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Dec. 16, 2011

At A Glance

UI researchers extend dental implant project

Leaders at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry announced today they have agreed to extend a partnership to study dental implants for another three years.

The goal of the project is to enhance the outcomes of dental implant therapy to improve the oral health of Iowans. Astra Tech AB/Astra Tech Inc., a member of the Densply Group, has agreed to commit $4.3 million over the eight-year term of the agreement.

The project began five years ago to study dental implant therapy. Researchers across the campus are using nanoscience studies to improve bone and soft tissue adhesion to medical devices and enhance understanding of bone growth on implant surfaces.


City offers tips to avoid frozen pipes

University of Iowa faculty, staff and students planning to leave town for the holidays should take a few precautions to make sure their water pipes don't freeze while they're away. The City of Iowa City suggests the following:

* Arrange for someone to check on your home or apartment while you're away, especially if you turn down the heat to save money. Be sure to show the person where the main water shut-off valve is, in case a pipe does break.
* Don't lower the thermostat below 55 degrees.
* Don't shut off heat to areas that contain plumbing or water fixtures.
* Keep doors to bathrooms, kitchens, laundry facilities and cabinets containing plumbing open, especially on the north side of the residence.
* Make sure windows are closed and exterior doors are locked to prevent them from blowing open.

For more tips, visit

If an emergency with water pipes or a water meter occurs, contact the City of Iowa City Water Division for assistance at its 24-hour emergency number: 319-356-5166.


UI Police Twitter account ranked fifth in U.S. among campuses

The International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Social Media recently ranked the University of Iowa Police Twitter account the fifth most popular among college law enforcement agencies, based on the number of its followers.

The UI Department of Public Safety's Twitter account was ranked No. 5, with 1,004 followers. Texas A&M University Police Department was ranked No. 1, with 3,079; Ohio State University Department of Public Safety was ranked No. 2, with 1,672; Michigan State University Police were ranked No. 3, with 1,645; and the University of Miami Police Department was ranked No. 4, with 1,483.

The rankings, along with rankings of Twitter accounts by other law enforcement agencies, may be found at

The UI Police Department uses its Twitter account to provide the campus with general safety tips, information about upcoming classes, warnings about scams and information about public safety incidents, among other information. It is managed by the Emergency Communications Center and Crime Prevention Specialist Alton Poole.

Follow the UI Police Twitter account at, and its Facebook page at


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