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The Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies (HRC) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) was tasked to organize the Devils Hole Workshop in Furnace Creek Death Valley, CA on May 21 – 23, 2003. This Conference is designed to report current research results and to bring the scientific community, as well as the general public, up to date on research relevant to the Death Valley Regional Flow System (DVRFS). The Devils Hole Workshop is beneficial to the DOE because it provides the opportunity to DOE technical task leaders and Bechtel SAIC (BSC) representatives to present the research currently in progress to a wide audience. Project scientists and other interested parties are also given the opportunity to learn about ongoing hydrologic work by other Project scientists and also federal, state, local, and privately funded entities operating in the DVRFS area. Coordination of this workshop was also beneficial to the University. The university, as an educational facility, was given an exceptional opportunity to mentor a group of students in the many areas involved in this task. Registration, distribution of information, design / updating of the website, and other miscellaneous tasks were performed by Stephanie Gayvert (an undergraduate student), the field trip was coordinated by Amanda Brandt (a graduate student), the abstracts and programs were assembled by Julie Bertoia (a graduate student), and the evaluation forms were summarized and graphed by Roselynn Gentles (an undergraduate student) . In addition, most of these students, along with another graduate student, Jeremy Koonce, had the opportunity to moderate sessions during the workshop. These students performed these tasks admirably and in return gained significant experience in an important area of scientific communication. This task also funded the travel expenses for several UNLV graduate students thus giving them the opportunity to present their research and network with project scientists.

This final report summarizes the tasks performed, the dates completed, and the people that assisted. In addition, a summary of the results of the evaluation forms returned by attendees will be presented. One goal of this report is to assist the organizers for the 2004 Devils Hole workshop with lessons learned by the HRC. This report will also serve to recognize the efforts of several people within the HRC, the National Park Service (NPS), and the US Geological Survey (USGS) that assisted with this task. The success of this workshop was largely due to the efforts of these people.


Hydrology – Congress; Nevada – Devils Hole; Nevada – Yucca Mountain; United States – Death Valley


Earth Sciences | Hydrology




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