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Awards and Honors
Jerry Bouquot, D.D.S., professor and chair, Department of Diagnostic Sciences, Dental Branch (DB), received the Robert Bridgeman Distinguished Dentist Award from the West Virginia Dental Association. This lifetime achievement award is the highest honor given by the 100-year-old association. Bouquot is the first out-of-state dentist to receive it. Hundreds of his past students and faculty colleagues attended the awards ceremony to show their respect with a standing ovation. Bouquot was nominated by the West Virginia University School of Dentistry, where he chaired the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology for eight years before joining the UT Dental Branch at Houston in 2004.
Samuel Kaplan, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Medical School (MS) and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), was invited as a distinguished scholar in microbiology to deliver a series of lectures on “Recent Trends in Microbiology,” Jan. 27-Feb. 4, at Sogang University in Seoul, Korea.
Carol Carrier, instructor, Nursing for Target Populations, School of Nursing (SON), presented a poster on “Using the Evidence: A Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Evidence Go Down” at the American Nurses Association, National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators: Transforming Nursing Data into Quality Outcomes-The First National Conference, Jan. 29-31, in Las Vegas.
Angelina Chambers, Ph.D., assistant professor, Nursing for Target Populations, SON, participated in a roundtable discussion on “Women in Prison” on KPFT (90.1 FM) March 8 for International Women’s Day.
Jackie Duke, Ph.D., professor of orthodontics, DB and GSBS, presented at the 24th annual Houston Conference on Biomedical Engineering Research Feb. 8-9. Her talk, “Studies of Craniofacial Development in Rotating Bioreactors,” summarized the work of Paul Williams, D.D.S., former dental student; Neal Horn, D.D.S., resident, Department of Endodontics; Vicki Leonhart, D.D.S., DB graduate; Jennifer Kong, second-year dental student; and Jeff Iverson, D.D.S., resident, Department of Orthodontics, all of whom worked on developing a 3-D culture system to be used in the study of craniofacial development. Their work was carried out primarily under the direction of Dina Montufar-Solis, senior research associate, Diagnostic Sciences, who is also an author on the paper.
James “Red” Duke, M.D., the John B. Holmes Professor in the Clinical Sciences and professor of surgery, MS, spoke Feb. 15 in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Issues Forum in College Station.
At the International Stroke Conference and associated International Nursing Symposium Feb. 6-9 in San Francisco, Sharon K. Ostwald, Ph.D., holder of the Isla Carroll Turner Chair in Gerontological Nursing, SON, gave a plenary session presentation on “Living after Stroke: Conversations with Couples.” Ostwald was among presenters of a poster on “Pain in Elderly Stroke Survivors.” Co-presenters were all from SON: Sheila A. Decker, Ph.D., assistant professor; Stanley Cron, instructor, Center for Nursing Research; Joan Wasserman, Dr.P.H., assistant professor; and Kyler Godwin, research associate, Center on Aging.
C. S. Raman, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, MS and GSBS, and director of the Structural Biology Research Center, was one of two chairs of the Gordon Research Conference on Oxidative Stress and Disease, March 11- 16, in Ventura, Calif. He was discussion leader for special keynote lectures in oxidative stress.
At the fourth annual conference of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science in Austin, Jan. 4-5, James T. Willerson, M.D., president, UT Health Science Center at Houston, and president- elect, Texas Heart Institute, spoke on “Inflammation and Coronary Artery Disease” in a session on “The Biology of Inflammation,” moderated by Ferid Murad, M.D., Ph.D., Nobel Laureate, and professor and director, Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases.
Rebecca Polzer, Ph.D., assistant professor, Nursing for Target Populations, School of Nursing, published “Spirituality in African Americans with Diabetes: Self-Management through a Relationship with God” in Qualitative Health Research.
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