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College of Dentistry Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 31, 2024 3:00pm
Hancher Auditorium
Doors will open one hour prior to ceremony start. No tickets required. The ceremony will be livestreamed.  President Barbara Wilson will deliver the greeting. Dean Clark Stanford will deliver a welcome and message to the graduating class. Luke Hovey, of Bettendorf, Iowa, will be the student speaker. Associate Dean Sherry Timmons will present honors and awards. Faculty members Steven Means, Maria Marcela Hernández Luna, Michael Santucci, and John Syrbu will present hoods to the candidates. 
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2024 College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion

Friday, September 13 8:30am to Saturday, September 14, 2024 7:00pm
The College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 13-14, 2024 for class years ending in 4s and 9s. 
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News

A fall morning at the Dental Science Building

Operative Dentistry holds annual Spring Awards Banquet

Monday, May 20, 2024
The Department of Operative Dentistry held their annual Spring Banquet on Thursday, May 16 at Wilson's Ciderhouse in Iowa City. Nine students were presented awards ranging from excellence in operative dentistry to recognition for research efforts.
Drs. Feitosa, Abuhammoud, Roushdy, Gimer composite

4 faculty members named Teachers of the Year

Monday, May 20, 2024
The UI College of Dentistry honored four faculty members - Drs. Victor Feitosa, Salah Abuhammoud, Sally Roushdy, and David Gimer - as Teachers of the Year at IASDA's annual Talent Show on May 17.
2024 IDA picture with ADA President Dr. Edgar

UI alum Bogue installed at 161st IDA President

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Chris Bogue, a 2002 graduate of the UI College of Dentistry, was installed as the 161st Iowa Dental Association President on May 3 during IDEAS24.
PF/ACD/ICD 2024 student award winners

5 students awarded at Pierre Fauchard, American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists luncheon

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Five students were honored at the Pierre Fauchard, American College of Dentists, and International College of Dentists joint luncheon during the Iowa Dental Association meeting on May 3, 2024.
Dan Caplan and Jhanvi Desai

The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation awards funds for pilot project

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Jhanvi Desai and Dan Caplan received a $10,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation to support a one-year pilot project that aims to increase awareness among students and communities across Iowa of various dental service models and career opportunities in underserved areas.
Dean Stanford receives the IDA Outstanding Service Award

Stanford receives IDA President's Service Award

Monday, May 6, 2024
Clark Stanford, dean of the UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Iowa Dental Association (IDA) on May 3.
Butali receives award at ACPA

Butali named Emerging Leader by ACPA

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Azeez Butali, the Gilbert E. Lilly Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, was recognized at the American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association’s annual meeting with the Emerging Leader Award.
William Johnson headshot

William T. Johnson receives I. B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award

Monday, April 22, 2024
Dr. Johnson, Professor Emeriti in the Department of Endodontics, receives a lifetime educator award from the American Association of Endodontists.
Steven Levy with Hayley Harvey and Julie Reynolds

Steven Levy Receives 2024 AAPHD Distinguished Service Award

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
As a respected leader in the field of dental public health, The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) recognized Steven Levy for his contributions to the field in research, advocacy, and teaching.
Steve Levy

Iowa Dentistry Contributes to Groundbreaking Research Aimed at Reducing Childhood Tooth Decay

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Iowa Dentistry played a significant role in a major clinical trial funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) that has yielded promising results in the fight against childhood tooth decay.
Mike Kanellis on KCRG

Kanellis’ cookbook raises over $8,500 for children’s dental care

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Michael Kanellis' cookbook 'Iowa Mike's Family Recipes' has provided more than $8,500 toward a fund supporting children's dental care.
An Yi Ma

Dentistry professor explores post removal strategies for generalists

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
An Yi Ma's research investigating various types of fiber post removal strategies lays the foundation for an evidence-based set of practices for fiber post removal in a general dentist's office.
Clark Stanford and OKU President Peter Loomer

Stanford elected Supreme Chapter President of Omicron Kappa Upsilon

Monday, March 18, 2024
At the OKU's General Business Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, Stanford was named President of this prestigious organization.
Mallory Obenauf headshot

Obenauf receives national ASDA Legislative Liaison of the Year Award

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Obenauf was recognized for effectively promoting engagement in advocacy initiatives within her chapter. In her role as ASDA’s legislative liaison, she traveled to Washington D.C. last year to advocate for a bill that would allow dental residents to defer their student loans while in residency.
Thaigo Porto

Operative dentistry professor explores how bioactive materials can prevent degradation of bonding interface on adhesive restorations

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Thiago Soares Porto's research on bioactive glasses with niobum nanoparticles is intended to develop a novel adhesive system capable of enhancing the quality and longevity of dental restorations
The grant administration team for the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research

Supporting Excellence: Iowa Dentistry’s Research Support Team

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Like most high-level research universities, Iowa Dentistry relies on its grant administration team to help faculty develop their grant applications, ensuring that the applications meet all grant requirements while providing feedback to faculty members identifying potential weakness in the grant application. Ann Lawler, Mikaela Rhoads, and Maria Bertorello make up the grant administration team, and Iowa Dentistry's research successes are due in no small part to their on-going efforts to support our faculty and researchers.
Siva Prakasam in his research lab

Iowa Periodontist examines the function of PGRPs in periodontal disease

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Sivaraman Prakasam, associate professor and head of the Department of Periodontics, is investigating a particular group of proteins that discriminates between good and bad bacteria in a person’s gingiva (gum) and mouth to modulate the body’s immune response. His research could lead to new tools that can prevent or treat periodontitis.
Dr. Lawrence Tabak receives a plaque to memorialize his visit during the 2024 Research Day

Photo Gallery: 2024 Research Day

Thursday, February 15, 2024
Check out these sights from the 71st Anniversary of the Iowa Section of the AADOCR.
Colton Curtis in a labratory

Student Research Profile: Improving Dry Mouth and Oral Health in Older Populations with Dentures

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
The Dental Student Research Program at Iowa Dentistry has a long and venerable tradition of teaching students to conduct and think critically about research. Fourth-year dental student Colton Curtis exemplifies these qualities in his work investigating methods to improve dry mouth and oral health in older populations with dentures. Curtis’ experience over the course of his dental career illustrates this well. He began doing research in his first year, but it took him a while to zero in on the right topic.
ADEA logo

Leary, Cho named ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows

Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Dr. Leary and Dr. Cho to participate in year-long professional development program.
Lawrence Tabak

NIH Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence Tabak to present at UI College of Dentistry Research Day

Monday, January 29, 2024
Tabak is the keynote speaker of the 71st annual meeting of the Iowa Section of the AADOCR
Ransome van der Hoeven

