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Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:37pm

Alan Levine, PhD

Alan Levine, PhD

Jerry Bouquot, DDS, chair of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, and Leslie Roeder, DDS, associate dean for academic affairs, announce the appointment of Associate Professor Alan Levine, PhD, as head of the Biomedical Sciences Division of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UT School of Dentistry. The appointment was effective Nov. 16.

Levine earned his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle and also holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Houston. He’s a 20-year employee of The UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). 

At UTSD, he is course director for “Dental Biochemistry” and co-director of the Health Educators Fellowship Program, a UTHealth faculty development program.

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 5:27pm

Dr. and Mrs. Fred Garrett (left) have created the first endowed chair in UTSD’s history. Pictured with them are Orthodontics Department Chair Jeryl English, DDS, MS (center), and Dean John A. Valenza, DDS.

Dr. and Mrs. Fred Garrett (left) have created the first endowed chair in UTSD’s history. Pictured with them are Orthodontics Department Chair Jeryl English, DDS, MS (center), and Dean John A. Valenza, DDS.

When Fred Garrett was growing up in Kansas in the 1940s, his schoolteacher parents worked hard to make a living in the public school system, setting an example that would shape his life.

Now 76, Fred Garrett, DDS, MS, is a board-certified orthodontist and clinical professor at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, where he and his wife, Dianne, have established the first endowed chair in the school’s 106-year history. 

Representing a $500,000 commitment, the Fred A. and Dianne F. Garrett Endowed Chair in Orthodontics is dedicated to Fred’s parents, Frank A. and Rosa Lee Garrett, “and all the other educators who, through their personal sacrifices, provided me with an education and the guidance to become a successful orthodontist,” Fred Garrett wrote into the documents establishing the gift.

When awarded, the funds will be used at the discretion of the department chair to enhance the Department of Orthodontics in ways not otherwise funded by UTSD, such as student travel to educational events, giving the department chair “a way to make everything run smoothly when times are down,” Garrett said. “It will help the chair maintain the quality you want to have.” 

Dental Hygiene Information Session

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm


Free information session for anyone interested in becoming a student in the Dental Hygiene Program at UT School of Dentistry.

Location: Room 4320, The University of Texas School of Dentistry, 7500 Cambridge St., Houston, TX 77054

Contact: Susan Lester

Susan.A.Lester@uth.tmc.edu

713-486-4084

SOD Employee End-of-Year Party

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 11:30am - 1:30pm


Annual celebration of the end of the academic year for UTSD employees. Sponsored by the UTSD Employee Relations Committee and The Dean's Office. Barbecue meal for first 250; door prizes will be awarded. Current UTHealth badge ID required.

Location: Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St., Houston, TX 77054

Contact: Rhonda Whitmeyer

Rhonda.Whitmeyer@uth.tmc.edu

713-486-4023

Scream-Out Ice Cream Party

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 11:30am - 1:00pm


Ice cream party for School of Dentistry employees and students, hosted by the Dean's Office in observance of July as National Ice Cream Month. UTHealth badge ID required.

Location: Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge, Houston, TX 77054

Contact: Rhonda Whitmeyer

Rhonda.Whitmeyer@uth.tmc.edu

713-486-4023

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 3:10pm

SMDEP mentor Mason Borth (left), stands ready to help as visiting college students try out UTHealth School of Dentistry’s Clinical Simulation Lab.

    Photo by Brian Schnupp. Additional photos are on Flickr.

The Summer Medical and Dental Education Program will wrap up this week at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry and Medical School, where 80 rising college juniors or sophomores have spent the last six weeks getting a first-hand look at health care professions.

Sixty pre-medical and 20 pre-dental students — all from minority groups, rural areas or economically disadvantaged backgrounds —are chosen to participate each year, with the goal of encouraging their interest in health professions. This year’s class includes 27 men and 53 women from 22 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. They were selected from 466 applicants.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 3:05pm

Elizabeth K. "Beth" Wilson

UTSD Director of Development Beth Wilson 

Elizabeth K. “Beth” Wilson, MS, is the new director of development for The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. She began the job June 23 and will report to Dean John A. Valenza, DDS.

Wilson was most recently employed as vice president of resource development for Bering Omega Community Services, and she has worked in nonprofit health care development for 25 years, with a resume that includes the American Heart Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Diabetes Association and Cancer Counseling, Inc.

A native of Florida, she grew up in northwest Houston and graduated from Jersey Village High School, where she and Associate Professor Boyd Shepherd, DDS, JD, were classmates. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a master’s degree in psychology, both from the University of Phoenix.

Faculty Retreat

Friday, June 27, 2014 - 7:00am - 3:30pm


Day two of the annual retreat for faculty of UT School of Dentistry. Dr. Charlene Dewey of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine will speak on "Professionalism and the Professional Health and Wellness of the Dentist: From Wellness to Impairment." Continental breakfast from 7-8 a.m. Lunch from 12-1 p.m.

Location: The Denton A. Cooley, MD, and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS, University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St., Houston, TX 77054

Contact: Rhonda Whitmeyer

Rhonda.Whitmeyer@uth.tmc.edu

713-486-4023

Faculty Retreat

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 7:00am - 4:30pm


Annual two-day event for faculty of UT School of Dentistry. The keynote speaker on Thursday will be Dr. John Williams, chair of the Commission on Dental Education (CODA). Dean's Excellence Awards will be presented during the lunch break.

Location: Denton A. Cooley, MD, and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St., Houston, TX 77054

Contact: Rhonda Whitmeyer

Rhonda.Whitmeyer@uth.tmc.edu

713-486-4023