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Awards Presented at Annual Spring Banquet

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Operative Dentistry held their annual Spring Banquet on Thursday, May 16th at the Iowa River Power restaurant in Coralville.  A number of students were presented with department awards.

  • Dr.  Natalia Restrepo-Kennedy presented the Rudy Minger Award to Kobi Voshell (D1). This award is in memory of Dr. Rudy E. Minger for a deserving first year dental student.
  • Dr. Justine Kolker presented the Academy of Operative Dentistry Award to Vanessa Wadden (D4).  It is awarded to a predoctoral student for excellence in operative dentistry.
  • Dr. Justine Kolker presented the Walter Williamson Award to Logan Sardzinski (D3).  In memory of Dr. Williamson, it is awarded to a deserving dental student who has demonstrated excellence in restorative dentistry.
  • Dr. Marcela Hernandez and Dr. Steven Means presented joint awards from Family Dentistry and Operative Dentistry.  The Caries Management Award was given to Amanda Piche and Brooke Brown.  This award is presented to deserving graduating D4 students who excel at providing high-quality comprehensive patient centered care management to complex high caries risk patients.
  • Dr. Erica Teixeira presented the Carl Svare Predoctoral Research Award to Katelyn Stine (D3). This award recognizes a predoctoral student who has conducted outstanding research in the field of dental materials including biomaterials.
  • Dr. Rodrigo Maia presented the Carl Svare Postdoctoral Research Award to Arwa Alhakami (Third Year Operative Resident).  This award recognizes a postdoctoral student who has conducted outstanding research in the field of dental materials including biomaterials.
  • Andrew Welling (D4) is the recipient of the Wallace W. Johnson Operative Dentistry Award, which is given in memory of Dr. Wallace Johnson to a student who has demonstrated outstanding character, professional education, and clinical excellence in operative dentistry.
  • Caroline LaRoy (D2) is the recipient of the Academy of Dental Materials Award.  It is awarded to a dental student who has demonstrated excellence in dental materials.

Also presented were awards for departmental years of service.Congratulations to Dr. Steve Armstrong and Lynn Fritz for 20 years in Operative Dentistry.Also honored were Dr. Chad Wagener for 15 years Dr. Erica Teixeira for 5 years in Operative.

Finally, our two graduating residents were recognized.Congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Maram Jaradat and Dr. Arwa Alhakami.


Dr. Erica Teixeira and Dr. Restrepo Kennedy  receive Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award

Dr. Erica Teixeira and Dr. Natalia Restrepo-Kennedy in Operative Dentistry have received the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award (ITTA). The goal of the ITTA program is to raise the level of teaching and learning at UI by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects that have the potential to directly impact student success and retention. The last time the College of Dentistry received this award was in 2002.

Their project “Enhancing caries management education using a 3D printed model” was awarded a total of $28,520 from the University of Iowa Academic Technologies Advisory Council and $5000 matching grant from the MW Finkelstein Centennial Teaching Professorship endowment fund. 

With the advances of digital technology, digital imaging, and 3D printing, the proposal involves the creation and development of a novel prototype that is a realistic representation of the caries process according to various stages of the disease progression - from initial, moderate to extensive lesions, simulating the texture and feel of the affected tooth structure. Development of this model can help transform and support the educational process in managing caries disease throughout dental schools.


Winter Holiday Party

The annual department Winter Holiday Party was held December 1st at Dr. Erica Teixeira's home.  

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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!