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1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States

March 2017

Special Physics Colloquium: Dynamics and Topology of Driven Quantum Systems

March 20, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Michael Kolodrubetz University of California at Berkeley / Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Abstract:Topological physics is one of the most active areas in condensed matter, giving rise to a host of novel phases of matter from integer and fractional quantum Hall systems to topological insulators and Weyl semimetals. These materials exhibit robust electronic properties that arise from non-trivial structures in the Berry phase, a geometric property of the quantum wave function that was originally considered in adiabatic transport of spin systems.…

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August 2017

Geology and Geological Department Barbecue and Meet-and-Greet

August 24, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Geology and Geological Engineering: Bob Weimer Trail Tour

August 31, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Meet at Berthoud Hall's west entrance; bring a water bottle.

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September 2017

Hennebach Lecture: Scientists, Engineers and Politics: Perspectives from China and Germany

September 5, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Presented by Liu Yongmou, Renmin University of China, and Alfred Nordmann, Technical University Darmstadt Berthoud Hall 241 One of the most contentious issues in America today is the relationship between scientific and technological expertise and political power. On one side are those who think scientific knowledge should fundamentally inform politics and technical expertise should guide governmental action. On another are those who maintain that scientists and engineers are just another interest group whose influence in public affairs should be limited.…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Recent Mudrocks of the Cariaco Basin, Venezuela: Analog for Shale Oil/Gas Unconventional Reservoirs?

September 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Presented by Ursula Hammes, Texas A&M University and Hammes Energy & Consultants Berthoud Hall 241

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Anjali Fernandes, University of Connecticut

September 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dr. Anjali Fernandes' research interests focus on linking landscape dynamics and the preserved sedimentary record of depositional environments, including terrestrial and submarine environments. I work on very small and very large temporal and spatial scales, to unravel the evolution of landscapes, with special emphasis on channel formation and evolution. My research methods include seismic interpretation of sub-surface sedimentary deposits, field studies of modern and ancient depositional environments, and carefully designed laboratory experiments to study sediment transport and the construction of…

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Career Center Presents: Oak Ridge Associated Universities Info Session

September 20, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Berthoud Hall 204 Oak Ridge Associated Universities  provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, health, education and national security. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. ORAU Places Great Emphasis on Building Partnerships for Innovation From our 121-member university consortium to our strategic partnership with…

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Career Center Presents: Anadarko GeoSciences Division Info Session

September 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Come learn about internship and full-time opportunities with Anadarko Geosciences Division, seeking geology and geophysics students and upcoming grads. Berthoud Hall 243 RSVP via DiggerNet, or email dbehnfie@mines.edu for more information.

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Van Tuyl Lecture: The Impact of Unconventional Oil and Shale Gas Development and Hydraulic Fracturing on Water Resources: Myth and Reality

September 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Presented by Avner Vengosh, Duke University Berthoud Hall 241

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Career Center Presents: Avanade Info Session

September 26, 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Seeking to meet students studying computer science, electrical engineering, physics or mathematics. Avanade helps customers realize results in a digital world through business technology solutions and managed services that combine insight, innovation and expertise focused on Microsoft technologies. We were created in 2000 as a joint venture between Accenture LLP and Microsoft to combine deep industry and business expertise with the best enterprise software solutions. Check DiggerNet for details, to RSVP or to see a full listing of upcoming company…

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Career Center Presents: Cimarex Energy Info Session

September 26, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Cimarex Energy is a Denver-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company. We invite you to attend our information session and learn about our company. Seeking to meet students who are studying mechanical, geology, geophysics, and petroleum engineering. Refreshments will be served! Check DiggerNet for details, to RSVP or to see a full listing of upcoming company info sessions this semester. Berthoud Hall 243

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Underground Lunch and Learn: Holistic Underground Engineering: Success Requires Much More than Technical Capability

September 27, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Join the underground community for a special presentation from Bruce Grewcock, Chairman and CEO of Kiewit, on Holistic Underground Engineering. Lunch provided for attendees at noon. Don't miss our special presentation from this Mines alum and champion of underground education at Colorado School of Mines. Please arrive promptly at noon for lunch. Presentation will start shortly after. Berthoud Hall 243 Visit underground.mines.edu for more information.

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Career Center Presents: Citigroup Financial Info Session

September 27, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Berthoud Hall 204 Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Check DiggerNet for details, to RSVP or to see a full listing of upcoming company info sessions this semester

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Career Center Presents: Cobham Semiconductor Solutions Info Session

September 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Berthoud Hall 205 Seeking: Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science, Physics A supplier of semicustom and standard VLSI circuits and custom circuit card assemblies, Cobham Semiconductor Solutions in Colorado Springs is a leader in HiRel digital logic solutions. Formerly Aeroflex Colorado Springs.

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October 2017

Underground Lunch & Learn

October 11, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
Free
Pedestrian Plaza

Join the Mines underground community for lunch and a special presentation on the Lake Mead Intake Project by Gregg Sherry of Brierley Associates. Lunch is provided for attendees who arrive promptly at noon. Location: Berthoud Hall 243

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Leveraging Machine Learning in the Geosciences

October 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Mason Dykstra is director of geoscience technology for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. 241 Berthoud Hall Machine learning as a discipline has grown from the use of simple neural networks to complicated multilayered approaches in recent years with recent enhancements in computing power and, in particular, with the advent of graphical processing units as a primary computational machine. While much of the underlying code has been around for decades, hardware improvements and innovative algorithms have enabled significant advances in the discipline. Many…

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Underground Lunch & Learn: Extreme Engineering

