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2009 June: Community News

2009 June: Community News

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In this issue:
*Korbel ranking
*Budding scientists
*Groff goes to D.C.
*French bistro
*Energy sleuths
*Mathematical art
In this issue:
*Korbel ranking
*Budding scientists
*Groff goes to D.C.
*French bistro
*Energy sleuths
*Mathematical art

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 Korbel ranking
 Budding scientists
 Groff goes to D.C.
 French bistro
 Energy sleuths
 Mathematical art
Inside
UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
06.2009
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CAMPUS|NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE|RESEARCH ARTS|EVENTS|PEOPLE 
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University of Denver graduate Don Tousaint smiles at his family duringthe May 16 Sturm College of Law graduation ceremony in Magness Arena.Tousaint was among the 292 new lawyers who joined an estimated 12,000living DU law alumni. Terrance Carroll (JD ’05), speaker of the Colorado Houseof Representatives, told the new class of graduates that although they enterthe professional world at a time of great challenge and uncertainty, it will beup to them to carry on and ensure that everyone gets a fair chance. Read moreCommencement coverage at www.du.edu/today.
Graduation Glee
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 After this issue,
Community News
willno longer be availablein a print format.Beginning July 1, themonthly newsletter will be publishedonline only. Go to www.du.edu/today fordaily news; click on“Community News”to read, download ore-mail a PDF versionof the newsletter. Anarchive of back issuesis available online as well. Please e-mailus at tips@du.eduor write to us —
Community News
, 2199S. University Blvd.,Denver, CO 80208 —to let us know what you think of thechange.
 
DU law professor Erik Bluemel dies inbicycle accident
DU’s Sturm College o Law communityis mourning the loss o Assistant Proessor Erik Bluemel, who died May 6 rom injuries suered ina bicycle accident.Bluemel came to DU last all or the 2008–09academic year. He taught courses in administrative,environmental and indigenous peoples law.His research interests included environmental ederalism, climate governance, internationaladministrative law, and environmental rights.Bluemel held a law degree rom New York University, a master’s o law rom GeorgetownUniversity Law Center, and a bachelor’s degree inpolitical economy rom the University o Caliornia-Berkeley. Beore coming to DU, he clerked or  Judge Bareoot Sanders in the Northern District o Texas and Judge Kermit Edward Bye in the EighthCircuit Court o Appeals. He also served as asta attorney and teaching ellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute or PublicRepresentation.“We have all lost a wonderul colleague, teacher and riend,” says Law Dean José (Beto) Juárez Jr. “I know that the College o Law community will continue to show their support or Erik’s amily as we go through this unimaginable period. Please keep Erik’s amily in your thoughtsand prayers. Erik’s amily and parents have drawn rom the great support and love o the Collegeo Law community.”The Denver Police Department reports that Bluemel was involved in a bicycle accidentshortly ater midnight on Tuesday, May 5, along 15th Street in Denver’s Lower Downtowndistrict. A memorial service or Bluemel was held May 30 in Arcadia, Cali. Donations in hismemory can be made to Rails To Trails Conservatory (www.railstotrails.org) or KeystoneConservation (www.keystoneconservation.us/keystone_conservation/).
 —Chase Squires
Korbel School ranked 12th in the world, survey says
 A DU master’s program in the Jose Korbel School o International Studies was recentlyranked 12th in the world.
Foreign Policy
magazine released a survey in its March–April issue that ranked Korbel’sproessional master’s program among the top 20 PhD, master’s and undergraduate programs.“While I am pleased to have the Jose Korbel School ranked among the world’s top 15 andamong the top our west o the Boston-New York-D.C. corridor, I will never be satised until we are number one,” says Tom Farer, dean o the Korbel School.In the master’s listing, the Korbel School tied or 12th with Yale University, the MassachusettsInstitute o Technology and University o Caliornia-San Diego.The Korbel School ranked ahead o schools such as Stanord University and the Universityo Pittsburgh.“For the rst time, the
Foreign Policy
survey asked respondents to rank all o the internationalstudies master’s programs in the world. Previously, only U.S. schools had been ranked,” saysFarer. “Moreover, I am convinced that in terms o the intrinsic quality o the proessional education we provide, an education intensely responsive to individual needs and passions, and in terms o  the competitiveness o our graduates, we have ew equals.”The biennial survey was conducted by researchers at the College o William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
 —Laura Hathaway
 www.du.edu/today
Volume 32, Number 9
 Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Carol Farnsworth
Publications Director 
Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96)
Managing Editor 
Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07)
 Art Director 
Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
Community News
is published monthly — except July, August and December — by the Universityof Denver, University Communications, 2199 S.University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208. The Universityof Denver is an EEO/AA institution. Periodicalspostage paid in USPS #015-902 at Denver, CO.Postmaster: Send address changes to
Community News
,University of Denver, University Advancement,2190 E. Asbury Ave., Denver, CO 80208.
Contact
Community News
at 303-871-4312or tips@du.edu
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Relay for life
More than 270students and other communitymembers raised just over $20,000or the American Cancer Societyin DU’s fth annual Relay orLie event May 8–9. During the12-hour event, participants walkedto celebrate cancer survivorsand honor those the disease hasclaimed. Every year, more than 3.5million people participate in Relayor Lie events across the country.
 
