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December 18, 2014

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Washington Updates
Congressional Fellowship Application Period is Open

SME is pleased to be offering a mining expert the chance to apply his or her industry knowledge to positively affect change in the laws that govern the U.S. mining and minerals industry in Washington, D.C. The application period for the 2015 - 2016 SME Congressional Fellowship program runs December 1-31, 2014. The second SME Mining Engineering Congressional Fellow will be placed on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee during the 2015 - 2016 legislative session. The position requires either a Masters in engineering or a PhD in mining engineering, geology, extractive metallurgy or mineral processing.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations,, or Jackie Dorr, For more information on SME’s Congressional Fellowship Program, visit

Featured events & webinars
George A. Fox Conference
January 27, 2015
City University of New York
New York, NY
No on-site registration will be available.
Webinar: Dolostone and Magnesite: The other guys on the carbonate block and their high end use in refractories
Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 2 pm MST
Gary Tomaino, Minteq International Inc.
2015 SME Annual Conference & Expo CMA 117th National Western Mining Conference
February 15-18, 2015
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO
Webinar: SME 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibit Overview
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 10 am MST
Vlad Kecojevic - 2015 Annual Conference Program Chair
TMS 2015 - 144th Annual Meeting & Exhibition
March 18-19, 2015
Orlando, FL
2015 SME MN, Duluth Conference
April 13-15, 2015
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth, MN
Visit the SME website for more news on meetings and webinars.
Introducing SME Podcasts
Podcasts are a great way to get to know SME authors and speakers on your own time. SME recently launched the first two podcasts in its Thought Leaders Series. The podcasts feature interviews with:
Dr. Christopher J. Bise editor of Modern American Coal Mining: Methods and Applications.
Dr. Corby G. Anderson editor of Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy: 100 Years of Innovation.
From Your SME Foundation
Looking for an end-of-the-year tax donation? Think of the SME Foundation!
A donation to the Foundation is fully tax deductible. All funds go to support programs such as the Minerals Education Coalition, ABET and the PE Review Exam. Contributions received by December 31, 2014 can be deducted on your 2014 tax return. Contact the SME Foundation to donate now!
Donate your mining treasures to the SME Foundation for the Silent Auction.
This year, the Foundation will hold silent auctions at the Foundation Dinner and in the SME Conference Café in the Exhibit Hall during the SME Annual Conference. Donate scale equipment models, antique mining lamps, sports memorabilia, cool electronic gadgets and jewelry. Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds support the SME Foundation programs. Help us make this year’s auction the best yet! Visit the Foundation auction site for more information.
Have you Renewed?
It's time to renew your SME Membership. Your membership expires on December 31st, so if you haven't already done so, renew today! Enter your member number and password to log in. Then click on the "Pay My Dues" link in the upper left hand side of the page. We look forward to having you back in 2015! Need an invoice? Email me!
From Around the World
Global Exploration Budgets Report Now Available
Larger players account for 40% of global exploration budgets, according to an exclusive report issued by SNL Metals & Mining. This special report is based on data from SNL's more extensive Corporate Exploration Strategies study. The full report can be downloaded from their website
GMSG Seeking Program Manager
The Global Mining Standards & Guidelines Group (GMSG) is offering the position of Program Manager to a qualified candidate who will enable the working groups and contractors in the successful delivery of core programs. Interested candidates should contact the Managing Director of GMSG via email at
Washington Updates & Noteworthy News
SME is dedicated to providing you with the latest mining news, from daily headlines at Mining Engineering Online to our technical journal Minerals & Metallurgical Processing to our Government and Public Affairs coverage.

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