ASDA’s community is made of over 20,000 dental students as well as the faculty and administrators who make your learning experience meaningful. Each month, ASDA will highlight dental students and faculty from ASDA chapters across the United States.
If you would like us to feature you or a student or faculty member at your chapter, please contact Erin Kato, member relations specialist.
Name: Devin Daniels
Hometown: St. George, UT
Graduation year: 2017
Position held at chapter: Co-delegate
Plans after graduation: Try out this dating thing I’ve been hearing so much about and maybe do a little crime fighting on the side.
Favorite ASDA benefit:I can save hundreds by switching my car insurance to GEICO (was that convincing enough? Can I get that check now?)
Last good book you read: “Freakonomics" by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Mac or PC? PC
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: “Photograph” by Nickelback... Oh wait, I was looking at Jordan and Latecia’s iPod. My mistake!
Personal possession that you can’t live without: That’d be the Internet. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t get my daily fix of hilarious cat videos.
Unique hobby or interest: I can play a pretty mean Jigglypuff in Super Smash Bros Melee
Name: Jim Burns
Position held at dental school: Chairman, Oral Diagnostic Sciences & Associate Dean, Clinical Dental Education, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dental school you graduated from: Virginia Commonwealth University
Dental specialty: Oral Pathology
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? The influence of some wonderful undergraduate and dental school faculty lead me to a most pleasant career in academic dentistry.
How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA benefits our students in a number of ways but the most important to me is the ASDA mentorship program as well as exposure to organized dentistry. Both of these can pay off for decades after a student’s graduation.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Continue on a daily basis to learn something interesting so as to stay fresh and engaged.
Last good book you read: "Killing Lincoln" by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Unique hobby or interest: Bone and tarpon fishing
Name: Jenna Weldon Pascoli
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Graduation year: 2016
Position held at chapter: President, First Delegate
Plans after graduation: Travel through Europe for a month and then work off my debt!
Favorite ASDA benefit:ASDA News keeps me current on dental hot topics.
Last good book you read: “Brain on Fire" by Susannah Cahalan
Mac or PC? Mac
Most embarrassing song on your iPod: “Shoes” by Kelly
Personal possession that you can’t live without: My mouth guard to combat all of my dental school stress-induced bruxing!
Unique hobby or interest: Interior Decorating
Name: Laurie McCauley
Position held at dental school: Professor and Dean, University of Michigan
Dental school you graduated from: The Ohio State University
Dental specialty: Periodontics
What made you pursue a career in dentistry? I enjoyed working in my father’s dental practice growing up and appreciated linking my interest in understanding the biology of disease with the ability to improve health outcomes in patients.
How does ASDA benefit your students? ASDA is a great way to introduce dental students to organized dentistry as well as to provide a venue for the unique issues that face students.
Words of wisdom for future dentists: Focus on excellence and leadership in all you do, be inclusive, and treat others with compassion.
Last good book you read: "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown
Unique hobby or interest: Rowing – (sweep and sculling)