Friday recipe: spring asparagus angel hair pasta

Tomorrow is opening day for one of my favorite Des Moines events: the Downtown Farmers’ Market! Held every Saturday through October 29, the market is a big social event, drawing thousands of people to the Court Avenue district. It’s a terrific treat for the senses with its sights, sounds (including live music), smells and textures. […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Git yer cowboy hat out!

For the Big Country Bash! It’s not ’til June 26 but if you want to see Trace Adkins and Dierks Bentley, along with quite a few other country stars, you’ll want to get your tickets soon! It’s outdoors with lots of stars and makes for a really great time, from what I’ve heard!

— Courtney Tompkins

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., named interim vice president of research

Jeff Gray, Ph.D., professor of microbiology and immunology, has been named DMU’s interim vice president of research. In this role, he oversees the Research Office, the Office of Sponsored Programs and all DMU research compliance activities. Gray, a microbiologist whose research focuses on severe bacterial infections and multiple drug-resistant organisms, served on the DMU faculty from 1995 […]

— Seth Stevenson

Tunes on the river

Tomorrow kicks off the annual Nitefall on the River concert series. They’re held at Simon Estes Amphitheater (Yep, named after Simon Estes, one of our adjunct profs!) which is a perfect spot to kick back, kick off your shoes and listen to live music. This year’s lineup includes: Slightly Stoopid & the Meat Puppets (May […]

— Courtney Tompkins

Under your skin

Ever wonder what your body looks like with no skin? Well, you’re in luck because the Science Center of Iowa is hosting the lauded BODY WORLDS Vital traveling exhibit starting this Saturday, May 7. Real donated human bodies are preserved through plastination and will be on display for guests to get a glimpse at what […]

— Nicole Branstad

Anatomy word of the month: pylorus

The “gatekeeper” in Greek. This ring of muscle tissue surrounds the juncture between the stomach and the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. It functions as a gatekeeper by preventing food from exiting the stomach until it has reached a thick, soup-like consistency. Stomach contents called chyme, “juice” in Greek, then is squirted […]

— Bill Dyche