The Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS Endowed Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Investiture

The Investiture of Dr. Tao Lowe as the Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS Endowed Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

The Investiture of Dr. Tao Lowe as the Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS Endowed Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery


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<strong>Investiture</strong> Ceremony<br />

Awarding<br />

Tao Lowe, PhD<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Frederick</strong> G. <strong>Smith</strong>, <strong>MS</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong>, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Venice</strong> K. <strong>Paterakis</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong>,<br />

<strong>Endowed</strong> <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong>ship<br />

February 2, 2022

In<br />

Tao Lowe, PhD<br />

Tao Lowe, PhD, is a pr<strong>of</strong>essor in the Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>Oral</strong><br />

<strong>and</strong> Maxill<strong>of</strong>acial <strong>Surgery</strong> at the University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong><br />

School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry (U<strong>MS</strong>OD) <strong>and</strong> the Fischell<br />

Department <strong>of</strong> Bioengineering in the A. James Clark<br />

School <strong>of</strong> Engineering at the University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong>,<br />

College Park. She is the inaugural recipient <strong>of</strong> the<br />

<strong>Frederick</strong> G. <strong>Smith</strong>, <strong>MS</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong>, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Venice</strong> K. <strong>Paterakis</strong>,<br />

<strong>DDS</strong>, <strong>Endowed</strong> <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong>ship — the first endowed<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essorship established at the School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry.<br />

In this role, Dr. Lowe leads translational research<br />

within U<strong>MS</strong>OD’s Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>Oral</strong> <strong>and</strong> Maxill<strong>of</strong>acial<br />

<strong>Surgery</strong> in addition to providing leadership in<br />

education, outreach, <strong>and</strong> service.<br />

Dr. Lowe previously was an associate pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> Pharmaceutical Sciences <strong>and</strong><br />

Biomedical Engineering at the University <strong>of</strong> Tennessee Health Science Center; associate<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> Pharmaceutical Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University; <strong>and</strong> assistant<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> <strong>Surgery</strong>, Bioengineering, <strong>and</strong> Materials Science <strong>and</strong> Engineering, <strong>and</strong><br />

co-director <strong>of</strong> the Integrated Graduate Degree Molecular Toxicology Program at<br />

Pennsylvania State University. She received her PhD eximia cum laude from the<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Helsinki, Finl<strong>and</strong>, <strong>and</strong> conducted two years <strong>of</strong> postdoctoral research<br />

in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University <strong>of</strong> Wisconsin-Madison.<br />

Dr. Lowe’s research interests include the design <strong>and</strong> development <strong>of</strong> novel,<br />

multifunctional biomaterials for targeted <strong>and</strong> sustained drug, gene, <strong>and</strong> stem cell<br />

delivery for tissue engineering <strong>and</strong> disease therapy. Her work has focused on<br />

nanotechnology for overcoming the biological barriers, sustained drug delivery<br />

approaches to treat diabetes; cancers; diseases in the eye, brain, ear, <strong>and</strong> face;<br />

COVID-19; <strong>and</strong> regeneration <strong>of</strong> bone, cartilage, <strong>and</strong> nerve. She has made unique <strong>and</strong><br />

significant contributions in advancing biomaterials for innovative translational<br />

research <strong>and</strong> education at the interface <strong>of</strong> materials, chemistry, physics, engineering,<br />

medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, clinical care, <strong>and</strong> business.<br />

<strong>The</strong> author <strong>of</strong> more than 250 scholarly articles <strong>and</strong> presentations, she holds eight<br />

<strong>and</strong> two pending U.S. <strong>and</strong> international patents. She has garnered more than $14<br />

million in research funding from the National Institutes <strong>of</strong> Health <strong>and</strong> other public<br />

<strong>and</strong> private agencies <strong>and</strong> foundations. Dr. Lowe has presented more than 90 invited<br />

talks around the world <strong>and</strong> is a frequent grant reviewer for government funding<br />

agencies in the U.S. <strong>and</strong> other countries. She also has served in leadership roles<br />

in pr<strong>of</strong>essional societies including the American Association <strong>of</strong> Pharmaceutical<br />

Scientists (AAPS), American Institute <strong>of</strong> Chemical Engineers, Society for<br />

Biomaterials, Controlled Release Society, <strong>and</strong> Association for Research in Vision<br />

<strong>and</strong> Ophthalmology. In her lab, she has trained more than 130 individuals who have<br />

become successful scientists, engineers, dentist-scientists, physician-scientists,<br />

pharmacists, <strong>and</strong> educators. Dr. Lowe has achieved numerous honors including<br />

as a recipient <strong>of</strong> an Early Career Award in Translational Research from the Coulter<br />

Foundation, member <strong>of</strong> the University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> ADVANCE Leadership Fellows<br />

Program, <strong>and</strong> fellow <strong>of</strong> the AAPS.