October 18, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
Free

This week's topic is Extreme Engineering Part II: The Rondout Bypass Tunnel. Matt Swinton, Kiewit, returns to update us on the Rondout Bypass Tunnel Project. Last year, we learned about the design and planning of certain facets of this project which are now built. Join us for a thorough update on progress and an assessment of what comes next. Berthoud Hall 243 Matt Swinton is a senior vice president of Kiewit Infrastructure Co., part of Kiewit Corporation. He serves as…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: The Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale Play

October 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Bill Zagorski, Range Resources 241 Berthoud Hall The Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale play has emerged as a major world class hydrocarbon accumulation. It has rapidly evolved into a major shale gas target in North America and represents one of the largest and most prolific shale plays in the world with a prospective area of approximately 114,000 km2 (44,000 mi2). Two major core areas have emerged, each with its unique combination of controlling geologic factors. Production from the Marcellus play has…

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Underground Lunch & Learn

October 25, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
Free

Join the Underground at Mines community for a presentation from Dr. Marte Gutierrez, Director of the University Transportation Center for Underground Transportation Infrastructure. This talk will reveal Methods of Back-Analysis of Tunnel Response through an assessment of various methods and a case study of a tunnel project in China. Free lunch provided for attendees! Wednesday, October 25 Noon-1 p.m. Berthoud Hall 243

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Special Peace Corps Event

October 25, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States

Mines Peace Corps Prep and the US Peace Corps present a very special campus event featuring our local Peace Corps recruiter, Cedar Wolf, and one of his former students from Namibia, southwest Africa, who has started his own development organization in the country. Talk about paying it forward! This is a chance to talk with someone who met the Peace Corps as a host-country citizen. Is Peace Corps all they say it is? Hear the answer from someone whose life…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Colorado’s Strata: Reading Notes from the Rock Record

October 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Bob Raynolds is a Research Associate for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science 241 Berthoud Hall Colorado’s sedimentary rocks record a history of variable accommodation and orogeny reflecting an evolution of landscapes propelled by plate-scale forces. The strata can be considered in genetically coherent packages consisting of related lithologies and stratal patterns. Late Precambrian to Paleozoic passive margin strata drape the craton facing the Pacific. These are overlain by a xenoconformity (sensu Carroll, 2017) followed by sediments of the…

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November 2017

Underground Lunch & Learn

November 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
Free

Join the Underground at Mines community for a special presentation from Nick Chen, Regional VP and Chief Engineer at Jacobs Engineering. Free lunch provided for all attendees. All are welcome! Faculty and staff, undergraduates, graduates and postdocs. Berthoud Hall 243 November 1 Noon-1 p.m. PORT OF MIAMI TUNNEL: CONSTRUCTION, DESIGN AND INNOVATIONS The Port of Miami Tunnel project is a highly complex project that includes design, build, finance, operation and maintenance. This project is a 35-year concession agreement between the…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Richard V. Heermance, California State University-Northridge

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Richard Heermance is Associate Professor of Geology at California State University Northridge. 241 Berthoud Hall 'Holocene Slip Rates Along the San Andreas Fault System in the San Gorgonio Pass and Implications for Large Earthquakes in Southern California' Abstract: Since the late 17th century the San Andreas Fault (SAF) in southern California has produced three large (M7.3-7.8) earthquakes that did not break through San Gorgonio Pass (SGP). This pass-as-a-barrier behavior can be explained by the complexity of the SAF system. Here…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Jianqiao Wang, PhD Candidate in Geology

November 9, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Jianqiao Wang, PhD Candidate in Geology, winner of the 2017 Geology and Geological Engineering Department's Student Research Fair. Berthoud Hall 241 Abstract: 'Are Fluvial Facies Models Useful?' Recognition of fluvial planform styles is important for paleogeographic reconstruction of rivers, but the classic fluvial facies models for meandering and braided rivers established in the 1970s are too idealized. Some studies in the ancient and modern rivers show the ‘odd’ cases that do not fit the classic models. One example from the…

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Underground Lunch and Learn: Modern vs. Conventional: Comparing TBM and Drill & Blast Methods

November 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
Free

In the modern-day tunneling industry, one outdated perception remains: Traditional, tested methods are always the best. When presented with difficult ground—from fault zones to water inflows to mixed face conditions—many consultants and contractors rely on decades-old field studies and conclude that conventional excavation methods like drill and blast are the best option.  With today’s Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) technology, this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. Modern TBMs are highly adaptable and capable of offering all of the same…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Erick Burns, USGS

November 16, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Erick Burns is a research hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Oregon Water Science Center. He specializes in the development of methods and tools for analysis and simulation of groundwater and heat flow in the subsurface, particularly in the volcanogenic terrains of California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. 241 Berthoud Hall 'Groundwater and Heat Flow in the Northwest Volcanic Province, U.S.A' Abstract: Heat-flow mapping of the western USA has identified apparent low-geothermal-heat-flow anomalies within the ~500,000 km2 Northwest Volcanic Province (NVP). …

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Weimer Distinguished Lecture: Henry Posamentier

November 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Henry Posamentier retired from Chevron Corporation in 2014. He helped pioneer and develop the modern approach to sequence stratigraphy, blending the disciplines of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and depositional systems analysis, largely within the context of oil and gas exploration. 241 Berthoud Hall 'Using 3D Seismic Data to Manage Exploration and Production Risks - Seismic Stratigraphy and Seismic Geomorphology Applications and Workflows' Abstract:  As high-quality 3D seismic data has become widely available, our ability to predict the subsurface distribution of lithologies has…

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December 2017

Van Tuyl Lecture: Around the World in 81 Talks: A Retrospective on a Year of Lecturing

December 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kamini Singha is professor and Associate Head of the Geology and Geological Engineering Department at Colorado School of Mines and Associate Director of the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program. 241 Berthoud Hall “Around the World in 81 Talks: A Retrospective on a Year of Lecturing” Abstract: This talk is a few things: an overview of what a year-long lecture circuit looked like for me over this last calendar year, an apology for missing so many faculty meetings, and a short version…

