Monthly Archives: August 2015

Doctoral Degree in the Area of Aging of Wood Construction Materials

The Chair in Organic- and Wood-based Materials at the School of Architecture, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Science at Carolo-Wilhelmina University
in Braunschweig, Germany ( is seeking well-qualified individuals to pursue doctoral degree in the area of aging of wood construction materials. This is a part of the newly-established graduate program “Aging of construction materials” funded by the German national science foundation (DFG) – see The emphasis of this position is on the development and application of analytical methods to study the ageing of wood and wood – adhesive interface in structural applications. A MS degree in Materials Science, Engineering Science and/or Mechanics or a related field
and good command of German and/or English (or the willingness to learn German within 12 months of appointment) are required. This is a doctoral position within the German academic system with full salary and benefits. The length of the appointment is three years with performance being evaluated annually. The Technische Universität Braunschweig is one of the leading teaching and research institutions of higher education in Germany and Europe, with an excellent research infrastructure located in a vibrant city. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Send a cover letter addressing your potential contribution to the Graduate College topics, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three reference letters to:
Bo Kasal, Professor and Chair, Organic- and Wood-based Materials,
Hopfengarten 20, TU Braunschweig, 38108 Braunschweig, Germany.

Electronic submissions are preferred:

Employment opportunities, admissions policies,
activities, services, and facilities of the TU Braunschweig
do not exclude any person on the basis of race, color,
age, sex, religion, national origin, or disability.
For more info click A1_Stellenaushang_TU_Kasal_Doktoranden_2015-08_english.

This Newsletter Contains Important Information

The newsletter following the annual convention contains a lot of important information, from awards criteria and call for nominations all the way to a call for abstracts for next year’s convention. As always, if you have any questions, comments or additions for next month’s newsletter please let me know.


2016 SWST Distinguished Service Award Nominees Requested

2016 SWST Distinguished Service Award Nominees Requested

The Past Presidents’ Council of the Society of Wood Science and Technology is requesting nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Service Award. This award is made by the SWST in recognition of distinguished service to the profession as a whole. Such service may have been made in any educational, technological, scientific or professional area directly related to the profession of Wood Science and Technology in furtherance of the objectives of the Society as outlined in its Constitution and Bylaws.

A nominee for this award is not required to be a member of SWST, but must be endorsed by at least ten (10) members who are in good standing. The letter of nomination must be made to the Executive Board of the Society through the Past Presidents’ Council. It must be accompanied by a complete background of the nominee’s accomplishments, contributions, and services to the profession of Wood Science and Technology as outlined above. These contributions should be broad-based and substantial in nature as to render a nominee, if finally selected to receive this honor, to be a person of recognizable stature in the minds of the membership of the Society. The nomination packet should also include the letters of endorsements from the 10 members. This can be submitted in hard or electronic copy. In general, recipients of this honor will be people who have reached high levels of attainment. However, age limits or requirements of service to the Society itself are not to be considered limitations of this award.

Submit nominations to Michael Wolcott, Past President, at with the subject line containing: SWST DSA Nomination by October 15, 2015.

SWST Visiting Scientist Program

The SWST Visiting Scientist Program facilitates the exchange of knowledge between outstanding specialists in wood science and technology and interested persons
at educational, industrial, or governmental institutions. Many of the foremost wood scientists in the Society have participated in the Program. Their presentations have consistently won praise from the hosts. And, the scientists themselves have found the visits both stimulating and enjoyable. Please find out more information here and consider participating in the program.

Nominate a Project for a Wood Design Award

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Wood Design Awards.  The deadline for submission is September 30, 2015.

Wood Design Awards celebrate excellence in wood design, engineering and construction, as well as innovative projects that showcase attributes of wood such as strength, beauty, versatility, cost effectiveness and sustainability.

WoodWorks accepts nominations for Wood Design Awards in the following categories. In addition to the criteria outlined for each category, nominated projects should demonstrate wood’s beauty, strength, versatility and cost effectiveness. Special consideration will be given to recently completed buildings, projects that utilize wood as a structural element, and innovative designs that exemplify new opportunities for wood construction.


