Monthly Archives: April 2014

Renewable Natural Resource Foundation (RNRF) Spring Meeting on Food Production and Climate Change, April 21, 2014

I moderated the RNRF Spring Meeting at the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC to shape the program for our 2014 National Congress: Food Production and Climate Change. Mark Rosegrant, Division Director for Environment and Production Technology at the International Food Policy Research Institute discussed climate change and global food security; Charles Walthall, National Program Leader for Natural Resources and Sustainable Agricultural Systems at USDA’s ARS discussed methods to enhance the sustainability and adaptive capacity of agriculture; and Carol Jones, Senior Economist for USDA’s ERS discussed domestic public policy to prepare the U.S. agricultural system to adapt to climate change. Although food production does not directly affect forest products, the indirect impact on climate change can be the ability of wood products to sequester carbon. Also, when agricultural lands are less productive, more forested land is converted to farm land impacting our source for forest products. More details on these meetings can be found at the RNRF website


Howard N. Rosen
SWST RNRF Representative

Research Associate – Natural Material Innovation Research, Departments of Architecture, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, Plant Sciences (x3)

A five-year Research Programme Grant will bring together scientists, engineers, and
architects to develop new natural materials capable of providing a renewable and energyefficient
alternative to traditional manufactured materials. Continue reading

The Forest Service and the National Nanotechnology Initiative have organized a Cellulose Nanomaterials – A Path towards Commercialization workshop

DATE: May 20-21, 2014
LOCATION: USDA Patriot Plaza III Conference Center, 355 E Street SW, Washington D.C.
AGENDA: Click here to view the agenda.
INVITATION LETTER: Click here to view the invitation letter.

The “Cellulose Nanomaterial – A Path Towards Commercialization” workshop is being organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in collaboration with and co-sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). This workshop will bring together high level executives from government and multiple industrial sectors to identify pathways for the commercialization of cellulose nanomaterials and facilitate communication across industry sectors to determine common challenges. The primary goal of the workshop is to identify the critical information gaps and technical barriers in the commercialization of cellulose nanomaterials with expert input from a users’ perspective. The workshop also supports the announcement last December by USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack regarding the formation of a public-private partnership between the USDA Forest Service and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to rapidly advance the commercialization of cellulose nanomaterials. In addition, the workshop supports the goals of the NNI Sustainable Nanomanufacturing Signature Initiative.

REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN! This workshop will be free and open to the public with registration on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register
AREA HOTELS: A list of area hotels is available here.
*The closest metro station (to the USDA Center), is Federal Center SW, serviced by the Blue and Orange lines.

World Wood Day USA, Washington, DC Area March 21-22, 2014

The First World Wood Day USA Celebration, sponsored by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), was held at the headquarters of the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation in Bethesda, MD near Washington, DC. The event examined the growing value of wood as a natural resource and a medium for cultural expression under the theme: The Melting Pot of American Culture and How It has Impacted the Use of Wood. This event coincided with the larger 2nd International World Wood Day activities that were held in Fujian Province, China.

SWST Members Howard Rosen, Barry Goodell, and World Nieh (shown in the picture of those that worked on and performed at the event) were represented on the Organizing Committee. Several technical presentations followed by demonstrations of Native American woodcarving, woodturning, basket making, musical instrument craftsmanship, and fish decoy carving were held on the first day. Christopher Zambelli, a master guitar maker, showed how the tonal quality of the guitar was affected by the construction and types of woods used. The following day consisted of a children’s program with wooden toys and games, followed by a tour of a private wood art collection. Barbara Weber, an accomplished wood basket maker, demonstrates her abilities to the upcoming generation.

More detailed information on the overall event can be found at and for the USA program event at

Howard Rosen
IWCS – Vice President
IUFRO 5.10.01 Wood Culture Working Party Chair

Department of Forest Biomaterials Assistant Professor – Engineering Systems Analyst NC State University – Raleigh, NC

About the Department of Forest Biomaterials: The Department of Forest Biomaterials is part of NC State University’s College of Natural Resources and offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in Sustainable Materials and Technology, and in Paper Science and Engineering. We are located in Raleigh, North Carolina, and our activities include teaching, research, extension programming, continuing education, and technical services that benefit the paper and pulp, wood products, housing, biomaterials, and bioenergy industries.

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

• Systems and financial analysis
• Process simulation and modeling
• Sustainability and life cycle analysis

The successful applicant will be part of a department with 20 full time faculty members. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate classes, and developing a research program in systems analysis for the forest products industry. This will include teaching and mentoring graduate students, and performing research in the areas of financial analysis, process integration and analysis using simulation tools and process sustainability. The Department has a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with faculty within the Department, across the University, and from around the world. It is expected that the incumbent will work with other faculty to develop funding for research projects that can support graduate students and expand the impact of their research program.

The position will require the person to be familiar with the forest products industry, and industry experience will be highly valued.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. level degree in engineering, physical sciences or related area is required. Industrial experience will be highly valued. The successful applicant must have the ability and desire to develop and conduct an effective research 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.

Application Procedure: Please apply online at (Position # 00103850)
Review of applications will begin on May 1, 2014, and the anticipated start date is August 1, 2014.

About the Department of Forest Biomaterials: The Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB) is part of NC State University’s College of Natural Resources (CNR) and offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs in Sustainable Materials and Technology, and in Paper Science and Engineering (PSE). The PSE degree program also has a dual degree option that allows students to earn a second BS degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in a total of nine semesters.

Our on-campus facilities include classrooms, laboratories, libraries, special research collections and state-of-the-art research and testing facilities, including the Robertson Paper & Pulp Laboratory, the Hodges Wood Products Laboratory and the Forest Biomaterials and Bioenergy Laboratories. Forest Biomaterials is currently home to 20 full-time faculty, 12 active adjunct faculty, 9 staff members, 20 research associates, 40 graduate students, and more than 150 undergraduate students. The research program includes work funded by government and corporate sponsors on a wide array of new forest based energy sources and materials, and novel manufacturing processes. Many of these technology based research projects also include engineering process modeling, and financial and life cycle analyses.

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-5575.

Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program

Application Deadline: None
The Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories (VF) Program provides promising emerging scientists and engineers with the opportunity to work with research groups or leaders in Canadian government laboratories and research institutions. Fellowships are awarded for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second and third year, at the discretion of the government department concerned.
The number of awards varies according to the budgets of participating departments and agencies.
Are you eligible for a Visiting Fellowship?

•You must have received a doctoral degree in the natural sciences or engineering from a recognized university within the past five years. Your application will be accepted if you are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a recognized university; however, you must expect to complete all requirements for your degree (including the thesis defence) within six months of submitting your application.
•If you have withdrawn from the workforce and active research for maternity leave, or to raise a child for at least one year, after you received your doctorate, NSERC will extend the eligibility period to six years.
•You can apply only twice for a Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories.
•There are no restrictions on the nationality of applicants, but awards are subject to a citizenship quota: two-thirds of awards must be made to Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Successful candidates who are not Canadians or permanent residents of Canada must satisfy Canadian immigration requirements. The Department of National Defence can consider applications from Canadian citizens only.