Monthly Archives: June 2014

SWST Annual Conference

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The 57th SWST International Convention held in conjunction with: The 7th Wood Structure and Properties Conference and The 6th European Hardwood Conference finished last week and if you didn’t make it to Zvolen, you truly missed out. The conference was an amazing event with participants from 5 different continents. The location was amazing and the presentations touched on the cutting edge research in wood science and technology. Check the SWST website for more information.

Graduate Research Associate (PhD position): Mississippi State University

One PhD position is available for a collaborative research between the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts and Institute of Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology at Mississippi State University. The successful candidate will be involved in a highly multidisciplinary research and will receive training in entomology, wood preservation, genomics, and biocomputing, while studying the effect of wood chemical treatment on metagenome of subterranean termite. The results of this study are expected to be beneficial for understanding the mechanism of wood degradation by termites and improvement of current and development of novel protection means, but it can also be geared toward mining of enzymes to further facilitate wood conversion to energy and value-added products.

The candidate must:
• Possess an undergraduate/Master’s degree relevant to the topic of the study
• Previously attained and maintained exceptional academic standing (min GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale basis)
• Have a TOEFL score of 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 or better (students with non-English credentials only)
• Be adaptive to multi-disciplinary research work requirements
• Be an excellent team-player

The successful candidate will be funded in the amount of US $25,000 per year for the period of 3 years plus tuition, fees and insurance.

The review of the applications will start on July 1st, 2014, and the expected enrollment in the program is August 18, 2014.

To apply, please send by e-mail a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of two referees.

Applications should be sent as a single pdf file to Assist. Prof. Dragica Jeremic (djeremic@cfr.msstate.edu).

We thank all of the applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

SWST Board Meeting in Wien Bericht: Alfred Teischinger

Die Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) ist eine internationale Orga-nisation zur Entwicklung, Verbreitung und zum Austausch von Wissen im Bereich der Holzforschung und der Technologie des Holzes. Die Gesellschaft setzt unter anderem Akkredierungs- und Qualitätsstandards für die akademische Ausbildung im Bereich des Holzes und gibt die international anerkannte Fachzeitschrift „Wood and Fibre Science“ heraus. Die ursprünglich sehr stark auf die USA und Canada fokussierte Gesellschaft öffnet sich zunehmend auch international.

Im Vorfeld der heurigen SWST Jahreskonferenz in Zvolen (SK) fand die Sitzung des Executive Board der Gesellschaft auf Basis einer gemeinsamen Einladung der BOKU, TU Wien und Wood K plus in Wien statt. Am ersten Sitzungstag begrüßte Dekan Prof. Josef Eberhardsteiner die Gäste im Kuppelsaal der TU Wien mit der beeindruckenden Holzkonstruktion der Kuppelstruktur. Am zweiten Sitzungstag war das Board zu Gast im Fachverband der Holzindustrie Österreichs. Dabei stell-te Prof. A. Teischinger die wesentlichen Eckpfeiler der Holzwirtschaft Österreichs und der Struktur der Holzforschung und Ausbildung im Bereich Holz vor.

Bei einem gemeinsamen Abendessen erfolgte dann ein reger Gedankenaustausch zu Spezifika und Gemeinsamkeiten im Bereich der Holzforschung in Amerika und Europa. Speziell hinsichtlich verschiedener Forschungsförderungsprogramme auf nationaler (COMET, FFG etc.) und europäischer Ebene (EU EraNet Wood Wisdom etc.) nehmen die Gäste auch neue Gedanken und Eindrücke mit nach Hause. Auch wenn die Zeit zu kurz war, konnten einige Meilensteine der US-Holzforschung diskutiert werden, wie das eben erst zu Ende gegangene „Wood Utilization Program“ an der Oregon State University.

The society of Wood Science and technology (SWST) is an international organisation to the development, dissemination and exchange of knowledge in the field of wood research and technology of the wood. The company relies, inter alia, Akkredierungs – and the Society sets accreditation and quality standards for academic training in the field of wood science and publishes the international journal “Wood and Fibre Science”. The company focused initially very heavily on the United States and Canada opens increasingly internationally.

In advance of this year’s SWST annual Conference in Zvolen (SK), the meeting of the Executive Board of the society on the basis of a joint invitation of the BOKU took, TU Vienna and wood K plus in Vienna instead. Greeted on the first day of the session Dean Prof. Eberhard Baguri guests in the domed Hall of Vienna University of technology with the impressive timber construction of the dome structure. On the second day of the session, the Board to guest was in the Association of the wood industry of in Austria. This put-te Prof. A. Teischinger before the essential cornerstones of the timber industry of in Austria and the structure of wood research and training in the field of wood.

At a common dinner was a lively exchange of thoughts to specifics and similarities in the field of wood research in America and Europe. Specifically with regard to various research programmes on national (COMET, FFG etc.) and European level (EU EraNet wood Wisdom etc.) the guests take home new ideas and impressions. Even though the time was too short, some milestones of U.S. wood research could be discussed, such as the “wood utilization program received just to end” at Oregon State University.

