References & Articles

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Professional and Research Journal Articles

  • Belenky, M.M., Rucker, L.M. and Kawamura, Y. “Application of Numeric Terms and Performance Simulation in Dentistry”, J. Int. Coll. of Dent. 17(1):103-116, 1986.
  • Boyd, M.A. and Rucker, L.M. “Effects of Immediate Introduction of Indirect Vision on Performance and Posture”, J. Dent. Educ. 51(2):98-101, 1987.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Performance Simulation: The Method”, J. Res. in Educ. ED4:276-350, 1987.
  • Rucker, L.M., Foster, S. and Belenky, M.M. “A Three-Digit Label Set for Specifying Points on the Hand”,. Dent. Educ. 51(4):195-197, 1987.
  • Rucker, L.M., Gibson, G. and McGregor, C. “Getting the ‘Feel’ of It: The Non-Visual Component of Psychomotor Control in Dentistry”, CDA Journal 56(10):937-941, 1990.
  • Ito, Y., Rucker, L.M. and Takehana, S. “Application of Balance Index Standards”, Aichi-Gakuin Dental Sci. 4(1):65-74, 1991.
  • Nakamura, K., Ito, Y., Fujii, Y., Tsukamoto, N., Takehana, S. and Rucker, L.M. “Posture in Crown and Bridge Work. Part 1: Posture, Subjective Fatigue and Technical Assessment During Preparation for a Full Veneer Crown”, J. Jap. Assoc. Dent. Ed. 8(2):196-200, 1993.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Ergonomics as a Buzzword”, ADVANCE Journal (for Directors in Rehabilitation) 3(7): August 16-18, 1994.
  • Rucker, L.M., Beattie, C., McGregor, C., Sunell, S. and Ito, Y. “Declination Angle and Its Role in Selecting Surgical Telescopes”, JADA 130(7):1096-1100, 1999. (www.jada.info/cgi/reprint/130/7/1096)
  • Rucker, L.M., Beattie, C., McGregor, C., Sunell, S. and Ito, Y. “Declination Angle: A Key Factor in Selection of a Surgical Telescope”, Dental Abstracts 44(6):254-255, November/December 1999.
  • Belenky, M. and Rucker, L.M. “The Infinity of Opportunity: Breaking Barriers to Technological Change in Dentistry”, J. Am. Coll. Dent. 67(2):23-25, 2000.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Technology Meets Ergonomics in the Dental Clinic: New Toys for Old Games?”, J. Am. Coll. Dent. 67(2):26-29, 2000.
  • Rucker, L.M. and Sunell, S. “Ergonomic Risk Factors Associated with Clinical Dentistry”, J. Calif. Dent. Assoc. 30(2):139-148, 2002. (www.cda.org/…/ergonomic.html)
  • Sunell, S. and Rucker, L.M. “Ergonomic Risk Factors Associated with Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice”, Probe 37(4):159-166, 2003.
  • Sunell, S. and Rucker, L.M. “Boost Your Optic Acumen: The right surgical magnification system can support your musculoskeletal health and improve treatment outcomes”, Dimensions of Dental Hygiene 2(1):14-20, 2004.
  • Sunell, S. and Rucker, L.M. “Surgical Magnification in Dental Hygiene Practice”, Int. J. Dent. Hygiene 2:26-35, 2004.
    (www.ingentaconnect.com/…/art00005)
  • Sunell, S. and Rucker. L.M. “Selecting Surgical Telescopes for Dental Hygiene Practice”, Can. J. Dent. Hyg. 39(2):54-66, 2005.
  • Rucker, L.M., Sunell, S. and Parsa, C. “Ergonomics for Electrology: Benefits and Guidelines for Proper Selection of Surgical Magnification for Clinicians”, Journal of Electrology 20(1):9-19, 2005.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Dentistry — A Show of Hands, Please!”, J. Am. Coll. Dent. 74(3):4-10, 2007.