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January 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Measurement of 3D Deformation of the Central Calaveras Fault at Coyote Dam Combining Ground-Based Radar and Spaceborne SAR Interferometry

January 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Charles Werner, Gamma Remote Sensing AG, Gümligen, Switzerland 241 Berthoud Hall "Measurement of 3D Deformation of the Central Calaveras Fault at Coyote Dam Combining Ground-Based Radar and Spaceborne SAR Interferometry" Abstract: The Central Calaveras Fault (CCF) passes directly through Coyote Dam located southeast of Morgan Hill, California. This earthen embankment dam owned and operated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District (District), has experienced over 80 cm of accumulated fault creep since its construction in 1936. The average slip rate is 10…

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February 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: José Cerrato, University of New Mexico

February 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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José Cerrato, University of New Mexico - José M. Cerrato obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Honduras, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. He was also a Postdoctoral Researcher in Washington University in St Louis. His research interest is related to biogeochemical processes occurring at molecular and macro scales at the interface of water and energy. He has been a recipient of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Ralph E. Powe…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Petroleum Systems Analysis in the Alpine Foreland Basin

February 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Reinhard Sachsenhofer, Montan Universitat Leoben 241 Berthoud Hall "Petroleum Systems Analysis in the Alpine Foreland Basin" Abstract: The North Alpine Foreland Basin (Molasse Basin) in Central Europe is a mature oil and gas province. Nevertheless, significant new discoveries have been made in the recent years. The improved understanding of petroleum systems contributed significantly to the exploration success. Two petroleum systems are distinguished in the Austrian part of the NAFB: a Lower Oligocene – Mesozoic/Eocene oil and thermogenic gas system and…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Theresa Schwartz, Research Square

February 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Theresa Schwartz, Research Square Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM "Landscape Evolution of the Rocky Mountain Cordillera: New Insights from Integrated Geologic Datasets" Abstract: Spatio-temporal compilations of tectonic, sedimentary, topographic, and climatic data from across the North American Cordillera and Western Interior region provide a continental-scale view of landscape evolution and drainage reorganization during latest Cretaceous and early Cenozoic time. Late Cretaceous—Eocene Sevier/Laramide crustal thickening caused widespread, diachronous surface uplift in the Cordillera and Western Interior region, generating the…

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March 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Mike Blum, University of Kansas

March 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Mike Blum, University of Kansas Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Record of Sediment Transport from the Himalayan-Sourced Ganges-Brahmaputra Rivers to the Deep-Sea Bengal Fan: 18 Myr of Fan Deposition from Detrital Zircons Mike Blum, Department of Geology, University of Kansas Kimberly Rogers, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado James Gleason, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan Yani Najman, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University Abstract: The Himalayan-sourced Ganges-Brahmaputra river system and the deep-sea Bengal…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater

March 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Bill Alley, United States Geological Survey, National Groundwater Association 241 Berthoud Hall "Meeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater" Abstract: Groundwater is the primary source of drinking water for almost half the world's people, essential to irrigated agriculture, and provides enormous environmental benefits. With a growing population and changing climate, the world needs groundwater more than ever. Dr. Alley looks at examples from around the world to uncover the main issues surrounding groundwater depletion and contamination. Included…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Chen Zhu, Indiana University

March 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Chen Zhu, Indiana University Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: “Novel Applications of Non-traditional Stable Isotopes to Geochemical Kinetics” Abstract: Modeling water-rock reactions in geological carbon sequestration, hydrothermal ore deposit formation, geothermal energy extraction, and disposal of nuclear waste all require the knowledge of kinetic parameters and rate equations. Yet, critical experimental data near-equilibrium are lacking and the applicability of rate equations is untested. We used multi-collector ICP-MS analysis of non-traditional stable isotopes, and a “Si isotope doping method” to…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Dallas Dunlap, University of Texas at Austin

March 22, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dallas Dunlap, University of Texas at Austin Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Ancient Carbonate Channel-Levee Systems: Browse Basin, NW Shelf Australia Abstract:  Submarine channels are primary conduits for clastic sediment transport to deep-water basins, thereby controlling the location of marine depocenters and sediment bypass.  The evolution and depositional character of submarine channels have broad implications to sediment dispersal, sediment quality, and hydrocarbon exploration potential. Siliciclastic channel systems have been extensively studied in modern environments, seismic and outcrop; however, carbonate channel-levee deposits have only recently been explored. Here we utilize…

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April 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Jeff Chaumba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke

April 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Jeff Chaumba, University of North Carolina at Pembroke Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Precambrian Layered Mafic Intrusions (?) of the Zimbabwean Craton: Their Economic Importance and Origin Abstract: The Zimbabwean craton contains the classic Great Dyke, as well as a host of numerous other relatively large Precambrian layered intrusions (?), the majority of which contain significant chromite, platinum-group elements (PGE), gold, and chrysotile asbestos deposits. With the exception of the Great Dyke, recent results from chromite chemistry suggest that…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Alpine Hydrogeology: The Critical Role of Groundwater in Sourcing the Headwaters of the World

April 12, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Masaki Hayashi, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Physical Hydrology. He received his B.Sc. and MSc. in earth sciences from Waseda University and Chiba University, respectively, in Japan and his Ph.D. in earth sciences from the University of Waterloo in Canada. His main research interests are in the connection among groundwater, surface water, and atmospheric moisture in various environments ranging from the prairies to the…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Daniella Rempe, University of Texas at Austin

