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Aug. 23, 2011

At A Glance

Schneider appointed executive associate dean at UI College of Dentistry

Galen Schneider, D.D.S., Ph.D., UI professor and head of prosthodontics, will become the new executive associate dean of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry.

Schneider, whose appointment is effective Sept. 1, succeeds Jed Hand, D.D.S., professor of preventive and community dentistry, who served in the position for 14 years. Hand remains on the faculty and will continue his leadership role in the Building Transformation project.

A board-certified prosthodontist, Schneider is nationally recognized for his accomplishments as a teacher and clinician. He also is a skilled administrator, playing an active role on the college's executive committee.

Schneider's research focuses on bone cell biology as it relates to dental implants and bone tissue engineering.

He earned a doctor of dental surgery degree from the UI in 1991 and a certificate in prosthodontics and a doctoral degree in cell biology from the University of North Carolina (UNC) in 1996. He served on the faculty at UNC before returning to Iowa in 1999. For the past five years, he has served as head of the college's Department of Prosthodontics. He also has an appointment in the Dows Institute for Dental Research.


UIMA appoints new curator for African and non-Western art

Catherine Hale of Ontario, Canada, has been appointed curator at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sean O'Harrow, UIMA director, announced today. She will serve as curator of African and non-Western art.

Hale comes to the UI from Carleton University in Canada, where she has been teaching, researching and curating exhibitions in African art for the Carleton University Art Gallery and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre at Queen's University. Her most recent projects include "Conversation Pieces: African Textiles from Barbara and Bill McCann's Collection," an exhibition of more than 60 textiles from Morocco to South Africa, and "Collection Visions," an exhibition of 25 sculptures from west and central Africa.

The new curator is finishing a doctorate in African art from Harvard University. She holds master's degrees in African art from both Harvard and Carleton universities, as well as a bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Canada. She is the recipient of numerous academic prizes and scholarships.

The UIMA holds one of the country's finest and most well respected collections of sub-Saharan African art. A selection of works from this collection is now on view at the UIMA@IMU, located in the Iowa Memorial Union's third-floor Richey Ballroom, and at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.
For more information, visit the UIMA's website.


UI Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program announces fall courses

The University of Iowa Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program has released its fall schedule of courses for adult learners age 50 and older.

Courses offered this fall cover a wide variety of topics including Learning to Play Piano; Using Internet Search Engines; Salsa and Swing Dancing; Iowa Water Quality; Supporting the Creative Life; What to do with All Our Stuff?!; Introductory Spanish; Reading Like a Writer; and Successful Aging: Brain Health for Older Adults. The program also offers trips to see the Bridges of Madison County and Historic Galena.

Lifetime Enrichment Adult Program (UI-LEAP) is a program of the UI Center on Aging. UI-LEAP courses provide unique learning opportunities for all adults age 50 and older. There are no education or experience requirements to enroll, and there are no course tests or grades.

To learn more or register, visit or contact Laura Scheetz at 319-384-4221 or


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