Past Talks

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November 14, 2017
Speaker – Margaret Blaha
Topic – The Horse Protection League

October 10, 2017
Speaker – Adrian Miller
Topic -The President’s Kitchen Cabinet

September 12, 2017
Speaker – Philip Skaff of Metropolitan State University
Topic – Inflammation and Human Heath

August 8, 2017
Trevor Pellerite, the President of the Colorado Prairie Initiative
Topic – Colorado Prairie Initiative

June 13, 2017
Speaker – Daniel McNamara – Research Geophysicist with the USGS
Topic – Forecasting Natural and Human-Caused Earthquakes

May 9, 2017
Speaker – Project Manager Scot Grossman, Jefferson County Open Space
Topic – Peaks to Plains

April 11, 2017
Speaker – Carol O’Meara,  Colorado State University Extension Horticulture Entomologist
Topic – Growing Hops and Tomatoes in the Rocky Mountain Region

March 14, 2017
Speaker – Jim Clarke, Associated Press Regional Director for Eight States
Topic – This Just In: How to Spot Fake News

February 14, 2017
Speaker – Dr. John Spear, Colorado School of Mines Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Topic – From Mars to Europa: A Comparison of 82N 82W & 23N 58E

January 10, 2017
Speaker – Dr. Keith Neeves,
Colorado School of Mines Chemical & Biological Engineering Department and University of Colorado Denver Department of Pediatrics
Topic – Injectable Microbots for Removing Blood Clots

December 13, 2016
Speaker – Fred Linton
Topic – MillerCoors Environmental Sustainability

November 15, 2016
Speaker – Rick Grubin
Topic – Avalanche Safety

October 11, 2016
Speaker – Jason Hanson
Topic – Brew Your Own: The History of Home Brewing in America

September 13, 2016
Speaker – Ken Regelson
Topic – 100% Renewables? Let’s Go!

July 12, 2016
Speaker – Dr. Robert G. Hancock, Metropolitan State University, Denver
Topic – Mosquitoes, Bed Bugs and Other Blood-Sucking Monsters

June 14, 2016
Speakers – Judy Denison and Don Parker
Topic – Save The Mesas:  How a Local Citizen Group Fought for Golden’s Trademark Open Space

May 10, 2016
Speaker – Deputy State Historian Jason Hason
Topic – Beer Here! A Local History of Brewing in Colorado

April 12, 2016
Speaker – Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Colorado School of Mines
Topic – The Evolution of Wind Energy in Colorado and Beyond

March 8, 2016
Speaker – Dr. Kenneth Gage, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Topic – Plague and Other Vector-Borne Diseases in Colorado

February 9, 2016
Speaker – Darren Beck
Topic – Our Precious Platte River: Endangered Species Recovery and Habitat Restoration

January 12, 2016
Speaker – Dr. Jeffrey Bennett
Topic – An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and its 100th Anniversary

December 8, 2015
Speaker – Jason Slowinski, Golden City Manager
Topic – Being Jason Slowinski

November 10, 2015
Speaker – Andrew Novick
Topic – The Atomic Clock:  What Time it is—And Why

October 13, 2015
Speaker – Mark Overly
Topic – A Coffee Journey to Sumatra

September 8, 2015
Speaker – Melanie Fischer – Colorado River Recovery Program
Topic – An Overview of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program

August 11, 2015
Speaker – Former Golden Mayor Jacob Smith
Topic – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Reflections on Two Years in “the District”

July 14, 2015
Speaker – Dr. Catherine Lozupone, University of Colorado at Denver Professor in Medicine and Microbiology
Topic – How the trillions of bacteria that inhabit your gut influence your health

June 9, 2015
Speaker – John Knight, International Organizer World Fly Fishing Champions
Topic – World Youth Fly Fishing Championships Come to Colorado

May 12, 2015
Speaker – Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood
University of Wyoming
Topic – Legend of the Lost Locust

April 14, 2015
Speakers – Charlie Sturdavant of Golden City Brewery and Lhakpa Sherpa of Golden’s Sherpa House Restaurant
Topic – Golden City Brewery Goes to Nepal

March 10, 2015
Speaker – Quint Redmond
Topic – Agriburbia: Growing Sustainable Communities by the Bushel

February 10, 2015
Speaker – Bill Philpott
Topic – Interstate 70: The History of the Highway We Love to Hate

January 13, 2015
Speaker – Jonathon Stalls
Topic – The Endless Benefits of Life at 3 MPH – Walking Across America

December 9, 2014
Speaker – Jim Clawson, Systems Engineer
Topic – Orion EFT1: The First Flight of America’s Newest Spaceship

November 11, 2014
Speaker – Dr. Mark Eberhart
Topic – Science, Energy and the National Strategic Narrative

October 14, 2014
Speaker – Dr. James White
Topic – Climate Change and You – What everyone should know

September 9, 2014
Speaker – Dr. Dendy Sloan and Dr. Cynthia Norrgran
Topic – Three Minds and Memory

August 12, 2014
Speaker – Dr. Jeff Squier, Department Head of Physics at Colorado School of Mines
Topic – Laser Pulses: Focusing Light in Time & Space

July 8, 2014
Topic – Tree Rings and the Future of the Colorado River

June 10, 2014
Topic – A Ditch in Time: The City, The West, and Water

May 13, 2014
Topic – Cowboy Poetry

April 8, 2014
Topic – Keeping Bees and Making Honey

March 11, 2014
Topic – State of the City

February 11, 2014
Speaker – DR. JOHN SPEAR
Topic – Rocks, Rust, and Fish:  Why Microbes Matter

January 14, 2014
Topic – The Three D’s of Public Health in our Community

December 10, 2013
Speaker – Adam Pender
Topic – Why Go to Space

November 12th, 2013
Speaker – Finn Knudsen
Topic – Beer and Health

October 8, 2013
Speaker – Adrian Miller
Topic – Soul Food

[ps2id id=’111417′ target=”/]November 14, 2017
Margaret Blaha
The Horse Protection LeagueTopic – The Horse Protection League
Our November speaker, Margaret Blaha, will tell us about the Horse Protection League. She will describe why this horse rescue exists and how it came to be housed at the beautiful and historic Churches Ranch, just north of Golden. She will tell us how horses come to the Ranch, what HPL does for them, and how they find new homes.

Speaker Bio
Margaret Blaha is a life-long horse enthusiast. She participated in Jefferson County-based Westernaires for nine years and spent two years studying horse training under the World Champion Colt-Starter in western Nebraska. She has competed in the Mustang Makeover five times, and placed in the top 10 each time. She is currently training another mustang for the Extreme Mustang Makeover, to be held in Fort Worth Texas in January.

She serves as the full-time Manager of the Horse Protection League, while also training client horses. She owns Clear Creek Carriage Company, which provides the carriage rides for Golden’s public events.

[ps2id id=’101017′ target=”/]October 10, 2017
Speaker – Adrian Miller
Topic – The President’s Kitchen Cabinet


Join us as Adrian Miller delves into the fascinating history of presidential chefs. He’ll share stories from his latest book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas. You’ll learn more about these unique cooks were celebrated culinary artists, First Family confidantes, civil rights advocates and more.