Ransome van der Hoeven to join UI College of Dentistry

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
The UI College of Dentistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ransome van der Hoeven as Associate Professor in the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research (IIOHR) and the Department of Periodontics.
Dharini van der Hoeven

van der Hoeven named Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
The Univeristy of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Dharini van der Hoeven as the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs for the college. She will join the college in June.
Jorge Ceballos standing outside the College of Dentistry

Student Profile: Jorge Ceballos

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Third-year Iowa Dentistry student Jorge Ceballos comes from a family of medical professionals—his mother is a nurse, and he has uncles, aunts and cousins who are doctors and dentists. However, his future in the medical field was never guaranteed. Ceballos is a recent immigrant from Cuba, and if it weren’t for a chance encounter with an Iowa Dentistry alum, Jorge’s career path might have taken a different turn. 
Karin Weber-Gasparoni high-fiving a patient in the WIC clinic

Preventive Oral Health Care for Toddlers and Infants

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Karin Weber-Gasparoni is passionate about supporting new caregivers and improving oral health for underserved populations. Her collaborative clinical research initiatives are transforming oral health care for toddlers and infants in Iowa, and are laying the foundation for changing how oral health care is provided for the youngest of us.
Mary Young with her mentor Azeez Butali

Spearheading an International Network of Cleft Lip and Palate Research for African Populations

Thursday, January 18, 2024
Azeez Butali is a global leader in cleft lip and palate research and the world’s foremost expert in the genetics of these conditions in African populations. As part of his research mission, he has also spearheaded the formation of a diverse, international network of researchers in Africa and the US to develop, refine, and apply their findings for the benefit of African populations and their genetic descendants. 
A sunrise over the Dental Science Building

Together, Hawkeyes can usher in a new day for Iowa Dentistry

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
As Iowa Dentistry continues to flourish for the benefit of our State, it requires continuous support from our Hawkeye community to recruit and retain faculty, support student wellness and success, build for the future, and transform clinic technologies.
Seed Grant

Iowa Dentistry Announces 2024 Seed Grant Awards

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is pleased to announce the 2024 Seed Grant Awards. This is the fourth year of the seed grant program, and these grants fund innovative projects from early-career investigators or established investigators who are developing a new line of research.
Dr. Chonghwa Kim headshot

Kim Joins Department of Family Dentistry

Thursday, January 11, 2024
Dr. Chonghwa Kim started in the Department of Family Dentistry on Dec. 29 after several years in South Korea.
Kyungsup Shin speaking during the ABO panel discussion.

Shin shares experiences during ABO panel

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Kyungsup Shin, the Ross D. Christensen Family Professor of Orthodontics and Graduate Program Director, spoke on a panel during the annual meeting of the American Board of Orthodontics in St. Louis.
Rachel Shrode

NIH Awards Fitzjerrells Training Grant to Investigate Relationship Between Oral Microbiome and Multiple Sclerosis

Thursday, November 16, 2023
Rachel Fitzjerrells a T90 trainee in the Iowa Institute of Oral Health Research and a PhD student in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, was awarded an F31 grant.
A fall morning at the Dental Science Building

UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics named Iowa City’s dental clinic of choice

Monday, November 13, 2023
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics was voted by the community as Iowa City's best dental clinic.
Eleanor Fleming delivering the Rhys B. Jones Keynote Address at Midwest Dental Public Health Conference, October 15, 2023.

Iowa Dentistry hosts regional Dental Public Health conference

Thursday, November 2, 2023
Iowa Dentistry hosted the Midwest Dental Public Health Conference on October 15-16, 2023. With lectures from dental public health experts around the country and throughout the Midwest, the conference was a great success.
North End of DSB exterior

Dental Admissions breaks application records

Friday, October 27, 2023
For the second consecutive year, the University of Iowa College of Dentistry's Dental Admissions Office set a record for most dental school applications received.
Jeff Marschall headshot

Marschall joins Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Jeff Marschall has recently joined the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as a clinical assistant professor. In addition, he holds a dual appointment in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
Kirk Fridrich headshot

Fridrich named Patient's Choice Award Provider

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Kirk Fridrich, head of the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), was named a Patient’s Choice Provider for FY23.
Iowa Dentistry participants at IMOM 2023

IMOM Recap 2023

Thursday, October 19, 2023
The Iowa Mission of Mercy was held on October 13-14 in Waterloo. Over the weekend, the dentists and dental staff saw 1,080 patients. All dental care at the event is provided for free to those who come and are willing to wait. Services provided to the patients include cleanings, restorations, minor oral surgery, endodontic and periodontal care as well as removable prosthodontics (e.g., “flippers”).
Dan Caplan and Marsha Cunningham-Ford pose for a picture together after Caplan receives 2023 Educator of the Year award.

Dan Caplan ('88 DDS) named 2023 Educator of the Year

Monday, October 9, 2023
Professor Dan Caplan, a 1988 graduate of the College of Dentistry and head of the college’s Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry from 2007- 2022, is named 2023 Educator of the Year. For Dan, who grew up in Iowa City in a family that valued education, the opportunity to shape future dentists and the school that teaches them has been a gratifying experience.
Kyungsup Shin with his medallion

Kyungsup Shin named as endowed professor

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Kyungsup Shin was named the Ross D. Christensen Family Professor of Orthodontics on September 21. Shin is a shining example of Iowa's excellence in research, teaching, and clinical care.
Janet Guttmiller

Janet Guthmiller ('88 DDS) named Leader of the Year 2023

Thursday, October 5, 2023
Janet Guthmiller, dean of the University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry and a 1988 graduate of Iowa Dentistry, has been named Leader of the Year 2023. Janet was a faculty member at Iowa from 1997 to 2007 and credits this experience, and others in academia, with preparing her to take on top-tier leadership roles.
Bob Williams receiving his alumni award

Bob Williams ('73 DDS) Receives College’s Highest Alumni Award

Thursday, September 28, 2023
Bob Williams (73 DDS), a longtime supporter and advocate for Iowa Dentistry, was named 2023 Alumnus of the Year, an honor he says he is humbled to receive.
Siva Prakasam

Prakasam named chair of Periodontics

Thursday, September 14, 2023
Sivaraman Prakasam has joined the dental faculty at Iowa and been named chair of periodontics. With a strong department under Prakasam’s leadership, the Department of Periodontics will continue to excel in clinical care, teaching, and research.
Aline Petrin

Research grant awarded to orthodontics faculty extending research on the epigenetic causes of orofacial clefting

Thursday, August 24, 2023
Aline Petrin’s research on identical twins has shed led on the epigenetic causes of orofacial clefting. Her new study explores the epigenetic causes of mirrored clefting among twins.
Azeez Butali

