College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Veterans Day is next Friday, November 11, and it is a day set aside to honor those who have served in the armed forces. From our first Black graduate who helped break the color barrier in the dental corps to many of our recent esteemed alumni award winners, including Frederick Regennitter, Roy Irons, and Heather Heddens among many others, the college has a long and storied history of graduating dentists who serve in the U.S. armed forces, which continues today. Partly because of this history, we are also committed to ensuring that veterans receive the dental care they need after they serve. Whether it is working with organizations like Everyone for Veterans, providing free prosthodontic care to veterans, or establishing—with support from you—the Dr. Jo Rummelhart Veterans Appreciation Fund, we are trying to do our part to ensure access to care for veterans. Thank you to our veterans, thank you for making a difference in the lives of our veterans, and please look below for opportunities to further support our veterans at the college. ~Clark Stanford

Updates for November 4, 2022–November 10, 2022

Steve Levy

Levy selected as consultant and advisor for NHANES project

Steve Levy, Wright-Bush-Shreves Endowed Professor of Research at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, is serving as a consultant and advising staff at the Division of Oral Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning the planning for and implementation of the next wave of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) related to oral health, to include standardized dental examinations and questionnaires.

Azeez Butali with Fellow awards

Butali inducted as fellow to the Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria

Azeez Butali, the world's leading expert in orofacial clefts among African populations and professor of oral pathology, radiology, and medicine, was elected to and inducted as a fellow into the Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria. This academy is the leading academic organization for all medical-related fields in Nigeria, and members are elite researchers with at least an H-index of 25 and over 1,600 citations among other professional accomplishments demonstrating mentorships and service.

Iowa v. Northwestern Homecoming Game

Recap of 2022 University Homecoming

Dental faculty, staff, residents, students, and alumni participated in a pediatric dentistry alumni reunion on Thursday night, had an excellent pediatric dentistry continuing education course,  watched the homecoming parade, and enjoyed the tailgate before watching Iowa defeat Northwestern 33-13 at Kinnick Stadium.

Dental students showing their poppy pins

Support dental care for veterans

Each day until Veterans Day next Friday, the Tau Sigma Military Dental Club is collecting donations for the the College of Dentistry’s Veterans Fund—a fund that offsets the cost of necessary dental care for low-income veterans. When a donation of $10 or more is given via cash or check, the giver will receive a Red Poppy Pin, a symbol that emerged out of World War I of hope for peace and armistice, and a reminder of the service and sacrifice of the armed forces in conflict. 100% of each donation goes directly to dental care for veterans in need. You can also donate online via the College of Dentistry Patient Assistance Fund (please specify under Gift Instructions that you want your donation to go towards the veterans fund) OR to the newly established Dr. Jo Rummelhart Veteran Appreciation Fund. These funds will be available starting in Fall 2023 and will apply to veteran care in any clinic at the dental college.

Pediatric dental hygienists running the dental booth at Career Inspire

The college participates in Career Inspire event in Cedar Rapids

Dental hygienists from the University of Iowa Department of Pediatric Dentistry hosted a booth on various dental professions at the annual Career Inspire event held in Cedar Rapids. 

Oral B Electric Toothbrush in its box

Writing contest deadline extended to Sunday, Nov. 13

The submission deadline for the College of Dentistry Creative Writing Contest will be here soon on November 13, 2022. Proctor and Gamble graciously provided two electric toothbrushes as prizes for the writing contest. More details are available on the full flyer. Submissions may be made at any time before the submission deadline of November 13, 2022. Questions, comments, or submissions can be sent via email to Michael Tilley or Kate Newcomb.

Hailey Harris

The College of Dentistry welcomes Hailey Harris

Hailey Harris joined the Department of Pediatric Dentistry as a dental assistant. Hailey lives in North Liberty with her two children, Josiah (10 years old) and Makai (7 years old) and their dog, Nova, and cat, Leo. Hailey graduated from Kirkwood in August. "I have been so excited to join the Peds team at the College of Dentistry! It feels great to be done with school and actually doing what I love daily."

Mark Pothitakis stands next to his 30 year plaque from the Iowa Dental Association at his Fort Madison west office on Wednesday. Pothitakis is celebrating 30 years in the dental practice.

Iowa paper recognizes Mark Pothitakis ('92 DDS) for 30 years of dental practice

Fort Madison native and alumnus, Mark Pothitakis  ('92 DDS) was recognized for his 30 years of dental practices in the area by the Pen City Current. Pothitakis' son, Nicholas, is a third-year dental student at Iowa now.

Kevin Bubolz event information

Lecture event leading up to Veterans Day

The Tau Sigma Military Dental Club and the College of Dentistry’s DEI Committee is bringing Kevin Bubolz of Golden Retriever Life to talk about his experiences as a veteran and how therapy dogs can be used in dental practices. Kevin and his dogs, Ellie and Emma, are Tik Tok stars with over 6 million followers and more than 3 billion accumulated views. His Instagram handle is @elliegoldenlife. The event is next Thursday, November 10, from 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m. in Galagan B and Z’mariks noodles will be provided for the first 40 attendees. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend!

Memorial Hero

Hawkeye History: War Memorial in Iowa Memorial Union

The War Memorial is one of the most prominent features in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). It is easy to forget its significance, but it was the entire point of the original building. James Weaver at the dedication of the building in 1926 said, "And if this magnificent structure is to fulfill the dreams out of which it has arisen it can only do so by stirring the impulses of the young men and women of Iowa to lives of service to mankind." The main memorial display is located on the first floor and honors all UI students and alumni who died during U.S. armed conflicts. Located in the Hubbard Commons, a glass case encloses American and Iowan flags, with plaques listing the names of students and alumni who died during World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The names of the fallen are also listed in a digital honor roll by conflict.


November 4-5, Iowa Mission of Mercy, Des Moines

November 8, Shillpa Naavaal, “Oral Health and Pregnancy: Role of Programs, Policies, and Practices in Supporting Women's Oral Health and Overall Health," hosted by Julie Reynolds, via Zoom only, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

November 9, Entrepreneur and Veteran: Kevin Bubolz from Golden Retriever Life, from the Veteran Innovation Series, The Main Lounge at Iowa Memorial Union, 5:00 p.m..–6:30 p.m.

November 10, Kevin Bubolz from Golden Retriever Life on his experiences as a veteran and how therapy dogs can be used in dental practices, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

November 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

November 11, CE Course: A Full Day Endodontic Experience

November 12, Pregame Professional Program (Wisconsin)

November 13, Extended Deadline: Last Day for Submissions for the College of Dentistry Creative Writing Contest, submit via email to Michael Tilley or Kate Newcomb.

November 15, Pedro Sanchez, "Solving Rare Genetic Diseases, One Mutation at a Time: instructive examples from the clinic,” hosted by Shankar Rengasamy Venugopalan, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

November 16, Virtual Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

November 29, Paule Joseph, “Investigating the Chemical Senses (Taste, Smell, and Chemesthesis): Clinical Applications," hosted by Sukirth Ganesan, Galagan B, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 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.

The banner Hawkeye Smile image shows Herky with Austen Hawthorne, the revenue cycle manager in the dental business office.

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