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Concert in the Library: To Dig or Not to Dig? by Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson
November 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Please join us for a special Concert in the Library presentation on Friday, November 10, for Dr. Nelson’s entertaining and informative review of her distinguished career and how creative writing supported her along the way. Self-described as a 60’s hippie-chick geologist, Dr. Nelson will describe major life-phases and projects during her 50-year career and will read the Shakespearean-style soliloquies that she wrote during each.
Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson is Professor and Head of Mining Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. She previously was Provost at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), program director and senior advisor at the US National Science Foundation (NSF), and Professor in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She has an international reputation in geological and rock engineering, and has been involved in the underground construction industry for over 35 years. She worked for the US DOE and the State of Texas on the Superconducting Super Collider project, and she has served two terms on the U. S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, appointed by President Clinton. Dr. Nelson has published more than 150 technical and scientific publications, and she is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), former president of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, a lifetime member and first president and Fellow of the American Rock Mechanics Association, and Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Nelson has received many honors and awards, including election to The Moles (1995) and induction into Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer (2007). In 2008 she received the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award from the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES), and she was the 2011 recipient of the ASCE Henry L. Michel Award. In 2015 she was identified as one of the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining (by WIM/UK), and also was appointed to the Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering of the National Academies. In 2016 she was appointed Chair of the Mine Safety and Health Research Advisory Committee of NIOSH/CDC.
She received her BS degree in geology from the University of Rochester (1970) and two master’s degrees in geology (Indiana University, 1976) and structural engineering (University of Oklahoma, 1979). In 1983, she received her PhD degree from Cornell University. And she survived the tenure process a long time ago by enrolling in acting classes, has always loved Shakespeare, and was a hippie-chick back in the day, and she still is one now in her heart of hearts.