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Dr. Jeter Reflects on Teachers’ Influence, Strives to Give Back

Cameron Jeter, PhD, assistant professor in UTHealth School of Dentistry’s Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, speaks to high school STEM teachers on biomarkers of traumatic brain injury.

Cameron Jeter, PhD, assistant professor in UTHealth School of Dentistry’s Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences, speaks to high school STEM teachers on biomarkers of traumatic brain injury.

As Cameron Jeter, PhD, spoke to some 30 high school teachers on biomarkers of traumatic brain injury at a UTHealth-hosted forum recently, she flashed back to a high school class two decades ago.

During that biology class, her teacher played a video of a Public Broadcasting Service NOVA documentary about how the brain controls one’s circadian rhythms and how they can be manipulated.

“I was enthralled,” recalls Jeter, assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry.

“It was the singular event that inspired my love of science.” Read more

 

UTSD Student Researchers Win Awards at IADR General Session

AADR winners Sarah Arafat, Antonio Quintanilla and Andre Loumeau

UTSD dental students Sarah Arafat, Antonio Max Quintanilla and Andre Loumeau won individual awards.

Eighteen University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston dental students and residents, working with 17 faculty mentors, presented research projects at the 2015 IADR/AADR/CADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston in March. 

Second-year dental student Sarah Arafat won the Jonathan Ship Award for Best Dental Student Poster Presentation in Geriatric Dentistry Research for “Oral Health Care Needs Assessment in Patients with Movement Disorders.”  Her mentors were Dr. Cameron Jeter and Dr. June Sadowsky.

For his presentation “Characterizing Tricyclic Antidepressants as Potential Anti-Cancer Therapeutics,” third-year dental student Antonio Max Quintanilla won the 2015 AADR Bloc Travel Grant, which provides travel funds for dental students to attend the IADR/AADR and CADR General Session & Exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts. The grant is supported by the National Institute of Health/National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research.  His mentor was Dr. Dharini van der HoevenRead more

 

Patient Services Adopts Logo Look to Enhance Customer Service

Patient Services employees show off their new look:  black shirts featuring the School of Dentistry logo. Black was chosen via staff survey.

Patient Services employees show off their new look:  black shirts featuring the School of Dentistry logo. Black was chosen via staff survey. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

Employees in the Division of Patient Services at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston recently began wearing shirts embroidered with the school logo. They will wear the shirts Monday through Thursday, with “casual Fridays” designated for wearing jeans topped by School of Dentistry T-shirts or polo shirts. 

Patient Services Director Kim Chambers said the shirts will help patients, faculty, staff and students more easily identify Patient Services employees.  The cost was covered by the division budget, and staff members were invited to complete a survey to determine the preferred color.  The dean and associate dean for patient care approved the final selections. Read more

 

13 from UTSD Elected to Offices at ADEA Annual Session

Thirteen UTSD employees have been elected to serve as ADEA officers, including Dr. Dharini van der Hoeven (far right).  She is pictured with (from left) Dr. Kamal Busaidy, Dr. Gerald Glickman and Dr. Ransome van der Hoeven, her husband and UTSD colleague.

More than a dozen faculty and staff members of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston were elected to offices at the recent annual meeting of the American Dental Education Association, including Dr. Dharini van der Hoeven, pictured with (from left) Dr. Kamal Busaidy, Dr. Gerald Glickman and Dr. Ransome van der Hoeven. 

Thirteen members of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston faculty and staff were elected to a variety of offices at the recent American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition in Boston.

Those so honored include Shawn Adibi, DDS; Sam Dorn, DDS; Harold Henson, RDH, PhD; Cameron Jeter, PhD; Donna Warren Morris, RDH, MEd; Gargi Mukherji, DDS; Ana Neumann, DDS, PhD; Ted Pate, PhD; Victoria Patrounova, RDH, MHA; Philip Pierpont, DDS;  Ryan Quock, DDS; Dharini van der Hoeven, PhD; and Beth Wilson, MS. Details on each office held follow:   Read more

 

UTSD's Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Visits Hartman Health Fair

Volunteers staffed UTSD’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at Hartman Middle School’s Health and Wellness Fair in March.  Front row from left are Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd; Valerie Hernandez, Haley Clanahan, Misty May and Nkiru Vance; (back row from left) Pat Henshaw, RDA; Louis Lee, Richard Duong, Dr. Mario Leon and Dr. Rebeca Weisleder.

Volunteers staffed UTSD’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile at Hartman Middle School’s Health and Wellness Fair in March.  Front row from left are: Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd; Valerie Hernandez, Haley Clanahan, Misty May and Nkiru Vance; (back row from left) Pat Henshaw, RDA; Louis Lee, Richard Duong, Dr. Mario Leon and Dr. Rebeca Weisleder.

Students and faculty from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston participated in the first Hartman Middle School Health and Wellness Fair in March, staffing UTSD’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile and providing oral health screenings, oral hygiene instructions and dental resources at the event, which was designed to raise awareness of the services available to the community.

The UTSD volunteers included dental hygiene students Nkiru Vance, Valerie Hernandez, Misty May, Mallory Guidry, Richard Duong, Haley Clanahan, endodontics resident Dr. Mario Leon, research engineer Louis Lee and Dental Van Coordinator Pat Henshaw, CDA, RDA.  Faculty volunteers included Rebecca Weisleder, DDS, and Community Outreach Director Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd. Read more

 

Alpha Omega’s Beta Eta Chapter: Volunteering on Many Levels

Volunteers from UTSD’s Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity at the WATCH Your Wellness Health Fair in Sugar Land (from left) included dental students Shola Anifowose, Francisco Nieves, Vinnie Baratta, Alana Reifer; faculty sponsors Paul Levine, DDS, and June Sadowsky, DDS; and dental students Adrien Lewis, Parth Patel, Brian Minavi and Jose Gonzales. Gabriela Pita and Justin Tullis also participated, but are not pictured.

Volunteers from UTSD’s Beta Eta Chapter of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity at the WATCH Your Wellness Health Fair in Sugar Land (from left) included dental students Shola Anifowose, Francisco Nieves, Vinnie Baratta, Alana Reifer; faculty sponsors Paul Levine, DDS, and June Sadowsky, DDS; and dental students Adrien Lewis, Parth Patel, Brian Minavi and Jose Gonzales. Gabriela Pita and Justin Tullis also participated, but are not pictured.

Volunteers from the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity’s Beta Eta Chapter at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston have been out and about in the Houston area, doing oral health screenings at wellness fairs, teaching oral hygiene at a convalescent center, and co-sponsoring a blood drive with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. 

Alpha Omega volunteers participated in the WATCH Your Wellness Health Fair at Sugar Land Town Center, where an estimated 1,000 people or more stopped by for free services. Read more

 

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