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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 28, 2005

UI College of Dentistry Faculty Honored

Four University of Iowa College of Dentistry faculty members were honored at the college's Dean's Club Dinner and Investiture Sept. 16 in Iowa City.

Gerald Denehy, D.D.S. (left), is the Bob H. and Jerilee H. Williams Professor in Restorative Dentistry. Denehy serves as professor and head of the Department of Operative Dentistry. He came to the college in 1970 and has mentored more than 60 predoctoral and postdoctoral students. He also has served as the department's graduate program director. His research focuses on composite resins, esthetics and bonded porcelain restorations. Denehy has published numerous articles in research and clinical publications, and he reviews or serves on the editorial board of numerous journals.

This professorship was established by Bob H. and Jerilee H. Williams of Steilacoom, Wash. Bob is a UI graduate, having earned his B.S. degree in 1969 and his D.D.S. in 1973. Jeri attended Washington State University (WSU). They have made charitable provisions in their estate plans to support both the UI College of Dentistry and WSU.

Steven Levy, D.D.S. (right), is the Wright-Bush-Shreves Professor of Research. Levy, a professor in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, has been a UI faculty member since 1984. His research includes the Iowa Fluoride Study, a long-term study of the relationship between fluoride and dental health among more than 700 Iowa families. He teaches predoctoral preventive, community and geriatric dentistry, as well as special patient care and graduate research design, protocol development, oral epidemiology and disease prevention.

This professorship was established by an estate gift from Alice Vogt Wright to memorialize her late sister, Ruth Vogt Bush, as well as an estate gift from Mabel Shreves. Wright attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa. Her teaching career spanned over 25 years. Vogt Bush earned her nursing degree from Mt. Mercy College in Cedar Rapids and worked at UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Shreves earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the UI. Her husband, Paul Shreves, was a 1920 D.D.S. graduate from the UI College of Dentistry.

Axel Ruprecht, D.D.S. (left), is the Gilbert E. Lilly Professor of Diagnostic Sciences. Ruprecht, a professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, joined the UI in 1987 as director of the college's oral and maxillofacial radiology program. He helped develop the program, and he was the first commissioner for oral and maxillofacial radiology on the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Ruprecht teaches pre- and postdoctoral radiology and anatomy. He is a reviewer for several journals and a member of numerous organizations, and he has served as president of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

This professorship was established through gifts to the Gilbert E. Lilly Professorship, which was established to support advanced education in the department. Lilly was professor and head of the college's Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine from 1975 until 2000. He passed away in 2002.

Michael Finkelstein, D.D.S. (right), professor in the Department of Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine, was awarded the fourth annual James H. McLeran Faculty Award. McLeran served as dean of the UI College of Dentistry from 1974 until his retirement in 1995. The award, established through the UI Foundation by the friends of McLeran, honors a faculty member who has shown commitment to dental education through excellence in teaching and patient care.

Finkelstein, a UI faculty member since 1982, has been recognized numerous times for his teaching, including more than 20 awards from dental students as "Instructor of the Year," UI Collegiate Teaching Awards in 1989 and 1993, and the UI President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004. Finkelstein has been instrumental in integrating case-based learning and critical thinking into the dental curriculum, part of his commitment to helping students develop skills useful in solving real-life problems and analyzing new information.

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