Tom Maloney’s passing

THOMAS M. MALONEY, 83, of Pullman, WA passed away on June 18, 2014 at his Pullman home. Thomas was born Feb. 18, 1931 in Raymond, WA to Peter & May (Jacobsen) Maloney. He grew up and attended school in Raymond, where he graduated from Raymond High School. He attended Washington State College now WSU where he earned his Bachelors degree with Honors in Industrial Arts. Thomas married Donna MacCallum in Seattle on Dec. 10, 1960 and returned to Pullman where they made their home. Thomas had a distinguished career as a Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at Washington State University. He was a recognized authority on wood composite materials, & in addition led several projects on wood housing. He had over 37 years experience in the field and served as Director of the Wood Materials & Engineering Lab at WSU. During his career, Thomas visited plants and research facilities throughout the world and authored over 400 research reports, articles and book chapters, as well as the book “Modern Particleboard and Dry-Process Fiberboard Manufacturing.” In 1967 he instigated the first international symposium on Particleboard & Composite Materials. As many as 30 countries have been represented at these symposia over the years. Thomas served as consultant to many industrial firms and associations; served as consultant to the United Nations, working on projects for the Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN in Rome, New Delhi, India, Beijing & Shanghai. His other projects and speaking engagements covered Cuba, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Poland, Yugoslavia, France, Australia, Mexico, Brazil & Canada. Thomas served as President of the International Forest Products Society and as President of the International Society of Wood Science & Technology. W.S.U. awarded him its first Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service in 1983 and in 1988 he was honored with the annual award of Forest Industries, given for leadership in developing excellence in the forest product industry. Thomas was also a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science. Thomas was a devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and a man who took his faith seriously. He was a lifetime member of the Washington State University Alumni Association and a member of the Golden Cougar Club. He was a devoted husband, father & grandfather who enjoyed time spent with family. He enjoyed traveling as well as all sports. Thomas was an incredible carpenter, building the family home and lake house as well as all types of woodworking. He is survived by his wife Donna at the family home in Pullman; his daughter Carol Maloney of Vancouver, WA; his sons William Maloney of London, England and Joe Maloney and wife Lynn of Bonney Lake, WA; a sister Susan Maloney and his four grandchildren Luis, Darren, Jolene & Janelle. He was preceded in death by his parents.

RNRF Roundtable on Fracking, Washington, DC, June 11, 2014

I attended a Roundtable for the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation on June 11 at the American Society of Landscape Architect’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Dr. David Vanko, chairperson of the Maryland Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission provided an insider’s perspective on the debate in Maryland over whether to approve the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Fracking involves the high pressure intrusion of water, chemicals, and sand deep into the shale formations to recover natural gas and petroleum products. The decision is a complicated one and balances out the environmental safety of natural resources–including our forests– impacted by fracking with the efforts to provide energy security to our country. States make their own laws and standards, which complicates the National effort. Maryland is a state that has banned fracking, but is looking to allow this procedure with specific guidelines.

June 2014
Pictured standing (L-R): David Vanko (Maryland Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission), Dick Engberg (American Water Resources Association), Barry Starke (American Society of Landscape Architects-ASLA), Bradford McKee (ASLA), Keith Swann (ASLA), Melissa Goodwin (Renewable Natural Resources Foundation-RNRF), Jennee Kuang (RNRF), Curtis Millay (ASLA), John Durrant (American Society of Civil Engineers); seated (L-R): Lindsey Bowman (Geological Society of America-GSA), Jessica Ball (GSA),Nancy Somerville (ASLA), Howard Rosen (Society of Wood Science and Technology), Sarah Gerould(Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry)

More information can be found at the RNRF website – http://www.rnrf.org/news.html
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Howard N. Rosen
Chairman of the RNRF Board
SWST RNRF Representative

Faculty Position in Wood Products Processing in the Department of Wood Science – Tenure track

Applications are invited for a tenure-track faculty position at the Instructor 1 level (tenure-track
towards Professor of Teaching) in the Department of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry at the
University of British Columbia. The Faculty of Forestry teaches programs and conducts research
in Wood Products Processing, Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Resources Management,
and Forest Sciences. Evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate
students is essential and a post-graduate degree (masters or doctorate) in a related discipline is
preferred. Applicants should show evidence of demonstrated educational leadership or show
promise of educational leadership. Industrial experience with wood processing operations would
also be an asset. The successful candidate may be asked to teach, on occasion, at our partner
universities in China. The successful candidate is also expected to take an active role in the
industry extension (including instruction) activities of the Centre for Advanced Wood
Processing. Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following fields: Wood
Machining (theoretical and practical), Computer-Aided Drawing and Computer-Aided
Machinery, Plant Layout and Design (including environmental considerations) and Wood
Product Manufacturing Process Control.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons
are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada will be
given priority. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups,
women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations
and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with
diverse communities.

