Monthly Archives: November 2014

Research Materials Engineer or Research Chemist or Research Wood Technologist GS-0806-12/13/14

Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service will soon be filling the research scientist position. This is a permanent full-time position and will have a duty station at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. The vacancy announcement for this position will be posted on the U.S. Government’s official website for employment application,

If you are interested in this position, please complete the attached outreach form and send it to Rita Simonsen ( ).  You will be notified when the position is announced. You need to apply the position through the official website following the procedure. For further information, contact Dr. Zhiyong Cai, Project Leader at 608-231-9446 or

 Position:  It is envisioned that the Research Scientist will have an adjunct appointment with the appropriate department at University of Maine such as the School of Forest Resources or College of Engineering based on the applicant’s academic background. The scientist will be expected to use material science approaches to optimize processes, improve efficiency, and exploit opportunity for new advanced bio-based composites. The position is responsible to integrate other specialists in materials science, chemistry, biological science and engineering into a cohesive, highly focused research team. The essential duties include:


  • Develop collaborative interdisciplinary research programs and build interdisciplinary teams with university faculty members across the University of Maine.
  • In conjunction with University of Maine faculty and staff develop collaborative interdisciplinary research programs and build interdisciplinary teams with other university and research laboratories nationally and internationally.
  • Work with university students to ensure validity and accuracy of nano composite manufacturing and testing.
  • Leverage research by preparing research proposals for internal and external funding.
  • Conduct and publish original scientific research on the production, characterization, and modification of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC), cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), and microfibrillated cellulose as well as the production, characterization and end use evaluation of nano-enabled composites and composite polymeric matrix materials.
  • Research and recommend purchase of equipment, materials and supplies for use in producing and characterizing nano-materials and producing and testing nano-enabled composites.
  • Present research results at scientific and technical meetings, seminars and conferences.
  • Engage clientele in commercialization of production, modification and characterization of nanomaterials and developed nano-enabled composite technologies.


Strong candidates will have demonstrated written, verbal, and analytical skills. Working experience related to the sustainable bio-composites provides the necessary foundation for success in this position.


For Community Information: For community information, please visit the town of Orona website at:

 Housing:  No government housing/relocation package is available, but there is housing in the community for rent and purchase.


Nondiscrimination statement: USDA Forest Service is an equal employment opportunity employer


Point of Contact:
Project Leader Zhiyong Cai, PhD at 608-231-9446 or

Thank you for your interest in a detail opportunity.




Research Materials Engineer or Research Chemist or Research Wood Technologist


Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI




December 15, 2014



If you are interested in this position, please complete the attached outreach form and send it to Rita Simonsen ( ).  For further information, contact Dr. Zhiyong Cai, Project Leader at 608-231-9446 or







E-Mail Address:




Are you currently a Federal employee?

If yes:  Current Agency and location:


Type of Appointment:         Permanent           Term             Temporary


Current title/series/grade:


If you are not a current permanent (career or career conditional) employee, are you eligible for appointment under any of the following special authorities?

_____ Yes   ______ No


  • Person with Disabilities
  • Veterans Readjustment Act
  • Former Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Disabled Veteran w/30% Compensable Disability
  • Student Career Experience Program
  • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998
  • Spouse of a member of the armed forces serving on active duty who has orders specifying a permanent change of station (not for training)
  • Spouse of a 100 percent disabled service member injured while on active duty
  • Un-remarried widow or widower of a service member who was killed while performing active duty


Thank you for your interest in our Outreach Notice.

New Derived SI Units

The following was submitted by the editor of Wood and Fiber Science, H. Mike Barnes, if you have any questions please direct them at him:

10^6 deer = 1 megabuck
10^3 megabucks = 1 grand
10^8 grand = 1 millicent
10^12 microphones = 1 megaphone
10^21 piccolos = 1 gigolo
10 rations = 1 decoration
10^6 bicycles = 2 megacycles
10^12 pins = 1 terapin
2×10^3 millenaries = 4 seminaries
3⅓ tridents = 1 decadent
10^12 antellas = 1 tarantella
10^9 antics = 1 gigantic
10^2 tics = 1 hectic
10^-3 female sheep = 1 milieu
2 doctors = 1 paradox

Graduate Assistantship Opportunity (Master level)

Graduate Assistantship Opportunity (Master level)
The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech is looking for applicants
interested in earning a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Biomaterials to start as
early as Spring 2015. The selected candidate will be working in the area of International
Marketing and Logistics. Minimum qualifications for applicants are:

• Bachelors degree in Wood Science, Industrial Engineering, Business
Management, Marketing or related discipline.
• Previously maintained excellent academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0).
• Strong communication skills. Selected candidate will be required to interact with
stakeholders in the eastern United States and also in overseas markets.
• Candidates should have strong analytical skills and be able to use qualitative and
quantitative tools.
• Preference will be given to candidates who have previous industry experience.

