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Tickets still available for Glanton dinner

UPDATE on 10/13/10: Tickets are now sold out. The 2010 Des Moines University Glanton Scholarship Dinner at the Meadows at Prairie Meadows will honor Iowa’s former governor, Robert D. Ray, and a few tickets are still available. The October 14 reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner program starting at 6 p.m. If you […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Food festival this weekend!

Friday kicks off my all-time favorite outdoor festival in Des Moines, The World Food Festival!! If you’ve read this blog for awhile, you know that means a lot – I love festivals & I love to eat! This event is held in the streets of the East Village. It runs 11 a.m-10 p.m. Friday & […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Global Health conference

On October 13, our global health department and the Heartland Global Health Consortium are again hosting an awesome conference. This year’s topic, “the influence of agriculture on global health,” ties really nicely to the World Food Prize conference going on at the same time in Des Moines. Some of the speakers and attendees will be […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Public health program director chosen for national commission

Des Moines University is proud to announce Mary Mincer Hansen, R.N., Ph.D., director of the DMU public health program, was recently selected as a member of the new National Health Care Workforce Commission. The commission, a national resource for Congress, the president, states and cities, was appointed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Happy physician assistant week!

Physician assistants play a vital role in our health care system. They practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs can give physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgery and write prescriptions. The master of science in physician assistant studies is a 2-year program. When you graduate and pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam […]

— Andrea Cooley

Public invited to conference at DMU on global health, agriculture

In conjunction with the esteemed World Food Prize Festival in October, Des Moines University (DMU) will host “The Influence of Agriculture on Global Health” on October 13. Speakers include: •    Paul Schickler, president of Pioneer Hi-Bred International •    Dr. Robert Mazur with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods •    Henry Musoke with Volunteer Efforts for […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free film viewing to share stories of malnutrition

(Des Moines, IA) – Locally parents worry about childhood obesity. In other countries parents worry about getting enough food to feed their families. The film “Starved for Attention,” exposes the neglected atrocities of childhood malnutrition around the world. The public is invited to see this rare showing of “Starved For Attention” October 8, 5:30 p.m., […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Anatomy word of the month: tragus

The small flap of skin covered cartilage at the front of your ear canal is named “goat” in Greek! Tragi is the term for hair that grows in the outer ear canal, especially in older men. So, tragus is a fanciful reference to the chin whiskers of a he-goat. Goatee, a narrow pointed beard, is […]

— Bill Dyche

Research student spotlight: Russell Hamilton

Russell first became interested in research during his undergraduate education at Mount Mercy University while in a biochemistry laboratory. Following his undergraduate education, Russell went to work doing research at the University of Iowa Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing. While at the University of Iowa, Russell had the opportunity to participate in a broad range […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research student spotlight: Rachel Firkins

Rachel Firkins graduated from Drake University with a B.S. in biology and a B.S. in neuroscience in 2009. She became interested in research when working as a student research assistant in Dr. Julia Moffitt’s lab at Des Moines University while still attending Drake. She spent her research time investigating the Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on […]

— Seth Stevenson

Friday recipe: pumpkin cupcakes

I’m on a dessert recipe kick (see last week’s black-bean brownies), but when the seasons change all I want to do is curl up with a warm drink and something sweet to eat. This recipe for pumpkin cupcakes is from NPR’s Kitchen Window food blog. It includes recipes for four other healthy cupcakes, so it’s […]

— Andrea Cooley