A five-year Research Programme Grant will bring together scientists, engineers, and architects to develop new natural materials capable of providing a renewable and energyefficient alternative to traditional manufactured materials. As the global population grows and becomes increasingly urban, traditional approaches to the construction of the built environment are unsustainable. Architecture and civil and structural engineering are among the most resource-intensive fields of human endeavour. Concrete and steel, energy intensive in production and significant contributors to global carbon dioxide, are used in most built infrastructure. Our vision is to establish new sustainable applications for renewable, energy-efficient and plant-based natural materials in ...

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I moderated the RNRF Spring Meeting at the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC to shape the program for our 2014 National Congress: Food Production and Climate Change. Mark Rosegrant, Division Director for Environment and Production Technology at the International Food Policy Research Institute discussed climate change and global food security; Charles Walthall, National Program Leader for Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems at USDA’s ARS discussed methods to enhance the sustainability and adaptive capacity of agriculture; and Carol Jones, Senior Economist for USDA’s ERS discussed domestic public policy to prepare the U.S. agricultural system to adapt to climate change. ...

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DATE: May 20-21, 2014 LOCATION: USDA Patriot Plaza III Conference Center, 355 E Street SW, Washington D.C. AGENDA: Click here to view the agenda. INVITATION LETTER: Click here to view the invitation letter. The “Cellulose Nanomaterial – A Path Towards Commercialization” workshop is being organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in collaboration with and co-sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). This workshop will bring together high level executives from government and multiple industrial sectors to identify pathways for the commercialization of cellulose nanomaterials and facilitate communication across industry sectors to determine common challenges. The primary goal of ...

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The First World Wood Day USA Celebration, sponsored by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), was held at the headquarters of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation in Bethesda, MD near Washington, DC. The event examined the growing value of wood as a natural resource and a medium for cultural expression under the theme: The Melting Pot of American Culture and How It has Impacted the Use of Wood. This event coincided with the larger 2nd International World Wood Day activities that were held in Fujian Province, China. SWST Members Howard Rosen, Barry Goodell, and World Nieh (shown in the picture ...

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Application Deadline: None The Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories (VF) Program provides promising emerging scientists and engineers with the opportunity to work with research groups or leaders in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions. Fellowships are awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second and third year, at the discretion of the government department concerned. The number of awards varies according to the budgets of participating departments and agencies. Are you eligible for a Visiting Fellowship? You must have received a doctoral degree in the natural sciences or engineering from a recognized university within the ...

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About the Department of Forest Biomaterials: The Department of Forest Biomaterials is part of NC State University’s College of Natural Resources and offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in Sustainable Materials and Technology, and in Paper Science and Engineering. We are located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and our activities include teaching, research, extension programming, continuing education, and technical services that benefit the paper and pulp, wood products, housing, biomaterials, and bioenergy industries. Position Responsibilities: The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track research and teaching faculty position. The incumbent will be ...

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