NIH awards supplemental grant to dental faculty member

Thursday, August 24, 2023
Azeez Butali is extending his research on the genetics of orofacial clefts in African populations so that his team improve the reception and acceptance of genetic information found in their studies.
SHPEP student receiving assistance

2023 summer educational program opens up opportunities for participants

Wednesday, August 9, 2023
The dental track of the Summer Health Professions Education Program showcases careers in dentistry for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. Since 2017, this highly competitive program has served over 120 students helping to prepare them for dental school and a future career in dentistry.
Azeez Butali

Iowa dental faculty receive grant to investigate genetic factors associated with periodontitis

Thursday, August 3, 2023
The National Institutes of Health via the University of Kentucky awarded Azeez Butali and Erliang Zeng a grant to identify genome-wide genetic susceptibility variants around the world.
Tooth

T90/R90 Oral Health Research Training Grant renewed

Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Iowa Dentistry's trainee programs has been continuously funded for over 15 years, preparing the next generation of researchers in oral, dental, and craniofacial science.
DNA string

Iowa Dentistry researchers receive NIH grant to investigate genetic causes of tooth development

Thursday, June 29, 2023
Huojun Cao and Eric Van Otterloo are investigating the genetic underpinnings of tooth development. The long-term goal of their work is to better understand tooth development so that new regenerative treatments for teeth can be developed.
Molecule

Iowa dental researchers selected for OVPR Award

Thursday, June 22, 2023
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) awarded Hongli Sun, Kyungsup Shin, and their co-principal investigator a $235K Interdisciplinary Scholars grant for their project investigating a novel approach to to orofacial cleft reconstruction.
Tooth

A new partnership between Cedar Rapids clinic and Iowa Dentistry

Thursday, June 15, 2023
Iowa Dentistry and the His Hands Clinic in Cedar Rapids, under dental director Jeff Akey ('87 DDS) began a new partnership this year offering clinical outreach experiences for second-, third-, and fourth-year dental students on select Saturday mornings.
Steve Levy

NIH awards subcontract to Iowa Dentistry researchers

Thursday, June 15, 2023
The University of Iowa was one of four research institutions, along with Michigan, Duke, and Indiana, collaborating on a newly-funded National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/ National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant investigating the causes and implications of adolescent tooth decay, especially among underserved populations.
Flag display in front of the Old Capitol building

Military Service and Iowa Dentistry

Thursday, June 1, 2023
From our career-retired military dentists who spend the second half of their career teaching at Iowa to our veteran students, from our esteemed alumni who carry on the Iowa legacy throughout their military careers to our veteran patients who wouldn’t have access to dental care without our college, Iowa Dentistry is committed to those who have served in the United States armed forces.
Tim Nguyen

NIH Awards Nguyen Training Grant to Investigate Midface Development

Thursday, May 25, 2023
Tim Nguyen, a T90 trainee in the Iowa Institute of Oral Health Research and a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics, was awarded an F31 grant.
Joseph Curtis

Pilot study: Options for custom tray and record base design for complete dentures

Thursday, May 18, 2023
The college’s Clinical/Dental Education Research Initiative Support Program (CRISP) selected Joseph Curtis's pilot study assessing various modern methods of the design and fabrication of custom edentulous impression trays and record bases. This purpose of the study is update the third-year curriculum incorporating more modern, digital components into the denture design process.
Iowa dentistry leaders with Governor Kim Reynolds at a bill signing

State of Iowa adopts Dentists and Dental Hygienists Licensure Compact

Thursday, May 4, 2023
On Thursday, April 27, Governor Kim Reynolds signed the Dentists and Dental Hygienists Licensure Compact bill into law.
Students reciting the dental oath at the 2023 White Coat Ceremony

White Coat Ceremony 2023

Thursday, May 4, 2023
The Class of 2026 was granted faculty-supervised clinical privileges on Thursday, April 27 at the 2023 White Coat Ceremony.
Dr Sun face image

Hongli Sun selected for Iowa Mid-Career Award

Thursday, April 27, 2023
Hongli Sun, associate professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was one of four Iowa faculty members to receive the 2023 Iowa Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Award. The award recognizes some of the most promising scholars at Iowa with three years of financial support for their research. Sun is a rising star in the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering, focusing on innovative strategies to improve bone tissue regeneration. 
I-Ching Wang

Iowa Dentistry faculty receives grants from the Academy of Osseointegration

Thursday, April 27, 2023
The Academy of Osseointegration awarded I-Ching (Izzie) Wang, clinical assistant professor of periodontics, and Anvita Maharishi, assistant professor of family dentistry, a $30,000 translational and clinical science research grant for their project, Correlation Between Peri-implant Mucosa Color and Tissue Dynamics: Phenotype and Health Recognition Using Dental Ultrasonography.
Julie Reynolds and Jennifer Hartshorn with Pamela Nwachukwu

New Frontiers in Teledentistry

Thursday, April 20, 2023
A team of University of Iowa oral health researchers and dental providers at the Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa teamed up to deliver and assess the effectiveness of teledentistry in a nursing home setting.
Abimbola Oladayo

Postdoctoral researcher awarded National Dental Association Foundation scholarship

Thursday, April 20, 2023
The National Dental Foundation and Colgate awarded Abimbola Oladayo, a postdoctoral researcher in Azeez Butali’s laboratory, a scholarship to support her research on ethical issues related to the handling of genetic information obtained through she and her team’s research.
Dental care in rural Mexico

Iowa Dentistry travels to Mexico to provide dental care

Thursday, April 20, 2023
On a recent trip to rural Mexico, Iowa dental students and faculty provide dental care to children in schools and orphanages in the area.
Steve Marshall, Clark Stanford, Kyungsup Shin, Thomas Southard, and Laura Bonner

New textbook belongs on the shelf of everyone who manages childhood orthodontic issues

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
In January 2023, Iowa orthodontics faculty published Practical Early Orthodontic Treatment: A Case-Based Review. The text is receiving rave reviews and is sure to become the definitive textbook in the orthodontic treatment of children.
Fabricio Teixeira using GentleWave technology

Industry-University partnership to evaluate healing of apical periodontitis

Thursday, March 23, 2023
Building on the University of Iowa College of Dentistry’s longstanding experience of university-industry collaboration, Fabricio Teixeira, professor and head of the Department of Endodontics, is working with the medical equipment manufacturer SONENDO of California, to evaluate a new piece of specialized equipment that SONENDO has developed called GentleWave.
Aline Petrin conducting research

Twins and the causes of orofacial clefting

Thursday, March 2, 2023
Drawing from resources and opportunities at Iowa and the National Institutes of Health, Aline Petrin is conducting novel research involving twins that could shed light on the causes of orofacial clefting.
Aaron Cho

