A Final Trek

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

The four of us stumbled out onto pavement at the Sundarijal bus station after nearly eight hours of walking, knees and feet just on the verge of giving out. That was how 13 days of trekking came to a close, and yet Dawa, Henrik, Adèle and I were all grinning as we high-fived and enjoyed a celebratory coke in a grungy food stall.


Jul 22nd, 2014 | By

The same week that I arrived at Arecibo, the observatory staff began noticing another visitor, a small, black, shaggy dog, clearly struggling to survive in the streets. I have always been a dog lover and couldn’t bear to watch the animal suffer while I had more food in front of me than I could eat. So I began leaving food and water for the dog.

CSMAA Board of Directors Announce Two New Appointments

Jul 21st, 2014 | By

The Board of Directors of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association has appointed Nancy Blank as the organization’s director of alumni relations and Emily Milian ’08 as deputy director of alumni relations.

Six Months, Many Countries, Countless Memories

Jul 18th, 2014 | By

There is nothing that makes you feel quite so German as renting a car, driving the Autobahn, admiring castles in the distance and ending the day at a traditional Bavarian restaurant.

Farewell to Sisautiya

Jul 16th, 2014 | By

It’s a good thing that back wheels come in pairs. Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be giving this update. Somewhere on the winding highway between Mugling and Kathmandu, the outer left rear wheel dislodged itself and spun off into the darkness towards the Trisuli River far below.

Progress with Computers and Politics

Jul 8th, 2014 | By

I must begin this update with some words of caution: Beware an 8-year-old Nepali kid named Rahul running around the Internet. If I hadn’t already unleashed him, I have surely done so now, because I helped create a Facebook account for him.

A Bit of Austrian Gastronomy

Jul 7th, 2014 | By

The Sacher Torte is a specialty dessert that Austria claims. It is a type of chocolate cake that it rich, and creamy, and delicious. While I have ordered it in a few restaurants here in the states as well, none can compare to one shared in one of Vienna’s beautiful coffee houses.

Running in Circles

Jul 3rd, 2014 | By

After four weeks, I can appreciate why no one has ever been able to design a rover to clean the world’s largest telescope reflector without damaging the sensitive panel material, using harmful chemicals or weighing more than 100 pounds.

On the Fly

Jun 20th, 2014 | By

This past weekend I was able to cross off a major bucket list item—piloting a plane! A local scientist took me out with a flight instructor and I was able to copilot a Cessna 172 around the island. The views of Arecibo from the sky are absolutely incredible.

The Heart of Mithila

Jun 16th, 2014 | By

Another bus ride from hell marked the beginning of my second and last stay in Sisautiya. I was traveling with Prashant, Rashmi, Gayatri and Baibhav because Deepavali was approaching, and, for the same reason, everyone and their brother were also dispersing to their home villages from Kathmandu for the holiday. What resulted was a jam-packed bus, with people variably standing, sitting and lying in the aisle.

A Festival of Nations

Jun 13th, 2014 | By

Over the months I’ve been here, I’ve seen some amazing sights, met some incredible people, and have tasted some delicious food! Just a few days ago the school put on a Festival of Nations and it combined all three.

Home Sweet Hut

Jun 9th, 2014 | By

I spent my first day here moving in and exploring the campus. Arecibo is situated on very coarse terrain rampant with sinkholes, hills and valleys. To return to the cabin from the offices I have a stair climb roughly equivalent to climbing Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Hike for Help

Jun 5th, 2014 | By

I should have known that we would meet in Boudhanath. As the epicenter of the displaced Tibetan community in Nepal and generally all things Buddhist, there really is no more appropriate place for any true Sherpa.

A Day at the Disappearing Lake

Jun 4th, 2014 | By

As my time in Austria nears its end, my wonderful friends here are trying to make some of my last moments my best. While eating dinner the other night, I was told to meet them at a cross street at 10:30 the next morning for an adventure I would never forget.

Arecibo Bound!

May 30th, 2014 | By

When I first announced that I would be going to the Arecibo Observatory this summer, I was told by many people that I should watch the James Bond movie “GoldenEye.” I had never seen the movie. After all, it came out in 1995 when I was just learning to walk.

A Little Bit of Literature

May 30th, 2014 | By

Earlier in the semester when things weren’t quite as crazy, I asked a few fellow students what Austrian books they would recommend for me to read. To my surprise, not many books were suggested, but one in particular was mentioned a few times: “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka.

A Stupa, Temples and the Valley Rim

May 29th, 2014 | By

So, a Canadian, a German and an American walk into a medieval Nepali city. No joke, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Exploring the Kathmandu Valley

May 22nd, 2014 | By

The pace of the last week picked up considerably from previous weeks. Last Wednesday I wrapped up my first stay in Sisautiya with the promise that I would return, and I devised a way to avoid the 14-hour bus ride back to Kathmandu.