If you want a copy of Adrian’s book, please pre-order here:


Speaker Bio
Adrian Miller - Golden Beer TalksAdrian Miller
is a food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge who lives in Denver, CO. He is currently the executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches and, as such, is the first African American and the first layperson to hold that position. Miller previously served as a special assistant to President Bill Clinton and a senior policy analyst for Colorado governor Bill Ritter Jr. He has also been a board member of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Miller’s first book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time won the James Beard Foundation Award for Scholarship and Reference in 2014.

[ps2id id=’091217′ target=”/]September 12, 2017
Philip Skaff of Metropolitan State University

Topic – Inflammation and Human Heath

Our speaker for September will be Metropolitan State University Professor Philip Skaff, with a talk entitled Inflammation and Human Health.

Philip will be discussing the topic of inflammation and its role in overall health. He will focus specifically on how diet and exercise influence inflammation, the role it plays in various diseases, and ways to decrease it.

Speaker Bio
Philip Skaff (MS, RD, and CSSD)
is a Colorado native who loves the Colorado lifestyle. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from MSU Denver in 1998. He developed an interest in nutrition during years of travel in developing countries.

In 2007, Skaff graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s degree in Nutrition, and shortly thereafter completed a Registered Dietitian internship with the Florida Department of Education. Since 2009, he has been teaching a variety of classes at MSU Denver, including Cultural Aspects of Nutrition, and Nutrition & Sports Performance. He is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and works with the MSU Denver Athletics Department to help athletes reach dietary goals for sport.

[ps2id id=’080817′ target=”/]August 08, 2017

August 8, 2017
 – Trevor Pellerite, the President of the Colorado Prairie Initiative

Topic – Colorado Prairie Initiative


Colorado Prairie Initiative

The Pawnee and Comanche National Grasslands of Colorado provide the public with opportunities to explore one of the most imperiled ecosystems on the continent. The shortgrass prairies of Colorado offer a bounty of unique wildlife, as well as recreational opportunities unlike those afforded anywhere else in the state. But the prairies face many challenges, ranging from energy exploration to incompatible land uses to controversial wildlife management. This presentation will give a brief history of the National Grassland system in the United States and highlight some of the incredible opportunities that are present on the two National Grasslands in Colorado. It will conclude with a discussion of the challenges facing the Colorado prairies and what we can do to protect these incredible places. This presentation will be given by Trevor Pellerite, the President of the Colorado Prairie Initiative, a Fort Collins-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and conserving the prairie and grassland ecosystems of Colorado.

Trevor Pellerite is an attorney and conservation advocate living in Boulder, CO. After growing up in Minnesota, Trevor moved to Colorado to attend law school at CU-Boulder. During his time at CU, Trevor developed a passion for the wide open landscapes of the Colorado prairies, and started the Colorado Prairie Initiative to advocate for its continued protection and conservation. In his spare time, Trevor enjoys fishing, hunting, and bird watching.

[ps2id id=’061317′ target=”/]June 13, 2017




SpeakerDaniel McNamara – Research Geophysicist with the USGS

USGS Seismic MapTopic – Forecasting Natural and Human-Caused Earthquakes


Learn about how the United States Geologic Survey forecasts potential earthquake hazard and impact. With an emphasis on recent human-caused quakes, this talk will provide a brief history of this phenomena, discuss Colorado’s scientific role and finish with a focus on recent quake activity in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

Dan McNamera - USGSDaniel McNamara is a Research Geophysicist with the USGS Geologic Hazards Science Center, currently working in the National Seismic Hazard Modeling Project on induced earthquake forecasts, ground motion modeling and hazard forecast validation. In addition, Dan works on improving earthquake and tsunami monitoring at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, using the global network on permanent seismic stations.

[ps2id id=’050917′ target=”/]May 9, 2017
Project Manager Scot Grossman, Jefferson County Open Space
Topic – Peaks to Plains


The 65-mile Peaks to Plains Trail will one day connect the 2.5 million residents of the Denver metro area to the Continental Divide at Loveland Pass via a 10-foot wide trail.  It will bring visitors to the water’s edge, meander along a steep canyon walls and raging rapid in a one -of-a-kind experience.

The area is home to the federally protected Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, cliff-nesting raptors, and big horn sheep–but also rafters, kayakers, anglers, gold panners, rock and ice climbers. It is soon-to-be a place where hikers and cyclists will be able to enjoy a world-class recreation experience.

Come learn about the successes and challenges of working in harsh, Colorado-style conditions, to realize a decades-old vision of a trail with an elevation drop of 5,600 feet from the Continental Divide, deep into the densely populated Denver metropolitan area.

Speaker Bio:

Scot Grossman holds a Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver, a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado College, and more than 10 years’ experience in project management, planning, design and development, field biology, land conservation, public involvement, and construction.

As a field biologist he worked on restoring the historic Atlantic salmon runs in New England, studied the adaptive radiation of Andean cloud forest orchids in Ecuador, as well as the behavioral interactions of canids post wolf reintroduction in Yellowstone National Park.

Most recently, Scot has devoted his last 7 years to Jefferson County Open Space on the Planning and Projects Team, focused on the development and preservation of a diverse open space system of 54,000 acres of land, 230 miles of trails and 28 open space parks.  He is the Project Manager for the Peaks to Plains Trail, one of Colorado’s 16 priority projects, and a project of statewide significance.  He takes great pride in preserving these special places for both the residents of today and the generations to come.


[ps2id id=’041117′ target=”/]April 11, 2017
Carol O’Meara,  Colorado State University Extension Horticulture Entomologist

Golden Beer Talks - Golden ColoradoTopic – Growing Hops and Tomatoes in the Rocky Mountain Region


Tomatoes and hops go together like pizza and beer. But growing them is a challenge for Colorado gardeners—one’s a diva and the other’s a wild child. Join us for a discussion on tips and tricks for getting the most from these plants by giving them what they need.

Speaker Bio:

Carol O’Meara is a gardening enthusiast in Boulder County, where she works as a Horticulture Entomologist for Colorado State University Extension.  Her gardening articles appear in the Boulder Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call, Boulder County Home and Garden Magazine, and Loveland Reporter Herald.



[ps2id id=’031417′ target=”/]March 14, 2017
Jim Clarke
Associated Press Regional Director for Eight States

Topic – This Just In: How to Spot Fake News


Have you heard that Hillary Clinton is part of a pedophile ring? Or that both the Pope and Denzel Washington endorsed Donald Trump? Or get this—there’s proof that scientists have conspired to fake global warming evidence?!

Did you also know that these 3 examples of fake news…?

This talk will focus on what news is, how professionals gather it, the sources to be trusted, how to spot fake news and how to avoid it.

Speaker Bio:

Jim Clarke is the Associated Press regional director for eight states, and has led a wandering life for the news cooperative for the past 24 years.

A Rhode Island native, his time with the AP has taken Clarke from the farthest stretches of the Aleutian Islands to the Deep South and the Utah desert. He has covered the Iditarod, coordinated local efforts for the 2002 Winter Olympics and led the work on the Elizabeth Smart disappearance in Utah, as well as the BTK serial killer case in Kansas.

