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November 23, 2014

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Washington Updates
Arizona Conference

Space is still available for the 2014 Arizona Conference, hosted by SME in partnership with the Mining Foundation of the Southwest, Dec. 6-8, 2014 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. The keynote speaker is John O. Marsden, 2014 SME President and President of Metallurgium. His talk is entitled “iPhones Everywhere, But No One Wants Our Mine.” The conference theme is “A Place to Learn From Professionals in the Mining Community.” Technical programs include blasting, geology, metallurgy/metallurgical processing/smelting and environmental regulation.

2014 Arizona Conference
Special Book Signing Event

J. David Lowell, author of Intrepid Explorer: The Autobiography of the World's Best Mine Finder, will be autographing his book during the AZ Conference on Monday, Dec. 8, beginning at 8 am. Supplies are limited, so don’t miss this unique opportunity.
Intrepid Explorer
Featured events & webinars
2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference
February 15-18, 2015
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Webinar: The Dark Side of Leadership - Dealing with a Narcissistic Boss
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2 pm MST
Thomas Camm, Associate Professor, Montana Tech
George A. Fox Conference
January 27, 2015
City University of New York
New York, NY
TMS 2015 - 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
March 18-19, 2015
Orlando, FL
7th International Conference on Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry
Chair Dirk van Zyl. Co-Vice Chairs Deborah Shields & Zach Agioutantis
July 13-15, 2015
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
Visit the SME website for more news on meetings and webinars.
Call for Presentations
The SME Minnesota Section Conference Planning Committee is accepting abstracts for the April 2015 Duluth Conference. Submission deadline is Nov. 30, 2014. For more information, please go to SME Minnesota Section Conference
The Environmental Considerations in Energy Production Conference is inviting authors to submit their original contributions to be considered for presentation at the September 2015 conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Please submit abstracts by Jan. 16, 2015 to The proceedings volume will be peer reviewed and published by SME.
Help Spread the Word!
Minerals Education Coalition NSTA
The Minerals Education Coalition needs your help for “booth duty” at the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference in Long Beach, CA, Dec. 3-6, 2014. The booth gives MEC staff and volunteers a venue to share educational resources and experiments while talking with teachers and students about why minerals are important in our everyday lives. If you would like to volunteer for a few hours (or even a day!), please contact Rebecca Smith at
How do you feel about an SME Health and Safety Division?
SME has created a brief survey to gauge members’ support of a proposed Health and Safety Division, and we would like your opinion. Please take a moment to complete the anonymous survey by Dec. 5 and let your voice be heard.
SME Foundation News
Save the Date! #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving that kicks off the charitable season, will be Dec. 2, 2014. Watch your email for your opportunity to support your society’s programs by giving to #SMEFoundation. #GivingTuesday

WOW! Check out the SME Foundation 2015 Silent Auction website to see the awesome items that have been donated – new items are being added daily. When you’re doing your holiday shopping next week, don’t forget about picking up something for the SMEF silent auction, too. Contribute your tax-deductible donations for the auction before the end of the year. Visit the SMEF Annual Gala Dinner webpage to see how you can participate.

SMEF Annual Gala Dinner

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