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Col. Shelley to Speak at May 23 Graduation

U.S. Army Col. Johnette J. Shelley, DDS ’81, will be the keynote speaker at the School of Dentistry’s graduation convocation Friday, May 23 at Cullen Performance Hall.

U.S. Army Col. Johnette J. Shelley, DDS ’81, will be  the  keynote speaker at the School of Dentistry’s graduation convocation Friday, May 23 at Cullen Performance Hall.

Col. Johnette J. Shelley, DDS, director of health and wellness for the U.S. Army Dental Command at Fort Sam Houston, will be the keynote speaker for The University of Texas School of Dentistry’s graduation convocation ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, May 23 in Cullen Performance Hall on the University of Houston main campus. 

Shelley and Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, both graduated in the Class of 1981. Read more

 

Endodontics Team in National Spotlight at AAE Meeting

Endodontics residents Valerie Okehie (left) and Mamatha Yadlapati won awards for research presentations at the recent American Association of Endodontists meeting in Washington, D.C.

Endodontics residents Valerie Okehie (left) and Mamatha Yadlapati won awards for research presentations at the recent American Association of Endodontists meeting in Washington, D.C.

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston was well represented at the American Association of Endodontists meeting in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, with 16 people presenting either lectures, poster research presentations, or oral research presentations.

Two UTSD residents were honored for their research presentations:  Dr. Valerie Okehie won $1,000 for her oral research presentation, “Methylation levels as a potential biomarker in the development of periapical lesions,” and Dr. Mamatha Yadlapati won $1,000 for her poster presentation, “Mesenchymal stem cells in the periapical environment: Evidence from human and experimental periapical lesions.” Read more

 

UTSD's Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Stars at Health Fairs

Volunteers staffing the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at Easter ThrillFest were (standing, from left):  Margo Melchor, RDH; students Holly Ketterer, Sarah Pollitt, Jenna Lovett, Sarah McCullough, Dr. Kathy Ko, Technical Services Manager Jonathan Green; dental student Cleona Oliver and Dr. Rebeca Weisleder. Kneeling are students Kimberly Paz and Angela Wan.

Volunteers staffing the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at Easter ThrillFest were (standing, from left):  Margo Melchor, RDH; students Holly Ketterer, Sarah Pollitt, Jenna Lovett, Sarah McCullough, Dr. Kathy Ko, Technical Services Manager Jonathan Green; dental student Cleona Oliver and Dr. Rebeca Weisleder. Kneeling are students Kimberly Paz and Angela Wan.

The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, staffed with students and faculty from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, was a highlight of two Houston-area health fairs this spring. The school operates the dental van in partnership with Ronald McDonald Charities of Greater Galveston/Houston, Inc.  

More than 50 children got dental screenings and oral hygiene instructions at the Children’s Festival on March 29 in downtown Houston, as did more than 100 children at Easter ThrillFest April l19 at MacGregor Park.  Parents were given dental resources and educational materials.  Read more

 

SOD Faculty Gifts near $4,000; Deadline Extended

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The deadline to contribute to the 2014 Faculty Campaign for Students at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has been extended through May 31. The gifts are used to fund scholarships for students.

So far, 11 of the School of Dentistry’s 207 faculty members have given a total of $3,999 — a 5 percent participation rate. By comparison, other UTHealth schools’ contributions so far are as follows: Read more

 

Group Learning Initiative Tackles Toughest Courses

Associate Professor Ryan Quock, DDS (left) and second-year dental students Mary Glasheen and Gregory Luk hope to organize another Group Learning Initiative for the Class of 2018.

Associate Professor Ryan Quock, DDS (left) and second-year dental students Mary Glasheen and Gregory Luk hope to organize another Group Learning Initiative for the Class of 2018. 

Two high-credit-value courses required of first-year students at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston are notoriously challenging:   Biomedical Science Core (DENF 1510) in the fall, and Human Biology (DENS 1513).

