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DU in the News—September 12th Edition

DU faculty and staff were in the media this week discussing North Korea, "neuromyths," America's values today and basic financial principles. Read on for more from Christopher R. Hill, Lauren McGrath, Don C. Smith, Jr. and Molly Robertson.

Christopher R. Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, was a guest on The Daily Show last week to talk about the threat of North Korea. In summarizing the problems facing the U.S. in its relationship with North Korea, Hill says, “This is not a case of some little country that thinks they will feel better if they have a couple nukes. This is a country that has a long-term program, and I think ultimately what they hope to do is de-couple the U.S. from the Korean peninsula.” He adds “Kim Jong-UN believes that if he can get the U.S. off the Korean peninsula, stop being the ally of South Korea, he could actually unify Korea.” He also explains why China doesn’t seem as eager to work with the U.S. to stop North Korea: “In China, they worry that if North Korea goes down it will be perceived by their public as a victory for America and a defeat for China.”

In a segment for Science Friday, Lauren McGrath, assistant professor of psychology, weighs in on common misconceptions we hold about how we learn. McGrath recently completed a study on this and other such “neuromyths.” She says that one of the most widely-believed myths has to do with learning styles. “This was one of the most common myths that we turned up,” McGrath says. “93 percent of the general public were saying that they believed in ‘learning styles,’ 76 percent of educators, and 78 percent of people who said they had taken many neuroscience courses at the college or university levels.” She also discusses myths about dyslexia being caused by seeing letters or words backwards, and the difference between ‘learning styles’ and ‘learning abilities.’

In an op-ed for the Kansas City Star, Don C. Smith Jr., associate professor of the practice of law at the Sturm College of Law, writes about his family’s legacy fighting racial discrimination. His grandfather, William A. Smith, served as Kansas attorney general in the 1920s and revoked the KKK’s corporate charter, and then as a state Supreme Court Justice wrote the court decision that ended school segregation in Kansas. His father, Donald C. Smith, fought in WWII in the Battle of the Bulge and was among the soldiers who liberated the Wobbelin Concentration Camp. He writes, “The heritage provided by William and Donald Smith has been on my mind every day since Donald Trump became president. I have asked myself two simple questions: Is America the land of men like William and Donald Smith? Or has it changed so vastly that Nazis and white supremacists represent ideas not worthy of total and complete rejection?”

Molly Robertson, program developer in executive education at the Daniels College of Business, spoke with KUSA about the importance of understanding basic financial principles. Robertson says finance is the basis for many decisions that we make, a concept that she believes is especially important for women. “Money is where the power is, and if you want to have a seat at the table and you want to be part of the decision-making process, you need to know finance and you need to know your numbers.” She adds that the three skills any person needs to know are financial statement analysis, how to create budgets and recognizing the time value of money