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Posts from the December 2011 issue

American History Goes to the Movies: Hollywood and the American Experience

by Bryan Rommel-Ruiz, associate professor of history Using films from many different genres, the book draws together movies that depict the Civil War, the Wild West, the assassination of JFK, and the events of 9/11 to show how viewers use movies to make sense of the past. Rommel-Ruiz addresses how we render history for popular…

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A Most Magnificent Machine

by Craig Miner ’66 The railroad not only transformed America’s economic landscape, but it also profoundly changed its citizens. But while there have been many histories of railroads, few have examined the subject as a social and cultural phenomenon. Miner, who was a professor at Wichita State University, traces the growth of railroads from their…

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The Burden of the Beholder

by Dave Armstrong, CC interim vice president for information management Armstrong’s book features 18 high-quality gicleé prints of his collages, with poetry and short fiction inspired by the print on a facing page. Armstrong and CC English Professor Jane Hilberry, who edited the book and wrote the introduction, invited poets and writers to select an…

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Susan Anderson: Colorado’s Doc Susie

by Lydia Griffin ’00 Susan Anderson was the cherished physician of Fraser, Colo., for more than 47 years. Born six years before Colorado became a state, Anderson practiced until she was 84 years old. The biography, part of the “Now You Know” series, is aimed at a fourth-grade audience and provides an interesting look not…

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Rockies Project Field Researchers Travel Down Colorado River

Two Colorado College State of the Rockies Project field researchers have begun a four-month “Source to Sea” journey down the length of the Colorado River. Will Stauffer-Norris ’11, of Dayville, Ore., and  Zak Podmore ’11, of Glenwood Springs, Colo., are paddling the entire length of the Colorado River Basin, from the headwaters of the Green…

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Nobel Prize Supernovae Glow Shines on CC Professor, Alumna

It’s been a busy fall for CC Physics Professor Shane Burns. In early October when the Nobel Prize in physics was announced, Burns and Katy-Robin Garton ’01 knew more than the average person about the background of the project. Burns and Nobel winner Saul Perlmutter searched for supernovae, which are massive exploding stars, when they…

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Peak Profile: Ken Sims ’86

He’s been called the man who collects molten lava, was recently featured in National Geographic magazine, and is widely respected as one of the world’s top isotope geochemists. Ken Sims ’86 is associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, recruited back to the West from a tenured position as…

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Peak Profile: Kaui Hart Hemmings ’98

Kaui Hart Hemmings ’98 has been called “Hawaii’s Cinderella.” Who is her Prince Charming? George Clooney, of course. Their relationship isn’t the stuff of fairy tales. Instead, it’s an artistic collaboration that has resulted in a movie version of Kaui’s first novel, “The Descendants.” Kaui’s novel has been adapted for the big screen, and that…

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Sports Briefs

Men’s Cross Country Led by Jackson Brainerd ’12 and Robby Caseria ’12, who blazed to individual finishes of first and fifth, respectively, the Colorado College men’s cross country team reached a new pinnacle in mid-November.
The Tigers, ranked No. 5 in the West, claimed a share of the men’s team title for the first time ever…

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Peak Profile: Jake Norton ’96

Jake Norton loves a challenge. So it’s not surprising to see his name attached to a project appropriately titled Challenge21. Jake, 37, is a motivational speaker, photographer, and professional climber in Golden, Colo. He grew up in Massachusetts, and climbed his first big mountain — Washington’s Mount Rainer — in 1986 at the age of…

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