I hope that the everyone North of the equator is having a great summer and everyone South of it is having a wonderful winter. There are some things to note: First the presentations from the annual meeting can be found here. Along with lots of other useful things from the meeting. Secondly, this is a challenge to all of those members in academia. Form student chapters of SWST at your institutions. Currently Mississippi State University is the only student chapter of the society. Finally, remember that next year’s annual meeting will be in Zvolen, Slovakia from Monday June 23 until Friday June 27, ...

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June 9, 2013 AT&T Conference Center Amphitheater 204 11:30-12:00 1. Minutes of 2012 Annual Meeting – Published in November-December 2012 Newsletter A motion was made, seconded and passed to accept the minutes of the 2012 Annual Meeting. 2. President’s Remarks – Alain Cloutier • 2013 SWST Annual Convention – This current convention is organized by Sheldon Shi • Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee headed by Michael Wolcott met for a few months by conference call and have narrowed the committees from 9 to 4 and streamlined the charges. • The new SWST Committee Structure is listed in the Executive Director’s ...

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This year we again cosponsored our Annual Meeting with Forest Products Society (FPS) as we have since 1958 when the organization began. We have done this every year until 2008 when we changed our meeting format to begin even-numbered years in an international venue and held it in Concepcion, Chile with the Universidad del Bio-Bio. Meetings in 2009, 2011, and 2013 were held with FPS. Our 2010 meeting was in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations with UNECE Timber Committee, and our 2012 was in Beijing, China with International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan. The 2013 meeting was a successful ...

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WASHINGTON – Proposed formaldehyde rules by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been published in the Federal Register, paving the way for comments by the woodworking industry and other interested parties. Formal comments to the EPA’s proposed emissions standards rule and third-party framework rule can be submitted to the EPA through Aug. 9, the end of the 60-day period. Products covered under the rules include those made with particleboard, MDF and hardwood plywood. The EPA announced the proposed formaldehyde rules on May 29. Identical to emission standards currently in place in California, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, ...

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The annual meeting went off without a hitch. In the near future information from the board meeting, awards ceremony and presentations will be added.

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