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What’re those crazy students up to?

If you saw students dressed as KISS, wearing hands like the HULK or calling themselves Membrane Attack Complex, what would you think they were up to? If you guessed playing dodgeball, you’re correct! To see photos of this crazy event, plus see how many showed up early Saturday morning to help out with The Project’s […]

— Courtney Tompkins

The plan for a healthy county

If you’d like to know more about the plan to make Polk County a healthier place, visit or attend the May 9 event! This initiative is led by the Polk County Health Department. Be a fan of them on Facebook to get their updates!

— Courtney Tompkins

Awesome event comin’ up!

This event is open to students, staff, faculty and the public. Everyone can learn! Plus, it’s free to attend. There’s a cafeteria near the auditorium if you want to grab lunch to eat during the event.

— Courtney Tompkins

It’s the theatre, dahling!

Last night I enjoyed a lovely evening out with my sisters & mom. I’d won tickets from the Des Moines Register to see  the Des Moines Playhouse‘s Thoroughly Modern Millie. It was delightful. Such a nice evening out. You can get a ticket for $20 which makes quite a cheap night of live theatre. The […]

— Courtney Tompkins

weekend plans?

Have you figured out what you’re doin this weekend? If not, let me make a few suggestions… On Friday you can head to the Vaudeville Mews and catch some local bands. These aren’t just any bands, either… They’re partially the work of our multi-talented students!  Pumptown will play at 7 p.m….A folk/country/rock group made up by […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Hear first-hand account of Holocaust at Des Moines University

Des Moines, IA – It is said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With this in mind, Des Moines’ Peter Pintus, a Holocaust survivor, will share his stories and memories on April 21 at noon at Des Moines University. The public is invited to attend this free event […]

— Courtney Tompkins

who are you in just a few

Six words. Can you describe yourself in only six words?  Smith Magazine created the six-word memoir idea. Some are very poetic or heartfelt like “He, open book; I, an illiterate.” and others are funny like “All of a sudden, I’m “old.”” Some like “And then I started getting paranoid.” make me wonder what the backstory is  […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Live tunes

A few large announcements have me excited about summer concerts outdoors! 80-35 is a large annual music festival in Des Moines held the weekend of July 4th. Last year it was a blast. Headliners were The Flaming Lips & The Roots. This week they announced 11 of the acts. See the list here. Also announced […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Healthiest Nation in One Generation

by Barb Boose, DMU Magazine editor As a nation, we are sick. And I’m not talking about the lingering cold you’re nursing. Life expectancy in America ranks 46th in the world, behind Japan, most of Europe and countries like South Korea and Jordan. A baby born today in the U.S. is more likely to die […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Easter brunch

Easter is quickly approaching! (Maybe not so quickly for those of you who gave up something for Lent!) Whether you celebrate in church or on a lawn with Easter eggs, or both, you’ll have to eat! Check out this Metromix list of Easter brunches. If I weren’t planning to make a meal out of Cadbury eggs, […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Free DMU conference highlights research from around Iowa

Des Moines – If current medical and health care research interests you, plan to attend the sixth annual Des Moines University Student Research Symposium on April 23. Des Moines University (DMU) will host the public and students from area colleges for the symposium from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 […]

— Courtney Tompkins

counting the days

  March Madness is finally over. How about that game last night? Pretty sure I just got fouled for even thinking of Tyler Hansbrough. Seriously, you come within a foot of that guy and he’s shooting two.  The good news is college football is only 151 days, 9 hours, 10 minutes and 36 seconds away. […]

— Kendall Conder

Quilting for good

guest post by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine When 14 DMU students, two faculty, two alumni and four others took a medical service trip to El Salvador in March, they took 30 quilts with them, thanks to the Crafting for Charity Club.  The club was organized last year by DMU employees, all enthusiastic crafters […]

— Seth Stevenson

Sign me up for that!

  I finished my taxes the other day, which was a great a feat for me. I think this is the third year I’ve done them without parental assistance and I always get a great sense of achievement after finishing them.  I mean, checking boxes and transferring information from a W2 to the computer is […]

— Kendall Conder

“Did Emmit Smith or Jerry Rice win ‘Dancing with the Stars’?”

The other night, a pretty serious debate erupted with one of my (male) colleagues concerning this monumental question. After going back and forth for a couple minutes, he mockingly told me, “Google it.” I have developed a reputation of being a “Google Goddess.” I am completely comfortable with this labeling as Googling is indeed one […]

— Kendall Conder

Childcare near DMU

Choosing a school or being successful in school can often depend on finding the right care for your child. I was asked, via Facebook, for some help finding childcare in Des Moines so here you are…

— Courtney Tompkins

Research spotlight: Roy Lidtke

Roy H. Lidtke, D.P.M., CPed, FACFAOM, is clinical associate professor of podiatric medicine specializing in lower extremity biomechanics Lidtke started his research career here at Des Moines University after completing his residency. He started the Human Performance Lab as a joint research lab to study gait and motion. He was then recruited to start a gait […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Fritz Nordengren

My research is in learning preferences and the needs and differences of solitary learners and social learners. It begins with Myers Briggs Type Indicator® preferences and expands to explore how to best assist health care students as they switch from social learning environments in their cohorts to individual learning environment while on rotations. Current projects […]

— Seth Stevenson

Anatomy word of the month: pudendal nerve

Pudendal comes from a Latin word meaning, “to be ashamed”. Interesting that this term is an archaic reference to the external genitalia. Obviously, the association of “shame” to “private parts”, those areas that should be hidden from view whether with a fig leaf or clothing, stems from ancient times. However, the term is still used […]

— Bill Dyche

Is anyone Audiobooking?

There’s a special membership deal at (or at least there was when I last visited) for books on audio! What a concept. Not only do I get the chance to catch up on all the books people are talking about, I can listen to it while at the gym, or when laying in bed when my […]

— Tea Nguyen