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The Joseph and Loretta Law Institute of Arts and Technology plans to make the most current breakthroughs in artistic technology accessible to students and the public through seminars, workshops, visiting fellows and scholars, performances and education. Photo courtesy of Dennis Law

$20 million gift funds new institute for global art and technology

A $20 million gift from Denver arts supporter and former surgeon Dennis Law and his mother, Loretta Law, will fund the creation of the new Joseph and Loretta Law Institute of Arts and Technology at DU. The gift includes seed capital and long-term funding that will make the University of […]

Ryan Keeney, a recent graduate student in the Department of Geography and the Environment, created an interactive digital map of every streetcar line that ever existed within the modern boundaries of the city and county of Denver, from the system’s inception in 1872 to its demise in 1950. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library Digital Collections

Geography grad student explores Denver’s streetcar legacy

Alumni who took classes back in the days when the University was nicknamed “Tramway Tech” know that Denver once boasted a world-class public transportation system in the form of streetcars. In fact, many of the city’s buzzing commercial strips and distinctive neighborhoods — Colfax, Broadway, South Pearl — were once […]

“If we can get people out to watch us just one time, they’ll come back,” says new women's basketball head coach Jim Turgeon. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

New coach means a new era for women’s basketball

Jim Turgeon admits that men’s basketball programs usually get most of the attention at universities. But for him, there’s nothing more exciting than women’s basketball. “I think [on the women’s side] the game is played the way it’s supposed to be: below the rim,” says the new head coach of […]

In hopes that students there will dedicate their lives to vital international causes, Grant Wilkins and his second wife, Marlene, created the Grant and Marlene Wilkins Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

Alumnus Grant Wilkins crusades against polio

Grant Wilkins (BA ’47) has dedicated his life to eradicating polio. For more than two decades he has traveled the globe, sharing his story in an effort to raise money for PolioPlus, a Rotary International Program aimed at eliminating the disease. He also distributes vaccines in the countries he visits. […]

DU has, in recent years, become known for its research on family health, peace and stability, and aging. Illustration: Sally Vitsky

Good Work: Inside DU research that is supporting families, helping seniors and creating a safer world

From engineering to psychology, biology to social work, mathematics to law, University of Denver faculty members bring in millions of dollars each year to conduct research on behalf of federal, state and local governments, as well as corporations and foundations. The money is a boon not just to faculty members, […]

Using ground-penetrating radar, anthropology professor explores the world underground

Using ground-penetrating radar, anthropology professor explores the world underground

Ten miles inland from the coast of the Connecticut River, the landscape is punctuated by a picturesque horse ranch complete with leafy shade trees, white picket fences and expanses of bright green grass. But DU archaeologist Larry Conyers can show you an entirely different picture of the farm … underground. […]

Big names in business, politics and law make up the first class of DU Distinguished Alumni

Big names in business, politics and law make up the first class of DU Distinguished Alumni

When Crisanta Duran (BA ’02, public affairs and Spanish) decided to run for office at age 29, her dual bachelor’s degrees became powerful tools. “Being able to speak with people in their native language was very, very helpful” says the sixth-generation Coloradan who in November became the first Latina to […]

Stella Peterson found a network of support at the University of Denver’s Latino Leadership Institute, a program designed to elevate Colorado Latino leaders into positions of influence across sectors and industries.  Photo: Wayne Armstrong

DU helps foster a new generation of Latino leaders

By almost anyone’s account, Stella Peterson’s story was one of success. A first-generation college graduate, entrepreneur, triathlete and mother of two, Peterson already had an impressive resumé. But she wanted more—primarily to expand her network and to make contact with other Latinos in Colorado’s business world. “I wanted to connect […]

The Mostar Bridge as it looks today. Photo by Keith Jones

A return to Sarajevo, 20 years later

Twenty years is a long time. Technology has changed drastically. Styles and fashions have evolved. New generations have been born. And life has moved forward. For me, 20 years means something different. Something a bit more special. Something more character-defining. Twenty years ago, I had the opportunity to do volunteer […]

Left to right, DU alumni Kyle Granowski, Peter Burwell and Fred Klaas at Echo Mountain ski area. Photo: Jeff Haessler

Daniels alums make a high-altitude investment

Their love for skiing and snowboarding and their entrepreneurial spirit are driving three DU alumni to take their education and skills to new heights. Peter Burwell (BSBA ’11), Kyle Granowski (BSBA, MS ’10) and Fred Klaas (BSBA ’11) became good friends while studying at the Daniels College of Business. That […]

Distinguished Alumni Class of 2017

Distinguished Alumni Class of 2017

Debra Crew (BA ’93, Spanish and international studies), Winston-Salem, N.C. In January 2017, Crew was appointed president and CEO of Reynolds American. She previously served as president and COO of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and held senior management positions at PepsiCo, Mars Inc. and Dreyer’s. Crew, who was ranked No. […]

DU stakes a claim in the world of social enterprise

DU stakes a claim in the world of social enterprise

Social enterprises create value for underserved, underrepresented or disadvantaged people or for the environment. And among students and recent college graduates, they have never been more popular than they are today.

Robin Tinghitella is especially interested in how environmental change — such as habitat fragmentation, noise and light pollution, and climate change — impacts the mating environment. Stock photo

Biology professor leads students in research on cricket mating habits

Robin Tinghitella, a professor in DU’s Department of Biological Sciences, is accustomed to the fact that her research attracts a lot of curiosity. After all, who doesn’t want to learn about the courtship rituals of crickets? For Tinghitella, mating habits are the perfect hook for introducing students and the public […]

In February, Ved Nanda celebrated his 50th anniversary of teaching at DU. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Ved Nanda celebrates 50 years at DU

It was the only spanking he ever got from his mom, jokes Ved Nanda, international law professor at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. As a young boy living in Gujranwala, India, Nanda got a tattoo from a man on the street. He was proud of the artwork. […]

"Volunteer with a variety of organizations until you find out what really pulls at your heartstrings,” says Yvette Cook. Photo courtesy of Usher's New Look

Alumna helps Usher shape next generation of leaders

For Yvette Cook, there was no choice growing up but to serve her community. She says her civic-minded parents encouraged her to follow a path of altruism. Now Cook (BA ’82, MA ’85) heads up Usher’s New Look (UNL), an Atlanta-based nonprofit started by the multiplatinum-selling performer at the age […]