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Society of Wood Science and Technology

1997 Annual Meeting
June 22, 1997
Vancouver, B.C., Canada




JUNE 22, 1997
Vancouver, B.C., Canada

  • 8:00 - 12:45 Technical Program
    (Waterfront Centre Hotel, McKenzie Ballroom)

    • 8:00 - 8:30

      Ian Franks, Director of Media Services
      University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia

      Distance Learning Technology for the 21st Century

      A discussion regarding the technology that is currently available to offer distance courses will be presented. This topic is intended to present an overview of the possibilities available for offering college courses, adult education courses, and training programs. The presentation will develop the theme of the conference and focus upon four technologies: video-conferencing, the portable digital document, digital audio and video and CD-ROM authoring, and the internet and World Wide Web. For each technology, characteristics, issues, and distance learning applications will be discussed.

    • 8:30 - 9:00

      Jim Bowyer, Professor, and Joe Massey, Head
      Dept. Wood and Paper Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

      Distance Education Via Interactive Television and the Internet: A Report of Recent Experiences in University-Level Teaching of Wood Science

      In the Fall of 1996, the Department of Wood and Paper Science at the University of Minnesota offered three for-credit courses to distant sites within the State via interactive television (ITV), the World Wide Web (WWW), and electronic mail. This undertaking convinced the instructors involved that currently available technology makes delivery of college level courses and curricula outside of the traditional classroom setting both possible and practical. Discussed in this presentation are approaches used, specifics as to positive and negative experiences of two of the instructors, and issues related to effectiveness of instruction.

    • 9:00 - 9:30

      Bill Holland,
      Weyerhaeuser Company, Tacoma, Washington

      Continuing Education and Training: A Large Company Perspective

      The presentation will discuss the needs of the wood products industry for educational and training services from the perspective of a large corporation. Specific experiences of the Weyerhaeuser Company will be presented. Issues of importance are the content of the educational and training programs, the mechanisms for delivery, and the cost of such programs.

    • 9:30 - 10:00

      Fred M. Lamb, Professor, and Cynthia D. West, Research Project Leader
      Dept. Wood Science and Forest Products, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
      and Northeast Forest Experiment Station, Blacksburg, Virginia

      Continuing Education and Training: A Small Company Perspective

      This presentation will focus on the educational and training needs and technology transfer activities for the smaller secondary wood processing industries with primary emphasis on furniture, cabinet, millwork, and related operations. Data from a limited training needs assessment survey and from focus groups will also be reported. The presentation will also cover the characteristics of successful and unsuccessful educational and training programs, including delivery systems and information dissemination mechanisms. The implications for the future regarding both training needs and delivery systems will be discussed.

    • 10:00 - 10:30

      Greg Foliente, Senior Research Scientist
      CSIRO, Victoria, Australia

      Wood Science and Technology in the Networked World: Technology Transfer Opportunities and Challenges

      Wood science and forest products technology should be strategically positioned to address the technical and professional demands, and the resource and market challenges of the next century. Generation and development of new knowledge, products and processes will have to be focused and may require a collaborative approach. Non-traditional but effective ways of research, dissemination of results, technology transfer and promotion, education of future wood technologists, and continuing education of wood science professionals are needed. This presentation will cover historical highlights of methods of information transfer and dissemination, provide an overview of Internet information systems, present current and emerging technologies (in information technology and other industries) and demonstrate examples of finding information on wood science and forest products in a networked world. All these will be presented using the Internet itself, via streaming audio, images and compressed video.

    • 10:30 - 10:45

      Discussion (all speakers)

      Moderator: Frederick A. Kamke, Professor
      Dept. Wood Science and Forest Products, Blacksburg, Virginia

    • 10:45 - 11:45

      Award Presentations

    • 11:45 - 12:45

      Annual Business Meeting and Lunch

  • 1:00 - 4:00

    Joint SWST/FPS Plenary Sessions

    • Session 1: Wood Surface Chemistry and Adhesive Interactions

    • Session 2: Improved Drying Through the Understanding of Wood Physics

    • Session 3: Wood Quality and Fiber Requirements for High Speed Paper Machines and Fine Quality Printing Papers

  • 4:00 - 5:30

    Joint SWST/FPS Technical Forum and Student Poster Competition (Malaspina Room)

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