Before joining the AP in 1993, he worked in Washington, D.C., for The Energy Daily, covering the nuclear power industry and the nuclear weapons complex. He also worked at newspapers in Fairfax, VA and Westerly, RI. He did his undergraduate work at The George Washington University and earned an Masters of Science degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1990.

Clarke lives in Arvada with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters Hope and Grace.

[ps2id id=’021417′ target=”/]February 14, 2017
Dr. John Spear,
Colorado School of Mines Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Topic – From Mars to Europa: A Comparison of 82N 82W & 23N 58E

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This talk focused 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.
Borup Fiord Pass, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada is an amazing site and model for Europa. It also is a remarkable location for explaining, tracking and better understanding the effects of Climate Change, which is causing the disappearance of this site.

The area west of Muscat, Oman, provides a model site for better understanding the origin of life and how to find life on places like Mars. Research on the biogeochemistry of the subsurface is possible in this unique location, the only site of its kind on planet Earth.

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 after his Golden Beer Talks appearance!

Speaker Bio:

John is a 25 year resident of Golden, Colorado 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 the Henderson Mine in Empire, Colorado and Baja California.  John also thinks about research, campus wide at Mines, as an Associate Vice President for Research.  John 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 now lives on as the Colorado Environmental Film Festival at the American Mountaineering Center in February.

[ps2id id=’011017′ target=”/]January 10, 2017
Dr. Keith Neeves,
Colorado School of Mines Chemical & Biological Engineering Department and University of Colorado Denver Department of Pediatrics

Topic – Injectable Microbots for Removing Blood Clots
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The 1966 science fiction classic The Fantastic Voyage depicted a submarine and its crew, shrunk to microscopic size in order to remove a blood clot from the brain of a defecting Soviet scientist. This talk will describe a better, alternate approach that relies on microbots that researchers call microwheels. These microwheels consist of small blood cell-sized particles assembled, driven and powered by magnetic fields. In his talk, Dr. Keith Neeves will share from his experience and show how microwheels are utilized to ablate blood clots.Speaker Bio:Dr. Neeves is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs, who obtained his B.S. in chemical engineering at University of Colorado Boulder and a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering at Cornell University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Medicine and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania before starting his own lab at Colorado School of Mines in 2008 that focuses diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. His research is supported by grants from National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and American Heart Association.
[ps2id id=’121316′ target=”/]December 13, 2016
Fred Linton
Topic – MillerCoors Environmental Sustainability

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We define sustainability as making a positive and meaningful impact on the social, environmental and economic issues that affect our business, employees and other stakeholders.Great Environment
Our environmental sustainability strategy strives to reduce environmental impacts at every stage of the brewing process and focuses on three main areas:

  • Reducing water use in our manufacturing facilities and agricultural supply chain
  • Reducing our carbon footprint across our value chain
  • Eliminating waste at all major manufacturing facilities

I’ll share some of the gains across MillerCoors and some of the gains we’ve achieved at the Golden Brewery and how we achieved them.

Speaker Bio:

fredlintonI have a chemical engineering degree from Colorado University and an MBA from Denver University.  I’ve worked at the Golden Brewery for 26.5 years and held multiple positions during that time.  Currently, I’m the Environmental and Sustainability Engineer for the Golden Brewery.  Prior to that I worked at Phillips 66 as a reservoir and production engineer.

[ps2id id=’111516′ target=”/]November 15, 2016
Rick Grubin
Topic – Avalanche Safety
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rg01Avalanches can happen to those skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, driving, hunting, bike riding, and more. If you live, work, or recreate in snowy mountains, you need to learn about avalanches – it may save your life, or enable you to provide important information for friends and family members likely to benefit.Avalanches kill an average of 42 people each year in North America, and hundreds more are injured. This talk provides vital coaching from the Know Before You Go (KBYG) program, bolstered by the extensive field experience of our speaker, Rick Grubin.Speaker Bio:Rick is a member of the Loveland Ski Patrol snow safety / mitigation team, and oversees avalanche education and training for all on-mountain ski area staff. He is a qualified course leader and instructor for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), and a former member of the American Avalanche Association governing board. He presents KBYG to honor the memory of his friend who perished in an avalanche in December, 2010.
[ps2id id=’101116′ target=”/]October 11, 2016
Jason Hanson
Topic – Brew Your Own: The History of Home Brewing in America
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From the earliest colonists to the today’s hobbyists, Americans have made their own beer for centuries. These home brewers have, at times, met demand in times of scarcity, thwarted embargoes and prohibitions, kept traditions alive, pioneered new styles, and ultimately given rise to today’s craft beer industry. This talk will raise a pint to this rich history as we explore who these home brewers were, why they brewed their own, and what they brewed.

This will be Jason’s third appearance, and the 3-year anniversary, for Golden Beer Talks!

Speaker Bio:

jason2Jason Hanson is the Director of Interpretation and Research at History Colorado, where he facilitates the exhibit program for the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver and at community museums around the state.


[ps2id id=’091316′ target=”/]September 13, 2016
Ken Regelson

Topic – 100% Renewables? Let’s Go!

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In a world of boring, heavy, complex information about energy and climate change, Ken’s talks are a breath of fresh air – fun, upbeat, quick, and clear! This talk will cover renewable energy cost and comfort, as well as strategies for transitioning to 100% renewable energy—or darn close. Other topics will be electrifying cars and the surprising changes in the last year that may indicate a tipping point for renewable energy.

Speaker Bio:

Ken-Regelson-pictureKen Regelson is an energy policy analyst, storyteller, and a clean energy advocate. As the founder of, (meaning Energy Should Be News), he makes short videos encouraging action toward a 100% renewably-powered world by 2035 – videos with more than 95,000 YouTube views. Regelson has many awards for his work in renewable energy and a Masters Degree in electrical engineering.

[ps2id id=’080916′ target=”/]August 9, 2016
Cristi Painter, United States Forest Service

Topic – Thunder Basin National Grassland – A Visual Tour

Thunder Basin National Grassland is home to many imperiled species like the black-tailed prairie dog, burrowing owl, and mountain plover.  Located in northeastern Wyoming and spanning approximately 553,000 acres, Thunder Basin is the only National Grassland in Wyoming.

With an amalgamation of ecosystems that converge in one location, Thunder Basin provides for a variety of wildlife species that call it home and a vast array of beautiful vistas like nowhere else.  Grasslands are some of the most imperiled ecosystems on the planet due to climate change and human development, and this presentation will introduce you to the beauty of Thunder Basin National Grassland, and perhaps create interest in all of the other National Grasslands.

Speaker Bio:

CristiPainterMedCristi Painter is a Wildlife Biologist for the United States Forest Service, Douglas Ranger District in Wyoming.  Most of her work is centered on the Thunder Basin National Grassland.  Painter has spent the bulk of her career working on National Grasslands, either for the US Forest Service or other Federal agencies and/or State agencies.  A native of Colorado, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wyoming in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management. As reflected by her remarkable photography, Painter has a great passion for grasslands and enjoys introducing people to all the wonderful resources the grasslands hold.

