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Volume 9, #1                       January 26, 2006

SMMP Meetings
Tentative Tucson Agenda
Tucson Program
President's Message
2006 Elections
Meeting Minutes
SMMP Europe Meeting
SMMP Affiliations
SMMP Research Grants
Other Meetings of Interest
SMMP List Server

Tracking Dues

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Board of Directors

Virgil W. Lueth ('06)
New Mexico Bureau of Mines
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801, USA

Past Pres. & Newsletter Ed.
Anthony R. Kampf ('07)
Nat. Hist. Mus. of Los Angeles Co.
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA

Vice President
Terry Huizing ('08)
Cincinnati Museum Center
1301 Western Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45203, USA

Jean F. DeMouthe ('07)
California Academy of Science
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Anna M. Domitrovic ('06)
6118 W. Lazy Heart Street
Tucson, AZ 85713, USA

Paul Bartos ('07)
Colorado School of Mines
1310 Maple St.
Golden, CO 80401, USA

Peggy Ronning ('08)
Calif. State Mining & Mineral Mus.
P. O. Box 1192
Mariposa, CA 95338, USA

Penny Williamson ('08)
School of Geosciences
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia

Michael A. Wise ('06)
Dept. of Mineral Sciences, MRC-19
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC 20560, USA


Date: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006
Place: Tucson Convention Center
Crystal Ballroom
Board Meeting: 2:00 3:00 PM
Membership Meeting: 3:00 4:00 PM
Program: 4:00 5:30 PM

"What's New in Mineral Identification Techniques"
(see description below)


Tucson Exhibit: "Caring for Your Collection"
Please notify Jean DeMouthe if you have specimens for our exhibit.


  1. Call to Order
  2. Introductions
  3. Approval of the Denver Meeting Minutes
  4. Treasurers Report
  5. Membership Report
  6. SMMP Grant Program
  7. Collections/Curators Committee Report
  8. Education Comm. Denver case; Tucson program and case
  9. AGI Member Society Report
  10. New Business
  11. Board Nominations and Elections
  12. Board Meeting to Elect Officers
  13. Program


What's New in Mineral Identification Techniques

John Rakovan
Department of Geology, Miami University

Jeffrey E. Post
Mineral Sciences, Nat. Mus. of Nat. Hist., Smithsonian Inst.

Robert Downs
Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona

 There are literally scores of new and evolved analytical methods for the study of minerals and other materials. This will not be a comprehensive review of those. Instead we will present recent developments (some quite substantial) and applications of several traditionally popular analytical methods used for mineral identification. These will include single crystal diffractometers with CCD (area) detectors, powder diffractometers with imaging plate (area) detectors, electron back scatter diffraction in conjunction with standard SEM analyses and Raman spectroscopy.


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O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons commandWelcome to Tucson, Canada south for the TGMS show. Believe it or not I remember those lyrics from memory. Having grown up on the northern tier of the US we had to learn the anthem for school. But if you were a hockey fan and attended a live game, you knew them already. There was always that great anticipation when they played, O Canada! before the game (although you had to wait through two national anthems in Bloomington, MN). That anticipation is much like late January in the mineral world gearing up for Tucson. So I find myself humming O Canada and trying to compose a worthy message for the society. Hope I do a good job, eh?

I would like to take this opportunity to review the state of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals. I receive few complaints or suggestions, so I interpret that to mean the society seems to be serving the members to the degree they want. The list server lights up occasionally and from the number of responses is appreciated and well used (thanks, Tony). We maintain a presence at the major shows with our well-received society displays (thanks, Jean). Not to mention employment opportunities when they become public and the stolen specimen notices (thanks again, Tony). Finally, the program at the end of the meeting at Tucson never fails to teach me something useful or interesting (thanks, Terry). Im especially looking forward to this years program with a presentation on new advances in mineral research from researchers on the forefront of the techniques. For a paltry ten dollars we have coordinated communication, an excellent program at Tucson, and the potential for modest funding opportunities through our own society a good deal in my book.

What do we lack or want to do? I wish that we could have a short scientific or curation article in each newsletter. It would probably take someone to step up and volunteer to be a research/curation editor to solicit and coordinate authors. In addition, perhaps we could establish an honorary award for individuals who have been of exceptional service to the society. I can think of a number in our group who have dedicated a significant amount of time to making our society work better. Perhaps a free year of membership and publication of a list of names in each newsletter would be appropriate. Im sure you have some suggestions as well so bounce them over the list server or bring them up at the meeting. Better yet, consider a run for the Board new and better ideas are always welcome.

Virgil Lueth, President

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2006 Board of Directors election

Three board member terms will be expiring this year. Please be prepared to nominate candidates and vote. Board members whose terms expire this year are:

Virgil W. Lueth New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
Anna Domitrovic Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Michael Wise Smithsonian Institution, U.S. National Museum

The term expiration dates of the other board members are provided in parentheses in the sidebar.

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September 2005

Click on the link above to go to view the minutes.

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Report on the joint meeting of the
IMA-Commission on Museums
and SMMP-Europe
Munich, October 2
8th, 200

Click on the link above to view the report.

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American Geological Institute (AGI)
Committee openings:
Government Affairs Program
International Geoscience Advisory Committee

Natural Science Collections Alliance NSCA)
Although the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals maintains no official ties with the Commission on Museums (CM) of the International Mineralogical Association (IMA), the Commission resolved at its December, 2000, meeting in Melbourne, Australia, to support SMMP's efforts in uniting mineral museum professionals worldwide.

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Click on the link above to view the announcement.

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GIA Gemological Research Conference
August 2627, 2006
Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California

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You are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:

Please remember that when you reply to an email sent via our list server, you will be replying to the sender, although you have the option of copying the membership.

Tony Kampf will continue to process additions to and deletions from the list server. That way we can limit the list to our membership and if a member decides that they want to be dropped from the list, Tony will know whether to send them the SMMP Newsletter by snail mail. Note that henceforth you will only be able to send via the list server by using your email address that is on the list server. This should be the same one that is used in our on-line roster.

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SMMP dues are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer, 6118 W. Lazy Heart Street, Tucson, AZ 85713. Any directory changes or additions should be sent to Tony Kampf. In Europe, dues can be remitted to Peter Davidson, National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF, SCOTLAND.

Note that you can check your dues payment status on the SMMP on-line roster. The year shown in the last column indicates the last year for which you have paid. If you are delinquent, please remit your dues payment as soon as possible.


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