Archive for September, 2007

DU hosts night of satellite gazing to commemorate Sputnik’s launch

It was a day that changed everything. Oct. 4 marks 50 years from the day Americans looked up to find a Russian satellite, dubbed Sputnik, orbiting overhead. The curious crowded the streets and gazed into the night sky, and the country was launched into a race to outer space that […]

DU’s future to be focused on ‘public good,’ chancellor says

The University is in the strongest condition of its 143-year history, Chancellor Robert Coombe said in his Sept. 28Convocation address to 610 faculty and staff members gathered in Magness Arena. That strength, he said, comes from a faculty of “nationally competitive scholars who are as committed to teaching and their […]

University receives $7.45 million gift to expand global forecasting program

DU’s Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) has received a $7.45 million gift from investor-philanthropist Frederick Pardee to support and expand the school’s International Futures program.  The gift will be used to create the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at GSIS, funding its endowment and operating costs from 2008 […]

DU transit passes to continue in ’08 despite fare increases

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) fare increases approved Sept. 26 are not expected to affect re-issue of the University of Denver’s 2008 Eco Pass to benefited employees or the College Pass to students. Human Resources Director Richard Gartrell says he expects eligible DU employees to receive the 2008 Eco Passes […]

Psych professor studies crime victims

Psych professor studies crime victims

Anne DePrince, an assistant professor in DU’s Department of Psychology, wants to change the phenomenon of revictimization — a victim of violent crime being victimized again. A 1995 British Crime Survey found that 3 percent of adult victims accounted for 73 percent of violent crime victimizations.  “Our ultimate hope is to […]

Pioneers gymnasts qualify for 2008 Olympic Games

Two Pioneers gymnasts, junior Jessica López and freshman Annamari Maaranen, have qualified as individuals to compete in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. López will compete for Venezuela, and Maaranen will compete for Finland. López and Maaranen qualified at the 40th World Gymnastics Championships, held in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. […]

University Park high-rise development hits legal snag

Plans to build a high-rise on Regional Transportation District (RTD) land near the University of Denver light-rail station are being held up by a legal snag that will take an act of the legislature to repair. The statute authorizing RTD to develop property does not specifically permit “residential” uses, only […]

Danielson progressing on DNA analysis

Danielson progressing on DNA analysis

After seven years of research, countless hours of methodical calculations and experiment, and some nights spent in his lab on a gurney converted into a makeshift cot, molecular biology Professor Phil Danielson says this could be the year. This could be the year Danielson and his team of students and researchers […]

Diavolo coming to Newman Center Sept. 28

Diavolo coming to Newman Center Sept. 28

Modern dance company Diavolo will kick off the Newman Center Presentsseries Sept. 28 with “Foreign Bodies,” a performance commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Newman Center. “Foreign Bodies” made its world premiere at the Hollywood Bowl Sept. 4. Artistic Director Jacques Heim, who founded the Diavolo Dance Theater […]

Wafer accepted into Harvard’s WorldTeach

Hitchhiking and ending up on a milk delivery route. Wading chest-deep in crocodile- and shark-infested waters. Flying out of a raft into raging, rapid whitewater. Welcome to Erin Wafer’s world. But it’s a world she asked for.  Last year Wafer (BA Spanish, gender and women’s studies ’05) applied to WorldTeach, […]

Sisters ride for MS and mom

Beth Clark (BA ’00) and Laura “Lauri” Sawyer (BA ’92) sisters with the maiden name of Washington, live on different coasts and are separated by eight years in age. Also, because their mom, Karin, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when Clark was 10 and Sawyer was in her first year […]

Seminars introduce freshmen to academia

From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to pharmacology, incoming DU students will spend their fall delving deeply into a variety of topics in First-Year Seminars. The fall courses are the start of the First Year Inquiry and Writing sequence required of all entering students.  “Every university needs some mechanism for assisting students […]

Neighborhood associations lack clout, activists say

When political newcomer Chris Nevitt took his seat on Denver City Council for the first time July 13, he did so with the support of only 21 percent of the voters in his district. About 13 percent in the June 5 runoff election preferred someone else, and 66 percent of […]

Nagel Hall may get gold designation

Nagel Hall may get gold designation

Nagel Hall is on the brink of meeting “gold” guidelines for “green” buildings and at least one University official is tickled pink. The gold guidelines are standards set up by the U.S. Green Building Council under a program called LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Gold status is a […]

Volunteer partnership helps students learn, teach languages

DU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) recently established a new partnership that will provide DU Spanish language students an opportunity to use their skills as they also explore a vibrant culture right in their own backyard. The new partner is Intercambio de Comunidades, Interchange of Communities, and the students […]