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Frank Weaker, Ph.D.
Dr. Weaker (pictured) collaborated with David Baker, medical illustration supervisor, to achieve his remarkable textbook.

Teamwork produces outstanding book for students, teachers

January 2014

Frank Weaker, Ph.D., professor of cellular and structural biology, has authored "Structures of the Head and Neck," a brilliantly illustrated book for dental hygiene and dental assisting students and teachers. Dr. Weaker is co-course director for Dental Histology and course director for Structures of the Head and Neck that is taught to first-year dental and dental hygiene students.

Working with David Baker, medical illustration supervisor in Creative Media Services, who has worked at the Health Science Center for 18 years, Dr. Weaker developed the book over the course of three years, but "the textbook represents the culmination of 38 years of professional school teaching," Dr. Weaker said. "The thought that through this book I could be influencing the education of students outside the walls of the Health Science Center is a wonderful sense of accomplishment."

Baker said he has had opportunities to work with faculty members on a few books at the Health Science Center during his tenure.

"Faculty members who write books go above and beyond the call of duty as they are also tasked with teaching, conducting research and providing clinical care. There are very few who are able to accomplish it," Baker said. "Itís quite an achievement for both the author and the artist to see a book published and available."

The 512-page book, published by F.A. Davis Company, was printed in September and is available for purchase at the Health Science Center bookstore and worldwide online.



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