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SME eNews November 21, 2019
  Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration


In this issue:


National Miners Day

Safety Share

Upcoming Webinars

SME Booth at AEMA

Member Spotlight

Annual Meeting Field Trips

Mining Award Nominations

St. Barbara's Day Luncheon

AZ Conference Short Course

MineXchange Short Courses

MME Call for Papers

Vote for Move Mining Video

Award Lectures at MPD

Get Kids Involved!

Industry Headlines

SME Salutes National Miners Day

December 6 is National Miners Day, a day designated by Congress to honor the contributions and sacrifices of the miners who have helped make America strong. SME will honor this day with a Thank You to all SME members working in the mining industry, as we take a moment to remember those who have given so much to this important community.

Today, more than 325,000 miners work in nearly 13,000 mines across the nation to extract minerals from the Earth. These minerals play critical roles in the quality of American lives. Everything we depend on is either made from minerals, or relies on minerals for its production; from basic living to national defense, communications and transportation, energy and electronics, recreation and agriculture, to the clothes we wear and the cars we drive. According to the Minerals Education Coalition, the average American will need 3.19 million pounds of minerals, metals, and fuels in their lifetime.

“The men and women who work in the mining and minerals industries provide the resources that drive economies and raise the standard of living for people worldwide. They often work in challenging environments so that our lives may be more comfortable,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “Please take a moment to reflect upon and honor the extraordinary accomplishments of our nation’s miners – past, present and future.”


Safety Share: Holiday Lighting and Ladder Safety
As the holiday season approaches and thoughts of putting up decorations or changing the batteries in the smoke detectors arrives, it seems like a good time to review the four rules for ladder safety. 1. Pick the right ladder for the job you are going to do. Do not use a metal ladder around any electrical installation. 2. Make sure the ladder is in good working condition. Make sure the nonslip rubber feet are in good condition. 3. Set up the ladder correctly. If a straight ladder is used it should be placed one foot away from the wall for every four feet of height. 4. Work safely on the ladder. Maintain three points of contact and keep centered on the ladder. Whether in the mine or at home, the proper use of ladders can help prevent injuries.
Provided by John “Ros” Hill
Upcoming Webinars 
Legal & Ethical Considerations for EHS Professionals
Adele Abrams, President, Law Office of Adele L Abrams PC
Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, 10:00-11:00 MT

A Mine-Level Leading Indicator of Interstitial Lung Diseases: Findings from 20 years of MSHA Data
Dr. Susan Moore, Senior Scientist, NIOSH
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, 10:00-11:00 MT
COST: $45 Member | $90 Nonmember | $10 SME Student Member
Visit the SME Booth at AEMA
If you’re attending the AEMA 2019 annual meeting December 1-6 in Sparks, Nevada, be sure to stop by the SME booth (#418) in the exhibit hall. The exhibits and SME booth are open:
  • Wednesday, December 4: 9:00 am-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 5: 9:00 am-6:30 pm
  • Friday, December 6: 9:00 am-11:00 am
Check out a few of SME’s more popular books, pick up membership information for your colleagues, and meet SME staff. The SME membership team hopes to see you at AEMA.
Member Spotlight
Amanda Kerr, UCA of SME member, was named the Young Tunneller of the Year at the International Tunnelling Association 2019 Awards Conference & Banquet. Kerr, a 2016 graduate of Arizona State University, is the first woman to win the prestigious award.
Harvey Parker, UCA of SME member, was also honored at the ceremony at the Hilton Downtown Miami Hotel in Miami, FL, with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Parker’s career spans 45 years in the U.S. and international tunneling industry.
SME Annual Meeting Field Trips
Thursday, February 27, 2020 | 7:30 am - 2:30 pm | $65
Ticket price includes transportation.

Get a sense of the Resolution Copper project with a surface tour of our West Plant grounds adjacent to the Town of Superior, Arizona, and our East Plant site at Oak Flat. *30 attendee max.

Wednesday, February 26 – Thursday, February 27 | $395
Ticket price includes transportation, hotel stay, some meals, and any entrance fees.

Visit the historic Bisbee Copper Queen Mine with a surface tour of the inactive open pit, reclamation areas and mine shop in the morning. Lunch will be provided and then the journey will continue in the afternoon with a tour of the underground workings, all in the town in Bisbee, Arizona. *35 attendee max.
Call for Mining Award Nominations
National Mining Hall of Fame &
Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award Nominations
The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is actively seeking nominations for the 2020 Hall of Fame induction cycle and the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award, and you can help! Anyone may submit a nomination for either award. Please help the NMHF Board of Governors and the Prazen Award Committee identify those outstanding individuals whose accomplishments have had a significant and lasting impact in the mining community.

