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Mining’s New Legacy: Mines Works with Industry and Colorado Agencies to Forge Greener Future

By Lisa Marshall

At 11 a.m. on August 5, 2015, the icy waters of Cement Creek, just outside the scenic Colorado mountain town of Silverton, began to turn to mustard-colored sludge. By day’s end, three million gallons of acid mine drainage had poured out of the inactive, 120-year-old Gold King Mine. The tainted water coursed downstream into the Animas River where it

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Feature Stories

Outside Corporate Borders: Training Students in the Growing Field of Corporate Social Responsibility

By Daniel Strain

Natural gas drill rig

The summer after her first year in college, Jessica Smith traveled back to her parents’ home in Wyoming and got a job at a coal mine. She sprayed down mining equipment with a fire hose and drove a haul truck. A Wyoming native, Smith grew up immersed in the mining industry. Her father was a mining mechanic, and her grandfather

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Alumni Profiles

Cleaning Up the Past

By Daniel Strain

Jeff Graves

Jeff Graves ’13 is a self-styled history buff who is fascinated by Colorado’s early mining industry—and by the colorful frontiersmen who, he says, achieved incredible feats of engineering in their hunt for gold and silver. But as a geological engineer, Graves is also grappling with another legacy of mining in Colorado: its environmental toll. Across the state, many old mines

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Inside Mines

Erasing the Zero

By Greg Haney

Cross Country team

Zero. Nada. Zip. It was a number that the Colorado School of Mines wanted to change. In 126 years, how many national championships had Mines athletic teams won? None. Enter cross country coach Chris Siemers, a former all- American runner at Western State. Armed with a trio of top flight runners and a team that believed in his methods,

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Alumni Network

Meet the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association Board of Directors

By Mines magazine

Mines Alumni Association Logo

Scott Hodgson ’03 Golden, Colo. Director, Colorado Alumni Programming While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Scott participated in varsity track and field at Mines. After graduation, he moved to Utah to work for ATK Thiokol as an engineer on the space shuttle reusable solid rocket motors. While working for ATK, Scott earned an MBA at Weber State

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Q&A with Travis Ramos after Returning from SEA Semester

By Mines magazine

Travis Ramos

Travis Ramos, an environmental engineering student, was selected along with 21 undergraduates from diverse institutions to spend a fall semester as part of the study abroad program, Sea Education Association (SEA). Ramos spent six weeks onshore in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, before spending another six weeks on a 135-foot tall vessel

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#idigmines Photo Contest

By Mines magazine

#idigmines

#idigmines week was all about celebrating donors who support what they dig the most about Mines. The week featured a photo contest for participants to show their love of Mines. The winners were awarded $100 to support their passion at Mines. See the winning photos chosen by the Mines Philanthropy Council, here.

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Repairs to the “M”

By Mines magazine

The M

In November 2015, the “M” on the east-facing side of Mount Zion is believed to have been struck by lightning. Read the story in the Denver Post about the repairs made by Mines’ Blue Key Society to make the “M” shine brighter, here.

Looking Back

Animal Magnetism: How Blaster the Burro Found Love, and a Home, at Mines

By Doug McPherson

Blaster the burro

In the United States, the 1960s was a decade of interesting visuals: long-haired hippies driving around in pastel-colored vans, folks streaking through parks, and environmentalists sitting and singing in forested communes. The small city of Golden, Colorado, was no exception. There, you would have seen a kindly gentleman, Frederick “Heinie” Foss (1917-2015), walking his burro down North Ford Street on

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Inside Mines

Grad Student Writes Children’s Book to Encourage Problem Solving

By Kathleen Morton

MD and Finn

Geology graduate student Rania Eldam started brainstorming the idea for a children’s book two years ago at an Association for Women Geoscientists meeting. “We don’t see many children’s book series where little girls are the main characters and aren’t pretty princesses or fairies,” Eldam said. “It’s always been so important to me to merge those two ideas. I was the girl

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Walking the Line

By Mines magazine

Miner's Pic Spring 2016

When she isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, Michelle Griffith ’14 spends her time dangling over some of the most scenic canyons in the West. In an adventure sport known as “highlining,” athletes perform slacklining high above the ground at a height far above which they could safely fall (most highliners wear a safety harness tethered to the rope).

