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Game Changers Initiative: Double Your Investment

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In 2015, the University of Texas will match 100 percent of all new gifts of $50,000 to $1 million made to existing funds or to create new endowments.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is embarking on a momentous quest to double our endowments in 2015 so that we may continue to revolutionize health care long into the future. You can be a part of this game-changing feat by investing in UTHealth's greatest assets:  the students, researchers and faculty who strive every day to break new ground in health care and health policy.

To help advance their efforts, the university will match 100 percent of all new major gifts ($50,000 to $1 million) made to existing endowed funds or to establish new endowed funds in 2015.

How It Works

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, UTHealth will match qualified individual donor endowment gifts with institutional funds. Read more

 

Give Kids a Smile Event Delivers Free Dental Care to Houston’s Children

Children get wristbands at check-in for Give Kids a Smile Days at UTSD.  See video at go.uth.edu/GKAS2015.

Children get wristbands at check-in for Give Kids a Smile Days at UTSD.  See more photos at go.uth.edu/Flickr and video at go.uth.edu/GKAS2015. Photo by Rhonda Whitmeyer.

Nearly 300 children received free dental care, lunch and entertainment at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston on Feb. 13-14 when the school hosted the annual Give Kids a Smile event in partnership with the Greater Houston Dental Society.

Approximately 400 faculty, staff and student volunteers from the School of Dentistry combined forces with 100 community dentists, dental hygienists and predental students to act on treatment plans developed at multiple prescreening events earlier this year.When possible, radiographs were included in each child’s record, to ensure the best care possible on Feb. 13-14. Read more

 

Dental Hygiene Students Take Top Honors at State Meeting

UTSD Students and faculty from The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston display the awards they won at a joint meeting of dental hygiene students and professionals in San Marcos.

UTSD students and faculty display the awards they won at the joint meeting of the Student Chapters of the American Dental Hygienists' Association and the Texas Dental Hygiene Educators' Association.

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.  Read more

 

Two from UTSD Chosen as National Health Service Corps Scholars

Heather Hartline

Tanya Maestas

 Heather Hartline

 Tanya Maestas

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.
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UTSD Alumna Awarded Navy Achievement Medal

Arti Gaur Lamba, DDS

Lt. Cmdr. Arti Lamba, DDS

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.  Read more

 

Catching Football One-Handed Wins Fame for DDS ’13 Alum

Ian Healy, DDS

Ian Healy, DDS

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.  Read more

 

Schweitzer-Sponsored Health Fair Reaches LGBT Patients

UTSD students volunteered in February at the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program Houston-Galveston Chapter’s first health fair for the LBGT community.

UTSD students volunteered in February at the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Program Houston-Galveston Chapter’s first health fair for the LGBT community.

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. Read more

 

P.E.D.S. Members Teach Kids About Dentistry, Oral Health

First-year dental students Katie Womack and Austin Faulk volunteered to teach children at local apartment complexes about oral health.

First-year dental students Katie Womack and Austin Faulk volunteered to teach children at local apartment complexes about oral health.

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.  Read more

 

DH Students Volunteer at Ibn Sina Community Health Fair

Group photo of UTSD dental hygiene students who volunteered at a health fair celebrating the opening of a new Ibn Sina Foundation dental clinic on North Shepherd in Houston.

Dental hygiene students volunteered at a health fair celebrating the opening of a new Ibn Sina Foundation dental clinic on North Shepherd in Houston.

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.  Read more

 

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