News 2009


Kirstina Gratz, Noemi Cruz-Orcutt and Dr. Marcela Hernandez Attend Annual Meeting of the Hispanic Dental Association

Noemi Cruz-Orcutt (D3), Kirstina Gratz (D3) and Dr. Marcela Hernandez, their mentor, attended the 17th Annual Meeting of the Hispanic dental Association (HDA) in Houston, Texas, October 22-24, 2009. They attended seminars about access to care issues for the Hispanic population as well as other minority groups and also attended panel discussions on cultural awareness for the oral health professional, diversity, education, and the workforce.

Kirsty won $1,000 in the Scientific Session with her poster, "Dental Students' Willingness to Treat Underserved Populations." Co-authors included Drs. Michelle McQuistan, Ray Kuthy, and Fang Qian, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry. Dr. McQuistan is Kirsty's mentor.

Noemi presented a poster titled "Reaching Out to Improve Oral Health in the Hispanic Community in Iowa," which focused on outreach and educational programs that the HDA Iowa chapter has implemented during the past two years. Co-authors included Kirstina Gratz (D3), Laura Mausser (D4), Elizabeth Sasse (D2), Treagan White (D3), and Dr. Marcela Hernandez, Department of Operative Dentistry. Dr. McQuistan is Kirsty's mentor.

Matthew Drescher Wins Research Award at the Hinman Student Research Symposium

Matthew Drescher (D2) won an award for most outstanding research in basic science during the recent fifteenth Hinman Student Research Symposium, held October 10-November 1, 2009, in Memphis, Tennessee. Matt's presentation was "Peptostreptococcus micros Switching Impacts Oral Keratinocyte Responses and b-Defensin Activity." His co-authors included Tina Srikantha, UI Dermatology; Dr. Kim Brogden, Department of Periodontics, and Dows; and Dr. Sophie Joly, UI Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Joly is Matt's mentor and Dr. Brogden was Matt's advisor on the project.

Matt's research project studied the effects of switching between rough and smooth phenotypes of an oral microbe on interactions of the microbe with host cells and antimicrobial peptides.

The symposium featured oral and poster presentations of research projects by dental students and graduate students from dental schools across the U.S. This year, there were 83 students representing 49 dental schools in 29 states, the District of Columbia, and 4 Canadian provinces.


Dr. Clark Stanford Elected to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Osseointegration

Dr. Clark Stanford, associate dean for research, has been elected to the board of directors of the Academy of Osseointegration. The board oversees the administration of the organization, whose memberships exceeds 5,200 professionals from nearly 70 countries. The Academy of Osseointegration, the largest interdisciplinary professional organization that represents dental specialty groups and general dentistry, is involved in the management of tooth replacement with dental implants.


Dr. Rebecca Slayton is Co-Editor of Academic Pediatrics Special Issue

Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, is co-editor of an Academic Pediatrics special issue on children's oral health. The November 2009 issue was also co-edited by Dr. Wendy Mouradian, University of Washington School of Dentistry.

The issue, which resulted from a 2008 national summit on children's oral health, examines how far the United States has progressed since a 2000 report by the Surgeon General in meeting the federal government's Healthy People 2010 oral health objectives. The issue discusses oral disease and dental caries, which can lead to physical and psychological disabilities and morbidity in adults; the increase of oral disease in very young children, partly because of their diets; advances in human genome sequencing, tissue engineering, and saliva diagnostics; and the fact that most pediatricians fail to address health issues for most of their pediatric patients.

Contributors to the special issue include experts in the fields of dentistry, nursing, and public policy, as well as Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. surgeon general from 1998 to 2002.

IASDA Representatives, Julie Reynolds and Andrea Schmidt, Receive $8,000 Mini-Grant from Delta Dental

Julie Reynolds, D3, and Andrea Schmidt, D4, representatives from the Iowa American Student Dental Association (IASDA), were recently awarded an $8,000 mini-grant from Delta Dental to produce and distribute a second edition of Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni's flip chart, "Healthy Smiles for Young Children." The flip chart, originally developed in 2004, is a 21-page, double-sided 8 1/2 x 11 inch self-standing color spiral bound chart. Although it was initially designed to be utilized by non-dental health professionals in Women, Infant and Children (WIC) clinics as well as Head Start centers, public and private dental offices and clinics are also interested in the flip chart.

The goal of this mini-grant project is to make the flip chart available to Iowa general dentists and other health professionals. The dental students plan to distribute flip charts at the next Iowa Dental Association (IDA) annual session and at the Iowa Public Health Association's annual session. Ms. Cathy Skotowski and Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, faculty representatives who are both from the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, are working with the IASDA students on this project.


Susan McKernan Receives L.B. Sims Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

Dr. Susan McKernan, a doctoral candidate in the College of Dentistry's oral science program, is the 2009 winner of the prestigious L.B. Sims Outstanding Master's Thesis Award, which "recognizes and rewards distinguished scholarship and research at the master's level." The award is named in honor of Leslie B. Sims, who was former dean of the UI Graduate College, associate provost for graduate education, and vice provost for the University of Iowa.

Dr. McKernan's thesis, "Modeling a state dentist workforce using county level data." was selected from a university-wide competition. This project was designed to screen and analyze more than 100 characteristics of Iowa's 99 counties that are conceptually related to dentist supply in order to generate a workforce model that can be used by policy makers in identifying counties with a shortage of dentists given the existing demographic, economic, and healthcare infrastructure conditions present within countries. She will be honored by the University at a recognition reception during the spring semester.

