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The seventeenth annual seminar on mineral photography will be held at the sixty-fourth Tucson Gem and Mineral Show ® in the Copper Ballroom of the Convention Center on Thursday, 8 February 2018, 1–3 P.M.

Regarding the photo competition, winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced the following Saturday evening (10 February) at the awards banquet. A cash prize will be given for first place in each category. The rules are as follows:

  • 1.

    No more than two entries are allowed per person.

  • 2.

    Digital JPG images must be in a high enough resolution to project well, at least 1240 × 1240 pixels.

  • 3.

    Images must be accompanied by the mineral name, locality, size, owner, photographer, whether “macro” or “micro” category, and email address.

  • 4.

    Entries should be mailed to me on a disc or USB drive by 9 February 2018 at the address below, emailed to me (see address below), or hand-delivered at the Hotel Tucson City Center.


The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) Scholarship Foundation grants for 2016 have been issued to students in the regional federations. Each of the six participating regional federations selects its own Honorary Award Winner who then selects two students and/or schools as recipients. Selected students receive a $4,000 educational grant.

The following are the graduate students receiving grants and the honorees who were chosen to select them.

California Federation: Dr. Robert Miller, San Jose State University at San Jose, California, selected Ms. Julia Boyles and Alexander Shmurakov, San Jose State University.

Eastern Federation: Dr. Joel E. Johnson, University of New Hampshire, selected Ms. Sarah Widlansky and Ms. Sarah Turner, University of New Hampshire.

Midwest Federation: Dr. William S. Cordua, retired professor from the University of Wisconsin, selected Ms. Kari Wolfe and Ms. Colleen Hoffman, University of Wisconsin in Minneapolis.

Northwest Federation: Patty Amos and Dick Parks (Patty is a past president of the Northwest Federation) selected Mr. Conner Toth and Ms. Jamie Hansen, Central Washington University.

Rocky Mountain Federation: Dr. J. Foster Sawyer, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, selected Ms. Stephanie Loose and Mr. Kyle Hazelwood, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

South Central Federation: Dr. Calvin Glenn Barnes, Texas Tech University, selected Ms. Audrey Pattat and Mr. Kevin Werts, Texas Tech University.


We missed an error in the final edit of our article “The Purple Hope Claims, Green Ridge, Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, King County, Washington” (November/December 2016, pages 498–517). Figure 14 (on page 506) shows a side-by-side comparison of a Japan-law and a Reichenstein-Grieserntal-law twin. The figure caption is correct: the Japan-law twin is on the left. In the text on the next page, however, the Japan-law twin is incorrectly stated to be the twin on the right. When we changed the figure number with the photo, we inadvertently forgot to change the sidebar text.


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