[ps2id id=’071216′ target=”/]July 12, 2016
Dr. Robert G. Hancock, Metropolitan State University, Denver

Topic – Mosquitoes, Bed Bugs and Other Blood-Sucking Monsters


mosquitoBlue jungle mosquitoes that feed on monkeys, swarming hoards of “swamp angel” mosquitoes in the everglades, wicked mosquitoes that transmit Zika, West Nile and other agents of disease, bedbugs, lice… believe it or not, Dr. Hancock loves them all.  He finds a special beauty in their syringe-like anatomies and marvels at the ways in which they steal blood from titanic hosts (like us) to survive and reproduce.   This Golden Beer talk will make you laugh, squirm and wonder about the amazing world of blood suckers and one man’s pursuit to get to know as many of them as he can.

Speaker Bio:

RGHancockSMFilmmaker, Entomologist and Dynamo Dr. Robert G. Hancock has studied, taught about and filmed insects all over the world.  His spectacular close-up footage has been featured on network and cable television programs world-wide and his documentary series “MosquitoMan” has won significant international awards.  As an authority on mosquitoes, bedbugs and other blood-sucking insects, Hancock is the author of many scholarly articles on their behavior and physiology.  After serving 15 years as a beloved and highly-decorated Professor of Biology at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY, Hancock brought his talent and enthusiasm in 2008 to Metropolitan State University of Denver.

A native of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Hancock graduated with Bachelors degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Hastings College (Nebraska) and M.S. and PH.D. degrees in Medical Entomology from the Ohio State University.  Hancock currently lives in Denver, CO with his blues/jazz/soul singer wife Diane Jobe.  On weekends he can often be seen playing the trumpet in her band.

[ps2id id=’061416′ target=”/]June 14, 2016
Judy Denison and Don Parker

Topic – Save The Mesas:  How a Local Citizen Group Fought for Golden’s Trademark Open Space


Save the Mesas - Golden ColoradoMany people enjoy and utilize the open space areas found on Golden’s North and South table mesas, yet not all are aware of the fight to keep Nike from building a complex for 5,000 employees on North Table Mountain in 1998. Although both mesas are well used recreation areas today, this was not always an assured outcome.

Judy Denison and Don Parker, two of the founders of Save The Mesas, will discuss the work of the citizen group they helped create and led during the controversy. The legacy of their activism continues to echo through daily life for Goldenites and visitors.

Speaker Bios:

Judy Denison - Save the MesasJudy Denison grew up in rural western Massachusetts, and came to Colorado for graduate school.  She has lived in Golden for 25 years.  She was a co-founder of Save The Mesas, Mesa Music Fest, Table Mountains Conservation Fund, CINQ (beltway issues), Golden Relief Group, Belize Education Project, Golden Action for Public Safety, Golden Community Choirs, and Golden Votes, and has been active in the Rotary and political campaigns.  She has published the Golden Newsletter for 18 years.  Her children and their families live in Parker, Laramie, Torrance CA, and Germany.

Don Parker - Save the MesasDon Parker and his wife Mary moved from Denver to Golden in 1989.  When Nike proposed a development on South Table Mountain in 1997 he and Mary and many other Golden residents formed Save the Mesas and the Table Mountain Conservation Fund and became active in working to counter the proposal and then to get both Table Mountains into Open Space so there would be no further development threats.  Don grew up in rural Sedgwick County Colorado (where the population has been dropping since the 1930s).  Don owns Golden Solar, a solar panel installation company.

[ps2id id=’051016′ target=”/]May 10, 2016
Deputy State Historian Jason Hason

Topic – Beer Here! A Local History of Brewing in Colorado


Jason HansonThe first locally brewed key of Colorado beer was tapped in Denver to rave reviews from residents at the end of 1859, and today more than 300 breweries throughout the state pour locally made libations for appreciative patrons.

Hanson explores the history of the state’s early breweries and the agricultural enterprises that supported them. Along the way, Hanson investigates what the state’s brewing industry can tell us about broader economic forces–and what exactly it means to buy local when you’re buying the next round.

In addition to his duties as Deputy State Historian at History Colorado, Hanson is a member of the research faculty at the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado Boulder. His work focuses on issues related to natural resource development, land use and Colorado history–with a beer in hand when applicable!

[ps2id id=’041216′ target=”/]April 12, 2016
Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Colorado School of Mines

Topic – The Evolution of Wind Energy in Colorado and Beyond


Dr. Kathryn JohnsonWind energy systems have the potential to contribute significantly to the electricity mix in Colorado and across the United States. Between 2005 and 2014, Colorado’s wind-generated electricity increased from 1.5% to 13.6% of total generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Colorado currently ranks 10th in the U.S. for wind energy installations, with approximately 3000 MW of installed capacity.

Wind energy presents a major growth opportunity spanning 2014’s 4.4% of national electricity generation and the 20% penetration described in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030 report.

Dr. Kathryn Johnson will describe how advances in wind turbines have contributed to the rapid growth of wind energy systems and how local research has contributed to that growth. She also will describe future directions for wind energy systems that will enable more cost-efficient clean energy generation.

Dr. Kathryn Johnson is an Associate Professor at the Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and is Jointly Appointed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center.  Since 2002, she has studied wind energy control systems, in which she and her team work to improve the operation of wind turbines and wind farms using advanced control system methods. Recently, she was part of a successful bid for a DOE “ARPA-E” award to design and study a Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotor to enable a 50-MW turbine.

[ps2id id=’030816′ target=”/]March 8, 2016
Dr. Kenneth Gage, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Topic – Plague and Other Vector-Borne Diseases in Colorado


Dr.GageNews coverage in recent years has highlighted cases of plague in Colorado—just one aspect of the broad expertise possessed by Dr. Kenneth Gage. Gage will discuss recent plague cases in our region, and provide useful information about how the disease is transmitted and diagnosed.

In his work with the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases (DVBD), based in Fort Collins, Gage oversees efforts to prevent and control diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and mites—including plague, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, Zika virus and Heartland virus.

As Chief of Entomology and Ecology Activity at DVBD, Gage focuses on domestic and international monitoring, prevention and control of vector-borne diseases on behalf of CDC, and as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) and its affiliates. Gage is the author/co-author of more than 183 scientific publications, including 127 peer-reviewed articles, 8 invited reviews and 21 book chapters.

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Spread of the Black Death in Europe (1346–53)
(Because it’s just not a complete plague discussion without a mention of the Black Death in medieval Europe.)

Listen to some of our earlier Beer Talks on the Past Talks page!

[ps2id id=’020916′ target=”/]February 9, 2016
Darren Beck

Topic – Our Precious Platte River: Endangered Species Recovery and Habitat Restoration


DarrenBeckPhotoSM2Since 1997, a cooperative effort known as the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP) has worked to improve management of the Platte River for the health of the ecosystem and the people who depend upon it—including residents of the greater Denver metro area. At the helm of this effort, Darren Beck leads this endangered species recovery and habitat restoration project, which is based on a unique partnership between the states of Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, as well as the federal Department of Interior. The PRRIP is focused on increasing stream flows and supporting the endangered whooping crane, the threatened piping plover, interior least tern and pallid sturgeon.