Dr. McKernan received guidance on this project from her thesis committee, which included Drs. Raymond Kuthy (chairperson), Michelle McQuistan, Betsy Momany, and Fang Qian, all Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. Dr. McKernan received a dental degree from the University of Florida and a master's degree in dental public health from Iowa.


Dr. David Drake Attends Symposium on Early Childhood Caries in American Indian/Alaska Native Children

Dr. David Drake, Department of Endodontics, and Dows Dental Research, attended the Symposium on Early Childhood Caries in American Indian/Alaska Native Children, which was held November 4, 2009, in Phoenix, Arizona. The symposium was sponsored by the American Dental Association Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations and the U.S. Indian Health Service.

During the Past and Current Research to Prevent ECC (Early Childhood Caries) in Indian Country, Dr. Drake presented "Transmission of S. mutans in a Northern Plains Tribal Community." He also presented "Virulence Factors in Cariogenic Bacteria" in the Essential Cariology component of the session.

Dr. Drake discussed "1.0% flavored chlorhexidine gel" during the New Products for ECC Prevention component of the meeting. He also led a discussion, along with three other experts, on Expert Opinions on Promising ECC Prevention Research Strategies and Risks/Benefits of Antimicrobials in Very Young Children.


Board of Regents Recommends $25 Million for Support of the College of Dentistry's Building Transformation

Dean David Johnsen; Dr. David Drake, president of the UI Faculty Senate, and professor, Department of Endodontics, and the Dows Institute; Dr. Wallace Loh, UI executive vice present and provost; Doug True, senior vice president and University treasurer; and UI President Sally Mason, attended the September 17 Board of Regents meeting in Council Bluffs. The Board recommended $25 million for support of the UI College of Dentistry building transformation (renovation and addition). The Board also approved schematics and a budget for the building addition.


Iowa AAPD Student Group to Participate in Annual "Trick-or-Treat" Night at Sycamore Mall

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) dental student group chapter at Iowa will be at Sycamore Mall, Iowa City, on October 29 from 5-7 pm. The Iowa predoctoral and postdoctoral students will participate in the annual "Trick-or-Treat" night by handing out toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as providing oral hygiene education with puppets, stickers, costumes, and handouts to the children.

In addition to a cache of toothbrushes the students already have, Proctor and Gamble has donated additional toothbrushes and is also lending a Sparkle toothpaste costume. As Jessica Flanigan (D3), AAPD Iowa chapter president commented, "It should be very fun!"

Three Dental Students Represent College of Dentistry at Second Annual "Teen Summit"

The Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Alumnae Chapter & Delta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., held their Second Annual "Teen Summit" on Saturday, October 17, 2009, at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. Misha Lockey (D2), Celia Mimms (D2), and Melissa Brown (D3) attended the "Teen Summit" as representatives of the UI College of Dentistry.

The theme this year was "Empowering Our Youth in the 21st Century." The organization's goal is to help young African American men and women between the ages of 14-18 acquire the necessary tools for personal and professional success.

The event included a series of workshops as well as a Career Expo with tables of information and individuals who answered questions about different careers.


2009 Iowa Mission of Mercy a Resounding Success

The Iowa Mission of Mercy (IMOM) was held September 25-26, 2009, at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. More than 1,200 dental professionals, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and others volunteered to treat over 1,500 patients free of charge at a value of more than $843,000.

The Iowa Dental Foundation led the organizational effort for Iowa Mission of Mercy. Delta Dental Foundation, Iowa Speedway, Principal Financial Group Foundation, Professional Solutions Insurance Co., Patterson Dental, Iowa Dental Supply, Henry Schein, and others were generous sponsors.

Volunteers from the College of Dentistry, including 127 dental students and residents, 17 faculty, and 18 staff, treated fellow Iowans during the two-day event. "We were honored to be part of such an important event," said Dr. Michael Kanellis, associate dean for patient care. "Our faculty, staff and students have looked forward to this event since Iowa's first Mission of Mercy a year ago. The opportunity to provide dental care to so many people in need is very rewarding."

Awards Given During 2009 Alumni Weekend Dinner

During the 2009 Alumni Weekend dinner on September 18, Dr. Jackson Roe and Mrs. Nona Seberg-Roe received the Alumni of the Year Award, Dr. Michael Kanellis received the Dental Educator of the Year Award, and Dr. James A. Raecker received the Service Recognition Award.

2009 Alumni of the Year: Dr. Jackson Roe (DDS '44) and Mrs. Nona Seberg Roe received the 2009 Alumni of the Year Award to honor their loyalty to the College of Dentistry. Their commitment to the College has included their support of the Simulation Clinic; the creation of the Jackson H. and Nona Seberg Roe Lectureship in Pediatric Dentistry; and the Jackson H. and Nona Seberg Roe Faculty Fellowship of the Special Care Clinic. The establishment of the Jackson H. and Nona Seberg Roe Professorship in Orthodontics also reflects their continuing loyalty to the College of Dentistry.

2009 Dental Educator of the Year: Dr. Michael Kanellis (DDS '79), associate dean for patient care, was honored with the 2009 Dental Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Kanellis has made innumerable contributions to dental education and the pediatric oral health care of eastern Iowans and migrant workers. He helped create a three-year combined pediatric dentistry/dental public health degree program, initiated several pediatric dentistry outreach activities, and also helped establish the Muscatine Pediatric Dentistry Clinic in a collaborative effort between the College of Dentistry and the Muscatine Center for Social Action. His dedication to the implementation of electronic patient records and the transformation of the dental science building continues.

