The National Minerals Information Center (NMIC) presents the NMIC Seminars series, a collection of insightful presentations focusing on the trends and issues affecting global and domestic minerals, mining, and metallurgy and their respective processes and applications. From ore bodies to consumer products, the goal is to create a collection of knowledgeable resources for everyone, from the most studied expert to the future miner.
Scott Kennedy, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will share his analysis of China’s role in the mineral industry and what effects this may have on many of the world’s largest economies. From steel to specialty minerals, China is an economic powerhouse in supplying many of the most common non-fuel minerals across the globe. Watch this event live on Thursday, August 18, on the U.S. Geological Survey's Facebook page, the agency's first Facebook Live event.
David Pineault, of the Defense Logistics Agency, presents an eye-opening look at the importance of select minerals in the defense industrial base and how these critical and strategic assets are analyzed. From source materials to system platforms, this in-depth seminar shares the importance of minerals from the perspective of the Department of Defense.
Miguel Perez-Santalla, of Heraeus, shared his research into the applications and supply-demand balance of one of the most visible minerals in the world, silver. From photovoltaics and electronics to coins and jewelry, silver is everywhere.
Daniel Muller, of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, provides his expertise on the key drivers and trends for global material cycles. The dimensions of analysis for moving materials from the ground into use and incentives for recycling and clean energy are key parts to his presentation on understanding the many factors that influence population growth, urbanization, and industrialization.
Keith Slack, of OxFam America, challenges the conventional understanding of mining opportunities across the world by expanding knowledge on the way that oil, gas, and mining projects are designed to respect the rights of all people and contribute to the reduction of long-term poverty.
Kevin Hall, of McClatchy DC, and Will Fitzgibbon, of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, explore the bounds of the Panama Papers in looking at extractive industries involved in one of the largest data leaks in modern history. Connecting the lines from mineral end users and their respective applications to the countries that act as tax havens for corporations, this seminar will raise more questions than it answers.
August 18, 2016, 1 P.M.