Benefits include health insurance, tuition waiver, and a monthly stipend for a period of
two years. The Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture funds the project.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Henry Quesada at or (540)
231-0978 for further directions on the application process.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
© 2014 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Silver anniversary class of MSU Alumni Fellows named

STARKVILLE, Miss.—In announcing its 2014 class of Alumni Fellows, the Mississippi State University Alumni Association also is marking the 25th anniversary of the annual special recognition program.
Established in 1989, the fellows program seeks to spotlight the 136-year-old land-grant institution’s most distinguished graduates by showcasing their talents and accomplishments to current students.
In addition to bringing one alumnus of MSU’s eight academic colleges back to campus to share professional experiences and provide career guidance, the annual fall semester event includes a series of meetings and presentations with students and faculty, both in the classroom and informally.
“We are proud to welcome some of Mississippi State’s most accomplished alumni as our Silver Anniversary fellows group,” said Jeff Davis, the alumni association’s executive director. “Each of these individuals brings a wealth of experience in their fields to share with students and faculty across the university.”
The 2014 fellows are among the university’s nearly 130,000 living alumni worldwide. Each honoree carries the distinction for life.

The new fellows include (by college):

College of Forest Resources:
World L.-S. Nieh of Oak Hill, Virginia, a 1990 doctoral graduate in forest products. Now with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C., his most recent achievement includes representation as the agency’s forest products program lead for a $20 million national research program. Previously, he was director of amino resin development with Southeastern Adhesives Co. in Lenoir, North Carolina, and senior development chemist with Georgia-Pacific Resins Inc. in Decatur, Georgia. Before enrolling at MSU, he completed a bachelor’s degree from National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan and a master’s from Virginia Tech University.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences:
Bryan S. Wilson of Fulton, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in entomology from in 1982 and 1984, respectively. He is managing partner of Tacoma Ag LLC, a company he founded in 2009 that produces generic crop chemicals for sale throughout the United States. Previously, Wilson held leadership positions with United Agri Products, BASF Corp. and Wilson Ag Service. He is a member of the MSU Bulldog Club board of directors.

College of Architecture, Art and Design:
Melodi E. Terhune of Chesapeake, Virginia, who graduated in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in human sciences/interior design. Holding the designation of LEED Accredited Professional, she is a senior certified interior designer and associate for Clark Nexsen in Virginia Beach, as well as past president of the American Society of Interior Designers, Virginia Chapter. Terhume currently serves on MSU’s Interior Design Advisory Board.
College of Arts and Sciences:
M. Diane Roberts of Louisville, Kentucky, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology 1963 and 1964, respectively. She later earned a doctorate from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Now retired, Roberts was vice chancellor for academic affairs at Indiana University East in Richmond. Her professional career also included academic positions with Wichita State University, University of Alabama in Huntsville and South Texas Junior College.

College of Business:
Boyce Adams Sr. of Columbus, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1980. In addition to co-founding BankTEL Systems in 1992, he currently serves as its president and CEO. BankTEL is on the Inc. 5000 list and has been recognized as one of the state’s fastest growing private companies. Prior to BankTel, Adams developed software in the oil industry. He is a member of the MSU College of Business Advisory Board.
College of Education:
Larry Box of Starkville, whose education degrees include a 1966 bachelor’s, 1968 master’s and 1985 doctorate. Now retired, he was superintendent of the Starkville School District from 1991-2002. After beginning his career as a mathematics teacher, Box was promoted to successive roles as principal of Starkville’s Sudduth Elementary and Henderson Junior High schools, and as SSD assistant superintendent.

James Worth Bagley College of Engineering:
Robert D. “Rob” Hunter of Birmingham, Alabama, who received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1973 before going on to earn a doctor of law degree from Cornell University. He now is a senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Altec Inc., a global provider of products and services for the electric utility, telecommunications and contracting industries. Under his leadership, the 2014 Altec legal team was named best in the U.S. in technology by Legal 500. Hunter was named a Bagley College Distinguished Fellow in 2008 and currently serves on the college’s advisory board, as well as the advisory board of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Palliative Care.

College of Veterinary Medicine:

Dr. Wanda L. West of Churchville, Pennsylvania, who is a 1988 doctor of veterinary medicine graduate. She now is a veterinary research fellow and attending veterinarian at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in Princeton, New Jersey. West also volunteers her professional services at various animal shelters, providing free medical and surgical services. In addition to her MSU degree, West holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tougaloo College and doctorate in pharmacology from the Temple University School of Medicine.
For detailed biographies on the 2014 selections and other information about the alumni association, visit
MSU is online at