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Weather Alert: Oct. 27, 2021

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch through 4 p.m. today as a strong cold front, heavy rainfall, and potentially damaging winds move through the Greater Houston area. You may have received the National Weather Service (NWS) push notifications to your portable device via your phone cell provider.

UTHealth Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management is monitoring weather conditions in the Texas Medical Center and will provide UTHealth Alert updates if a threat is detected.

Weather-related warnings are always based on conditions within the Texas Medical Center. Please continue to monitor your local weather conditions and news outlets for your safety.

In case of an emergency, ensure you have contact information at hand to communicate to your supervisor or instructor should you find yourself at risk during inclement weather.

Richard "Hal" Halpin, MEd, EdD, EMBA

Dr. Richard
  • Title: Director, Educational Technology
  • Office: SOD-4176
  • Phone: 713-486-4216
  • Email:
  • Administrative Area(s): Technology Services and Informatics
  • Education:

    BSc (Hons), Archaeology | University of Bradford, Bradford, U.K., 2000
    MEd, Instructional Technology | University of Houston, 2008
    EdD, Professional Leadership with an Emphasis in Health Science Education | University of Houston, 2015
    EMBA, Business Administration | Quantic School of Business and Technology

Richard "Hal" Halpin is manager of educational technology for the Office of Technology Services and Informatics (TSI) at UTHealth School of Dentistry at Houston. He is responsible for all systems and software used to teach students at the school, including Canvas, ExamSoft, Panopto, Interfolio, and the Top Hat and PollEverywhere audience response systems. He has extensive experience in adult education and can advise faculty on the best routes to integrate technology into their teaching.

Hal's educational interests include the assessing the effectiveness of the integration of technology into teaching, improvement of faculty understand of assessment techniques and increasing student outcomes in health science education and the use of digital stories as a means of assessment.

Hal earned an undergraduate degree in archaeology from Bradford University in the U.K. and previously worked for the police. Since coming to the U.S. he has obtained a master's degree in instructional technology and a doctorate in professional leadership with an emphasis in health science education from the University of Houston. He runs a successful tabletop gaming website and loves games of all kinds, particularly role-playing and board games.