Posts by Seth Stevenson


A field trip to DMU

 by Rishi Shah* (11yrs, Downtown School, Des Moines, Iowa) Did you ever have an opportunity to go see a real heart? Well, I have when we visited Des Moines University (DMU) in 3rd grade. We were greeted by Dr. Matz, who showed us around campus.

— Seth Stevenson

Pella Tulip Time review

This past weekend was the annual tulip festival in Pella, Iowa! Pella is a short 45-minute drive from Des Moines and a visit to Tulip Time is a must-do for anybody who loves food, flowers and a bit of history (Pella is a Dutch town full of traditional Dutch architecture and traditions).  Darcie, Lisa, and […]

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Research spotlight: Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry, Ph.D., is an associate professor of physiology & pharmacology at Des Moines University specializing in cellular pharmacology. Henry first became involved with research as an undergraduate at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. At that time he worked on a project aimed at understanding the effects of microgravity conditions on blood vessel formation during […]

— Seth Stevenson

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 […]

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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 […]

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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

Research spotlight: Pat Buchanan

Patricia A. Buchanan, Ph.D., ATC, P.T., GCFT, is an associate professor at Des Moines University in the doctor of physical therapy program specializing in motor development. Her lifelong interests in sports, health, and the sciences have shaped her studies and professional experiences: from physical education, to athletic training, to physical therapy and beyond. While in her […]

— Seth Stevenson

A breathtaking experience

by Barb Boose, editor of DMU Magazine Some people enjoy winter, some hate it and others simply tolerate it. But on a recent frigid Friday night in Des Moines, a unique group not only enjoyed it, they literally leapt into it. First-year DMU students John Budi and Jayten Shook were among approximately 100 people who […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Kathy Mercuris

Dr. Kathy Mercuris is an Associate Professor at Des Moines University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Research Projects Research Focus My primary research is on changes in balance and gait following a CVA (stroke). I have been investigating the relationship measurements of balance and gait as they are performed by therapists in the […]

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Research spotlight: Andrew Brittingham

Andrew Brittingham is an associate professor of microbiology and immunology at Des Moines University specializing in parasitology. His research emphasis has always focused on the host – pathogen interaction. He is particularly interested in the mechanisms used by pathogens to avoid destruction by the immune system. Current projects An examination of the processes that regulation […]

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Research spotlight: Gregory Kolbinger

Gregory J Kolbinger MPAS, PA-C is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the clinical director of the Simulation Lab, which is a part of the Iowa Simulation Center for Patient Safety and Clinical Skills at Des Moines University. Research projects Currently working on two separate projects to […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Shane McClinton

Shane McClinton, D.P.T., CSCS, is a physical therapist within the Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic and Human Performance Laboratory. He graduated with a masters in physical therapy from Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center in 2001 and obtained his post-professional doctorate in 2007. Shane is currently a fellow in the manual physical therapy […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Marie Nguyen

Marie Nguyen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Des Moines University specializing in virology. Nguyen first became involved with research when undertaking an independent research project in high school. The project, entitled, “Fake Baking Bacteria,” involved convincing the local tanning salon owner to allow her to place Petri dishes of normal […]

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Research spotlight: Simon Geletta

Simon Geletta, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Des Moines University in the public health program teaching health care research and statistics courses. He is trained as a sociologist with a special emphasis in demography and population studies. He attended graduate school at the University of Missouri – Columbia campus. His research there mainly focused on […]

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Alumni in the military

Written by Barb Boose, guest blogger & editor of ‘DMU Magazine’ As we reflect on the year that’s ending and the new one ahead, it’s a good time to remember the men and women serving our country here and abroad. Many Des Moines University alumni have served or are serving in the military, including Walter […]

— Seth Stevenson

YUM! Food Paradise here in Iowa

If the thought of a warm cinnamon roll covered in delicious frosting gets your mouth watering, you’ll have to try Iowa’s Machine Shed restaurant! The Travel Channel’s show “Food Paradise” has selected the Machine Shed as part of their ‘Best Breakfast in America’ list. The Register reported this great news today.  A great restaurant for […]

— Seth Stevenson

Research spotlight: Roxane Joens-Matre

In memoriam Dr. Roxane Joens-Matre was an Assistant Professor at Des Moines University in the Master of Public Health Program specializing in health promotion. Facts about Dr. Joens-Matre: My Education: Dr. Joens-Matre received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science degrees in Physical Education from Iowa State University. She received her Doctor of Philosophy […]

— Seth Stevenson

Des Moines Marathon

The Des Moines Marathon was Sunday and DMU was everywhere!  There were more than 7,000 runners and walkers for this Boston Marathon qualifier, and the weather couldn’t have been better!  While I don’t think I’ll ever run in a marathon (I get sore from playing Wii Tennis), I have cheered on runners before and the […]

— Seth Stevenson