North Texas Dentistry Volume 9 Issue 3 2019 ISSUE 3 DE - Page 5

Texas A&M College of Dentistry Teachers of the Year Wang, Vu awarded college’s top teaching honors F by Kathleen Green Pothier aculty members Dr. Qian Wang and Mary Vu recently received the 2019 Teacher of the Year awards, pre- sented annually by the Texas A&M College of Dentistry Alumni Association and selected by the college’s student body. Wang, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, was named Dental Teacher of the Year. Vu, a clinical assistant professor and clinic coor- dinator for the college’s Caruth School of Dental Hygiene, was named Dental Hygiene Teacher of the Year. Wang received a doctorate in physical anthropology from the Institute of Verte- brate Pale ontology and Paleoanthropol- ogy, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China. He did postdoctoral train- ing in human biology and evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in craniofacial bone biol ogy at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. After eight years on the faculty of Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia, Wang returned to Dallas, where he has served the dental school as course director of gross anatomy and graduate head and neck functional anatomy. He also has served as director of the gross anatomy laboratory and the anatomy course. He is a National Science Foundation research grant recipient, a widely pub- lished researcher and sought-after speaker. His research focus is on craniofacial func- tional morphology and the history of oral and bone health. Recently, Wang’s groundbreaking research recognized the negative impacts of long-term low testos- terone on oral health. Vu received a bachelor’s degree in bio- logical sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a subse quent bach- elor’s degree in dental hygiene at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Aspirations to teach led Vu to pursue her master’s degree in dental hygiene at Texas A&M College of Dentistry, and she’s now a doctoral candidate in educational psychol- ogy at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her research interests are in human cog- nition, adult learning and holistic wellness and its positive impact on academic, pro- fessional and personal success. Vu is a recent recipient of the Distin- guished Achievement Award from The Associa tion of Former Students of Texas A&M University. She believes students learn best from teachers who inspire them. Her goal is to encourage students to be the best health care professionals they can be while remaining compas sionate, honest and kind. Texas A&M College of Dentistry (formerly Baylor College of Dentistry) in Dallas is a part of Texas A&M University and Texas A&M Health Science Center. Founded in 1905, the College of Dentistry is a nationally recognized center for oral health sciences education, research, specialized patient care and continuing dental education. Learn more at or follow @TAMUdental. Kathleen Green Pothier is communications coor- dinator at Texas A&M College of Dentistry. She previously worked at Positively Proofed, where she wrote and edited content for corporate clients, pub- lications and motivational speakers. She also was a writer and editor at The Dallas Morning News, Houston Post and Beaumont Enterprise. Pothier has a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. | NORTH TEXAS DENTISTRY 5