[eb-grad-students] CERSE News - October/November 2016

Agata Bogucka abogucka at mines.edu
Fri Nov 11 16:05:55 MST 2016

The latest news from CERSE at Mines.
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Dean's Message

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/849157f9-e1b4-4e91-9b6b-9ba6cd294d90.jpeg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=8617b44daa&e=90f7d1af73>Passion is "a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something", according to Merriam-Webster.com.  At Mines, we are having discussions about how we help students, faculty, and administrators find their passion. We accept that just by being at Mines there is a passion for engineering and science—so we’re talking about other passions that cause us to be just a bit more eager, animated, joyful, devoted, dedicated (yes – I was also looking at synonyms online) about our current and future careers.

This edition of the CERSE newsletter highlights passions….

For homecoming, the students asked the President to invite Bill Nye the Science Guy.  Bill Nye’s challenge to the students to “change the world” and solve the “world’s engineering challenges” resonated with them.  Wow – by the students’ response, this is their passion!

Roel Snieder, GP Interim Department Head, is helping guide my CERSE leadership team to find joy in what we do but also to find work-life harmony.

Steve Enders, GE Interim Department Head, led a CERSE retreat where we came to a unanimous agreement that for CERSE our vision is:
                  A world where earth, energy, and environment are wisely managed.

Mineral and energy economics students are passionate about finding creative solutions to address energy challenges in the developing world.

Mining shared their passion about the mining industry with 45 boy scouts who all earned their Mining in Society Merit Badge.

And I continue to share my passion for teaching sophomore petroleum engineering student about rocks, reservoirs (building physical models of a real reservoir), risk, uncertainty, and the luck involved in finding and producing oil and gas.

I hope you all remember to find and indulge in your passions!


Dr. Ramona M. Graves
Dean, College of Earth Resource Sciences and Engineering


Bill Nye dares Mines students to "change the world"

Over two decades after his show aired on PBS and took the ‘90s by storm, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” is still a hit among science enthusiasts, especially with the millennials who grew up watching him. On Oct. 5, Nye visited the Colorado School of Mines to speak to a sold-out crowd of students, alumni, faculty, and staff in Lockridge Arena.
[Bill Nye with Mines President Paul Johnson.]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=c6fe1dcba3&e=90f7d1af73>
Nye’s talk— part of the President’s Distinguished Lecture series and kickoff to the 2016 Homecoming festivities— focused on the biggest problems facing our planet and what society, especially young people, can do to make the world a better place.

His catch phrase for the night was: “I want you guys to — dare I say it — change the world.”

Nye challenged the crowd of young engineers to solve the world's top three engineering grand challenges: providing clean water, renewable reliable energy and Internet access for all. He also expressed his support for space exploration.

Read the full story here<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=4f2f8941cd&e=90f7d1af73>.

Snieder guides faculty and staff towards work-life harmony

[The front cover of "The Joy of Science".]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=328fc5c8c3&e=90f7d1af73>Geophysics Professor and Interim Department Head Roel Snieder has coauthored “The Joy of Science: Seven Principles of Scientists Seeking Happiness, Harmony, and Success,” a book focused on helping scientists have a productive and fulfilling career by encouraging them to focus on the positive and minimize stress.

The book is now being used as a part of new faculty orientation at Mines and in several workshops held for the greater campus community.

“Let go of the concept of balance—instead, think of it as harmony,” Snieder told faculty and staff at a recent workshop. The faculty and staff were asked to complete a worksheet that had them weigh what they balance in life. Some examples were “e-mail vs. everything else,” “exercise vs. work” and “demands of the outside world vs. internal ambitions.”

[Snieder addresses faculty and staff at a workshop.]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=6b01866496&e=90f7d1af73>Snieder explained that rather than struggling to achieve the “balance” between things that may never come into line, we should instead aim to achieve “harmony,” the first principle outlined in the book.

Although the book is targeted at scientists, its guiding principles are something that can be applied to a much broader community. The idea that one should focus on the positive impact one makes in one’s work rather than constantly overburdening oneself with stress from “not doing enough” is something everyone can learn from.

Read the full story here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=cf024a7468&e=90f7d1af73>.

Economics students finish in top 4 at Duke energy competion

Four students from the Division of Economics and Business recently competed in the “Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition” at Duke University’s Energy Week. Bansidhar Bandi, James Crompton, Martin Kohn, Ashwin Ravichandran and David Rodziewicz are MS students studying Mineral and Energy Economics.

Approximately 30 submissions from schools worldwide were received, and Mines was one of 12 to advance to the competition at Duke. The Mines team finished in the top four, beating several Ivy League schools to make it to the final round.

Read the full story here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=9e1a9082a5&e=90f7d1af73>.

