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The oldest scientific society in the Rocky Mountain region

Founded in 1882, the Colorado Scientific Society promotes knowledge, the understanding of science, and its application to human needs, focusing primarily on earth science, but welcoming members with interests in all fields of science. Learn more.

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Wednesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 26, 2018

Hazen Group Event – The Story of Earth: How Life and Minerals Co-Evolved – and More

The Story of Earth: How Life and Minerals Co-Evolved

The April 25th and 26th “Hazen Group Event” comprises lectures, seminars, workshops, panel
discussion, and reception that collectively will focus on mineral evolution and ecology, “big data geology”, and an investigation of the potential application to minerals exploration. DREGS is cosponsoring this event together with the Colorado School of Mines Department of Geology and Geologic Engineering, the CSM Library/Museum, the Friends of the CSM Geology Museum, and the Colorado Scientific Society. Various activities are summarized below and the results of the associated activities will be presented at the Fall SEG conference in Keystone.

Dr. Robert M. Hazen

These activities are spearheaded by Dr. Robert M. Hazen (Senior Staff Scientist at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, Washington, D.C.; Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia; Executive Director of the Deep Carbon Observatory). The currently envisioned group also consists of Dr. Simone Runyon (ore deposits, hydrothermal alteration), from Carnegie and new Economic Geology Professor at the University of Wyoming; Dr. Shaunna Morrison (mineralogy, crystallography, Mars, network analysis), and Chao Liu (isotope geochemistry, Precambrian geology, data analysis), both from Carnegie; and Ahmed Eleish and Anirudh Prabhu (data science, machine learning, data visualization) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Schedule for Dr. Robert Hazen group, April 25-26, 2018

Wednesday, April 25:

  • 9AM: Meeting with Dr. Stefanie Tompkins, VP Research and Technology Transfer, Guggenheim.
  • 10AM: Meeting with Dr. Steve Enders, DH Geology and Geological Engineering, 221C Berthoud Hall
  • 11AM – 12PM: Seminar. “Mineral Network Analysis: Big Data as Applied to Mineral Systems”, Berthoud Hall, Room 241, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Presenters: Dr. Shaunna Morrison, Carnegie Institute, Washington, D.C.; Ahmed Eleish and Anirudh Prabhu, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.
  • 1 – 4PM: Technical Workshop I: “Mineral Network Analysis I”, Berthoud Hall, Room 306, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Pre-registration required.
  • 7 PM Evening Lecture 1. “Mineral Evolution and Ecology: Tracing Earth’s History Through Time and Space.” Presented by Dr. Robert M. Hazen. Berthoud Hall, Room 241, Colorado School of Mines, Golden

Thursday, April 26

  • 8 – 11AM Technical Workshop II: “Mineral Network Analysis II”, Marquez Hall, Room 322, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Pre-registration required.
  • Noon – 1:30PM Book Discussion. Dr. Hazen will lead a discussion of his book, The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet. Boettcher Room, Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Pre-registration required.
  • 12:30 – 1:30PM Seminar. “Coarse Muscovite Veins in the Roots of Porphyry Copper and Porphyry Molybdenum-Copper Systems within the Laramide Arc in Arizona as well as at the Yerington district in Nevada”, Presented by Dr. Simone Runyon, Berthoud Hall, Room 241, Colorado School of Mines, Golden.
  • 2 – 3:30PM Panel Discussion. “Application of “Big Data” Tools to Minerals Exploration”, Brown Building, Room BB-280W, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Doors open at 1:45 PM.
  • 4:30 – 6:30PM Reception. A reception for members of the Hazen Group will be held in the Colorado School of Mines Museum before his final lecture.
  • 7PM Evening Lecture 2. “Big-Data Geology: Visualizing Earth’s Coevolving Geosphere and Biosphere.” Presented by Dr. Robert M. Hazen. Berthoud Hall, Room 241, Colorado School of Mines, Golden.

Download the Hazen Group complete schedule here.

The Hazen visit event flyer April 2018 has details about some of the lectures during the Hazen Group’s visit.