Beck is a Professional Hydrologist and Director of Water Resources for the PRRIP on behalf of Headwaters Corporation.  His experience includes 12 years of water resources engineering, hydrologic analyses, water resources planning and management, river surveying and project management.

[ps2id id=’011216′ target=”/]January 12, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey Bennett

Topic – An Intuitive Introduction to Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and its 100th Anniversary


Bennettphoto2aEinstein’s Theory of Relativity received a recent rush of media attention for its 100th anniversary, but not everyone has an opportunity to appreciate its critical importance to our modern understanding of the universe. Astrophysicist and educator Dr. Jeffrey Bennett will celebrate this important anniversary with his outstanding presentation on relativity’s basic ideas and its everyday importance for all of us.

Bennett has served as faculty in several capacities with University of Colorado Boulder. His scientific career also includes work with Challenger Center for Space Science Education, California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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[ps2id id=’120815′ target=”/]December 8, 2015
Jason Slowinski, Golden City Manager

Topic – Being Jason Slowinski


JasonSlowinski250Our speaker this month is Jason Slowinski, City of Golden’s new City Manager. Slowinski will share stories and tales from his career as a city manager and provide an inside look into some of the more unusual and difficult circumstances and decisions presented to a city manager. Slowinski also will discuss the history of the city manager form of government, how a typical day in the life of a city manager looks, and reasons for pursuing the profession.

Slowinski was appointed as City Manager in September 2015, and he is the 9th person to hold the position in the history of City of Golden. Slowinski lives in Golden with his wife, Stephanie, and two school-aged daughters.

Immediately prior to joining the City of Golden, Slowinski served as Village Manager for Lake Zurich, Illinois and Assistant/Acting City Manager for Des Plaines, Illinois.

Slowinski is recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City and County Management Association. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a law degree from The John Marshall School of Law in Chicago. He also has completed graduate studies in public administration at Northern Illinois University.

[ps2id id=’111015′ target=”/]November 10, 2015
Andrew Novick

Topic – The Atomic Clock:  What Time it is—And Why


NovickPhotoSMAndrew Novick is an electrical engineer and expert on the atomic clock administered by the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST). Novick discussed atomic clocks and how they work, along with addressing fascinating questions including: How do we get time from atoms? And why do we need such accurate time?

By the time you finish listening, you will know exactly what time it is—and why!

Novick has worked in the Time and Frequency Services group at NIST since he was a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder in the late 1980s. As a time meteorologist, Novick measures time and compares atomic clocks. He also is responsible for disseminating time—getting time “out there” to industry and the general population.

Novick also creates food events and demonstrations, “performs” PowerPower presentations, and promotes other events in the Denver metro area.

NIST is a federal standards organization, contributing to the definition is the Standard International (SI) units, such as length, mass, temperature, electric current and more.

[ps2id id=’101315′ target=”/]October 13, 2015
– Mark Overly

Topic – A Coffee Journey to Sumatra


MarkOverlysmJoin Mark Overly, coffee buyer for Kaladi Coffee Roasters, on a journey to Northern Sumatra in Indonesia on a quest to discover the best tasting coffee. You will discover the hidden world of coffee production and preparation and some of the challenges associated with securing the best possible beans.

Kaladi is an independent roaster of premium estate, shade grown, organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee.

Overly has more than 25 years’ experience as a coffee buyer, beginning in Anchorage, Alaska where he grew a small roasting enterprise into the largest in the state. Mr. Overly was awarded the State of Alaska Small Business Person of the Year in 1993 by the Small Business Administration. He has been featured in numerous national publications including Nation’s Business and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Overly was one of the first roasters in America to be Fair Trade Certified by Transfair USA. His coffee has been awarded “Best Coffee” and “Best Espresso” by Rocky Mountain News and 5280 Magazine on multiple occasions. He has traveled extensively around the world assessing coffee producers for quality management and sustainability, and has lectured internationally on coffee quality. Overly’s current Colorado venture, Kaladi Coffee Roasters, is an independent roaster of premium estate, shade grown, organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee.

[ps2id id=’090815′ target=”/]September 8, 2015
Melanie Fischer – Colorado River Recovery Program

Topic – An Overview of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program


melaniefischerIn 1988, the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program was established to help bring four species of endangered fish back from the brink of extinction: the humpback chub, bonytail, Colorado pikeminnow, and razorback sucker.

The Upper Colorado River Basin is home to 14 native fish species, including the endangered humpback chub, bonytail, Colorado pikeminnow, and razorback sucker. These endangered fish are found only in the Colorado River system.

The Recovery Program is a unique partnership of local, state, and federal agencies, water and power interests, and environmental groups working to recover endangered fish in the Upper Colorado River Basin while water development proceeds in accordance with federal and state laws and interstate compacts.

This major undertaking involves restoring and managing stream flows and habitat, boosting wild populations with hatchery-raised endangered fish, and reducing negative interactions with certain nonnative fish species. The goal of recovery is to achieve natural, self-sustaining populations of the endangered fish so they no longer require protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

The Recovery Program was initiated in 1988 with the signing of a cooperative agreement by the Governors of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming; the Secretary of the Interior; and the Administrator of Western Area Power Administration. In 2001, these parties agreed to extend the cooperative agreement through September 30, 2013. The Recovery Program provides Endangered Species Act compliance for continued operation of federal water and power projects in accordance with project purposes.

With its demonstrated successes, the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program has become a national model for its collaborative conservation efforts to protect endangered species.

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[ps2id id=’081115′ target=”/]August 11, 2015

SpeakerFormer Golden Mayor Jacob Smith

Topic – Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: Reflections on Two Years in “the District”


JacobSmithPhotoAfter completing his tenure as Golden’s mayor, Jacob headed to Washington, D.C. for a stint in the U.S. Senate as Senator Bernie Sanders’ energy and climate policy adviser. Jacob is back home in Golden after his two-year adventure, and shared some reflections on just how closely House of Cards and Veep resemble what life is actually like on Capitol Hill, what it was like working for a senator—who is now a presidential candidate–and the politics of energy and climate change.

[ps2id id=’071415′ target=”/]July 14, 2015

SpeakerDr. Catherine Lozupone, University of Colorado at Denver Professor in Medicine and Microbiology

Topic – How the trillions of bacteria that inhabit your gut influence your health


Dr.LozuponeYour gut contains a complex community of bacteria, fungi, and viruses (collectively called the ‘microbiome’), which emerging research has shown can influence a wide array of aspects of your health—ranging from whether you are obese, to whether you have have heart disease, or are depressed.

Dr. Lozupone’s research lab in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus works with clinicians to study the gut microbiome in the context of a variety of diseases, including with HIV infection, Autism Spectrum Disorders, asthma, and in cancer patients undergoing stem cell transplant. She discussed this research and also more generally, what has been learned over the past several years about the typical composition of the gut microbiome and how it is influenced by factors such as age and diet.

