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Dentistry dean receives 2008 Gies Award from ADEA

Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD, dean (left), receives the 2008 Gies Award recognizing outstanding innovation by a dental educator. Dr. Goodacre is pictured with Patrick Naylor, DDS, MPH, MS, associate dean of advanced education.
Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD, dean (left), receives the 2008 Gies Award recognizing outstanding innovation by a dental educator. Dr. Goodacre is pictured with Patrick Naylor, DDS, MPH, MS, associate dean of advanced education.
Charles J. Goodacre, DDS, MSD, dean, School of Dentistry, is the recipient of a 2008 American Dental Education Association Gies Award. The award, presented during the ADEAGies Foundation Awards ceremony in Dallas, Texas, is one of eight inaugural William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation, and Achievement, and recognizes outstanding innovation by a dental educator.

“This recognition,” says Dr. Goodacre, “highlights a process begun at the School in 2000, bringing together the development of computer-based learning materials with the ability to distribute them to dental students and faculty throughout the U.S. and beyond. This has been achieved through the collective work of talented faculty and staff within the School. Educational DVDs developed at LLU are now in use by thousands of dental students and faculty members, provided to them at no charge through the generous support of corporations.”

The Gies award is named after William J. Gies, a Columbia University biochemistry professor who, in the mid-1920s, published a landmark report establishing the importance of dentistry as a healing science and an essential component of higher education in the health professions. Selected by a distinguished panel of judges consisting of ADEAGies Foundation Board of Trustee members, honorees are chosen for vision, achievement, and innovation as an academic dental institution, dental educator, or public/private partner.

Individuals and institutions who also received inaugural 2008 Gies Awards were Michael Alfano, PhD, executive vice president, New York University; Marcia A. Boyd, PhD, University of British Columbia; David Satcher, PhD, National Center for Primary Care; Schools of Dentistry at Harvard University, Louisiana State University, University of Iowa, and University of Maryland, Baltimore College; and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

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TODAY news for Thursday, May 12, 2008