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Critical care: College of Dentistry looks back on tradition, ahead to breakthroughs

This month, the College of Dentistry begins celebrating The University of Iowa's 125-year-old tradition of dental care, research, and outreach.

South Hall, the first home of dentistry at The University of Iowa, c. 1900. Photo by Samuel Calvin courtesy of the Calvin Collection.

More than 80 percent of the state’s practicing dentists are alumni of the UI College of Dentistry, which provides a strong curriculum in problem-based and experiential learning, dentistry for geriatric patients and adults with special needs, and outreach in Iowa communities.

The college's impact on dentistry goes beyond training—research plays a key role as well. Over the past three decades, the college has emerged as an international leader in research on tooth decay, fluoride, and cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.



College of Dentistry: Notable achievements in the past 25 years

Peruse the college's milestones from the last quarter-century.



Going to MAUI: University replaces student info system

The University of Iowa is replacing its 30-year-old homegrown mainframe-based student information system with a new web system. Sponsored by the UI Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, the system is called MAUI, an acronym for Made at the University of Iowa.




  • Year after tornado, sorority house construction begins
  • Altman and Folsom win Guggenheim awards
  • Hancher Auditorium wins Creative Campus Innovations grant
  • Big bucks bring more bang for the book
  • Free fitness assessments April 24
  • On, Iowa, proudly at the browser…
  • Become involved with the International Scholar Council

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  • College of Engineering thrives on laptop classroom

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Photo feature: Behind the scenes in E.C. Mabie Theatre

More than two dozen productions each school year give UI theatre arts students hands-on experience in acting, directing, set and costume design, lighting, playwriting, sound, and stage management. fyi takes a look backstage at E.C. Mabie Theatre.

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Take the new fyi reader survey: What's your summertime 2007 soundtrack?

Contrary to the old Eddie Cochran song, members of the fyi staff think there is a cure for the summertime blues—and it’s called music. So what's going to rock your sandals off this summer?

Take the new fyi reader survey at http://survey.uiowa

We’ll run responses in an early summer edition of fyi. The survey is designed to keep all answers anonymous, but if you’d like the editors to attribute your responses, include your name and UI position in the survey text box.


Learning and Development May schedule




Sandy Conrad
When most UI staff are calling it a day, Sandy Conrad is just beginning. She supervises the custodial crew that takes care of the John Pappajohn Business Building, which sees daily traffic of up to 8,000 people. Conrad talks with fyi about what it takes to keep the place spick-and-span.




“When I came here in the early ’90s, [Kurt Vonnegut's] aura was still very much over the program because he was such a strong voice in American literature and he loved Iowa City so much.”

Lan Samantha Chang
(The [Cedar Rapids] Gazette, April 12)

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