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Ostrow’s Dental Explorers program introduces minority, low-income students to dentistry

The two-week program exposes undergraduates to the dental profession with clinical shadowing experiences, faculty presentations and hands-on activities.   BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 Kimiye Makiyama knew she wanted to work in the dental profession ever since she was a kid. “I loved going to the dentist’s office and having my teeth worked on,” the […]

Ostrow gives familiar face a smile-makeover

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf barista James Augspurger is smiling a lot easier these days, thanks to dental work provided at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. BY YASMINE PEZESHKPOUR MCM ’16 Imagine hearing a funny joke, meeting someone new or posing in photos with friends without being able to smile for fear […]

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Malcolm Snead earns University of Oslo honorary degree Professor Malcolm Snead has been awarded a doctor philosophiae causa by the University of Oslo for his contributions leading to a better understanding of tooth development. The University of Oslo often recognizes researchers around the world for their significant contributions to the advancement of science. Snead is […]

Something to Smile About

Thanks to early detection and intervention by her Trojan dentist, Joana Breckner survived oral cancer. Now she’s dedicated herself to raising public awareness about routine oral cancer screenings, which only take minutes but could mean the difference between life and death.  BY JAMIE WETHERBE MA ’04 A routine visit to the dentist saved Joana Breckner’s […]


Reigning Miss Universal City USA Laurel Henderson DDS ’17 aims to inspire young women and challenge pageant girl stereotypes by becoming the first “Dr. Miss California USA.” BY LAUREL HENDERSON DDS ’17 Between the ages of 16 and 22, I worked at a girls’ summer camp on the shore of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vt. […]