Visiting profs will talk energy prospects, future of state industry, hot springs research

Presentations come from research at University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Community College

The Daily Times staff
  • The lecture series is free and open to the public.
  • Each lecture will last about 45 minutes, and they are scheduled between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.


FARMINGTON — The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park will present four professors from Santa Fe Community College and the University of New Mexico in its Innovations in Energy lecture series Saturday.

The lectures, which are free and open to the public, are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the museum's classrooms.

Martin Kirk, a professor of chemical biology and chemistry at the University of New Mexico, will present a lecture titled “Energy Prospects for New Mexico” at 10 a.m.

Laura Crossey, who teaches aqueous and sedimentary geochemistry at UNM, will discuss her research in a lecture titled “Chasing Helium: Hot Springs of the Tibetan Plateau — Combing Research and Education on an International Geothermal Project.” Crossey’s presentation begins at 11 a.m.

Stephen Gomez, Santa Fe Community College’s chair of sustainable trades and technologies, will present a lecture titled “Bioenergy: Why Manure Smells Like Money” at 1 p.m.

Janie Chermak, an economics professor at UNM, will wrap up the lecture series with “Attitudes and Preferences: Impact on the Future of New Mexico Energy” at 2 p.m.

More information is available on the museum’s website at

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