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Todd Capistrant dons serious cold-weather gear for dog-racing.

Going to the dogs

Todd Capistrant, D.O.’97, grew up enthralled by the great outdoors and American author Jack London’s stories of survival. Still, that doesn’t fully explain why he and his wife, Anne – who grew up terrified of canines – to respond to a classified ad about a sled dog team for sale.

Alumni News, Fall/Winter 2011, Featured
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CPMS students

Stepping out for great reasons

Known for their community service, DMU students were again out in full force this fall. As volunteers and fundraisers for worthy medical causes, they continued to help make life better for others – although they would tell you they’re the ones who reap the benefits.

Fall/Winter 2011, The Pulse
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PAHO headquarters

What they did this summer

No relaxing beach time for these high-achievers: Five DMU students spent their summer conducting research, producing reports and planning programs and events for the World Health Organization and one of its public health agencies, the Pan American Health Organization. Their experiences further ignited their professional passions.

Fall/Winter 2011, The Pulse
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White Coat kiss

A big kiss for a white coat

This photo captures two experiences to treasure: first, the donning of a white coat; second, a child’s loving kiss. Two-year-old Katherine Rose Cloos planted a well-deserved wet one on her father, Michael Cloos, at the University’s White Coat Ceremony in August, under the fond gaze of his mother-in-law, Christine Asbury.

Fall/Winter 2011, The Pulse
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Susan L. Beck, D.O.’84, FACOS

Six leaders join DMU Board of Trustees

They’re a diverse group of leaders in health care, justice and business, but the six new members of the DMU Board of Trustees all share a commitment to the advancement of the University.

Fall/Winter 2011, The Pulse
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Brozaks

Family tragedy triggers career choice

A head-on, 60-mile-per-hour collision left 12-year-old Ashlee Mickle with hip and pelvis injuries; her mother with a broken neck; and her father with bruised organs and many crushed bones. As bad as all that was, though, Ashlee’s brother, Aaron, suffered the worst.

Alumni News, Fall/Winter 2011, Featured
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We want to hear from you

Des Moines University is seeking comments about the University from alumni and the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. DMU will host a visit Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2012, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Fall/Winter 2011, The Pulse
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Luke Mortensen, Ph.D.

DMU prof lands international appointment

Luke Mortensen, Ph.D., professor of physiology and pharmacology, was elected to the board of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, a nonprofit society that works to ensure science educators have the most current information and skills they need to teach future medical practitioners.

Fall/Winter 2011, The Pulse
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