April 19, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Daniella Rempe, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Probing Weathered Bedrock in Earth’s Critical Zone: Rock Moisture and its Implications for Weathering and Biogeochemical Processes Abstract: Many mountainous landscapes are mantled with thin soils that overlie meters to tens of meters of weathered bedrock. This transition zone between soil and bedrock often controls how infiltrating water is partitioned between evapotranspiration and runoff, as well as the rate and pattern of chemical…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Clint Dawson, University of Texas at Austin

April 26, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Clint Dawson, University of Texas at Austin Van Tuyl Lecture, BE 241, 4 PM Topic: Algorithms for Hurricane Storm Surge Modeling: Current State and Future Outlook Abstract: Hurricane storm surge modeling, especially in forecast mode as hurricanes approach land, is critical for emergency management, evacuation or shelter-in-place planning, and deployment of first responders.  After the event, storm surge models are used in forensic studies, validation exercises, and for planning future response to potential hurricanes.  Over the past 20 years, storm surge models,…

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August 2018

Mines Fall

Minerals from the Metallic Ore Deposits of the American Southwest

August 4, 2018 - August 5, 2018
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Minerals from the American Southwest are some of the most beautiful and interesting anywhere. Check out the upcoming symposium sponsored by Friends of Mineralogy - Colorado Chapter, the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, and the Friends of the Mines Geology Museum, August 4 - 5, 2018, in Golden, Colorado. Follow the Friends of the Mines Geology Museum on Facebook for additional information.

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Geology and Geological Department Meet-and-Greet and Barbecue

August 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Physics colloquium: CSM Environmental Health & Safety Department, “Hazardous Waste Generator Training”

August 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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CSM Environmental Health & Safety Department All campus personnel who procure regulated materials or who generate regulated chemical waste must attend this training on an annual basis. Registration will be onsite. Berthoud Hall 241

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Geology and Geological Engineering: Bob Weimer Trail Tour

August 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Meet at Berthoud Hall's west entrance; bring a water bottle.

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September 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Wolfgang Maier, Cardiff University at Wales

September 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Wolfgang Maier, Cardiff University at Wales 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Formation of the Bushveld Complex and its Ore Deposits Abstract: The formation of the Bushveld ore deposits remains controversial, despite a century of research. Here it is proposed that sulphide and oxide deposits in the Bushveld Complex and other layered intrusions form when large, incompletely solidified magma chambers undergo central subsidence in response to crustal loading, resulting in slumping of semi-consolidated cumulate slurries to the centres of the intrusions and hydrodynamic…

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Physics Colloquium – “Donor Quantum-Dot Coupled Qubits”

September 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Malcolm Carroll Sandia National Laboratory Abstract:  There are numerous efforts to develop quantum bits (qubits) for quantum computing.  Silicon is recognized as an appealing material system because, for example, it offers a low decoherence environment for spin qubits combined with its historical foundation in device and computer chip fabrication.  Donors in silicon have been proposed as qubits and the combination of the electron and nucleus introduce a rich variety of qubit device architectural ideas as indicated in the literature.  Donor…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Faouziya Haissen, Universite Hassan II de Casablanca

September 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Faouziya Haissen, Universite Hassan II de Casablanca 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: The Geology of Morocco: A Record of 3 Billion Years of Earth’s History Abstract: Morocco is located in the northwestern corner of the African continent, east of the Atlantic Ocean and south of the European plate. It records a rich geological history lasting from the Archean to the present. Since 2.0 Ga, foursuccessive orogenic cycles (Eburnean, Pan-African, Variscan and Alpine cycles) have shaped the geology and the topography of Morocco with…

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Physics Colloquium – “Measuring Non-Equilibrium Quantum Dynamics with Trapped-Ion Crystals”

September 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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John Bollinger NIST Abstract:  Benchmarking quantum dynamics is a challenge as the system size grows. I will qualitatively discuss how we can engineer quantum magnetic interactions and perform quantum simulations with planar crystals of hundreds of trapped ions. To benchmark dynamics we measure the evolution of spin-squeezing and out-of-time-order correlations (OTOCs). OTOCs quantify the build-up of correlations and the spread of quantum information, and are accessible through global spin measurements and time reversal of the Hamiltonian dynamics.     Berthoud…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Travis Swanson, Rice University

September 20, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Travis Swanson, Rice University 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Exploring the Morphodynamic Response of Coastal Barriers to Sea-Level Rise along the Texas Gulf Coast Abstract: The Texas portion of the Gulf Coast spans nearly 600 kilometers and is chiefly composed of barrier islands and peninsulas that shelter bay environments and numerous coastal communities from damaging storm surge and waves. Presently, this coastal barrier system is evolving at an unprecedented rate, as sediment that comprises these protective barriers is being depleted while sea-level…

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Physics Colloquium – title to be announced

September 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Van Tuyl Lecture: Dave Boutt, University of Massachusetts

September 27, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dave Boutt, University of Massachusetts 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Water and Lithium - The Nexus of Hydrogeosciences and Green Energy in the Transition from Fossil Fuels Abstract: The Earth is warming at an unprecedented pace due to the release of carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. Our society is now in the great transition to a green and more sustainable energy supply. The development of portable and powerful energy storage mechanisms is essential to replace our dependence on…

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October 2018

Careers in Energy: Companies represented: BP, Phillips 66, Halliburton, NREL, TRI-STATE, Vestas

October 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States

Companies represented: BP, Phillips 66, Halliburton, NREL, TRI-STATE, Vestas Recruiters’ Tips for Landing Those Jobs Wednesday, October 3 5-6:30 p.m. Berthoud 241 Company reps will talk about: -Their company/organization information, a brief overview -Let students know the types of jobs and career paths at each company -Tips on what makes a candidate stand out (resumes, interviews, etc.) -Students will have the chance to network with the speakers afterwards Refreshments sponsored by BP, Phillips 66 and the Mines Career Center. Those…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: George Hornberger, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment

