Faculty and Staff, Students

White to Speak at First Installment of 2014-15 Student Research Distinguished Speaker Series

The first installment of this year’s Distinguished Speaker Series, presented by the school’s Student Research Group, will feature Dr. Raymond White, Dalton L. McMichael Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This hour-long event is scheduled for Thursday, August 28 at 1 p.m. in Room G411 on the ground floor of Koury Oral Health Sciences Building. This is third second year the Student Research Group has organized the Distinguished Speaker Series.

Co-presidents of the Student Research Group, Virginia Mayo and Eleni Boukas are excited to start the new academic year with White as the guest speaker.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. White, who has mentored countless UNC residents and dental students, many of whom have been recognized at national conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals,” said Mayo. “If we could implement just a fraction of Dr. White’s wisdom, inquisitive nature, systematic approach, logical research design and analytical conclusions, we would have much to offer our future patients.”

Boukas joined Mayo in saying that they encourage all UNC dental students to take advantage of this opportunity to hear firsthand White’s wisdom and methodical approach to dentistry. The lecture he will present is titled An Academic Career is a Journey of Discovery and will suggest how he benefitted from experiences with colleagues as his career evolved.

White has served in prestigious leadership roles at UNC during his tenure, including serving as UNC School of Dentistry dean 1974-81 and UNC School of Medicine dean 1981-82. His local honors include the NCDS Distinguished Service Scroll Award, the NCDS Meritorious Service Award, and the UNCDAA John C. Brauer Award. White has also received significant awards from national and international organizations, including the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Torch Award from the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation, W. Harry Archer Award from the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and SSOMS Distinguished Educator Award. White was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1982. Throughout his career, he has served as the assistant editor for the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and co-editor ofOrthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery; his peer-reviewed publications span more than 45 years.

The Distinguished Speaker Series began in 2012-13 and is in its third year. Sponsored by the Student Research Group, the events provide various researchers the opportunity to speak to the dental school community.