College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

As the winter holiday season approaches, I have really enjoyed seeing us come together as a college in fun activities like our winter gathering and ornament contest. More importantly, however, I appreciate how we are making the effort to come together as a collegiate community to support, listen, learn from, and grow with one another. Enjoy the holidays!

Updates for December 16, 2022–January 13, 2022

Happy Holidays YouTube video

Iowa Dentistry Holiday Video

From the faculty, staff, and students at the College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics, we wish you a happy holiday season and a joyous new year! Thank you for your support over the past year.

Kentucky v. Iowa at the Music City Bowl

Join the College of Dentistry before the Music City Bowl in Nashville!

The UI College of Dentistry is teaming up with the UI Carver College of Medicine, the UI College of Nursing, and the UI College of Pharmacy to host a University of Iowa Health Sciences Bowl Reception before the Music City Bowl. Please join Dean Clark Stanford on Friday, Dec. 30 from 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. for a complimentary reception at the Omni Nashville Hotel, Legends Ballroom E-G, Second Level at 250 Rep. John Lewis Way South, Nashville, TN. RSVP by Dec. 23.

Winter gathering and ornaments

Winter gathering and ornament contest

The 2023 winter gathering at the College of Dentistry was a great success. In addition to celebrating together with colleagues, the college enjoyed sharing good food and looking at the various ornaments submitted for the college's 2023 Winter Ornament Contest Winners. 

Derrick Williamson with prosthodontics faculty and residents

Alumni visit Iowa

Derrick Williamson ('93 PROSS, MS) visited the college with Linda Williamson ('93 ENDO, MS) on Friday December 9, 2022.  Derrick Williamson gave a great talk to the college on digital technologies in a private prosthodontic practice.  He then visited with prosthodontic program residents, providing insights and advice.  The collegiate community and residents enjoyed their time with Derrick and Linda Williamson.

Howard Cowen receiving Gies Award

Profile: Howard J. Cowen, DDS, MS, DABSCD, FICD

When Howard Cowen (’76 DDS, ’95 MS) joined the University of Iowa College of Dentistry faculty in 1982, he served as the Director of the Geriatric Mobile Dental Unit, which provided care to elderly patients across the state starting in 1979. Throughout his career, Cowen has focused on making sure that underserved populations receive the highest quality dental care, and has helped to shape the educational offerings to dental students in the field of underserved populations. Originally appeared in the Fall 2022 Dental Link.

Sara Stuefen

Alumna completes leadership program

Two weeks ago, Sara Stuefen ('10 DDS) completed the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership program. The program is designed to enhance the leadership skills of ADA member dentists who belong to racial, ethnic and/or gender backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in leadership roles. 

To complete the program, Stuefen presented her work with the Iowa Dental Association’s Medicaid ask. As the IDA Medicaid Committee Chair, Stuefen is directly involved in the IDA’s Medicaid priority and used this opportunity to show those in the program what Iowa has done to advocate for an increase in dental Medicaid rates. Stuefen hopes to apply the skills she developed at the institute to benefit all Iowa dentists through IDA advocacy. Hat tip to the IDA!

Ida Rose

Recent gifts

Our sincerest thanks to Ida Rose (’99 DDS) for her generous gift establishing a new scholarship in support of underrepresented students in the College of Dentistry. After receiving her DDS at Iowa in 1999, Dr. Rose completed a one-year general practice residency at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York. Driven by her love for children, she then entered Howard University’s pediatric dental program, where she earned her certificate in pediatric dentistry. In 2007, Rose earned her Diplomate status with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. She practices at the Children’s Dental Group in Lithia Springs, GA, as well as serves on staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Wellstar. She is the proud mom of Noah and Olivia, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and volunteers in her local church. This article originally appeared in the Fall 2022 Dental Link.

Cassandra Jones

The college welcomes Cassandra Jones

Cassandra Jones is a new Support Services Specialist working in the call center. She and her partner, Matt, have two daughters, Abbey (age 4) and Izzy (age 3 months). In her free time, she enjoys watching football and hockey, crafting, and reading. She will gladly take any and all suggestions on the best sushi and Mexican food around.


Collaborative and Innovative Research

Alkhazaleh A, Elfagih S, Chakka LRJ, Armstrong SR, Comnick CL, Qian F, Salem AK, Guymon CA, Haes AJ, Vidal CMP. Development of Proanthocyanidin-Loaded Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Improving Dental Adhesion. Mol Pharm. 2022 Dec 5;19(12):4675-4684. doi: 10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.2c00728. Epub 2022 Nov 9. PMID: 36349888; PMCID: PMC9727728.

This article represents some of the close collaboration between the colleges of dentistry, pharmacy, and engineering, and the Department of Chemistry. The paper was developed by two operative residents initially. The study examined dentin biomodification, which is a promising approach to enhance dental tissue biomechanics and biostability for restorative and reparative therapies. One of the most active dentin tissue biomodifiers is proanthocyanidin (PAC)-rich natural extracts, which are used in the dental bonding procedure in combination with resin-based adhesives (RBAs). This study aimed to investigate the use of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) for the sustained delivery of PACs for dentin biomodification as a novel drug-delivery system for dental applications. The study results demonstrated that MSN can be successfully added to experimental dental primer and adhesive formulations to promote and maintain adequate bonding performance. Although some mechanical properties of RBAs containing PAC-loaded MSN were compromised, primer formulations containing these nanoparticles presented enhanced bond strength at immediate and long-term testing than did the control formulation. 

Holiday tubas

Hawkeye history: holiday tuba performance!

On December 9, the University of Iowa School of Music and the Pentacrest Museums invited guests to enjoy classic holiday tunes while donating to worthy causes. This event held on the steps of the Old Capitol Museum has, since it began in the 1970s, become a beloved Iowa City annual tradition.


December 30, University of Iowa Health Sciences Bowl Reception before the Music City Bowl, Iowa v. Kentucky, Nashville, TN, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

January 20, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Dental Convention, Maggiano’s Little Italy at Denver Pavillions, Denver, CO, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

February 24, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting, Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, IL, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

May 5, Dental Alumni Reception in conjunction with IDA Annual Meeting, Cedar Rapids, IA, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Notes and Resources 

Filling Station Menu

M-R: 7:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; F: 7:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Dec 19-30: M-F: 7:30a.m.–2:00 p.m.
CLOSED Dec 26, 27, Jan 2
Jan 3-13: M-F: 7:30a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Herky with Amanda Shoemaker, the director of alumni relations and continuing education.

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