Author: Ashley Spurgeon

Giving Back to Make STEM More Accessible

Rubecca Martinez Dalton ’06 was first introduced to Colorado School of Mines when she visited the Geology Museum in the third grade, but it wasn’t until she entered high school that she was introduced to the possibility of a career in engineering. For three summers, Dalton participated in Metropolitan State University’s Denver Prep Program, where high school students could take math classes that were designed like college courses. She said the professors she learned from described math as a subject that anyone is capable of studying and creates an even playing field for all students. “Before that,” Dalton said,...

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Leaking secrets: Measuring gas seepage to determine the possibility of life on Mars

Humanity’s fascination with Mars—and the possibility of life on the red planet—has grown in recent years, and countless hours of study have gone into determining whether or not Mars would be able to provide sustainable life. Most of this research is based on what we already know about life on Earth and what makes it possible for organisms to not only survive but thrive. Mines emeritus professor, Ron Klusman, has spent the past 30 years researching low levels of gas seepage from Earth into the atmosphere and the environmental changes caused by the release of those gases. While at...

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Dreaming Big to Prevent Disaster

As the Persian Gulf War drew to a close in February 1991, Kuwait experienced one of the country’s worst environmental and economic disasters as Iraqi forces set fire to more than 600 Kuwaiti oil wells, which burned for more than eight months. Crude oil spewed across the desert and into the Persian Gulf, a mark of the devastating environmental consequences of war. The drama and tragedy of such an event certainly leaves an impression, especially on a ten-year-old. Shayma Amin ’00 was living outside of Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War, but when she was finally allowed to return...

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Retirement Doesn’t Mean Slowing Down

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 means that I don’t have a paycheck from Colorado School of Mines, and I don’t have an office. It doesn’t mean anything else,” says Skokan. And her connection to Mines is something she is not ready to give up. Skokan first came to Mines as a student...

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