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2010 Fall: University of Denver Magazine

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Fall 2010
From Road to Rail
University of Denver Magazine 
Fall 
University of Denver Magazine
Plugged In
Electric vehicles are more than a hobby or engineeringgrad student Eva Hakansson. 
By Chase Squires
Return to the Rails
Te solution to America’s transportation problems could be 100years in the past. 
By Todd Ne 
Testing the Waters
Alumna Kristin Waters is oating reorm ideas in Denver’sroughest schools. 
By Richard Chapman
Give Me Shelter
Proessor Frank Ascione has discovered a disturbing link betweendomestic violence and animal abuse. 
By Tamara Chapman
Editor’s Note
DU Update
$17.5 million git
Teater pro Anthony Hubert
Internship grants
Seth Masket
100 years o DU tennis
Medical librarian
Humanities Gardens
What we wear in this lie
 Alumni Connections
Online only at www.du.edu/magazine:
Sex trafcking
Lacrosse player in England
On the cover and this page: DU’s Intermodal Transportation Institute says switching reight and people rom the highway to the rail could help solve America’s transportationproblems; read the story on page 30. Cover photo by P Phillips/Shutterstock.Photo at let by Fedor A. Sidorov/Shutterstock.
Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers: We are living in interesting times. Ater years o the war on terror, a series o natural disasters o historic magnitude, a greatrecession and the abrupt rise o new culture driven by technology and demographics, the sense o global upheaval andimminent broad and deep change in America is almost tactile. It eels as though our nation and the world are once againpassing through a time when things are turned upside down, when pressures built up over generations produce a sudden wave that changes much o the lie and culture that we’ve known and had expected to continue indefnitely. There havebeen a number o such periods in our national past: the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Great Depression and NewDeal politics, two world wars, the rise o the nuclear age, the civil rights movement and the collapse o the Soviet Union.Throughout, our national character and the values that lie at its roots survived and were refned and clarifed by the trial. As an institution that serves the public good, we at DU must do everything possible to ensure that that is the result thistime, as well. How do we move to do so? Here are some examples:
• We’ve partnered with Denver Public Schools (DPS) to develop the Denver Teacher Residency Program, which willtrain talented people to teach in our urban schools. This program (which recently received an $8.2 million federal grant) will ultimately train 25 percent of all of the teachers in DPS and could make an enormous difference in the social andeconomic fabric of the city. (Turn to page 36 to read about one DU-trained educator who is making a difference.)• Colorado’s government is in dire nancial condition and is anxiously looking toward the arrival of the nancial “cliff”
that will appear when ederal stimulus unds run out. The state Legislature has asked DU to conduct a thorough review
of the nances of state and local government in Colorado, something that hasn’t happened here since 1959. We will pres-
ent this study to the Legislature in February, and the report’s fndings will inorm the critical decisions to be made in thecoming years—decisions that must be based on inormation that is real and reliable, not on conjecture or sound bites.
• Within the next decade, the population of those aged 60 and older in the Denver area is expected to approach 600,000,doubling in just 15 years. And the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease in Colorado is expected to increase 124 percentby 2025. These are just two aspects of an enormous demographic shift that will change the nature of our society. In
response, the University has established a new multidisciplinary Center or the Study o Aging that will couple biomedi
cal and bioengineering research with programs in the social sciences, law, business, public policy and other areas in an
effort to extend and improve the lives of the aged and their family members. (Read more about the center on page 8.)• Our Strategic Issues Program report on immigration is gathering steam. The report is the result of 18 months of researchand deliberation by a broad-based panel of Colorado citizens, and its 25 recommendations reect the extraordinary
consensus reached by this diverse group. The report, which was sent to every member o the U.S. Congress, is much in
demand as the nation heads toward elections this fall. (The report is available online at www.du.edu/issues.)
These are just a ew examples o our many eorts to work or the public good during these times o great change. In virtu
ally every case, our principal resources are the people o the University community and the intellectual capital concentratedon our campus. We’ve ocused these on the points o greatest leverage in the hope o producing the greatest good or thegreatest number o people. Most important, though, we continue to educate our students or lives o integrity, purpose
and signicance in a world of continuous change, few boundaries and near total globalization. After all, it is those lives that
must ultimately carry our national character and values orward. They will determine the uture or all o us.