Pilot study investigating intra-oral scanners for post and crown placement receives clinical research grant

Thursday, February 23, 2023
The college’s Clinical/Dental Education Research Initiative Support Program (CRISP) selected Aaron Cho and An Yi Ma’s pilot study investigating the use of intra-oral scanners for use in measuring posts for crown places. This study lays the foundation for further studies to clarify and define the efficacy and limitations of intra-oral scanner use in creating post space impressions.
Mary Young with her mentor Azeez Butali

Dental student researcher studies craniofacial biology at Iowa

Thursday, February 23, 2023
Third-year dental student Mary Young has made the most of her research opportunities at Iowa to make a difference in understanding the genetics of orofacial clefting for African and other populations. Already with several major awards and fellowships, the future is bright for Young.
Emily Lanzel conducting oral cancer research

Iowa’s Groundbreaking Oral Cancer Program

Thursday, February 16, 2023
Over the course of four years, the University of Iowa has been establishing an innovative oral cavity cancer program drawing from faculty researchers and clinicians across campus. The holistic approach of the team encompasses the entire spectrum of oral cavity cancer research and is guided by their goal of improving patient outcomes. As a result, Iowa is poised to be a global leader in oral cavity cancer research.
Azeez Butali

Dental faculty named AAAS Fellow

Friday, February 3, 2023
Azeez Butali was one of two Iowa faculty named a 2022 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS is the world’s largest general-scientific society and publisher of the journal, Science. Butali is a professor of oral pathology, radiology, and medicine, and world’s foremost expert in the genetics of cleft lip and palate among African populations.
Seed Grant

The College of Dentistry Announces 2023 Seed Grant Awards

Thursday, January 26, 2023
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry is pleased to announce the 2023 Seed Grant Awards. This is the third year of the seed grant program, and these grants fund innovative projects from early-career investigators or established investigators who are developing a new line of research.
Shaoping Zhang

Iowa Dental Faculty awarded major National Institutes of Health R01 grant

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
The National Institutes of Health awarded Shaoping Zhang, assistant professor of periodontics, and his team a 5-year, $1.95 million R01 grant to assess and understand the role of type I interferon (IFN-I) in periodontal disease. This major research project is part of Iowa Dentistry’s efforts to advance research and discovery—producing novel translational research that can treat those who suffer from periodontitis.
Clark Stanford walking by the College of Dentistry with a tote in hand

Guiding the Ship Home

Thursday, December 8, 2022
As an alumnus, a gifted clinician, and a cutting-edge researcher, Clark Stanford is ready to get to work as the dean of his alma mater and to build on its legacy and strengths as it becomes Iowa's dental hospital.
Students participating in the 2022 poverty simulation

Developing empathy for patients experiencing poverty

Thursday, December 1, 2022
In November, 84 dental students role-played the experiences of low-income patients as part of the College of Dentistry's annual poverty simulation. This simulation helps students develop cognitive and affective empathy which enhances their ability to plan treatments that patients can realistically implement.
Iowa periodontics faculty at the AAP Annual Meeting in 2022

Iowa represents at the 2022 American Academy of Periodontology

Thursday, November 10, 2022
The 2022 American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) held its 108th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from October 27 to October 30. The University of Iowa Department of Periodontics had excellent participation with numerous invited speakers and recognitions.
Leeroy, William, and Josh Strohman

IMOM Recap

Thursday, November 10, 2022
The Iowa Mission of Mercy was held this past weekend, November 4 and 5, in Des Moines. Over the weekend, the dentists and dental staff saw 1,083 patients, completing 6,732 procedures, which amounted to $1,013,563.44 worth of care. Over 100 students, several residents, and over 20 faculty and staff turned out to support the free clinics.
Participants in the UI REACH outreach event

College of Dentistry hosts event for UI REACH Students

Thursday, October 20, 2022
On October 13, students from the UI REACH program learned about oral health and received one-on-one tooth brushing instructions from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
I-Ching Wang

Periodontics faculty awarded Young Researcher Grant

Thursday, October 13, 2022
The Osteology Foundation awarded I-Ching Wang, associate professor of periodontics, an almost $30K Young Researcher Grant for her project, Ultrasound-based Imaging to Detect Early Changes of Hard and Soft tissue Around Immediately Placed Implants With or Without Soft Tissue Augmentation.
Ann Synan receiving an alumni award

2022 Honorary Recognition of the Year: Mrs. Ann P. Synan, B.A.

Thursday, October 6, 2022
For almost 20 years, Ann Synan has been a committed advocate for dental patients, especially those who face barriers limiting access to care. As a result, she has become a fount of institutional knowledge in all things in the college, but especially so with patient care. The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry are proud to recognize Ann Synan’s contributions with the 2022 Honorary Recognition of the Year Award.
John Warren receiving the 2022 Educator of the Year award

2022 Educator of the Year: Dr. John Warren, DDS, MS

Thursday, September 29, 2022
Because his teaching and mentoring has made a significant impact at Iowa and in Dental Public Health, the University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry have selected John Warren as the 2022 Educator of the Year.
Heather Heddens

2020 Dental Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Heather Heddens, D.D.S.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry are proud to recognize Rebecca Slayton as the 2022 Alumnus of the Year.
Rebecca Slayton

2022 Dental Alumnus of the Year: Rebecca L. Slayton, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry are proud to recognize Rebecca Slayton as the 2022 Alumnus of the Year.
Azeez Butali

Iowa dental researcher receives supplemental NIH award

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Building on his February 2020 NIH grant, Azeez Butali, professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, was awarded a $133,526 supplemental award to identify the mental health challenges among African mothers and their children affected by orofacial clefts.
Akimasa Tsujimoto

Dentistry faculty receives Nakao Foundation grant to compare restoration outcomes for older adults

Thursday, September 8, 2022
The Nakao Foundation awarded Akimasa Tsujimoto a 90K+ grant to compare outcomes of four restorative materials—glass hybrid, conventional glass ionomer cement, resin-modified glass ionomer cement, and resin-based composition restorations—among adults age 65 or older. In particular, the researchers are evaluating whether glass ionomer-based restorations may have superior clinical outcomes for this population than resin-based composite restorations.
Hong Chen

Pilot study investigating jaw disorders among college students receives clinical research grant

Thursday, September 8, 2022
The college’s Clinical/Dental Education Research Initiative Support Program (CRISP) selected Hong Chen and John Warren’s pilot study investigating temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and overall health among college students. This study lays the foundation for a further National Institutes of Health exploratory research grant with the long-term aim of improving prevention and early detection of TMD.
Steve Levy

