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May 30, 2008

Penn Dental Medicine Presents 2008 Alumni Awards of Merit

Penn Dental Medicine honored the achievements and contributions of its alumni with its annual Alumni Award of Merit, presented this year during the School’s Alumni Weekend 2008, May 16-17. The 2008 award recipients include Dr. Marc Ackerman of Jacksonville, Fla., Dr. Leonard Cole of Ridgewood, N.J., and Dr. Rowland Hutchinson of Louisville, Ky.
Presented by the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society, the award recognizes love for and loyalty to the School of Dental Medicine, excellence in the profession or dentistry, and community involvement. The award is given annually to those graduates who have maintained their ties with the School through their support of alumni activities, demonstrated leadership in the dental profession, and fostered and maintained the ideals that the School of Dental Medicine has stood for since its founding.

Award recipient Dr. Rowland Hutchinson is a 1958 graduate of Penn Dental Medicine with a distinguished career in academic dentistry, having served as Dean of both the University of Louisville School of Dentistry (1991 to 1998) and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry (1989 to 1991) and returned to serve as Interim Dean at Louisville in 2005 to 2006. Along with the deanships, his other educational appointments have included part-time faculty positions at eight institutions and full-time faculty posts at three dental schools, including the directorship of three periodontal residency programs.

A diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology and current President of the Dental Deans Leadership Institute, Dr. Hutchinson’s many honors and activities include having served as President of the American Dental Education Association (2000-2001) and having received the 2004 American Academy of Periodontology Fellowship Award for distinguished service. Dr. Hutchinson’s notable path within academia and periodontology began through the military. After graduating from Penn Dental Medicine, he entered the Army as a dental intern and then joined Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he earned his certificate in periodontics in 1963. Dr. Hutchinson would spend 20 years in the Army Dental Corps, retiring from active duty as a colonel in 1978. A noted lecturer on periodontics and dental education, he has made more than 300 presentations throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East.

Honoree Dr. Leonard Cole is a 1957 graduate of Penn Dental Medicine, who has teamed a career in dentistry with one in political science. After receiving his dental degree, Dr. Cole went on to earn an MA and PhD in political science from Columbia University and over his career has developed an expertise in bioterrorism and terror medicine. While maintaining a private dental practice in Hawthorne, N.J., from 1961 to 2000, he also served as Adjunct Professor of Political Science at The New School of Social Research in New York (1986-1987) and William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J. (1970 – 1985). Since 1986, he been Adjunct Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark, N.J. Currently, he is also on the board of the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the United Jewish Communities.

Dr. Cole is the author of seven books, including the Anthrax Letters: A Medical Detective Story, which was named a 2004 Honor Book by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. His most recent book is Terror: How Israel Has Coped and What America Can Learn (2007), and he is co-editor of a forthcoming medical textbook, Essentials of Terror Medicine.

This year’s final award recipient, Dr. Marc Ackerman, is a 1998 graduate of Penn Dental Medicine. After receiving his DMD at Penn Dental Medicine he went on earn his postdoctoral certificate in orthodontics at University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center and had a full-time private practice in orthodontics in Bryn Mawr, Pa., from 2000 to 2007. In 2007, Dr. Ackerman moved to Jacksonville, Fla., to accept a full-time position as Associate Professor of Orthodontics at Jacksonville University School of Orthodontics, where he also serves at Director of Evidence-Based Education. While practicing in Pennsylvania, he also taught, serving as a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthodontics at Temple University School of Dentistry (2003-2008) and Clinical Associate at Penn Dental Medicine (2002-2003).

A Fellow with the Philadelphia College of Physicians and the American College of Dentists (September 2008 convocation), Dr. Ackerman has been active within the Penn Dental Medicine alumni community since his graduation, having been a member of the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society since 2000 and serving as President in 2004 – 2005. From 2003 to 2005, he also chaired the Penn Dental Medicine Senior Faculty Alumni Dinner, presented by the Penn Dental Medicine Alumni Society. He currently serves on the editorial review board of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and on the editorial board of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research, and is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dental Association.

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