2009 Service Recognition Award: Dr. James A. Raecker (DDS '59) distinguished himself during his professional careers in several ways: he was a member of the American Association of Dental Examiners (AADE) for nine years; served on the AADE's National Board Advisory Panel for seven years; served on the Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Steering Committee Board of Directors for three years; and served five years in the Iowa Dental Association (IDA) House of Delegates. He was also chairman of the IDA Insurance Council and chairman of the IDA Ethics, Intraprofessional & Public Relations Committee. To honor Dr. Raecker, his family established the James A. Raecker Service Award Fund, which supports one or more annual awards to deserving Iowa dental students who are involved with service to the community.

Iowa Dental Association Receives Award for Iowa Mission of Mercy

Dr. Patricia Meredith, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and Larry Carl, the Iowa Dental Association's executive director, attended the Summit Awards dinner in Washington, D.C. recently to accept the Summit Award for the 2008 Iowa Mission of Mercy, on behalf of the organizers, volunteers, and contributors who made the event in Waterloo possible.

The American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership's Associations Advance America (AAA) Committee honors associations with the Summit Award for implementation of innovative community-based programs that improve the quality of life in America.

The inaugural Iowa Mission of Mercy was held October 3-4, 2008, at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa, where 1,254 patients received necessary, no-cost oral health care valued at over $602,000.

The honor comes days after the second Iowa Mission of Mercy was held at the Iowa Speedway in Newton September 25-26, 2009, during which over 1,200 volunteers treated more than 1,500 patients with care valued at over $800,000.

College of Dentistry Raises $1575 for Cancer Research

Thanks to the generosity of the College of Dentistry faculty, staff and students, $1575 was collected on Friday, October 2, 2009, during Lee National Denim Day. Faculty, staff and students were encouraged to break away from the dress codes and wear denim for the day in return for a $5 donation to breast cancer research. The response was overwhelming.

The Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine took the theme to heart by buying and wearing breast cancer awareness shirts.

Lee National Denim Day is one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer. Donations support the Women's Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and Lee Labs, whose researchers are working to develop an early detection blood test and find less toxic, more effective treatments for breast cancer patients.

Dental Students Compete in Minneapolis Marathon

Four UI dental students competed in the 28th Annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America on Sunday, October 4, 2009.

Will McBride (D4); Allison Fuller (D3); Mike Schiff (D4); and Ashley Charmichael (D4) ran the full 26 miles, 385 yards race. The course began in downtown Minneapolis, continued along Lake of the Isles and Lakes Calhoun, Harriet, and Nokomis, followed the north side of the Mississippi River, and finished on the south side of the river at the Medtronic Plaza, near the University of Minnesota campus.


Dr. Galen Schneider Attends ADEA Legislative Workshop in Washington, D.C. and Advocates for ADEA on Capitol Hill

Dr. Galen Schneider, professor and chair of the Department of Prosthodontics, participated in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute Legislative Workshop, which was held September 13-15, 2009, in Washington, D.C. The workshop prepared participants to meet with Congressional members on Capital Hill to advocate several key issues related to oral health care and dental education, on behalf of ADEA and its membership.

Dr. Schneider met with U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack (2nd District of Iowa); U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa; and U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley (Iowa 1st District Representative) to discuss the importance of access to oral health care services and good oral health in relation to an individual's overall health. Dr. Schneider also discussed the importance of recruitment and retention of dental school faculty across the country to maintain high standards in dental education for training the next generation of dentists and oral health care providers. These meetings occurred during the current healthcare reform debate.

Drs. Ronald Ettinger and Steven Levy Visit Thailand

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics, and Dows, and Dr. Steven Levy, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, recently traveled to Thailand to attend the 9th World Congress on Preventive Dentistry, which was held September 7-10, 2009, in Phuket, Thailand. The meeting's theme was community participation and global alliances for lifelong oral health for all.

Dr. Ettinger was a moderator and speaker during the symposium, "Comprehensive Oral Care for the Elderly." Dr. Levy was a participant during the plenary session, "Fluoride and Health."


Dr. Philip Wertz Attends Gordon Research Conference

Dr. Philip Wertz, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and Dows, recently attended the 11th Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin Gordon Research Conference, which was held August 9-14, 2009, at the Waterville Valley Resort, New Hampshire./

The conference is held every two years to promote discussions and the exchange of ideas of studies in the biological, chemical and physical sciences.

Dr. Wertz was a discussion leader for the Membrane Lipids & Trafficking in Barrier Formation & Function group of attendees. He was also elected as a vice chair for the next Gordon Conference. Dr. Wertz will hold this position for two years then become a chair for two chairs, and finally, an immediate past chair for the remaining two years.


Dr. Ronald Ettinger Presents Lectures in Australia

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics, and Dows Institute for Dental Research, presented several lectures during a recent trip to Australia. On July 20, 2009, he presented "Dental Treatment of Patients: End of Life Care" to the University of Melbourne special needs faculty at the Melbourne Dental Hospital.

Dr. Ettinger presented the lecture, "An Introduction to the Treatment of Geriatric and Special Needs Patients," on July 23 to the dental faculty, staff and students at the University of Western Australia in Perth.

On July 24, Dr. Ettinger presented "Dental Management of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias" to the staff of Perth's Central Clinical and Dental Health Service.

During Dr. Ettinger's July 30-31 visit to Sydney, he presented "Clinical Assessment and Practice Management of Medical Conditions and Medications in Older Adults" to senior dental students at Westmead Dental Hospital. He also presented a one-day program, "Treatment of Patients with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias" to the staff of Sydney South West Area Health Services and the faculty of the University of Sydney, University of Newcastle, and Charles Sturt University. The last lecture was given at the Dental Hospital of Sydney.