Welcome<br />

Janet Wiley<br />

Assistant Dean <strong>of</strong> Development<br />

Office <strong>of</strong> Development <strong>and</strong> Alumni Relations<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry<br />

Remarks<br />

Mark A. Reynolds, <strong>DDS</strong> ’86, PhD<br />

Dean <strong>and</strong> <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong><br />

University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry<br />

Speakers<br />

Curt I. Civin, MD<br />

Philip A. Zaffere Distinguished <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong> in Regenerative Medicine<br />

Associate Dean for Research<br />

Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Medicine<br />

John P. Fisher, PhD<br />

Fischell Family Distinguished <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong> <strong>and</strong> Chair<br />

Fischell Department <strong>of</strong> Bioengineering<br />

A. James Clark School <strong>of</strong> Engineering<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong>, College Park<br />

Robert A. Ord, <strong>DDS</strong>, MD, FRCS, FACS, <strong>MS</strong><br />

Chair <strong>and</strong> <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong><br />

Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>Oral</strong> <strong>and</strong> Maxill<strong>of</strong>acial <strong>Surgery</strong><br />

University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry<br />

Medallion Presentation<br />

Mark A. Reynolds, <strong>DDS</strong> ’86, PhD<br />

Remarks<br />

Tao Lowe, PhD<br />

<strong>Frederick</strong> G. <strong>Smith</strong>, <strong>MS</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong>, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Venice</strong> K. <strong>Paterakis</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong>, <strong>Endowed</strong> <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong><br />

University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry<br />

Fischell Department <strong>of</strong> Bioengineering<br />

A. James Clark School <strong>of</strong> Engineering<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong>, College Park<br />

Closing<br />

Janet Wiley

<strong>Frederick</strong> G. <strong>Smith</strong>, <strong>MS</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong> ’78, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Venice</strong> K. <strong>Paterakis</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong> ’81<br />

In<br />

Renowned philanthropists <strong>Frederick</strong> G. <strong>Smith</strong>, <strong>MS</strong>,<br />

<strong>DDS</strong> ’78, <strong>and</strong> <strong>Venice</strong> K. <strong>Paterakis</strong>, <strong>DDS</strong> ’81 have been<br />

committed for decades to working to improve the<br />

human condition <strong>and</strong> serve the public good.<br />

In 2015, the couple donated $1.5 million to establish the<br />

first endowed pr<strong>of</strong>essorship at the University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong><br />

School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry (U<strong>MS</strong>OD), where they met as dental<br />

students in the late 1970s. In doing so, their aim was to<br />

support U<strong>MS</strong>OD’s efforts to recruit a prominent faculty<br />

member who would pursue new areas <strong>of</strong> research <strong>and</strong><br />

innovative teaching methods.<br />

“I’m proud to be able to play a role in enhancing the quality <strong>of</strong> the education that<br />

will be provided to future students,” Dr. <strong>Smith</strong> said. “<strong>The</strong> goal is to attract someone<br />

who can be creative enough to establish a revenue stream for the School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry,<br />

primarily through research <strong>and</strong> discovery, <strong>and</strong> that those advancements would also<br />

help improve the oral <strong>and</strong> overall health <strong>of</strong> the general public.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> endowed pr<strong>of</strong>essorship is by no means the only educational venture that Drs.<br />

<strong>Smith</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Paterakis</strong> have supported. Recognizing that leadership qualities are necessary<br />

for future success, Dr. <strong>Smith</strong> in 1996 founded Gerstell Academy, a private school for<br />

children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade located near Westminster, Md. He is<br />

chairman <strong>of</strong> the Board <strong>of</strong> Trustees <strong>and</strong> president emeritus <strong>of</strong> the nonpr<strong>of</strong>it institution,<br />

which teaches a curriculum focused on leadership, college preparatory academics,<br />

physical training, <strong>and</strong> modern language fluency. Dr. <strong>Paterakis</strong>, too, devotes time to the<br />

academy, serving as vice president <strong>and</strong> secretary <strong>of</strong> the Board <strong>of</strong> Trustees.<br />

