Spring 2019 issue

Alumnus Mark Shaker puts community first at Stanley Marketplace

Alumnus Mark Shaker puts community first at Stanley Marketplace

What do you feel like doing tonight? Drinking a Mexican craft beer? Getting a pedicure? Having dinner at a James Beard Award-nominated restaurant? Taking a kickboxing class? Letting the kids learn how to build a robot? All of this and more is on tap at Stanley Marketplace, founded by alumnus Mark Shaker.

Seeking Grace: A new exhibit highlights black women throughout DU’s history

Seeking Grace: A new exhibit highlights black women throughout DU’s history

In 1908, the University of Denver saw its second black female student graduate. Her name was Grace Mabel Andrews. Andrews was born in Missouri in 1886. She had two younger siblings, Jesse and Clyde, and her father died before her 15th birthday. Sometime before 1905, her family made the long […]

"Young people are just looking for opportunities to connect and to be authentic and to have someone see them for who they are — as leaders and as influencers in our community," says Megan Devenport. Photo: Anthony Camera

Megan Devenport helps bridge gaps for young women

  For young women, growing up all too often means retreating into silence as male classmates seize the spotlight. For more than 20 years, Denver nonprofit Building Bridges — founded by two alumni of DU’s Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) — has been helping young women from Denver Public […]

"[DU] completely formed the researcher that I am today,” says Azure Avery. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Alumna Azure Avery masters the carbon nanotube

  Carbon nanotubes may be strangers to most, but for Azure Avery (PhD ’13), they hold the magic of a pink, feather-light sugar nest disappearing on a child’s tongue. “When raw, [carbon nanotube material] is this really soft, black, sooty-looking cotton candy,” Avery says. Those aren’t technical terms, and they […]

Solving the HIV mystery

Solving the HIV mystery

“Seeing is believing.” Coming from a scientist, that might sound tired or clichéd. But for Schuyler van Engelenburg, that idea is the North Star. What he learns about HIV through his hand-built microscope’s viewfinder is the “ultimate proof,” confirming some things scientists thought they knew about the virus and uncovering […]

“Ghost Of,” Diana Khoi Nguyen's debut collection of poems, was shortlisted for a National Book Award. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

A National Book Award nod for PhD creative writing student

With “Ghost Of” (Omnidawn, 2018), her debut collection of poems, Diana Khoi Nguyen found herself blinking in the literary limelight. In September, just months after her book’s publication date, Nguyen learned that “Ghost Of” had been longlisted for a National Book Award. A few weeks later, the collection had advanced […]

Lamont ensemble shines at Monterey Jazz Festival

Lamont ensemble shines at Monterey Jazz Festival

With two performances to overflow audiences at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival — and standing ovations from each — the Lamont Jazz Orchestra (LJO) gave notice to the music world in September that DU is home to some of the finest college jazz musicians on the planet. Made up of […]

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 […]

Geographic information systems: an in-demand science career

As a GIS specialist with South Metro Fire and Rescue in Denver, Heather Hoelting uses geographic information systems (GIS) every day. Using technology to overlay maps with other types of data, she is able to track changing addresses and borders, the locations of fire hydrants and water mains, traffic patterns […]

Paralympian Jamie Stanton finds new challenges on Wall Street

Paralympian Jamie Stanton finds new challenges on Wall Street

It’s been nearly a year since Jamie Stanton stood at the bottom of a ski hill in Pyeongchang, South Korea, chest heaving, eyes cast toward the electronic scoreboard. He still can’t find the words to describe the feeling, realizing he had won a bronze medal at the 2018 Paralympic Games. […]