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Blockbuster rolescredits, signals Noodlesand Company’s DUneighborhood debut
Broomeld-based Noodles & Com-pany is preparing to open a new restau-rant in an East Evans Avenue locationpreviously occupied by a Blockbuster  video store.Blockbuster stopped renting DVDsand other items on April 20. Thedeparture clears the way or Noodles to nalize lease arrangements and to seeabout renovations to the property.“We’re moving orward with it,” saysMatt Wagner, communications manager  or Noodles. “As ar as I know, we arelooking at an opening date somewherebetween the middle o September to themiddle o November.”The move would be part o a furryo Noodles restaurant openings, some 20o which are expected to begin operationsin 2009, Wagner said. Presently, thechain has 36 stores in Colorado and 207nationwide.“This is one o our most anticipatedsites or 2009. And we’re not looking toslow down in 2010,” Wagner says. “We’reone o the shining stars o these uniqueeconomic times.” Among reasons or the company’ssuccess was sewing up credit beore therecession hit, Wagner says.The new Noodles restaurant at1737 E. Evans Ave. will be similar to thecompany’s other stores, Wagner says.The restaurant boasts “resh, wholesome,balanced, ast” Asian, American andMediterranean dishes or about six or seven dollars. Also on the drawing board is a 15–20person outdoor patio on the east side o  the building. The patio has been in placesince the location operated as ChesapeakeBagel in 1996, but permission to useit ended when the bagel store let. On April 7, the Denver Board o Adjustmentgranted a variance to property owner Robert Wiss or an awning, lighting andseating appropriate to outdoor dining.The approval removed an obstacle toNoodles leasing the premises.
 —Richard Chapman
When homework isn’t homework, it’s research
 When rst-year DU science students signed up or Proessor Buck Sanord’s newest class, theyreally signed up or something bigger: a real-lie probe into global warming.For their class lab work, students measured tree buds as leaves emerged this spring. Then theyuploaded weekly ndings into global databases being assembled or scientists to study today and or decades into the uture.“These measurements really do matter,” Sanord warned his students as they prepared or  their rst day o data collection. “The data you collect will be studied by a global community o scientists, a community that you are now part o.”Sanord says scientists around the world are studying records o bud development to see i global warming is aecting how early tree leaves emerge. With an army o 180 students takinghis labs in the spring quarter, and DU’s collection o trees in the campus-wide arboretum, theUniversity has an opportunity to deliver a valuable snapshot o activity in Denver every spring.Every tree on campus is tagged with a number, so students in uture generations can nd theexact same tree today’s students are studying. Each student selected a bud on a tree and tagged thearea so the same bud could be revisited. Then, or the next ve weeks, students measured their selected bud three times a week and charted its growth as a lea emerged and started to grow.Students joined in a campaign called Project BudBurst, which gathers data in a scientic eldcalled phenology — the study o the infuence o climate on annual natural events, such as plantbudding and bird migration. They registered on a Web site and uploaded their data, which was thenmade available to scientists around the world. Sanord says some o the earliest reliable recordso plant cycles dates back to 700 AD, data careully collected year ater year or centuries on the Japanese cherry tree cycles.Sanord says his class didn’t push any one theory o global warming. Rather, it tested thehypothesis that something is altering the lie cycle o plants around the world.
 —Chase Squires
Professor Buck Sanford and students measure tree buds as part of Project Budburst, a real-life probe into global warming.

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