College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

This is the time of year when you often hear the Family Dentistry cowbell marking yet another D4 completing their final requirements. Our D4 students cherish this experience as it represents many years of their hard work—and not just in our college. And yet it also marks an accomplishment for our entire team. Our devoted faculty, staff, residents, and, of course, our patients are there to support, encourage, and cheer on our world-class students. With each ring of the bell, we look forward to the impact that you will make on the lives of your patients and the dental profession. It also makes me think back to my own experiences finishing up dental school and starting my career. What an experience! We are so proud to be a part of your journey. ~Clark Stanford

Updates for April 29, 2022–May 5, 2022

Leon Stanislav

Always a Hawkeye: Leon Stanislav ('77 DDS) Receives Fluoridation Special Merit Award

Leon Stanislav ('77 DDS) received the 2022 Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, American Dental Association, and Center for Disease Control Fluoridation Special Merit Award. This award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions toward the continued or expanded use of community water fluoridation for caries prevention.

Xian Jin Xie

Xie Elected As Fellow of the American Statistical Association

The American Statistical Association (ASA) bestowed its prestigious distinction of Fellow on Xian Jin Xie, the Centennial Professor and associate dean for research at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, for his professional contributions, leadership, and commitment to the field of statistical science. Each year, this honor is given to fewer than one-third of 1% of ASA members based on their comprehensive body of work. 

Ana Diaz-Arnold helping a student treat a patient

Ana Diaz-Arnold Named 2022 D4 Faculty of the Year

For 34 years, Ana Diaz-Arnold (’84 G.P.R., ’87 M.S.) has been a fixture in the Department of Family Dentistry, teaching countless fourth-year dental students, mentoring and working alongside adjunct faculty, and treating her own patients, and as she retires in June 2022, her impact on the college and the dental profession in Iowa will remain long afterward.

Ariene Leme-Kraus

Iowa Dentistry Faculty Receive Industry Grant to Study Dental Desensitizers

Phoenix Dental awarded Ariene Leme-Kraus and Marcos Vargas a $15,000 grant for their project In Vitro Study to Evaluate the Efficacy of Potassium Oxalate Dental Desensitizer Formulas. This collaboration shows the value of academic-industry collaboration between the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and its industry partners. 

A provider helping a UI Reach student at the event

College of Dentistry Hosts Event for UI REACH Students

On April 7 and 14, students from the UI REACH program learned about oral health and received one-on-one tooth brushing instructions from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. UI REACH is a University of Iowa comprehensive transition program for students 18-25 years old with intellectual, cognitive, and learning disabilities.

A YouTube video that shows Dr. Ala Al Saffer

Hawkeye Means Family!

The Department of Operative Dentistry highlights a valuable part of who we are and who we aspire to be as a college and as Iowans. We are all one Hawkeye family, and that means we support all of our families. 💛🖤

The Iowa State Capitol at Night

University of Iowa Alumni Reception TONIGHT at IDEAS2022

It's always great to reconnect with our esteemed alumni. We are looking forward to getting together later today (Friday, April 29) at IDEAS2022 for the IDA/University of Iowa Alumni Reception from 4:00-6:00 p.m. The reception is in the Iowa Hall of Pride, and if you haven't had the opportunity to meet or reconnect with Dean Stanford, now's your chance!

A five-star google review

Kudos for YOU!

"[The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics] is an outstanding clinic, with highly professional and knowledgeable doctors and staff. We always leave with a very positive impression of our experiences at the clinic. It would difficult to find a better institution to handle complex dentistry problems." Fernando Guijano

The top of the page from a journal article

Collaborative and Innovative Research

Bowers RD, Young LB, Comnick CL, Kasundra HP, Barwacz CA. Perceived Didactic Curricular Effectiveness of In-Person vs. Virtual Formats amongst Fourth-Year Dental Students. Dent J (Basel). 2022 Apr 2;10(4):60. doi: 10.3390/dj10040060. PMID: 35448054; PMCID: PMC9025035.

We often hear about evidence-based dentistry, but we hear a lot less about evidence-based dental education. Iowa is a leader on the forefront of dental education research. This study exemplifies Iowa's commitment to evidence-based dental education, and it draws from experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in which students participated in virtual didactic seminars rather than in-person didactic seminars. The authors surveyed students who have experienced both types of instruction. The surveyed students reported being comfortable with the virtual format and that they retained the material from the course. However, only about one-fifth of the surveyed students wanted an all-virtual format. The authors concluded from the study that there is good reason to develop opportunities for hybrid formats with in-person and virtual means for delivering the content of didactic courses as predoctoral dental education continues to develop.

William H. Olin, Sr.

Iowa Trailblazers: William "Bill" H. Olin, Sr.

William "Bill" H. Olin, Sr. ('48 MS and ORTHO) began his academic career at Iowa in 1948 as an assistant professor. That same year, he also founded the Division of Cranofacial Anomalies, which was a collaborative group of doctors, dentists, surgeons, and speech and language pathologists working together to revolutionize the treatment of craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate. He was internationally recognized for this work, and he continuing working for the cause philanthropically after his retirement in 1992. Olin passed away in 2017, but his work lives on. He blazed a trail at Iowa for research in craniofacial, oral biology, genetics, and dental development, which has become one of Iowa's stronger research areas. 


April 28, New Dentist Reception at the Iowa Dental Association Annual Session, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

April 29, University of Iowa Alumni Reception at the Iowa Dental Association Annual Session, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

April 28­-29, Business of Dentistry Track at the Iowa Dental Association Annual Session, Iowa Events Center, Des Moines, IA

May 6 and 13, Phase 2 Safe Zone Training, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

May 10, Oral Science Graduate Program Celebration, W220A, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

May 12, MS Thesis Defense: Manila Shinde, "Evaluation of performance of deep learning algorithms in detecting and diagnosing dental carious lesions using dental intraoral radiographic imaging: a systemic review and meta-analysis," mentored by Trishul Allareddy, N212, 8:00 a.m.

May 31, MS Thesis Defense: Olajide Obe, "Interaction of dental pulp stem cells with bacterial products modulates the protein expression of cathepsin B," mentored by Cristina Vidal, N212, 12:00 p.m.

June 2, Culturally Responsive Health Care Conferences at the University of Iowa, 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Notes and Resources

Scholarship Open to D3s

The Iowa Dental Foundation (IDF) is currently accepting scholarship applications. All dental (D3s), dental hygiene, dental assistant, and dental lab technician students are encouraged to apply. Dental students may receive up to $5,000 and all other dental professional students up to $750. The total number of scholarships awarded and amounts vary each year. For more information or to see past awardees, visit the IDF webpage. Completed applications must be submitted by May 1, 2022.  

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