Wood Anatomy of Korean Species by Dr. Young Geun Eom

One-time offer of new book Wood Anatomy of Korean Species by Dr. Young Geun Eom:


Here are some details of the publication:

  • Title: Wood Anatomy of Korean Species
  • Author: Dr. Young Geun Eom
  • With contributions and editing by his colleagues and former student; Dr. Ohkyung Kwon, Dr. Youn Jib Chung, Ms. Mirim Lee
  • Species descriptions are in Korean and English
  • Descriptions of wood anatomical features follow the IAWA format and include light micrographs (see Preview below)
  • number of species: 290 ~ 296
  • number of pages: about 700
  • Expected date of publication: Oct 10, 2015

​This book is in memory of Dr. Young Geun Eom who passed away last year on Oct 15, 2014. Dr. Eom was at the Department of Forest Products & Biotechnology, College of Forest Science, Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea. Publication of this book was one of his last wishes as a scholar and wood anatomist.  Several people, including Dr. Ohkyung Kwon, Dr. Youn Jib Chung, Ms. Mirim Lee have worked together to complete the book; taking pictures, writing the descriptions, and editing contents to complete the book.  They wish to distribute this book for cost of shipping and handling only, for anyone interested in wood anatomy.


Estimated cost of shipping and handling is:
USA & Europe: $35 ~ 40 (USD) /a book
Japan: $25 (USD) /a book
To receive the book, orders and shipping information must be collected no later than Sept. 24. This is the only chance to order, so the order must be received by this deadline. You will then receive an invoice from PayPal. * Shipping will begin as soon as the book is published and after the shipping and handling fee is transferred into the PayPal account.


To place an order, please provide the following information to Ohkyung Kwon by email at


  • Your Name –One book per person, but if you are ordering multiple copies for others, please write each person’s name and affiliation. For librarians, please mention that you are a librarian. Librarians may order multiple copies.
  • Affiliation
  • Occupation: Researcher, student, librarian, educator, hobbyist
  • Shipping address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Number of copies



Some notes on the example:

  • The species descriptions are in progress
  • Species descriptions use two languages: English and Korean.
  • Species distribution (Korea, Japan, China) is in progress and will be completed prior to publication.
  • Figure legends will be completed.
  • Scale bars will be included.

SWST Call for Abstracts Deadline September 30, 2015


Key Features

  • Key Note about Brazilian and South American Forest Products Industry
  • One full day touring sustainable wood structures and wood culture around Curitiba city
  • Joint session on Sustainable Wood Structure with EBRAMEM (Encontro Basileiro em Madeiras e em  Estruturas de Madeira), hosted by the Brazilian Institute of Wood and Wood Structures (IBRAMEM)
  • 2ndWood Expo and Construction (hosted by APRE, Paraná State’s Association of Forest-Based Enterprises) showcasing the functionality, sustainability and beauty of wood  (March 9-11)


Early Researchers
Half day dedicated to early stage researchers (students and recent graduates). You can present your research and participate in the poster session. Students can participate in student poster competition.

  • Sustainable Wood Construction: Challenges and Lessons Learned
  • Bio-Composites
  • Lignocellulosic Material Science and Properties: Innovation, Durability, and Quality
  • Biomass and Bioenergy: Technology, Economic, Environmental and Social Assessment
  • Forest Products Utilization, Marketing and Policy
  • Green Chemistry and Chemicals
  • Poster Session


An Abstract is required for all poster and oral presentations for

  1. SWST International Convention
  2. Poster Presentation

Due Date: September 30, 2015
Questions? Please contact Sudipta Dasmohapatra at

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Educator Award – Deadline for submission November 1

Dear SWST Members,

The SWST Educator Award Committee is pleased to announce this call for nominations for the 2016 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 science or related disciplines. Nominees for the award must be SWST Members.

Recipients of the Distinguished Educator Award will receive a $500 cash award and a plaque 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 on the SWST website.  Email nominations to with “Distinguished Educator Award Nominee” in the subject line.

Nominations will be accepted until November 1, 2015. Email:

Presentation of this award will be at the Annual Business Meeting in Curitiba, Brazil in March of 2016.

Victoria L. Herian
Executive Director
Society of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Box 6155
Monona, WI 53716 USA
PH: 1-608-577-1342
Fax:  1-608-254-2769