Dr. Deborah Dawson Elected as Member of Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research

Dr. Deborah Dawson, director, Biostatistics & Research Design, was elected to membership in the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research. The organization was formed in the late 1960s when a small group of biostatisticians met as one of four subcommittees of the organizing committee of the 1968 Conference on Testing of Cariostatic Agents for Dental Caries. This conference was co-sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the US Public Health Service (PHS). The task force has two primary goals: to foster and promote the use of sound and innovative methodologies in the design and analysis of oral health clinical research and to encourage a continuous dialogue between all stakeholders in oral health research. Dr. Dawson will attend the next meeting of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research, which will be held in Newark, New Jersey, November 9 and 10, 2009.


Lindsey Pingel and Whitney Dunn Receive the Colgate Palmolive Research Award

Fourth-year dental students, Lindsey Pingel and Whitney Dunn were each presented with the Colgate Palmolive Research Award during the recent 89th Annual American Association of Women Dentists meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina. The award honors national excellence in research. Ten national scholarships were awarded with a $500 prize; Iowa was the only dental school with two awardees.

Whitney's research, "Smile Esthetics: Buccal Corridor Width, Gingival Display, and Tooth Shape," studied what aspects of smiles non-dental professionals find attractive and how the information can be applied to patient treatment plans to maximize attractivness while performing restorative dentistry. Her study also examined the psychological aspect of what makes a smile esthetic by examining the correlation between people's perceptions and actual ratings of attractiveness.

Lindsey's research was "HBD3 Inhibits Binding of Porphyromonas gingivalis Hemagglutinin B (rHagB) to Human Keratinocytes and Dendritic Cells." During the project, she used confocal microscopy to illustrate that HBD3 inhibits the binding of rhagB, a virulence factor of P. Gingivalis, to both dendritic cells and keratinocytes. This was a continuation of previous projects aimed at identifying ways to attenuate inflammation caused by periodontal disease.


Dr. Teresa Marshall Receives Collegiate Teaching Award

Dr. Teresa Marshall, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, has received a Collegiate Teaching Award for the 2008-09 academic year. The award represents the highest honor a college bestows on its faculty for excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching.

Dr. Marshall is director of the experiential course for first- and second-year dental students. She also coordinates and teaches the nutrition curriculum within the College of Dentistry. She is associate director for the Dental Student Research Program as well.


Ms. Karen Ann Baker Awarded Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion

Ms. Karen Baker, director, Dental Pharmacy, was awarded the Hancher- Finkbine Faculty Medallion during the recent 92nd anniversary Finkbine Dinner. This award is given to a faculty member on a rotating basis among each college.

Ms. Baker joined the College of Dentistry's Dental Pharmacy Services in 1981 after receiving her M.S. in clinical pharmacy from Iowa. In 1991, she became director of Dental Pharmacy. She is an associate professor in both the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, and the Division of Pharmacy Practice.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership, learning and loyalty, and is named after William O. Finkbine, a Des Moines businessman and 1880 UI law graduate, and Virgil M. Hancher, who served as president of the UI from 1940-1964.


Penni Ryan Receives Delta Dental Mini-Grant for CE Course

Penni Ryan, director of Alumni Relations, received a mini-grant of $9,600 from the Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation. The grant will support an October 30, 2009, continuing dental education program, "Pediatric Dentistry Boot Camp: a New Hands-on Course on Essential Pediatric Dentistry."

The course will be taught by Dr. Mike Kanellis, Clinic Administration and Pediatric Dentistry; Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head, Pediatric Dentistry; Drs. Cynthia Christensen, Richard Burke, and Karin Weber-Gasparoni, all Pediatric Dentistry; and Cathy Skotowski and Gail Gilbaugh, Pediatric Dentistry.


Hospital Dentistry Orthodontic and General Dentistry Patients Move to College of Dentistry

The College of Dentistry is pleased to announce that the Orthodontic and General Dentistry Departments at the UI Hospital Dentistry Institute have moved to the College of Dentistry. Hospital Dentistry orthodontic patients are now being seen in the Orthodontic Clinic at the College beginning June 9, 2009. These patients will include those with craniofacial anomalies and problems associated with congenital birth abnormalities such as cleft lip and/or cleft palate, whose care will be overseen by a team of UI doctors and dentists whose specialties include plastic surgery, oral surgery, prosthodontics, orthodontics, and pediatrics. The phone number for the Orthodontics Clinic at the College of Dentistry is 319-335-7287.

Hospital General Dentistry moved to the College on July 1, 2009. Drs. Patty Meredith, Mark Dittmer, Lance Forbes, Terrance Riley, and Ellen Morris are now seeing general dentistry patients in their clinic on the third floor of the College, adjacent to the Family Dentistry Clinic. The contact number for Hospital General Dentistry will remain 319-356-2743. On July 1, the phone number for Hospital General Dentistry at the College became 319-335-6659.

We are confident that the relocation of the Orthodontic and General Dentistry clinics to the College of Dentistry will allow for greater comprehensive dental care for patients, especially for patients who require consultations with dental specialists. The Oral Surgery and Prosthodontic Departments at the Hospital Dentistry Institute will remain in the Pomerantz Family Pavilion.


Dr. Ronald Ettinger Invited Speaker at 2009 Biennial Conference

Dr. Ronald Ettinger, Department of Prosthodontics, and Dows, was an invited speaker at the 2009 Biennial Conference: Dental Education and Geriatric Patients. The meeting was held at the Metropolitan Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, on June 17-20, 2009.

Dr. Ettinger presented "The Development of Geriatric Programs in the USA and Canada: an Update."