NIH awards grant to Iowa dental faculty

Thursday, August 25, 2022
The National Institutes of Health awarded Steven Levy and his research team a $325K grant to identify factors that are associated with improved oral health-related quality of life through early adulthood among those who participated in the Iowa Fluoride Study. This is the first study that will make predictions about oral-health related quality of life based on longitudinal data.
Clark Stanford presenting Kyungsup Shin with the McLeran Award

Kyungsup Shin receives McLeran award

Thursday, August 18, 2022
At the All-College Meeting on August 15, Kyungsup Shin was presented with the James H. and Hermine E. McLeran Faculty Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has shown a commitment to dental education through excellence in teaching and an emphasis on patient-centered care. Kyungsup personifies these attributes as he guides his students to achieve their highest potential in the classroom, clinic, and laboratory.
Akimasa Tsujimoto

Dentistry faculty receives industry-sponsored grant to evaluate a new 2-step universal adhesive

Thursday, August 18, 2022
The Japanese company, GC Corporation, awarded Akimasa Tsujimoto a grant to investigate evaluate the fatigue bond strength to enamel and dentin of their new 2-step universal adhesive comparing it to other representative adhesives. This project shows the value of industry-academic partnerships to meet industry needs and improve clinical practices.
Kyungsup Shin

NIH R01 grant awarded to orthodontics faculty

Thursday, August 11, 2022
The National Institutes of Health recently announced a $3.2M R01 grant awarded to Dr. Kyungsup Shin and his research team to develop a new approach to reconstruction of orofacial clefts using personalized biomimetic scaffolds. This project is one component of a larger project developing more effective treatments for children born with cleft lip and palate.
John Syrbu

Project evaluating photography in shade matching receives clinical research grant

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
The college’s Clinical/Dental Education Research Initiative Support Program (CRISP) supported John Syrbu’s project on the impact of digital photography on laboratory-fabricated dental restorations to support the college’s clinical research mission. This project will be the first quantitative measure of the influence of digital photography in shade matching and lays the foundation for establishing clinical guidelines for practice.
Akimasa Tsujimoto

Dentistry faculty receives industry-sponsored grant to improve ceramic veneers outcomes

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
The Japanese company, Kuraray, awarded Akimasa Tsujimoto a grant to investigate whether their newly developed light-cure resin luting cement will effectively reduce wear and prevent gap formations between ceramic veneers and teeth. This project shows the value of industry-academic partnerships to meet industry needs and improve clinical practices.
Rohit Nair

Dry mouth project receives clinical research grant

Thursday, August 4, 2022
Advances in dental care occur because of a strong clinical research program. The college’s Clinical/Dental Education Research Initiative Support Program (CRISP) supported a project currently led by Rohit Nair on the factors that are clinically associated with dry mouth (xerostomia) among older adults. The goal is, ultimately, to improve dental care for older adult patients suffering from dry mouth.
Learning about clinical care at the 2022 IASDA Summer Academy

2022 IASDA Pre-Dental Summer Academy draws students from around the country

Thursday, July 14, 2022
The 2022 IASDA Pre-Dental Summer Academy was a great success! For three days at the end of June, a group of students from all over the country came to Iowa to learn about dental school and the application process while gaining some hands-on experience simulating life as a dental student.
Aaron Cho

New department head for prosthodontics

Thursday, July 14, 2022
The college is proud to announce the appointment of Aaron Cho, as the next department head of prosthodontics at the University of Iowa. Cho will start this new role beginning on August 29, 2022.
SHPEP Class of 2022

Dental students give back to summer educational program

Thursday, June 30, 2022
The dental track of the Summer Health Professions Education Program showcases careers in dentistry for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. Since 2017, this highly competitive program has served over 100 students helping to prepare them for dental school and a future career in dentistry. Jonelle Joseph and Hannah Malloy are two graduates of this unique and immersive educational experience, and both have helped with the program over the last two summers.
Azeez Alade with his Smile Train award

Iowa graduate student receives inaugural IADR Smile Train Cleft Research Award

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Azeez Alade, a PhD candidate in genetic epidemiology, specializes in identifying rare genetic factors associated with orofacial clefts in African populations. The IADR and Smile Train awarded Alade $75K to support his dissertation research.
Dean Clark Stanford presenting the Collegiate Teaching Award to Marcos Vargas

Marcos Vargas receives Collegiate Teaching Award

Thursday, June 23, 2022
On June 22, Dean Clark Stanford presented Marcos Vargas, professor in family dentistry, with the 2022 Collegiate Teaching Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who exhibits an “outstanding contribution to dental students’, graduate students’ or residents’ intellectual and professional development.”
Case competition participants

Iowa captures 7th straight win at national competition!

Thursday, June 23, 2022
At the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Meeting in May, orthodontics residents from the University of Iowa presented orthodontics cases of patients they have treated during their time at Iowa. Since 2014, Iowa has placed well in every such competition, including second place this year.
Jason Semprini

NIH awards Semprini Training Grant for Oral Cancer Project

Thursday, June 16, 2022
Jason Semprini, a T90 trainee in Iowa Institute of Oral Health Research and a Ph.D. student in the College of Public Health, was awarded a F31 grant—a training grant for mentored dissertation research for his project, Evaluating the Impact of Medicaid Dental Coverage on Early-Stage Oral Cancer Detection.
College of Dentistry Building

Awards for Graduating Fourth-Year Students

Thursday, June 2, 2022
Several fourth-year dental students received awards for their efforts as dental students. Dean Clark Stanford presented the awards to Abigail Wieland, JoElla Guagliardo, and Emily Starman.
Clark Stanford speaking at alumni reception

Hawkeyes at IDEAS22

Thursday, June 2, 2022
The 2022 Iowa Dental Association's annual meeting (IDEAS) was held at the end of April in Des Moines. The University of Iowa held an alumni reception at the annual meeting, and since it was the first in-person annual meeting since the pandemic began, the event announced and presented numerous award winners, which including many Hawkeyes! 
Fireworks over the Old Capitol

Two fourth-year dental students recognized for efforts to promote inclusive education

Thursday, May 19, 2022
Fourth-year dental students Chichi Adeleke and Megha Puranam both received awards at the Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence Graduation Reception. Adeleke received the Dean's Achievement Award, and Puranam received the Student Leadership Award. Puranam also delivered the keynote address at the reception.
Azeez Butali with Waheed Awotoye

Butali recognized for his efforts as a mentor

Thursday, May 19, 2022
Butali serves as a mentor to numerous other students and researchers, and on May 12, he received a Faculty Award recognizing those efforts. Butali’s students shared their appreciation with the Hawkeye Smile for their mentor.
Hong Chen

Iowa Dental Faculty Lead National Effort on Advancing Predoctoral Dental Education in Temporomandibular Disorders

