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2010 August: Community News

2010 August: Community News

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*Investing tips
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*KKK research
*Living City Block
*Bed and breakfast
*Alumni job help
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 Investing tips
 Korbel dean
 KKK research
 Living City Block
 Bed and breakfast
  Alumni job help
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Bar president
Paul Chan (BA English’81), general counsel forthe University of Denver,is the new president of theColorado Bar Association(CBA). He began histerm July 1. Chan, whois the first Asian Pacific American to lead the17,777-member CBA in its113 years, says part of hisinitiative as president is tointegrate new technologyin communicating with Barmembers. Chan is the pastpresident of the Denver Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.
Holy guacamole!
For graduate student Terrie Taziri, just studying public art wasn’t enough. Shedecided to create and install it — and she did so with a giant avocado on theDU campus in July. Taziri, a master’s student studying visual art and designin DU’s University College, created the 8-by-4 Styrofoam avocado for hercapstone project, intending to study how the sculpture changed or enhancedthe environment around it. “It’s a lot harder than I thought it was going to be,”she says. “It’s 115 pounds; it weighs about the same as I do and is hard to grabonto.” The avocado was first in the Humanities Garden before it moved ontothe grass between Penrose Library and the Driscoll University Center. Readmore at Taziri’s blog, http://ttaziri.wordpress.com.
Volume 33, Number 11
 Vice Chancellor for University Communications
Carol Farnsworth
Editorial Director 
Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’96)
Managing Editor 
Kathryn Mayer (BA ’07, MLS ’10)
 Art Director 
Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
Community News
is published monthly by theUniversity of Denver, University Communications,2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816.The University of Denver is an EEO/AA institution.
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• Don’t overcomplicate. If youcan’t explain your investmentstrategy, you might be introuble.• Dare to be dull. If you are asmaller investor, consider CDsand money markets.• Buy low and sell high—not theother way around.• Avoid just buying what’s hotand trendy. Remember thesaying “Don’t put all your eggsin one basket.”• Keep in mind that somethingcan always go wrong.• Keep your emotions in check;don’t let them lead you to aquick and wrong decision.
Tips rom Allan Roth, DU adjunct proessor andauthor o 
How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street:Golden Rules Any Investor Can Learn
(Wiley, 2009).
Graduate researchers speed up book completion
 When Galen Smith took a work-study job at Penrose Library’s research center, he thoughtit would pay some bills and help him become a better researcher.It did that and considerably more.For starters, it helped him earn a research assistant position with George DeMartino, as-sociate proessor and chair o the Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration departmentat DU’s Jose Korbel School o International Studies.Smith and his ellow research assistant Emma Ekdahl — both sophomore internationalstudies majors at Korbel — got the chance to work or DeMartino on his book 
The Economist’sOath
, which is expected to be published in November by Oxord University Press. DeMartinocredits them both with helping fnish the book an entire year ahead o schedule.The book builds the case that economists — like other proessionals — should adhere to acode o proessional standards. DeMartino says he came to rely on Smith and Ekdahl to researchnumerous felds, such as medicine and law, because the students were fnding quality sources aster than he could.“I came to have more confdence in their searches than in my own,” DeMartino says.Smith says his training came rom the research center; he’s worked there or two years.The act that Ekdahl’s native language is Swedish also played a key role. She researched Swedisheconomist unions and the ethical codes they have developed, inormation that was only availablein Swedish and which was used or a chapter in the book.