Hazen Group – Application of “Big Data” Tools to Minerals Exploration has details about this panel discussion, including the correct ending time.

Details about the two evening lectures follow:

Lecture 1, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 7:00 pm:

Mineral Evolution and Ecology: Tracing Earth’s History Through Time and Space

Berthoud Hall, Room 241, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. (Seating is limited; please pre-register at http://bit.ly/2HO5mIZ.)

Abstract: A fundamental challenge in geology is to understand the evolving diversity and distribution of rocks and minerals through more than 4 billion years of Earth history–changes that reveal much about our planet’s co-evolving geosphere and biosphere. Mineral evolution and mineral ecology, which explore mineral occurrences through time and space, exploit large and growing data resources to detect previously hidden patterns in nature. We find dramatic changes in Earth’s mineralogy as a consequence of physical, chemical, and most surprisingly biological processes. Powerful analytical and visualization methods are now allowing us to predict Earth’s “missing” minerals–a prelude to the discovery of new ore deposits and other natural resources.

Lecture 2, Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00 pm:

Big-Data Geology: Visualizing Earth’s Co-Evolving Geosphere and Biosphere

Berthoud Hall, Room 241, Colorado School of Mines, Golden. (Seating is limited; please pre-register at http://bit.ly/2pmpGcS.)

Abstract: The distribution of minerals, rocks, and fossils on Earth mimics social networks, as commonly applied to such varied topics as Facebook interactions, the spread of disease, and terrorism networks. Applying network analysis to these natural objects provides a powerful visual approach to understanding the diversity and distribution of species, while revealing patterns that help predict “missing” deposits. These patterns provide new insights into the way planets evolve, especially the co-evolving geosphere and biosphere, while comparisons of networks for Earth materials with those of Mars and other worlds hint at why Earth is unique.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Emmons Lecture:

High Drama at the Paleocene/Eocene Boundary:
Climate and Biology, Perspectives from the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM) in the Bighorn Basin; Implications for Today

Will Clyde, University of New Hampshire
Meeting on the Colorado School of Mines campus, probably in the Ben H. Parker Student Center Grand Ballroom

Will Clyde, University of New Hampshire

Future Colorado Scientific Society Meetings and Field Trips

September 8-9, 2018; CSS Fall Field Trip

Geology of the Upper Arkansas Valley

Cal Ruleman (USGS) and Karl Kellogg (USGS, Emeritus)
In collaboration with RMAG

See all of our upcoming CSS meetings in 2018.


March for Science, April 14, and Vote for Science

The Colorado Scientific Society will take part in the March for Science in downtown Denver again this year on April 14, 2018. We will have a table at the Denver Civic Center again. Please plan to join us.

The March for Science organization also has a Vote For Science initiative to try to bridge the gap between advocating for science and civic engagement.  If you are interested in getting more information on this initiative and ways to educate your community and your representatives on why science and science policy matter, please go to this website:
Vote for Science


Read the April 2018 CSS Newsletter


Renew your membership with the
CSS 2018 Membership Form


Abstracts of Past Colo. Scientific Society Meetings


The Colorado Scientific Society was founded in 1882 as a forum for the exchange of observations and ideas on the topics of earth science. Our lecture series occurs on the third Thursday of each month, from September through May. Lecture topics largely focus on earth science, and are open to the public. In addition to our monthly lecture series, the society is also active in public service. We fund student research grants, construct and post signs that describe local geologic features, and organize and lead several field trips.


The Colorado Scientific Society usually meets on the third Thursday of the month from September through May at The Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO
Social time is at 6:30; meeting & program at 7:00
(In the summer months of June-August, too many are off in the field.)
Map for Shepherd of the Hills


Corporate Sponsorship of the Colorado Scientific Society

Corporate sponsorship helps the Society continue to provide earth science-related talks, field trips, and other events to a broad cross-section of Front Range geologists and interested people. Please accept an invitation from the Colorado Scientific Society to become a corporate sponsor, enabling us to continue and expand our programs.
Details of corporate sponsorship of the Colorado Scientific Society


The Colorado Scientific Society is an Associated Society of the Geological Society of America.


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