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First Texas Dentist Elected to Congress Is UTSD Graduate


New Congressman Brian Babin, DDS ’76, was sworn in Jan. 6 to represent the 36th Congressional District. He is a Republican from Woodville.

Brian Babin, DDS ’76, of Woodville has become the first Texas dentist elected to the U.S. Congress. He was sworn in Jan. 6, replacing Steve Stockman as representative for U.S. Congressional District 36, which includes Liberty, Orange, Hardin, Chambers, Newton, Jasper, Tyler and Polk counties and a portion of southeast Harris County. Stockman chose not to seek re-election. READ MORE


Dr. Leighton Wier Is 2014 Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Leighton Wier and Dr. Jerry P. Katz

The University of Texas School of Dentistry Alumni Association has chosen San Antonio general dentist Leighton A. Wier, DDS, of the Class of 1968 as the 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Wier accepted the award from the 2013 winner, Austin dentist Jerry P. Katz, DDS ’68, at the annual UTSD Alumni Round-Up Sept. 19 in the Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center. READ MORE


New Service Helps Alums with Practice, Career Issues

Visiting Professor S. Jerry Long, DDS (left) and Clinical Associate Professor Boyd Shepherd, DDS, JD, head up UTSD's new Professional Resource Center, helping new graduates and older alumni deal with business and legal aspects of practice. Photo by Brian Schnupp.

UTSD’s new Professional Resource Center is available free of charge to all UTSD students (dental or dental hygiene), residents and alumni who need career counseling, employment assistance or advice regarding the business and practical aspects of practice. READ MORE


Marble Mementos from Dental Branch Building Available



The pink marble-clad Dental Branch building where thousands of dental careers were launched will soon be history, but alumni, employees and students can now own a small piece of it. The former home of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston was acquired by UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and is slated for demolition, but a limited number of small keepsakes have been carved out of the marble exterior for the UTSD community. And by receiving a piece of the past, alumni and donors will help the school’s future by seeding the new UTSD Impact Fund. READ MORE



Career Services

The School of Dentistry maintains a list of employment opportunities for dentists and dental hygienists, including opportunities to join the UTSD faculty.


Coming Events

April 16, 2015

Texas Taste Teaser

Mark your calendars and plan your “Texas chic” attire for UTHealth School of Dentistry’s first-ever “Texas Taste Teaser,” a fundraising event that will whet your appetite for fun and philanthropy. Co-chaired by Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD; Terri Alani DDS; and Peter Remington, publisher of Modern Luxury Houston magazine, the event is set for 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 in the Denton A. Cooley, MD, and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St. Proceeds will benefit the School of Dentistry’s Community Outreach Fund. Participating restaurant chefs and celebrity chefs will present small samples of their favorite or newest creations. Join us in choosing the winning chefs in a variety of categories, including Most Creative, Most Delicious, Most Outrageous and Top Executive Chef. Tickets are $50 each and available from Assistant Development Director Taressa Moon at 713-486-4381.

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