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Future Dentist Presented With Miles D. McCarthy Award

Biological Science Grad Manny Gluckman Accepted to UCLA School of Dentistry

May 14, 2014

David D. Bowman, right, interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, congratulates Emanuel "Manny" Gluckman for his academic achievements at the college's recent awards reception. Photo: Greg Andersen

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Future dentist Emanuel "Manny" Gluckman called it an honor to receive one of Cal State Fullerton's top student awards named for the late Miles D. McCarthy, founding chair of the Biological Science Department and former professor of biology.

Gluckman, who earned his bachelor of science in biological science-cell and developmental biology in January, is the 2014 recipient of the Miles D. McCarthy Health Professions Undergraduate Award.

McCarthy began advising prehealth professions students in 1959, and today, the accolade is awarded for scholastic achievement, community service and to a student who has been accepted into a health professional school. In September, Gluckman will begin classes at the UCLA School of Dentistry.

"If at the end of my career, I have made even a tiny fraction of the impact on dentistry that Dr. McCarthy made at CSUF, then I can retire with a sense of fulfillment," said Gluckman. "For now, I'm just extremely grateful for the award and all of the opportunities I have been given through the Health Professions Advising Office."

McCarthy's widow, Martha, presented Gluckman with the award at the recent College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics annual awards reception.

Gluckman, who graduated summa cum laude with a 3.97 GPA, also will be recognized at the May 16 Honors Convocation and will participate in commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 17.

He lauded his professors' mentorship and guidance in helping him to achieve acceptance into dental school.

"I received invaluable advice from both the Health Professions Advising Office and biology faculty members, and I was afforded the opportunity to become very involved in things that I was passionate about while on campus," he said.

Gluckman served as dental chair of the Student Health Professions Association and was a peer leader in biology for the University's Supplemental Instruction Program. Sean E. Walker and Merri L. Casem, both professors of biological science, mentored him for the peer-led program.

He also spent a year working in the microbiology research lab of Esther Chen, associate professor of biological science, who made sure he stayed focused and showed him "how important attention to detail is for success."

"Manny is conscientious, enthusiastic and diligent and has excellent attention to detail," added Chen. "I've never met another student as passionate about dentistry as Manny. I'm sure he'll become a great dentist and make a positive difference in patients' lives."

Gluckman also acknowledged Christina A. Goode, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and director of the Health Professions Advising Office, for "working tirelessly" to advise him and ensure that he did all that he could to be the best possible dental school applicant.

He looks forward to a career as dentist, which unites his passion for science, technology and helping others — and is grateful for the opportunities he had as an undergraduate.

"Together, these professors all shaped my experience at CSUF, and I owe a great deal of my success to their hard work and guidance."

Media Contact: Debra Cano Ramos

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