PBK Alpha Association Events

Oct 21, 2017


The Alpha Association’s annual meeting will be on Saturday, October 21, 2017, in the Petroleum Room at the Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm St., Denver, CO 80204 (http://www.denverathleticclub.cc). Metered parking is available on nearby streets and paid parking ($7) at the DAC parking lot (enter either on 14th Street or Welton).

A short business meeting to review the past year and to elect officers for the coming year will begin at 11:30 a.m. After lunch Dr. Eric Frew will begin his talk. (Please see below.)

The cost of the lunch will be $30, and attendees may choose from the following entrées:

  • Chicken Manchego (pan-seared chicken breast on a bed of spinach, topped with chicken/lemon/thum broth and shaved Manchego cheese; served with fresh vegetable medley and oven-roasted red potatoes)
  • Herb-Crusted Salmon in Dill Beurre Blanc (served with fresh vegetable medley and oven-roasted red potatoes)
  • Grilled Vegetable Napoleon (gluten free)

If you plan to attend, please return the attached reservation form along with a check for your lunch to the address on the reservation form. Reservations must be received by Tuesday, October 17, 2017. As always, guests are welcome!

If you make a reservation but cannot attend, phone Greg Sorensen at 303-832-2587 by Wednesday, October 18, to cancel. After this date, we will not be able to refund the lunch cost because we are guaranteeing the number of guests.

Talk by Dr. Eric W. Frew: Using Drones to Study Severe Weather, Including Tornadoes

Dr. Eric Frew is an Associate Professor in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department, the Director of the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV), and the Associate Director of Technology, Integrated Remote and In Situ Sensing (IRISS) Initiative at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 2003. Among other things, Dr. Frew uses drones to study severe weather. New drone technology is enabling the shift from remote observation to in situ science in which autonomous systems actively assimilate data and explore.

Dr. Frew’s research focuses on establishing the fundamental connections between sensing, communication, and control in robotic sensor networks, with an emphasis on heterogeneous unmanned aircraft systems. Understanding these connections enables the creation of robust, efficient, persistent robotic sensor networks that can move both sensors and information in the best way to the best locations to make the best forecasts. Dr. Frew was co-leader of the team that performed the first-ever sampling of a severe supercell thunderstorm by an unmanned aircraft. More recently, he was part of a team that used multiple drones to feed measurements directly to the National Weather Service while it was making severe weather predictions and hazard warnings. He will be speaking about his work creating advanced unmanned aircraft technologies and using them to study severe weather, including tornadoes.

