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Under the White Coat

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.

Member Spotlight  Devin Daniels

Name: Devin Daniels

Hometown: St. George, UT

Chapter: Utah

E-mail: Devin.daniels@hsc.utah.edu 

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


Faculty Spotlight James Burns

Name: Jim Burns

Position held at dental school: Chairman, Oral Diagnostic Sciences & Associate Dean, Clinical Dental Education, Virginia Commonwealth University

E-mail: jcburns@vcu.edu  

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


Member Spotlight  Jenna Weldon Pascoli

Name: Jenna Weldon Pascoli

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Chapter: LECOM

E-mail: Jenna.weldon@dmd.lecom.edu 

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


Faculty Spotlight Laurie McCauley

Name: Laurie McCauley

Position held at dental school: Professor and Dean, University of Michigan

E-mail: mccauley@umich.edu  

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)

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