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Release: June 9, 2000

University of Iowa honors Nowak with visiting professorship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Arthur Nowak, D.M.D., University of Iowa professor of pediatric dentistry and pediatrics, has spent much of his career emphasizing the importance of dental care for young children and patients with special needs. As he nears retirement, his peers and the UI have created a visiting professorship in his name to recognize decades of service.

The Arthur Nowak Visiting Professorship will bring top scholars to the UI College of Dentistry, where they will instruct graduate students and present continuing education courses for practicing dentists. The first scholar will arrive next spring.

"When Art announced his retirement, we thought it would be a good time to contact alumni and friends to help carry on his work," said Michael Kanellis, D.D.S., associate professor and interim head of pediatric dentistry at the UI. The response has been overwhelming, nearly doubling fund-raising goals. Kanellis said this outpouring of support shows how many careers Nowak has touched since he came to the UI in 1973. Former students, colleagues, family and friends gathered to honor Nowak at an April 29 symposium and dinner on the UI campus.

Though his retirement becomes official June 30, Nowak intends to remain an active part of the UI College of Dentistry and the Iowa City community. His immediate plans include finishing some 13 manuscripts he has in progress, continuing his consulting work and exploring volunteer opportunities, plus some fishing time at his cabin in Wisconsin.

The Erie, Pa., native attended Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., and earned his dental degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 1961. He completed a master's degree and specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Columbia University. His military service, private practice and academic career has included positions with Columbia, the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny General Hospital and the U.S. Navy Dental Corps.

At the UI, Nowak has directed dental programs for the University Hospital School, the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and the College of Dentistry, and was dental coordinator for the State of Iowa Specialized Health Services for Children program. He has received dozens of honors and grants and served professional appointments for journals, institutions and government organizations across the country.

"I look at retirement as a beginning, a chance to move into other exciting areas," Nowak said. "It's the start of another part of my career."

The professorship was established through the University of Iowa Foundation, which is the preferred channel for private contributions to all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements, equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.