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the second-most common form of musculoskeletal pain, affecting up to one-third of Americans. Iowa dental faculty are on the cutting-edge of TMD care and are leading the way in ensuring that dental students receive adequate and proper education for understanding, preventing, and treating TMD.
Chris Barwacz

Dental Researchers Receive Industry-Sponsored Grant to Improve Implant Outcomes

Thursday, May 12, 2022
The dental equipment and supplies company, Dentsply Sirona, awarded Chris Barwacz a $160,000+ award to evaluate outcomes for a newly designed implant. The study will evaluate outcomes associated with dental implants, and it shows how a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and industry partners improves patient care.
Leon Stanislav

Always a Hawkeye: Leon Stanislav ('77 DDS) Receives Fluoridation Special Merit Award

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Leon Stanislav ('77 DDS) received the 2022 Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, American Dental Association, and Center for Disease Control Fluoridation Special Merit Award.
Ariene Leme-Kraus

Iowa Dentistry Faculty Receive Industry Grant to Study Dental Desensitizers

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Phoenix Dental awarded Ariene Leme-Kraus and Marcos Vargas a $15,000 grant for their project In Vitro Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Potassium Oxalate Dental Desensitizer Formulas. This collaboration shows the value of academic-industry collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and its industry partners.
Ana Diaz-Arnold with a patient and a student

Ana Diaz-Arnold Named 2022 D4 Faculty of the Year

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
For 34 years, Ana Diaz-Arnold (’84 G.P.R., ’87 M.S.) has been a fixture in the Department of Family Dentistry, teaching countless fourth-year dental students, mentoring and working alongside adjunct faculty, and treating her own patients, and as she retires in June 2022, her impact on the college and the dental profession in Iowa will remain long afterward.
A UI REACH student smiling with her provider

College of Dentistry Hosts Event for UI REACH Students

Wednesday, April 27, 2022
On April 7 and 14, students from the UI REACH program learned about oral health and received one-on-one tooth brushing instructions from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.
Brooke Frazier poster presentation

Iowa at the 2022 National Oral Health Conference

Wednesday, April 20, 2022
A large contingent of University of Iowa College of Dentistry faculty, students, and alumni attended and presented at the National Oral Health Conference April 11-13 in Fort Worth, TX.
Karin Weber-Gasparoni

Iowa Pediatric Dentist Making a Difference for Low-Income Cavity Prevention

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
The National Institutes of Health awarded Karin Weber-Gasparoni and her team a $4.4 million grant to evaluate a set of interventions designed to improve oral health care and reduce the risk of cavities among low-income high-caries risk infants and young children.
Barbara Wilson and Karin Weber-Gasparoni

Weber-Gasparoni Receives Hancher-Finkbine Award

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
On April 12, Karin Weber-Gasparoni, professor and chair of Pediatric Dentistry, was presented with the University of Iowa's Hancher-Finkbine Medallion for Faculty Excellence.
Salvador Atienza teaching a student in the Family Dentistry clinic

Sanity for Saints: The Importance and Service of D4 Adjunct Faculty

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
For Iowa dental students, their fourth-year curriculum simulates aspects of a private practice environment. This experience successfully prepares Iowa graduates to practice dentistry independently. The approximately thirty adjunct faculty in Family Dentistry are the engine for Iowa’s success. These faculty members mentor fourth-year students as they go from novice clinical beginners to competent and independent clinicians.
Aparna Ingleshwar giving a poster presentation

Ingleshwar Earns Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Aparna Shivanand Ingleshwar was awarded first place for the 2022 Leverett Graduate Student Merit Award by the American Association of Public Health Dentistry for Outstanding Achievement in Dental Public Health.
Clark Stanford Arriving on his first name back at the College of Dentistry

Interview with Dean Stanford

Thursday, April 7, 2022
Dean Stanford graciously sat down for an interview to discuss how it feels to be back at Iowa and his priorities over the coming weeks and months.
Clark Stanford

Clark Stanford begins as the 14th Dean of the UI College of Dentistry

Friday, April 1, 2022
On April 1, Clark Stanford returned to his alma mater to become the 14th dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. He holds the Edwin Green Chair in Dental Leadership, and most recently served as dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois Chicago.
Ariene Leme-Kraus and Eric Teixeira

Iowa Dentistry Faculty Receive Industry Grant for Restorative Dental Materials Research

Thursday, March 31, 2022
A German Pharmaceutical company awarded Ariene Leme-Kraus and Erica Teixeira a $10,000 grant for their project investigating the effectiveness of a newly developed glass-ionomer dental material. In particular, the project will evaluate whether this novel dental material can effectively be used to treat root tooth decay.
NIH

Two Iowa Dental Students Earn NIH Student Research Awards

Thursday, March 24, 2022
Second-year dental students Frank Boksa and Mary Young have been awarded NIH Summer Dental Student Research Awards to conduct research at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research in Maryland.
Steve Levy

Levy Awarded Grant to Develop and Implement New Specialized Statistical Analyses of Iowa Fluoride Study Data

Thursday, March 24, 2022
Steve Levy and Chandler Pendleton received a new grant to analyze data obtained from the Iowa Fluoride Study using a new statistical analysis tool that can improve understanding and identify relationships between caries and fluorosis.
Three women dental students examining an x-ray

UI Impacting Future of Women in Dentistry Since 1887

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Starting with our first female graduate, Jessie Ritchey, in 1887 and continuing to this day, Iowa has proven itself a trailblazer for women in dentistry. The Class of 2024 is the first in the University of Iowa College of Dentistry’s history to have more female students than male students—helping move the national dentistry workforce closer to gender parity.
Patient receiving care in the Geriatric and Special Needs clinic

University of Iowa College of Dentistry Receives Prestigious Gies Award for Achievement

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
During the 2022 ADEA Annual Session on March 21, the ADEAGies Foundation presented the University of Iowa with a 2022 William J. Gies Award for Achievement for Academic Dental Institutions. This award recognizes Iowa’s cutting-edge Geriatric and Special Needs Program, led by director Howard Cowen, the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation Professor in Geriatrics and Special Needs.
A dental screening at the Give Kids a Smile Event

The College of Dentistry Hosts Give Kids a Smile Event

Thursday, March 10, 2022
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics hosted a Give Kids A Smile event on Friday night, February 25, at the Iowa Children’s Museum in the Coral Ridge Mall. Thirty-two children received free oral health education, dental screenings, fluoride treatments, and they took home bags of oral hygiene supplies.
Akimasa Tsujimoto

Iowa Operative Dentist Receives Industry Grant to Investigate Restorative Dental Materials