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Inside Mines

Mines Team Creates Fire Extinguisher for International Space Station

By Lori Ferguson

Water-mist portable fire extinguisher

For decades, portable fire extinguishers (PFE) have dispensed halon or carbon dioxide (CO2), agents that were effective, yet presented certain risks. A team of Mines faculty and students have perfected a new alternative—an innovative water-mist PFE—and it’s revolutionizing NASA’s ability to protect astronauts and equipment in the sensitive, closed environment of the International Space Station (ISS). Admittedly, water isn’t a new fire suppression agent. In fact,

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Alumni Network

Connecting Mines Alumni with Students

By Sandra Kohl

SAA Executive Team

The process of passing down advice and encouragement from Mines alumni to current students is slowly but surely cementing its importance in campus culture. Events that encourage these learning opportunities allow “students to have a window into the future and an understanding of how they could potentially use their Mines degree,” says Scott Hodgson ’03. “I have seen the proverbial light bulb go on when

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Alumni Network

Holly Jolly Miner’s Mingle

By Mines magazine

Thunder and Rain band

On December 3, 2015, Mines alumni gathered to celebrate the holiday season and connect with fellow Orediggers. To accommodate the nearly 400 attendees (which broke previous attendance records), the party was held at the Green Center on the Mines campus. As guests entered the ballroom, they were serenaded with holiday carols sung by the Melodic and Harmonic Miners, and later, they two-stepped to the sounds of

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President's Corner

Celebrating Mines Pride

By Paul C. Johnson

One day last spring, sometime between my being selected a finalist for the Mines presidency and visiting the campus, a surprise FedEx box arrived at our home in Arizona. It was filled with the first Mines gear Elyse and I had ever seen: hats, pins, t-shirts, a tie (the only tie I ever wear, when I wear a tie), a pennant, the Mines history book,

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Alumni Note

Closing the Gender Gap at Mines

By Norma Mozee

Norma Mozee

I grew up a Trekkie, so it’s not surprising that one of my favorite quotes comes from Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek. She said, “Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going.” I thank my Mines degree for helping me

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Alumni Profiles

How an Insect Inspired a New Cidery

By David Volk

Jason Spears

When you stack his hard cider company’s name up against firms like Angry Orchard, Scrumpy Jack, and even Reverend Nat’s, Jason Spears ’99 admits that Locust is a bit of an odd moniker for a product you might consider drinking. After all, it doesn’t sound all that appetizing, and it doesn’t boast exotic ingredients. Instead, it’s filled with memories of a brutal attack that almost took the mechanical engineering graduate’s

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Inside Mines

Tracy Camp: Computer Science Professor

By Kathleen Morton

Tracy Camp

Consider the top 30 innovations in the last 30 years, and Tracy Camp will tell you that none of them would have happened without computer science. “Think of what computer science has done for our world,” says Camp, a computer science professor at Mines. “Online shopping, medical applications, robotic surgeries, DNA mapping—all that stuff has been created or vastly improved because of computer science.” Camp

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Inside Mines

Mines Study Reveals Earthquakes Can Jump

By Karen Gilbert

ground deformation in the earthquake doublet

While studying a 7.1-magnitude intracontinental earthquake that occurred in Pakistan in 1997, assistant professor of geophysics Edwin Nissen, along with other researchers, discovered that earthquakes can “jump” between faults, a concept that was not previously thought possible. “Remote sensing and seismological observations of a recent earthquake in Pakistan highlighted an unexpected incidence of an earthquake rupture ‘jumping’ across a large gap between two

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It’s Almost Golf Season

By Mines magazine

The 2016 Mines alumni golf tournaments are just around the corner. Help raise funds for Mines student scholarships while enjoying a round of golf with other Mines alumni. For dates, locations, and sponsorship opportunities, visit minesalumni.com/events.