Author: Doug McPherson

The Climb that Binds: The Famous ‘M’ Brings Mines Students Together

Ed May ’65 had some unfinished business at Colorado School of Mines. It was a half century since he graduated, and something still nagged at him all these years later: not making the traditional climb to the M on Mt. Zion. Just before his freshman class’ M Climb back in 1961, May sprained an ankle while rock climbing in Clear Creek Canyon and couldn’t make it up the mountain. So last fall, May made amends. “I was writing up my life story for my family, and I realized I had a few loose ends,” May says. “One of the loose ends was that there was no...

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

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 his way to Mines football games. Foss was a popular guy in Golden. In fact, he eventually became known as “Mr. Golden” for all of his community service. He worked as a pharmacist and eventually took over his parents’ store, Foss Drug, in 1945. As a youth, Foss...

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Grad Student’s Work May Help Save Lives in Guatemala

  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 geology and geological engineering, wasn’t even born when the quake happened. But today, if he has anything say about it, that kind of devastating loss of life will never happen again in Guatemala. In fact, he’s spending a year there applying his graduate research to a real-world problem....

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Swimming in History

The next time you visit the Buffalo Rose (formerly known as Shotgun Annie’s and Duds), the pub in downtown Golden located near the Mines campus, be sure to belly up to the bar and take a little time to drink up some of its history. Turns out, the Rose is a true watering hole in more than one way. Yes, it’s a bar with drinks, but it also has a swimming pool (no, this writer hasn’t been drinking). Yep, a pool right under the dance floor. And yes, there’s a Mines tie-in. First, it’s important to know that when...

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Inspiring Students with Studio Physics

It’s a wonder that Pat Kohl ever ended up loving physics. My first few physics classes weren’t impressive, actually, they were a little dull. I wasn’t engaged, and the teachers were checked out, Kohl says of his undergraduate coursework. Eventually I found faculty who helped me and made it inspiring. Inspiring is a fitting word, and plenty of students would use it to describe Kohl in his role as a teaching professor in the Department of Physics at Mines. He’s become kind of a rock star in using cutting-edge methods to teach physics garnering lots of attention for his...

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