Ofce o the Chancellor
Mary Reed Building | 2199 S. University Blvd. | Denver, CO 80208 | 303.871.2111 | Fax 303.871.4101 | www.du.edu/chancellor
University of Denver Magazine 
Fall 
Condi controversy
I am very disturbed to learn that
Condoleezza Rice will give the key-note address at the 13th annual KorbelDinner and receive the 2010 Josef KorbelOutstanding Alumni Award [“FacingForward, Looking Back,” summer 2010].
There are several other distinguished
graduates from the Josef Korbel School
o International Studies who have dem
onstrated honor, integrity and the com
-mitment to improve the well-being of 
humankind and who deserve this award
much more than Condoleezza Rice. Asa fellow alumnus of the Korbel School,
I am very ashamed to be associated with
Condoleezza Rice. While there is no
doubt about her intellectual and lead
ership capabilities, she deinitely lacks
integrity and the ability to mobilize all
the acts beore making a major decision,as she most clearly demonstrated prior tothe U.S. invasion and occupation o Iraq
in 2003.
I am among the critics who believethe Bush administration will be rankedas one o the worst in history. I havemet several reugees rom Iraq who havedeeply suered as a result o the war
there. For Condoleezza Rice to proclaim
that there will be democracy in Iraq istotally naive. Given the current situationin Baghdad—where electricity and sewersrun very poorly and security orces andsectarian violence loom despite nationalelections—I personally do not oresee astable and democratic Iraq any time soon.
Instead, in the wake of Condoleezza
and the Bush administration’s irresponsi
ble and misguided decision making, thou
sands o United States soldiers have died,over a million Iraqi civilians have per
ished, millions more have led the countryas reugees and there are currently over
2 million internally displaced people. As Condoleezza Rice has retreated
to academia, violence and instabilitycontinue to plague Iraq and the Middle East. While some believe she has earnedthe outstanding alumni award, I believea medical marijuana initia
tive. Unsurprisingly, in VeniceBeach, Cali., as well as other
locations, the medical-mari-
 juana cards are handed out likeso much candy, with little, i any, regard or atrue medical need. The same will happen inColorado, i it has not already.
 While I agree that the legalization of 
marijuana is a separate issue rom medi
cal marijuana, the planning or a voterapproval o marijuana usage, beyond medi
cal marijuana only, is already under way in
Colorado. The effort to legalize marijuana
generally, ollowing the approval o medicalmarijuana by the voters, will ollow, just assurely as night ollows day. Caliornia voters will vote on this very issue this year.To rame the issue as one that simplyinvolves providing marijuana to the medi
cally needy is hardly accurate. This is not amatter o social justice, and the issues go arbeyond what is presented in the article.
Richard Parry (BA ’72)Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Radio days
I read the two letters regarding KVDU inthe fall 2009 issue of the
University o Denver  Magazine
. As a ormer program director and
manager of KVDU in the early ’60s, I have a
personal interest in this subject.
 When I first started as a DJ on KVDU,
 we joked a lot about the poor carrier currentsignal and the real diiculty in receiving the
KVDU signal in Johnson-McFarlane Hall.
 Eventually, we learned that the transmittingequipment was not working, and the station
had not been “on the air” for the entire quarter!
I recently corresponded with Sandra
Dallas, who was in the School of Journalism
 while I was at DU. In her book 
(St. Martin’s Press, 2007), Dallas writes thatthe J-school classes were taught in a World War II-era wooden structure that came from
the Amache Internment Camp in southeastColorado. It turns out that all those struc
-tures, including the home of KVDU, were
moved rom the camp near Granada, Colo.,to DU.
University of Denver Magazine
Our students have a knack for making me
eel inadequate. They needn’t even try. Takesophomore real estate major and U.S. Army veteranNeil Duncan, who lost both legs while serving in Aghanistan. As I sat behind a desk this summer,rearranging commas and moving a mountain o 
paperwork, Neil was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
 with other amputees, advancing the cause o  wounded veterans, taking school supplies to Aricanorphans, and proving that he could overcomeseemingly insurmountable odds.Students like Neil dey adjectives. They areout there changing the world, and I am doing what,exactly?I’m helping to make it possible or them to go out and change the world.I had a powerul reminder o this in May as I sat, riveted, in theaudience o TEDxDU, a passionate celebration o thinking and doing, o ideas that could change the world. Many o the speakers have been eatured
on the pages of this magazine at one time or another; engineering student Eva Hakansson, a TEDxDU presenter, is profiled on page 26. (See all of theTEDxDU presentations online at TEDxDU.com.)