October 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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George Hornberger, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Water, Climate, Food, Energy, Society: A Case Study of Sri Lanka Abstract: Food, energy, and water (FEW) are primary resources required for human populations and ecosystems. The large and growing water demands for agricultural production are well known, water can be a significant constraint in electricity production, and the use of arable land for biofuels represents tradeoff decisions at the FEW nexus. Climate change will affect water availability. Increased…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Lauren Foster, CSM PhD Candidate, GE/GP Student Research Fair Winner

October 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Lauren Foster, CSM PhD Candidate, GE/GP Student Research Fair Winner 241 Berthoud Hall,  4-5PM Topic: Modeling Climate Change Impacts to Rocky Mountain Headwater Hydrology Abstract: Rocky Mountain headwater catchments provide 85% of Colorado River streamflow and also feed the large Arkansas and Platte River basins. The continued growth of cities from California to Arkansas depends on reliable export from these topographically complex basins. Despite consensus that high-elevation headwaters are more sensitive to climate warming, most models used to predict climate impacts to…

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Physics Colloquium – no colloquium, fall break

October 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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No colloquium, fall break.

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Kristin Bergmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 18, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kristin Bergmann, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Carbonates before Skeletons and the PreCambrian World Abstract: Carbonate and phosphatic rocks retain significant information about climatic conditions in Earth’s deep history.  Determining how temperature and seawater oxygen isotope (δ18O) fluctuations influenced carbonate and phosphatic δ18O records over geologic time, therefore, is crucial for understanding the coupled evolutions of Earth’s climate and biota.  Carbonate clumped isotope thermometry (D47) of ancient carbonates and fossils has the potential to unravel these competing effects. …

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Physics Colloquium: Thunderstorm Electrification, Lightning Flash Rates, and the RELAMPAGO Field Campaign

October 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Robert A. Marshall University of Colorado @ Boulder Ann & HJ Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences Abstract:  Severe thunderstorms that produce intense lightning, large hail, heavy precipitation, strong winds, or tornadoes are a significant public safety hazard and can also cause costly property damage. However, our understanding of the processes that lead to such severe weather is incomplete, including processes related to its pre-initiation, initiation, and subsequent convective development including growth and decay stages. This includes processes that control…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: James Hagadorn, Denver Museum

October 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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James Hagadorn, Denver Museum 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: New Data from the Strata: Rocky Mountain Extinctions Abstract: Hiding within our mountainous successions of redbeds and ridge-capping carbonates, are strata that record Colorado’s passage through two mass extinctions—the end-Devonian (Fammenian) and Permian-Triassic events. Although challenging to decipher in outcrop and in the subsurface, they are relevant tie-points between basins across the Rocky Mountain region and contain some unusual facies and faunas that reflect the interplay between continental and marine conditions at transitions…

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Physics Colloquium – “Isotopically Enhanced Triple-Dot Qubits in SiGe”

October 30, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Andrew Hunter HRL Laboratories, LLC Abstract:  Qubits based on silicon offer the promise of low magnetic noise due to isotopic enhancement and the availability of existing silicon growth and fabrication processes. Triple-dot qubits provide exchange-only spin-qubit control, enabling operation using only gate voltages. The main impediments to silicon qubits are charge noise, valley degeneracy, and nuclear magnetism. In this talk, I will summarize our recent results characterizing performance of lithographically defined Si/SiGe triple quantum-dot devices , made with isotopically enriched…

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November 2018

Van Tuyl Lecture: Steve Keller, Colorado Geological Survey

November 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Steve Keller, Colorado Geological Survey 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Investigations in the late Eocene Castle Rock Conglomerate, 1869-2018 Abstract: The late Eocene Castle Rock Conglomerate (Tcr) has been of interest to geologists, starting in the late 19th century and continuing to the present day. The formation caps the prominent Castle Rock butte north of the Town of Castle Rock, and is especially well exposed in the cliffs, ledges, and flat outcrops at Castlewood Canyon State Park south of Franktown. It lies…

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United States Diplomacy and the Challenges Ahead

November 6, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill is currently the chief advisor to the chancellor for global engagement and professor of the practice in diplomacy at the University of Denver. Prior to this position, he was the dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University, a position he held from September 2010 to December 2017. In addition to overseeing the University’s Global Engagement, Ambassador Hill is author of Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir, a…

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Physics Colloquium – “Superconducting Radiation Detectors and Nuclear Clocks”

November 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Stephan Friedrich Team Leader, Cryogenic Detector Team Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Abstract:  The desire to build nuclear clocks with an unprecedented accuracy of 1 part in 1019 is currently driving the interest in accurate measurements of the first excited nuclear state in 229Th, which lies only 7.8 ± 0.5 eV above the ground state and thus in the range of tunable lasers. Superconducting tunnel junction (STJ) radiation detectors operated at temperatures of ~0.1K have an…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Michael Cardiff, University of Wisconsin

November 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Michael Cardiff, University of Wisconsin Topic: The Challenges (and some solutions) for Predicting Flow and Transport in the Deep Subsurface Abstract: The deep subsurface is increasingly being called upon to meet humanity’s growing water, energy, and waste containment needs. This zone – which for fluid flow purposes may roughly be defined as between 100 m and 5 km below land surface – represents a region where complex interactions between fluid flow, rock mechanics, and heat and chemical transport take place. Engineering applications as diverse as CO2 sequestration, hydraulic fracturing, liquid waste…

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Physics Colloquium – “Engineering the Complex: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope”

