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Open House Showcases New Center for Craniofacial Research

Dr. Jackie Hecht (right) chats with visitors at the Open House for the Center for Craniofacial Research.

Associate Dean for Research Jacqueline Hecht, PhD, (far right) chats with Dr. Dharini  van der Hoeven and Dr. Yasmine Haddad at the Center for Craniofacial Research's Open House May 14. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

At an open house this week, The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston unveiled its newest state-of-the-art laboratory facilities inside the UT Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Building adjacent to the School of Dentistry. The buildings are connected on four levels.

The BBS fourth floor will house UTSD’s Center for Craniofacial Research, and during the open house, guests got a peek at the area’s cutting-edge research space and equipment. Read more

 

Student-Chosen Teaching Awards Honor 3 at UTSD

Dr. Yasmine Haddad

Dr. Debra Stewart

Harold Henson, RDH

Haddad

Stewart

Henson

Two faculty newcomers – Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD, and Debra Stewart, DDS – along with popular faculty veteran Harold Henson, RDH, MEd, have won teaching awards at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.  

Haddad is the winner of the John Freeman Award for Outstanding Non-Clinical Teaching, chosen by first- and second-year dental students. Stewart won the John P. McGovern Award for Outstanding Teaching, selected by third- and fourth-year dental students.  And dental hygiene students have chosen Henson as winner of the Lorna J. Bruning Award for Clinical Teaching Excellence. 

They were among 10 faculty members were nominated for teaching awards this year. The other nominees were Dr. Stephen Laman, Dr. Art Jeske, Dr. Amity Gardner, Dr. Long-Duc Tran, Dr. Ted Pate, Dr. Dedra Davis-Wallace and Dr. Cameron Jeter. Henson was the only nominee for the dental hygiene award. Read more

 

UTSD, Lifeprint Team Up for Child Safety

Dental hygiene students (from left) Violeta Ayer, Ami Sanchez and Veronica Cordon teach Maddison Palencia, 4, of Houston about foods that stick to teeth.

Dental hygiene students (from left) Violeta Ayer, Ami Sanchez and Veronica Cordon teach Maddison Palencia, 4, of Houston about foods that stick to teeth. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

Houston-area children are a little safer this week after UT School of Dentistry and Lifeprint Next Generation teamed up May 11 to provide free dental screenings and oral hygiene information, plus the children’s palm and fingerprints saved on CDs for their parents to keep.  Students from UT School of Nursing also volunteered to do blood pressure screenings for both children and adults.

UTSD Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd, thanked approximately 30 volunteers for their help, noting that while the turnout was lower than expected, the children and parents really appreciated the services provided.  Read more

 

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