This monograph aims at providing understanding of the many ways to employ special drying methods using high frequency electric currents for wood and wood products. It offers a broad coverage of research and development over many decades from the original concept to industrial applications. The physical process of dielectric heating has advantages of rapid and relatively uniform heat transfer, resulting in high drying rates and avoidance of various drying defects, including any significant casehardening and oxidative discoloration of wood. Heat transfer to and evaporation of moisture from wood is shown in dependence on the dielectric properties of materials. Because wood ...

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IAWS celebrated its 50th anniversary in the city where the Academy was founded in 1966; Paris, France from June 1 to 6, 2016.  Over 70 attendees from 20 countries were treated to an excellent conference with the theme: ‘Wood Science for the Future,’ held in the historic rooms of the French Academy of Agriculture in central Paris near the Seine River.  Thirty technical talks were presented related to the theme of the conference.  SWST has had several of its members elected to the Academy since its inception and three of us participated in the celebration. SWST was represented by Salim ...

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My wonderful Dad, Terry Sellers, Jr., died suddenly and peacefully last night. We are mourning our loss, but he is having a blast dancing a jig in his Scottish kilt. We imagine him engaged in theological discussions with the Almighty, joking around with Mary Magdalene, editing his genealogy books, and asking lots of questions. :) To celebrate his life, we will have services (we don’t know when, as we have to give family time to arrive in town) both at Lester Memorial UnitedMethodist Church in Oneonta, AL, and at Long Memorial United Methodist Church in Cordova, AL. We’ll keep you posted on ...

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W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., June 13, 2016—ASTM International’s Committee on Wood (D07) has presented its top annual award – the Award of Merit – to David Kretschmann of the USDA FS Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis., U.S.A. The prestigious award, which includes the accompanying title of fellow, is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards.  The committee honored Kretschmann for his outstanding contributions to D07. He has been a member of ASTM since 1987 and has received the L.J. Markwardt Award in 2005 and the Award of Appreciation in 2015.  In addition to ASTM, Kretschmann is a member ...

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In five days the 58th Annual International Convention will begin, and I, Like many of you will be there to see the latest research in our field and to see what’s on the horizon.  The convention is a great place to meet up with colleagues from all over the world.  This year the event is being held in a National Park (Grand Teton National Park).  Hope to see you there. (more…)

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Continuing drought in the west coast and south central part of the US has been the subject of many recent news articles.  Concerns about the causes and effects to our natural resources from this drought were an important part of the program of a recent Renewable Natural Resource Foundation (RNRF) meeting held at the American Geophysical Union on May 6, 2015. The meetings 20 participants discussed the energy-water nexus and its relationship to climate change. The energy-water nexus describes the inextricable linkage and mutual dependence of water and energy. Talks were given by three experts in the area (pictures from ...

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Howard Rosen, Mon-Lin Kuo, Barry Goodell, Chung-Yun Hse, and Kevin Cheung represented SWST at the 3rd World Wood Day (WWD) celebrations in Odunpazarı District of Eskisehir Turkey with the theme Wood and Humanity. (See picture, Kevin Chueng, not shown). Though World Wood Day is celebrated on March 21st each year, the official events began on March 6th with a 2½ -week international, collaborative timber “bridge” project and ended in Istanbul March 31 with a special 4-day program related to wooden architecture and timber construction in the Şişli District of Istanbul.  About 380 people from 93 countries participated in presenting this major event ...

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The LSU Agricultural Center announced today that they have received a $250,000 grant from the USDA Innovative Uses of Wood program.  The grant is entitled “Development of Bio-Based Spray Foam Insulation from Wood Residues” and will be led by Todd Shupe and Niels deHoop from the School of Renewable Natural Resources.  The main goal of the project is to determine the potential of low-value wood fiber as a raw material for the development of a green spray foam insulation.  “Consumers are demanding green products for their houses but insulation is one product that is currently not very green,” said Shupe.  ...

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Dear Member, As a member of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), I am writing to communicate changes that the Board of Directors is implementing with our journal; Wood and Fiber Science. First, SWST is currently in a strong position. Our financial investments are sound and growing. Our annual conventions are well received with record attendance and submissions for papers. Our accredited programs have expanded outside the Americas for the first time. And most importantly, our membership has been growing as we saw a 28% increase last year alone. With these successes firmly established, we are now turning ...

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I attended the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Washington Round Table on Public Policy to meet with Congressional Research Service (CRS) staff members who specialize in natural resources policy. CRS representatives discussed the nature and scope of the service’s work. CRS provides confidential, authoritative, objective and nonpartisan policy, scientific, and legal analyses to members of Congress and congressional committees. CRS approaches complex policy topics from interdisciplinary perspectives, analyzing current policies and the impacts of proposed policy alternatives. Research and analysis is made available to Congress via reports on major policy issues; tailored confidential memoranda, briefings, and consultations; seminars and workshops; expert congressional testimony; and ...

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