Archive | September 2019

GSA Webinar—Wednesday, Sept 18

Geoscience Careers in the Petroleum Industry

A message from Leila M. Gonzales, Ph.D., American Geosciences Institute: “We are sending this email as a courtesy to the geoscience community. The Geological Society of America (GSA) will be hosting a free webinar entitled “Geoscience Careers in the Petroleum Industry” on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

To register for this free event, please visit:

This two-part presentation will provide a high-level review of what geoscientists do and information about starting a career in the petroleum industry. In part one, Fred will give a short bio so you know his experience and then talk about the petroleum industry, a major employer of geoscientists. He will introduce you to the life cycle on an asset (field) and then focus on petroleum exploration. Fred will use a series of questions to illustrate the types of challenges a geoscientist faces each day. In part two, Maryevalyn will cover what to expect when starting a career in the Oil & Gas industry, as well as how to transition from being a full-time student to an early career professional. She will discuss the geoscience technician hiring process at ExxonMobil and key skills, experiences, and characteristics recruiters search for in geology majors. Maryevalyn will also describe her personal experience with the company and what she loves most about her career.”

Fred W. Schroeder, Ph.D., Consultant, Seismic Interpretation Training & Application
Maryevalyn Wren, Geoscience Technician, ExxonMobil

Sponsors: AAPG, SEG, AGI, AGU, GSA Energy Geology Division

We encourage you distribute this email and/or the attached webinar announcement to anyone who may be interested.

Please contact Tahlia Bear at with questions about this webinar.


NMEC Great Basin Rendezvous—Friday–Sunday, Sept. 20–22 The Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition (NMEC)

“Despite the loss of Camp Lamoille due to fire last year, our Great Basin Rendezvous lives on! This year, our seventh annual Rendezvous will be held Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22, 2019, at the Royal Peacock Opal Mine.”

To register for and/or sponsor the event, please visit the NMEC website.

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday, Sept. 19 Gregory Crouch—The Bonanza King

2019-2020 Speaker Schedule

The Discover Science Lecture Series is always free and open to the public. Lectures start at 7 PM at the Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110. Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian Whalen Parking Complex.

“Gregory Crouch is an author who specializes in adventurous and historic subjects. He has five major books in publication. In his lecture, he will discuss the rags-to-riches American frontier tale of Irish immigrant John Mackay, and the rich body of gold and silver so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States. John Mackay is the subject of his recent book titled “The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the battle over the greatest riches in America.”

Crouch has published stories in The Atlantic, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Smithsonian, Time and more.”

The Discover Science Lecture Series was founded by the College of Science in 2010, with the goal of bringing the country’s top scientists to the University to share their knowledge, research and wisdom with the community.

“Science encompasses a wonderfully diverse collection of explorations into the unknown. We invite science lovers and the science-curious to join us and experience the extent of the science universe as the best scientists on the planet visit the University of Nevada, Reno for our Discover Science Lecture Series,” Jeff Thompson, Dean of the College of Science said.

DGSE Geoscience Seminar—Monday, Sept. 9

Carrie MeisnerBroader Impacts in NSF Proposals

Abstract: “The Broader Impacts Criterion in National Science Foundation grants encourages scientists to actively engage both the public and policy makers in their scientific discoveries. Traditional broader impact strategies incorporating undergraduate science majors and graduate students in the scientific process provides crucial experiences for future scientists, and innovative strategies such as citizen science projects successfully involve larger audiences. However, these broader impact activities generally target people already interested in and knowledgeable about science. We need to do more. We need to insert science in unexpected places in our educational system and society to reach a more diverse audience, engage citizens who may not identify as scientists, and broaden interest and support for science education and research funding.

Our approach embeds a local community college professor familiar with the field area as a PI to design and manage the broader impacts of an NSF grant focusing on the exhumation and uplift of the Ruby Mountain Metamorphic Core Complex in northern Nevada. This strategy increases efficacy – researchers focus on data collection, analysis and interpretation, while the community college professor focuses on communicating the science to a diverse audience and measuring reach through clickstream analytic tools. Importantly, all of the PI’s benefit from one another’s work in a truly symbiotic way. Key to this approach is recruiting and including a multi-disciplinary team of undergraduates in the development and dissemination of instructional materials and establishing the RuGGED (Ruby Mountains Geology, Geochron, and Education) YouTube channel with an interactive geologic map to host filmed-in-the-field tutorials and interviews with noteworthy scientists. In addition, the incorporation of a co-PI with an extensive web of local connections facilitates sharing educational resources with local companies and organizations, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and the University of Nevada, Reno.”

All regular Monday Seminars are in DMS 102 at 4:00 PM.

NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—Thursday, Sept 5

Speaker: Dave Browning, TerraCore
Topic: Hyperspectral Core Imaging: Applications in Unravelling Deposit and Reservoir Mineralogy

Abstract: Hyperspectral core imaging is a passive and non-destructive spectroscopic method for identifying and mapping mineralogy in drill-cores and cuttings. Hyperspectral data is available across the Visible-Near-Infrared (VNIR; 350-1000nm), Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR; 1000-2500nm), and Long-Wave Infrared (LWIR; 7500-12000nm) regions. The information obtained allows for representative quantification of mineralogy across intervals, providing a reliable, consistent and objective record that is directly applicable to reservoir characterization. Hyperspectral core imaging also allows for the observation of mineralogical and textural properties which are not visually detectable, such as chemistry changes and grain size detection (i.e. sediment vs. cement). The rich dataset provided by hyperspectral imaging provides insight into conventional and unconventional resources, aiding the geologists in the understanding of their reservoir. The spectral data is collected by utilizing a core imaging workstation that combines a long-wave infrared (LWIR) hyperspectral camera with a SWIR hyperspectral camera and a high resolution RGB line scan camera. Several case studies will be presented demonstrating the importance of hyperspectral core imaging for petroleum and geothermal applications and how it can be utilized in conjunction with other datasets to better understand deposit and reservoir mineralogy.

Bio: Dave Browning has worked with hyperspectral data sets for over ten years, starting with utilizing spectroscopy as an exploration tool in Northeastern Nevada. He received a Master of Science degree from the University of Idaho, Moscow, for his thesis focused on ammonium bearing minerals and their ability to aid in regional exploration campaigns. As an exploration geologist he has designed and led several exploration campaigns focused in Nevada. Since joining TerraCore in 2014 he has been a lead geologist on projects of varying deposit types and industries across North America, from exploration through to production.

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society (NPGS)
September 2019 NPGS Meeting
Date: Sept. 5 2019, 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Location: Tamarack Junction, Reno, Nevada
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