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New Development Officer to Work with Young Alumni

Elizabeth Ashmore

Elizabeth Ashmore is UTSD’s new assistant director of development.

Elizabeth Ashmore has joined The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston as assistant director of development, a newly created position.  She will help cultivate and expand the school’s base of philanthropic support, working to engage younger alumni while also strengthening relationships with the school’s current supporters.

She began her job May 1 and works in the Office of Development & Communications, reporting to John Greer, executive director of development.

A native of Arlington, Ashmore holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from UT-Austin. She was most recently employed with the American Cancer Society in Fort Worth, where she recruited, trained and guided hundreds of volunteers for Relay for Life events, successfully achieving an aggressive fundraising goal to further the society’s mission. The job also introduced her to many different types of fundraising and development — experience that directly relates to her role at UTSD. Read more

 

UTSD Endodontists Shine at AAE Annual Session

Dr. Ariadne Letra

Dr. Silva

Dr. Goodman

Dr. Letra

Dr. Silva

Dr. Goodman

Endodontists from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston made an impressive showing at the recent American Association of Endodontists annual session. Two faculty members presented a symposium; a resident won third place in a research contest; and five others showcased projects and table clinics.

At the AAE gathering in Honolulu, UTSD Associate Professors Ariadne Letra, DDS, PhD, MS and Renato Silva, DDS, PhD, MS – together with a collaborator from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil – were invited to give a symposium titled, “What’s Going on Beyond the Apex? Understanding the Molecular Aspects of Inflammation-Induced Apical Tissue Destruction.”  Read more

 

UTSD to Debut New Research Space – Next Door

The UT Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building

The UT Shuttle stops in the circle drive between the BBS and School of Dentistry, making for easy transportation to the Center for Craniofacial Research's Open House on May 14.

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston will unveil its newest, state-of-the art laboratory and research space at an “Open House” from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 on the fourth floor of the UT Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building (BBSB) at 1941 East Road, adjacent to the School of Dentistry. Refreshments will be served.

The BBSB is already home to faculty members and researchers from UTSD’s Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences. Now it will also host the offices and laboratories of UTSD’s Center for Craniofacial Research, a new research cluster in the works since the School of Dentistry moved into UT Research Park last year. Read more

 

New Staffers in Technology Services & Informatics

Safdar "Sid" Khoja

Brittany Bock

Khoja

Bock

Safdar “Sid” Khoja has joined the Office of Technology Services & Informatics at The University of Texas School of Dentistry as a systems and applications specialist. He is the department’s newest employee since Brittany Bock joined the staff in October, also as a systems and applications specialist.

Khoja earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT-San Antonio; Bock earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. Both she and Khoja earned certificates in health information technology from UT-Austin in 2012 and have experience with various electronic health record programs, including AllScripts, eClinicalWorks, eMDs, Greenway and Nextgen. Read more

 

Volunteers Raise Money to Help Save Canine Lives

Fourth-year dental students Bien Dang (left) and Thienkim Pham (right) volunteered at the Spring Fling Dog Wash, a fundraiser for Project Rusty.

Fourth-year dental students Bien Dang (left) and Thienkim Pham (right) volunteered at the Spring Fling Dog Wash, a fundraiser for Project Rusty.

More than 30 University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston faculty members, residents and student volunteers participated in the recent 2013 Spring Fling Dog Wash Fundraiser to benefit Project Rusty, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing abandonment and needless euthanasia of dogs.

When the day was over, 45 dogs had been washed and photographed, and a total of $2,200 had been raised.

The money will help increase awareness of the importance of canine behavior management and rehabilitation in decreasing the homeless dog population in Houston. Read more

 

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