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Former Refugees Donate $100K for UTSD’s First Professorship in OMS

Signing documents to establish the Nguyen-Thang Family Professorship in Oral Surgery are (from left) Susie Thang, RPh and husband James N. Thang, DMD; UTSD Advisory Council member and family friend Don Le, DDS; UTSD Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Chair Mark Wong, BDS; and Dean John Valenza, DDS.

Signing documents to establish the Nguyen Thang Family Professorship in Oral Surgery are (from left) Susie Thang, RPh and husband James N. Thang, DMD; UTSD Advisory Council member and family friend Don Le, DDS; UTSD Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Chair Mark Wong, BDS; and Dean John Valenza, DDS.  Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer. 

James Nguyen Thang, DMD, has never forgotten walking through an Arkansas camp crowded with Vietnamese refugees in 1975 and wanting an apple he saw at a fruit stand. “I still have that apple in my mind. I really, really wanted it, but I didn’t have a quarter to my name,” he said.

He and his wife, Susie H. Thang, narrowly escaped Saigon as the city fell to the North Vietnamese. As a dentist, James was required to serve in the South Vietnamese military, but it was that service that secured their escape to the U.S.

“We were only given a couple of hours’ notice,” he said. “We drove to the airport with only the clothes on our backs. We abandoned our car at the airport, and there were planes standing by, ready to transport military personnel and their families out of the country.”

The Thangs would land in Arkansas – two of 20,000 refugees fleeing the communists. Read more

 

Patients to Receive Free Dental Care During Two-Day Event

View of a clinic at UT School of Dentistry

Patients with pressing dental needs will be treated in a state-of-the-art facility.

 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry is hosting the Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) and Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) programs, which will provide free dental care to Houston-area residents today and Saturday (Feb. 7-8) at the school, 7500 Cambridge St. in Houston.

Volunteer dental professionals have teamed up with the school, TDA Smiles Foundation and the Greater Houston Dental Society to provide fillings, extractions and other procedures, such as root canals, for up to 1,500 patients, free of charge.
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New Center for Teaching & Learning Supports Faculty

Center for Teaching and Learning Director Harold Henson (left) and Dr. Karen Novak.

Harold Henson, RDH, MEd directs the new Center for Teaching and Learning, a service of the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs, led by Dr. Karen Novak. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston has become one of the first dental schools in the country to establish a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to help dental and science professionals become skilled, effective educators.

This is unique at the School of Dentistry, according to Karen F. Novak, DDS, PhD, professor and associate dean for professional development and faculty affairs.

“Most dental schools don’t offer comprehensive in-house professional development in the areas of teaching and learning. Not only are these opportunities available for our faculty and alumni, but long-term we want to expand with local, regional and national initiatives,” she said. Read more

 

New for 2014: UTSD’s Director of Recruitment & Admissions

Amanda Galindo, EdD

Dr. Galindo

Amanda Galindo, EdD, has joined the staff of The University of Texas School of Dentistry as the new director of recruitment and admissions in the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs.  She began her new job Jan. 2 and will report to Associate Dean Philip Pierpont, DDS.

Originally from Corpus Christi, Galindo was most recently employed as executive director of the Center for Student Success at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, having also worked as pre-health coordinator at the university and as a public high school biology teacher. Read more

 

HR Topics Slated for UCSC Brown Bag Session

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Bring your lunch to UCSC's Brown Bag Session to hear "Eric's Hot Topics."

UTHealth Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Eric Fernette will be the guest speaker at the University Classified Staff Council (UCSC) Brown Bag Session from 12-1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10.  The event will happen live at the Medical School, and will be visible by remote interactive video in Room 4322 at the School of Dentistry.

Administrative, professional and classified staff are invited. To register, go to https://mytrc.uth.tmc.edu and use the keyword “UCSC.”  Read more

 

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