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UTSD Professor Among UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award Winners

Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd

Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd

Ten faculty members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) – including Professor Donna Warren-Morris, RDH, MEd of the School of Dentistry – received UT System Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Awards (ROTA) this week in Austin.

The awards are the highest honor bestowed by the Regents and recognize faculty members at UT System institutions who have demonstrated dedication to innovation and advancing excellence. Each winner will receive a $25,000 award and be showcased on UT System’s ROTA website.

In addition to Warren-Morris, among the 38 overall who received awards were nine other UTHealth faculty members: Wenyaw Chan, PhD; Samer Fakhri, MD, FACS, FRCS(C); Steven J. Norris, PhD; Philip R. Orlander, MD; Bela Patel, MD; Gary C. Rosenfeld, PhD; Cathy Leffel Rozmus, PhD, RN; Susan Tortolero, PhD; and Margaret Uthman, MD.
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Academy of General Dentistry's 2013 Humanitarian Award Goes to UTSD Alumnus

Terry Dickinson, DDS

Terry Dickinson, DDS

The Academy of General Dentistry has awarded its 2013 Humanitarian Award to Richmond, Va. resident Terry Dickinson, DDS — a 1967 graduate of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. The award was presented during the AGD’s 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits in June.

The AGD Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual who contributes voluntary service and consistent commitment, enhancing the image of general dentistry through delivery of quality dental care and civic leadership. Only 15 of the AGD’s 38,000 members have received this honor since the award’s inception in 1982. Read more

Orthodontics Department Celebrates Dr. Garrett’s 50 Years in Practice

Department of Orthodontics Chair Jeryl English, DDS, MS (left) and Jim Reeves of American Orthodontics (center) hosted a surprise luncheon July 1 recognizing Clinical Professor Fred Garrett, DDS, MSD for 50 years in practice.

Department of Orthodontics Chair Jeryl English, DDS, MS (left) and Jim Reeves of American Orthodontics (center) hosted a surprise luncheon July 1 recognizing Clinical Professor Fred Garrett, DDS, MSD for 50 years in practice.

The Department of Orthodontics hosted a celebration July 1 honoring Clinical Professor Fred A. Garrett, DDS, MSD, for 50 years in private orthodontic practice and more than 45 years teaching at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

Jim Reeves of American Orthodontics co-sponsored the surprise luncheon for Garrett, along with other faculty members and the orthodontic residents. Garrett's wife, Dianne, and his daughter, Kimberly, were also in attendance for the noon-time event. Read more

July 25: End-of-Year Party, ‘Scream-Out’ for UTSD Employees

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Free ice cream will top off a BBQ meal at the July 25 End-of-Year Party and Scream-Out.

Two popular summer events for UT School of Dentistry employees are being combined this year. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 25, the annual End-of-Year Party and the Fifth Annual Scream-Out Ice Cream Party will take place in the Fullerton Classroom (Room 4310) on the fourth floor. The events are sponsored by the UTSD Employee Relations Committee and the Dean’s Office, respectively.

Dean John Valenza, DDS, initiated the “Scream Out” in 2009 in observance of July as National Ice Cream Month. The ERC party celebrates the end of the academic year.Read more

ASDA Reports on UTSD's Dentist-Lawyer-Professor

Boyd Shepherd, DDS, JD

Boyd Shepherd, DDS, JD

The most recent issue of Mouth, the American Student Dental Association's quarterly journal, features an article on University of Texas School of Dentistry Clinical Assistant Professor Boyd Shepherd, DDS, JD, and his life as a lawyer, dentist and working at the school. “From Dentist to Lawyer: An Expert in Both Fields” appears on Page 28 of the magazine.

Shepherd is a 1988 graduate of UTSD who went on to earn a JD from South Texas College of Law in 1994.Read more

Dental Hygiene Faculty Present at ADHA Annual Meeting During Centennial

 From left: UT School of Dentistry dental hygiene faculty members Joanna Allaire, RDH; Victoria Patrounova, RDH; Darla McKitrick, RDH; and Harold Henson, RDH were presenters at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association annual session in Boston.

From left: UT School of Dentistry dental hygiene faculty members Joanna Allaire, RDH; Victoria Patrounova, RDH; Darla McKitrick, RDH; and Harold Henson, RDH, were presenters at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association annual session in Boston.

The dental hygiene profession celebrated its 100th anniversary in June, and faculty members from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston were on hand at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) annual session in Boston to mark the milestone. Four UTSD faculty members gave presentations at the gathering, themed “100 Years of Dental Hygiene: Proud Past, Unlimited Future.”

Associate Professors Harold Henson, RDH, MEd, and Darla McKitrick, RDH, MS, presented their workshop on integrating clinical simulation into the dental hygiene curriculum to a sold-out room with 140 participants. Read more

LSU Alumni Magazine Features Dr. Storthz

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Karen Storthz, PhD

University of Texas School of Dentistry Professor Emerita Karen Adler Storthz, PhD, has been featured on Page 19 of The Pursuit, the alumni magazine of Louisiana State University’s College of Science, in an article about her research collaboration with another LSU alumnus, Dr. Erich Sturgis, professor of surgery at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The two are working together to further HPV (human papilloma virus) research by showing the possible genetic and epigenetic factors that predispose an individual to develop HPV-associated cancers of the oropharynx, or middle part of the throat.Read more

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