Perio scores high
the postgraduate students in periodontology scored in the top 15 of the 480 students who took a national in-service exam in periodontics.
1 Commencement 2009: more than new dentists the 2009 School of Den- tal Medicine commencement ceremony, held May 9 in the UB Center for the Arts, was unusual because in addition to the graduation and hooding of the 86-member DDS Class of 2009, five PhDs were awarded, with the recipients participat- ing in the exercises. in addi- tion, 22 master’s degrees were conferred. (All graduates are listed on Pages 8-9.)
Peter P. Capone, ’89, hoods Jordan Glenn,’09
Scot Faulkner, a leadership consultant, author, speaker, blogger and activist, delivered the commencement address. He urged graduates to focus on the promise of their new careers during this era of moral and ethical failings. Despite corporate bankrupt- cies, subsequent government handouts, and professional athletes’ fall from grace, he pointed to many role models in business and in life who create positive personal repu-
tation banks—relationship “transactions” that are mo- tivated by personal conviction instead of financial gain and
that help build trust with colleagues, friends or, in the case of the new dentist, patients.
in a tradition that does not age, several graduates were hooded by fam- ily members or
other significant people in their lives: Peter P. Capone, ’89, hooded Jordan Glenn (Capone was Glenn’s high school wrestling coach). Wil- liam J. Swirsky, ’64, hooded son Michael B. Swirsky. Jill Smolarek, ’06, hooded sister Elizabeth Wierchowski. Gary
May, ’75, hooded son Bryan
May. John r. French, ’58,
hooded niece leah M. Colucci. And Edmund t. Zysik, Ortho, ’66, and David A. Zysik, Ortho, ’86, hooded grandson/son Jonathan r. Zysik.
Also at the commencement ceremonies, robert J. Buhite received the 2009 Charles S. lipani Award recognizing out- standing contribution to the school; Fadi Ayoub received the William M. Feagans Award as educator of the year; and Anne E. Meyer received the Society for the Advancement of Dental resarch Award.
2 Eisner wins UB entrepreneur award in 1993, John Eisner, associate professor emeritus of dentistry at UB, was asked by former dean louis Gold- berg to develop software to streamline the admissions process at the dental school, where he was associate dean.
the assignment led to the formation of Academic Man- agement Systems (AMS), an academic software company with more than $2 million in sales. located in UB’s tech- nology incubator, AMS has ex- panded its space three times
and doubled in size. it now has approximately 20 employees.
At UB’S annual Business Partners Day, June 4, Eis- ner was presented with this year’s UB Faculty Entrepreneur Award.
“John Eisner is a unique person who has both the technical and management skills necessary to bring to market a useful innovation to benefit society,” says robert J. Genco, who, in addition to his faculty position in oral biology, is vice provost and director of the university’s Office of Science, technology transfer and Economic Out- reach. “He had a vision to pro- duce software products with broad application, as well as specific goals and the persis- tence to make it a commercial success.” EiSNEr
Eisner started his career as a professor of community dentistry, but began taking on administrative roles, espe- cially in information technol- ogy, at Dalhousie University in Canada, and at UB, starting in 1989.
in 1995, AMS sold three copies of AdMit through a nonprofit organization that was run through the UB Foundation; the following year, it sold six. After that, Eisner said, “sales went through the roof.” in 2001, AMS moved into UB technology incubator space and Eisner became its vice president.