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Carl T. Hanks
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Carl T. Hanks, D.D.S., Ph.D., professor of dentistry in the School of Dentistry and associate professor of pathology in the Medical School, retired from active faculty status on June 30, 2004.

Dr. Hanks received his B.S. degree from Phillips University in 1961, his D.D.S. degree from Washington University in 1964, and his Ph.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1970. Dr. Hanks joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor of dentistry and an instructor of pathology in 1970. He was promoted to associate professor of dentistry in 1974 and professor in 1979 and to assistant professor of pathology in 1976 and professor in 1978. From 1992-94 he served as director of research and graduate studies for the School of Dentistry.

Dr. Hanks' recent research focused on the biocompatibility of synthetic materials with living tissue, and his work also includes a project to archive rare and interesting biopsy cases from the 1940s to the present for use in teaching dental students and training future pathologists. He co-developed a "living textbook" program for a digital laboratory for dental students, and he published four book chapters and over 80 scientific articles.

Dr. Hanks was director of the oral pathology biopsy service and served on many School of Dentistry and University committees. He is a member of the American Dental Association subcommittee on biological evaluation of dental materials, the U.S. Technical Advisory Committee for the International Standards Organization, the International and American Associations for Dental Research, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a consultant to the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Dental Association and served as a reviewer for various professional journals.

The Regents salute this distinguished health sciences educator by naming Carl T. Hanks professor emeritus of dentistry and associate professor emeritus of pathology.