The conference was hosted by the Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry; L'Association des Facultes Dentaires du Canada; the University of Toronto; and the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Deborah Dawson Presents at Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research Meeting

Dr. Deborah Dawson, director, Biostatistics, and professor, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry, was an invited speaker at the Scientific Session of the Task Force on Design and Analysis in Oral Health Research. The meeting was held May 4, 2009, in Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Dawson presented "Remedy in Extremity: Nonparametric Approaches to Analysis of Sparse, Limited, or Otherwise Problematic Longitudinal Data."


Dr. Gerald Denehy Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University of Montreal

Dr. Gerald Denehy, head, Department of Operative Dentistry, received an honorary doctorate during the June 4, 2009, University of Montreal graduation ceremony of the faculty of dental medicine.

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni Receives AAPD Faculty Research Award

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, received the Faculty Research Award during the 62nd Annual Session of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was one of four finalists who were selected for the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation Research Award competition for her paper, "Effectiveness of a Psychoeducational Intervention for Early Childhood Caries Prevention."

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni was judged to have accomplished the most outstanding research based on her manuscript and 10-minute summary presentation of her research, with five minutes of questions. She received the Paul P. Taylor Award.

Dr. Weber-Gasparoni and the other finalists each received a $500 cash award; complimentary annual session meeting registration for herself and a guest; travel and hotel expenses for herself; and a plaque during the 62nd Annual Session's recognition brunch, which was held May 24, 2009.

Dr. Donald Chi is Finalist in GSRA Competition

Dr. Donald Chi, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, was a Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRA) finalist for the current and recent pediatric dentistry postdoctoral students/residents research competition. The competition was held during the recent annual session of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Dr. Chi received a complimentary annual session registration for himself and a guest; travel expense reimbursement; a cash award; and a plaque for his research, "Time to First Dentist Visit for Newly Medicaid-Enrolled Children Identified with an Intellectual and/or Developmental Disability."

In 1987, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children was established to support and promote education, research, service and policy development that advance the oral health of infants and children. In 1989, the organization began financially supporting the GSRA competition. Following an application process, the Healthy Smiles, Health Children Committee on Scientific Affairs selects eight finalists to present their research at the AAPD annual session.


Nancy Slach to Receive 2009 Governor's Volunteer Award

Ms. Nancy Slach, Department of Periodontics, has been selected for a 2009 Governor's Volunteer Award for her outstanding contribution of volunteer service to her community. She has displayed exceptional service in tobacco cessation education throughout the state and she is an active volunteer in local school, church and community activities.

The award will be given to Nancy at a special recognition ceremony on Friday, June 19, 2009, at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa.


Pediatric Dentistry Faculty and Residents Participate in the Keiki Dental Project

From April 27-May 1, 2009, Dr. Richard Burke, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and four Iowa pediatric dentistry residents, participated in the Keiki Dental Project on the island of Hawaii. Drs. Brea Schmidt, Donald Chi, Sean Vostatek, Aaron Blackwelder, and Richard Burke treated as many as 100 Big Island children who ranged in age from one year through the sixth grade. Their services included x-rays, fillings, extractions of non-restorable teeth, and fluoride treatments.

Each child left with a toothbrush kit.

The dentists also presented oral health education to a classroom of preschool and elementary students.

The Keiki Dental Project is a collaboration between the Hamakua Health Center, University of Iowa, Hawaii Kaiser-Permanente, Honokaa Elementary School, the Office for Social Ministry, and St. Francis Community health Services. Dr. Elaine Himadi, a pediatrician on the University of Iowa faculty, began the program in 2007. She is a former Kamuela resident and Waimea Intermediate School administrator.

Family of Dr. Russell Collins, 1963 DDS Graduate, Receives His War Medals

Dr. Russell L. Collins, a 1963 Iowa DDS graduate, was honored posthumously by Congressman Dave Loebsack on May 9, 2009, at the African American Museum in Cedar Rapids. The widow and family of Dr. Collins were presented the Congressional Gold Medal and five service awards he earned more than 50 years ago: the National Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Pin.

More than 50 people attended the ceremony, including State Senator Rob Hogg and Cedar Rapids Mayor Kay Halloran.

Dr. Collins was among 992 black American airmen who were trained in Tuskegee, Alabama. Although Dr. Collins finished fighter pilot training shortly before World War II ended, he was recalled in 1950 to serve in the Korean War as an air transportation officer on cargo planes.

Dr. Collins earned his BA from Coe College before being trained in Tuskegee. After completing his service during the Korean War, he received his DDS at Iowa in 1963 and later opened a private practice in Cedar Rapids. Dr. Collins was also the first African-American dentist at the Anamose Men's Reformatory.

Dr. Collins retired in 1961. He died June 8, 2005.

Dr. Manuel Gomez Receives Dr. John Montgomery, Jim McLeran, Pierre Fauchard Academy Education Award

Dr. Manuel Gomez, Department of Endodontics, received the Dr. John Montgomery, Jim McLeran, Pierre Fauchard Academy Education Fund Award. The fund was established by Dr. and Mrs. Larry Barrett for student tuition or for continuing education of faculty members.

Dr. Barrett received his DDS from Iowa in 1944. He had a private practice in Bettendorf, Iowa, and also was an adjunct assistant professor at the UI College of Dentistry.

Dr. John C. Montgomery joined the UI College of Dentistry as a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery in 1947. He later became executive associate dean and held the post until his retirement in 1997. After receiving his DDS and MS from the University of Missouri, he received his certification in oral surgery from Iowa in 1959.

Dr. James McLeran served as dean of the UI College of Dentistry from 1974 to 1995. He received his DDS from Iowa in 1957 and his MS in oral surgery in 1962. He joined the UI Department of Oral Surgery in 1963.

