Radon Poster Contest—ends October 31

Radon Poster Contest an Opportunity for Nevada Youth Who Wish to Win Big
9/18/2018 | By Nadia Noel
Education Coordinator, Nevada Radon Education Program

“Do you know a youth, ages 9 to 14, who could create a poster to increase awareness on radon? Are you a youth in that age range who would like to win between $45 to $75 and fun promotional items? If you are a part of either group, this blog post is a surprise just for you.

The 2019 Nevada Radon Poster Contest is an opportunity for students to get creative and teach their peers and adults about what radon is, where it comes from, how it gets into homes, how it can cause lung cancer or the importance of testing one’s house for the gas. This contest is offered by the Nevada Radon Education Program (NREP) and is sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to increase the public’s awareness of the radioactive gas.”

“NREP must receive all submissions at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.”

Read entire story here: https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/blogs/2018/radon-poster-contest

Resources on Radon

Geothermal Activity Book (Grades 4–8)— Updated Version Available

Geothermal Activity Book (Grades 48)Updated Version Available

This fun activity book for grades 4–8 has been updated by the Nevada Division of Minerals.

Geothermal Resources in Nevada: Activity Book 2015

Free Spanish for Mining Classes at UNR

Please see the message below regarding the free Spanish for Mining classe at UNR:

“Good morning. My name is Adriana Flecha, I’m a Fulbright FLTA Scholar from Argentina, currently working at the Latino Research Center (Edmund J. Cain Hall, room 100).

We are offering again our free Spanish for Mining classes for September, 26th to December, 15th.

The course will consist on developing language skills for the mining industry, focusing on building vocabulary, understanding technical texts, and enhancing oral interaction. The lessons will last an hour each, twice a week.

We are trying to set up a time for the classes, the days and times available are during Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 to 12:00, or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 1:00. Please let me know what time would suit you best.

I would also appreciate if you can spread the word about the course, so we can get to the majority Mining community.

If you are interested, you can contact me via e-mail (adriana.j.flecha@gmail.com), or call me at (775) 682-9041.”

SME Foundation Award: MEC Partnership Award to Daphne D. LaPointe


The MEC [Minerals Education Coalition] Partnership Appreciation Award is presented to Daphne D. LaPointe “in recognition of dedication to the students and teachers of Nevada in motivation and education in the earth sciences and the study of geology. Daphne (D.D.) LaPointe received her bachelors degree from Smith College and a masters degree from the University of Montana, both in geology. She first worked in minerals exploration for Exxon Minerals in Idaho and Montana. She has lived in Reno, NV since 1979, where she worked in geology for the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) for 32 years. She was always involved in coordinating education and outreach activities in minerals and mining with local schools, teachers, students and the public. After retirement in 2013, she continued to volunteer in geological education and scholarship activities associated with the Geological Society of Nevada, the Nevada Mining Association and WAAIME. Specific projects she initiated include a field trip grant program funded by the Geological Society of Nevada Foundation to help Nevada K-12 teachers take students on earth-science and mining-related field trips and a field camp grant program to help University of Nevada Reno geology students with costs of required summer field camp. She also helped initiate a series of annual public Earth Science Week field trips at NBMG.” (excerpt from Mining Engineering magazine, January 2016, page 57)

Earth Science Week Field Trip—Oct 17 and 18—reminder!

Mount Rose, Washoe County, NV. Photographer: Nick Hinz

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2015:
Fire and Ice—Geology of the Mount Rose Quadrangle, Lake Tahoe, and the Carson Range
Saturday, October 17 or Sunday, October 18
(Sunday is a repeat of Saturday)

Sign up here for this year’s field trip!

This year’s Earth Science Week is October 11-17, 2015 and will celebrate the theme “Visualizing Earth’s Systems.”

NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by coordinating annual geologic field trips for the general public. The field trip is free to the public! Be sure to bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a hammer, and a GPS receiver (optional). The day’s activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

Most of the stops will involve very short walks from the car.  The longest hike will be about two miles round trip along the Mt. Rose trail, beginning and ending at the Mount Rose Highway summit.

This year NBMG will lead a trip to look at recently completed mapping of the Mount Rose quadrangle which covers an area from north shore of Lake Tahoe to north Mount Rose proper, east into the Mount Rose Ski Area, and west to the NV/CA state line.  Our journey will have stops along the Mount Rose Highway (including Mount Rose summit), in Incline Village, and along the north shore of Lake Tahoe.  We will look at the history of volcanoes, glaciers, and faults that have built and continue to build the landscape we see today.

JUST POSTED! You can read the details of the trip in this guide:

The Mount Rose geologic map can be found here:

You must sign up online[docs.google.com] prior to the trip and sign a waiver form. Please print out a paper copy, sign and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point.

Field trip participants should meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Galena Creek Visitor Center[galenacreekvisitorcenter.org] on the Mt. Rose Highway. Departure will be at 9:30 a.m.

There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer your questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching—a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices. If you have a hand-held GPS unit, please bring it.

For questions about the field trip, please call Nick Hinz at 775-784-1446.

For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website[earthsciweek.org].

ESW Proclamation by the Governor

Reminder: new geodesy class this Fall 2012

Geoff Blewitt, Research Professor at NBMG, will teach a new geodesy class this Fall 2012 offered by the Department of Physics at the University of Nevada. The class is PHYS 484/694 Special Problems in Physics: “Physics and Engineering of GPS.” It …

Geoff Blewitt, Research Professor at NBMG, will teach a new geodesy class this Fall 2012 offered by the Department of Physics at the University of Nevada.  The class is PHYS 484/694 Special Problems in Physics: "Physics and Engineering of GPS."  It will cover the physics and engineering principles of the Global Positioning System for millimeter-precision positioning and sub-nanosecond timing.