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Release: Sept. 18, 2000
UI College of Dentistry honors faculty with first endowed professorships,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Dentistry will honor
three faculty members with newly created endowed professorships and an endowed
chair, the first such awards in the colleges 100-year history.
John S. Casko, D.D.S., has been appointed to the B.F. and Helen E. Dewel
Chair in Clinical Orthodontics. Michael W. Finkelstein, D.D.S., has been named
Centennial Professor of Teaching, and Clark M. Stanford, D.D.S., has been
named Centennial Associate Professor of Clinical Research. They will be honored
in an investiture and celebration reception Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Levitt
Center for University Advancement.
The endowed positions recognize excellence in three critical areas: education,
research and patient care. Established with private donations, they provide
financial support that helps faculty members pursue interests in these areas.
They also benefit the College of Dentistry in an increasingly competitive
national environment for faculty recruiting.
"Faculty support is one of our top priorities, along with providing
resources for students and maintaining facilities that keep us among the nations
top dental schools," said David Johnsen, D.D.S., dean of the college.
"I am honored to name three of our most outstanding faculty to these
first endowed positions."
Casko joined the UI dental faculty in 1976 as professor and head of orthodontics.
He received his dental and masters degrees from Georgetown University
and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh, where he also completed
a postdoctoral fellowship. He teaches students in both the classroom and the
dental clinics, and also serves as a mentor for graduate students. He has
developed a problem-oriented approach to orthodontic diagnosis and treatment
planning and researches the stability of dental and skeletal changes in patients
who undergo combined surgical orthodontic treatment.
The endowed chair that Casko will hold was established by a bequest from
the late B.F. "Tod" Dewel, D.D.S., a 1925 UI dental graduate who
died last year. His estate included approximately $2.3 million to create the
chair named for him and his wife. It is one of the largest gifts received
by the UI to support a single endowed chair or professorship.
Finkelstein received dental and masters degrees at the UI, then joined
the College of Dentistry faculty in 1982 in the department of oral pathology,
radiology and medicine. He also holds a faculty appointment in anatomy and
cell biology with the UI College of Medicine. He has received 20 instructor-of-the-year
awards, seven distinguished instructor awards and two collegiate teaching
awards. Finkelstein has been active in the colleges mission to revise
its curriculum, helping to institute problem-based learning methods that focus
on critical thinking and research skills. He teaches and mentors both dental
and graduate students.
Stanford, also a UI dental and doctoral graduate, joined the faculty in
1992. He holds faculty appointments in the College of Dentistrys Dows
Institute for Dental Research and department of prosthodontics, as well as
an appointment in orthopaedic surgery with the UI College of Medicine. He
is one of few prosthodontists in the United States who does biological research,
focusing on bone biology, systemic diseases like osteoporosis and dental implants.
He directs the College of Dentistry Office of Clinical Research, teaches four
graduate level courses and mentors predoctoral and graduate students.
The endowed professorships held by Finkelstein and Stanford were created
with support from the Dental Centennial Fund. The UI Dental Alumni Association
and the colleges administration recommended the two faculty members
to the new positions. Endowed professorships provide faculty members with
up to $25,000 each year, and require building a fund of at least $500,000
to generate sufficient annual income.
Private gifts that established the endowed professorships and endowed chair
were made through the University of Iowa Foundation, the preferred channel
of giving to the UI and its programs.