Link to Annual Meeting Reservation Form

Past Events

Sep 9, 2017 As part of the national society’s Key Connections event, 22 people toured Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison to view 150-million-year-old dinosaur bones encased in sandstone and 100-million-year-old dinosaur tracks from Late Jurassic floodplains and stream channels.
Jun 30, 2017 Alpha Association members and their guests enjoyed a private tour of the Alexander Calder exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976) is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and is known for his bold, energetic sculptures. The DBG exhibit — Calder: Monumental — featured iconic works of bolted steel plate that rise in sweeping curves, or that punctuate space with geometric lines, to reveal the artist’s exploration of forms, volumes, and voids. Using shapes that resonate with the natural world, Calder’s large, lively abstractions interact in interesting ways with the surrounding landscape.After the tour members and guests shared a picnic dinner.
Apr 8, 2017 Annual Banquet. Alpha Association’s annual banquet was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the famed Briarwood Inn at 1630 8th Street in Golden. Our after dinner speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Campbell (Karlsgodt), an associate professor in the History Department at the University of Denver. She spoke about the legacy of Nazi looting of Jewish art collections during World War II. She included topics from her first book which examined French cultural policy toward the looting during the German occupation, and information from her current book project which focuses on the Allied recovery of art that had been looted from Jewish collections by the Nazis or sold under duress during the Occupation, comparing restitution practices in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Nov 12, 2016 Annual meeting at University Club of Denver. After election of officers for the coming year and lunch, Professor Robert S. Anderson, a geomorphologist from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at University of Colorado, Boulder, spoke about the evolution of the Colorado Front Range and the impact of the September 2013 floods.
Aug 4, 2016 Tour of Denver Crime Lab. Alpha Association members and guests toured the new state-of-the-art Denver Crime Lab located at 1371 Cherokee St., Denver. The guided tour included a short film and question and answer period. The tour was followed by lunch at nearby Dozens Restaurant.
Jun 10, 2016 Alpha Association members and guests took a ride on the newly opened A line commuter rail train from Union Station to Denver International Airport, followed by lunch at the Vine and Grill Restaurant in the Westin Hotel at DIA.
Mar 5, 2016 Annual Banquet. Alpha Association’s 2016 annual banquet was held on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, in Denver. Our after dinner speaker was Christine Edwards Stewart, a Lockheed Martin Systems Engineer, Mars Reconaissance Orbiter Operations, and NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. Her topic was Finding Water on Mars with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Team.
Nov 7, 2015 PBK Alpha Association members and their guests had a private tour of the contemporary art collection at the new ART Hotel in downtown Denver. The tour was led by Jette Braun, who worked with Dianne Vanderlip (former curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Denver Art Museum) to select and install the art pieces in the hotel.
Oct 10, 2015 Annual Meeting. The annual meeting was held at Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden. The speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Fenn, History Department Chair at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She spoke about her new book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for History.
Jul 30, 2015 Visit to Rocky Mountain National Park in commemoration of its 100th anniversary.
May 30, 2015 The Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center in Golden was the setting for lunch and an open discussion attended by seven PBK Alpha Association members. After lunch, several of the group visited various Golden attractions.
Mar 28, 2015 Annual Banquet. The 2015 banquet was held on Saturday, March 28, at the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, in Denver. Our after dinner speaker was Thomas E. Hames, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 10th Mountain Division Foundation. His topic was Skiing Off to War: a history of Camp Hale and the 10th Mountain Division.
Jan 29, 2015 Tour of the Anschutz Collection at the American Museum of Western Art in Downtown Denver. This collection is considered to be one of the most important Western art collections in the country, with paintings depicting the art of the American West from the early 19th century to the present. Alpha members and their guests viewed this collection on a private tour with the curator of the museum. 25 people attended.
Oct 25, 2014 Annual Meeting. The annual meeting was held at Denver’s Park Hill Golf Club. The speaker was Dr. Jerry Peterson, Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who spoke about “What Happened at Fukushima, and What Did We Learn?” in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Jul 9, 2014 Tour of Dale Chihuly’s Glass Artworks. Alpha members and their guests had special docent-led tours of Dale Chihuly’s stunning blown glass artwork at Denver Botanic Gardens. As Chihuly described his goal for such  displays, “I want my work to appear like it came from nature, so that if someone found it on a beach or in the forest, they might think it belonged there.” Twenty people attended.
May 10, 2014 Discussion Luncheon. A luncheon at Mount Vernon Country Club, featuring a discussion on “Hot Topics in Astronomy” led by Dr. Robert Stencel, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Denver and the director of the Chamberlin Observatory near the DU campus and the Meyers-Womble Observatory atop Mt. Evans.
Mar 8, 2014 Annual Banquet. The Alpha Association’s 2014 annual banquet was held on Saturday, March 8 at the Park Hill Golf Club, 4141 East 35th Avenue, in Denver. After dinner Ken and Ruth Wright discussed paleohydrological research at Machu Picchu, how they became involved in this research and the extraordinary capabilities of Pre-Columbian Native Americans in the field of civil engineering.
Jan 16, 2014 Tour of “The Living West” Exhibit at History Colorado Center. A afternoon tour of the new History Colorado Center’s current exhibit, “The Living West”. The exhibit had three sections: life in the heyday of Mesa Verde, the 1930’s Dust Bowl, and a display of contemporary life and problems in the Rocky Mountains today.
Sep 21, 2013 Annual Meeting. The Alpha Association’s 2013 annual meeting was held after lunch at the Mount Vernon Country Club in Golden. Following the meeting Dr. Peter Warren gave a talk on his work with a Namibian cheetah conservation group, using his photographs as illustrations.