Dr. Bob Schneider Presents at Western States Laboratory Conference and Receives Two Awards

Dr. Bob Schneider, Department of Prosthodontics, and Danny Roberts, CDT, Hawkeye Dental Studio, were recently invited to present "The Team Approach to Titanium Laser Assembled and CAD/CAM Full Arch Implant Restorations, Current State of the Art" at the Western States Laboratory Conference in Reno, Nevada.

Dr. Schneider was also honored during the meeting by being presented with an Honorary CD (Certified Dental Technician) by the executive director of the National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL). This is only the third time in the 80-year history of the NADL that this honor has been awarded.

Additionally, Dr. Schneider was also presented with the First Annual David Bridgham Leadership Award for "outstanding and continuous leadership in the field of dentistry, dental technology, and dental technology education."

Jordan Poss and Michael Buck Win Anatomy/Histology Awards

During the May 1 Anatomy and Cell Biology Student Awards Ceremony and Reception, Jordan Poss (D2) received the Award for Superior Achievement in Dental Gross Anatomy, and both Michael Buck (D2) and Jordan received the Michael W. Finkelstein Award for Superior Achievement in Dental Histology.

Maegan Johnson Wins IADR Nutrition Group's 2009 Best Student Abstract Award

Maegan Johnson (D3) won the International Association for Dental Research Nutrition Group's 2009 Best Student Abstract Award for her poster presentation, "Colonization of Streptococcus mutanson Carbonated Beverage Eroded Molar Enamel.

Co-authors include John Laffoon and Jeff Harless, Dows; Dr. Fang Qian, Biostatistics; Dr. Kim Brogden, Periodontics and Dows; and Dr. Teresa Marshall, Preventive & Community Dentistry. Drs. Marshall and Brogden are Maegan's mentors.

Dr. Axel Ruprecht Invited Speaker at 20th Saudi Conference and Workshops

Dr. Axel Ruprecht, Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, was an invited speaker at the 20th Saudi Dental Society Conference and Workshops, which was held April 20-22 at the King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

His presentation was "Cone Beam CT: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly." He was also a judge for the young researchers prize.

Following the conference, Dr. Ruprecht and two other international experts from Australia and the UK met for three days at the National Commission on Academic Assessment and Accreditation to draft accreditation standards specifically for dental education.


Dean's Annual Student Recognition Dinner Held

Several students were recognized at the Dean's annual Student Recognition Dinner, which was held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Conference Center on Wednesday evening, April 22./

Student recipients were nominated by their respective classes, based upon their extra efforts, usually non-academic in nature and often not otherwise publicly acknowledged: (D1)-- Celia Mimms; Tasha Willman; Kelly Huston; Kristopher Hasstedt; Andrew Beer; and Karma Weeden, (D2)-- Joseph Uker; Bailey Hammerberg; Julie Reynolds; Noemi Cruz-Orcutt; Jeffrey Lenius; Thomas Heidenreich; Georgianne Fairchild; and Kirstino Moreno, (D3)-- Adrienne D'Agostino; Diana Choi; Diana Ozuna; Andrew Carrell; Karla Thole; Karl Swenson; Lindsey Pingel; Christi Larson; Scott Anderson; and Asana Mohamad, (D4)-- Angelica Damian; Joe Eckford; Kyle Stein; Jill Shonka; Michael McEwan; Jada Kurth; and Raquia Denson.

In addition, five seniors received the Dean's Four Year Award for having been selected for four consecutive years: Kyle Stein; Angelica Damian; Jill Shonka; Jada Kurth; and Joe Eckford.

Junior student, Diana Choi, was recognized by Dentsply representative, Grant Bearbower, who presented her with the Dentsply Student Clinician Award for having won first place in the College of Dentistry's Student Research Table Clinic competition.

Dr. Rebecca Slayton State Leader of AAPD's Head Start Dental Home Initiative in Iowa

Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, and representatives from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), led the Iowa launch of AAPD's Head Start (HS) Dental Home Initiative on Friday, April 24, in Des Moines. Iowa is the ninth state to launch the initiative, and Dr. Slayton is the state leader of the initiative.

The state launch brought together key individuals in Iowa to serve on a Leadership Advisory Team and Mentorship Teams. The vision is that local networks consisting of local dentists and Head Start personnel, as well as other community leaders, will work together to identify strategies to overcome any barriers to HS children's access to dental homes.

Cathy Skotowski Wins Honor Clinic Award

Cathy Skotowski, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, won the Honor Clinic Award at the annual session of the Iowa Dental Association, which was held April 30- May 3 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Her poster, Pediatric Oral Health Resources on the Web, highlighted some of the features of the new Pediatric Dentistry Web page. To check out their Web site, go to

Dr. Raymond Kuthy Named a Member of External Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Raymond Kuthy, Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, has been named as a member of the External Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC) for the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research's (NIDCR) Collaborative Centers for Research to Reduce Oral Health Disparities. Three centers (Boston University, University of Colorado, and University of California at San Francisco) have been funded by NIDCR to address various research issues relating to dental caries in early childhood.


21st Annual Meeting on Special Care Dentistry: Jane Chalmers Memorial Award Established

In a resolution, the Special Care Dentistry organization announced the establishment of the Jane Chalmers Memorial Award, which will be presented to a member of the Special Care Association who has demonstrated an outstanding achievement in the areas of minimally invasive dentistry, prevention, and/or restorative oral health care. The award honors the memory of Dr. Jane Chalmers, a University of Iowa Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry faculty member, who died in December 2008.

Drs. Bruce Justman and Luke Hamann Give Presentations to HCC Dental Hygiene Students

Dr. Bruce Justman, Department of Endodontics, and Dr. Luke Hamann, endodontics residents, presented "Introduction to Endodontics: Instruments and Their Use," and "Endodontic/Periodontal Disease and Treatment" to the dental hygienists at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa.

