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From Mars to Europa: 82N 82W & 23N 58E

Golden Beer Talks - Golden Colorado

The next Golden Beer Talk will take place this Tuesday, February 14th, at Windy Saddle.  Official open is 6:00 p.m., and those eager to stake a table are welcome earlier, as the cafe is open beforehand.  As always, no cover charge.

The featured speaker is Dr. John Spear of the Colorado School of Mines Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, with a talk entitled From Mars to Europa: 82N 82W & 23N 58E.

This talk will focus on research sites located at Canada’s Ellesmere Island and Muscat, Oman–locations that help scientists further research on far-flung locations like Jupiter’s moon Europa and planet Mars.  Both of these projects are funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Dr. Spear’s work takes him to both of these sites–with a departure for Oman scheduled a few days following his Golden Beer Talks appearance!

Dr. Spear is a 25-year resident of Golden, and a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Though buried in an engineering department and school, he is really an environmental microbiologist who specializes in life in “extreme” environments having done a lot of work in places like Yellowstone National Park, the bottom of the Henderson Mine in Empire, and Baja California. John also thinks about research campus-wide at Mines as an Associate Vice President for Research. He likes to ski, and was probably skiing this morning. In Golden, he was one of the founders of the Golden Resource for Education, Arts and Theater (GREAT), which lives on as the Colorado Environmental Film Festival at the American Mountaineering Center in February.

Food and beer will be available at 6:00 p.m., with Dr. Spear starting around 6:40 p.m. Following the presentation, we’ll take a brief intermission for Q & A. We’ll wrap up around 7:45 p.m. so that the cafe can close by 8:00 p.m.