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Jan Hu, BDS, PhD

Interim Dean and Samuel D. Harris Collegiate Professor of Dentistry
School of Dentistry, Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics

Greetings once again from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where educating students, treating patients, and advancing scientific research remain a remarkable mix of the constant and the ever-changing.

We are pleased to report that the annual cycle of educating DDS, dental hygiene, and graduate students has mostly returned to its pre-pandemic normalcy, though more stringent infection-control measures remain a part of the landscape. Our incoming DDS and Dental Hygiene classes arrived this summer, bringing the usual impressive mix of smart and accomplished students from around Michigan and the country. During the students’ first days of orientation, the buzz in the Sim Lab as they examined and inventoried their drawers full of dental instruments was no doubt the same atmosphere of excitement remembered by our alumni from over
the decades.

Our vibrant research enterprise continues to advance oral health science, generating more than 200 papers, articles, and reviews in 2021 by faculty and graduate researchers in top academic journals around the world. Our annual Research Day last February, back to an in-person event after a pandemic pause, was the same lively and scientifically diverse poster presentation as in years past, dating to its Table Clinic origins that our alumni will remember from the 1960s and ’70s.

Even as many of those basics in the life of the school remain the same, our faculty and staff continue to answer the challenge of new needs in dental education, new discoveries in science, and new technology in the profession of dentistry. While our people are our most valuable resource, our physical facilities are a vital part of our success as well. The school took an important step into the future with the completion earlier this fall of our major, four-year Blue Renew renovation and addition. In September we celebrated the improvements, including:

  • bigger, more modern clinic spaces that are capable of adapting to developments in dental technology as well as the special needs of our diverse patient population from around Michigan;
  • a more welcoming patient experience, with a new main entrance next to the school parking structure, enhanced waiting areas, and more efficient access to the various clinics throughout the building;
  • new dental chairs, hand instruments, digital scanners, and other tools that are the latest advances for the profession; and
  • two new floors of research laboratories as part of a three-story addition built in the school’s former courtyard. The labs feature a modern, open configuration where multiple teams of researchers can work in the same space for improved interaction and innovation.

The new look and feel of the dental school, combined with the return to a more normal, pre-pandemic academic atmosphere, fuels us with optimism and energy as we move forward. Since 1875, this dental school has always been home to professionals with high standards, foresight, commitment, and integrity. Our ability to maintain those high standards—drawing the best students and faculty here for world-class education and cutting-edge oral health care—requires significant financial resources. Maintaining the incredible legacy established by those who came before us is vital to the future success of the school. Our mission of advancing health through education, service, research, and discovery cannot be achieved without the wide array of resources made available to our “leaders and best.”

Our alumni and friends have consistently provided amazing support over the years. The School of Dentistry is truly fortunate to have benefited from their steadfast support and wide range of financial gifts. We take seriously our responsibility to use our funding wisely. We thank those who continue to provide these gifts, and we encourage those who have contemplated support to identify an area with personal meaning: perhaps student scholarships, Blue Renew, or a fund honoring a favorite professor. We must never lose sight of our goal to maintain the highest standards of excellence.

Thank you, and Go Blue!

Jan Hu signature

Jan Hu, BDS, PhD
Interim Dean, School of Dentistry
Samuel D. Harris Collegiate Professor of Dentistry
Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics

We are pleased to report that the annual cycle of educating DDS, dental hygiene, and graduate students has mostly returned to its pre-pandemic normalcy, though more stringent infection-control measures remain a part of the landscape. Our incoming DDS and Dental Hygiene classes arrived this summer, bringing the usual impressive mix of smart and accomplished students from around Michigan and the country. During the students’ first days of orientation, the buzz in the Sim Lab as they examined and inventoried their drawers full of dental instruments was no doubt the same atmosphere of excitement remembered by our alumni from over
the decades.

Our vibrant research enterprise continues to advance oral health science, generating more than 200 papers, articles, and reviews in 2021 by faculty and graduate researchers in top academic journals around the world. Our annual Research Day last February, back to an in-person event after a pandemic pause, was the same lively and scientifically diverse poster presentation as in years past, dating to its Table Clinic origins that our alumni will remember from the 1960s and ’70s.

Even as many of those basics in the life of the school remain the same, our faculty and staff continue to answer the challenge of new needs in dental education, new discoveries in science, and new technology in the profession of dentistry. While our people are our most valuable resource, our physical facilities are a vital part of our success as well. The school took an important step into the future with the completion earlier this fall of our major, four-year Blue Renew renovation and addition. In September we celebrated the improvements, including:

  • bigger, more modern clinic spaces that are capable of adapting to developments in dental technology as well as the special needs of our diverse patient population from around Michigan;
  • a more welcoming patient experience, with a new main entrance next to the school parking structure, enhanced waiting areas, and more efficient access to the various clinics throughout the building;
  • new dental chairs, hand instruments, digital scanners, and other tools that are the latest advances for the profession; and
  • two new floors of research laboratories as part of a three-story addition built in the school’s former courtyard. The labs feature a modern, open configuration where multiple teams of researchers can work in the same space for improved interaction and innovation.

The new look and feel of the dental school, combined with the return to a more normal, pre-pandemic academic atmosphere, fuels us with optimism and energy as we move forward. Since 1875, this dental school has always been home to professionals with high standards, foresight, commitment, and integrity. Our ability to maintain those high standards—drawing the best students and faculty here for world-class education and cutting-edge oral health care—requires significant financial resources. Maintaining the incredible legacy established by those who came before us is vital to the future success of the school. Our mission of advancing health through education, service, research, and discovery cannot be achieved without the wide array of resources made available to our “leaders and best.”

Our alumni and friends have consistently provided amazing support over the years. The School of Dentistry is truly fortunate to have benefited from their steadfast support and wide range of financial gifts. We take seriously our responsibility to use our funding wisely. We thank those who continue to provide these gifts, and we encourage those who have contemplated support to identify an area with personal meaning: perhaps student scholarships, Blue Renew, or a fund honoring a favorite professor. We must never lose sight of our goal to maintain the highest standards of excellence.

Thank you, and Go Blue!

Jan Hu signature

Jan Hu, BDS, PhD
Interim Dean, School of Dentistry
Samuel D. Harris Collegiate Professor of Dentistry
Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics

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