Other Publications

  • Rucker, L.M. “Taking It to the Max: How the Patient’s Maxilla Controls the Clinician’s Body Posture”, Am. Stud. Dent. Assoc. News 30(5):3, 2000.
  • Rucker, L.M., Beattie, C., McGregor, C., Sunell, S. and Ito, Y. “Declinacion para los telescopos clinicos”, Dental Abstracts en Español 36(4):221-222, 2000.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Let There Be Light — But Where Should It Be?”, Bulletin of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. 14:13, 1996.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Let There Be Light — But Where Should It Be?”, Newsletter of the Open Learning Agency Dental Assisting Program, February 1996.
  • Rucker, L.M. “The Off-Handed Complement: When Left-Handed and Right-Handed Dental Personnel Work Together”, Bulletin of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. 15:10, 1996.
  • Rucker, L.M. “The UBC Faculty of Dentistry on the World Wide Web”, Good Impressions: The Newsletter of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry 9:1, Winter 1997.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Removing the ‘Pre’ From ‘Preclinical’: Learning Clinical Simulation Skills In the Clinic”, International Union of Schools of Oral Health 12(12):9-13, December 1998.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Let There Be Light”, Dental Hygiene Notes 3:4, November/December 1999.
  • Rucker, L.M. “The Practice of Dentistry Can Be A Real Pain (Now We Know It Doesn’t Have To Be So)”, Good Impressions: The Newsletter of the UBC Faculty of Dentistry 27:6-7, Summer 2001.
  • Rucker, L.M. “High-Risk and Low-Risk Ergonomics: Postural and Positional Profiles for Dentists”, International Union of Schools of Oral Health Newsletter 14, 2002.
  • Rucker, L.M. “High-Risk and Low-Risk Ergonomics: Do you work for your equipment or does your equipment work for you?”, Doctor of Dentistry Magazine 3:24, 2002.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Ergonomic Risks and Clinical Dentistry: A profession of pain…”, Doctor of Dentistry Magazine 4:32, 2003.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Ergonomic Risks and Clinical Dentistry: Neutralizing the risk factors . . .”, Doctor of Dentistry Magazine 5:38, 2003.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Transfer of Web-Based Ergonomics Health Promotion Knowledge into the Clinical Workplace”, Newsletter of the BC-Yukon Region of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists, Spring:1-2, 2004.

Book Chapters

  • Rucker, L.M. “Surgical Magnification: Posture Maker or Posture Breaker?”, In Ergonomics and the Dental Care Worker, Murphy, D.C., Ed., Chapter 8, APHA, pp. 191-216, 1998.
  • Rucker, L.M. and Boyd, M.A. “Optimizing Dental Operatory Working Environments”, In Ergonomics and the Dental Care Worker, Murphy, D.C., Ed., Chapter 12, APHA, pp. 301-318, 1998.

Workers’ Compensation Research Reports

  • Rucker, L.M. and Sunell, S. “Musculoskeletal Health Status in B.C. Dentists and Dental Hygienists: Evaluating the Preventive Impact of Surgical Ergonomics Training and Surgical Magnification”, Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, 258 pp., November 2000.
    (www.worksafebc.com/…/abt_97fs_28.asp)
  • Rucker, L.M. and Sunell, S. “Ergonomics Health Promotion for B.C. Dental Offices”, Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, 211 pp., September 2006.
    (www.worksafebc.com/…/res_60_10_310.asp)

Internet (On-Line) Publications

Multimedia Learning Materials

  • Rucker, L.M. and McGregor, C. “Performance Logic and Performance Simulation: A Decade of Progress”, video production, University of British Columbia, 10:36 minutes, 1993.
  • Rucker, L.M., Ed. “Surgical Magnification Web Site: Surgical Telescope Evaluation Program”, http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/Personnel/rucker/step/index.html, 43 pp., 1997.
  • Rucker, L.M. DENT 420.3 WebCT course, 1999-date.
  • Rucker, L.M. “Looking to the Future – The Integrated Dental Clinic”, video production (casting, organizational group contributor), University of British Columbia, 8 minutes, March 2001.

Innovations / Inventions / Designs

  • Rucker, L.M. Inventor and co-developer (with Dr. D. Beach) of the Handpiece Pen, manufactured by the J. Morita Corporation of Japan and used in many universities throughout the world for the teaching of surgical handpiece (psychomotor) skills in dentistry, 1984.
  • Rucker, L.M., Belenky, M.M, and Beach, D. Performance Set Specification format (1986), End-Product Precision Evaluation format (1986), and Performance Postural Evaluation format (1987), used in teaching, research, and evaluation of ergonomic issues in clinical dentistry.
  • Rucker, L.M., Inventor and designer of declination angle measurement device (manufactured by Designs For Vision) for surgical telescopes, 1990.
  • Rucker, L.M., Inventor, designer, and developer of ergonomic computer keyboard (manufactured both by ErgoLogic and by Key Tronic Corporation [Spokane]) for reducing computer operator exposure to high-risk repetitive strain injuries, 1994. (www.emailbattles.com/2006/04/24/other_aadehidhca_ia/)
  • Rucker, L.M., Inventor and designer of ergonomic computer pointing device (the ErgoBall Pointer) for reducing computer operator exposure to high-risk repetitive strain injuries, 1994.
  • Rucker, L.M., Inventor and designer of glide-bar simulation articulation device (manufactured by A-DEC [Austin Dental Equipment Corporation]) an optimal ergonomics patient simulator for attaching clinical simulation mannequins to dental operatory equipment, 1997.
  • Rucker, L.M., Inventor and designer of portable declination angle measurement device (manufactured by GSC SurgiTel) for surgical telescopes, 1998.
  • Rucker, L.M., Developer and coordinator of various aspects of clinical simulation performance in university dental clinics, including the following teaching software and computer hardware:
  • Developer of hybrid numeric terminology for teaching psychomotor (clinical) skills, 1986-1989.
  • Developer of clinical simulation in an actual dental clinic setting, 1996.
  • Developer of integrated psychomotor Problem Based Learning formats for clinical education, 1999.
  • Rucker, L.M., Inventor and designer of STAR, a Surgical Telescope-based Augmented Reality hands-free, heads-up computer-based clinical input/output device (currently in development by Ubiquity Systems Inc.), 1999.