Dr. Lozupone also discussed the mechanisms by which the microbiome has the potential to influence health, ranging from its role in metabolically transforming otherwise indigestible components of our diet, to influencing our immune system. Finally, although it is still “early days” in taking microbiome research “from bench to bedside,” she discussed various approaches that researchers are exploring for targeting the gut microbiome therapeutically, ranging from fecal transplants to probiotics.

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Lozupone Lab, University of Colorado School of Medicine

[ps2id id=’060915′ target=”/]June 9, 2015
John Knight, International Organizer World Fly Fishing Champions

Topic – World Youth Fly Fishing Championships Come to Colorado

JohnKnightJohn Knight will share stories and provide insights into the world of competitive fly fishing, as he and his nonprofit organization prepare to host the 14th FIPS Mouche World Youth Fly Fishing Championship in Colorado this summer.

With the mission of showcasing Colorado’s watershed rivers and lakes, youth from around the world will enjoy our state’s natural beauty and hospitality whilst competing in the waters of the Eagle River, Colorado River, Sylvan Lake and Dillon Reservoir.

In addition to guiding professionally and producing seven international fly fishing tournaments since 2008, Knight works with Project Healing Waters to provide an annual fly fishing experience for American soldiers. Knight has competed in four United States National Fly Fishing Championships, five Teva Games, and serves as secretary of the Eagle Valley Trout Unlimited chapter.

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[ps2id id=’051215′ target=”/]May 12, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Lockwood
University of Wyoming

Topic – Legend of the Lost Locust


lockwoodDr. Lockwood will discuss the topic of his 2009 book, Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier.  The infamous Rocky Mountain locust was the most abundant terrestrial creature on earth in the 19th century, but the last living specimen was caught in 1903.  The extinction of this species was one of the great, ecological mysteries in the decades that followed—and now that we know its fate, there are profound lessons for our own future.

Jeff Lockwood was hired as an insect ecologist at the University of Wyoming in 1986.  But over the course of 20 years he metamorphosed into a Professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities.  His position is split between the department of philosophy and the MFA program in creative writing—along with an appointment in the Program in Ecology.  He teaches courses in environmental ethics and the philosophy of ecology, along with writing workshops in nature and environmental writing.  His essays have been honored with a Pushcart Prize, a John Burroughs Award, and inclusion in Best American Science & Nature Writing.  His most recent books are Six-Legged Soldiers: Using Insects as Weapons of War and The Infested Mind: Why Humans Fear, Loathe and Love Insects.

[ps2id id=’041415′ target=”/]April 14, 2015
Charlie Sturdavant of Golden City Brewery and Lhakpa Sherpa of Golden’s Sherpa House Restaurant
Talk – Golden City Brewery Goes to Nepal


charliesturdavantSMOur guests and several partners have spent the last 20 months building a brewery that will not only bring craft beer to Nepal, but will also provide well-paying jobs.

The country of Nepal is beautiful and attracts visitors to the Himalayas to both climb and trek. It also is a study in contrasts, as a Third World country striving to modernize despite low per-capita income.

LhakpaSherpaSMThis special endeavor involved land purchase, landscaping, and construction of buildings, as well as purchasing and installing brewing equipment. Several unanticipated problems have arisen along the way, along with many joyful experiences with the local community.


[ps2id id=’031015′ target=”/]March 10, 2015
 – Quint Redmond
Talk – Agriburbia: Growing Sustainable Communities by the Bushel


QRedmond-speak2In today’s climate of soaring gas prices, international conflicts, and concerns about food availability and quality, there are highly profitable opportunities emerging in sustainable land development. Quint Redmond’s firm, Agriburbia®, incorporates sustainable practices such as alternative energy, natural storm water management, and pedestrian focus and adds a new element that is the re-integration of food production directly within the living environment.

This “truly” sustainable initiative improves the quality of life by combining the best qualities of rural living with the advantages of urban conveniences and culture. The result is improved agriculture, enhanced development practices and the enrichment of the residents, tenants, and guests within these Agriburbia® mixed-use developments.

Mr. Redmond is co-owner of AgriNETx LLC and Agriburbia LLC. and has more that 20 years of professional experience in design, planning, natural resources, agriculture and spatial technologies. His combined knowledge in each of these disciplines allows him to effectively manage projects that result in innovative designs, technologically advfarmtableanced data management, and new approaches to sustainabledevelopment. Mr. Redmond has a strong multi-faceted agricultural background which plays heavily in his innovative ideas for incorporating agriculture back into our modern communities.  He and his wife are the Co-Creators of Agriburbia®.

[ps2id id=’021015′ target=”/]February 10, 2015
 – Bill Philpott
Talk – Interstate 70: The History of the Highway We Love to Hate
Dinner – Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Beans
Brewery – Cannonball Creek


philpottbkcoverIt’s hard to love Interstate 70, a highway that mostly makes the news for snow closures, construction delays, and endless debates over how to ease the horrendous traffic jams. But if we follow I-70 back in time, it leads us straight into one of Colorado history’s most dramatic episodes: the explosion of post-World War II recreational development, when faded mining towns and quiet ranching valleys morphed into the motel clusters and ski resorts of a new mass outdoor leisure age.

In this Golden Beer Talk, University of Denver historian Bill Philpott will tell the surprising history of I-70: how the high country ended up with a superhighway it was never supposed to get, why the interstate ended up taking the twists and turns it did, and what those tell us about the changing economic and environmental politics of their time — with implications for our own time. At the very least, this talk will give you something to think about the next time you’re stuck in Eisenhower Tunnel traffic behind some SUV from Texas.


Bill Philpott, who grew up in the Denver suburbs, teaches history at the University of Denver. He is the author of Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country, which won the 2014 Spur Award for Contemporary Western Nonfiction from the Western Writers of America.



[ps2id id=’011315′ target=”/]January 13, 2015

Speaker – Jonathon Stalls
Talk – The Endless Benefits of Life at 3 MPH – Walking Across America


JonathanStallsPicJonathon Stalls started walking West from the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware on 1 March 2010. After walking 3,030 miles across the USA, he has much to say about trusting strangers, embracing the unknown, living with less, and what can be gained by doing more life by foot. This popular TEDx Youth@Mile High presenter will share stories and tales from his journey while also inviting you into the birth of and goals for his 2-year-old, Colorado-based social business, Walk2Connect.

To learn more, watch Jonathon’s TEDx video


[ps2id id=’120914′ target=”/]December 9, 2014

Speaker – Jim Clawson, Systems Engineer
Talk – Orion EFT1: The First Flight of America’s Newest Spaceship
Brewery – Barrels & Bottles


jimclawsonA mere five days after its test launch, a systems engineer working on NASA’s Orion Multipurpose Crew Exploration Vehicle will share his experiences working on the project, and participating in the launch. Working with Stellar Solutions at Lockheed Martin, Jim Clawson is part of the Orion mission’s Integrated Vehicle Performance Team, focused on sequencing automated functions and assessing anticipated thermal, power and communications functionality.

The December flight test from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will send the unscrewed Orion spacecraft 3,600 miles from Earth on a two-orbit flight to test critical systems for a series of future deep space missions. During the 4.5-hour flight, Orion will travel farther than any crewed spacecraft has gone in more than 40 years, before reentering Earth’s atmosphere at speeds near 20,000 mph and generating temperatures up to 4,000 Fahrenheit. This initial test flight will evaluate launch and high-speed reentry systems, such as avionics, altitude control, parachutes and heat shield.


