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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.

NPGS Field Trip

Announcing the NPGS 2018 Field Trip
Dedicated in Memory of Jim Trexler
September 7–9, 2018

This Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society field trip will focus on the over-arching tectonic problem(s) that Jim and crew were working on including the late Paleozoic Southwestern Laurentian Borderland (SLaB) and unraveling the tectonic history through sedimentation and structural geology.

Field trip stops led by Pat Cashman, Don French, Dan Sturmer, and more!

Preliminary Itinerary:

7 Sep 2018

  • Meet in Reno Nevada – Carpooling logistics
  • Field trip stops near Golconda
  • Evening group meeting-dinner in Elko

8 Sep 2018

  • Carlin outcrops
  • Evening group meeting-dinner in Elko

9 Sep 2018

  • Pine Valley area

10 Sep 2018 (optional)

  • Eureka area

Registration and final field trip itinerary will be announced this spring.

Questions? Want to help in some way? Contact General Chair Dan Sturmer (

New NDOT Atlas

Nevada Department of Transportation has released their new Nevada Map Atlas (revised 2017).
You can pick up one at the NDOT office in Carson City or order here:

Mineral Monday—New at the Keck Museum—with Curator Garrett Barmore

Read the full story here:

Nevada Today, 1/22/2018, by Jennifer Sande
“Each Monday, explore the many amazing minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum with curator Garrett Barmore.Welcome to the first episode of Mineral Monday! Each week, learn about one of the many specimens on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum with curator Garrett Barmore.
This week’s object is fulgurite. Before you watch the video, can you guess how fulgurite is formed just by looking at it?”

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AEG Great Basin Monthly Meeting—Thursday, February 15, 2018

Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, Great Basin Chapter, Monthly Meeting
Thursday, February 15, 2018
SPEAKER: Brett McElhaney
TOPIC: “An Engineer-Philosopher’s Approach to the Interaction of Earthquakes and the Built Environment”

ABSTRACT: The world is not as it seems. This also pertains to the built environment. Energy flow is in everything. Structures that we often think of as “rigid” are actually vibrant with energy and have their own unique personalities (natural period, etc.). Likewise, every earthquake also has its own personality, energy content and frequency signatures. When the energy from an earthquake enters a structure and interacts with its energy there is a dance of energies and it is analogous to a musician (the earthquake) playing a musical instrument (the structure).

BIOGRAPHY: Brett started his professional career in the social sciences, earning a B.S. in Psychology from Midwestern State University in 1991. A few years later, he switched to Civil Engineering and obtained a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering in 1997 and 1999, respectively. In 2005, Brett started his own consulting firm. Currently he holds an SE license in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Texas and Maryland. With no formal business training or classes, he decided to go back to school for an MBA and graduated in Spring of 2015. “This experience has really added another dimension to my mind.”

Brett is an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, teaching Structural Steel Design to fourth year Civil Engineering students.

LOCATION: SURE STAY PLUS HOTEL BY BEST WESTERN (Hotel name change – same location)
Reno, NV 89502


Cost: Members: $27.00 ~ Non-Members: $30.00 ~ Students: $20.00

Please give us a 48 Hour Cancellation notice if you are not able to attend.

The monthly section meetings are held every third Thursday of the month, unless notified otherwise.

UNR/NWRA Dinner Forum—Thursday Feb 15

Hosted by Nevada Water Resources Association
Thursday, February 15, 2018

NWRA and UNR are Excited to Announce the 2018 Dinner Forum Speaker:
David Boutt, Associate Professor, Geosciences, UMass-Amhers:
2018 GSA Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer
Water and LithiumThe Nexus of Hydrogeosciences and Green Energy in the Transition from Fossil Fuels

Location: Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport
1790 East Plumb Lane
Reno, NV  89502

Registration by January 29, 2018:
NWRA Members $40, Non-Members $45, Student $20

Registration after January 29, 2018:
NWRA Members $45, Non-Members  $50, Student $25

For more information, or to register visit or call Tina Triplett at 775-473-5473.