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A C R O S S C A M P U S S U M M E R 2 0 1 7 U o f L M A G A Z I N E | 4 7 DENTISTRY PROSTHODONTIC RESIDENTS WIN ALL THREE AWARDS IN CLINICAL POSTER COMPETITION During the American Prosthodontist Society annual meeting, prosthodontic residents Katie Kuric, Hunter Dawson and Adrien Pollini, won first, second and third prize, respectively, in the clinical poster competition. UofL's Director of Advanced Education in Prosthodontics, Bryan Harris, says the award validates the quality and advanced technologies of the program, along with the division's focus on digital workflows to provide optimal care for our patients. "This is a team effort from our faculty and other specialty programs, and reinforces the elite delivery of care in our graduate prosthodontic program," he said. The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Prosthodontic Society was held in Chicago, Illinois, on Feb. 23-24. PUBLIC HEALTH Expanding STEM education is the focus of new degree collaborative Employment growth in careers related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) underscores the importance of a new degree collaboration between Kentucky State University and the School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS). The initiative allows KSU undergraduates majoring in math to study seven semesters (3.5 years) at KSU, and three semesters (1.5 years) at UofL, earning a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in math at KSU, and a master of science in biostatistics from UofL. Students benefit by completing six years of study in five years. Interested students are identified in the early stages of their study at KSU and are mentored for the graduate program. They must take the GRE and apply for admission to UofL. Upon admission, students study at UofL the spring semester of their senior year and take courses that count toward a bachelor's degree in math at KSU and the master's degree in biostatistics at UofL. The balance of the master level courses are completed in the fifth year toward the MS degree in biostatistics. "The degree collaborative helps to fulfill the need of quantitatively trained professionals who are always in demand in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and insurance industries, as well as in government and academia," said Craig Blakely, Dean of SPHIS. "We plan to connect these students to state industries via practicum and internship opportunities." Blakely credits Chair of the Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics K.B. Kulasekera for originating the idea. Kulasekera hopes to eventually grow the relationship, allowing for teaching and research collaborations between UofL and KSU faculty. The initiative is pending notification of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). UofL and KSU leaders meet to finalize the collaborative. From left, prosthodontic residents Adrien Pollini, Katie Kuric and Hunter Dawson.

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