Academics & Research

Q&A with DU’s new provost

Q&A with DU’s new provost

New provost Jeremy Haefner comes to DU from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he served for 10 years as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Haefner, who also worked at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, talks about his first impressions of DU.   Q: What […]

Writing Center wields power of words for social good

Writing Center wields power of words for social good

Nearly 800 individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty visit Denver’s St. Francis Center each day. At the daytime shelter, many visitors rinse off in showers, charge their cell phones, enjoy a hot meal — and fine-tune the latest chapter of their novel. Taking the time to work on writing is not […]

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Whether you read for pleasure or edification or both; whether you thumb through a hardcover or swipe through a device, you’re no doubt in the market for new titles to enjoy. The University of Denver’s community of writers is happy to oblige, producing good reads that raise questions and change […]

Studying the relationship between dementia and money management

Studying the relationship between dementia and money management

To detect heart disease, doctors test cholesterol. To catch diabetes, they examine blood sugar. But uncovering Alzheimer’s? An accountant may have the edge, according to research under way at DU’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging (KIHA). “We know through research that the first clinical markers of cognitive decline are found […]

Creative writers learn to ‘fail better’ in DU’s acclaimed PhD program

Creative writers learn to ‘fail better’ in DU’s acclaimed PhD program

An Army veteran and a child of the hardscrabble rust belt, Samuel Clare Knights (PhD ’14) came to the University of Denver’s top-ranked doctoral program in creative writing seeking what might be called a safe space. No, not the kind of “safe space” associated with like-minded thinking. Rather, Knights says, […]

Innovation Floor has DU community on the make

Innovation Floor has DU community on the make

Behind the hum of the 3-D printers, obscured by students and their computer monitors, sits Austin Armstrong’s little herb garden. Alongside the parsley and rosemary, technology sprouts. Tiny sensors monitor the temperature, soil moisture and humidity. With the data they collect, Armstrong and co-founder Isaiah Silva think their company, Automata, […]

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Whether you read for pleasure or edification or both; whether you thumb through a hardcover or swipe through a device, you’re no doubt in the market for new titles to enjoy. The University of Denver’s community of writers is happy to oblige, producing good reads that raise questions and change […]

University lecturer Sam Kamin shares insights on marijuana law

University lecturer Sam Kamin shares insights on marijuana law

Sam Kamin, the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Sturm College of Law, delivered the 2018 University Lecture on April 24. The annual event showcases the groundbreaking work of faculty members. In the late 2000s, Kamin embarked on a path no one else had walked before […]

Issues of sustainability and diversity go hand in hand. Faculty and students are working on solutions.

Issues of sustainability and diversity go hand in hand. Faculty and students are working on solutions.

In Flint, Mich., a 2014 shift in how the city’s drinking water was sourced resulted in lead contamination that affected more than 100,000 residents, including children and infants. The city, long known for its economic devastation, is more than 50 percent African-American. Two years later, on the Standing Rock Indian […]

Aimee Reichmann-Decker teaches the Psychology of Humor, an advanced seminar for undergraduate students. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Taking a serious look at the psychology of humor

In The Psychology of Humor, an advanced seminar for undergraduate students taught by Aimee Reichmann-Decker (MA ’04, PhD ’06), humor is both a laughing matter and a topic for serious study. Humor, after all, can be fun, inclusive, gentle and therapeutic. But it also can be uncomfortable, divisive, cruel and […]

Students from the Franklin L. Burns work solar house. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Solar house contest gives construction students their time in the sun

Looking to live off the grid in style? How about a solar-powered house with energy-efficient appliances; a rooftop deck; countertops made from recycled materials; a water system that recycles shower water; fiber-optic cable that brings natural light into a windowless bathroom; and movable walls that slide to decrease the size […]

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Shelf Discovery: Great reading from the DU community

Whether you read for pleasure or edification or both; whether you thumb through a hardcover or swipe through a device, you’re no doubt in the market for new titles to enjoy. The University of Denver’s community of writers is happy to oblige, producing good reads that raise questions and change […]

Degrees of opportunity: How DU is supporting an evolving student body

Degrees of opportunity: How DU is supporting an evolving student body

These days, the typical college student isn’t so typical. Compared to seven or eight years ago, students entering U.S. colleges and universities in 2018 are less likely to be white, more likely to be the first generation in their family to go to college, and more likely to be older […]

For his documentary film about the club, Scott Montgomery has interviewed former employees, concertgoers, poster artists — including the iconic Stanley Mouse — and musicians who performed at the club, uncovering several DU connections in the process. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Art professor re-animates Denver rock club the Family Dog

It was in existence for less than two years, but the Family Dog rock club — located just down the street from DU, near Evans and Santa Fe — was the epicenter of ’60s cool in Denver. Opened in 1967, the venue — an offshoot of concert promoter Chet Helms’ […]

Judy Kiyama conducts research on the high school-to-college transition experiences of first-generation students, low-income students and students of color. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Education professor talks inclusivity and orientations

Judy Marquez Kiyama, a professor in the Morgridge College of Education, was once a first-generation college student whose introductory exposure to her alma mater, the University of Arizona, was through a six-week summer bridge program for first-generation students, low-income students and students of color. Later the assistant director of that […]