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Christopher Elvidge Authors Working Paper for Payne Institute Commentary Series

“A New View of Human Activities From Space,” was recently published by Christopher Elvidge, Payne Institute fellow and a member of the Earth Observation Group at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.



The Payne Institute is pleased to welcome five Colorado School of Mines student interns for the summer of 2018.


Cyril Widdershoven Authors Viewpoint for Payne Institute Commentary Series

“Politics and Barrels, OPEC-Russia Production Decision Leaves Market in the Dark,” was recently published by Cyril Widdershoven, Payne Institute fellow and founder of Verocy.

“All fundamental scientific discoveries change the structure of human affairs.”

-Richard Rhodes, Foreword, “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” 2012