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Wenyuan Shi

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"We always want to make sure that our research environment promotes diversity and equity. In my scientific career, I’ve had a lab for over 25 years and have had the opportunity to interact with many scientists, and among them, many minorities. I’ve very proud to have had the opportunity to work with them, mentor them, and see them move up to become very successful scientists. Being the CEO of the Forsyth Institute, we strongly promote minority students and find them to be critical in our overall success."

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-   Wenyuan Shi, Forsyth Institute, Cambridge, Mass.

Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers

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"Those who will be successful at increasing diversity will have to be willing to reimagine policies. Reimagining policies means that you arrive at the understanding that diversity is not a thing we do just because it is morally right or socially just, but we do it because it has been irrefutably proven to be the key to achieving academic excellence on individual and institutional levels."

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-   Sylvia A. Frazier-Bowers, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Adams School of Dentistry.

April 2021 – Susana J. Calderon

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Susana J. Calderon is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Illinois State University, Mennonite College of Nursing, Normal. Calderon is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a M.S. in nursing from Millikin University, Decatur, Ill. and a Ph.D. in nursing from Illinois State University. She conducted her post-doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research on children's oral health — mainly using early behavioral intervention using social media and dietary to reduce the risk for dental caries and obesity.

Calderon is recognized for her research focused on factors influencing children's oral health behavior and overall health to prevent systematic inflammation and chronic diseases. She has been the principal investigator of extramural funding research projects and the corresponding author for the research projects' publications. Calderon is part of the inaugural class (2020-21) of the AADR Mind of the Future. Within Illinois State University, Calderon has been recognized with the University Research Initiative award (2021),  MCN Early Career Research Award (2020) and nationally in the AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar Johnson & Johnson (2012).

Calderon serves as a journal and grant reviewer in the fields of nursing and dentistry. She is an active member of several national and international organizations and enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

American Association for Dental Research Statement Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

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April 5, 2021, Alexandria, Va., USA — The American Association of Dental Research (AADR) continues to be saddened by the divisiveness in modern society. As a research association with an inclusive yet diverse membership, we stand against all forms of discrimination, harassment and violence. The recent tragic events in Atlanta, Ga. and the increase in hate crimes against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States over the past year, remind us that our country needs to take decisive steps to address racism and xenophobia.


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