Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin to speak at Mines commencement

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Yergin to speak at Mines commencement

GOLDEN, Colo., April 30, 2008 – Daniel Yergin, an internationally respected authority on energy, international politics and economics, will speak during the Colorado School of Mines commencement ceremony – where the Mines Board of Trustees will award 512 bachelor of science degrees, 125 master’s degrees and 17 doctorate degrees – on May 9 at 9 a.m. on Kafadar Commons, 1500 Illinois St. in Golden.

Yergin won the Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, which was also made into a popular eight-hour PBS/BBC television series. His subsequent book, Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy, was also turned into an award-winning PBS television series on globalization. Currently, he serves as CNBC’s global energy expert.

He chaired the U.S. Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development, is a member of the board of the United States Energy Association, and is a member of the U.S. National Petroleum Council. Yergin recently served as vice chair of the National Petroleum Council study, “Facing the Hard Truths about Energy.” He is the only foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas and is one of the “Wise Men” of the International Gas Union.

During the 134th commencement ceremony, honorary degrees will be awarded to Yergin, James W. Cronin, a Nobel Prize-winning emeritus professor of physics at the University of Chicago, and Mary F. Wheeler, a world-renowned expert in massive parallel-processing and a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin.

A Distinguished Achievement Medal will be presented to Vernon A. “Bud” Isaacs Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of the RIM Companies and a 1964 Mines graduate.

Former Golden Mayor and Mines alumnus Charles J. Barock will be awarded a Mines Medal.

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.

Contact: Karen Gilbert / 303-273-3541 / Karen.Gilbert@is.mines.edu


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