Nominations are due December 31, 2019.

Eligibility & nomination guidelines can be found online at:
St. Barbara’s Day Award Luncheon
St. Barbara’s Day Award Luncheon
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
University Club of Denver
1673 Sherman St., Denver, CO 80203

Sponsored by the Colorado Mining Association, Denver Gold Group, and SME. Join us for an annual holiday tradition to recognize an outstanding member of the mining and minerals community. This year we honor Gary Goldberg, former CEO of Newmont Goldcorp.

Please register with CMA before December 5, 2019.
Short Course and Workshop at AZ Conference
Mining Disclosure Essentials:
NI 43-101 Reporting Requirements and Avoiding the Fatal Flaw

Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 8:30 am - 4:00 pm | $250 Member | $300 nonmember
Craig Waldie, Senior Geologist, Ontario Securities Commission

Public reporting on mineral projects by Canadian mining companies must comply with NI 43-101, but is the company’s reporting compliant with the disclosure rules? This short course will provide mining industry practitioners with an opportunity to learn the essentials of technical disclosure under NI 43-101 directly from the regulator. Common public reporting pitfalls and challenges at various stages in the development of a mineral project from exploration to production will be covered using practical examples.

Developing Diversity and Inclusion in the Mining Industry

Sunday, December 8, 2019 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm | $30

Join the Women In Mining (WIM) Arizona Chapter and Industry Panelists from Freeport-McMoRan, Newmont, Caterpillar Inc., and others as we explore key challenges facing mining companies. The goal of the workshop is to support and encourage individuals and organizations who wish to increase diversity and inclusion within their workplaces and the mining industry overall.
Short Courses at MineXchange

Multi-Day Courses:
Certified Mine Safety Professional (CMSP) Review Course
February 21-23, 2020

New Digital Technologies and Risk Management in Strategic Mine Planning: Smart mining complexes and mineral value chains under uncertain metal supply and market demand
February 22-23, 2020

A Comparison of the New SEC Regulation S-K1300 on Modernization of Property Disclosures for Mining Registrants to Canadian National Instrument 43-101
February, 22-23, 2020

One-Day Courses:
February 23, 2020

Mining Financial Modeling
Fundamentals of Mineral and Metallurgical Processing
Tailings 101: What You Need to Know

Learn more about these dynamic short courses online and enhance your professional development when you add a short course to your conference registration.
MME Call for Papers
MME Call for Papers! Special Issue on Miner Health and Safety – Submit by March 31
The mining industry has developed one of the strongest safety cultures of any heavy industry. Virtually all companies promote a safety-first culture, and boards of directors carefully monitor safety performance. Protecting worker health and safety on the jobsite is similarly a priority. While advancing technologies are rapidly improving the mining work environment, there are secondary and tertiary health and safety considerations as well. As the industry, with academia and other partners, strives to anticipate and mitigate the unintended consequences of technological change occurring within mines, this Special Issue on Miner Health and Safety in the Fourth Industrial Revolution of the SME Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration journal is expected to inform stakeholders of the challenges faced and current state of the science.
Submit your paper by March 31, 2020, at

Download submission guidelines from
Cast Your Vote for Your Favorite Move Mining Video!
Voting is open now in the Move Mining competition! Go to to watch the videos. Vote on your favorite to help that team become the People’s Choice finalist. Four other finalist teams will be chosen by a panel of judges. The five finalist teams will compete for the $5,000 grand prize or $3,000 second and $2,000 third place prizes.

The live event will take place at the MineXChange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo on Sunday, February 23, 2020. Move Mining, officially sponsored by Komatsu, is in its fourth season and aims to change the public’s perception of mining. Which concept will get your vote?
Gaudin, Richards and Wadsworth Award Lectures at MPD Plenary Session

The Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) Awards Plenary Session on Monday, February 24, 2020, 2:00-4:30 pm, will feature talks by three of the division’s major award recipients:
  • Antoine M. Gaudin Award recipient John Gathje, on “In the Box or Out”
  • Robert H. Richards Award recipient James Vanderbeek, on “My Journey from SAG Mills to HPGRs (with Some Other Technology Stops in Between)”
  • Milton E. Wadsworth Award recipient William Imrie, on “Reflections from a Half-century in Operations and Project Development”
The MPD Awards Plenary Session is part of the technical programming at the MineXChange 2020 SME Annual Conference & Expo. Register for the conference at
A Chance for Kids to Get Involved
Don’t forget about MEC’s children’s program, Move Mining Next Gen! Submissions for the K-12 competition are due January 8. There is time for a child you know to learn about the role mining and minerals play in our lives and then tell the world about it in a three-minute video. Grand prize is $1000. Spread the word! All details about this opportunity for kids can be found at
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