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Every month, we put out a Fine Grind article in  Mining Engineering  to keep members in touch with the latest happenings, technical updates and other interesting news from the MPD division. This is the Fine Grind that appeared in the April 2017 issue. We invite you to comment, discuss or ask questions! Amy Jacobsen, Secretary Treasurer Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Executive Committee   April Fine Grind MPD Executive Committee Meeting Minutes by Scott Shuey, Secretary Treasurer, 2016-2017 MPD Executive Committee The regular meeting of the Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) Executive Committee was called ...
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00_CTMF_Schedule_Two_Track_Prog_31_Mar_2017.pdf Register Today , Space is Becoming Limited - There may not be on site registrations - If you want to Attend please Register Today  For SME's 5th Current Trends in Mining Finance Conference in New York on Sunday April 30 to Wednesday May 3 See the attached 4 page 3 day Schedule with other details including:  Why Attend CTMF 2017? Who Should and Will Be There? Meet one-on-one with and hear many leading mining industry executives and experts speak with plenty of time for networking . The event encourages delegates to get questions answered by leading mining and ...
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SME understands the importance of a strong professional network which is why most of our events include networking opportunities. The most difficult part is knowing how many business cards to bring. I recently helped an SME member figure out this question by showing him how to create a digital QR code. He can now share this with other smartphone users by allowing them to scan this code which creates the contact in their phone. Share, scan, save - done! The process to create this code takes about 3 minutes and it is FREE Go to http://www.qr-code-generator.com/ Choose the Vcard option at the top of the page and fill out your contact details Then ...
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00_Final_Accessing_Capital_in_Mining_Today_-_Managing_Through_the_Cycle_at_SME_annual_meeting_20_February_2017_in_Denver.pdf Hi All As there were many in the room at the SME annual meeting in Denver on Monday February 20, 2017 who asked for a set of the Speakers' slides from the session the NY Section of SME organized about Accessing Capital in Mining Today - a mini version of the 5th Current Trends in Mining Finance (CTMF) Conference in New York on April 30th to May 3rd - attached (we hope) here are slide deck for all of you to see. The session was well received and attended. Thank you all for joining us and the questions you asked. We hope to see you ...
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The Move Mining competition made its grand debut at the SME Annual Conference & Expo. The winning team, Team Atwood, won a $5000 cash prize for their idea on how to influence the publics perception of mining through game-based learning. Teams were selected from 40 initial entries to pitch their ideas in a Shark Tank style competition. With around 300 attendees to the event and more than 4,000 Facebook views, it is clear this is something people want to see. If you missed the event, visit www.movemining.org to check out the finalists. Comments from the crowd at the inaugural Move Mining competition included: It was great to see so many young people involved. ...
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The Overstuffed Chair

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Every month, we put out a Fine Grind article to keep members in touch with the latest happenings, technical updates and other interesting news from the MPD division. This is the Fine Grind that appeared in the March 2017 issue of Mining Engineering . We invite you to comment, discuss or ask questions! Amy Jacobsen, Secretary Treasurer 2017-2018 Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division Executive Committee March Fine Grind The Overstuffed Chair by Mark K. Jorgensen, Chair, 2016-2017 MPD Executive Committee I joined SME in 1977. I was in school and my roommate, who was already a member, told me that it was time to acquaint myself ...
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Team Atwood is the winner of the Move Mining competition. Eleven-year-old Corban Atwood and his brother, 8-year-old Jayce, pitched their winning concept before a panel of industry leaders at the SME Annual Conference & Expo on Feb. 21, 2017 in the Colorado Convention Center. Their idea was supported by their father, Garrett Atwood, a 13-year mining professional. Team Atwoods concept involves leveraging the wildly popular video game, Minecraft, to increase young students understanding of the necessity and benefits of mining. Their refined version of the game would include exploration, milling and refining, energy sourcing, realistic geology and environmental ...
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Do you have any plans after the annual SME conference? Registration is now open for the 67th annual MPD conference. Come join us for another great year of presentations and tribute to Len Harris
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As the year comes to a close, I would like to say Thank You to all the amazing supporter of the SME Foundation . By both financial means and your volunteerism so many great things were accomplished. Scholarships , professional development , education of K-12 students and global humanitarian projects just to name a few. But in addition to all the tangible things that got done, I am thankful for all the things that we can list that made a difference in people's lives; things that made life better. The relief that student's felt when they realized that some of their financial burden was reduced, the pride felt by the engineers when they received their ...
