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Dr. Leighton Wier Is 2014 Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Leighton Wier and Dr. Jerry P. Katz

The University of Texas School of Dentistry Alumni Association has chosen San Antonio general dentist Leighton A. Wier, DDS, of the Class of 1968 as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Wier accepted the award from the 2013 winner, Austin dentist Jerry P. Katz, DDS ’68, at the annual UTSD Alumni Round-Up Sept. 19 in the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center. READ MORE


NPR Interviews UTSD Alums Who Created New Toothbrush

MD Brush

The MD Brush has an unusual grip that automatically angles the brush head at 45 degrees. Photo by Meredith Rizzo/NPR.

Did you catch this recent story on NPR? Two of our alums, Pearland (Texas) residents Michael Davidson, RDH, Class of ’95, and Michael Smith, DDS, Class of ’93, created a better toothbrush and have been trying to bring it to market – an effort that’s taken them far from home. READ MORE


New Service Helps Alums with Practice, Career Issues

Visiting Professor S. Jerry Long, DDS (left) and Clinical Associate Professor Boyd Shepherd, DDS, JD, head up UTSD's new Professional Resource Center, helping new graduates and older alumni deal with business and legal aspects of practice. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

UTSD’s new Professional Resource Center is available free of charge to all UTSD students (dental or dental hygiene), residents and alumni who need career counseling, employment assistance or advice regarding the business and practical aspects of practice. READ MORE


Marble Mementos from Dental Branch Building Available



The pink marble-clad Dental Branch building where thousands of dental careers were launched will soon be history, but alumni, employees and students can now own a small piece of it. The former home of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston was acquired by UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and is slated for demolition, but a limited number of small keepsakes have been carved out of the marble exterior for the UTSD community. And by receiving a piece of the past, alumni and donors will help the school’s future by seeding the new UTSD Impact Fund. READ MORE



Career Services

The School of Dentistry maintains a list of employment opportunities for dentists and dental hygienists, including opportunities to join the UTSD faculty.


Coming Events

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Tri-School Alumni Reception

In connection with the ADA Annual Session Oct. 9-14 in San Antonio, the three dental schools in Texas are joining forces to host a “Tri-School Reception” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 at the Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico directly behind the San Antonio Convention Center. It will be a come-and-go event, catered by Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant, featuring light Mexican foods and a cash bar. Stop by to connect with old friends or make new ones.

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