Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Nigel Bain and Mary Korpi to the Commission on Mineral Resources June 19. Bain replaces John Mudge as one of two large-scale mining commissioners. He is the executive director of Barrick Gold USA and previous Nevada Mining Association chairman. Korpi replaces Fred Gibson as the public at-large member. Both will serve four-year terms on the commission. She is a community leader and retired Newmont employee with almost 40 years of industry experience in fields including metallurgy, loss control and external relations. The Nevada Division of Minerals is responsible for permitting, inspecting and monitoring oil, gas and geothermal drilling activities on the state’s public and private lands.

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Longtime University of Nevada, Reno, associate professor Danny Taylor retired in spring 2017. A professional engineer with three degrees, including a doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines, Taylor has taught at the Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering’s mining department since 1979. He twice served as chair of the mining engineering department, for a combined total of 13 years, and was the assistant dean of Mackay for five years. Taylor plans to continue activities as a mining industry consultant and is expected to serve as UNR emeritus faculty.

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Newmont Mining Corp. elected Sheri Hickok and Molly P. Zhang to its board of directors July 19. Hickok is the general manager of global project development with Onshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy and has served in leadership roles with GM over her 22-year tenure. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, a master’s degree in engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. Retired, Zhang’s career in multinational mining services and the chemical and industrial sectors included senior executive roles with Orica, which provides products and blasting services to the mining industry. She holds a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clausthal University of Technology in Germany.

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National Mining Hall of Fame honoree Lew Eklund died July 19 at the age of 85. He devoted more than 45 years to the mining industry and contributed his talents to northeastern Nevada. Eklund founded Eklund Drilling in 1960, landed a contract with Newmont’s Carlin Trend Property, then went on to make innovations that increased mine productivity and decreased environmental impact.

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