Des Moines University and Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS) have a long-standing relationship that allows DMPS students to visit campus for hands-on experiences in anatomy and other areas. That partnership is about to expand thanks to a $20,000 Innovate Learning Award that Des Moines Central Campus received from the Verizon Foundation.
The grant supports STEM learning in K-12 schools and will fund the “Brain Histology STEM Lab,” a collaboration with Muhammad Spocter, DMU assistant professor of anatomy. Students in Central Campus’ Anatomy & Physiology program regularly visit Spocter’s lab to work on the Canine Brain Project, exploring the minds of dogs and their use in animal-assisted therapy. They designed research projects for the lab as part of their coursework, and with the additional funding will be able to follow through on their research beginning Fall 2015.
Read more about the DMPS-DMU partnership and view photos from a recent visit to the anatomy lab.