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Jae Hyun Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., M.S., Ph.D.

Jae Hyun Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., M.S., Ph.D., director of the Postgraduate Orthodontic program at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, was recently published in Dentistry Today.

Park’s article titled, “Congenitally Missing Maxillary Lateral Incisors: Treatment” was co-authored by Dong-Ae Kim, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., and Kiyoshi Tai, D.D.S.

Dentistry Today has a circulation of 150,000 readers.

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KCOM Microbiology/Immunology Associate Professor Melissa K. Stuart, Ph.D., was recently selected as the 2010 Item Writer of the Year for Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensure Examination of the United States (COMLEX-USA) Level 1 examinations. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Stuart has received this designation.

Dr. Stuart successfully completed the item-writing training course overseen by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), which is a not-for-profit corporation that serves public and state licensing agencies by administering examinations testing the medical knowledge of those who seek to serve the public as osteopathic physicians.

According to the 2010 NBOME Annual Report the NBOME undertook an objective evaluation of more than 200 item writers and case authors who contributed to all levels of the COMLEX-USA examinations in 2010 while making its 2010 Item Writer of the Year selections.
The COMLEX-USA examination sequence is currently accepted for licensure in 50 states, and is used as an accreditation requirement for all schools and colleges of osteopathic medicine by the Commission on Accreditation of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine of the American Osteopathic Association.
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Faculty and students from the department of Microbiology/Immunology, ATSU-KCOM, presented research posters at the 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology held May 21-24 in New Orleans.


“Analysis of Proteins that Co-precipitate with RadA/Sms in X-irradiated Escherichia coli” was presented by Melissa K. Stuart, Ph.D., associate professor. Co-authors were Nastassia C. Richardson, M.S., ’11, OMS II; Jacob L. Hiatt, B.A., BMSI; Vineet K. Singh, Ph.D., associate professor; and Neil J. Sargentini, Ph.D., professor and chair.


Trintje Johansson, B.S., BMSI, presented “Expression Pattern and Significance of Methionine Sulfoxide Reductases in Staphylococcus aureus.” Co-authors were Anchal Singh, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow; Kuldeep Singh, M.S., ’11, OMS I; and Vineet K. Singh.


TSU master’s degree candidate Megan L. Folkerts, B.S., presented “Transcription of radA/sms Is Upregulated in UV or X-irradiated Escherichia coli.” Co-authors were Debra A. Hudman, M.S., research associate, and Neil J. Sargentini, Ph.D.

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The first annual Student Research Symposium, organized by ATSU’s Interdisciplinary Research Committee, was held on May 20, from 3-5 p.m., on the Mesa, Ariz., campus. The event showcased student research from seven academic programs: athletic training, audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, osteopathic medicine, health sciences, and dentistry and oral health.

The symposium began with a keynote address presented to students, faculty and staff by speaker Tinna Traustadottir, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, associate director of exercise sciences for Kronos Longevity Research Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. Dr. Traustadottir conducts research in the area of stress resilience and aging and spoke on “Oxidative stress: a friend or foe to aging.”

After the keynote address, symposium attendees enjoyed light refreshments while viewing student research poster presentations. Thirty-one student research projects were displayed.

“I think the symposium was well received and was a great first attempt at getting students from all schools on the Mesa campus together to share their research,” said Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA, associate professor, interdisciplinary health sciences. “Hopefully, we can expand the event in the future to highlight the great scholarship of ATSU students.”

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The following ATSU students are the 2011 Women’s Wellness Scholars Program recipients. The Scholars Program is funded by members of ATSU’s Women’s Wellness program. This is the second year the Women’s Wellness program has provided student scholarship support. In total, the program has awarded 19 scholarships to students.

Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH)

Catherine Guerrero – ASDOH, class of 2012
Brandi Lynn Molina – ASDOH, class of 2013
Onika Patel – ASDOH, class of 2014

Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS)

Stephanie Phelps – ASHS/Physical Therapy, class of 2012
Laura Demick – ASHS/Occupational Therapy, class of 2013
Mia Pozzanghera – ASHS/Audiology, class of 2014

School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA)

Melissa Marie Blessing – SOMA, class of 2012
Mohammad Iqbal Naqvi – SOMA, class of 2013
Shane Wylie Monnett – SOMA, class of 2013

ATSU’s Women’s Wellness program is committed to bringing together women who want to learn about healthcare innovations and issues that impact the community’s health and the health of their families. The Women’s Wellness program is equally committed to providing philanthropic support for the University’s innovative educational models, scholarships for its graduate healthcare students and patient care for vulnerable populations.

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