Archive for August, 2008

Maricelle Uy Abayon recognized as one of 5 Outstanding dental Students in NY

NYSDF Deans Award Recognizes Five Outstanding Dental Students

FOR THE SECOND YEAR,the New York State Dental Foundation is
honoring students at all four of the dental colleges in New York
State, as well as at Eastman Dental Center, with its NYSDF Deans
Award.The prize,valued at $5,000,is given to foster a growing and
sustainable oral health work force, critical to expanding available
oral health services for all New Yorkers.It is a need that has become
more acute as the ranks of the underserved grow and culturally
diverse communities within the state expand.
This year,the Foundation Board of Trustees changed the crite-
ria for the Deans Award. Previously, it was awarded to graduating
seniors. Now it is given to a third-year student or postdoctoral
trainee who has demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement
as measured by the following criteria:
● Outstanding academic performance.
● Demonstrated commitment to enhancing and improving the
oral health of underserved populations.
● Membership in the American Student Dental Association.
Candidates for the NYSDF Deans Award mustbenominated by
the dean of each of the qualified academic dental institutions.They
are Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York
University College of Dentistry, University at Buffalo School of
DentalMedicine,StonyBrook UniversitySchoolof DentalMedicine
and the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center.

Maricelle Uy Abayon, Eastman Dental Center.
Graduating as one of the highest ranking students
at the University of the Philippines and ranked
highest in her dental school class, it would seem
there is little leftfor Dr.Abayon toachieve.Yet,in less
than two years at Eastman Dental Center, Dr.
Abayon has demonstrated an ability to form excel-
lent relationships with patients, administrators,
staffand faculty,while,at the same time,performing atthe highestlevel
in the difficultmaster ofscienceprogram atthe UniversityofRochester.
The advanced education in general dentistry program at Eastman has
always been considered demanding because of the required literature
reviews,case presentations,researchseminarsand academic classes,to
say nothing of the patient component of the program.Dr.Abayon has
been an active participant in all of these areas and still finds time to
lend a hand to others. She has never refused a request to help with
emergency patients ortoassistanother residentin a difficultprocedure.
Dr.Abayon’s unique ability to recognize the social, economic, psycho-
logical,medical and financial impediments to successful dental treat-
mentfor her patients,and todoso with both an air of confidenceand a
sense of humility,evidence a maturityfar beyond her years



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Dr. Daniel Chan batch 1978

Dr. Warren Yow: Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:58 pm (PDT)

Dear Fellow UPCD alumni:

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Daniel Chan (batch
1978) in his appointment as Associate Dean for Clinical Services at School of
Dentistry, University of Washington. Dan has devoted his entire career (30
years and counting) in academics and research. We had crossed each other’s path
along the way during the International and American Association for Dental
Research annual meetings. Dan is one of the many reasons that we are proud of
being a UPCD alumni and realize the value of a premier UPCD education. This
is also a good time to recognize all the past, present and future UPCD faculty
members whose many sacrifices (especially financial sacrifices) and
dedication made these accomplishment possible.

Please see following announcement released by the
university today.

Warren Yow

Dear School of Dentistry Faculty, Staff and Students:

I am pleased to announce that effective October 1, 2008, Dr. Daniel Chan has
accepted the position of Associate Dean for Clinical Services, pending
approval by the Board of Regents.

Daniel C.N. Chan, D.M.D., M.S., D.D.S., comes to us from the Medical College
of Georgia (MCG) School of Dentistry, where he is a Professor of Oral
Rehabilitation and Director of the Division of Operative Dentistry, with a joint
appointment in the Department of Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology and
the School of Graduate Studies. He received his D.M.D. from the University of
the Philippines
and his D.D.S. and M.S. from the University of Iowa.

Prior to joining MCG in February 1998, he was on restorative faculty at the
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Chan has
nearly 200 articles, scientific abstracts and chapters in textbooks in his
area of interest, which include composite materials, adhesive and glass ionomer
cements. He has made more than 100 presentations at national and
international continuing education programs. Dr Chan is a Fellow of the International
of Dentists and the Academy of Dental Materials. Currently, he is
Vice-President of OKU Honor Society, GA Chapter and is active in many dental
organizations. He was a councilor of the Academy of Operative Dentistry and
serves on several editorial boards as well as a reviewer for many dental

Dr. Chan and his wife Eva enjoy hiking and he is an avid stamp collector and
plays classical guitar for relaxation.


Martha Somerman

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