Articles written by: Tamara Chapman

Lisa Sasaki is director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Center. Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian

Alumna Lisa Sasaki helms Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center

As the new director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), Lisa Sasaki expects to spend the next few years leading a team through dramatic change. One of the primary things she wants to shepherd is a change in prepositions. For too long, the University of Denver alumna […]

Her Honors Program thesis, says senior Ashlyn Stewart, was a project that allowed her "to find my own interest and run with it." Photo by Wayne Armstrong

Honors Program lets students satisfy their intellectual curiosity

Knee-deep in her cross-disciplinary Honors thesis for her two majors, history and English, senior Ashlyn Stewart finds herself digging deeper, stretching further and thinking harder. Which is precisely why, four years ago, Stewart applied to DU’s Honors Program. She wanted to immerse herself in academic challenges and to study alongside […]

DU Archives home to a rare set of 19th-century Native American prints

DU Archives home to a rare set of 19th-century Native American prints

The archives are home to a rare set of photographs by Edward Curtis, the 19th-century artist and ethnographer known as the “Shadow Catcher,” a moniker he was given by the Native Americans whose visages and culture he captured in his internationally celebrated works.

Flawed power grid inspires Ugandan student to pursue degree in electrical engineering

Flawed power grid inspires Ugandan student to pursue degree in electrical engineering

For Shem Kikamaze, the light bulb clicked on when the electricity went off. As a high school student in his hometown of Kampala, Uganda, where outages are a recurring problem, Kikamaze came to value every jolt of power. “It is always going on and off,” he says of the electricity. […]

New report reveals DU’s nearly $1 billion annual impact on Denver

New report reveals DU’s nearly $1 billion annual impact on Denver

All along the Front Range, the University of Denver is known for its great minds, rigorous academic programs, stunning campus and nationally competitive sports teams. But that’s just part of what DU brings to the city it calls home. A recently released Development Research Partners study finds that DU also […]

Albright challenges Class of 2016 to ‘heal, help and teach’

Albright challenges Class of 2016 to ‘heal, help and teach’

In a wide-ranging address covering everything from her years in Denver to her concerns about growing isolationism in the United States, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright called on the members of DU’s Class of 2016 to put their education to work in service of the country’s values and well-being. […]

Report reveals DU’s nearly $1 billion annual impact on Denver

All along the Front Range, the University of Denver is known for its great minds, rigorous academic programs, stunning campus and nationally competitive sports teams. But that’s just part of what DU brings to the city it calls home. A recently released Development Research Partners study finds that DU also […]

Fashion Bar history preserved at DU’s Beck Archives

Fashion Bar history preserved at DU’s Beck Archives

In a fast-paced, future-focused metropolis like Denver, history has a way of moseying into the footnotes and settling in for a long hibernation. But at the Beck Memorial Archives of Rocky Mountain Jewish History, history has lessons to share and connections to make. Under the direction of Jeanne Abrams, a […]

Chemistry Professor Donald Stedman dies of lung cancer

Professor Emeritus Donald Stedman — known worldwide for developing trail-blazing technology to gauge vehicle emissions — died of lung cancer in Oregon on April 16. Stedman taught in DU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more than three decades, and his work earned him a range of honors. In 1995 […]

Students pursue the green life in sustainability-focused Living & Learning Community

Students pursue the green life in sustainability-focused Living & Learning Community

The ESLLC not only gave her an instant social circle — one populated by people who relish a dinnertime discussion of, say, composting — it allowed her to dive into a meaningful topic her very first weeks on campus. What’s more, through field trips, classroom work and community service, she learned how to make a difference.

Abrams to deliver University Lecture on health care during revolutionary era

Abrams to deliver University Lecture on health care during revolutionary era

When Americans want to learn about the nation’s founders — their ideals, their politics, their legacies — they can choose from thousands of book titles. But when they want to get to know the founders on a more intimate level, historian Jeanne Abrams has just the prescription: “Revolutionary Medicine: The […]

Faculty and students in geography department study transit-oriented development

Faculty and students in geography department study transit-oriented development

With four new light- and commuter-rail lines scheduled to debut in 2016, the Denver metropolitan area can look forward to lots of TOD in the years to come. TOD — that’s shorthand for transit-oriented development — promises mixed-use, high-density developments concentrated around bus and rail stations. Before ground breaks on […]

DU researcher honored for work on vehicle emissions

Donald Stedman — professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry and the researcher behind pioneering technology to gauge vehicle emissions — has been honored with the Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award. The award, notes Andrei Kutateladze, dean of DU’s Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is one of the most prestigious “in […]

Law school faculty pioneer research on jury behavior

Long before summoned to duty, long before seated in the box, the anonymous juror figures prominently in day-to-day legal proceedings. When a suit is filed, when settlements are negotiated, when attorneys advise their clients about the chances of a favorable court decision, their first thoughts go to the jury. Just […]

First-year students develop friendships and pursue their passions through DU’s distinctive residential learning program

First-year students develop friendships and pursue their passions through DU’s distinctive residential learning program

When Sydney Limond, a junior majoring in environmental science and mathematics, got the news that she would be attending the University of Denver, she puzzled, like so many soon-to-be college students, over what the first year would hold. Where would she find friends? Would she like her classes and professors? […]