Daily Archives: September 29, 2013

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Volcanoes and Geophysics and Isotopes… Oh My!

Despite the appearance of being a concrete and known science, Geology, due to the interpretive nature of the discipline, has plenty of differing interpretations that keeps the field alive and kicking for generations to come. Since it is designed to be a seminar that explores the current views and most up to date research in the field, the Van Tuyl lecture series often serves as a stage for these debates.

Men’s soccer versus CCU

On Friday night, in front of a large and soggy homecoming crowd, the ninth ranked Colorado School of Mines men’s soccer team was upset 3-2 by Colorado Christian University (2-6-0, 1-3-0 RMAC). Mines (4-1-1, 2-1-0 RMAC) allowed only seven shots on the night (five on goal), but surrendered two goals in the final 7:03 of the game to fall to CCU.

Cross Country teams run wild from Boulder to Palo Alto

Last weekend, the Colorado School of Mines cross country teams used their three weeks of training since their last meet to run past the competition. With races in both Boulder, Colorado and Palo Alto, California, the weekend proved successful for both the men’s and women’s teams. The women’s team finished sixth out of eleven teams at the Stanford Invitational. The No. 6 ranked men’s team finished first out of sixteen non-Division I one teams at the Stanford invitational and second out of seven non-DI teams at the Rocky Mountain Shootout in Boulder, Colorado.

Building Perfection: Shell Seminar with Michael Bevan from JHU

Every aspiring engineer dreams of designing the perfect object. A substance so durable it can withstand cosmic forces but be light enough to manifest an ideal space rocket. Or possibly a chemical with industrial applications, yet cheap enough to manufacture on a large scale. Michael Bevan’s current research seeks to do just that, find engineering perfection. Bevan aims to design and ultimately manufacture a material called, “perfect crystals.” Perfect crystals are particles of atoms stacked on top of each other that are so perfectly geometrically aligned they behave with special properties. One ideal use of a perfect crystal is to build a computer out of them that theoretically could run at the speed of light.

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How to Actually Change the World: Mayor of Golden’s 4th Annual Community Awards

If atoms are the building blocks of life, then communities are the building blocks of civilization. In college, students learn everything from calculus to quantum chemistry to the laws of physics. However, in spending four years in an environment such as the School of Mines, there are plenty more lessons to learn than just “simple” science and mathematics. Community service and civic responsibility act as two fundamental pillars to live life as a productive citizen. Golden’s mayor, Marjorie N. Sloan, recently has begun honoring select individuals who consistently work for the betterment of the quality of life in the small town outside of Denver. Now in its fourth year, the 2013 Community Event bestows a handful of prestigious awards on Golden’s local heroes.

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