Archive | February 2018

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting: Thursday, March 1, 2018

  Emma McConville, Graduate Student, Geologist, UNR, Reno, NV
TOPIC:  Applications of the Play Fairway Analysis for Geothermal Systems in Crescent Valley, Eureka County, Nevada
ABSTRACT: Crescent Valley received one of the highest favorability scores in phase I of the DOE-sponsored Nevada play fairway analysis project and was therefore selected for detailed study in phase II. As part of the detailed study, geological, geochemical, and geophysical data were collected, synthesized, and analyzed to identify favorable structural settings for geothermal fluids in the basin. A total of nine favorable structural settings were identified. Two host known geothermal systems, and six could potentially host blind geothermal systems. In phase II a predictive geothermal potential model was conducted for each favorable structural setting. The highest-ranking areas in Crescent Valley are in the Dann Hot Springs step-over (relay ramp), followed by the two northern step-overs along the Cortez Mountains front, as well as a fault intersection at Hot Springs Point.

BIO: Emma McConville – Graduate Student, Geologist – UNR, Reno, NV
Emma was born in Barcelona, Spain and grew up throughout Latin America. When she was twelve years old she visited El Tatio Geysers in Chile and immediately became fascinated with geothermal energy and energy policy. In 2012 her interests landed her at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA, where she double majored and earned a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). After college, she worked at Endeavor Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar where she started the Endeavor Investor Network and coordinated the largest international private investment event in Mexico to date. Emma had the opportunity to explore the corners of Mexico and her travels reignited her love of the outdoors and geology. In 2013 she decided to refocus her career path and become a geologist. Emma earned a B.S. from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD where she was chosen to be the student speaker for the commencement ceremony for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. During her time at the University of Maryland she interned at the Geothermal Energy Association, was awarded the NAGT-USGS internship in Menlo Park, CA, and was the coordinator of Girls Excelling in Math and Science, an afternoon program geared towards encouraging middle school girls to take an interest in STEM. In 2016, Emma began her graduate studies under the guidance of Jim Faulds and plans to earn her M.Sc. in Geology this upcoming summer. Emma has been offered a position as a geologist at ExxonMobil and will be moving to Houston, TX after completing her studies.

LOCATION: Tamarack Junction, Reno, NV
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511

Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $25-$28; Non-Members $30-$33; Students $15

Please use this link to RSVP by Tuesday, Feb 27:

If you must cancel your reservation, please contact Jake Zachry, or Tom Gallagher,

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Thursday, April 5
Vincent Ramirez, 3PL Operating, Inc.
Lake Livada and Other Lithium Exploration Activities in Nevada

Thursday, May 3
Jason Craig, UNR
Gabbs Valley – Blind Geothermal Prospect


COS Discover Science Lecture Series: Thursday, March 8, 2018

James Gates Jr.
The Inchoate Epoch: Possibility of Evolution in Mathematics Laws of the Universe

James Gates Jr., a theoretical physicist, is known for his pioneering work on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory. For his contribution to science and research, he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama in 2013. He is a Distinguished University Professor, University System of Maryland Regents Professor and John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland.

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 7:00 PM
Location: Davidson Math and Science Center, Redfield Auditorium

Story by Jennifer Sande, Nevada Today (2/15/2018):

James Gates Jr. to speak at the College of Science March 8

Since its debut in 2010, the Discover Science Lecture Series has brought some of the world’s top scientists to the University of Nevada, Reno where they showcase their work and research through engaging, thoughtful presentations and lectures. The 2017–2018 series will include top minds from the fields of physics, medicine, space exploration and complex systems.

New Position Opening at NBMG!

Geoscience Data Manager
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a Geoscience Data Manager. The NBMG is a public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno, and serves as the state geological survey for Nevada.  NBMG’s mission is to obtain, maintain, and broadly disseminate geologic information from Nevada, including data on the geologic framework, natural resources, and geologic hazards of the state to facilitate public safety and sustainable development.  NBMG houses the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL), which is a unique collection of information and physical samples from Nevada mining activity; geothermal, oil, and gas exploration; engineering geology; hydrology; historical aerial photography; and much more.

The duties of this position include building and maintaining databases and other delivery mechanisms to make over 300,000 items in NBMG’s digital and physical collection available to the public, UNR researchers, and NBMG faculty and staff. The manager will organize and update large data sets as needed, manage the conversion of legacy hard-copy information to digital formats, design and maintain relational database management systems that integrate with existing data systems, develop access control mechanisms for core NBMG databases, update our web delivery systems to ensure effective data discoverability and accessibility, and educate the many user groups on the reliability and availability of the data sets.

The position requires a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree and one or two years of related work experience, respectively.  Successful candidates will have demonstrated relevant coursework or work experience in Computer Science, Geoinformatics, Database Administration, Geology, Geography, or a related field.  Preference will be for candidates with experience in developing and/or using relational database management systems (e.g. Oracle), data preservation, developing custom web applications, working with geographically diverse data locations or co-location (Enterprise Data Center) experience, programming languages (e.g. Python, Java), ARC-GIS, and public communication.

To apply for this position, candidates should submit: 1) a cover letter including a description of qualifications and prior experience, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3 professional references.  Applications should be submitted online through:—Main-Campus/Manager–Geoscience-Data_R0107805-1.  Contact the UNR Human Resources Department with specific questions about the application process (  Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee ( with any questions.

Review of application materials will begin April 1, 2018.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be completed by this date.

EEO/AA. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.—Main-Campus/Manager–Geoscience-Data_R0107805-1


UNR Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences Spring 2018 Colloquium Series

Speaker: Kristen Averyt, Ph.D., President, Desert Research Institute
Topic: Climate and the Energy-Water Nexus
Date: Friday, February 9 (45 PM)
Location: DMS 105 at University of Nevada, Reno

Abstract: Energy production requires water, and water treatment and distribution require energy. In recent years, the United States has seen collisions at this energy-water nexus, where insufficient resources in one sector impact the reliability of the other. Further, climate change and population growth are beginning to impact the supply and demand balance for both energy and water resources, creating additional difficulties. As the challenges of rising temperatures, declining water availability, drought, growing energy demands, and escalating water needs shift the connections at energy and water, it becomes clear that solutions to each problem must consider cascading effects on the others. This seminar will outline the core concepts of the energy-water nexus, how this issue has manifest in different parts of the United States, and recent research evaluating US electricity system optimization under different climate conditions.