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Students from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston gained national recognition at the American Student Dental Association’s 45th Annual Session Feb. 18-22 in Boston, when the UTSD ASDA Chapter won a Gold Crown Award and third-year dental student Adrien L. Lewis was elected to the ASDA National Executive Committee as vice president. The Gold Crown Award recognized chapter achievement for “Outstanding Predental Involvement.” UTSD ASDA was praised for establishing and hosting the first Explore UTSD Day, Interview Preparation Day, Soap Carving Workshop, and Predental-Dental Student Mentor Program in 2014. The chapter also held a National Predental Week Webinar viewing party at the University of Houston and secured funding to send a predental student to ASDA’s National Leadership Conference in Chicago.  Chapter members also contributed to ASDA’s blog, “Mouthing Off.”

The buzz is growing as Houston celebrities, restaurant chefs and novices who like to cook throw their support behind The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston’s first “Texas Taste Teaser” fundraiser, set for 6:30 to 9:30 Thursday, April 16 at The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St. in Houston.  The event co-chairs include Modern Luxury Houston publisher Peter Remington, Houston dentist and UTSD alumna Terri Alani, DDS; and Yasmine Haddad, DDS, PhD, of the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at UTSD.Houston celebrities who have already committed to participate KHOU anchor Len Cannon, Fox26 morning anchor Rita Garcia, Houston magazine editor Jeff Gremillion; and philanthropists Karina Barbieri and Cindi Rose, wife of plastic surgeon Franklin Rose.  So far, participating restaurants and chefs include Taste of Texas (Stephen Edelstein),  Narin's Bombay Brasserie (Carlos Martinez), Frankie B. Mandola's Catering (Adolfo Monjaras), Ouisie's Table (Martin Bolanos) and Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano (Carmelo Mauro).

University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Professor Rade D. Paravina, DDS, PhD, director of the Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics, has been awarded the 2014 Jerome M. and Dorothy Schweitzer Research Award of the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics Foundation. The award honors some of the most respected leaders in dentistry and includes a certificate, medallion and a research stipend of $2,500. The award was presented during the Fall Scientific Meeting in December at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. “It was a great honor to accept this prestigious award,” Paravina said.  “I am humbled to be in the company of the giants of our profession, the past recipients of the Schweitzer award.”

UTHealth is seeking dedicated team captains for the 2015 Houston March for Babies benefitting the March of Dimes. In 2014, UTHealth was one of the Top 25 corporate teams to raise funds for the March of Dimes, raising a total of $44,653. Help us break previous fundraising records by recruiting and motivating UTHealth employees and students to walk and raise money for the Sunday, April 26 event!This year, Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, dean of the School of Nursing, and Sean C. Blackwell, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Medical School, will serve as Team UTHealth co-chairs.

The Houston Center for Biomaterials and Biomimetics took a star turn Thursday, Jan. 29 as guests were invited to tour the state-of-the-art facilities at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry. Dean John A. Valenza, DDS, welcomed guests and described how the HCBB’s mission has expanded since the center opened in 1994 as the Houston Biomaterials Research Center.  “It’s no longer just evaluation of materials like resins, porcelain and alloys,” he said. “Today, we’re researching CAD-CAM, digital impressions, bone and cartilage, virtual reality and more.” The center’s current director, Rade D. Paravina, DDS, PhD, said the center’s work is relevant to every patient and every dentist, every day.  When they can access evidence-based data from the HCBB about new materials and techniques, dental professionals don’t have to rely on claims by marketers, he said. The HCBB has five general focus areas: 

The newest edition of The University of Texas School of Dentistry Family and Friends Association’s newsletter is here. Edited by Dr. Linda Sierra, the newsletter is full of news about the organization and UTSD students through the year. 

The association is an organization of dental and dental hygiene students’ parents, spouses, family members and friends who want to support student activities, programs and projects. New members are always welcome. The Family & Friends Association provides assistance for:

The Houston Hispanic Dental Association (HHDA) has awarded scholarships to three University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston students, including dental students Alex Barrera and Patricia Lopez and dental hygiene student Anale Dovalina. The awards were presented at the group’s gala in December.

All three honorees are active members of the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA) at UTSD, seeking to advance their scientific and applied clinical knowledge in dentistry by furthering their commitment to aiding and supporting the Houston Hispanic community.