The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) hosted its 11th Annual GeoSymposium on April 29 – 30, and Newmont’s Chief Geologist for North America, Dick Reid, was there to share his mining experience and expertise with geoscience students.
The UNLV GeoSymposium is an event organized by students that provides geoscience graduates and undergraduates with an opportunity to present their original research in a professional and supportive environment. During the first day, students presented their research to peers and faculty as well as to industry, civic and government professionals with either slideshow or poster booth presentations.
In addition to hosting a Newmont booth at the event, Dick presented the keynote address in the afternoon session. He shared with students the many professional avenues available to them in the mining industry, for example, the role of environmental coordinator. In this role, geoscientists can help manage and monitor closure and reclamation of sites, oversee environmental compliance and regulation, and provide guidance on exploration permitting, among other duties.
On the second day, Dick joined students on an interdisciplinary field trip to the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge and Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park. As part of our commitment to investing in educational programs in the regions where we operate, Newmont donated $3,000 to sponsor the trip.
Home to many endemic species of plants and animals, the refuge served as an excellent setting for investigating important issues related to interconnected groundwater systems and the challenges that drought-prone landscapes can pose to these important hydrological features.
Congratulations to all the students who presented their research, and a big thank you to Dick Reid for his contributions to this worthwhile event.