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March 8, 2003

International Research Group Honors UI Dental Faculty

The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) will present awards to two University of Iowa College of Dentistry faculty members during the organization's 82nd general session in Honolulu March 10-13.

Steven Levy, D.D.S., professor of preventive and community dentistry, will receive the 2004 H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award in honor of his research accomplishments in the field of dental public health. Christopher Squier, Ph.D., D.Sc., associate dean for research and graduate studies, receives the IADR Distinguished Service Award to recognize his long record of involvement with the association.

Levy earned an undergraduate degree in statistics from Princeton University, followed by dental and public health degrees at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He joined the UI faculty in 1984 and today serves as professor and graduate program director for the College of Dentistry's Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry. He also holds a joint appointment in epidemiology for the UI College of Public Health.

Levy is widely known for the Iowa Fluoride Study, a long-term project assessing fluoride intake and related phenomena in children. The study has evolved into an interdisciplinary effort to understand issues that range from the connection between fluoride consumption and dental fluorosis (a permanent mottling or discoloration of teeth) to the impact of diet, genetics and other factors on childhood bone development. His expertise led to an appointment with the fluoride working group at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Squier studied at the University of Cambridge and the University of London and has been a UI faculty member since 1975. As associate dean, he oversees College of Dentistry research and graduate programs. He also serves as professor of oral pathology, radiology and medicine and is known for his research on the soft tissues of the mouth, notably how drugs and other substances-including carcinogens-pass through the mouth lining. Squier also is a researcher and advocate on tobacco control issues internationally.

The H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award is presented by the IADR with support from the Colgate-Palmolive Company and a bequest from the estate of Frank J. McClure in recognition of the IADR's 21st president and first dental officer of the National Institutes of Health. The Distinguished Service Award goes to an individual selected by the group's board of directors for his or her work with the IADR.

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