DMU student club hosts national speakers for public health, nuclear weapon discussion

April 26, 2010 —

The Des Moines University (DMU) student chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Des Moines Catholic Peace Ministry invite the public to attend a free event May 4 at noon in Des Moines University’s Academic Center, Ruza Lecture Hall, 3440 Grand Ave.

“It’s undeniable that our health is linked to the environment in which we live. Looking at the effects of radioactive material on public health issues, such as cancer, is important step towards understanding how we can improve our well-being,” said Hillary Haas, president of the DMU Student Physicians for Social Responsibility group.

“Moving to a world without nuclear weapons: public health & policy” will be presented by Robert Gould, M.D., chair of the American Public Health Association Peace Caucus, and Col. Richard Klass, executive director for the Veterans’ Alliance for Security and Democracy.

No RSVP is required; pizza will be provided. For info about Physicians for Social Responsibility, visit

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.