Monthly Archives: January 2011

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Cooking Corner: Pizza from Scratch

Instead of ordering or buying a frozen one this weekend, try cooking up your own pizza from scratch. The great thing about making the pizza yourself is that it is completely customizable with options for crust thickness, toppings and cheeses. Maybe you want to stick with original pepperoni. Or try mushrooms and peppers. Whatever you think of can probably be put on a pizza. And do not forget the rest of the ingredients:

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Mines Wrestling rebounds with strong 20-13 win over CSU-Pueblo

It is not uncommon for an older brother to wrestle his younger brother as they are growing up. What is uncommon is for that wrestling rivalry to linger between the siblings throughout their college years. That is what faced Mines Wrestler Jesse Snider Friday night when he faced his younger brother Jacob, who now wrestles for CSU-Pueblo, in the 149lb bout. Jesse took on the challenge and reminded his younger counterpart who was the elder, earning a 12-5 major decision, helping to lead the Orediggers to a much-needed 20-13 team victory over the Thunderwolves.

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Athlete of the Week: Aaron Miller, Senior, Men’s Swimming

After watching the Mines Football team win the RMAC championship, the Men’s Soccer team become the first #1 ranked team in the nation, the Men’s Cross Country team finish fourth in the nation, and seeing the rest of the athletic teams witness unprecedented success, it seems that the Mines Swimming and Diving teams did not want to be left out. The men’s and women’s teams are each coming off of first place finishes at the Colorado College Invitational and now look to extend the success as they contend for the RMAC championship February 9-10. Leading the aquatic Orediggers is senior swimmer Aaron Miller. Miller, a Materials and Metallurgy major, wasted no time in earning success, becoming a co-recipient of the Rookie of the Year award as a freshman in 2008. The past three years, his work in the classroom has earned him respect, as he has been named to the honor roll each year, named to the Dean’s List in 2010, named an RMAC All-American, and named a CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American. At Colorado College, Miller dominated the 1650m freestyle in 17:15.23, won by nearly two full seconds in the 500m freestyle (4:51.57), and placed fourth in the 200m freestyle (1:48.55). Miller is on the cusp of qualifying for the National Championships in San Antonio for the first time in his career. For his efforts over the last four years, Miller is this week’s Athlete of the Week.

ASCSM discusses record retention, transporation survey

Thursday’s Associated Students of the Colorado School of Mines (ASCSM) meeting began with an recap of the Joint Operating Agreement proposal between ASCSM and the Graduate Student Association. ASCSM President Alec Westerman noted that GSA’s contribution of funds to some clubs and campus programs would be modified once the agreement goes into effect, due to graduate students’ significantly lower use rate of campus facilities compared with undergraduates.

This Week in Colorado History January 31- February 6: Mines news

The Colorado Transcript proves that Mines students have always been involved in world affairs. On February 3, 1921, it reported the efforts of Chinese Mines students attempting to offer relief to famine-afflicted areas of China. Students “formed a committee to act with the relief committee, organized by students all over the United States in securing funds to send to famine sufferers.” The students also ran a piece in the Transcript written by T.H. Huang explaining the situation in China “with the hope that further aid will be forthcoming from members of the local community.” The piece explained that a severe famine was taking place in northern China, owing to severe flooding. According to Huang, as many as 20,000,000 people were seriously affected by the famine. This, though possibly an excessive estimate, was more than double the number of deaths in then-recent World War I.

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Community Spotlight: Golden Library offers division

Colorado School of Mines students tend to be a left-brained bunch. They pore over chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering late into the night, in an unending search for the correct answer. However, many students recognize, or at least suspect, the existence of a world outside of the left-brained confines of their classes. For these students, there is a haven just a few blocks away at the Golden branch of the Jefferson County Public Library (JCPL).

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Faculty Spotlight: Summer Jackson, Physics by day, Fashion by night

Summer takes on a whole new meaning when you meet the young woman working behind the scenes in Meyer Hall. A member of the Physics Department faculty, this woman really knows what it takes to make things run smoothly for faculty and students alike at Mines. When she is not working on campus, she expresses herself through fashion. Colorado School of Mines, meet Summer Jackson.

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Starting with a blast from the Devonian

Very few events in the history of the world mirror the shear destruction brought by a meteor impact. While there have likely been countless collisions in the history of the planet, it was the proposed Alamo event that was discussed this past week at the Geology and Geological Engineering’s Van Tuyl lecture. Dr. John Warme, an Emeritus Professor from Colorado School of Mines and a team of other geo-scientists including the late Dr. Jared R. Morrow, to whom the lecture was dedicated, have spent many years interpreting the observed structures of the Alamo Breccia in Nevada and have come to the conclusion that there was likely a very large impact in the area in the Devonian Period of Earth’s history.

Scientific discoveries this week: 1-31-11

Houston, Texas – An amoeba formerly classified as slime mold is now being called the farmer amoeba. The amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum, picks up bacteria from its environment, carries it around, seeds it somewhere, and then harvests it for food. Debra Brock, a graduate student at Rice University in Houston, Texas, first started studying the amoeba as an undergraduate, and most of her samples were clones of one amoeba. At Rice university, Brock found that wild amoeba developed the ability to farm bacteria for food. Not all of the amoeba farmed; it was only observed under certain conditions that were more favorable to seeding and harvesting.

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