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The Move Mining submission deadline was December 1 and ever since the SME staff has been pouring through the amazing response! Forty submissions were received. By the end of the week, December 15, the five finalists will be chosen and announced. This has been an incredible journey to bring such an important subject to the forefront and I feel so lucky to be part of the movement. It will be very exciting to go to the final Pitch Session on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 4:00-5:45 pm at the SME Annual Conference & Expo to find out this year's winner
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Dear SME Members, We would like to take this opportunity to honor our SME members on National Miners Day, December 6, and say Thank You to those who have given so much to our community. The mining industry truly is a close-knit community, whose members are likened to family. Our brothers and sisters who work in the mining and minerals industries provide the resources that drive economies and raise the standard of living for people worldwide. You often work in challenging environments so that our lives may be more comfortable. Thank you for your devotion to the industry and to your colleagues. David L. Kanagy SME Executive Directo
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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. More than 350,000 miners across the nation extract minerals from the Earth that 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, ...
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Three weeks to go! You could be the winner of $5,000 cash! Move Mining is a team competition open to students and professionals. The goal is to develop a positive message campaign to promote mining and the mining industry worldwide. This inaugural competition will be held at the February 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo in Denver, Colorado. Help us share the positive message of mining and the global benefits of this crucial industry. Bring your dynamic concepts and your creative innovation. The top five teams will be selected to pitch their idea, live, at the 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo to a panel of industry leaders and communication experts. Learn ...
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The SME Foundation is pleased to announce the application period for the Ph.D. Fellowship and Academic Career Development Grants will run December 1, 2016 January 31, 2017. The program was implemented in 2015 to address the long-term sustainability of U.S. mining engineering, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy academic degree programs, and particularly the declining number of senior faculty members teaching those programs. Large industry supporters of the program include Freeport-McMoRan, Caterpillar Global Mining, R.G. Dewey, Kinross Gold, Scott McIntosh Fund, Seeley Mudd Fund, Royal Gold, Robert S. Shoemaker & Family. Numerous smaller contributions ...
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From: Brian Traweek [mailto:briantraweek@gmail.com] Sent: Monday, October 31, 2016 1:52 PM To: undisclosed-recipients: Subject: Mining in Society Merit Badge - Give us a Hand! All: We'll facilitate the Mining in Society merit badge again this year at Kings College in Wilkes-Barre on January 7, 2017, from 9 am to 1 pm. We teach more and more boys every year, so help us keep the expansion going by bringing some hands-on stuff for the Scouts to handle and discuss!! Some examples and ideas: --Chad is bringing the drone! This year we'll fly it and make a contour map of the Scouts standing together. --Let's bring in some mine drainage water and treat ...
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Mining for Life

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Hats off to the Florida Section for a great conference. There were about 400 of our SME friends at the 31st Annual FL SME Regional Mining Conference; Mining for Life. Thanks for inviting me to give the Keynote, "SME - Changing Minds about Mines in the World". There were many great presentations on public perception, public relations and mining in Florida that outlined great ideas
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SME promotes the advancement of health and safety practices The federal government fiscal year 2016 saw the fewest number of mining deaths in recorded history. With more than 13,000 mines through the United States, only 24 fatalities occurred between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. According to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration ( MSHA ), deaths dropped 30 percent from the 2013 level. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health, Joseph A. Main, attributes the historic safe period to increased cooperation between MSHA and the mining community. The safety and health of our nations mining workforce is paramount to SME, and ...
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Prompt Gamma Neutron Activation Analysis (PGNAA) provides near real-time elemental analysis for 100% of the material flow Both on-belt and on-pipe applications PGNAA has been adopted by various mineral operations in the past few years to help improve process control. While PGNAA Analyzers are industry standard for most coal and cement operations, they are only now beginning to become more prevalent in many mineral applications. SABIA offers the only on-line slurry analyzer that mounts directly around the pipe to analyze 100% of the material. SABIA's April Montera recently released a case study in conjunction with Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations ...
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SME Minerals Education Value-added Website Updated resources designed for K-12 education and outreach The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) of the SME Foundation has a new look on its website. Rotating images present content and materials that tell the story about the importance of mining and minerals. The lively and innovative website was designed to quickly provide materials for students and teachers in the classroom, as well as industry professionals and companies for outreach. The message that MEC conveys is used by a variety of audiences, from educators in K-12 classrooms, to legislative committees when considering changes to policies ...
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