Published Abstracts

  • Boyd, M.A. and Rucker, L.M. “Learning Indirect Vision Skills”, J. Dent. Educ. 49(1):52, 1985.
  • Rucker, L.M., Richter, W. and Beattie, C. “Fine Visual Acuity and the Performance Simulation Setting”, J. Dent. Educ. 49(1):86, 1985.
  • Rucker, L.M., Belenky, M.M. and Foster, S. “Handpoint Specification Using a Logical Three-Digit Label Set”, J. Dent. Educ. 50(1):45-46, 1986.
  • Rucker, L.M. and Belenky, M.M. “Performance Simulation Training and Its Application to Preclinical Education: Logic and Methodology”, J. Dent. Educ. 50(1):21, 1986.
  • Rucker, L.M., Beattie, C., McGregor, C. and Ito, Y. “Use of Surgical Telescopes Throughout Clinical Simulation and Clinical Education”, J. Dent. Educ. (55)1:31, 1991.
  • Rucker, L.M. and Ito, Y. “Peak Performance Training Methods for Preclinical Psychomotor Dental Education”, J. Dent. Educ. 55(1):58, Abstract #15, 1991.
  • Rucker, L.M., Gibson, G. and McGregor, C. “The Non-visual Component of Dimensional Accuracy During Operative Tooth Preparation”, J. Dent. Educ. 55(1):96, Abstract #76, 1991.
  • Rucker, L.M., McGregor, C., Woo, G. and Leong, Y.-M. “Effects of Low-Magnification Surgical Telescopes on Preclinical Operative Dental Performance”, J. Dent. Educ. 56(1):34, Abstract #12, 1992.
  • Rucker, L.M., McGregor, C. and Bradey, B. “Imagery Training in Preclinical Psychomotor Dental Education: A Two-Year Update”, J. Dent. Educ. 56(1):39, Abstract #31, 1992.
  • Burton, J.F. and Rucker, L.M. “The Use of Magnification Devices in Dentistry: A Survey of Dental Practitioners”, International Association for Dental Research Asia-Pacific Region Divisional Meeting, Singapore, 1993.
  • Rucker, L.M. and McGregor, C. “Performance Logic and Performance Simulation: A Decade of Progress”, J. Dent. Educ. 57(2):97, 1993.
  • Rucker, L.M. and McGregor, C. “Surgical Magnification in Clinical Simulation: Enhanced Visual Control of Performance”, J. Dent. Educ. 60(2):122, 1996.
  • Ito, Y., Takeichi, T, and Rucker, L.M. “Neuroendocrine Responses During the Application of Occlusal Appliances”, J. Dent. Res. 80(Special Issue):147, Abstract #889, 2001.
  • Rucker, L.M. “The Ergonomics of Stomatology: Profiles of High-Risk Clinical Practices and How to Avoid Them”, Stomatological Advances of the XXI Century, National Conference of the Polish Dental Society, Poznań, Poland, Abstract VI, April 6, 2001.
  • Catherall, J., Luu, P., Rucker, L.M. and Chehroudi, B. “Application of 3-Dimensional Imaging and Virtual Reality in Teaching and Learning Restorative Dentistry”, J. Dent. Ed. 66(2):259, 2002.
  • Lau, P., Catherall, J., Pau, C., Rucker, L.M., Coil, J. and Chehroudi, B. “Teaching and Learning Anatomy and Restorative Dentistry using Virtual Reality and Three-Dimensional Imaging”, J. Dent. Ed. 67(2):179, 2003.
  • Gardner, K.M. and Rucker, L.M. “Clinical Simulation: Ahead of the Game”, J. Dent. Ed. 69(1):110, 2005.
  • Jamal, R., Pau, C., Coil, J., Rucker, L.M., Hodgson, A., & Chehroudi, B. “Application of computer animation, optoelectronic limb segment tracking, and virtual reality in teaching and learning dental ergonomics.” J. Dent. Ed.. 68 (2), 212, 2006.
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