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Ian Healy, DDS, of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Class of 2013, is now an orthodontic resident at the University of Tennesse, where he and a fellow resident, Dr. Tyler Allen, gained national attention in February for breaking the world record for one-handed catches of a football in less than one minute.  It was a record NFL players Odell Beckham Jr. and Drew Brees set less than two weeks before, when Beckham made 31 one-handed catches in less than a minute live on ESPN. In USA Today's post of the future orthodontists’ video, Healy is seen catching 41 passes – one handed and without gloves – in less than one minute. 

Lieutenant Commander Arti Gaur Lamba, DDS, a 2006 graduate of The University of Texas School of Dentistry and former member of the faculty, has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for outstanding performance. Lamba serves as the assistant officer in charge of the Navy Reserve medical facility at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Georgia.She was recognized for her diligence in the clinic’s recent relocation from mobile offices to a newly renovated and upgraded medical facility. The medal was presented Jan. 11 at the Navy Operational Support Center in Atlanta.

Six dental hygiene students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston participated in a community health fair in December to celebrate the opening of Ibn Sina Foundation’s North Shepherd Community Dental Center at 5012 N. Shepherd Drive in Houston. Second-year dental hygiene students Tracy Tran, Huy Ngo, Bahareh Ebadat, Pegah Ebadat and first-year dental hygiene students Nkiru Vance and Lida Mortazavi  gave oral hygiene instructions to attendees and helped with dental screening examinations. The new clinic was expected to officially open on Jan. 5.

Student members of the Pediatric Education Dental Society (P.E.D.S.) from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston visited the Kids’ Reading Room at a local apartment complex in January.  First-year dental students Katie Womack, Austin Faulk and Elizabeth Scott read to the children a book about the popular television character “SpongeBob SquarePants” visiting the dentist, and then provided the children with a short presentation about their teeth. The UTSD students reminded the children to brush, floss and visit the dentist. Additionally, the UTSD students told the children how they can become dentists, too, and allowed each child a chance to try on one of UTSD’s white coats in front of the group.  After finishing the presentation, the students gave the children dental products to take home.

Students from across Houston came together to provide more than a dozen free services at the first LGBT Health and Wellness Fair in February. Hosted by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program’s Houston-Galveston Chapter, the event included dental screenings, glucose monitoring, HIV testing, flu vaccines, and mental health services. Students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston conducted oral screenings, applied fluoride varnish, and offered oral hygiene instructions to those attending. Volunteers from the School of Dentistry included Dr. Ana Neumann, Dr. Mark Nichols and students Mary Glasheen, Joy Jiang, Brittany Tran, Hieu Pham, Richard Duong, Kyle Bautsch, Glennis Katzmark, Nick Ayoade, Christopher Fowler, Alex Barrera, Elizabeth Castillo, Anale Dovalina, Brittany Gillard, Sarah Schuhmacher, Francisco Nieves, Jon Vogel and Austin Faulk.

University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston student An-Chih “Angela” Wan has been named "2014 Outstanding Dental Hygiene Student in Texas" by the Texas Dental Hygienists’ Association.  The award was presented in February at the joint meeting in San Marcos of the Student Chapters of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators’ Association (TDHEA). At the same gathering, UTSD students Annam Butt, Madeline Dupree and Jamie Kousounis won first place for their table-clinic presentation, “Take the Wrinkle Out of Your Bruxism,” on the use of botox injections for treatment of bruxism, while the third-place award went to Daniell Brown, Crystal Salinas, Tracy Tran and Wan for their presentation, “B12: The Silent Nerve Killer,” on the oral effects of B12 deficiency. Clinical Assistant Professor Ruth Conn, RDH, was awarded a graduate scholarship sponsored by TDHEA and Johnson & Johnson. The scholarship is given to a Texas dental hygiene educator who is furthering her education.

The National Health Service Corps has awarded scholarships to two first-year dental students at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston.

Heather Hartline and Tanya Maestas were selected for the highly competitive scholarships, which cover tuition, fees and other educational costs, as well as a stipend, in return for a commitment to work at least two years at an NHSC-approved site in an underserved community. Service begins after graduation and completion of a primary care residency.