Thursday, March 3, 2022
A Japanese dental materials and equipment manufacturer awarded Akimasa Tsujimoto, associate professor of Operative Dentistry, an $18,000 grant for his project evaluating the bonding performance of newly developed self-adhesive resin luting cement which can be used with or without a universal adhesive to various substrates. The aim is to determine whether this resin luting cement can improve the durability of dental esthetic restorations.
Iowa with a heart on Johnson County

Iowa Ranks Highly in Key Metrics for Dental Colleges

Thursday, February 17, 2022
The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics is a national leader in NIDCR research funding, dental education research, and the amount of patient care experiences that dental students receive.
Sukirth Ganesan and his research team

Developing a Comprehensive Understanding the Oral Microbiome and Its Impact on Overall Health

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Sukirth Ganesan and his team are using a multi -omics approach to study the relationship between periodontal disease and metabolic syndrome. The National Institutes of Health awarded them a R03 grant for over $300,000 for this project. The project will determine the precise relationship between these conditions, which could help prevent disease or provide early indicators of disease and possible avenues for treatment at an early stage of the condition.
Azeez Butali

The Genetics of Cleft Lip and Palate for the Zulu Population in South Africa

Thursday, February 10, 2022
The nonprofit organization, Smile Train, awarded Iowa professor Azeez Butali a $40,000 grant to study the genetic causes of cleft lip and palate among the Zulu population in South Africa. Butali is an internationally recognized expert in the genetics of cleft lip and palate, particularly among African populations. Butali is working with Thriona Naicker, a trained Medical Geneticist and PhD student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Butali serves as Naicker’s mentor for his dissertation research.
Rosalie Reddick Miller and Rufus P. Beshears

Iowa Trailblazers: The First Black Graduates of the College of Dentistry

Thursday, February 3, 2022
Rufus P. Beshears (1909) and Rosalie Reddick Miller (1958) were two of the first Black graduates of the College of Dentistry. Black history month at the College of Dentistry is an opportunity for us to look at our past, celebrate the accomplishments of our esteemed alumni, and drive us to become a more inclusive community for our students, alumni, staff, and faculty.
50 years of the free medical and dental clinic

Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic Celebrates Its 50-Year Anniversary

Thursday, January 20, 2022
For 50 years, the Iowa City Free Medical and Dental Clinic has served the local community and partnered with the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. Numerous College of Dentistry faculty, staff, and students have been vital to the success of the free dental clinic.
Clark Stanford

Clark Stanford named dean of the UI College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Thursday, January 6, 2022
Clark Stanford, distinguished professor and dean of the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois Chicago, has been named dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. He also will hold the Edwin Green Chair in Dental Leadership and will begin on April 1.
Jennifer Sukalski discussing her research with Susan McKernan

Improving Dental Outcomes for Underserved Populations

Thursday, December 16, 2021
After working as a dental hygienist for several years, PhD candidate Jennifer Sukalski began pursuing health disparities research on access and use of dental care in Iowa. Her research looks at barriers to dental care in a holistic manner taking into account perceived social status.
Xi Chen and his research team

Incorporating Dental Care into Palliative Care

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Palliative care is a specialized form of health care that attempts to meet the needs of the whole patient, taking into account each patient’s values and goals to make informed decisions about managing pain and treatments. Xi Chen is bringing insights about palliative care to dentistry, focusing on improving oral health awareness, relieving pain, and helping a patient live as well as possible for the rest of their life.
Bob and Jerilee Williams at their front door with their dogs

Alumni Provide Funds for Advanced Training Opportunities in Operative Dentistry

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Bob Williams (’73 D.D.S.) and Jerilee Williams generously donated $150,000 to the Operative Dentistry Advanced Education Program to support, promote and achieve excellence in Operative Dentistry through enhanced training opportunities provided through the Advanced Education Program and its residents.  
Patient-Centered Dental Home (PCDH) Quality Indicators Clearinghouse on a Computer

Patient-Centered Dental Home, Dental Quality Indicators Clearinghouse Release

Thursday, December 9, 2021
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center's Patient-Centered Dental Home project is designed to improve the organization and delivery of dental care in a variety of care settings and in an integrated manner with other health care services. As part of this project, the PPC developed an interactive, online PCDH Clearinghouse of approximately 500 oral health quality measures and standards, which is now available.
Emily Lanzel working with equipment

UI Oral Cancer Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Machine Learning for Cancer Evaluation

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Emily Lanzel received a grant in collaboration with the University of Chicago to use digital pathology slides to improve machine learning algorithms for use as a tool to evaluate the risk of cancer.
Erliang Zeng

Iowa Computational Biology Researcher Receives USDA Grant to Study Drought Resistance in Plants

Thursday, December 2, 2021
A particular species of grass that is common across the Great Plains in the United States has many genetically different strains. These strains respond differently to drought and related environmental challenges, and Erliang Zeng, associate professor in the Iowa Institute for Oral Health Research, is working with a biologist at Kansas State University, to develop computational modeling and bioinformatic tools for data analysis to identify drought-resistant genes and their patterns in strains of the grass. The overall aim of the research is to improve our understanding of the mechanism about how organisms adapt to severe conditions such as drought and recommend traits for further genetic development.
Salah Abuhammoud

Dentistry Receives Two Innovation Challenge Awards

Thursday, December 2, 2021
The University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center announced their Fall Innovation Challenge Awards, which included two dentistry-related proposals. These awards are aimed at identifying and supporting the most innovative and entrepreneurial projects in a university-wide competition. Dentistry's award winners were Salah Abuhammoud and Melika Farshard.
Johnsen Welcoming Back After Shutdown

Twenty-Six Years of Our Together Accomplishments

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
The past twenty-six years have been a testament to the lasting influence of the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics' “together accomplishments” during David Johnsen’s tenure as dean. As Johnsen steps down from his role as dean, he leaves Iowa’s only dental college and thus the profession of dentistry in Iowa in capable hands with a proud legacy and bright future.
Kecia Leary Receives Collegiate Teaching Award from Interim Dean Schneider

Leary Receives 2022 Collegiate Teaching Award

Friday, October 22, 2021
On October 7, Interim Dean Galen Schneider presented Kecia Leary, clinical associate professor and graduate program director for the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, with the 2021 Collegiate Teaching Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who exhibits an “outstanding contribution to dental students’, graduate students’ or residents’ intellectual and professional development.”
Roy Irons Receiving the 2021 Leadership of the Year Award from David Johnsen

2021 Leadership of the Year: Dr. Roy L. Irons

Friday, October 8, 2021
Mississippi native Roy L. Irons (’76 D.D.S.) came to Iowa in 1972. Coming from humble beginnings, Irons made the most of the opportunities presented to him, and he has become a leader in the dental profession in Mississippi and the nation while dedicating himself to being a resource and example for the community, particularly those who lack support and opportunities.
Judy Greenlea Taylor Receiving the 2021 Leadership of the Award from David Johnsen

