Achievements: UI faculty, staff, and students making news

Achievements: UI faculty, staff, and students making news

Main Page Content

Jump to:

Offices and Awards


Kathleen A. Sluka, physical therapist and professor at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, has been appointed as the Kate Daum Professor. The four-year appointment was effective July 1.

The endowed professorship was established by the College of Medicine to recognize outstanding women scientists and is named in honor of Kate Daum, who directed the UI Nutrition Department from 1927 to 1955 and helped pave the way for female scientists at the UI.

A UI faculty member since 1996, Sluka is an expert on the mechanisms of musculoskeletal pain and the neurobiological mechanisms of nonpharmacological pain therapies. She also is an advocate for improved guidelines and standards for pain education and was recently part of an inter-professional group to develop competencies in entry-level pain education.


Dan Reed, vice president for research and economic development at the UI, has been named to a leadership position at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The international nonprofit organization, formed in 1998, coordinates the naming system on the Internet (such as the addresses listed for entities and individuals) to ensure a stable, secure and unified global web. Reed was named to the Generic Names Supporting Organization Council, which helps set policies for various top-level domain actions, such as sorting out similar domain-name registrants. Reed came to the UI last fall from Microsoft Corp. where he was in charge of emerging technologies.

UI Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steve Fleagle has been elected to the Board of Trustees for Internet2, a consortium in the technology world.

Fleagle was one of four new board members elected this spring and summer, and will serve a 3-year term. Initiatives on which Internet2 is currently focusing include leveraging the new network recently deployed as a part of the U.S.UCAN program, developing Net+ services, and expanding national and regional collaboration.

For a more in-depth story, visit the ITS website.

Lori Short, program manager for Iowa KidSight in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Vision Professionals. Short begins a two-year term as vice president.

The National Association of Vision Professionals was established in May 1978 as an organization concerned with prevention, detection, and follow-up of vision services for pre-school and school-aged children and adults.

Beth Hochstedler, director of education, training and outreach at the State Hygienic Laboratory at the UI, was appointed to the STEM Advisory Council on Aug. 28.

The council was formed in 2011 to expand educational activities and economic development in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The members represent Iowa businesses, policymakers and educators who advise the governor on ways to improve STEM education, innovation and careers.

Hochstedler leads the educational programming for the State Hygienic Laboratory at the UI, including its involvement in the recent STEM festivals across the state. She will serve a three-year term on the council. The Hygienic Laboratory is one of the Advisory Council’s Active Learning Community Partners.


Dr. Ali Pourian, chief resident in oral and maxillofacial radiology, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Howard R. Raper Award.

The award recognizes a promising graduate student who demonstrates an interest in oral and maxillofacial radiology and intends to pursue a career in academia.



Elangovan S; Avila-Ortiz G; Johnson GK; Karimbux N; Allareddy V: an article, "Quality assessment of systematic reviews on periodontal regeneration in humans." J Periodontol. 2013 Feb;84(2):176-85

Straub-Morarend CL; Spector ML; Johnsen DC; Holmes DC: an article, "Dental student evaluation in the predoctoral comprehensive care clinic: II." Quarterly (formative/summative) and final (summative) evaluation.

Reardon GT; Slayton LR; Norby C; Geneser T: an article, "Macrodontia, shovel-shaped incisors, and multituberculism: probable Ekman-WestborgJulin trait." J Dent Child (Chic). 2012 Sep-Dec;79 (3):197-201.

McKernan SC; Kuthy RA; Momany ET; McQuistan MR; Hanley PF; Jones MP; Damiano PC: an article, "Geographic accessibility and utilization of orthodontic services among Medicaid children and adolescents." J Public Health Dent. 2013 Winter;73 (1):56-64.

Vela KC; Walton RE; Trope M; Windschitl P; Caplan DJ: an article, "Patient preferences regarding 1-visit versus 2-visit root canal therapy." J Endod. 2012 Oct;38(10):1322-5.


Deborah Thumma, University Communication and Marketing, 319-384-0006


Email Button