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Society of Wood Science and Technology

SWST 49th Annual Convention
June 25, 2006
Newport Beach, California

The 2006 SWST Annual Convention took place on Sunday, June 25, 2006 in Newport Beach, California, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. There were two concurrent technical sessions in the morning from 8:30 to 11:30

  • Session I: The Effect of Decay on the Performance of Wood Buildings Under Earthquake Loading and How We Might Improve Performance

  • Session II: The Role of Utilization Research in Hazardous Fuels Reduction

and two concurrent technical sessions in the afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00

  • Session III: The Aftermath of Katrina: The Wood Products Industry Response

  • Session IV: Moisture in Wood: Problem for Housing and Wood Construction

Click here to view the program (PDF).

An Awards Presentation, business meeting, and lunch took place from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Awards which were presented:

  1. Distinguished Service Award - Duane E. Lyon

  2. Fellows Award - Thomas E. McLain

  3. George G. Marra Award for Excellence in Writing

    • Sigurdur Ormarsson and Dave Cown, "Moisture-Related Distortion of Timber Boards of Radiata Pine: Comparison with Norway Spruce", Volume 37(3): 424-436 -- First Place

    • Kathy L. Woo, Paul Watson, and Shawn D. Mansfield, "The Effects of Mountain Pine Beetle Attack on Lodgepole Pine Wood Morphology and Chemistry: Implications for Wood and Fiber Quality", Volume 37(1): 112-126 -- Second Place

    • Mohssine Moutee, Mario Fafard, Yves Fortin, Aziz Laghdir, "Modeling the Creep Behavior of Wood Cantilever Loaded at Free End During Drying", Volume 37(3): 521-534 -- Honorable Mention

    • Mohammed Jahangir A. Chowdhury and Philip E. Humphrey, "A Sealed Pressing System and its Use to Explore the Ammonia Plasticization of Natural Fiber Mats", Volume 37(1): 42-50 -- Honorable Mention

  4. Student Poster Competition Winners and Participants - Judges for the competition were: Les Groom, Steve Kelley, and Rakesh Gupta.

    1st place - Samuel L. Zelinka, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    2nd place - Jinwu Wang, Washington State University
    3rd place - Emmanuel Kodzi, Purdue University

The Annual Business Meeting ran from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm (along with lunch). Click here to see the minutes from the meeting. (PDF)

  • Technical Forum and Student Poster Competition was held from 4:00-5:30 p.m.

  • Joint SWST/FPS Host Reception from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

  • * * Click here to view Proceedings

    Last updated: 3/7/07
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