That’s why those courses were chosen as subject matter for a “Group Learning Initiative” (GLI) led by second-year dental students Mary Glasheen and Gregory Luk, in partnership with Associate Professor Ryan Quock, DDS.  Read more

 

Three UTSD Students Named Schweitzer Fellows

Nicholas Ayoade

Alejandro Barrera

Brittany Gillard

Ayoade

Barrera

Gillard

Three University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston students are among 13 graduate students selected to be in the 2014-15 class of Houston-Galveston Albert Schweitzer Fellows. 

Nicholas Ayoade, Alejandro Barrera and Brittany Gillard will spend the next year developing and implementing service projects that address the root causes of health disparities in under-resourced communities, while also fulfilling their academic responsibilities.

In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, MD, for whom the Fellowship is named. Each project is implemented in collaboration with a community-based health and/or social service organization.  For Barrerra and Gillard, that will be Bering Omega Community Services, while Ayoade plans to work with Ruby L. Thompson Elementary School in Houston.  Read more

 

Dr. Adibi Earns American Academy of Oral Medicine Fellowship

Shawn Adibi, DDS, MEd

Dr. Adibi

Shawn S. Adibi, DDS, MEd, of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Oral Medicine. Adibi is an associate professor in the Department of General Dentistry and Dental Public Health and sees patients in the school’s faculty practice, UT Dentists.

To earn the credential, Adibi completed a comprehensive training program in Advanced and Comprehensive Program on Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky, focusing on temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and orofacial pain management. He passed a fellowship exam after meeting the academy’s requirements as a member for at least two years.  Read more

 

Dental Student Wins SIC’s Prestigious Burks Award

UTHealth Student InterCouncil representatives Austin Ledingham and Margie Sutton (center) won the 2014 Thomas F. Burks Awards for Outstanding Leadership and Service.  Also pictured is SIC Vice President Natoya Peart.

UTHealth Student InterCouncil representatives Austin Ledingham and Margie Sutton (center) won the 2014 Thomas F. Burks Awards for Outstanding Leadership and Service.  Also pictured is SIC Vice President Natoya Peart.

Fourth-year dental student Austin Ledingham has been honored with a 2014 Thomas F. Burks Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service. The award was one of two Burks Awards presented by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Student InterCouncil “in recognition of outstanding volunteer and service achievements UTHealth."  The other award went to Margie N. Sutton of UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Ledingham is the School of Dentistry’s representative on the council.

The Student InterCouncil is the UTHealth student governance organization and is the recognized forum of student opinion and the primary vehicle for student participation in governing the university. The organization is comprised of representatives from each of the six schools and from underrepresented student and international student constituencies. Read more

 

Houston Represented at HDA’s First Regional Student Conference

A contingent from UT School of Dentistry at Houston traveled to the HDA Regional Dental Student Conference in San Antonio.  Pictured from left are Francisco Nieves, Anale Dovalina, Wajiha Khan, Rubi Perez, Jose Gonzalez, Lourdes Tavarez, Paola Salazar, Nemesio Rodriguez, Ruby Salinas, Patricia Lopez, Diana Carrillo, Diana Reyes, faculty advisor Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd; Natalie Carrizales and Jeanette Salazar.

A contingent from UT School of Dentistry at Houston traveled to the HDA Regional Dental Student Conference in San Antonio.  From left are Francisco Nieves, Anale Dovalina, Wajiha Khan, Rubi Perez, Jose Gonzalez, Lourdes Tavarez, Paola Salazar, Nemesio Rodriguez, Ruby Salinas, Patricia Lopez, Diana Carrillo, Diana Reyes, faculty advisor Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd; Natalie Carrizales and Jeanette Salazar.

Students and faculty from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston got up before dawn to travel together to San Antonio for the first Hispanic Dental Association Regional Dental Student Conference. The March 29 event was hosted by UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School.

The event was free to all attendees and made possible by the Hispanic Dental Association, in partnership with Crest Oral-B. The HDA even sponsored the round-trip shuttle that picked Houston members up at 5 a.m. to arrive in San Antonio by 8:30 a.m. After a full day of events that ended with a closing reception sponsored by the San Antonio Hispanic Professional Chapter, the shuttle brought them back to Houston that evening.  Read more

 

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