Essay Contest Winners Announced
We are always eager to share positive news of our dental students’ accomplishments and we couldn’t be prouder of the following individuals for winning an essay competition honoring Dr. Clifton O. Dummett, Sr. surrounding diversity in dentistry. The competition honors the late Dr. Dummett, a pioneer in dentistry and dental education. Essays addressed race relations in the profession through the lens of editorials written in the National Dental Association Bulletin from 1953-1975.
Out of the 22 awards across 12 dental schools, five of our UCLA students were award recipients!
- James Otani (1 of 3 top awards) (2023) - $1000 (Summa Honors)
- Emily Duong (2023) - $500 (Magna Honors)
- Urvashi Keswani (2021) - $500 (Magna Honors)
- Christina Light (2022) - $500 (Magna Honors)
- Dong Jin Oh (2024) - $500 (Magna Honors)
The essay competition was a joint collaboration between UCLA and UCSF. We would also like to thank the CARE committee (Committee for the Advancement of Racial Equity) for their park in coordinating UCLA’s participation.
In the first year of my deanship, I found myself surrounded by faculty, students, staff, and fellow academic leaders wanting to introduce me to the beauty of this campus, this city, and this outstanding dental school – UCLA Dentistry. I have been warmly welcomed by the entire community to what has now become my home.
Making Saliva a Serious Business
“Most people are surprised when I tell them that saliva can reveal as much, if not more, than blood or urine can. We have made it our mission to make saliva testing a clinical reality to detect for serious diseases. And we’re getting very, very close.”
Decoding Oral Health: Diana Wang, Class of 2017
“I believe there’s a little bit of pathologist in all of us,” said Diana Wang, Class of 2017. “Patients always want to know why something happened to them, and pathology helps answer those difficult questions.”