William F. Lehmann, age 82. Born to Martin and Evelyn Lehmann in Bingen, WA October 20, 1932. Married Barbara K. Maresh 1958. He is survived by his wife Judith Hartman-Lehmann, three siblings, Helen Watkins, Norma Kerby, and Michael Lehmann. Three wonderful daughters, Jennifer Schilz, Cynthia LaPrelle (Dec.) and Amy Adkisson. Seven grandchildren: Russell Pihl, Nolan Schilz, Anders Schilz, Luke Schilz , Morgan LaPrelle, Ryan Adkisson, and Cynthia Adkisson. Remarried Judith A. Hartman 1990 and loved and lived happily until his death. Bill grew up on a farm in White Salmon, WA. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army 1951-1954. ...

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Each year, SWST will award one deserving individual, a Distinguished Educator Award (in teaching or in extension/outreach). The nominating department head should indicate whether the Educator Award nomination submitted is for teaching or for outreach. Purpose of the Award: The SWST Distinguished Educator Award encompasses disciplines of teaching as well as outreach and is intended to recognize individual faculty and instructors at a university for sustainable performance of excellence in teaching or to recognize faculty, staff or industry personnel for outstanding extension, engagement and economic development activities in wood or related field. Teaching Recognition: Above and beyond an individual exemplary class, the ...

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Parallel to the Friday SWST session is presentations from the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations, Forest Products Marketing and Business Management Research Group. The theme of the day is “Forest Products and Communities.” A team of three has organized the day, chaired by Paul Dargusch of University of Queensland. Rajat Panwar, University of British Columbia and Chris Gaston University of British Columbia/FP Innovations round out the team. The day will begin with a framing keynote presentation by Rajat Panwar and Rob Kozak, University of British Columbia. The remainder of the day will include 18 different presentations with topics such as: GIS applications in marketing, ...

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Dear Friends of TFF, After 25 years since its founding, the Tropical Forest Foundation’s headquarters will cease operations March 31, 2015.  The projects and outreach centers established by TFF in Brazil, Guyana and Indonesia will continue to operate independently. An Ad-Hoc Committee chaired by founding chairman Thomas Lovejoy with the participation of other leaders involved in TFF from the early days was authorized to finalize the closing activities and ascertain that proper recognition is given to the wonderful accomplishments of the Tropical Forest Foundation. We encourage you to read, and share with others, the attached statement of accomplishment, authored by ...

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Tuesday of the International Convention is dedicated to early-stage researchers. For those of you from Europe, our definition is a bit different than that of the EU. In this case, early stage refers to students through someone within three years of receiving their PhD. We received just over 100 abstracts from early-stage researchers. We see this as a great sign for the future of SWST and this day is designed specifically to embrace the new generation of researchers. Mike Burnard, PhD student from the University of Primorska, Slovenia has designed this and leads a group of four other moderators. The ...

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Renewable Materials and the Bio-Economy: SWST 2015 International Convention June 7-12, 2015 Friday – SWST Wayan Darmawan of Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia moderates a session titled: Wood quality and improvement. Topics include cutting tools through terrestrial laser scanning, each with a focus on quality improvements. Speakers hail from Turkey, Norway, Canada, and Indonesia.         Jean-Michel Leban moderates the second half-day session of the convention, titled: Fiber properties chain: from cell wall to end products. This is perhaps the broadest session of the Convention in terms of topics and includes presentations on bending properties of bamboo, tannin-based foams, and nanofibrillated ...

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The fourth day of the International Convention covers the topics of physics, composites, and construction. Thursday morning is entirely dedicated to composites with a session titled: Nano to macro scale wooden composites. Levente Dénes from the University of West Hungary moderates the session that includes 10 presentations. As the title implies, talks range from nanocellulose films to CLT panels. Sam Zelinka from the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory moderates a session titled: Timber Physics from 1 µm to 10 m. Four of the five talks in his session are from early-stage researchers and the speakers hail from the US, Austria, China, and ...

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The 2015 Convention opens with a networking reception on the evening of Sunday June 7. Technical sessions begin Monday morning and include the four sessions outlined below. Elisha Ncube of Copperbelt University, Zambia, moderates the first session of the Convention. His session is titled, Biomass chemistry for a greener environment. Adhesives, dyes, and bamboo are the topics covered by the four presentations in this session. Andreja Kutnar of the University of Primorska, Slovenia, moderates a session titled Design for environment: use of renewable materials. The five presentations in her session cover LCA/LCI of products including wood/non-wood composites. Patricia Townsend of Washington State University ...

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SWST is evolving quickly to meet the fast-changing research and education landscape of our members. We have held four International Conventions outside of North America. The 2014 Convention in Zvolen Slovakia was a huge success. Heavy participation from across Europe helped increase SWST membership by over 10%. In 2015 we continue developing the Society by introducing a host of firsts to the International Convention. This year we strike out on our own to hold our first North American Convention that is a full week, scientific learning and networking event. Our success in internationalizing the society is clearly illustrated by the ...

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1. The Executive Board of SWST has made a decision to extend your 2014 dues for another 6 months! This means that your 2015 dues are not due until July 1, 2015 and will continue through June 30, 2016. We wanted to incorporate our dues timing to our International Convention because another change we made is to include the cost of your dues in the registration of the Convention. If you attend the Convention in June 2015 the cost of the registration includes your 2015-2016 dues! If not, then your dues will be payable by July 1. The dues have ...

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