Seminars in Dental Sciences


The Seminars in Dental Sciences are held bimonthly on Wednesdays between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. The Series features talks by Faculty, PhD Candidates, External and Internal guests, all presenting on a variety of topics. Everyone is welcome to attend, for details on a specific seminar see our events calendar or follow the links below. You may also contact with any questions or for more information. 

Training the Future Dentist in the Social Determinants of Health

Speaker: Dr. Tamanna Tiwari, BDS, MDS, MPH

Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2023 

Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Bio: Dr. Tamanna Tiwari is a dentist and an assistant professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health and Associate Director, Center for Oral Disease Prevention and Population Health Research at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado. She obtained a master’s degree in public health in global health leadership from New York University. Dr. Tiwari’s research areas are oral health disparities, community-based participatory research, and behavioral research, and oral health policy. Dr. Tiwari is funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and state and national foundations to conduct research to reduce oral health inequalities. Dr. Tiwari was awarded the 2020 IADR centennial emerging research leaders award for the North American region.

Upcoming 2023 Seminar Dates: 

  • May 10, 2023: Speaker and Topic TBA


Past Seminars: 

Ins and Outs of Open Access Publishing

Speaker: Courtney Waugh, Assistant Librarian, Research and Scholarly Communication

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2023 

Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Location: MSB 190

Description: Publishing scholarly work is a key expectation for researchers. In this session, you’ll learn how to identify journals that would be suitable, high quality open access venues for your work, and how to avoid publishing with predatory journals. The session will also include a discussion of publishing fees and where to find low and no-cost options to paying these fees.

The Smile Gap: A History of Oral Health and Social Inequality

Speaker: Catherine Carstairs, B.A., Dip. Ed., M.A., PhD

Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023 

Time: 12:30-1:30pm

Location: DSB 1002 

Abstract: As recently as fifty years ago most people expected to lose their teeth as they aged. Today, many Canadians enjoy straight, white teeth and far more of them are keeping their teeth for the entirety of their lives. Yet these advances have not reached everyone. The Smile Gap examines the enormous improvements that have taken place over the past century. The use of fluorides, emphasis on tooth brushing, the rise of cosmetic dentistry, and better access to dental care have had a profound effect on the oral health and beauty of Canadians. Yet while the introduction of employer-provided dental insurance in the 1970s has allowed for regular visits to the dentist for many people, a significant number of Canadians still lack access to good oral health care.