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 Post subject: The 43rd Annual Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:13 pm 
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This symposium is one of the best events of the year, and attracts many of the top people in the mineralogical world (and in gemology), as well as attendees who travel in from all over North America and Europe for it. There are three days of presentations (including the technical session), as well as the Saturday evening auction & banquet and a dealer floor open between presentations and in the evenings!


With three gemologists (John, Elise and Brad) in the lineup of eleven speakers, it is not a bad representation for gemology in this Carnegie Award-winning Mineralogical Symposium!
http://carnegiemnh.org/minerals/award.html

The RMS is such a wonderful opportunity to not only attend fascinating presentations, but also to meet and learn from each other in a social setting. For those interested in inclusions who can't make it to the RMS or to one of John's presentations elsewhere, we invite you to follow our quarterly Micro-World column featured in Gems & Gemology -- now not only in hardcopy, but also open-access:
http://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/summer ... ction-gems


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 Post subject: Re: The 43rd Annual Rochester Mineralogical Symposium
PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:10 am 
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Elise Skalwold wrote:
This the updated lineup of presentation titles. It may not look like it,
but there is quite a lot which is applicable to gemologists besides just
increasing their background in minerals. Professional mineral and gem
photographers Jeff and Michael always put on a great show; Brad (former
head of the Canadian Gemmological Association, master facetor and member of
Coast-to-Coast) presents minerals and gems from exotic North counry realms;
John's talk of course; mine is on my ongoing research (hopefully
interesting gemologically speaking!) and Ken and Woody's talk is based on
their recent terrific paper in the single-topic issue of Rocks & Minerals -
some of the most spectacular grossular garnets found in the US, including a
blue specimen a friend of mine found there and 1.85-carat deep red
grossular gem
faceted by another friend (take out the wordwrap space if the link is
broken):
http://www.rocksandminerals.org/Back%20 ... index.html

Brad Wilson: "Collecting Adventures on Baffin Island"
Peter Burns: "The Societal Importance of Uranium Minerals and Mineral-
inspired Materials"
Bob Lauf: "Mineralogy of Uranium and Thorium"
John Koivula: "Crystalline Showcases"
[b]Jeff Scovil: "WhatÂ’s New in Minerals"
Bob Martin: [/b]"Minerals and Mineralogists of France"
Elise Skalwold: "From Gemology to Mineral Physics and Back Again"
Ken Carlsen & Woody Thompson: "Minerals of the Belvidere Mountain Asbestos
Quarries, Lowell-Eden, Vermont"
Michael Bainbridge: TBA (but always entertaining)

The scientific papers presented during the technical session are later
published as abstracts in the R&M magazine and so count towards authors'
publishing CVs given the prestige of this Symposium venue (important for
students).


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