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Choucair carves out 30-year career at UTHealth Houston

Photo of Bassel Choucair, associate vice president of IT user experience and support at UTHealth Houston.

December 23, 2022

Bassel Choucair, associate vice president of IT user experience and support at UTHealth Houston, recently celebrated a significant milestone: 30 years with the university. It has been his first and only place of employment after graduating from Boston University with a degree in biomedical engineering.



Honoring Native American Heritage Month  

Taylor Crawford, a first year DrPH student in the Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences department. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar representing Native Forward, and is a member of the Chahta (Choctaw) Nation* of Oklahoma.

November 20, 2022

Taylor Crawford, a first year DrPH student in the Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences department. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar representing Native Forward, and is a member of the Chahta (Choctaw) Nation* of Oklahoma. 


Veteran spotlight: Martinez uses military experience in the classroom

Photo of Daniel Martinez. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

November 11, 2022

On Veterans Day and every day, we stand united in honor of our students, educators, clinical providers, researchers, and administrative personnel who have served in the military. We do this through our ongoing commitment to promote a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment at UTHealth Houston and through service to active military personnel and veterans in our community.


Veteran spotlight: Stephens trains civilian, military emergency responders

Photo of Christopher Stephens in front of an United States flag. (Courtesy photo)

November 11, 2022

We are fortunate to count military veterans and uniformed service members among the many faces of UTHealth Houston. On Veterans Day and every day, we stand united in honor of our students, educators, clinical providers, researchers, and administrative personnel who have served in the military. We do this through our ongoing commitment to promote a diverse, inclusive, and supportive environment at UTHealth Houston and through service to active military personnel and veterans in our community.



New student association helps veterans connect at McGovern Medical School

From left to right, McGovern Medical School students Daniel Martinez, Adam Fisher, and Joshua Jonesall served in the U.S. Military. (Photos courtesy of Martinez, Fisher, and Jones)

November 9, 2022

Daniel Martinez decided to become a doctor after seeing medicine in action during his time in the Marine Corps. For Adam Fisher, it was his experience as a medic in the Army. Both have found a home at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and in a new student group that supports military veterans. 



School of Dentistry recognized with HEED Award for Top Colleges for Diversity

Exterior of the front of UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry.

October 28, 2022

UTHealth Houston School of Dentistry has been named a 2022 recipient of the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. dental, medical, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary, allied health, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses.


The Buzz on Diwali

The Buzz on Diwali

October 24, 2022

Diwali – which officially starts on October 22 – is an important and popular five-day festival celebrated by millions of people in India, South Asia, and other parts of the world. If you are unfamiliar with Diwali, read on to find out more.



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