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New members join DMU board

The DMU Board of Trustees welcomed three new members in 2014 and will add two more in March. At its December 2014 meeting, the board approved the appointments of Marcia Grassman Hammers, B.H.A.’88, R.N., FAHM, CHC, and Nicki Nigro, D.P.M.’89, FACFAS. Hammers is a senior health care consultant at Wellmark Inc., Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

— Barb Boose

DMU students seek to be part of the solution

Last year Daniel Cole, D.O.’16 became one of 16 current and past DMU students who’ve landed, since 2009, prestigious summer internships through the University’s Global Health Pathways of Distinction program. But he was the first to work in the area of climate change. Supervised by Carlos Dora, M.D., Ph.D., a coordinator in the department of […]

— Barb Boose

In Our Backyard

If you don’t believe climate change is having a negative impact on America’s Heartland, ask Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie. In 2008, he and local leaders across Iowa had to respond to a  so-called 500-year flood. Two years later, parts of the state were hit by three near-500-year floods. Those were followed by three years […]

— Barb Boose