November 13, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Daniel Porpora Ball Aerospace Abstract: Ball Aerospace has been designing and building space telescopes in Boulder for over sixty years, including the optics system for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope’s immense size, combined with its infrared capabilities and its distant orbit, will enable us to see farther back in time than ever before. The James Webb Space Telescope will be the largest and most powerful observatory ever flown, with a 21-foot-wide primary mirror and a 72-foot-long sunshield. Designed…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Chunan Tang, Dalian University of Technology

November 15, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Chunan Tang, Dalian University of Technology, China 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Conceptual Model of Enhanced Geothermal System Based on Excavation Technology (EGS-E) Abstract: The current technology for Enhanced Geothermal System (EGS) typically involves drilling of deep injection and production wells to inject cold water into the injection well to the EGS reservoir depth, to extract heat by permeating through the fractured hot rock masses, collected by the production well and return to the surface as heated water. In this presentation, a…

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Weimer Distinguished Lecture: Kevin Bohacs, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company

November 29, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kevin Bohacs, KMBohacs Geoconsulting 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: The Vital Role of Mudstone/Shale Studies in Advancing Sequence Stratigraphy in General Abstract: Studies of mudstone/shale have benefitted from using the sequence-stratigraphic approach but have also improved sequence stratigraphy as a discipline. Observations accumulated over the last 35 years, accelerated by the ‘shale-gas revolution’, indicate that mud is a quite active component of depositional systems at many scales and not just passive fill among coarser grains. It appears that various grain-size classes…

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December 2018

Physics Colloquium – “Introduction to Quantum Computing”

December 4, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Eliot Kapit and Zhexuan Gong CSM Physics Department Abstract: Quantum computers have the potential to render today's supercomputers obsolete and propel breakthroughs in material science, chemistry, finance, and defense capabilities. In the first half of the talk, we will introduce how a quantum computer works and how to build a quantum computer in practice at a basic level. We will also mention the major types of problems quantum computers can solve faster than classical computers. However, numerous practical challenges, including (but not…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Kaleb Scarberry, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology

December 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Kaleb Scarberry, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: Mesozoic – Cenozoic Igneous Geology and Related Mineral Deposits in the Butte North 30’ X 60’ Quadrangle, Southwestern Montana Abstract: The Butte North 30' x 60' quadrangle in southwestern Montana has been subject to extensive geologic research since the 1890’s, and detailed U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigations began over one hundred years ago (e.g. Weed, 1912) (Appendix A). Mineral resource exploration associated with the Butte, Welcome Creek, and…

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January 2019

Physics colloquium-“Resources Beyond Earth: Enabling Future Exploration and the New Space Economy”

January 15 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Angel Abbud Madrid CSM Center for Space Resources Abstract:  Throughout human history, resources have been the driving force for exploration and also the means to do so.  However, as we continue our exploration of space, our efforts will eventually become limited by the materials we can carry from Earth.  In recent years, space agencies and the private sector have increasingly realized that further exploration and growth of commercial opportunities in space will require extraction of materials, production of propellants, and power generation…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Johanna Blake, University of New Mexico

January 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Johanna Blake, University of New Mexico 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Uranium Mobility and Accumulation at the Jackpile Mine, Laguna Pueblo, NM Abstract: The chemical interactions, mobility, and plant uptake of uranium (U) near abandoned mine wastes was investigated along the Rio Paguate, adjacent to the Jackpile Mine, located in Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico.  Solid analyses using X-ray fluorescence determined that sediments located in the Jackpile Mine contain ranges of 320 to 9200 mg/kg U. The presence of coffinite, a U(IV)-bearing mineral, was…

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Physics colloquium-“Assessing The Many Skills Used to Solve Complex Problems”

January 22 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Wendy Adams CSM Physics Department and Teach@Mines Abstract:  While working to develop and assessment of problem solving skills, we have empirically identified over 40 distinct sub-skills that affect a person’s ability to solve complex problems in many different contexts. The identification of so many sub-skills explains why it has been so difficult to teach or assess problem solving as a single skill.  The existence of these sub-skills is supported by several studies comparing a wide range of individuals’ strengths and…

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Underground Lunch & Learn: Tunnelling technology in Norway, with particular emphasis on deep subsea tunnels

January 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, lunch provided.

Tunnelling technology in Norway, with particular emphasis on deep subsea tunnels Bjørn Nilsen, Professor of Geological Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and Henki Ødegaard, Ph.D. candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Tunneling activity in Norway has remained at a high level for a long period, with an average of about 5 mill. M3 excavated annually. The activity of a wide range of different projects will be discussed. Tunnels under sea represents a…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Alexei Milkov, Colorado School of Mines

January 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Alexei Milkov, Colorado School of Mines 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Randomness, Serendipity and Luck in Petroleum Exploration Petroleum explorers often acknowledge the contribution of luck in exploration outcomes. Our survey of 237 current industry practitioners revealed that 90% of them believe that luck plays some role in the outcome of exploration projects. However, luck as a factor in petroleum exploration has never been quantified before, and therefore it remains an abstract concept that is not deeply considered by geoscientists and exploration…

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February 2019

Physics colloquium-“Experimental Clues About the Origin of the Shirley Background”

February 5 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Alberto Herrera-Gomez Center for Research & Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute, CINVESTAV (Queretaro, Mexico) Abstract: In quantitative chemical studies with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the total background signal is well described as the sum of two terms, one originated from inelastic electron-energy losses and another that is described by the empirical Shirley method .  The inelastic part is very well quantified by the Tougaard theory proposed in 1982 ; the Shirley part, in the near-peak region, can be quantified…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University

February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University Berthoud Hall 241 at 4:00 pm. Topic: A Geologist’s Perspective on Meteorites, and Insights into Chondrite Formation and Evolution from a New NWA Meteorite

