Monthly Archives: October 2013

SWST Constantly Working For You

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As the year begins to wind down, it is important to remember that SWST is not slowing down.  Next week the board is meeting to make plans for the 2015 International Conference, and to discuss the details of the upcoming 2014 meeting in Slovakia. The board works for you, to be heard contact them through emails or phone calls.

It is important to be involved with the society and your input and feedback is important, so please think about both serving on the board in the future or talking with the board members about the society.


David Jones

Editors Note:

Sorry about the tardiness of the newsletter. Technology only does what you ask it to do, and I asked it to do something it could not do. Problem fixed.

Call for Abstracts : Due December 1, 2013!

Society of Wood Science and Technology

Happy Halloween!  There will be no “trick” here today, but I do have a “TREAT” for you.  Please share this with your colleagues and plan to join us in June 2014 in Zvolen!

Call for Abstracts : Due December 1, 2013!

The 57th SWST International Convention in conjunction with
The 7th Wood Structure and Properties Conference
The 6th European Hardwood Conference

June 23-27, 2014
Zvolen, Slovakia Continue reading

Assistantship Available

Assistantship Available
(Master of Science in Forest Resources)
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Start Semester: Fall 2014

Assistantship Description: This assistantship is for a student interested in undertaking research on assessing sustainability of utilization of woody feedstocks for bioenergy development. The student’s Major Professor will be Dr. Puneet Dwivedi. Student is expected to complete his/her thesis within seven semesters from the start date.
Stipend and Benefits: This assistantship is based on a 40% stipend (16 hour work week). Position will offer approximately $17,217/year, full tuition waiver, and University supplement for health insurance. Student will pay activity fees (approximately $1,142/semester) to the University of Georgia. Student will get a chance to present his/her work in national/international conference(s).

Application: Information about the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is available at Details about the graduate program are available at Details of the application process are at Application must be submitted electronically through the Graduate School web site.

Qualifications: Applicants from various disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged. A keen interest in environmental issues is required. An educational background in environmental/economic modeling is preferred. National and international applicants are encouraged to apply. The minimum GRE score for an incoming MS student at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources is 1000. University of Georgia uses attached concordance table for converting new GRE scores (130-170) to old ones (200-800).

Dr. Puneet Dwivedi
Assistant Professor
(Sustainability Sciences)
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
University of Georgia
Building # 4, Room # 114
180 E Green Street
Athens, GA (30602- 2152)
Phone: +1-706-542-2406
Fax: +1-706-542-8356
University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Assistant Professor and Extension Wood Products Specialist

Assistant Professor and Extension Wood Products Specialist
Department of Forest Biomaterials
NC State University, Campus Box 8003
Raleigh, NC 27695
Posted 10/10/2013

Position Responsibilities: The Department of Forest Biomaterials at NC State University is seeking applicants for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track extension and academic (teaching and research) faculty position. The incumbent will be expected to have a combination of technology and business skills that will allow them to work with the wood products industry in areas including sustainability, entrepreneurship, innovation, and/or financial management. The ideal candidate will have knowledge/skills/experience in one or more of the following areas related to

Wood Products and similar fields:
• Renewable/sustainable materials or green building technology
• Sustainability criteria as related to wood products such as Environmental Product Declarations or other certification processes
• Wood products manufacturing processes and/or strategies
• Wood products/sustainable materials entrepreneurship
The successful applicant will be part of an eight-person sustainability team (three Wood Products Extension faculty and five Sustainable Materials and Technology (SMT) academic faculty). Responsibilities include developing an innovative extension program for the wood products industry and teaching one class per year in the applicant’s area of expertise. The delivery methods of extension and educational materials could include workshops, seminars, webinars, demonstrations, case studies, publications, etc. It is expected that the incumbent will work with other faculty to develop funding for extension-relevant projects that can support graduate students and expand the impact of their extension program.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. level degree in wood products, business, sustainability, engineering, environmental science/technology, or related area is required. The successful applicant must have the ability and desire to develop and conduct an effective extension and education program in cooperation with faculty, staff, and industry. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing using innovative technology transfer techniques. This position will be based in Raleigh but the incumbent must be willing to travel throughout North Carolina.

Employment Status and Salary: This is a split appointment position and the successful candidate will be expected to divide their time between extension and academic activities. It is expected that the major portion of the incumbent’s time will be spent on their extension program. Salary and start-up support will be commensurate with qualifications.

Graduate student position available (fall 2014)

Graduate student position available (fall 2014): This project consists of a qualitative approach focused on firm response to the Great Recession. Firms can choose to respond to economic crisis by innovating, or not, and this choice impacts firm performance. The project is designed to evaluate firm response and the impact of that response.

Funding for this project is pending: Research assistantships at OSU can amount to as much as $21,000/year plus health insurance. Depending on the nature of the assistantship, tuition may be waived. The College of Forestry offers competitive fellowships up to $6,000/year.

More information: If you would like more information about this or other graduate degree opportunities at OSU, please contact Eric Hansen:

Renewable Natural Resource Foundation (RNRF) Holds Coastal Communities Round Table at the Dutch Embassy, September 30, 2013

Dale Morris, Senior Economist, and Jantienne van der Meij, Science and Technology Officer, at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC discussed the accomplishments of the Netherlands with regard to coastal resilience in response to the impacts of climate change. With about 20% of its land area and 21% of its population located below sea, the Dutch people have a major concern about coastal changes affected by weather. Our hosts discussed the national policy and infrastructure solutions adopted by the Dutch to protect coastal communities, the challenges that are faced, and how these ideas and strategies might be applied to the coastal communities of the United States. Ongoing cooperation initiatives between the U.S. and the Netherlands were also presented. Continue reading