Mines hosts public geobiology symposium

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Mines hosts public geobiology symposium

GOLDEN, Colo., June 2, 2008 – Colorado School of Mines will host “The Energetics of Life,” a public, one-day symposium focused on geobiology on June 20 as part the 2008 International Geobiology Course.

The symposium begins at 8 a.m. in Coolbaugh Hall, Room 209, 1012 14th St., on the Mines campus. A light breakfast, snacks and lunch will be provided. A post-event reception will be held in the Mines Geology Museum, 1310 Maple St.

“'The Energetics of Life’ will cover microbial life and survival techniques. To live in an extreme environment – such as the boiling hot water of Yellowstone Hot Springs, a volcanic rock on the bottom of the ocean or life that is wedged into pore space hundreds of meters below the ocean floor – a microbe must make remarkable adaptations and invent mechanisms to survive and thrive in unusual and harsh settings,” said John Spear, Mines assistant professor of environmental science and engineering.

The symposium is sponsored by the Agouron Institute, Colorado School of Mines and the National Science Foundation.

The 2008 International Geobiology Course, which examines how the interactions between microorganisms and the environment have shaped the evolution of the earth, continues for students and researchers in Catalina Island, Calif., at the Wrigley Center for Environmental Studies through July 10.

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the School has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of the Earth's resources. For more information about Colorado School of Mines, visit www.mines.edu.


Karen Gilbert, Public Relations Specialist
303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu

Marsha Williams, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications
303-273-3326 / marswill@mines.edu


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