My role is to help uncover the stories o remarkable DU people doing
remarkable things and to share those stories with the world. (You’ll readmore about Neil Duncan in our spring 2011 issue.)
Many others join me in this eort, including TEDxDU steeringcommittee member and
University o Denver Magazine
ounder Carol
Farnsworth, who is retiring in September after 16 years as vice chancellor
o DU’s communications division.Her work, my work and the work o the rest o DU’s communications,advancement and alumni relations team raises unds and raises awareness,making it possible or DU to continue educating students or, as Chancellor
Coombe says, “lives of integrity, purpose and significance.”
Making it possible or them to move mountains.
Chelsey Baker-Hauck 
Managing Editor
Volume 11, Number 1
Carol Farnsworth
Managing Editor 
Chelsey Baker-Hauck (BA ’9)
 Assistant Managing Editor 
Greg Glasgow
 Associate Editor 
Tamara Chapman
Kathryn Mayer (BA ’, MA ’)
Editorial Assistants
Elizabeth Fritzler, Deidre Helton (Class of )
Staff Writer 
Richard Chapman
 Art Director 
Craig Korn, VeggieGraphics
Wayne Armstrong • Jim Berscheidt • KimDeVigil • Justin Edmonds (BSBA ’08) •Jeff Francis • Larry Getlen • Kristal Griffith(MBA ’10) • Jeffrey Haessler • John Kloeckner •Rose Lincoln • Doug McPherson • Todd Neff •Nathan Solheim • Chase Squires (MPS ’10) •
Lisa Trank-Greene
Editorial Board
Chelsey Baker-Hauck, editorial director •Jim Berscheidt, associate vice chancellorfor university communications •Thomas Douglis (BA ’86) • Carol Farnsworth,vice chancellor for university communications •Jeffrey Howard, executive director of alumnirelations • Sarah Satterwhite, senior director of development for research and writing • Amber Scott (MA ’02) • Laura Stevens (BA ’69),
director of parent relations
University o Denver Magazine
(USPS 022-177) is
published quarterly—all, winter, spring and summer—bythe University o Denver, University Communications,
2199 S. University Blvd., Denver, CO 80208-4816. TheUniversity of Denver (Colorado Seminary) is an EqualOpportunity Institution. Periodicals postage paid at Denver,CO. Postmaster: Send address changes to
University o  Denver Magazine
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Editor’s Note
she should be heldaccountable or herpolicy decisions in theBush administration
and recognized for
both her achievements and ailures.
Gabriel Kadell (MA ’06)Denver
I totally understand that Ms. Rice is aDU alumna, and it is important to cover heras part o the
University o Denver Magazine
 What amazes me is how much of a bubble
she continues to live in.I was very disappointed to read this
paragraph: “Throughout her career, Rice has
made history and generated controversy—asthe irst emale national security adviser, as aprovost who took aggressive steps to balancethe budget, and as the oreign policy adviser who, in the months preceding the Iraq War,irst warned about the dangers o smoking
guns and mushroom clouds.” You failed to mention that while Ricedid “warn” about the dangers of a smoking
gun and mushroom clouds, she did so with
out any sort o valid inormation to back itup. It was mere conjecture to drum up theear, uncertainty and doubt necessary to sendus to war in a country that we had no busi
ness going into.It just makes me ill to read statementslike this. I was a an o hers when she wasappointed national security adviser, but bythe time she became secretary o state it wasclear she was merely a puppet or the Bushadministration.How about a cover article aboutsomeone who truly deserves it? Madeleine Albright. At least her moral compass isn’tout o alignment.
Brian Garrett (MCIS ’00)Denver
High times
I read, with considerable interest, thearticle on medical marijuana in Colorado
[Q&A, summer 2010]. I was struck by
the similarity o the issue in Colorado andCaliornia. Voters in both states approved
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