Dr. <strong>Smith</strong> also serves on the board <strong>of</strong> trustees <strong>of</strong> the University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> Baltimore<br />

Foundation, Inc., among other groups, <strong>and</strong> Dr. <strong>Paterakis</strong> has been active with the<br />

Maryl<strong>and</strong> Ronald McDonald House <strong>and</strong> supports many other charitable organizations<br />

such as Yumi Cares <strong>and</strong> Horizon Day Camps.<br />

Both Drs. <strong>Smith</strong> <strong>and</strong> <strong>Paterakis</strong>, who in 2018 received honorary Doctor <strong>of</strong> Public Service<br />

degrees from the University <strong>of</strong> Baltimore, Maryl<strong>and</strong>, are members <strong>of</strong> prominent<br />

Baltimore families <strong>and</strong> can point to accomplishments in many other endeavors —<br />

including business <strong>and</strong> dentistry.<br />

Dr. <strong>Smith</strong> is vice president <strong>and</strong> director <strong>of</strong> Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group,<br />

a diversified media company <strong>and</strong> leading provider <strong>of</strong> local sports <strong>and</strong> news that owns<br />

operates <strong>and</strong>/or provides services to 185 television stations in 86 markets; owns multiple<br />

national networks; <strong>and</strong> has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks.<br />

Dr. <strong>Smith</strong> practiced oral <strong>and</strong> maxill<strong>of</strong>acial surgery in Hunt Valley for more than a<br />

decade before joining his family’s media business. Dr. <strong>Paterakis</strong>, who practiced<br />

dentistry in the Fells Point/Harbor East area <strong>of</strong> the city for 33 years, is one <strong>of</strong> six<br />

children in a family that rose to prominence in Baltimore through its H&S Bakery<br />

business <strong>and</strong> more recently has been involved in the development <strong>of</strong> Harbor East.<br />

Noting that she was honored to enhance education at the university, Dr. <strong>Paterakis</strong><br />

said, “Philanthropy <strong>and</strong> service to the community were values instilled in me at a<br />

very young age.”

<strong>The</strong> Tradition <strong>of</strong> <strong>Endowed</strong> <strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong>ships<br />

<strong>The</strong> first endowed pr<strong>of</strong>essorships were established more than 500 years ago with the<br />

creation <strong>of</strong> the Lady Margaret chairs in divinity at Oxford <strong>and</strong> Cambridge universities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> original endowed chairs were sponsored in 1502 by Lady Margaret, countess <strong>of</strong><br />

Richmond <strong>and</strong> gr<strong>and</strong>mother <strong>of</strong> Henry VIII. Subsequently, individuals began making<br />

financial contributions to establish other endowed pr<strong>of</strong>essorships <strong>and</strong> chairs such as<br />

the Lucasian Chair <strong>of</strong> Mathematics, which Sir Isaac Newton held beginning in 1669.<br />

<strong>Pr<strong>of</strong>essor</strong> Stephen Hawking, the internationally renowned physicist <strong>and</strong> recipient <strong>of</strong><br />

the 2010 U.S. Medal <strong>of</strong> Freedom, was another prominent holder <strong>of</strong> the endowed chair.<br />

<strong>The</strong> honor associated with appointment to an endowed position has remained<br />

unchanged for the last 500 years <strong>and</strong> is recognized as one <strong>of</strong> the highest tributes<br />

that an academic institution can bestow upon its most distinguished faculty.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se endowed pr<strong>of</strong>essorships <strong>and</strong> chairs continue to reward exceptional scholars<br />

uninterrupted to the present time.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Office <strong>of</strong> Development is charged with securing private gifts to ensure that<br />

the University <strong>of</strong> Maryl<strong>and</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry’s tradition <strong>of</strong> excellence is sustained<br />

through robust research, patient care, <strong>and</strong> educational programs <strong>and</strong> initiatives.<br />

<strong>The</strong> School <strong>of</strong> Dentistry is deeply grateful to its dedicated alumni <strong>and</strong> friends for<br />

their generous support <strong>of</strong> its endowed chairs.

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