 —Kristal Grifth
 Ambassador to head International School
Christopher Hill, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, has been named dean o the University o Den- ver’s Jose Korbel School o International Studies. His appointment begins Sept. 1.Hill has served as the U.S. ambassador toIraq since 2009; prior, he was assistant secretaryo state or East Asian and Pacifc Aairs. He alsoserved as ambassador to the Republic o Korea.He has worked in the Senior Foreign Service or more than 30 years.“I one considers his tremendous experienceand great success as a Foreign Service ofcer anddiplomat, it’s apparent that this is just the sort o career or which we are educating our studentsat the Korbel School,” says Chancellor RobertCoombe. “He’s going to be a great dean.”In 2005, Hill was selected to lead the U.S.delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Ko-rean nuclear issue. He served as U.S. ambassador  to Poland (2000–04), ambassador to the Repub-lic o Macedonia (1996–99) and special envoy to Kosovo (1998–99). He also served as specialassistant to the president and senior director or southeast European aairs in the National Security Council.Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Hill served tours in Belgrade, Warsaw, Seoul and Tiranaand worked on the State Department’s policy planning sta and in the department’s OperationCenter. While on a ellowship with the American Political Science Association he served as a sta member or Congressman Stephen Solarz working on Eastern European issues. He also servedas the State Department’s senior country ofcer or Poland.Hill received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award or his contributions as amember o the U.S. negotiating team in the Bosnia peace settlement and was a recipient o theRobert S. Frasure Award or Peace Negotiations or his work on the Kosovo crisis.
 —Kim DeVigil
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Simple tips for any investor 
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cademic papers often provide important information forthose in academia. That part is expected.But when studies and papers seep outside the walls of universities and beyond academic publications and journals,that’s when they can make a difference to everyday people. Arecent paper by Sturm College of Law Professor Tom Russell(pictured) is doing just that, stirring up a Texas-sized brouhahain the Lone Star State.Russell, who teaches law and holds a doctoral degree inhistory, began studying issues of race and segregation at theUniversity of Texas when he was a law professor at the school’s Austin campus in the 1990s. He continued his research over thepast decade and this year published a paper, “‘Keep the NegroesOut of Most Classes Where There Are a Large Number of Girls’:The Unseen Power of the Ku Klux Klan and Standardized Testingat The University of Texas, 1899–1999.” Appearing first on academic sites, the paper revealed thata dormitory at the University of Texas law school is named inhonor of a long-dead professor, William Stewart Simkins, whowas an unapologetic and active member of the Ku Klux Klan inthe early part of the 20th century. Simkins, the paper reports,preached on campus about the virtues of the Klan and braggedof night rides with the terrorist organization and of beating an African-American with a barrel stave.News of a dorm named for a Klansman spread quickly fromacademic sites to mainstream news organizations. Russell’spaper led to the creation of a 21-member panel at the Universityof Texas that studied the issue and held two well-attended publicforums while considering renaming the dorm.On July 15, the University of Texas Board of Regents voted unanimously to remove Simkins’ name from the dorm and held a mediaevent to take down the sign that bore his name.For Russell, the attention has drawn some criticism — including some not-so-veiled threats on at least one blog — and invitedscrutiny of his work. But the professor says he is happy to have sparked some thought and debate. Getting scholars engaged in a publicdiscussion is something Russell says universities should encourage.“The paper is available on the Web to anyone who wants to read and criticize it. The conversation about race, law and history hastaken place in meetings, in the news, and through social networking [sites]. Smart universities that do not want their faculty’s work todrop unnoticed into the sea like a pebble should support their faculty by promoting their scholarship, and the authors need to take veryactive roles.”Russell says some people objected to renaming the dorm because it could lead to a slippery slope. Should an institution remove thenames of Confederate Civil War participants, since they fought for slave states? Should the names of some of the country’s founders whoowned slaves, such as Thomas Jefferson, be banished from public buildings? Russell says there is a difference between those who livedwithin the laws of their times, no matter how odious those laws must have been, and those who acted illegally and dishonorably.“I want people to understand that Professor Simkins was a criminal and a terrorist. This separates him from Confederate soldierswho fought with honor; slaveholders who had the support of law and the constitution; and even garden-variety racists who may havehad pernicious views but who acted within the law,” Russell says. At the board meeting, Regent Prentice Gary said, “I believe we acted appropriately and further, on a positive note, took advantageof this opportunity to restate the university’s position regarding the importance of diversity and inclusiveness.”On July 16, a day after the final decision to rename the dorm Creekside Residence Hall, CNN’s daily online column naming the day’s“Most Intriguing People” selected Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, South African President Nelson Mandela and Tom Russell.
 —Chase Squires
What’s in a name?
DU professor’s paper leads to name change in the Lone Star State
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