Boys Scouts come to Mines to earn "Mining in Society" merit badge

[Boy Scouts working to earn their Mining in Society merit badges at CO School of Mines.]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=4d1324cef6&e=90f7d1af73>On Oct. 22, 45 Boy Scouts from various troops in the Denver Area Council came to Mines to learn about economic minerals, mine safety, environmental stewardship and the mining industry in Colorado.

The event was led by the Mines student chapter of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), in conjunction with local members of the Minerals Education Coalition.

“The Boy Scouts and Mines have been doing this for several years,” said Evan McCombs, campus relations chair for Mines' SME chapter. “This was the largest class of scouts taking the Mining in Society merit badge class from an SME student chapter ever in the U.S.”

Nearly a dozen SME members volunteered to teach scouts about the history of mining and why it remains important today, as well as the future of the industry.

 “Colorado’s rich mining history is simply fascinating to these youngsters,” said McCombs, “just as it is to the students of SME.”

Read the full story here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=0b4e21d04f&e=90f7d1af73>.

Mines and Red Rocks CC form partnership to enhance safety training

[Mines students perform a mine rescue training exercise.  Photo courtesy of Colorado School of Mines Mine Rescue Team.]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=000011efe4&e=90f7d1af73>
Mines students perform a mine rescue training exercise.
Photo courtesy of Colorado School of Mines Mine Rescue Team.
The Colorado School of Mines Energy, Mining and Construction Industry Safety program<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=2da901ab2b&e=90f7d1af73> has partnered with the Rocky Mountain Education Center at Red Rocks Community College to enhance the effectiveness and broaden the scope of their current training programs.

The partnership will allow the institutions to offer joint certificate training programs for required Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards and will open the door to training in other standards as well, such as those of the National Fire Protection Association. The agreement also expands the traditional mining focus of current training programs to other industries such as oil and gas and construction.

“This represents a significant step forward in the evolution of the EMCIS program here at Mines,” said Kirk H. McDaniel, director of business development for the program. “This collaborative partnership with RRCC RMEC enhances both of our programs, and also fits well with other relationships we are developing—such as with the Seattle Fire Department for underground technical rescuer qualifications, and with national labor unions for tunnel training.”

Training programs will include both in-classroom training as well as hands-on experience at facilities such as the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs and the West Metro Fire Academy in Lakewood.

Read more here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=c2baeb2b0c&e=90f7d1af73>.

Recent Events

Mines hosts film screening and AGI forum on High Plains Aquifer

Groundwater is often a "transboundary" resource, shared by many groups of people across town, county, state and international boundaries. Changes in groundwater resources can create unique challenges requiring high levels of cooperation and innovation amongst stakeholder groups, from individuals to representatives at the state and federal government levels.


The Payne Institute for Earth Resources at Colorado School of Mines<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=327be573f2&e=90f7d1af73> recently hosted two events centered around the High Plains Aquifer, a region which spans eight states form South Dakota to Texas and provides about 30 percent of the groundwater used for irrigation in the US.

The series kicked off with a screening of the film “Written on Water” on Oct. 26, which included a Q&A with director and producer, Merri Lisa Trigilio.

Oct. 27 marked the start of the American Geosciences Institute<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=dcca4828f8&e=90f7d1af73> Critical Issues Forum, which brought together researchers and stakeholders from across the nation to delve into the topic, “Addressing Changes in Regional Groundwater Resources: Lessons from the High Plains Aquifer." The meeting covered multiple aspects of groundwater depletion in the High Plains and break-out sessions focused on lessons learned from the High Plains Aquifer experience that might apply to other regions facing changes in the Earth system.

Read more here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=a48e696475&e=90f7d1af73>.

Mines hosts Explore Saudi 2016

Colorado School of Mines celebrated the culture and traditions of Saudi Arabia on Oct. 17, in an event that included informational booths, cultural performances and cuisine and an appearance by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=f73105cea0&e=90f7d1af73>’s Cultural Attaché for the U.S., Dr. Mohammed Al-Issa. Mines President Paul Johnson also gave an address, speaking about his recent visit to the nation and the importance of cultural awareness at Mines.


Maram Al Saif, a student in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, explained the concept and inspirations behind the event. “We have a lot of booths at our exhibition—they are divided into eras—our goal was to highlight how Saudi Arabia developed in such a short period of time,” she said. The booths showcased various periods of Saudi Arabia’s history, focusing on developments in education, health care, economy, sports, the roles of women in Saudi society and more.

Mines students collaborated with six other student groups from across Colorado to put on the event. With over 500 people in attendance throughout the day, the event was certainly a success. Learn more and see photos on the Explore Saudi Facebook page<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=7c20d18078&e=90f7d1af73>.

Read the full story here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=fd50767511&e=90f7d1af73>.

