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SME presses SEC to act on petition for rulemaking
On November 21, SME Executive Director Dave Kanagy sent a letter to the chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), pressing the agency to act on SME’s year-old petition for rulemaking over Industry Guide 7 (IG7), the SEC disclosure guidance applicable to publically traded U.S. mining companies. IG7 has become increasingly outdated and out-of-sync with mineral reporting and disclosure standards used in the rest of the world. SME points to a recent speech by SEC Chair Mary Jo White, in which she used the mining industry as an example of a sector that is long overdue for reform of their respective industry disclosure guidance. On October 1, 2012, SME filed a petition for rulemaking with the SEC to amend IG7 to realign the U.S. reporting regime for mining companies, both for the protection of investors and for the removal of competitive harm to U.S. mining companies.

Avoid the onsite registration lines at the Arizona Conference
Preregister online by 3:00 pm MST Friday, December 6.
Gain valuable networking time and use the conference more effectively!
2013 Arizona Conference
December 8-9, 2013
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, AZ
Last call!

#GivingTuesday a success!
The SME Foundation thanks all our contributors for their support on #GivingTuesday. With individual contributions and a corporate contribution for partial matching funds from Front Range Aggregates, the SME Foundation received $7,775 in contributions. Thank you for your support at this time of year, and all year round.

Enter the SME 2013 "Minerals & Mineral Processing" Photo Contest today
Share your mineral & processing images with us, and you might win fame, fortune and a year of SME membership. The first place winner will receive $500 and a FREE year of SME membership! Enter up to three of your images now at Winning images will be displayed on the SME website and at the 2014 SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City for all attendees to enjoy. Sponsored by HITACHI.

New professional development opportunities from SME eLearning
Kinetics of metallurgical processes
Author: Fathi Habashi
Training time: approximately 5 hrs
5 professional development hours (PDH)
Narrow, near vertical vein mining methods
Author: Norman Schwab
Training time: approximately 1.5 hrs
1.5 professional development hours (PDH)

Author: Fathi Habashi
Training time: approximately 5 hrs
5.0 professional development hours (PDH)
Browse a complete list of SME’s online courses.

Surprising facts about China's rare earth minerals
And what they mean for the rest of the world: Read the article in this month's issue of Mining Engineering.

New from the bookstore: Modern American Coal Mining
The single best source for information on today’s coal mining industry, Modern American Coal Mining: Methods and Applications offers a clear and comprehensive look at an industry in transition. This book demonstrates how mining stewardship and productivity can be aligned, and that health and safety factors can be integrated with technological and economic considerations.

Perfect gift for the mining professional who has everything
SME book sets have arrived — just in time for your holiday shopping! The bookstore has put together sets of our most popular books and is pricing them to sell. These sets are limited in quantity and only available for a short time. Orders must be placed by midnight December 31st MST, so act soon. Listed below are member/student member/and nonmember pricing.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

9:00 am MST
Roussos Dimitrikouplos
Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
“Strategic mine planning under uncertainty: from complex orebodies and single mines to mining complexes.”
Date and time to be announced soon
Tammy R. Whiston
Managing partner, Cason Group LLC
“Networking novice to pro.”
For details and to register, go to:

Upcoming meetings

2014 SME Annual Meeting & Exhibit
February 23-26, 2014
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT
Complete details now available.

Critical Minerals Conference
August 3-5, 2014
Westin Denver Downtown
Denver, CO
Call for papers.
Abstracts due for consideration by January 24, 2014.

2015 International Conference on Hoisting and Haulage
June 21-25, 2015
Clarion Hotel Sign
Stockholm, Sweden
Call for papers.

Give back: Geoscience for the public good
The Geological Society of America is sponsoring a special volume titled Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future. We invite all geoscientists and nongeoscientists alike to consider submitting a paper to be included in this important volume, which will appear in early 2015.

Submit a paper to Geoscience for the Public Good.

Learn more about geology in the public interest.

NIOSH Seminar on safety in underground stone mines
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will hold its 18th Annual Underground Stone Safety Seminar December 10-11 in Louisville, KY. The seminar will include presentations on mine rescue and annual refresher training strategies specific to underground stone mines. In addition, topics include real-time diesel particulate monitoring, DPM control, laser techniques on ground control practices and conveyor safety.

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