[ps2id id=’111114′ target=”/]November 11, 2014
 – Dr. Mark Eberhart
Talk – Science, Energy and the National Strategic Narrative
Dinner – Beef Curry or Vegetable Curry
Brewery – Cannonball Creek


photo_eberhartEvery generation of Americans has faced grand challenges and responded with a new world vision and a transformed society. Many, if not all, of these past struggles were sustained and facilitated by the persuasive power of strategic narrative—stories grounded in the past, containing a faithful vision of the future along with actions in the present to link the past and the future. For example, our Cold War strategy was sustained by a narrative stating that Soviet aggression, derived from historic Russian xenophobia, was to be contained until such time as the Soviet Union failed due to its internal defects.

The great challenge facing today’s world is changing the way we use our energy resources—and in the case of energy transformation, a cohesive narrative has yet to fully emerge. But when it does, we can be sure that science and technology will figure more prominently than in past narratives. Precisely because well-structured narratives can be so persuasive by appealing to the visceral, scientists have distanced themselves from communicating in narrative form—a strength in the pursuit of truth, but a weakness when it comes to motivating change.

This talk will review the changing character of science and technology in the emerging energy narratives and argue that aided by scientists, the public image of technology has been distorted. Countering these distortions with positive images will require scientists to embrace their own history, present and future from a new perspective.

Dr. Eberhart is Professor of Chemistry and Geochemistry at Colorado School of Mines. He holds degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Colorado.



[ps2id id=’101414′ target=”/]October 14, 2014
 – Dr. James White
Talk – Climate Change and You – What everyone should know

jameswhiteHumans are the major agent of change on the planet today, dominating a number of the key functions of our planet, including the climate system. How we deal with that power, and in particular, how we take responsibility for our actions, is a key question for the coming years to decades, as we transition from an unsustainable path to a sustainable one. This talk will lay out the case for human impacts on the planet, especially the climate system, and then explore consequences and solutions.

Dr. James White is a noted climate scientist working on abrupt climate change, sea ice and sea-level changes, and carbon cycles.  His research interests are broad but revolve around the use of environmental stable isotope ratios that tell us about paleoclimate, biogeochemistry, and global change.  He has been involved in reconstructing both the longest and the most high-resolution climate records obtained from ice cores.

His work has been instrumental in showing that large climate changes tend to occur as abrupt shifts in mode, probably driven by internal adjustments in the Earth climate system (rather than gradual adjustments to changing external conditions like energy received from the sun).  Shifts of more than 10˚C in mean temperature in less than a human lifetime are common in the paleoclimate record, and serve as a warning that adaptation to future climate changes may not be easy.

Dr. White is a popular teacher as well as researcher, and regularly conducts courses and innovative programs that address human interactions with the environment.

Dr. White is Director and Fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, Professor of Geological Sciences, and a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder.  According to Web of Science, he is one of the top 1% most highly cited authors in his field.  He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1983.


[ps2id id=’090914′ target=”/]September 9, 2014
 – Dr. Dendy Sloan and Dr. Cynthia Norrgran
Talk – Three Minds and Memory
Beer – Mountain Toad Brewing
Dinner – Pulled BBQ Pork Sandwiches, Corn on the Cob with Herbed Butter, Homemade Cole Slaw

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  NeuroscienceMemoryandLearningWe hope that you will be able to join us for the next Golden Beer Talks gathering on Tuesday, 9 September, at Windy Saddle Cafe!

Our speakers are Dr. Dendy Sloan and Dr. Cynthia Norrgran, coauthors of Neuroscience, Memory, and Learning, and their much-anticipated joint presentation is entitled Three Minds and Memory.

Drs. Sloan and Norrgran will briefly discuss functions of the three brain portions each of us have: reptilian, Paleomammilian (animal), and neocortical (human). Connecting those three parts to simple memory types (short-term, working, and long-term) will be done next. The talk will conclude with a working example and a list for those who wish to read further.

SloanPhotoDr. Norrgran is Teaching Associate Professor and Dr. Sloan is University Professor Emeritus in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Norrgran is a retired neurosurgeon with 15 years of practice, and Dr. Sloan has a half-century of engineering teaching and practice. Their monograph Neuroscience, Memory, and Learning was published in 2013.


[ps2id id=’081214′ target=”/]August 12, 2014
 – Dr. Jeff Squier, Department Head of Physics at Colorado School of Mines
Talk – Laser Pulses: Focusing Light in Time & Space
Brewery – A C Golden


squier_w170Ultrashort laser pulses, only a few 100 millionths of a billionth of a second can now be routinely created, and are finding their way into real world applications. For example, these ultrashort bursts of light are enabling new forms of microscopy that allow scientists to visualize biological structure and function in three dimensions. A particularly exciting application is using these bursts of light to perform delicate surgeries. State-of-the-art eye correction now employs such lasers for example.

At the Colorado School of Mines we have developed a novel lensing system that allows us to focus these bursts  of light inspace and time!  The ability to create such lensing systems has resulted in a profoundly different manner in which we can optically manipulate materials. Short movie clips demonstrating the perplexing behavior of ultrashort laser pulses that are simultaneously focused in space and time will be presented.

Dr. Squier is the Department Head of Physics at Colorado School of Mines. He also is a CSM alum, with a Bachelors degree in Engineering Physics and a Masters in Applied Physics. Squier has a PhD in Optics, awarded by University of Rochester. His research interests include Do-It-Yourself (DIY) electronics—he has his own UAV fleet—as well as 3D multiphoton microscopy for biological and material science applications, and micromachining with intense femtosecond laser pulses.


[ps2id id=’070814′ target=”/]July 8, 2014
Talk –
Tree Rings and the Future of the Colorado River

As a lifeline for the southwestern United States, the Colorado River provides water for municipalities, agriculture, hydropower and recreation, as well as fish and wildlife species. Tree ring research provides valuable clues about pre-historic streamflow in the Colorado River, and suggests that it will be dramatically different in the future than the body of water with which we are familiar today. Among other fascinating insights, tree ring reconstructions raise questions about the sustainability of the Colorado River Compact set into stone in 1922.

beckybriceBecky Brice is a PhD student at the University of Arizona and researcher for the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) and the Laboratory of Tree Ring Research in Tucson, Arizona. Her work is devoted to discovering what trees’ archives can tell us about atmospheric circulation, streamflow extremes and climate. Her current work uses tree rings as a proxy of snowpack, soil moisture and air temperature.


[ps2id id=’061014′ target=”/]June 10, 2014
Talk –
A Ditch in Time: The City, The West, and Water


jasonIn 1860, in a rare moment of honesty prevailing over boosterism, Denver’s Rocky Mountain News admitted that the young city of Denver was a sepia-toned settlement still embarrassingly “treeless, grassless, [and] bushless.” Today, the runoff from the Rocky Mountains helps to keep Denver and its metro area both verdant and vibrant (and, not coincidentally, awash in good beer). Jason Hanson, coauthor with Patty Limerick of A Ditch in Time: The City, The West, and Water, will discuss how Denver was transformed through the creation of its water supply system.

