In This Issue
Two Highlights From the Latest Issue of Our Society’s Journal

Table of contents from the June 2014 issue of the Society's journal Clays and Clay Minerals:
  • Momoko Goto, Robert Rosson, W. Crawford Elliott, J.M. Wampler, Steven Serkiz, and Bernd Kahn
Interactions of radioactive and stable cesium with hydroxy-interlayered vermiculite grains in soils of the Savannah River site, South Caroline, USA

  • Lukas M. Keller, Ali Seiphoori, Philippe Gasser, Falk Lucas, Lorenz Holzer, and Alessio Ferrari
The pore structure of compacted and partly saturated MX-80 bentonite at different dry densities.

  • Michel Heuser, Christian Weber, Helge Stanjek, Hong Chen, Guntram Jordan, Wolfgang W. Schmahl, and Carsten Natzeck
The interaction between bentonite and water vapor. I: Examination of physical and chemical properties

  • René Kaden, Eve Menger-Krug, Katja Emmerich, Kerstin Petrick, and Peter Krolla-Sidenstein
Application of the dynamic cultivation system for microorganisms - a new way to culture the unculturables

  • Zhang Yan, Zhao Lin, Ma Kai, and Mao Guozhu
The surface modificaiton of zeolite 4A and its effect on the water-absorption capability of starch-g-poly (acrylic acid) composite

  • Bruce D. Pauly, Lynda B. Williams, Richard L. Hervig, Peter Schiffman, and Robert A. Zierenberg
Methods for in situ SIMS microanalysis of boron and its isotopes in palagonite

  • Mayumi Etou, Yutaka Tsuji, Kenji Somiya, Yoshihiro Okaue, and Takushi Yokoyama
The dissolution of amorphous silica in the presence of tropolone under acidic conditions

And From Clay Minerals...
You can also see the table of contents for our sister journal, Clay Minerals, at GSW  and Ingenta. There you will find the open access paper: Monitoring hydration in lime-metakaolin composites using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, by Pesce et al

The President's Corner
We are moving quickly through 2014. I am reminded by my students that 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography as declared by the United Nations. There are few times where a scientific discipline or sub discipline is brought to this level of attention.
Year 2014 is 102 years following the landmark results of generating and interpreting the first X-ray diffraction patterns showing X-ray were waves and minerals were composed of a 3 dimensional lattice at the atomic scale. Bragg, von Laue and their colleagues and collaborators were early leaders of this work. Their efforts effectively mapped the positions of atoms in mineral structures. Today, we see these structures and perhaps we lose track of all this early work and the creativity required. The 2014 International Year of Crystallography is a time to remember the importance of structural mineralogy and perhaps take some time to read some of the early papers. I call your attention to the papers in the January issues of Acta Crystallographa (2012 and 2013) for some good background reading on the occasion of the centennial celebrations for Bragg and for Laue. We can marvel at what was done without laptops, computers and other advanced techniques. It is a time also to encourage further works in this area. The next hundred years looks to be promising with new “lenses” to examine minerals and new regions to explore beyond Earth.
Workshop Lecture Series
The latest in the WLS has been published, volume 19: Advanced Applications of Synchrotron Radiation in Clay Science (Glenn A. Waychunas, editor), and is now available for purchase from the Clay Minerals Society online bookshop. 
The lecturers in the associated workshop (Illinois, 2013) represented the majority of topics in synchrotron science that are of use to the clay science community, and it is notable that most of them have been responsible for significant development of these methods during their own research careers. 
The final versions of these lectures are presented in this volume, and serve not only as significant statements on the state of these applications, but also as useful primers to potential new users of synchrotron facilities.
Expect to see an announcement soon about online registration for the joint CMS-European Clay Groups-Mineralogical Society event, Euroclay2015, in Edinburgh, Scotland very soon. Finishing touches are being put to a choice of four field trips, two workshops, some twenty scientific sessions, and a lively program for accompanying persons.
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