Woodson, Humphrey Honored with 2014 Alumni Teaching Awards

May 15th, 2014 | By

Each year, select members of Mines’ faculty are recognized at the university’s Faculty Forum for their accomplishments in teaching. As part of this recognition, the alumni association honored two individuals in late April with its Alumni Teaching Award, a $2,500 award that recognizes superior teaching at the undergraduate level over an extended period and provides encouragement and incentive for teaching achievement. Here are this year’s awardees.

The Situation at Eejot

May 15th, 2014 | By

This morning starkly contrasted with last night’s comfort. The weather was pleasant; you could sit without sweating and I got one of the best rests since being here. I woke up at 5:30 to similarly pleasant weather, but I felt sick.

Village Life

May 8th, 2014 | By

I am discovering some things that work and others that don’t. I would really rather let the students learn with hands-on experience, but with a poor computer-to-student ratio and unreliable electricity, that is difficult. I have been trying to come up with ways to create exercises for the students to do semi-independently by following instructions I have written, but that failed quite miserably today even when only trying to have them create a new folder on the desktop.

Religion Around the World

May 6th, 2014 | By

I was lucky enough to spend Easter Break on a trek through Nepal. It all started with a Groupon I received in my email for a 12-day tour, which included a five-day trek.

Into India

May 2nd, 2014 | By

It all started with a 36-hour travel period from Austin to Kathmandu, which included a three-hour excursion to see the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque during my layover in Istanbul. Besides commenting that the monuments were breathtaking and the weather excellent, all I’ll say here is that I will have to return some day.

In Brief: Spring 2014

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

Moises Carreon and Gavin Hayes each receive a PECASE, Corinne Packard and Keith Neeves receive CAREER awards, Mines ranks #1 public university for ROI and more.

In Memoriam: Spring 2014

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

R. Bruce Allison
Albert H. Brookes ’36
Carl M. Brown ’87
Kenneth W. Carlson ’42
Anthony F. Corbetta ’48
Terry P. Evans ’77
Virgil R. Friebel PhD ’72
Donald N. Haines ’78
John D. Haley ’48
Walter E. Heinrichs Jr. ’40
Ben H. King ’47
David J. Larson ’78
Michael E. McNamara ’71
Joseph M. Peery ’43
Alexander S. Sabitay ’53
Franklin D. Schowengerdt
James F. Simons ’58
Joseph R. Soper ’44
E. Keith Staley ’35
Charles W. Starks ’42, MS ’47
Albert F. Trites Jr. ’46
Jasper N. Warren ’50

Presidential Advice Sends Hoover to Mines

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

Andy Hoover ’69 fought to save his home from the Lower North Fork fire until the very last second. By the time he was forced to flee, the heat had grown so intense that he couldn’t even raise his garage door, so Hoover drove his truck straight through it as flames engulfed the building.

Going the Distance for Mines

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

If you made the transition from high school to Mines in the last 25 years, you may have met Ray Priestley ’79, who regularly travels around the U.S.—usually paying his own way—to speak with high school students about Mines.

Student’s Ingenuity Creates Clever Mines Message

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

Not that Miners are competitive, but when senior Jacob Chadwick spotted a Massachusetts Institute of Technology t-shirt that used a series of formulas to spell out “MIT,” he knew he could do something better for Mines.

Houston-Area Alumni’s Scholarship Golf Tournament a Solid Success

Apr 25th, 2014 | By
MAKING A DIFFERENCE At the 2011 golf tournament in Houston, (left to right) Mines football coach Bob Stitt, Dean Stoughton ‘75, MS ‘78, Jaime Bromley ‘10 (a 2006 scholarship recipient), Rod McNeill (CSM Foundation) and George Puls ‘75 enjoyed a day on the links while supporting Texas-based Mines students.

The Colorado School of Mines Houston Endowed Scholarship Golf Tournament that teed off on April 4, 2014, was the 14th edition of an event that by the end of the year will have created an endowment of nearly $500,000 that has already generated 23 scholarships totaling $76,000. “We just wanted a golf tournament that would give something back, and it has developed into so much more,” says George Puls ’75, the tournament organizer since its inception.

Virtual Chemistry Unlocks Powerful Toolbox

Apr 25th, 2014 | By

As is the case with many Nobel Prizes, when news broke on the morning of October 9, 2013, that the chemistry award was going to three distinguished scientists for their respective contributions to the field of computational chemistry, most people didn’t have a clue what this meant. Not so for Mines students, where computational chemistry is integrated into the curriculum to an unusual degree.