CONTACT: C. LINDON LARSON
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Oct. 16, 2001
University of Iowa dental graduates honor alumna, educator of the year
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Dental Alumni Association will
present awards to two UI College of Dentistry graduates during the groups
annual meeting Oct. 19-20 in Iowa City.
The dental alumni group and the college have named Eva Dahl, D.D.S., of
LaCrosse, Wis., the 2001 Alumna of the Year. Howard Cowen, D.D.S., UI associate
professor of preventive and community dentistry, has been named 2001 Educator
of the Year. The two honorees will be recognized at an Oct. 19 alumni dinner.
Dahl, a 1976 UI College of Dentistry graduate, is a fourth generation dentist
currently practicing with Endodontic Specialists of LaCrosse. Valedictorian
and one of only two women in her dental school class, Dahl considered an academic
career before deciding to pursue private practice. In addition to her undergraduate
and dental degrees, she holds a master's degree in education, a master's in
oral pathology and a certificate in endodontics (a branch of dentistry concerned
with diseases of the dental pulp).
Dahl remains active in education and is a strong supporter of the UI and
its dental school. She is chair-elect of the UI Alumni Association board of
directors and previously served as co-chair of the UI College of Dentistry
building renovation campaign.
She is a diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and a fellow of
the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She also received
fellowships from the American College of Dentists and International College
of Dentists, is past president of the American Association of Women Dentists,
and served eight years on the Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board.
Cowen, also a 1976 UI College of Dentistry graduate, directs the college's
Special Care Program for elderly and disabled patients. Since joining the
UI faculty in 1982, he has directed the award-winning Geriatric Mobile Dental
Unit (GMU), which delivers complete dental care to area care facilities and
homebound older adults.
Cowen was a U.S. Navy dental officer and private practitioner before beginning
his academic career. His teaching focuses on clinical care for patients with
special needs. UI dental students have recognized his work with several Teacher
of the Year award nominations. He received top teaching honors from fourth-year
students in 1993, 1999 and 2000.
He is a fellow of the American Society of Geriatric Dentistry and a member
of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the International
Association of Dental Research, the Iowa Public Health Association and the
American Dental Association.
Over the past 20 years, more than 9,000 dental students have completed clinical
rotations with the GMU, treating more than 3,500 patients. In 1998, the GMU
earned the American Dental Association's top award for geriatric oral health
care. The UI College of Dentistry Special Care Program, which includes both
the GMU and the Special Care Clinic at the college, received the UI Council
on Disabilities Awareness Achievement Award in 2000.