Anatomy word of the month: fundus

“Bottom” in Latin.  A number of organs have a part called the fundus or fundic region.  Confusingly, the fundus is …

Spelunking for carnivores

It doesn’t take an extensive science background to quickly grasp Julie Meachen’s research passion. Just peruse the titles of her co-authored papers tacked up outside …

What’s it like to… take Anatomy Lab?

When did you first begin classes in the anatomy lab? How often are you there? Anatomy is taken in the …

Anatomy word of the month: pubic symphysis

You might guess the region of anatomy from associations with puberty.  The pubic symphysis is the point at which the …

Anatomy word of the month: thymus

“Burned as a sacrifice, incense” in Greek.  A lymphoid organ lying directly above the heart, more prominent in the young …

Des Moines University’s 114th commencement ceremony to award 539 degrees

Des Moines University will grant 539 degrees at its 2014 Commencement Ceremony, the 114th in the university’s history, on Saturday, …

Anatomy department pilots new lab technology to improve learning

Just after 10 a.m. on an unseasonably warm October morning, 52 physical therapy students enter the chill of the anatomy …

DMU memorial service recognizes generous gifts of body donors

Des Moines University will honor 63 individuals from across the state who left generous gifts to further medical education by …

Anatomy word of the month: fontanelle

A “little fountain or spring” (derived from the Latin). In laymen’s terms, the “soft spots” of a baby’s head are …

Anatomy word of the month: synovial

This term is a combining of two Greek words meaning “to put together with an egg” and describes the construction …

Anatomy word of the month: Cul-de-sac

“Bottom of the bag” in French. In everyday English a cul-de-sac is a blind alley, a dead-end street. In anatomy …

Anatomy word of the month: haustra

“Scoops, buckets” in Latin.  In ancient times water wheels with a series of buckets along the rim drew up water …