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Oliver Jagoutz, MIT

February 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Oliver Jagoutz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Low-latitude Arc-continent Collision as a Driver for Global Cooling Abstract: Throughout most of Earth’s history, and certainly over at least the last 500 MA, the global the global climate was much warmer than the climate we experiencing today and the poles were most of the time ice free. However, at least in the last 500 Ma the Earth has experienced a few so-call ice-ages were poles were covered in ice like…

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Physics Colloquium: “Value-Based Ethics and the Moral Compass; from Preaching and Teaching to Reaching”

February 12 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Roel Snieder Colorado School of Mines Education Center for Wave Phenomena & Office of Academic Affairs Abstract: Professional ethics education in science and engineering is often based either on telling students what proper ethical principles are (e.g., professional codes of ethics) and/or by teaching the philosophical theories of ethics. Although there is a value and purpose for both types of teaching ethics, these approaches alone are not effective to bring about ethical engagement and behavioral change unless the materials are embraced and internalized by…

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Underground Lunch and Learn: Overview of Trenchless Techniques and the Engineering Judgement Required to use Empirical Estimating Methods for Pipe Jacking Forces

February 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, Lunch Provided

Overview of Trenchless Techniques and the Engineering Judgement Required to use Empirical Estimating Methods for Pipe Jacking Forces An overview of trenchless techniques including pipe ramming, auger boring, pilot tube guidance, pipe jacking, hand mining, mechanical excavation, TBMs, MTBMs, and HDD. Estimating jacking force parameters often involves empirical methods that are correlated to ground conditions by coefficients derived from case histories. A recent MTBM project in Denver, Colorado with twin 96-in. MTBM storm drains under a rail yard illustrates this point. There…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Derek Sawyer, Ohio State University

February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Derek Sawyer, Ohio State University, School of Earth Sciences 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Earthquakes and Submarine Landslides on Continental Margins Abstract: Earthquakes are a primary trigger of submarine landslides yet some of the most seismically active areas on Earth show a surprisingly low frequency of submarine landslides. Our recent work has explored this apparent paradox using shear strength measurements from 50 years of scientific ocean drilling over the world’s oceans. We find that within the uppermost 100 meters below seafloor sediment, active margins…

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Underground Lunch and Learn: Designing Underground Excavations at the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility

February 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, Lunch Provided

Jon Hurt, PE, CEng MICE, is the leader of Arup’s Tunnel Practice in the Americas, and the global leader for the Tunnel Skills Network, responsible for providing resources, training and knowledge sharing within Arup’s tunneling community. He is a project manager and tunnel engineer with a wide range of experience in the management, design and construction of major tunneling projects. Jon is currently the Project Manager for the Department of Energy’s Long Baseline Neutrino Facility Far Site project. His experience…

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Physics colloquium-“Toward a 100% Renewable Power Grid: Reality or Rhetoric?”

February 26 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Paul Denholm NREL Abstract:  There is growing interest, along with many state and local policy initiatives, for various regions to derive 100% of their electricity from renewable sources. But there are a number of economic and technical challenges associated with making this a reality. This talk will focus on three of the big challenges to increasing our use of wind and solar energy on the power grid. First, how can we maintain a cost-effective grid with large amounts of wind…

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oSTEM General Meeting

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 1, 2019

Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Come hang out with the members of oSTEM! It's a great place to develop an inclusive and accepting community with LGBTQ+ peers and allies. The meeting is held in Berthoud 206 and always has free food!

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Joe Macquaker, ExxonMobil

February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Joe Macquaker, ExxonMobil Exploration Company Topic: What are "Shales"? How Do We Know and Why Do We Care? Abstract: More than 70% of the stratigraphic record is composed of fine-grained sediments. They are very important economically as they act as source rocks and seals in conventional hydrocarbon systems, reservoirs in unconventional systems and are important raw materials for the ceramics industry. In spite of their commercial importance and common occurrence they are poorly known compared to other sediment types. This arises because…

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March 2019

Underground Lunch and Learn: Planning and Design of the New Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall for the City of Toronto

March 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, Lunch Provided

Planning and Design of the New Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant Outfall for the City of Toronto The Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant (ABTP) Outfall project by the City of Toronto involves construction of a new tunneled outfall that will convey treated effluent (water) from the ABTP into Lake Ontario. This new outfall will be built to allow cessation of operations of the existing outfall which is reaching the end of its service life and has limited hydraulic capacity. This presentation is…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: John Muntean, University of Nevada Reno

March 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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John Muntean, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada Reno 241 Berthoud Hall, 4PM Topic: The Continua between Carlin-type Gold Deposits and Distal Disseminated and Epithermal Gold-Silver Deposits in Nevada Abstract: Most research on Carlin-type deposits in Nevada has focused on four main camps that account for 95% of the production from Carlin-type deposits in Nevada – the Carlin Trend, Cortez, Getchell, and Jerritt Canyon. Though their local geologic settings differ slightly, they share many common characteristics, including lithologic and…

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Physics colloquium-“Reduction of Symmetry and the Return of the War of Currents”

March 12 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Mathias Schubert University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering Abstract: In the late eighteen hundreds, an epic battle raged upon the introduction of electricity and electric energy. Sides were taken and bitterly defended either in favor of direct (DC) or for alternating current (AC) . The winner is known well, and the scores seem to be settled eternally. Yet, most recent breakthrough developments in solid state physics may turn the fate, after all, in favor of DC. A…

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Underground Lunch and Learn: Central 70 Project Overview – Lowered Section Groundwater Analysis

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, Lunch Provided

The Central 70 Project will widen Interstate 70 (I-70) from six to 10 lanes by adding two lanes in each direction between Interstate 25 and Tower Road (about 11 mi.); remove the existing viaduct between Brighton Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. and rebuild I-70 along this segment 40 ft. below grade on the existing alignment; and place a 4-acre cover on the highway between Columbine St. and Clayton St. next to Swansea Elementary School. This design will be constructed with a…

