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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2003

UI Dental Faculty Member, Student Earn National Honors

A faculty member and a student at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry each have won an award from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), the national organization of dental schools. They will receive the awards during the association’s annual meeting next month in San Antonio, Texas.

Marsha Cunningham-Ford, associate professor of preventive and community dentistry, was chosen as this year’s recipient of the ADEA/GlaxoSmithKline Excellence in Teaching Award. She will be presented the award, which includes $2,500 to enhance her teaching, March 9 at the ADEA meeting’s opening ceremony and plenary session.

The award recognizes dental educators who promote excellence in teaching through scholarship and innovation. Cunningham-Ford was nominated for the honor by the UI College of Dentistry. A UI faculty member since 1979, she has conducted research on interactive teaching tools and created a series of videodisc and computer-based simulations that prepare students for treating geriatric patients. She also teaches preventive dentistry for dental students and practicing dentists in continuing education courses. She lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband, Dennis, and two sons.

Michael Franzman, a third-year dental student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received a 2003 ADEA/Listerine Preventive Dentistry Scholarship of $2,500, also to be awarded March 9. The scholarship supports students who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventive dentistry.

Franzman is president-elect of the Iowa chapter of the American Student Dental Association. Last year he received a research fellowship from the American Association for Dental Research.

MEDIA INFORMATION: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5141 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): (media) Lin Larson, 319-335-9569 Program Contact: Penni Ryan, UI College of Dentistry, 319-335-7145