Upcoming Meetings

All are welcome – no admission charge

CSS November Meeting
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Geothermal Energy

Jeff Winick, Geothermal Consultant

Jeff Winick

Abstract: Jeff’s talk will provide an introductory overview of geothermal energy, with topics that include the formation and characteristic elements of geothermal resources, and the basic technologies used to discover and develop them for a range of applications (electric and non-electric utilization). Jeff will also provide a high-level overview of the changing US electricity market, some key drivers and challenges, and the role that geothermal energy can play in this energy transformation.

Biography: Jeff Winick has more than 18 years of experience in energy, mineral, and water resource management. This includes leading technical teams, interdisciplinary project management, and international experience in development and operations. His technical specialization is in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of geochemistry data as a decision-making tool in multiple industry settings. Jeff works for Allegheny Science and Technology and is currently on contract to the US Department of Energy where he is the lead author and project manager for the GeoVision study. The study establishes a vision for growth of the U.S. geothermal industry based on R&D advancements in cost reduction, improved performance across geothermal resources and technologies, and techno-economic analysis of industry growth scenarios out to the year 2050. Jeff holds a master’s degree from New Mexico Tech and a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College.

Geothermal Energy Potential of Colorado

Jen Livermore, Consulting Geothermal Engineer

Jen Livermore

Abstract: Jen will discuss the geothermal energy potential of the state of Colorado. She will provide a regional overview of Colorado’s geothermal prospectivity based on its geological and structural setting. Specific hydrothermal systems will be highlighted with information regarding the geothermal system’s conceptual model based on desktop studies. The current status of geothermal development in Colorado for both direct-use applications and utility-scale geothermal projects will be presented.

Biography: Jen Livermore is a consulting geophysical engineer with a specialization in electrical and electromagnetic geophysical methods for natural resource exploration. Primary areas of geoscientific focus include deep imaging of geothermal systems utilizing the magnetotelluric method and direct-use applications of geothermal resources. Jennifer received a BS in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2006, attended the inaugural National Geothermal Academy at the University of Nevada Reno in 2011, and completed an MS in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado Business School in 2014. She is currently a board director of the Geothermal Resources Council industry group and an advocate for the geothermal industry.

at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood, CO
6:30-7:00 PM – Social
7:00-9:00 PM Talk and discussion

Map for Shepherd of the Hills Church

CSS Presidents Talk and December Meeting
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Cities at Risk

Bob Raynolds, Denver Museum of Nature and Science
at the DMNS Gates Planetarium
6:30-7:00 PM – Social
7:00-9:00 PM Talk and discussion

Bob Raynolds

At the Denver Museum of Nature & Science I have collaborated for the past few years with Space Science Curator Dr. KaChun Yu. We have presented a broad series of talks in the Gates Planetarium using the immersive capacity of the dome to offer global stories in a compelling setting. Topics have included, mountains, rivers, islands, and volcanoes, Vikings, The Silk Route, The Dead Sea Scrolls and Syrah Wine.

In December at my President’s talk, I will use the planetarium dome to review the time line of humanity. As mankind evolved and ultimately left Africa and spread around the globe, our progress was punctuated by a series of key game-changing discoveries; speech, fire, tools, writing, and Wikipedia.
After a review of whence we came, we will focus on some challenges facing our civilization today. Mass migration, chronic underemployment, and the challenge to effectively apply the discoveries of our sciences will be considered.

As our population passes 7.5 billion we have more and more people living in risky areas. Tens of millions live within a few meters of sea level. Many others live near moving fault zones and amidst active volcanoes. The earth sciences provide tools and perspectives that can be used to help mitigate risk and protect investments and property. Young people today are entering a job market that is rapidly evolving and will offer opportunities to those who can apply geoscience skills to solving complex problems of human adaptation to changes, both anticipated and not. Our unprecedented abilities to communicate and share knowledge and wisdom across the world should set the stage for a glorious future. May it be so.

Bob Raynolds, CSS President

CSS Meeting, January 17, 2019
Kilauea’s 2018 Eruption – New methods and perspectives for monitoring volcanic eruptions

Don Becker, USGS and Jeff Sloan, USGS

CSS Meeting, February 21, 2019
The Beulah marble: Ornamental stones of Colorado

Ken Balleweg, Consulting Geologist

Geographies Unrealized, The Story of Four Cartographic Myths of North America

Don McGurk, Rocky Mountain Map Society

CSS Meeting, March 21, 2019
A Cook’s Tour of Colorado’s Glacial Landscape

Vince Matthews, Leadville Geology

General Information about Meetings

All are welcome – no admission charge
Social Hour starts at 6:30, meeting at 7:00

Meetings are normally at:
Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church
11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO

See Abstracts (under Events) for previous Colorado Scientific Society Talks