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Release: Nov. 8, 2001

UI's Squier receives honorary doctorate from Hungarian university

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Christopher Squier, Ph.D., associate dean for research and graduate programs at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, will receive an honorary doctorate from the senate of Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. The award recognizes his research and collaboration with colleagues in Hungary and around the world.

The award will be presented Friday, Nov. 9 in the ceremonial hall of Semmelweis University. Founded in 1780, the university is Hungary’s principal medical university.

Squier has collaborated with several Semmelweis faculty members over the past decade on studies of tobacco and oral lesions, and tobacco control in Hungary. He has received joint funding from the Fogarty International Center at the United States’ National Institutes of Health and from the Hungarian government.

A UI faculty member since 1975, Squier is a professor in the department of oral pathology, radiology and medicine at the College of Dentistry. He also oversees the college’s Dentist-Scientist Program, which trains future dental researchers. His research interests focus on the permeability of skin and oral mucosa, and how substances like medications, tobacco and alcohol affect these tissues.