Jason Hanson is a member of the research faculty at the Center of the American West at CU-Boulder. In addition to his work on water, he focuses on issues surrounding energy development and land use, Colorado history, and beer. He is currently guest editing a special issue of Journal of the West devoted to the history of beer in the region, due out next spring.


[ps2id id=’051314′ target=”/]May 13, 2014

Talk –
 Cowboy Poetry
Brewery – Golden City Brewery

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keithrounds2aWith a deep and abiding love for Cowboy culture, Keith Rounds got his start with Cowboy Poetry when he penned his first effort as a wedding anniversary gift to his lovely wife about 25 years ago. He is the author of The Ride: A Collection of Cowboy Poems.

Rounds is a Wyoming native whose work relies on experiences involving family ranches in his native rural southwest Wyoming, as well as important life passages. His roots on the range extend back to the 1840s, when his great grandparents settled in the Bridger Valley. In fact, his great grandfather was a Pony Express rider and is the subject of an epic poem composed by this exceptionally entertaining poet.

Now retired, Rounds currently works part time as the jovial, well-loved Doorman for the Wyoming House of Representatives.


[ps2id id=’040814′ target=”/]April 8, 2014

Talk –
Keeping Bees and Making Honey
Dinner – Meat Marinara over pasta and honey wheat garlic bread
Brewery – Mountain Toad Brewing Company

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This month’s talk featured Bee Keeper Mia Sullivan, who provided an overview of honey, the keeping of bees and why these topics are so important on both a small and larger scale.
Honey: “The dew distilled from the stars and the rainbow.” — Aristotle


[ps2id id=’031114′ target=”/]March 11, 2014



Talk – State of the City

Brewery – Golden City Brewery

Dinner: Gumbo

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Mike Bestor has been  Golden’s City Manager since 1993. Mike is directly responsible for all the City’s facilities, services, and the overall operation of the entire City.

Once a year (in March), Mike delivers a “State of the City” address to the Golden Chamber of Commerce.  His speech is always interesting, insightful, and amazingly funny.  We thought it was worth sharing with non-Chamber members, so Mike graciously agreed to give our March Golden Beer Talk.



[ps2id id=’021114′ target=”/]February 11, 2014


Speaker – DR. JOHN SPEAR

Talk – Rocks, Rust, and Fish:  Why Microbes Matter 

Brewery – Barrels and Bottles

Beer – Uncle Judd’s Oatmeal Stout! & Einhorn ist Finkle IPA

Dinner: Chicken Spinach Dahl and Vegetarian Dahl

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John Spear, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering up the hill at the Colorado School of Mines.  John got his B.A. in Physiology & Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.  John is an environmental microbiologist, looking for the kinds of microbes in any number of environments from a hot spring in Yellowstone to what is inside the average beer.

The invisible microbial world surrounds us and is part of us with a diversity of life that dwarfs the visible, macrobial world.  With both traditional cultivation approaches and recent molecular approaches of DNA and RNA sequencing, work in the microbial world is beginning to reveal the secrets of life and its evolution.  With an examination of the kinds of microbes that are in rocks, the kinds of microbes that cause corrosion of steel and the kinds of microbes that are critical for water treatment, new possibilities become apparent for biotechnology—how to work with mine tailings, how to work with rust, how to make a better protein and how to make a better beer!


[ps2id id=’011414′ target=”/]January 14, 2014

johnspear2DR. JIM DALE

The Three D’s of Public Health in our Community

As the recently retired Director of Environmental Health for Jefferson County Public Health Department, Dr. Dale possesses deep insight on the health of Golden and its surrounding communities. His educational—and no doubt gregarious—talk will broaden our understanding of illness and disability in our region.jimdale

Among other distinguished accomplishments, Jim holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Masters in Public Health (MPH) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Jim also is a retired, veteran 30-year Air Force Colonel. His final assignment was as Chief of Prevention Operations in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at Headquarters Air Force.

In addition to his active participation with Golden’s Planning Commission, Dr. Dale serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA). He also has earned distinguished service awards from the CPHA, Colorado Environmental Health Association, Colorado Professionals in Onsite Wastewater, Leadership Jefferson County and the American Public Health Association.

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[ps2id id=’121013′ target=”/]December 10, 2013AdamPender-224x300

Speaker – Adam Pender

Brewery – Cannonball Creek Brewing Company

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Adam Pender, a Propulsion Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in Littleton, Colorado spoke on ‘Why Go To Space?’.  Adam earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Purdue University, and is currently working on an Engineering PhD through the University of Denver.  Over his career, he has worked on numerous NASA spacecraft propulsion systems, including Mars Science Laboratory, Phoenix, Juno, MAVEN, InSight, and OSIRIS-REx, in addition to several other government and non-government spacecraft.

Adam led a great talk, on “Why go to space?”.  This discussion included a short summary of the various benefits that our space program has yielded thus far, including the various technological advancements enabled by the space program, and put to use in our everyday lives.  Additionally, various science discoveries that our space exploration efforts have yielded.  Following the short presentation, a Q&A session was held, where participants had the opportunity to ask questions  as diverse as is anyone working on warp drive, to is NASA studying climate change.


[ps2id id=’111213′ target=”/]November 12th, 2013


Speaker – Finn Knudsen
Brewery – Mountain Toad Brewery
Topic – Beer and Health!


Originally from Denmark, Finn has more than 40 years of experience in the brewing industry and has held research and management positions with Tuborg, Rainier, Molsen, Coors, and others.  He now does international consulting in the brewing industry.

Finn discussed research indicating that beer may aid in the prevention of osteoporosis, heart disease, breast, uterine, and prostate cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease, ulcers, and kidney stones.  It is a good source of many key nutrients, antioxidants, fiber, niacin, riboflavin, pyrodoxine, folate, panthothen acid, biotin, and silicon. 


[ps2id id=’100813′ target=”/]October 8, 2013adrian

SpeakerAdrian Miller

Topic – Soul Food

BreweryGolden City Brewery

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We plan to make history on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 with the very first GOLDEN BEER TALK!

Our speaker will be Adrian E. Miller, author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.  You may have heard this guest in one of several radio interviews, the most recent being Colorado Matters on Colorado Public Radio.

Adrian describes himself as, “…a recovering lawyer and politico turned culinary historian, and I’m doing what I can to celebrate soul food history. Soul food, the traditional food of African Americans, deserves its rightful place as one of America’s greatest cuisines.”

soulfoodCopies of Adrian’s book will be available for sale, and we’re guessing that he would be happy to autograph them!

Our featured brewery will be Golden City Brewery.  Some of their beers will be available for purchase that evening.


Windy Saddle Cafe suffered a broken water pipe and a lot of damage, so we have re-located this event to Harmony Village, at 1001 Cottonwood Circle.  Windy Saddle will still be cooking soul food for us, and serving it at our alternate location!

Adrian Miller’s Website:
Adrian’s Twitter Handle: @soulfoodscholar.