MEE students host Rocky Mountain Energy Economics Banquet

[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/7ef44e16-5709-4f2b-b58c-8d0ed4474f92.jpg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=a59b1dd569&e=90f7d1af73>The third annual Rocky Mountain Energy Economics Banquet took place Oct. 27 at the Denver Athletic Club in downtown Denver. The event was organized by Mineral and Energy Economics PhD and MS students from the Division of Economics and Business.

Keynote speaker, Mine Yücel, senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, discussed the effect of oil price changes on the United States economy.

Read more here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=b804212445&e=90f7d1af73>.

Petroleum engineering department's Hildreth unit modeling competition


The Hildreth Unit modeling competition takes place every semester as part of CERSE Dean Ramona Graves' "PEGN 308: Reservoir Rock Properties" course.

Students have the opportunity to earn extra credit based on not only on accuracy, but also on creativity of their models.

This semester's first place winners were Sarah Hueni, Addison Kenyon, and Lauren Badger, for their creatively themed Halloween model. Check out some more of this semester's highlights in this album<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=3d6d0de753&e=90f7d1af73>.

Faculty News

Professor and Charles Boettcher Distinguished Chair in Petroleum Geology Steve Sonnenberg received two awards during the 2016 American Association of Petroleum Geologists' Annual Convention and Exhibition.[https://gallery.mailchimp.com/446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc/images/294ad52c-52f6-4167-86e6-1fa8eab87611.jpg]<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=bbad5f3ae1&e=90f7d1af73>
Sonnenberg was named "Honorary Member of the House of Delegates" and also received a Lifetime Member Award from AAPG's Division of Professional Affairs.

Read more here<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=e5b20da7dc&e=90f7d1af73>.

Interim Department Head for the Department of Geophysics Roel Snieder has been named 2016 Outstanding Educator by the Society of Exploration Geophysicts.
Read more here<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=0fd1532697&e=90f7d1af73>.

Student News

Colorado School of Mines Geology PhD student Sebastian Cardona was awarded the Stephen E. Laubach Structural Diagenesis Award<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=6c2123892b&e=90f7d1af73> during the Geological Society of America’s 2016 Annual Meeting, held September 25-28 in Denver.

Cardona after receiving the Laubach award, with advisor Lesli Wood.

Cardona represented Mines’ Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the conference with Professor Lesli Wood, his advisor and lead of the Sedimentary Analogs Database and Research Consortium.

The award promotes research combining structural geology and diagenesis, highlighting the growing need to break down disciplinary boundaries between structural geology and sedimentary petrology.

Cardona’s research exemplifies this interdisciplinary focus by integrating different data sets and methodologies such as seismic, well log, outcrops and microscopic data. His goal is to use these multidisciplinary data sets to understand the sealing properties of mass transport deposits in deep water settings.

“Sebastian is one of many great student researchers we have in the SAnD research program who capture the integrative nature of science here at Mines,” said Wood. “I am proud of his work and the recognition he has received.”

Full story here<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=fedd2d4023&e=90f7d1af73>.

Mines Society of Petroleum Engineers<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=2ca5e2e3da&e=90f7d1af73> Petrobowl team—Bryan McDowell (captain), James Blaney, Zak Hartman, Joe Bradenburg, Jason Cateora—comes in 4th place at SPE's Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition 2016 in Dubai; alumna Angela Dang presents in the International Student Paper Contest.

Upcoming Featured Events

Nov 12: Rocky Mountain Regional Ethics Bowl
Mines is hosting the competition on Saturday Nov. 12, in Marquez Hall, 9-5:30. Ten teams from across the region will compete, and the two best teams will qualify to compete in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, to be held in Houston, TX in February, 2017. All are welcome to come support the Mines team<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=3ea31584f7&e=90f7d1af73>.
Nov 17: Mine Closure Summit: "Reasonable Expectations for Mine Closure"
Visit MineClosure.Eventbrite.com<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=2f643b3ad2&e=90f7d1af73> to register. For more information, contact Dr. Priscilla Nelson, Department of Mining Engineering, pnelson at mines.edu<mailto:pnelson at mines.edu?subject=Mine%20Closure%20Summitt>.

Other News

  *   Mines receives grant to enhance mine rescue training<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=f4a84f94ab&e=90f7d1af73>
  *   Maniloff weighs in on eco-friendliness<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=386f06ea37&e=90f7d1af73>
  *   CGS's Paul Morgan weighs in on geothermal energy and Mars colonization<http://mines.us11.list-manage.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=cc7928b871&e=90f7d1af73>
  *   Mines completes most successful campaign in university history<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=ec223452d2&e=90f7d1af73>
  *   Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory delivers massive return on investment<http://mines.us11.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=446f5be043a0ebaf011ac4efc&id=d39256e81a&e=90f7d1af73>


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