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AAP Foundation Announces New Mellonig Award

This year, the AAP Foundation received a transformational $250,000 gift from Dr. Jo Rummelhart. Dr. Rummelhart is a longtime friend of the Foundation. Through her generosity, the AAP Foundation is proud to announce that in 2015, we will begin awarding the Dr. James T. Mellonig Regeneration Research Award. This $10,000 award is to honor the life, accomplishments and passions of Dr. James T. Mellonig.

Dr. Jo Rummelhart served on the AAP Foundation Advisory Council from 1993-1998, is active in the AAP, receiving an AAP Special Citation in 1993, and is a veteran of the US Navy and alumna of the Naval Dental School Bethesda, studying under Dr. Jim Mellonig. Dr. Rummelhart was the US Navy's first female periodontist and served 10 years of active duty. She maintained a private practice in Madison, WI for 18 years, has taught at a local hospital for the past 17 years, and upon her retirement from private practice 6 years ago, joined the adjunct faculty at the
University of Iowa.

Through her generosity, the AAP Foundation is proud to announce that in 2015, we will begin awarding the Dr. James T. Mellonig Regeneration Research Award. This $10,000 award is to honor the life, accomplishments and passions of Dr. James T. Mellonig. It recognizes excellence in original research by a recent resident in the specialty of periodontics that advances the
clinical therapies in periodontal regeneration. It is also to honor and recognize the extraordinary research contributions by the NAVAL DENTAL SCHOOL BETHESDA periodontal residents and faculty with their distinguished history of advancing clinical regenerative therapy. Applicants for the $10,000 award must be second or third year periodontal residents in US accredited programs or recent graduates having received their certificate in periodontics within the past three years. Applicants also must have completed original research and produced a manuscript that potentially advances clinical therapies in periodontal regeneration. The manuscript must be accepted for publication if not yet published.

Applicants must be members of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and be citizens of the United States who intend to pursue careers in periodontics in the United States, either in private practice, academia, or industry.

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Congratulations to Satish Kumar, DDS, MDSc, 2013 Educator Scholar and 2014 AAPF Fellow to the ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions, who recently accepted a full-time faculty role as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Preventive Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.