The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 12th to 16th, 2017. The Conference is organized jointly by IUFRO Division 5, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. In recognition of the pressing global need for the forest sector to be a leader in sustainability, diversification, and innovation, the theme of the 2017 IUFRO Division 5 Conference is: Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future. We are organizing a technical session on ‘The Mechanics and Associated Physico-Chemical Dynamics that Exists ...

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A graduate research assistantship is available to pursue a PhD in Forest Resources at the University of Maine. M.S. students will also be considered. The research topic is to study the Long–term Durability Evaluation of Structural Wood Plastic Composite Timber in Aquaculture Fish Cage Applications. UMaine researchers have developed a patented wood plastic composite (WPC) technology using an engineering thermoplastic (styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymer) that is stronger, stiffer and less prone to creep than current WPC materials. There is a need for data on long term durability of the SMA-WPC composites since the fish cages are typically built with a projected twenty year service life. ...

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New Book by Dr. Jim Bowyer Ready for Pre-Sale Orders The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise is Ready for Pre-Sale Orders. In a new book The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, author Jim Bowyer delves into the ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of environmental policy of the U.S. and other wealthy countries. He notes that aggressive resistance to local extraction of raw materials in the face of high per capita consumption, and heavy reliance on imported raw materials adds up to what has been aptly described as environmental imperialism. Bowyer observes that “…contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, ‘Why not in my back yard?’” “This is an important ...

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