Author: Oliver Dewey

Studio Makes Waves in Teaching Physics

If you’ve never seen a standing wave, levitated a metal plate using a magnetic field, or built a mini railgun, you probably haven’t taken a recent physics class at Mines, where innovative teaching methods have dramatically improved student learning in some notoriously difficult, but required courses. Coined ‘studio physics,’ the approach moves the bulk of instruction out of the traditional lecture hall and into specially designed classrooms, where students are encouraged to collaborate and interact as they work on group assignments and experiments. Studies of this highly successful instructional model suggest social interaction is critical. As students work together...

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In Brief Fall 2011…

Mines is the top-ranked university in Colorado in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of America’s Best Colleges and Universities, ranking 75th in the category of Best National Universities, both public and private, and 52nd in the publication’s listing for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs at schools with doctoral programs. Mining industry representatives from around the world traveled to Mines in August for a three- day course on rare earths, entitled, ‘Introduction to Rare Earth Geology, Mineralogy, Mining, Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy and Economics.’ This presentation of current technology in the field was a first of its kind in the United States, and included lectures from Mines faculty and executives from Molycorp Minerals and Rare Element Resources. Assistant Research Professor Eric Toberer has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Young Investigator International Thermoelectric Society Award. The award will be presented to him at the ICT2011 banquet in Traverse City, Mich., where he has been invited to speak. Toberer’s outstanding contributions have been documented in a number of journal publications on synthesis and transport properties of advanced thermoelectric materials with complex crystals structures. The Mining Engineering Design Team (called Golden Aggregates) took first place at the Stu- dent Design Competition, which is jointly sponsored by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration and the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association. Golden Aggregates, made up of Koehler...

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Harry D. Campbell ’42

Harry D. Campbell ’42 died May 6, 2011, at the age of 97. Harry was born in Redondo Beach, Calif., in 1913 and attended Pasadena Junior College prior to coming to Colorado School of Mines. At Mines he excelled academically and played quarterback on the historic undefeated 1939 football team. After graduating from Mines in 1942 with a professional degree in petroleum engineering, Harry joined the Navy, serving with distinction during World War II as the commander of a minesweeper. Following the war, Harry began an illustrious 50-year career in the petroleum industry. From 1949 to 1965 he was president of Franco Western Oil. In 1965, Harry became general manager of exploration and production for the western division of Mobil Oil. In 1972 he established The Campbell Company to invest in oil and gas exploration. Harry had an avid lifelong interest in football, and in fact declined offers to play for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Detroit Lions when he graduated from Mines. He was inducted into Mines’ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. At the end of the 2007 season, Harry’s #48 jersey was retired by the Orediggers, a first in the school’s history. The new football field was named in his honor, with the groundbreaking ceremony for the Harry D. Campbell Football Field held on April 24, 2010. Harry was a fixture at Mines football games, attending his...

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Guy T. McBride Jr.

Guy Thornton McBride Jr., the 12th president of Colorado School of Mines (1970-1984), died March 21, 2011, at the age of 91. Guy was born in Austin, Texas, in 1919. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Texas and a doctorate in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Guy had an outstanding career in both academia and industry. In 1948, he joined the faculty at Rice University, where he also served as dean of students. In 1958, Guy went to work for Texas Gulf, serving as vice president and general manager of Texas Gulf’s phosphate division until his appointment as president of Colorado School of Mines in 1970. During his tenure of distinguished service at Mines, undergraduate enrollment nearly doubled. Three major new buildings were constructed on the campus. The Engineering Practice Introductory Course Sequence (EPICS) program was launched and several new degree programs introduced. In the first seven years of his presidency, Guy raised the endowment to more than $40 million, enabling the establishment of 25 named professorships. Passionate about the importance of undergraduate education, Guy regularly taught an 8 a.m. thermodynamics class, affectionately termed ‘Breakfast with McBride,’ which students learned to fear and appreciate. Recognizing the importance of a healthy graduate program in attracting and retaining good faculty, Guy instituted graduate degrees in the departments of mathematics, chemistry and physics. He...

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William ‘Bill’ C. Bagby ’58

William ‘Bill’ C. Bagby ’58 of Houston, Texas, died on February 20, 2011. Bill graduated from the second graduating class of St. John’s School. At Mines, Bill played on the football team, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity?and earned a professional degree in petroleum engineering. In 1960, he graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA, and then started his career in the oil business. In the 1960s he was employed as an analyst for Continental Oil. He later held positions with Five Resources, General Crude, Texas Vanguard, Entex and Destec Fuel Resources. In 2000, he started his own company, Bagby & Company. Bill enjoyed spending time in Port O’Connor, where he taught many people to swim, ski and fish. He also enjoyed hiking and taking friends and family on adventures throughout Colorado. Bill is survived by his wife, Carmen; daughters, Chaille, Maria, Lisa and Amy; two grandsons; his sister, Sally Hill; and six nieces and...

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