Mines Soccer: The Ties that Bind

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Ryan Richards: Chemistry and Geochemistry Professor

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Staying Engaged

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Wows a Packed House at Mines

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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There’s No Place Like the “House”

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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From Golden to Abu Dhabi: Mines Inspired Petroleum Institute Flourishing after 15 Years

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Meet Six Female Engineers from the Class of 2019

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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.



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

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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.



Alumni Weekend 2015

Jan 11th, 2016 | By

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



Starzer Welcome Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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.



A Note from the CSMAA President

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Oredigger Vista

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Retirement Doesn’t Mean Slowing Down

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Remembering John P. Lockridge, 1931-2015: Mines Celebrates the Life of Mr. Niobrara of the High Plains

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Orediggers Return for Homecoming Weekend

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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Grad Student’s Work May Help Save Lives in Guatemala

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
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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When Mountains Collapse: Mines Researchers and the Colorado Geological Survey Team Up to Analyze Landslide Risk in Colorado

Jan 11th, 2016 | By
Winter 2016

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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First Impressions: An Interview with New Mines President Paul C. Johnson

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Mines Magazine Fall 2015

On June 1, 2015, the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Paul C. Johnson as the 17th president of Colorado School of Mines. He officially assumed his duties on July 1 and currently resides in the President’s House on campus with his wife, Elyse. Johnson joined Mines from Arizona State

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Rebuilding the West’s Oldest Football Stadium

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Marv Kay Stadium Field

Colorado School of Mines football has long held the distinction of playing in one of America’s most historic football stadiums. Now, they’ll enjoy playing in one of America’s best. The 2015 season marks the debut of Marv Kay Stadium at Campbell Field, a state-of-the-art home for Oredigger football that completely rebuilds the West’s oldest football

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Crowdsourcing Cleverness: Team Blasterbotica Tests Rover at NASA Competition

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Blasterbotica Team

Within 15 years an army of robotic rovers could be roaming the red planet, scooping fine, sand-like topsoil (called regolith) and delivering it for processing into materials for human pioneers on Mars. Some regolith may be squeezed of its H2O to make fuel, propellant, and drinking water. Some may be made into bricks, sidewalk pavers,

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Keeping Mines Special

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Paul C. Johnson

Since Elyse and I arrived in Golden earlier this year, we’ve had the opportunity to meet hundreds of alumni from the Class of 1935 to the Class of 2015 and just about every year in between. Whether it was on campus during Alumni Weekend or at a Mines on the Move event, we’ve loved hearing

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Faculty Member Spotlight

Oct 15th, 2015 | By

To learn some fun facts about Weimer Distinguished Chair and GE professor, Lesli Wood, read the magazine’s spotlight here. For more information about Lesli Wood, visit this link.



Marv Kay Stadium Dedication and Opening Football Game

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Marv Kay Stadium Ribbon Cutting

  Missed the Clear Creek Athletics Center Grand Opening in September? View photos from the weekend-long celebration that culminated with Mines beating South Dakota Mines in the inaugural game. Read the story about the new Marv Kay Stadium by clicking here.



In Brief

Oct 15th, 2015 | By

Colorado School of Mines Civil and Environment Professor Tzahi Cath has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Geothermal Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy to study membrane distillation desalination of impaired water using low-grade heat from geothermal power plants. Read more. Mounir Zok, senior sports technologist for the United States Olympic

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Journey Up Mount Zion, 54 Years Later

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Ed May and Lothar Klingmuller

  Alumni Ed May and Lothar Klingmuller from the class of 1965 hiked up Mount Zion with their 10-lb rocks in this year’s M-Climb, 54 years after their freshman year at Mines. WatchFox31’s video of the M Climb coverage.



Humans of Mines

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Humans of Mines

  Sharing the story of Colorado School of Mines, one photo at a time. Click here to read stories, advice, and more from Mines students, alumni, faculty and staff.



Oredigger Rollin’ in a Ford Van

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Miner's Pic Fall 2015

Many college students look forward to earning their degree, followed by the lucrative salary, followed by the big house. But Naomi Plasterer ’14 has chosen a different path, one that allows her to live small and give to others in need. Naomi, who earned her degree in mathematics and computer science, lives with her dog,

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Signs of Life: Tim Lyons ’80 is PI for NASA’s Alternative Earths Team

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Tim Lyons

So far, we only know of one planet in the universe that can support life. True or false? From Tim Lyons point of view, that’s both true and false. “It’s true we have an N of 1 that is, one known place where life exists,” says Lyons ’80, who earned his bachelor’s degree in geological

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Energy Partnership: Saudi Aramco Explores Collaboration with Mines

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Saudi Aramco Alumni

Around the globe, Mines is increasingly recognized as a source for creative and innovative solutions to Earth’s most difficult energy challenges. In May, a delegation from Mines traveled to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a visit that could mark the beginning of the most far-reaching energy partnership in Mines history. Ramona Graves, petroleum engineering

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Send-Off Parties: Mines Alumni Welcome Newest Orediggers

Oct 15th, 2015 | By
Phoenix Send-Off Party

Transitioning from high school to college isn’t easy, especially for students who move to new cities and states. Alumni from across the country do their best to help our newest Orediggers make the transition through annual summer ‘send-off’ events in their hometowns. In July and August, alumni volunteers hosted 18 send-off parties for new students,

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