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Randy Danielsen, Ph.D., PA-C, and Maureen Romer, D.D.S.

ASHS Dean Randy Danielsen, Ph.D., PA-C, and ASDOH Special Care Dentistry Director and AEGD Program Co-Director Maureen Romer, D.D.S., have been selected as 2010 Health Care Heroes Awards finalists by the Phoenix Business Journal.

Dr. Danielsen was nominated in the category of Education, and Dr. Romer was nominated in the category of Dentistry. Award winners in each of the 10 categories will be announced at a breakfast on August 19 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix and will be featured in the August 20 edition of the Phoenix Business Journal.

Dr. Danielsen, who will resign his position as ASHS dean effective the end of June, is taking a new post as senior vice president of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Foundation. The NCCPA is the nation’s credentialing organization for physician assistants (P.A.s), and its Foundation promotes P.A. excellence through research and education. Dr. Danielsen has been with the University since 1995.

Dr. Romer, who recently led students on a dental outreach to Alaska, will be traveling to Ghent, Belgium, this summer to the International Association for Disability and Oral Health Congress to present a paper on “Oral Health Related Quality of Life in People with Developmental Disabilities.” She was been with the University since 2006.

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” said Dr. Romer. “But honestly, I have spent my whole dental career working with people with disabilities and their families, and that is the honor.”


Helen Ewing, D.H.Sc.

Helen Ewing, D.H.Sc., director of the ASHS Doctor of Health Sciences program, will be a presenter at the 26th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning on August 4-6 in Madison, Wis.

Her program, entitled “Developing Processes to Manage Plagiarism in Distance Education,” will discuss the importance of developing standardized processes to identify plagiarism and how they can enhance the learning experience, maintain the reputation of an institution, and advance student scholarship.

The Annual Conference on Distance Teaching & Learning is recognized internationally for the quality and integrity of its program. Each year the conference provides an exchange of current resources, research, and best practices from around the world that are relevant to the design and delivery of distance education and training.

For more information, [click here].


Maureen Romer, D.D.S., M.P.A.

Maureen Romer, D.D.S., M.P.A., director of special care dentistry, AEGD program co-director, and associate professor, ASDOH, was a presenter at the 6th Annual 2010 Phoenix American Heart Association Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 14 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. Dr. Romer was invited to present at the workshop, “Heart Healthy from Head to Toe,” by Fran Roberts, Ph.D., R.N, vice president of strategic business alliances for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and chairperson for the Go Red Campaign in Phoenix. Dr. Romer’s presentation focused on the relationship between oral health and cardiac health.

The day-long Go Red for Women event featured educational sessions, vendor expos, and health screenings. Go Red for Women is a national initiative of the American Heart Association formed to dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease as the number one killer of women and to empower women to take care of their heart health. More than 4,500 women die from heart disease each year in Arizona alone.

“It was great being part of an event that empowers women to take action against heart disease and make heart disease prevention a part of their life,” said Dr. Romer.


Charles Fleschner, Ph.D.; Neal Chamberlain, Ph.D.; and John Thurman, OMS II

ATSU-KCOM Microbiology/Immunology Associate Professor Neal Chamberlain, Ph.D., received the second-year teacher of the year Gutensohn Award for 2010. Charles Fleschner, Ph.D., KCOM biochemistry chair, was awarded the first-year teacher of the year.

John Thurman, OMS II, was honored as Student D.O. of the Year. Thurman now represents ATSU with the opportunity to be named national D.O. of the year, who is to be named later this year.


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

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has awarded 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, the 2010 AAO Academy of Academic Leadership Sponsorship Program Award (AALSP).

The AALSP is a professional development program designed to prepare dental practitioners and educators for successful academic careers, and is conducted in collaboration with the American Dental Education Association. Dr. Park is one of only four recipients chosen each year from those nominated by accredited orthodontic programs in the United States and Canada.

“Dr. Park’s application was excellent, and his credentials are outstanding,” said Dr. Donald Joondeph, former AAO president, chair of the steering committee of the AAO Task Force for the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty, and orthodontic chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation. “The AAO is proud to support Dr. Park in this manner and we thank him for his contributions to orthodontic education.”

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