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Hennebach Program: Virus and Vector: Yellow Fever and Atlantic World Environmental History

March 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free

Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division Hennebach Program Presents Virus and Vector: Yellow Fever and Atlantic World Environmental History by Paul Sutter   Between the middle of the 17th century and the early 20th century, yellow fever raged throughout the Americas, killing huge numbers of people and transforming the geopolitics of the region. In the process, it came to be known as an "American plague,” and its successful eradication in Havana and then Panama became a stock chapter in heroic…

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Physics colloquium-“Next Generation Computational Imaging & Massively Multiplexed Metrologies”

March 19 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Daniel Adams Colorado School of Mines Department of Physics Abstract: Advances in computational imaging over the last decade sparked a revolution in metrologies aimed at understanding nano-material, magnetic, and acoustic systems. These advances have primarily been leveraged in the X-ray range but will have a significant impact in other spectral regions including the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and beyond. In this talk, I will review progress in computational imaging in the extreme ultraviolet region and give some perspective on how the…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Brian Romans, Virginia Tech

March 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Brian Romans, Virginia Tech 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: Reconstructing Deep Ocean Circulation during Cenozoic Climate Transitions from the Marine Sediment Record Abstract: Ocean circulation plays a critical role in the Earth’s climate system through the storage and transfer of heat and carbon dioxide. The North Atlantic and Southern Ocean are of particular interest because these are regions where deep-water components of global circulation develop. Overall patterns and functioning of modern oceanic circulation is relatively well understood, but significant uncertainty remains about circulation…

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No Physics Colloquium: Spring Break

March 26 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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April 2019

Physics Colloquium: Topological Order in Condensed Matter and Beyond

April 2 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Tigran Sedrakyan University of Massachusetts, Amherst Abstract: Topologically ordered states, such as the quantum spin liquids, are new states of matter with various exotic properties, including emergent excitations with fractional quantum numbers and fractional statistics, and robust topology-dependent ground state degeneracies. This makes quantum spin liquids promising candidate materials for quantum computers and other transformative low-power electronics that are expected to provide revolutionary changes to how we process and store data. In this talk, I will give an overview of…

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oSTEM General Meeting

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 1, 2019

Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Come hang out with the members of oSTEM! It's a great place to develop an inclusive and accepting community with LGBTQ+ peers and allies. The meeting is held in Berthoud 206 and always has free food!

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Underground Lunch and Learn: Variable Density TBMs and the Related Considerations

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, Lunch Provided

Variable Density TBMs and the Related Considerations Variable Density TBMs are used in more and more projects around the world. As they offer unique capabilities for face support, tunneling in extremely difficult ground conditions becomes safer. The lecture discussed the different mechanics of face support and the technical means to realize them. A number of international projects are introduced as well as the different TBM concepts which have been deployed.

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Underground Lunch & Learn: Variable Density TBMs and the Related Considerations

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, Lunch Provided

Variable Density TBMs are used in more and more projects around the world. As they offer unique capabilities for face support, tunneling in extremely difficult ground conditions becomes safer. The lecture discusses the different mechanics of face support and the technical means to realize them. A number of international projects are introduced as well as the different TBM concepts which have been deployed. Presenter - Dr.-Ing Ruben Duhme, General Manager at Herrenknecht Asia. He is responsible for Herrenknecht´s engineering and…

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Van Tuyl Lecture: Dr. Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University

April 4 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Dr. Jerry Magloughlin, Colorado State University 241 Berthoud, 4-5PM Topic: A Geologist’s Perspective on Meteorites, and Insights into Chondrite Formation and Evolution from a New NWA Meteorite Abstract: While arguably the most famous of all rocks, meteorites are among the least understood by most geologists. This talk will provide a geologist’s overview of meteorites and meteoritics, a flourishing and active area of research within the geosciences, followed by a description and tentative classification of a new NWA meteorite. Meteorite study indeed requires…

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Physics Colloquium: Single Flux Quantum Based Neuromorphic Computing

April 9 @ 4:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Michael Schneider National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Abstract: Neuromorphic computing promises to dramatically improve the efficiency of certain computational tasks, such as perception and decision making. While software and specialized hardware implementations of neural networks have made tremendous progress, both implementations are still many orders of magnitude less energy efficient than the human brain. This talk will introduce the current state of neuromorphic computing and discuss the recent hardware advances that have bolstered the progress of machine learning. I…

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Alternative Careers Industry Panel

April 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Tips from Recruiters to Land the Job -- Professionals from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Global Hope Network International, Newmont Mining, Peace Corps, and Tress, Water and People will be introducing student job opportunities within their organizations, the exciting projects they are working on and giving advice on how engineering professionals can give back to the world.

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oSTEM General Meeting

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until May 1, 2019

Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Come hang out with the members of oSTEM! It's a great place to develop an inclusive and accepting community with LGBTQ+ peers and allies. The meeting is held in Berthoud 206 and always has free food!

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Underground Lunch and Learn: Central 70 Project Overview – Lowered Section Groundwater Analysis

April 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Berthoud Hall, 1516 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
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Free, Lunch Provided.

The Central 70 Project will widen Interstate 70 (I-70) from six to 10 lanes by adding two lanes in each direction between Interstate 25 and Tower Road (about 11 mi.); remove the existing viaduct between Brighton Blvd. and Colorado Blvd. and rebuild I-70 along this segment 40 ft. below grade on the existing alignment; and place a 4-acre cover on the highway between Columbine St. and Clayton St. next to Swansea Elementary School. This design will be constructed with a…

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