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Winner of The Alla J. Wheeler Award is Revealed

Rachael Devorah Straus, BS, a May graduate of New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry’s Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene, is the recipient of the seventh annual Alla J. Wheeler Ethics and Professionalism Award.

Rachael Devorah Straus, BS

Rachael Devorah Straus, BS, a May graduate of New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry’s Associate in Applied Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene, is the recipient of the seventh annual Alla J. Wheeler Ethics and Professionalism Award. Straus was also inducted into the Sigma Phi Alpha Honor Society, which is open to students who graduate in the top 10% of their class. Dedicated to high standards, she served as chair of the Council on Ethics and Professionalism and worked as an ethical educator at the university.

Straus noted, “I am so honored to have been chosen for this award. It’s such an incredible feeling when you’ve completed your degree and then are surprised with an award! My professor told me a little bit about Ms. Wheeler and what a wonderful woman she was. I am so excited to be able to honor her and keep her memory alive.”

Sponsored by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, this award is presented to a graduating dental hygiene student who has demonstrated high levels of professionalism and ethics. This peer-nominated award commemorates Alla J. Wheeler, RDH, MPA, a clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene at NYU and a Dimensions’ Peer Review Panel member and contributor, who passed away from cancer in June 2010.


From Dimensions of Dental HygieneJune 2018;16(6):17.

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