Your application should include a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, statement of teaching
interests relevant to the position, and full contact information for three individuals that can
provide reference letters. Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident of Canada.

Please email your application in one PDF file to wsi.forestry@ubc.ca. For information on the
Department of Wood Science and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, see
www.forestry.ubc.ca.

The deadline for applications is July 15, 2014. The expected starting date for this position is
January 1, 2015 but an alternative date may be arranged.

Questions should be directed to: Dr. Simon Ellis, Head of Search Committee
(simon.ellis@ubc.ca) or Dr. Robert Kozak, Head of the Department of Wood Science
(rob.kozak@ubc.ca).

Faculty Position in Wood Products Processing in the Department of Wood Science – Non-tenure track (international teaching component)

Applications are invited for a non-tenure-track faculty position at the Instructor 1 level in the
Department of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia. The
Faculty of Forestry teaches programs and conducts research in Wood Products Processing,
Natural Resources Conservation, Forest Resources Management, and Forest Sciences. Evidence
of excellence in teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students is essential and a postgraduate
degree (masters or doctorate) in a related discipline is preferred. Participation in our
international teaching program is required and includes up to three months per year teaching in
China, or other non-Canadian venues. The successful candidate is also expected to take an
active role in the industry extension (including instruction) activities of the Centre for Advanced
Wood Processing. Preference will be given to candidates in the following fields: Secondary
Wood Products Manufacturing and Machining, Mechanics of Wood Products, Wood Physics,
Wood Anatomy, and Forest Products.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons
are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Canada will be
given priority. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups,
women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations
and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with
diverse communities.

This position is a term appointment of twelve months duration, renewable up to a maximum of
three consecutive years. There is a potential for the position to move into a tenure track stream
at the end of the maximum three year term.

Your application should include a curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier, statement of teaching
interests relevant to the position, and full contact information for three individuals that can
provide reference letters. Please also indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or
permanent resident of Canada.

Please email your application in one PDF file to wsi.forestry@ubc.ca. For information on the
Department of Wood Science and the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, see
www.forestry.ubc.ca.

The deadline for applications is July 15, 2014. The expected starting date for this position is
January 1, 2015 but an alternative date may be arranged.

Questions should be directed to: Dr. Simon Ellis, Head of Search Committee
(simon.ellis@ubc.ca) or Dr. Robert Kozak, Head of the Department of Wood Science
(rob.kozak@ubc.ca).

Wood is Good: Current Trends and Future Prospects in Wood Utilization 21st to 23rd November, 2014

ABOUT INSTITUTE
The Institute of Wood Science and Technology (IWST), Bangalore under the Indian Council of
Forestry Research and Education, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India
has the mandate of conducting research on wood science at the national level, and cater
to research needs of the forestry sector at regional level. The Institute is recognized to be a
Centre of Excellence in Wood Science Research. Continue reading

Immediate Master’s or Ph.D. Opening at the University of Maine

An immediate graduate research assistantship is available at the School of Forest Resources, University of Maine in the area of Renewable Nanomaterials to support a highly qualified M.Sc. or PhD student to start in September 2014. Particular emphasis will be placed on production, characterization and performance evaluation of nanocellulose and its composites. The exact topic of the research is open to discussion but will be within one of areas outlined below:

– Novel techniques to produce cellulose nanomaterials from forest resources
– Production of new composite materials incorporating nanocellulose for various applications
– Modelling physical and mechanical properties of renewable nanomaterials and their composites
– Nanomechanical characterization of renewable nanomaterials
– Developing methods for the efficient application of nanocellulose in paper and packaging industry
– Durability assessment of nanocomposites made from renewable resources
– All-cellulose nanocomposites
– Specialty nanomaterials for special applications including magnetic and sensor applications
– Viscoelastic properties of renewable nanomaterials and their composites

Qualifications:
For the Master’s student, a B.S. degree in wood science, forest products, pulp and paper, chemistry, chemical/mechanical/materials engineering or other closely related disciplines and for the PhD student, an additional M.Sc. degree is required. The ideal candidate is expected to have hands on experience with a variety of production and characterization techniques including but not limited to composite materials processing, mechanical characterization, viscoelastic properties, dynamic mechanical analysis, various microscopy techniques (AFM, SEM, TEM), surface modification and related techniques. In addition, the ideal applicant is a team worker, has a high level of intellectual curiosity and can work independently. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are expected. GRE scores are required, international students must also have acceptable TOEFL scores or equivalent.

Assistantship:
An annual salary of up to $19,123 paid in 12 monthly installments plus half the Annual Health Insurance fee and full tuition waiver (for up to 9 credits in the fall, 9 credits in the spring and up to 6 in the summer) will be provided for an expected 20 hours per week appointment. Operating funds for conducting research and travel will also be available.

How to apply:
Send a Statement of Purpose with your C.V., degree transcripts, recommendation letters and GRE and TOEFL scores to:
Mehdi Tajvidi, Assistant Professor of Renewable Nanomaterials, mehdi.tajvidi@maine.edu