I attended the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Washington Round Table on Public Policy to meet with Dr. David Goldston, director, Washington Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), on July 19, 2017 at his office.  Dr. Goldston spoke about how universities can most effectively engage with policymakers about scientific information relevant to complex public policy challenges. He also spoke about strategies for advancing funding and the application of science in the current, difficult political environment.   Federal policy changes and decreased areas of emphasis could affect our SWST organizations.  First, the Office of Science and Technology Policy has hardly any employees ...

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Richard Vlosky, Director and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor of Forest Sector Business Development, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, LSU AgCenter, was elected President of WoodEMA, the Association of Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing based at the University of Croatia in Zagreb.

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Alongside 30 classmates armed with rifles and anti-tank cannons, Antal Kozak barrelled down a stretch of highway in western Hungary prepared to fight against a combat juggernaut immeasurably more powerful than his own. The date was Nov. 4, 1956 around 4 p.m. Kozak was in his early 20s and studying forestry at the University of Sopron, located roughly 15 kilometres from the Austrian border. – See more at: http://www.vancourier.com/news/the-hungarian-refugees-who-helped-shape-canada-s-forests-1.2466189#sthash.TOUbqxbu.dpuf

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The SWST Membership Committee is pleased to announce this call for nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Educator 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 science or related disciplines. Nominees for the award must be SWST Members.   Recipients of the Distinguished Educator Award will receive a $500 cash award and a plaque from SWST. The recipient ...

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I recently read “Forty Years a Forester, 1903-1943” by Elers Koch (1880-1954).  Elers was Peter Koch’s father.  Elers completed the manuscript in 1949 but the book was not published until 1998.  It contains a 19 page introduction by Peter.  As all wood scientists know, Peter was a renowned wood scientist. I knew Peter well. We were both active in the Forest Products Society, SWST, and we both were Fellows in the Society of American Foresters, as was Peter’s father.  I saw Peter nearly every year at meetings.  But I did not know until recently that Peter’s father had been a ...

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Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate / Postdoctoral Researcher for developing lignin‐based bioproducts. The researcher will be working on multiple research projects under the supervision of Dr. Mojgan Nejad. The candidate will be required to conduct biopolymer characterization, resin formulation, performance evaluation and to write project reports and refereed papers. These multidisciplinary projects are performed in close collaboration with multiple industry partners and the individual will have the opportunity to interact with major polymeric industry leaders on a regular basis. It is expected for the researcher to mentor graduate ...

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2017 Wood Adhesives Conference – Save the Date! Held every four years,​ ​the International Conference on Wood Adhesives, is the premier technical conference on advances in adhesion of wood and biomass. The next event will be held October 25-27, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  Since 1980, the conference has attracted an international audience including companies that make and use adhesives, their suppliers, researchers and students. Topics include: Structure and properties Bio-based and novel raw materials; adhesive systems; resin chemistry Fundamental understanding of wood bonding and adhesive substrate interactions Bonding untraditional substrates Issues with commercial implementation of new adhesives Composites Modeling New ...

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As the RNRF Board Member for SWST, I attended the RNRF Congress on Congress on Harnessing Big Data for the Environment at the American Geophysical Union Conference Facility in Washington, DC, December 5-6, 2016. The Congress brought together 54 attendees from federal agencies, associations, institutes, academia, and private companies. The subject, “Big Data”, was defined as data sets that are too large and too complex to be processed by traditional applications. Thirteen experts gave excellent talks on a variety of aspects about big data. They explored opportunities to use big data for decision-making in natural resource management and environmental policy, ...

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Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) provides undergraduate students a chance to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and biocomposites. The students will gain hands-on experience with synthesis, processing, and characterization of biobased plastics and composite materials. During the program, the students will participate in a series of bioplastics short courses, have responsibility for an independent research project performed with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and engage with leading industry experts from the Industrial Advisory Board of the CB2.   For more information click REU flyer-Summer2017

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