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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

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Investiture Ceremony

Awarding

Tao Lowe, PhD

The Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS,

Endowed Professorship

February 2, 2022


In

Tao Lowe, PhD

Tao Lowe, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Oral

and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Maryland

School of Dentistry (UMSOD) and the Fischell

Department of Bioengineering in the A. James Clark

School of Engineering at the University of Maryland,

College Park. She is the inaugural recipient of the

Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS, and Venice K. Paterakis,

DDS, Endowed Professorship — the first endowed

professorship established at the School of Dentistry.

In this role, Dr. Lowe leads translational research

within UMSOD’s Department of Oral and Maxillofacial

Surgery in addition to providing leadership in

education, outreach, and service.

Dr. Lowe previously was an associate professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and

Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; associate

professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University; and assistant

professor of Surgery, Bioengineering, and Materials Science and Engineering, and

co-director of the Integrated Graduate Degree Molecular Toxicology Program at

Pennsylvania State University. She received her PhD eximia cum laude from the

University of Helsinki, Finland, and conducted two years of postdoctoral research

in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Lowe’s research interests include the design and development of novel,

multifunctional biomaterials for targeted and sustained drug, gene, and stem cell

delivery for tissue engineering and disease therapy. Her work has focused on

nanotechnology for overcoming the biological barriers, sustained drug delivery

approaches to treat diabetes; cancers; diseases in the eye, brain, ear, and face;

COVID-19; and regeneration of bone, cartilage, and nerve. She has made unique and

significant contributions in advancing biomaterials for innovative translational

research and education at the interface of materials, chemistry, physics, engineering,

medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, clinical care, and business.

The author of more than 250 scholarly articles and presentations, she holds eight

and two pending U.S. and international patents. She has garnered more than $14

million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other public

and private agencies and foundations. Dr. Lowe has presented more than 90 invited

talks around the world and is a frequent grant reviewer for government funding

agencies in the U.S. and other countries. She also has served in leadership roles

in professional societies including the American Association of Pharmaceutical

Scientists (AAPS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society for

Biomaterials, Controlled Release Society, and Association for Research in Vision

and Ophthalmology. In her lab, she has trained more than 130 individuals who have

become successful scientists, engineers, dentist-scientists, physician-scientists,

pharmacists, and educators. Dr. Lowe has achieved numerous honors including

as a recipient of an Early Career Award in Translational Research from the Coulter

Foundation, member of the University of Maryland ADVANCE Leadership Fellows

Program, and fellow of the AAPS.


Welcome

Janet Wiley

Assistant Dean of Development

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Remarks

Mark A. Reynolds, DDS ’86, PhD

Dean and Professor

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Speakers

Curt I. Civin, MD

Philip A. Zaffere Distinguished Professor in Regenerative Medicine

Associate Dean for Research

Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine

John P. Fisher, PhD

Fischell Family Distinguished Professor and Chair

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

A. James Clark School of Engineering

University of Maryland, College Park

Robert A. Ord, DDS, MD, FRCS, FACS, MS

Chair and Professor

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Medallion Presentation

Mark A. Reynolds, DDS ’86, PhD

Remarks

Tao Lowe, PhD

Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS, Endowed Professor

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

Fischell Department of Bioengineering

A. James Clark School of Engineering

University of Maryland, College Park

Closing

Janet Wiley


Frederick G. Smith, MS, DDS ’78, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS ’81

In

Renowned philanthropists Frederick G. Smith, MS,

DDS ’78, and Venice K. Paterakis, DDS ’81 have been

committed for decades to working to improve the

human condition and serve the public good.

In 2015, the couple donated $1.5 million to establish the

first endowed professorship at the University of Maryland

School of Dentistry (UMSOD), where they met as dental

students in the late 1970s. In doing so, their aim was to

support UMSOD’s efforts to recruit a prominent faculty

member who would pursue new areas of research and

innovative teaching methods.

“I’m proud to be able to play a role in enhancing the quality of the education that

will be provided to future students,” Dr. Smith said. “The goal is to attract someone

who can be creative enough to establish a revenue stream for the School of Dentistry,

primarily through research and discovery, and that those advancements would also

help improve the oral and overall health of the general public.”

The endowed professorship is by no means the only educational venture that Drs.

Smith and Paterakis have supported. Recognizing that leadership qualities are necessary

for future success, Dr. Smith in 1996 founded Gerstell Academy, a private school for

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

chairman of the Board of Trustees and president emeritus of the nonprofit institution,

which teaches a curriculum focused on leadership, college preparatory academics,

physical training, and modern language fluency. Dr. Paterakis, too, devotes time to the

academy, serving as vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Smith also serves on the board of trustees of the University of Maryland Baltimore

Foundation, Inc., among other groups, and Dr. Paterakis has been active with the

Maryland Ronald McDonald House and supports many other charitable organizations

such as Yumi Cares and Horizon Day Camps.

Both Drs. Smith and Paterakis, who in 2018 received honorary Doctor of Public Service

degrees from the University of Baltimore, Maryland, are members of prominent

Baltimore families and can point to accomplishments in many other endeavors —

including business and dentistry.

Dr. Smith is vice president and director of Baltimore-based Sinclair Broadcast Group,

a diversified media company and leading provider of local sports and news that owns

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

national networks; and has TV stations affiliated with all the major broadcast networks.

Dr. Smith practiced oral and maxillofacial surgery in Hunt Valley for more than a

decade before joining his family’s media business. Dr. Paterakis, who practiced

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

children in a family that rose to prominence in Baltimore through its H&S Bakery

business and more recently has been involved in the development of Harbor East.

Noting that she was honored to enhance education at the university, Dr. Paterakis

said, “Philanthropy and service to the community were values instilled in me at a

very young age.”


The Tradition of Endowed Professorships

The first endowed professorships were established more than 500 years ago with the

creation of the Lady Margaret chairs in divinity at Oxford and Cambridge universities.

The original endowed chairs were sponsored in 1502 by Lady Margaret, countess of

Richmond and grandmother of Henry VIII. Subsequently, individuals began making

financial contributions to establish other endowed professorships and chairs such as

the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics, which Sir Isaac Newton held beginning in 1669.

Professor Stephen Hawking, the internationally renowned physicist and recipient of

the 2010 U.S. Medal of Freedom, was another prominent holder of the endowed chair.

The honor associated with appointment to an endowed position has remained

unchanged for the last 500 years and is recognized as one of the highest tributes

that an academic institution can bestow upon its most distinguished faculty.

These endowed professorships and chairs continue to reward exceptional scholars

uninterrupted to the present time.

The Office of Development is charged with securing private gifts to ensure that

the University of Maryland School of Dentistry’s tradition of excellence is sustained

through robust research, patient care, and educational programs and initiatives.

The School of Dentistry is deeply grateful to its dedicated alumni and friends for

their generous support of its endowed chairs.

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