Department News & Events

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October 3, 2018

Dental Anatomy course featured in IowaNow Newsletter

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September 9, 2018

Department Fall Picnic

The department held their annual Fall Family Picnic on September 9th at Quail Ridge Park in North Liberty.  

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August 13, 2018 

The annual All-College Conference was held August 13th in the Galagan auditorium.  Service milestones were recognized between 5 and 50 years, and Joyce Francois was honored for 40 years in Operative Dentistry.

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July 20, 2018

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June 15, 2018

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February 22, 2018

Dr. Rodrigo Maia was a featured speaker at the Academy of Operative Dentistry Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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February 21, 2018

The annual Operative Alumni Reunion was held in Chicago, Illinois prior to the beginning of the Academy of Operative Dentistry meeting.  It was a great evening to catch up with colleagues and friends friends from around the the US and world.

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February 15, 2018

Congratulations to award winners from the local AADR research day held on February 13th and their mentors:

Max Smith Competition – Postdoctoral
Third Place: Tamer Theodory (mentor – Justine Kolker)

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Competition – Predoctoral
Fifth Place: Katelyn Stine (mentor – Cristina Vidal)
Fourth Place: Bryer Fritsch (mentor – Justine Kolker)

ADA Table Clinics Competition – Postdoctoral
Second Place: Maram Jaradat (mentors – Arwa Owais, Sandra Guzman-Armstrong, Justine Kolker)

Operative Dentistry Postdoctoral Award
Winner – Thomas Grubbs (mentor – Erica Teixeira)

February 11, 2018

Cross country skiing at McBride Nature Recreation

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Drs. Guzman and Cobb organized a cross country skiing advendure at McBride Nature Recreation Area in North Liberty with faculty, Operative residents and families.


February 2, 2018

Dr. Justine Kolker is presenting one of the long distance courses in April 20th.

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January 26, 2018

Dr. Patricia Patricia Meredith was accepted as 2018-2019 ADEA Leadership Institute Fellow.

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January 20, 2018

Dr. Robert Margeas has received the Charlie English Community for Education Award at the 25th Annual Seattle Study Club Symposium at Palm Springs, CA. 

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The Charlie English Community for Education Award is given in recognition of one of the most dedicated educators and teachers that dentistry has ever had, the Charlie English Community Education Award represents the ideals of the man for whom it is named.  Recipients of this award are at the top of their profession, lauded for their knowledge and skill; and yet are always more concerned with teaching and learning than they are with accolades and recognition.


January 9, 2018

Dr. Rodrigo Maia has received a grant from Tokuyama 

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January 9, 2018

Dr. Cristina Vidal has received a grant from Tokuyama 

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January 9, 2018

Dr. Cristina Vidal has received one grant from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA)

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January 6, 2018

Winter Holiday Gathering

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Dr. Armstrong hosted the annual Departmental Winter Party at his home. After a delicious dinner, the traditional gift exchange was done. THANKS everybody for coming!