The Dental Link is the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics alumni magazine. Stories from the print version are included online.


Dental Link Stories

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.
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.
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.
HomeBrewed Band at Wolfe Memorial Concert

Suicide Prevention Week and the Memorial Fund Benefit Concert for Jenifer Wolfe Fund

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Suicide Prevention Week 2021 included a Memorial Fund Benefit Concert for the Jenifer Wolfe Fund and several events organized by Cari Anderson, the college's embedding counselor.
Ahmed Mahrous with Junior Educator Award

Ahmed Mahrous: 2021 ACP Junior Educator of the Year

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Iowa’s Ahmed Mahrous (’16 PROSS, ’17 MS) was recognized by the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) as the 2021  recipient of the Junior Educator of the Year Award.
Chris Barwacz

Barwacz Named DEO of Family Dentistry

Saturday, March 19, 2022
Chris Barwacz, associate professor in the Department of Family Dentistry, was named the Department Executive Officer of Family Dentistry in June 2021.
Trishul Allareddy

Allareddy Named DEO of OPRM

Friday, March 18, 2022
Trishul Allareddy, professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine, was named the Department Executive Officer of his department in 2021.
Headshot of Dr. Lina Moreno

Moreno Named DEO of Orthodontics

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Lina Moreno (’05 PhD, ’08 ORTHS), associate professor in the Department of Orthodontics, was named the Department Executive Officer of her department.
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.
Higley L. Bodine with a student and numerous head and face models.

Historical Impressions: Iowa Facial Growth Study

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
L. Bodine Higley (’26 DDS) graduated with a D.D.S. from Iowa in 1926, he was promptly hired by the college to assist with predoctoral clinical teaching and developing a new orthodontics graduate program. He also developed ground-breaking research with the Iowa Facial Growth Study.

Alumni Staff

Amanda Shoemaker

Amanda Shoemaker

Director of Alumni Relations and Continuing Education
The University of Iowa
348 Dental Science Building N.
Iowa City, IA 52242-1010

Barb Colbert

Barb Colbert


The University of Iowa
344 Dental Science Building N
Iowa City, IA 52242-1010