointment will be held at the school on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm in the Molinari Family Great Hall. All members of the school community are invited to attend.