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Learner's Lunch: Fall 2015 Workshops

Learner's Lunch @ Music Workshops Fall 2015

A River Runs Yellow

A River Runs Yellow

Monday Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order declaring a disaster emergency for the release of toxic chemicals from the Gold King Mine into…

Off on a comet!

Track of comet 67P

After a four billion mile journey of ten years across the solar system, last August, the European Space Agency (ESA) space probe Rosetta rendezvoused with the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta was inserted into an orbital position around 67P and on November 12 deployed the Philae lander to the comet’s surface. Philae’s landing did not go as planned, bouncing several times before resting askew in a ditch…

Patents began in the United States on this day today.

On July 31, 1790, the first patent in the United States was approved, with a signature from President George Washington. Samuel Hopkins had applied to patent his improved process for the making of pot ash and pearl ash (pot ash, or potash, is a source of soluble potassium, and even today is largely used in the making of certain types of fertilizers)., and would go…

**Closing Soon** Expressions of Rocky Mountain National Park: A Centennial Celebration

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The Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map Library, part of the University Libraries, is showcasing an exhibit that features a selection of art, maps, and companion writings and objects celebrating Rocky Mountain National Park’s natural wonders and 100-year history. It will be on display through August 13, 2015. The items range from early cartography, descriptive letters, photographs and area specimens to contemporary art, recreational…

The Pike Expedition and Colorado.

On July 15, 1806, Zebulon Pike and his expedition party set off to explore the southern and western regions of the newly purchased Louisiana territory, setting out over two years after the Corps of Discovery struck out for the Pacific coast. Over the course of their journey, Pike and his fellows trekked into Colorado, where he discovered the mountain peak that still bears his last name,…

Colorado, sunshine, and air pollution.

The absence of sunshine from Colorado this summer hasn’t escaped residents’ notice, nor even been ignored nationally. The New York Times printed a story about it today, comparing the recently-vacated haze (from forest fires in Canada) to the inversion, popularly known as “the Brown Cloud,” that used to plague Denver in the mid-to-late 20th century. The Colorado Department of Public Health conducted a study on air pollution…

51 years of the Civil Rights Act.

In 1963, President John F. Kennedy issued a call for new civil rights legislation, motivated in large part by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s (SCLC) Birmingham campaign, led by James Bevel and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others. Kennedy’s assassination would prevent his making meaningful progress during his life, but in his first presidential address before a joint session of Congress, Lyndon Johnson encouraged his…

Hackathon & Workshop: Analyzing Ice-Core Data with Apache Spark

The Gemmill Library is hosting a free hands-on workshop on using Apache Spark to handle Data-Analysis tasks on June 29th from 3pm-5pm in Math 150. Apache Spark is a fast and general engine for large-scale data processing. This workshop will be taught by Prasanth Prahladan, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering and a University Libraries Provost’s Fellow. When: Monday June 29th 3-5PM Where: Gemmill Library…

Happy birthday, GPO!

The U.S. government, as we in Government Information are fond of telling folks, is the largest publisher in the world, and the Government Publishing Office (GPO), is the engine driving that publication machine. Established by a joint resolution of Congress on this day in 1860, and originally known as the Government Printing Office, the GPO is headed by the Public Printer of the United States, who…