College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics

Dean's Message

Spring is finally here! With the academic year nearing the end, we have so many accomplishments and awards to celebrate. It's a season to enjoy what we've accomplished. Another year of dental school almost complete. Four years of dental school almost done. A master's degree, a residency, or dissertation complete. New beginnings are wonderful, but take time to enjoy what you've done, especially with this beautiful weather. You deserve it! ~Clark Stanford

Updates for May 13, 2022–May 19, 2022

Chris Barwacz

Dental Researchers Receive Industry-Sponsored Grant to Improve Implant Outcomes

The dental equipment and supplies company, Dentsply Sirona, awarded Chris Barwacz and his team a $160,000+ award to evaluate outcomes for a newly designed implant. The study will evaluate outcomes associated with dental implants, and this partnership shows how a mutually beneficial relationship between the college and industry improves patient care.

Aliasger Salem

Salem Named an Associate Vice President for Research

Aliasger Salem, Bighley Chair and professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the College of Pharmacy who also has a secondary appointment in dentistry, was named one of two associate vice presidents for research. He will begin the new part-time role on July 1.

Hong Chen

Iowa Dental Faculty Lead National Effort on Advancing Predoctoral Dental Education in Temporomandibular Disorders

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the second-most common form of musculoskeletal pain, affecting up to one-third of Americans. Iowa dental faculty are on the cutting-edge of TMD care and are leading the way in ensuring that dental students receive adequate and proper education for understanding, preventing, and treating TMD. 

Umar Salman

Visiting Perio Scholar Receives Award for Presentation from Endocrine Society

Umar Salman, a visiting scholar in periodontics, received a Presidential Poster Award from the Pediatric Endocrine Society Meeting at the end of April. The awards in this nationwide, interdisciplinary competition are scored, and those with the highest scores receive the Presidential Poster Award. Salman's project was the only oral-health related project and the only award for someone from the University of Iowa. Salman is working in Sukirth Ganesan's lab. 

Celebration cake with the text Congratulations Oral Science students showing

Spring 2022 Dissertation and Theses Defense Celebrations

The college has a number of oral science students complete their thesis and dissertation projects in Spring 2022. Early this week, the graduate program in Oral Science held a celebration in their honor. 

Student Leadership Awards Celebration

2022 Student Leadership Awards

University of Iowa College of Dentistry students serve the college and fellow students in a multiple of ways. The Student Leadership Awards recognize some of their work. 

Students, Sherry Timmons, Clark Stanford, and Anatomy and Cell Biology faculty

Anatomy and Cell Biology Awards

At its annual Student Awards Ceremony, the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology presented awards to two dental students, Colton Curtis and Sydney Woods.

Kara Jones

The College of Dentistry Welcomes Kara Jones

Kara Jones is a new Support Services Specialist in Clinic Administration and will be working the front desk in Admissions. She is from Chicago and just recently located to Iowa from St. Louis, MO. She previously worked for Barnes Jewish Hospital as a Guest Services Representative. She has a son, Tru (2), who was born on Cinco de Mayo and is a joy. Her hobbies include singing, traveling and spending time with her family. She also has a cleaning business where she takes pride in providing the top cleaning services in any area. She currently resides in Coralville and is excited to start this new journey here at the College of Dentistry!

David Law

Always a Hawkeye: Alan Law ('91 DDS, '95 ENDOS)

Alan Law, a private-practice endodontist in the Twin Cities in Minnesota, recently completed his term as president of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), and is now serving as its immediate past president. 

Iowa faculty and staff holding a College of Dentistry sign at a previous IMOM event

Iowa Trailblazers: IMOM and the College of Dentistry

The Iowa Mission of Mercy IMOM began in 2008 with the aim of providing free dental care to underserved populations. Since then, it is has served over 15,000 patients from all over the state. The University of Iowa College of Dentistry has played an influential role in supporting IMOM and providing care at it since its inception in 2008. The 2022 IMOM will return to its large-scale format this year, and it is being held in Des Moines on November 4-5, 2022. You can sign up to be a volunteer today, and be part of a legacy of making an impact in our community and state.  


May 20, White Coat Ceremony, Iowa Memorial Union, 6:00 p.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.

June 3, Commencement for the College of Dentistry, Hancher Auditorium, 3:00 p.m.

June 10, Last Chance CE: Iowa Dental Reviews / Views from World Leaders in Operative Dentistry

August 5, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

August 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

August 26, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 8, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 15, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

September 23, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 3, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 14, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

October 21, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

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

November 11, Fall 2022 Interview Day for Prospective DDS Students

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

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.

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