Monthly Archives: March 2015

Happy April 1st!



Spring weather has partially arrived here in the Northern Hemisphere (in some locations), and that means that we are getting closer to the annual meeting.  This year’s meeting is being held in Grand Teton National park in the beautiful state of Wyoming.  You can look at the schedule of events here.   This year is going to be an amazing experience both because of the speakers that we have scheduled and the location.  I look forward to seeing you all there.



PhD, Wood Science Technologies
The Sansin Corporation is a dynamic, growing company dedicated to providing leading environmental coating technologies to the architectural, industrial, engineered and consumer industries worldwide. We are looking for a researcher in the field of wood technology and preservation. The applicant needs to hold a PhD in a field applicable to wood coating chemistry and technologies. The position will cover several aspects within wood technology such as: anatomy, chemistry, microscopy, wood properties and protection technologies. We are looking for an outgoing and innovative thinking researcher to help develop the best wood protection technologies with industry leading formulas that are less harmful to the environment.  For more information click PhD

RNRF Roundtable with the Library of Congress’s Congressional Research Service (CRS), Feb. 23, 2015

I attended the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation Washington Round Table on Public Policy to meet with Congressional Research Service (CRS) staff members who specialize in natural resources policy. CRS representatives discussed the nature and scope of the service’s work. CRS provides confidential, authoritative, objective and nonpartisan policy, scientific, and legal analyses to members of Congress and congressional committees. CRS approaches complex policy topics from interdisciplinary perspectives, analyzing current policies and the impacts of proposed policy alternatives. Research and analysis is made available to Congress via reports on major policy issues; tailored confidential memoranda, briefings, and consultations; seminars and workshops; expert congressional testimony; and responses to individual inquiries.

In the past, CRS has done studies and analyses on forest products and wood science related issues which have helped Congress to better understand our issues.


standing (L-R): Pervaze Sheikh (Congressional Research Service), Roxanne Blackwell (American Society of Landscape Architects), Dick Engberg (RNRF Chairman, American Water Resources Association), Betsy Cody (Congressional Research Service), Jennee Kuang (RNRF),Melissa Goodwin (RNRF), Nicole Carter (Congressional Research Service), Amy Abel  (Congressional Research Service), Erik Hankin(American Geophysical Union), Whitford Remer (American Society of Civil Engineers), Nancy Somerville (American Society of Landscape Architects). Sitting (L-R): Sarah Gerould (Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry), Karen Paczkowski (Geological Society of America), Samuel Kim (Congressional Research Service), Tom Chase (American Society of Civil Engineers), Howard Rosen (Society of Wood Science and Technology), Peter Folger (Congressional Research Service). Robert Day (RNRF) present but not pictured.

More information can be found at the RNRF website –


Howard N. Rosen

Chairman of the RNRF Board

SWST RNRF Representative

Assistant Professor Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Mississippi State University

Assistant Professor

Position Announcement

Department of Sustainable Bioproducts,

Forest and Wildlife Research Center/

College of Forest Resources

Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine

Mississippi State University


The Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources, Mississippi State University is seeking to fill three 9-month, Tenure-track, fulltime, Assistant Professor Positions with research, teaching and service responsibilities in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. 

Particular consideration will be given to candidates with expertise and high potential in fundamental science which may include (1) sawn lumber, structural products, and/or engineered lumber, manufacturing, performance, mechanics, and applications; (2) bioenergy and chemicals; and (3) biology, biotechnology, molecular microbiology, and/or resins, coatings, polymers, adhesion.

The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in either, wood science/forest products/sustainable bioproducts or an allied scientific discipline such as material science, polymer science, engineering, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, or other as appropriate. 

Experience is preferred in forest products/sustainable bioproducts or a related field with respect to proposing; securing extramural funding; conducting, producing, and publishing applied and basic research results. 

Primary responsibilities include:  develop and conduct a program of research in forest products/sustainable bioproducts with an emphasis on research and development in (1) structural properties of lumber, timber structures, engineered lumber, adhesive technology, or related field; (2) bioenergy, biochemical, and related science; and (3) biology, biotechnology, mycology, molecular microbiology, or related field; build a nationally recognized and extramurally funded research program; collaborate within the Department, College, and University as well as with external stakeholders such as industry, other universities, government and nongovernmental organizations; teach undergraduate and graduate courses as appropriate, advise students, assist in programmatic curriculum development, provide internal and external service as appropriate, and other departmental responsibilities as appropriate. 

The applicant must demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills and will be expected to develop a national reputation in sustainable bioproducts/forest products as well as maintain a focus on adding value to state- and regional-based stakeholders. 

MSU is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

Application Process:

All applicants must apply on line , complete the Personal Data Information Form, and will be required to submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of professional recommendation, and transcripts of all degrees. 

Official transcripts of all degrees will be required from the successful candidate.  Application reviews will begin March 15, 2015.

Mississippi State University is an AA/EOE.

Call for Nominations for the Newly Developed 2015 Distinguished Educator Award

Dear SWST Members,
The SWST Educator Award Committee is pleased to announce this call for nominations for the 2015 Distinguished Educator Award.  The SWST Distinguished Educator Award encompasses disciplines of teaching as well as outreach and is intended to recognize individual faculty and instructors at a university for sustainable performance of excellence in teaching or to recognize faculty, staff or industry personnel for outstanding extension, engagement and economic development activities in wood or related field. Nominees for the award must be SWST Members. 
Recipients of the Distinguished Educator Award will receive a cash award ($500.00) and a plaque recognizing them from SWST. The recipient will be honored at the annual SWST International Conference. The recipients of the Educator Award may be called upon by SWST to provide a voice in issues related to teaching or extension/outreach in forums or panels at the SWST conference and they will be advocates for excellence in imparting education in wood science and related fields.
The nomination needs to be approved and submitted by the department head, executive head, or other appropriate official.  However, the nomination itself can be initiated by anyone in the department or organization, including colleagues, clients or students.
Full details regarding the nomination process and selection criteria can be found in the attached information.  You should email with “Distinguished Educator Award Nominee” in the subject line.
Nominations will be accepted until April 15, 2015. Email:  Presentation of this award will be at the Annual Business Meeting in Jackson, Wyoming, June 8, 2015.
Victoria L. Herian
Executive Director
Society of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Box 6155
Monona, WI 53716 USA
PH: 1-608-577-1342