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CU Denver ‘On The Rise’: Regent and Board Chair Jack Kroll '11, MS '20 Reflects on his Alma Mater

Elected in 2016 to represent Colorado’s 1st Congressional District, Jack Kroll ’11, MS ’20 is a proud Lynx alum who now serves as Chair of the CU Board of Regents. In the fall of 2006, however, he was still settling into classes alongside other first-year students on the CU Denver campus, deciding between creative writing and economics.

Through hard work and with inspiration from professors like Kyle Hurst, Kroll has enjoyed a remarkable string of early successes. From president of the Student Government Association to president of the CU Denver Alumni Board, as well as a 10-year career in admissions at CU Boulder, there are few who have embraced black-and-gold thinking as thoroughly as Kroll has.

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What Is Quantum Computing? Answers from Erik Lucero '05 of Google

To understand quantum computing, CU Denver spoke to Erik Lucero '05, PhD, research scientist and site lead for Google Santa Barbara, the company’s Quantum AI campus. Lucero ’05 began his studies at CU Denver, where he double majored in electrical engineering and physics. 

One of Lucero’s passions is photography, and he thinks it has similarities with quantum computing. In an episode of The Artian podcast, Lucero said both disciplines require “particular order and exquisite care.”

Lucero’s photographs have also served as a historical record of progress in the field of quantum computer processors. “I have a cool lineage of all the processors I’ve worked on,” he said. His photographs help people see what quantum computers actually look like.


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Artist Dan Ostermiller standing next to his large cow sculpture

Dan Ostermiller: Wild Life

| All Day
Renowned artist Dan Ostermiller is known around the world for his expressive bronze sculptures. A survey of this important Colorado artist will celebrate his career and the creation of his latest sculpture, a monumental Lynx for the campus of the University of Colorado Denver. Commissioned in honor of President Bruce Benson and his service to the university, the Lynx will be unveiled at the Emmanuel before being installed at the Benson Terrace near the University’s new Lynx Crossing.
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Criminal Justice Series: Activism in Action

| 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM
Cost/fee: Free
Join the School of Public Affairs as they highlight guest speakers' personal experiences working and engaging in activism in justice-related causes. Jen Marlowe is the first guest speaker and is an author, filmmaker, and activist for international human rights; she is involved in a number of pursuits of justice for vulnerable people and groups worldwide. In the United States, Jen worked with Troy Davis and his family prior to what was very likely his wrongful execution in 2011 and later published the family’s story in her book, "I am Troy Davis." Jen will talk about her experience with Troy Davis and his family and the death penalty more generally as it is connected to other forms of state violence.
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