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Star of the South Table Clinic Awards: A Good Day for UTSD

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UTSD restorative dentistry and prosthodontics resident Shweta Tawde, BDS, (center) won the Edward J. Cooksey Award at the 2013 Star of the South Dental Meeting. From left are Dr. Stephen Laman, Greater Houston Dental Society President Dean Hutto, DDS; Shweta Tawde; Star of the South Meeting Chairman Greg Condrey, DDS, MS; and Table Clinic Co-Chair Mai Tram Nguyen, DDS. Photo courtesy of Greater Houston Dental Society. 

Students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston won most of the table clinic presentation awards at the 2013 Star of the South Dental Meeting, including the Edward J. Cooksey Award, the competition’s top honor.

The annual gathering, sponsored by the Greater Houston Dental Society, was held March 7-9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The Cooksey award – given for overall excellence in scientific table clinic presentation – went to Shweta Tawde, BDS, for her presentation “Digital Complete Dentures.” Tawde is a resident in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics.  Other winners include the following:  Read more

 

'BikeCuspiDDS' Is UTSD's Newest Student Club

Dental student Brittni Wait rides a bike to school daily.

Like many of her fellow students, Brittni Wait bikes to school daily. A new student club, BikeCuspiDDS, has been formed at UTSD. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

The newest student club at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has nothing to do with dentistry, but the crammed bicycle racks outside the school suggest this new group for cycling enthusiasts could find a large audience.

“BikeCuspiDDS,” a play on the name for premolar teeth, was started by a trio of third-year dental students who only recently took up cycling, yet are eager to get other UTSD bicycle riders – regardless of skill level – involved in group activities.

Randi Mellon, Duyen Ho and Totatzi Lopez hatched the idea for a new club after deciding to participate in this year’s MS 150, an annual charity bicycle ride for multiple sclerosis. They bought road bicycles, helmets and other riding gear and started training with weekly rides at George Bush Park or along bayou bike trails. Read more

 

UTSD Student Takes Military Oath

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Ray Koeppen, DDS, now chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, leads first-year dental student Greg Chaffin in the military oath of office.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Ray Koeppen, DDS, now chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, leads first-year dental student Greg Chaffin in the military oath of office.

Greg Chaffin, a first-year dental student at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, has been sworn into the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant.  Retired Air Force Col. Raymond Koeppen, DDS, chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Prosthodontics, administered the oath earlier this month.

Chaffin, a Cypress native, earned an undergraduate degree in international business from the University of Texas in Austin. After completing dental school, he will serve at least three years as an Air Force dentist. Read more

 

Late Dr. Housholder Remembered as Educator, Scientist

Glenn T. Housholder, PhD

Glenn Housholder, PhD

Professor Emerita Glenn Tholen Housholder, PhD, a longtime faculty member at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, died Feb. 26, 2013. She will be remembered by her colleagues and students as "a compassionate and caring individual, an excellent and exacting teacher and a good friend," said one of those colleagues, retired Professor Emerita Peggy O’Neill, PhD, DDS, who had these words to share about her friend:

“Glenn was a very private person, more a listener than a talker, with a great sense of humor and a genuine interest in people. She was always very calm and steady and created that atmosphere for others. Glenn was married to Dwight E. 'Gene' Housholder, and outside of their careers, the two of them enjoyed collecting Hollywood films – the projector type – from before the days of videotape. Read more

 

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