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Winter 2016

When Mountains Collapse: Mines Researchers and the Colorado Geological Survey Team Up to Analyze Landslide Risk in Colorado

By Daniel Strain

The landslide that collapsed near the Rio Chama River in southern Colorado put the old riddle that begins with “if a tree falls in the forest…” to its extreme test. At some point, likely in spring 2004, a mass of rocks and earth crashed down a stretch of the San Juan Mountains, falling almost 1,200 feet to the meadow below. The

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Feature Stories

From Golden to Abu Dhabi: Mines Inspired Petroleum Institute Flourishing after 15 Years

By Lisa Marshall

Mariam Al-Jaberi and Bidisha Ghosh

In the year 2000, the United Arab Emirates was on a roll. In the three decades since its founding, the coastal nation bordering the Persian Gulf had evolved from an impoverished desert populated by nomadic tribes to a glistening economic hub with one of the world’s highest per-capita GDPs. Its largest state, Abu Dhabi, was home to one-tenth of the

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Looking Back

There’s No Place Like the “House”

By Larry Borowsky

Melville and Osie Coolbaugh

The Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association (CSMAA) completed its move to the brand new Starzer Welcome Center in mid-October (2015), ending its five-year residency in the historic Coolbaugh House. The rambling old bungalow at 1700 Maple Street—with its byzantine layout and low, slanting ceilings—had its drawbacks as an office space. But what it lacked in professional polish, the Coolbaugh House

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Alumni Network

Remembering John P. Lockridge, 1931-2015: Mines Celebrates the Life of Mr. Niobrara of the High Plains

By Rachelle Trujillo

John and Erika Lockridge

John Lockridge’s contributions to the Colorado School of Mines and the petroleum geology industry are unparalleled and rare, much like the geological discovery that gave him a reputation as a groundbreaking explorer and earned him the nickname “Mr. Niobrara of the High Plains.” John grew up in the small town of Marshall, Missouri, with a family who placed great value on higher education.

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Inside Mines

Ryan Richards: Chemistry and Geochemistry Professor

By Karen Gilbert

Ryan Richards

Chemistry and Geochemistry professor Ryan Richards may not have expected his future to involve researching the interface of catalysis and nanoscale materials. But, he says, it turns out that interface is one of the most exciting areas of modern science, and it sits at the forefront of the quest for a sustainable future. “Catalysts facilitate chemical transformations from starting materials to

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Web Extras

Q&A with 17-year old graduate student Santiago Gonzalez

By Mines magazine

Santiago Gonzalez

At 17 years old, Santiago Gonzalez has already completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is planning to pursue a PhD. Mines recently interviewed him about his experience at Mines, what it’s like to teach a 400-level course, and his future plans. Read the interview by following this link.

Inside Mines

Mines Soccer: The Ties that Bind

By Tim Flynn

The men's and women's soccer teams.

  In college athletics, bonds between teams are a given. No matter what sport student-athletes play, they all share a common thread of school pride and competitiveness. Those bonds are even stronger when it’s the men’s and women’s programs of the same sport. And for Colorado School of Mines soccer, the relationship between men’s and women’s teams goes a step further.

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Inside Mines

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Wows a Packed House at Mines

By Lisa Marshall

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Fans of Neil deGrasse Tyson lined up in the rain five hours before show time to catch an up-close glimpse of the celebrity astrophysicist credited with demoting Pluto, channeling Carl Sagan, and making science cool. “He’s interactive and funny and explains things in a way that makes it easy for anyone to understand,” said Mines alumna Kelsey Kopecky ’13, who arrived

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Inside Mines

Grad Student’s Work May Help Save Lives in Guatemala

By Doug McPherson

Ethan Faber

  Just after 3 a.m. on February 4, 1976, the quiet town of Los Amates, about 100 miles northeast of Guatemala City, suffered a cataclysmic earthquake. The 39 seconds of shaking leveled 258,000 houses and left 1.2 million people homeless, 77,000 injured, and more than 23,000 dead. Ethan Faber, a Mines student who is working on his master’s degree in

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Alumni Network

Orediggers Return for Homecoming Weekend

By Emily Gonzales

Mines classes of 1990 and 2005.

  Alumni Weekend is an annual Mines tradition that brings alumni to campus for reunion dinners, campus events, and interaction with students and faculty; it’s a chance to relive old memories and create new ones with classmates. In 2015 and going forward, this special weekend takes place during Homecoming in the fall. This year’s event brought more than 600 alumni and guests home to

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Meet Six Female Engineers from the Class of 2019

By Mines magazine

Six female students interested in STEM

What does it look like to be a female engineer on campus? The fall 2015 first-year class set a record with 31.2 percent women, an 18.9 increase from the previous academic year. Get to know six first-year students and their take on being a woman interested in STEM. Click here to read more.

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Alumni Weekend 2015

By Mines magazine

Did you have a good time at Alumni Weekend? See more photos from the festivities here. Click here to read more about Alumni Weekend.

President's Corner

Staying Engaged

By Paul C. Johnson

Paul C. Johnson

As you read this, I will have just completed my first semester at Mines. It was focused on meeting you and hearing your stories and aspirations for Mines. As a quantitative measure of that time (as all of the engineers and scientists reading this will appreciate), I’ve hosted 24 faculty and staff lunches and 23 student pizza parties (sometimes three in one day!), attended seven alumni receptions, met with

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Alumni Note

A Note from the CSMAA President

By Ray Priestley

Ray Priestley

In the movie Dead Poets Society, John Keating (played by Robin Williams) stands on his desk to impress upon his students the importance of constantly looking at things in different ways. That’s what we have done at the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association (CSMAA). We stood on that desk and looked at our world from a different point of view. And what we

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Alumni Profiles

Retirement Doesn’t Mean Slowing Down

By Ashley Spurgeon

Cathy Skokan

After dedicating nearly 45 years to Mines and being the longest serving female faculty in Mines history, it’s safe to say that Catherine Skokan ’70, MS ’72, PhD ’75 was—and still is—an important leader in the Mines community. Although she retired at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year, she is still very involved with Mines and its students. “Retirement

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Miner's Pic

Oredigger Vista

By Mines magazine

Miner's Pic Winter 2016

  Mines student Carlita Gorham (mechanical engineering, Class of 2019) says her two favorite things about Mines are the “wonderful people who go to school here” and all the activities she can do, like hiking, rock climbing, and camping. Last fall, she climbed to the top of Table Mesa to get a bird’s eye view of campus and the

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Starzer Welcome Center Celebrates Grand Opening

By Mines magazine

Michael and Patty Starzer

Read about the grand opening of Mines’ newest building on campus, the Starzer Welcome Center—new home to Admissions, Alumni Association, and Foundation here.