Dr. Karen Potter Wins Award at 10th Annual Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Poster Session

Dr. Karen Potter, second-year resident in the Department of Endodontics, presented at the 10th Annual Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Health Research Poster Session, which was held April 23, 2009. Her poster was entitled "Should Endodontists Place Dental Implants? A Survey of Endodontists." Dr. Potter won a general cash award.

The session included posters from all areas of health science research: nursing, dental, medical, public health, and PhD students.

Dr. Potter will attend the American Association of Endodontists Annual Meeting, which will be held April 29-May 2 in Orlando, Florida, where she will present her table clinic.


Dr. David Drake Becomes President of the UI Faculty Senate

Dr. David Drake, Department of Endodontics and Dows, will be serving as president of the UI Faculty Senate. He has just completed one year as president-elect, will serve one year as president, and then a third year as past-president.

Dr. Drake is the first dental faculty to become president of the UI Faculty Senate.


Apollonian Frolic Held March 28, 2009

The 2009 Apollonian Frolic was held at the Sheraton Hotel, downtown Iowa City, on Saturday, March 28. The evening included cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; dinner; a welcome by Dean David Johnsen; and a presentation of the Teacher of the Year Awards. The recipients were: (Class of 2012): Dr Darren Hoffmann (Anatomy & Cell Biology); (Class of 2011): Dr. Steven Aquilino (Prosthodontics); (Class of 2010): Dr. Lawrence Huber (Prosthodontics) and Dr. Jay Pronk (OMS); (Class of 2009): Adjunct of the Year -- Dr. Arlyn Robinson; Faculty of the Year -- Dr. Larry Squire (Family Dentistry); Faculty of All Four Years -- Dr. Manuel Gomez (Family Dentistry).

Iowa Dental Student Representatives Travel to ASDA Annual Session

Jeffrey Erickson (D3), Thomas Heidenreich (D2) and Scott Anderson (D3), recently traveled as Iowa chapter representatives to the annual session of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). The meeting was held March 25-28, 2009, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Iowa attendees received the Most Improved NewsLetter award. The Iowa chapter also received honorable mention for the Procter & Gamble Healthy Smiles competition.

Drs. Cheryl Morarend and Mickey Spector Present at ADEA Meeting

Drs.Cheryl Morarend and Mickey Spector, Family Dentistry, presented at the 86th Annual Session of the American Dental Education Association, which was held in Phoenix, Arizona, March 14-18, 2008.

Dr. Morarend presented "Daily Evaluation of Clinical Competency I: Implementation of Assessment Instrument."

Dr. Spector presented "Daily Evaluation of Clinical Compentency II: Implementation of Assessment Instrument and Faculty Calibration."


Lindsey Pingel and Dr. Karen Potter Receive Awards

Lindsey Pingel (D3) and Dr. Karen Potter, resident, Department of Endodontics, received awards during the 11th Annual James F. Jakobsen Conference, which was held March 27-28.

Lindsey won third place for her oral presentation, "HBD3 Inhibits Binding of Porphyromonas gingivalis Hemaglutinin B (rHagB) to Human Keratinocytes and Dendritic Cells." Co-authors included Tina Srikantha, formerly Dows; M. Belanger; A. Progulske-Fox; Dr. Zoya Kurago, now New York University; and Dr. Kim Brogden, Dows and Periodontics, who is Lindsey's mentor.

Dr. Potter won first place for her poster presentation, "Should Endodontists Place Dental Implants? A Survey of Endodontists." Members of her research committee included chair Dr. Michelle McQuistan, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry; Dr. Anne Williamson, Department of Endodontics; Dr. Peter Damiano, Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry; and Dr. Fang Qian, Biostatistics, and Department of Preventive & Community Dentistry.

All participants submitted 10-page papers, which were judged by faculty members throughout the University of Iowa. Lindsey and Dr. Potter won their awards based on their papers.


Karl G. Kohlgraf Wins Oral Presentation Award

During the 40th Annual Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum that was held February 27-28 in Omaha, Nebraska, Karl G. Kohlgraf (D1) won the 4th Place Award in Oral Presentation. His presentation, "Quantitation of SPLUNC in saliva by an xMAP particle-based immunoassay," was one of 125 oral and poster presentations.

The Midwest Student Biomedical Research Forum is co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center, and the American Medical Association Foundation.


Dr. Rebecca Slayton Publishes Early Childhood Text

Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, is an author of a new childhood textbook, Early Childhood Oral Health. Her co-author is Dr. Joel Berg, a faculty member at the University of Washington, Seattle.

The textbook, which is being published by Wiley-Blackwell, includes two chapters that are co-authored by Dr. Arthur Nowak, a UI College of Dentistry emeritus, and another chapter that is authored by Dr. Kevin Donly, former UI College of Dentistry faculty, who is now at the University of Texas, San Antonio.


56th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the AADR Held March 3, 2009

The 56th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Section of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) was held March 3, 2009. The local research day events included a keynote address, "Delivering Health Care in Developing Countries," by Dr. John Canady, UI Department of Otolaryngology. Following Dr. Canady, Dean David Johnsen addressed the attendees.

Forty-two students, staff and faculty presentated poster, oral and table clinic presentations. The winners were announced during the awards banquet dinner, which was held at the Coralville Holiday Inn. The dinner was sponsored by the College of Dentistry, Procter & Gamble, and the Iowa Chapter of AADR.

