Students and residents of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston presented research posters at the 2014 Student Table Clinic Presentations March 7 at the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center. Nearly 40 projects were evaluated by judges from the Houston chapter of the American Association for Dental Research and from the School of Dentistry. First-place winners include dental student Alex Burger, sponsored by Jacqueline Hecht, PhD, and Shea Posey, PhD; dental hygiene students Kellie Frnka, Sheree Hasson and Leticia Villarreal, sponsored by Harold Henson, RDH, MEd; and endodontics resident Mamatha Yadlapati, DDS, sponsored by Ariadne Letra, DDS, PhD and Renato Silva, DDS, PhD. See additional photos in the Table Clinic Photo Album. A complete list of winners, posters, presenters and sponsors follows:
Donations and walkers are needed for the annual March of Dimes® March for Babies, a 5-mile walk set for Sunday, April 27 at the University of Houston, 2400 Calhoun. Sign-in begins at 8 before the walk begins at 9 a.m. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has teamed up with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hermann for this event. At the School of Dentistry, Senior Support Specialist Tracy Robinson in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences is a team captain and invites others to sign up for Team UTHealth-School of Dentistry at the March of Dimes website.
Final tallies for the combined Texas Mission of Mercy and Give Kids a Smile events at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry in February show that 1,292 patients received free dental care worth an estimated $840,000, thanks to more than 700 volunteers and 35 sponsors. More photos are available in our TMOM/GKAS Album. The School of Dentistry and the Greater Houston Dental Society are 10-year partners in hosting Give Kids a Smile — an annual day of free dental care for children from low-income families. Inviting the Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation to conduct a Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) at the same time and venue meant that this year, adults could also get free care.
Volunteers from the Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston participated in the WATCH Health Fair at Sugar Land Town Center March 1. An estimated 3,000 people attended the event. Under the supervision of faculty sponsor June Sadowsky, DDS, MPH, Alpha Omega students performed oral screenings and gave brief oral hygiene instructions for 116 adult and pediatric patients. More than 20 children received fluoride varnish treatment.
Donations are being collected now for the 16th Annual Silent Auction benefitting TAWD, the Texas Association of Women Dentists. The event will be held Thursday, March 13 outside the Fullerton Classroom (4310) at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Past donations have included gift cards, gift baskets, paintings, jewelry, services, etc., but organizers say the options are endless.This year, the auction proceeds will benefit both TAWD and the Mina Rosenthal-Eames Fund, which was created in memory of a UT School of Dentistry student who was a victim of domestic violence. The fund provides means for women and children who have been victims of domestic abuse to receive needed dental care they might not be able to get otherwise.
Students at The University of Texas School of Dentistry are supporting a growing national effort to stop use of the “R-word.” Wednesday, March 5 is national “Spread the Word to End the Word Day,” and the students will set up a table outside the Fullerton Classroom (4310) to share information about ways you can help. “We’d love for you to stop by our table and take the pledge to end the use of this hurtful word,” said Jenni Griffith, president of the DDS Class of 2016. “The table will be set up all day, and there will be people there during lunch time to answer any questions you may have.”The effort gained local momentum when MHMRA, the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, recently announced that it will change its name this year to exclude what has become a derogatory term. The agency has hired a brand consulting firm but also seeks the public’s help.
Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, hosted a reception Thursday evening for more than 30 new faculty members and two key staffers of The University of Texas School of Dentistry to welcome them to the school and help them get to know each other. The event was co-sponsored by the UTSD Alumni AssociationTo see more photos, visit our New Faculty Reception Album. The reception honored the following new employees: