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Email Address: email@example.com
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OF THE LAST MEETING
Secretary Lueth called the meeting to order at 2:30 p.m.
M.H.F. Mauthner, V.W. Lueth, A.M. Domitrovic, J.F. DeMouthe, and M. A. Wise were
Financial Report: Anna Domitrovic, Treasurer,
submitted a written financial report to the Board. A motion to accept the
financial report as presented was passed.
Collections Committee: Virgil Lueth, chair of the
collections committee, reported on the job posting in Cartersville, GA, recently
added to the web site.
Computer Committee: No Report
Education Committee: Jean DeMouthe volunteered to
act as Education chair and coordinate the case at Tucson.
Publications Committee: Jean DeMouthe, chair of the
publications committee, reported that she received no response to a call for
articles. She noted that most of our publications should focus on web site
Stolen Specimens: no recent activity noted on our
AGI Reports: K-12 Science Education Susan Erikson
reported on a new AGI web page dedicated to K-12 education at the national
level. Society Council Tony Kampf
SMMP Europe: Anna Domitrovic read an email report
provided by A. Kampf. Seven new members have been added.
Potential Workshop Topic: Specimen Classification:
Terminology and definitions of what constitutes repair, restoration,
enhancement. Originally suggested by Carl Francis and Brian Lees as a subject
in which SMMP could lead discussion or set criteria.
Potential SMMP sponsored project (M. Mauthner and Jack
Murphy) mineral/gemstone web site for each state using public domain maps and
museum specimens. Mark will have a demonstration at the general meeting.
Secretary Lueth adjourned the meeting at 2:50.
General Membership Meeting
Secretary Lueth called the meeting to order at
3:00 p.m. in
the Lecture Hall of the Denver Merchandise Mart Expo Hall. The traditional
introductions started the meeting.
Approval of the Minutes of the Last Meeting: A
motion and second to approve the minutes from the last meeting as presented in
the SMMP Newsletter passed.
Treasurers Report: Anna Domitorvic, Treasurer,
submitted a written financial report to the meeting.
Computer Committee: no
Virgil Lueth, chair of the collections committee, reported on the job posting in
Cartersville, GA, recently added to the web site.
Education: Jean DeMouthe
volunteered to act as Education chair and coordinate the case at Tucson. The
title of the case will be mineral repairs and restorations.
Publications: Jean DeMouthe,
chair of the publications committee, reported that she received no response to a
call for articles. She noted that most of our publications should focus on web
Stolen Specimens: no recent
activity noted on our web site.
Education Susan Erikkson reported on a new AGI web page dedicated to K-12
education at the national level.
Council no report
SMMP Europe: Anna Domitrovic read an email report
from the SMMP Europe group provided by A. Kampf. Seven new members have been
added to the Societys roles.
Potential Workshop Topic: Specimen Classification: Terminology and
definitions of what constitutes repair, restoration, enhancement. Originally
suggested by Carl Francis and Brian Lees as a subject in which SMMP could lead
discussion or set criteria. Extensive discussion ensued and the group agreed
the topic would be a welcome topic for our workshop at the Tucson meeting.
Potential SMMP sponsored project (M. Mauthner and Jack Murphy)
mineral/gemstone web site for each state using public domain maps and museum
specimens. Interactive maps of each state would augment the state mineral
occurrence lists published in Rocks and Minerals. Mark provided a demonstration
at the close of the general meeting.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Jean DeMouthe
and seconded by Anna Dometrovic. The motion passed and the meeting was adjourned
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Informal meetings of SMMP
were held in conjunction with the IMA General Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland
(Sept. 5) and The Munich Mineral Show (Oct. 25) organized by SMMP Europe. Formal
minutes were not taken, but it is safe to say that in both instances members
took advantage of the opportunity to share information, discuss issues of common
interest, renew acquaintances and make new connections.
In Edinburgh the meeting
included tours of the collection and research facilities in the Geology
Department of the National Museum of Scotland. Peter Davidson and Brian Jackson
are thanked, in particular, for their efforts in making that meeting a rousing
success. Among the more perplexing issues that was discussed was the difficulty
that members outside the U.S. have in paying society dues. No simple,
cost-effective means for dealing with currency conversion and transmission to
SMMP treasurer Anna Domitrovic in Tucson, Arizona, has yet been devised.
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IMA COMMISSION ON MUSEUMS
The Web site for the IMA
Commission on Museums is now up and running. You can access it at
www.smmp.net/IMA-CM. The site includes
a list of national representatives to the Commission with contact information.
For anyone interested in the discussions, decisions and general business of the
Commission, minutes of meetings are posted.
You will also find a
preliminary version of the Catalogue of Type Mineral Specimens (CTMS). If you
need to locate the depository of the type specimen of a mineral, this is a
wonderful resource. This information can also be accessed in the commercial
mineral database MDAT-Lite. You are
encouraged to submit corrections and additions to the data in the CTMS to
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With mixed emotions, we announce the
retirement of Joseph J. Peters, senior scientific assistant in the Department of
Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History as of
February, 2003. Joe is the man with the mineral collection in his head, as
compared to person he assists, George Harlow, the curator. Joe arrived at the
Museum in 1975 as an intern to assist then curator Vince Manson and stayed on to
fill the assistant position after the department reconfiguration in 1976. Anyone
familiar with activities at the AMNH knows Joe's importance; all will feel Joe's
departure from the scene. He will move on to greener pastures (and green thumb
activities) at the house of Nancy, his wife, and his on the east end of Long
Island. Joe will also be sorely missed by George Harlow and his colleagues,
although he will be volunteering to assist in the transition as we hire a
replacement; well, not a replacement, but a new assistant.
Job Opening: Scientific Assistant
The Department of Earth &
Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History seeks an
individual to assist in the management of and research on its world-class
mineral and gem collections. Applicants must have obtained a bachelors degree
(or higher) and be competent and interested in mineralogy and related fields in geoscience and/or gemology. Experience with X-ray diffraction, electron
microprobe analysis, relational database systems and collections management are
desirable. Salary in upper-20s and excellent benefits. The position is
available as of February, 2003. Please submit a letter of introduction and
interest plus rsum and names of professional references to:
George E. Harlow
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th
New York, NY 10024-5192
An Equal Opportunity Employer
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Hires a New Curator
(Excerpted from a GIA news release)
The Gemological Institute of America, (GIA) has appointed Terri Ottaway as
Curator of the organization's Museum at the their world headquarters in
Carlsbad, California. According to Elise Misiorowski, director of the GIA
Museum, Ottaway is responsible for coordinating acquisition, cataloging and
exhibition of GIAs permanent and traveling gem and jewelry collections.
Misiorowski added that Ottaway will also work closely with GIAs Education
department to ensure instructors and students take full advantage of the
resources available to them in GIAs permanent collection.
Before joining the GIA, Ottaway worked
for 22 years in the Earth Sciences Department of the Royal Ontario Museum
in Toronto, Canada, where she was involved in the
concept, design and implementation of a 15,000 square-foot gallery of Earth
Sciences. While doing research for her Masters thesis
at the Muzo Emerald Mine in Colombia, Ottaway became the first person to
determine how the emerald deposits in Colombia were formed. Her research made
the cover of Nature magazine in 1994.
Terri brings a level of understanding and knowledge of museum procedures to
the curatorial duties here at GIA, Misiorowski said. In addition to cataloging
the collection, she has been providing expertise and thoughtful assistance in
putting together the policies and procedures for the Museum, and helping with
exhibit planning and development. I am truly delighted to have Terri here as our
curator and look forward to building the collection and developing a world class
museum in the years to come.
Best of the Best Jewelry
Exhibit at GIA
(Excerpted from a GIA news release)
Prize-winning jewelry designs, gemstone carvings, and design renderings from
some of the worlds most prestigious jewelry competitions are
now on display in a new exhibition at the Gemological Institute of
Americas world headquarters in Carlsbad, California.
Titled, Best of the Best, the exhibit features
award-winning pieces representing internationally celebrated competitions such
as the American Gem Trade Associations (AGTA) Spectrum, Cutting Edge, and
Platinum Honors Awards; the DeBeers Diamond International Award; the Swarovski
Signity World Facet Awards; the Perles de Tahiti Tahitian Pearl Trophy; and the
Womens Jewelry Association (WJA) Diva Awards. Michael
Dyber, Glenn Lehrer, G.G., Holly Croft, G.G., Paula Crevoshay, Barbara M. Berk,
G.G., and Mark Schneider are just a few of the highlighted artists.
This exhibit is an amazing display of superlative workmanship in jewelry and
gems. It is the first exhibit at GIA that features award-winning jewelry and
gems, and we are very excited about it, said GIA Museum Director Elise
Misiorowski. Many of these extraordinary artists are GIA graduates, and to see
them succeed in the international competition arena is an inspiration for
students, newcomers and designers alike; with that we are especially thrilled.
The Best of the Best exhibition will be on display through April 2003. It
is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
except when the Institute is closed for holidays.
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OTHER MEETINGS OF INTEREST
5th International Conference
on Mineralogy & Museums
Paris, France - 5-8 September
General chairwoman: Lydie Touret
(cole des Mines de Paris)
Scientific program: Michel Guiraud (Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle,
Societ Franaise de Minralogie et de
The cole des Mines, in the center
of Paris, will provide fully equipped lecture theaters and conference rooms with
seating capacity for up to 300 persons per lecture
The program will embrace the four main
aspects of Museum work, namely research, collections management, history and
public program/exhibitions. The conference schedule will be such that no
concurrent oral sessions will occur. Each session will start with
a keynote speech by an
invited speaker and will end with a round table summarizing and discussing the
major aspects presented during the day. In order to allow sufficient time for
discussion, the number of oral presentations will be limited. A poster session
running in parallel will be used for all other contributions.
Museums and Research: Systematic mineralogy, nomenclature,
documenting diversity, igneous/metamorphic/sedimentary
rocks, meteorites, gems,
environmental mineralogy, new
Museums and Collection Management: Acquisition, Conservation, Scientific
databasing. This session will have a round table on focused issues, such as
Museums and History of Sciences: Historical collections,
Museums and Society: Permanent and temporary
exhibitions, architecture, education,
Exhibitions : scientific equipment, software, others
Working groups such as one on preparing European
integration and European network.
Preliminary arrangement have been
made for field trips to:
Alps: Museum of Grenoble and Bourg d'Oisans, Oisans massif (type
locality of axinite, prehnite, crichtonite) and Mont
Blanc massif (pink fluorite, anatase...).
Massif Central: volcanoes of Cantal, Velay, Vivarais;
Geopark of Vulcania with the possibility of
a balloon trip.
Vosges: Old mines of Sainte Marie aux Mines
District, Ensisheim, and Idar Oberstein Museum and
For more information,
visit the Conference Web site:
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are $10.00 U.S., payable to Anna Domitrovic, treasurer, Arizona-Sonora Desert
Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, 85743. Any directory changes or
additions should be sent to Tony Kampf. In Europe,
dues can be remitted to Jana Hork, National Museums & Galleries of Wales,
Cardiff CF10 3NP,
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.