2021 Leadership of the Year: Dr. Judy Greenlea Taylor

Friday, October 8, 2021
Throughout her dental education and career, Judy Greenlea Taylor (’91 D.D.S.) has made it her mission to improve public and oral health for underserved populations—whether through leadership roles in organizations dedicated to that cause, in providing excellent care to her patients, mission trips, or in service to her state and local community.
Ana Diaz-Arnold Receiving 2021 Educator of the Year Award from David Inglehart

2021 Dental Educator of the Year: Ana Diaz-Arnold

Thursday, September 30, 2021
For 34 years, Dr. Ana Diaz-Arnold (’84 G.P.R., ’87 M.S.) has been a fixture in the Department of Family Dentistry, teaching countless fourth-year dental students, mentoring and working alongside adjunct faculty, and treating her own patients, and as she retires in June 2022, her impact on the college and the dental profession in Iowa will remain long afterward.
Kim Swanson Receiving 2021 Alumnus of the Year Award from David Johnsen

2021 Alumnus of the Year: Dr. Kim Swanson

Thursday, September 23, 2021
An accomplished oral surgeon, Kim Swanson (’81 BA, ’86 DDS) is a dedicated alumna who has left a mark in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery and in the dental profession more widely.
Matthew Remy

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Awarded NIH Grant for Dissertation Project

Thursday, September 23, 2021
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Matthew Remy, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, a F31 grant to support his dissertation project, “Bone Regeneration Induced by the Sustained Release of Osteoinductive microRNAs from 3D-printed Constructs.”
Dr. Alberto Gasparoni

Alberto Gasparoni Receives the 2021 James H. and Hermine E. McLeran Faculty Award

Friday, September 3, 2021
As the course director for the fourth-year Dental Emergency Course, Alberto Gasparoni exemplifies the characteristic features embodied in the James H. and Hermine E. McLeran Faculty Award and the namesakes for the award—a passionate commitment to dental education focused on excellence in teaching and patient-centered care.
Leo Marchini

Leonardo Marchini Receives Grant to Support Final Development of Ageism Evaluation Tool

Friday, July 9, 2021
The Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation awarded Dr. Leonardo Marchini a grant to support the final step in the development of a tool to measure the degree of ageism among dental students. The tool will be used to develop and evaluate specific strategies for addressing ageism among dental students with the goal of improving the oral health of older adults.
Cristina Vidal working in her lab

NIH Awards Cristina Vidal $700K+ Grant

Friday, July 2, 2021
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) awarded Cristina Vidal, assistant professor in the Department of Operative Dentistry, a 5-year grant totaling over $700K for her research project studying the relationship between caries and the oral microbiome.
A map of the United States showing the number of repository records by year

Augment Your Research with the BigMouth Dental Data Repository

Friday, June 18, 2021
The BigMouth Dental Data Repository is a comprehensive database of electronic health records provided by dental schools in a partially de-identified manner. Eleven major dental schools are currently participating with Iowa joining in 2020. This repository can be used for high-powered research using information collected from each of the participating institutions, and is a promising avenue for big data research.
A list of the top 10 ranking in NIDCR Funding with Iowa at 10.

College of Dentistry Ranks in Top 10 in NIDCR Research Funding

Friday, June 11, 2021
In 2020, the University of Iowa was ranked 10th in the country for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) funding, and 2nd in the Big 10, with over $6.4M in funds awarded.
Two periodontists doing research

Ganesan and Team Receive $75K Carver Trust COVID-19 Pilot Collaborative Award

Friday, June 4, 2021
Dr. Sukirth Ganesan, assistant professor in periodontics, and a team of researchers in the Carver College of Medicine were awarded a Carver Trust COVID-19 Pilot Collaborative Award. The grant, Unraveling the role of saliva in COVID- 19 pathogenesis using a comprehensive multi-omics approach, will involve a multi-arm, cross-sectional, case-control study with an integrated -omics approach to determine the microbial, metabolic, functional, and immune alterations in the saliva of COVID-19 patients.
Dr Sun face image

Bone Regeneration: Making a Fantasy a Reality

Friday, May 14, 2021
Researchers at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry are working to make bone regeneration a reality through novel tissue engineering strategies and cutting-edge science. Hongli Sun is one of several faculty members at the college leading the charge to develop novel bone regeneration strategies for particular conditions and diseases.
David Johnsen, Tarek El Kerdani, and prosthodontics residents with the governor's declaration of Prosthodontics Week

The State of Iowa and the College of Dentistry Celebrate Prosthodontics Week

Friday, April 16, 2021
For the past six years, the Department of Prosthodontics has celebrated National Prosthodontics Awareness week by recruiting six low-income veterans to receive a free, complete set of dentures. To commemorate this annual event and in recognition of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, Governor Kim Reynolds declared April 5-9 Iowa Prosthodontics Awareness Week.
Chris Barwacz

Personalizing Implant Therapy to Improve Outcomes

Friday, April 9, 2021
Personalized medicine meets the unique needs of each patient, and Christopher Barwacz’s research is focused on improving and optimizing implant therapy to meet the specific needs of each individual patient.
Eric Van Otterloo

The Genetics of Bone Formation

Friday, February 19, 2021
As an expert in the genetics of embryonic development and an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontics, Eric Van Otterloo, has opened a new dimension for understanding craniofacial development, genetics, and bone formation as he and his team have explored a peculiar gene, Memo1.
The utility company that serves the University of Iowa

College of Dentistry Awarded $600K+ in P3 Funds to Begin Developing a New Oral Cancer Center of Excellence

Friday, February 5, 2021
On Thursday, the University of Iowa announced that the first $7.5 million of the investment revenue generated from the public-private partnership (P3) for its utility system would include a $600K+ award for the College of Dentistry. With this support, an interdisciplinary team with over 40-people, including Iowa faculty from the Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Engineering, will develop the preliminary data and program structure to apply for and be competitive for an $11 million grant from the NCI/NIDCR to establish a P50 Specialized Program of Research Excellence in oral cancer. This specialized research program in oral cancer will be the first of its kind in the nation.
Frederick Regennitter

2020 Leadership of the Year: Frederick Regennitter, D.D.S.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association and the College of Dentistry wish to honor Dr. Regennitter with the 2020 Leadership of the Year Award.
Students studying outdoors at Iowa Memorial Union

78 %

of iowa dentists graduated from the University of Iowa college of Dentistry

Graduating dental students

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national ranking for research funding

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of incoming dental students chose Iowa because of the innovative curriculum