Dr. Steve Aquilino Receives AAFP George H. Moulton Award

Dr. Steve Aquilino, Department of Prosthodontics, received the 2009 George H. Moulton Award from the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP) during its annual meeting, which was held recently in Chicago.

The Moulton Award recognizes members who have made a significant impact and contribution to the art and science of fixed prosthodontics and have demonstrated lifetime service to the field.

The award is named for Dr. George H. Moulton, one of the visionary founders of the Academy, its first secretary and sixth president, and the first recipient of the award. This prestigious award is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy. Recipients are nominated by members and chosen by a standing committee of the Academy.


Iowa Dental Students Travel to Washington, D.C. to Attend National Student Lobby Day

Four Iowa dental students recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the National Student Lobby Day.

Jordan Ledger (D2), Karl Swenson (D2), Mike McEwan (D4), and Kevin Dow (D2) met with all five Iowa representatives, two senators and appropriate staff members. The dental students lobbied for increased funding for the National Health Service Corps, which allows loan forgiveness to practitioners who serve areas that are considered to be shortage areas for health professions. They also lobbied for the Meth Mouth Prevention Act, which allocated funds for prevention, research, and continuing education to combat Meth Mouth.


Dr. Galen Schneider to Participate in ADEA National Leadership Program

Dr. Galen Schneider, head, Department of Prosthodontics, has been accepted in the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Leadership Institute Class of 2010. The ADEA Leadership Institute is one of the nation's premiere leadership development programs in health professions education. Selected promising faculty members from academic dental institutions are guided through intensive development in leadership and organization theory, higher education management, team and network building, and other aspects of personal and professional growth. The institute is designed to build faculty members' personal and interpersonal leadership competencies, expertise in higher education and health care policy issues, and administrative abilities.

Dr. Ana Elashvili, 2008 Operative Graduate, to Receive JDE Outstanding Manuscript Award

Dr. Ana Elashvili, a 2008 Operative Dentistry graduate, will receive the Journal of Dental Education's (JDE) Outstanding Manuscript Award at the upcoming 86th ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona.

Annually, ADEA presents an award for the best article published in a given section of the JDE to a junior faculty member or student who is the lead author of the article. Dr. Elashvili published "Evaluation of an Audience Response System in a Preclinical Operative Dentistry Course" in the November 2008 issue of JDE. Her article was included in the "Milieu in Dental School and Practice" section of the journal. Co-authors include Dr. Jerry Denehy, head, Operative Dentistry; Dr. Deborah Dawson, director, Biostatistics; and Marsha Cunningham, Preventive & Community Dentistry.

Dr. Elashvili is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.


Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni a Finalist for Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation Research Award

Dr. Karin Weber-Gasparoni, Pediatric Dentistry, has been selected as a finalist for the Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Foundation Research Award competition for the abstract titled "Effectiveness of a Psychoeducational Intervention for Early Childhood Caries Prevention." She will submit a manuscript to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and deliver a 15-minute oral presentation at the AAPD Annual Session in May. The recipient who is judged as having accomplished the most outstanding research, based on his/her manuscript and presentation, will receive the Paul P. Taylor Award.


In Memorium: Dr. J. Michael Leary and Dr. Jane M. Chalmers

Dr. J. Michael (Mike) Leary received his DDS degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1968. After serving an internship at the U.S. Army Williams Beaumont General Hospital in Texas, he was commanding officer at the Arlington Heights Missile Base Dental Clinic (Illinois). Dr. Leary was in private practice in Washington, Iowa, from 1971-1985. After receiving his MS and certificate in prosthodontics from Iowa in 1984, he taught full time as a professor in the UI Department of Family Dentistry until his death. In 1984, he achieved diplomate status of the American Board of Prosthodontics. Dr. Leary served in the 294th Iowa Army National Guard Medical Detachment until 1999 when he retired at the rank of brigadier general (brevetted). He served as president of the Iowa Dental Association from 1989-1990. Dr. J. Michael Leary passed away on August 7, 2008. Dr. Jane M. Chalmers received her BDS from the University of Melbourne (Australia) in 1987. In 1995, she received her MS in dental public health from Iowa. After returning to Australia to work at the Dental Statistics and Research Unit, she completed her doctoral degree at the University of Adelaide in 2001. In 2004, Dr. Chalmers joined the UI College of Dentistry as an associate professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. She participated in the family practice for patients in the College of Dentistry's Special Care Clinic. Dr. Chalmers also had a secondary appointment in the College of Nursing. She was an editor and reviewer for numerous journals. Internationally recognized as an expert in the care of dental patients with special needs, Dr. Chalmers provided continuing education and seminars to dentists and other health care providers in many countries. Dr. Jane Chalmers passed away on December 6, 2008.

Dr. Tunde Bamgbose Wins Award for Poster Presentation

During the 4th Annual Research Conference and Fair at the University of Lagos (Nigeria), Dr. Tunde Bamgbose, a 2008 Iowa oral and maxillofacial radiology program graduate, won the Distinguished Faculty (College of Medicine) Research Award.

His poster presentation, "Prospective, Randomized, Open-label, Clinical Trial Comparing Effects of Dexamethasone Co-administered with Diclofenac Potassium or Third Molar Extractions in Adults," was one of 28 presentations. Three of these, including Dr. Bamgbose's poster, were selected for the award.

Dr. Bamgbose is currently in the predoctoral DDS program at the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry.


Drs. Daniel Caplan and Rebecca Slayton Meet with UI President Sally Mason

Dr. Daniel Caplan, head, Preventive & Community Dentistry, and Dr. Rebecca Slayton, head, Pediatric Dentistry, talked with UI President Sally Mason during the New Faculty Reception, which was held December 8, 2008, at the Old Capitol Rotunda.