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Collection Vertical File Photos
Catalog Number VF25
Object Name Print, Photographic
Description Samuel Rosen (1923 - 2006) served as corporal (1943-1946) in the Army Air Corps in Guam. He received a B.A. (1948) in biology from Brooklyn College, an M.S. (1949) in microbiology from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. (1953) in microbiology from Michigan State University.

Rosen worked at Pyridian Corporation (1949-1950) in Yonkers, NY, before becoming assistant professor of microbiology (1952-1961) at MSU. He moved to Ohio State and became associate professor (1961-1962) and professor (1962-1996). Concurrently, Rosen held consultancies at several organizations: Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH (1962-2006); Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, OH (1962-2006); and the National Institute for Dental Research in Bethesda, MD (1975, 1979). He served on OSU's Graduate Council (1969-1973) and on its Institutional Laboratory Animal Care Committee (1980-2006) of which he was chairman (1985-1990). At the College of Dentistry he served as chairman of the Research Committee (1976-1980) and as chairman (1982) of its Promotion and Tenure Committee (1978-1982). He also held a number of other memberships in committees of the College of Dentistry, including the Steering Committee (1980-1981), the Ad Hoc Committee for Accreditation and University Review (1980-1990), the Library Committee (1977-1981), the Research Committee in the Division of Dental Hygiene (1983-1990), and the Infection Control Committee (1988-1995).

Confident in the abilities of students, Rosen founded the Student Research Group at OSU and began a science competition between students at OSU and their counterparts at the University of Michigan. In 1995 Rosen incorporated Infection Control Services, a company that monitors the sterilization practices of dentists and that trains dental assistants in complying with the regulations of the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Rosen received the Career Development Award (1967-1972) from the National Institutes of Health, the Student Development Award (1990) from the Student Research Group, and the Achievement Award (1992) from the Ohio Dental Association. Rosen joined The Ohio Academy of Science in 1962, was elevated to Fellow in 1967, and became an Emeritus member in 2005.

A recipient of NIH grants, Rosen studied the role of heredity in tooth decay and the action of fluoride in preventing tooth decay. The author or coauthor of 161 abstracts and 113 articles and book chapters, Rosen published in the fields of microbiology and dentistry. Several articles concern the development of tooth decay in rats, his laboratory animal of choice. Others detail the role of chewing tobacco in tooth decay and of tea in preventing it. The Smokeless Tobacco Research Council funded Rosen's research with grants of $270,000 between 1985 and 1988 and of $315,000 between 1989 and 1992.

Rosen was a member of the International Association for Dental Research, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Michigan Academy of Science, and Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He was chairman of the American Association for Dental Research's Columbus Section of the Microbiology and Immunology Group, a member of the Association for Gnotobiotics' Board of Directors, a secretary and president of ICSABER Society at OSU, secretary and president of the American Association of Dental Schools' Microbiology Section, and secretary and president of the Society for Infection Control in Dentistry. A member of Sigma Xi between 1952 and 2006, Rosen was secretary (1985-2006) of the OSU Chapter and councilor (1992-2006).
Title Samuel Rosen (1923 - 2006)

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