Spring 2019

Fellowship Promotes Teaching and Research

Periodontists recognize Irina Dragan with a prize for junior faculty.

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Photo: Andrew Lum, D19

Irina Dragan, DG15, MSD15, assistant professor of periodontology, is the first faculty member from the School of Dental Medicine to receive the prestigious Bud and Linda Tarrson Fellowship from the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation. The fellowship is awarded to periodontists pursuing academic careers. The award was presented at the academy’s meeting in Vancouver in October 2018.

The three-year fellowship provides $10,000 a year to a junior faculty member to support teaching and research. Dragan stressed that strong recommendations from Dean Huw Thomas, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Nadeem Karimbux, and Associate Clinical Professor Paul Levi were essential in her selection. “The selection for the final interview is very competitive, and there needs to be a lot of support from your institution.” she said. “The message is very clear that we are also being recognized as an institution, and I’m very honored to be the voice carrying forward that message.”

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