Monthly Archives: March 2014

Hello April!

I hope that the first day of April finds you all well. As we move into the second quarter to 2014, think about resharpening the saw and your involvement with SWST. There are lots of oppurtunities, just check out

Lecturer in International Forestry UBC

We invite applications for a lecturer (term appointment) to be involved in the teaching, coordination, and development of graduate courses in the new course-based Master of International Forest program (MIF). The Master of International Forestry (MIF) Program is a new one year course-based program for both domestic and international students that have at least Bachelor degrees but desire further training.

The lecturer will develop, coordinate and lead instruction in a new course on forests and livelihoods, and contribute to the instruction of courses in social, community and indigenous forestry (FRST 522), forest business enterprise (FRST 560), and natural resource planning (FRST 559), as required. The lecturer will work with the MIF instructor group on development, marketing and continual improvement of the program. We expect up to 40 students per year in this program and this will be an international student group that includes recent graduates as well as early and mid-career professionals. Teaching will include on-line material, classroom-based lectures, seminars and project work, field-based exercises, and field trips, including a week-long trip in late August/early September each year. The lecturer will assist in mentoring and advising individual students.

The lecturer will be involved in reviewing applicant files, interviewing applicants and guiding admitted students in choosing elective courses, and monitoring student progress. The lecturer will assist the student services team in recruitment and promotional activities for the program.

The lecturer must have a PhD in an appropriate field. Two or more years of relevant experience in field and classroom instruction with adult learners is highly desirable. The lecturer must have experience in curriculum development and have demonstrated excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. The lecturer must have professional experience in international forest management or conservation.

The lectureship appointment will start on July 1, 2014, although an alternate start date can be negotiated. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal for subsequent years.

Please direct inquiries, and applications consisting of a CV, the names and email addresses of three references, prior to April 15, 2014 to:
Heather Akai, Administrator
Department of Forest Resources Management
University of British Columbia
2045 – 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Full ad can be found at:

Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative Program Manager

Position Overview:
The Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative (SFEC) was created as part of the Minnesota Sustainable Forest Resources Act of 1995 to provide continuing professional education opportunities to natural resource managers in the state of Minnesota. The SFEC continues as the primary professional outreach program for natural resource managers within the state, with recent program expansion regionally, nationally and internationally. The SFEC is a public-private partnership, and a program of the Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) and the Department of Forest Resources (DFR) in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) at the University of Minnesota (UMN). Continue reading

Early Bird Pricing for 2014 SWST Convention in Zvolen, Slovakia

Please note that the early bird pricing for the 2014 SWST Convention in Zvolen, Slovakia ends on April 1. Pricing before April 1 is:

SWST Full Member: $275.00
SWST Student Member: $100.00
Non-SWST Full Member: $350.00
Non-SWST Student Member: $125.00
Non-SWST Member Emerging Country: $115.00 SWST Member Emerging Country : $100.00

Pricing after April 1 is:

SWST Full Member: $325.00
SWST Student Member: $150.00
Non-SWST Full Member: $400.00
Non-SWST Student Member: $175.00
Non-SWST Member Emerging Country: $165.00 SWST Member Emerging Country : $150.00


I look forward to seeing you in Zvolen!

Victoria L. Herian
Executive Director
Society of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Box 6155
Monona, WI 53716-6155 USA
PH: 608-577-1342
FAX: 608-467-8979

Dr. Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu recently honored with US Forest Service R&D Deputy Chief’s Distinguished Science Award

Dr. Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu, Fellow of 2012, a scientific team leader at the US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, recently honored with US Forest Service R&D Deputy Chief’s Distinguished Science Award. The award was given annually by the Deputy Chief for R&D to a US Forest Service scientist for his sustained research productivity and excellence and the impact of his research.
Deputy Chiefs Award 2013_Zhu
Dr. Junyong (often called JY) Zhu joined the US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), Madison, WI, in Feb 2003 as a project Leader. Prior to US Forest Service, Dr. Zhu had worked at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (a private graduate institution, currently part of Georgia Institute of Technology) for 10 years, first as an Assistant Professor, then as an Associate Professor. Currently, he is a scientific team leader at FPL engaging research and development in woody biomass utilization for sugar/biofuel, chemicals, fiber, and cellulose nanomaterials production. He also holds an Adjunct Professorship at the Dept. of Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Zhu contributed extensively to wood and fiber utilization, from air emission and process control in kraft pulp mills, utilization of small diameter trees for commercial production of thermal mechanical pulp, upgrading and pretreatment of forest residues and mountain pine beetle killed lodgepole pine for biofuel production, development of novel methods for the production of cellulose nanomaterilas, to fundamentals of cellulase enzyme interactions with lignocelluloses for bioconversion of woody biomass. He co-authored over 145 referred publications and is a co-inventor of 17 US patents and patent applications.

Dr. Zhu served on many international review panels such as the Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) research program (2006), the Chile Economic Development Agency (InnovaChile-CORFO) International Center of Excellence in Bioenergy (2011). Dr. Zhu serves on the editorial boards of several technical journals, including TAPPI Journal (also a Technical Editor, the official publication of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), BioEnergy Research (also an Associate Editor), China Pulp and Paper (the official publication of the Chinese Technical Association of the Paper Industry). He is also the Vice Chair of Forest Bioproducts Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).


J.M. Huber Corporation provides a broad range of industries with innovative products and services. We are experiencing continued growth within our Huber Engineered Woods (HEW) Division which provides value-added specialty products that help the performance of consumer and industrial products. Our HEW Division currently has an excellent opportunity for an entry level Quality Assurance Technician position at our Commerce Georgia facility located about 25 minutes from Athens Georgia. Continue reading

48th International Wood Composites Symposium

This year’s Symposium offers an industry-driven forum for wood composite customers, producers, suppliers, and researchers to focus on competing demands and opportunities. Industry leaders will discuss global regulatory changes, fiber supply issues, and the latest product and process improvements for our industry.

Symposium topics will include:

Fiber, particle, and strand composites

Plywood, veneer, and engineered wood products

Overlays and resins

Customer expectations

Listen to resource managers, regulators, harvesters, and primary and secondary manufacturers in wood and wood-based composite products industries discuss the latest developments in their fields.
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NW Wood-Based Biofuels + Co-Products Conference

The goal of this conference is to bring together the community of researchers, business leaders, government agencies, and economic development personnel to share and exchange research findings, ideas, and strategies for the common goal of sustainable development of wood-based bio-refineries for production of biofuels and co-products in the Pacific Northwest.