Monthly Archives: October 2015


The Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, Purdue University, invites applications for the position of Department Head. The principal focus of the Head is to provide visionary leadership working with a diverse group of outstanding faculty and staff in pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, and extension. The Head provides strategic direction to accomplish departmental objectives through continuing and expanding internal and external support; wise stewardship of human, financial, and physical resources; and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. The Head also is expected to serve as an advocate, liaison, and departmental representative within the university and with government agencies, lay and professional resource management groups, conservation organizations, related industries, and society at large. The Head is responsible for the departmental budget including nation-wide land holdings and endowments.

Purdue FNR Dept Head Position Announcement

Call for Nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Educator Award – Deadline for submission December 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 December 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

Presidential Proclamation — National Forest Products Week, 2015

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America’s forests have defined the landscapes of our country’s natural beauty for centuries, and protecting them is imperative to preserving our world for future generations. In addition to providing renewable energy, wildlife habitat, soil health, local foods, and water, they purify the air we breathe and support an industry that employs more than one million Americans. Each day, we use a wide range of forest products — from the wood in our homes to the paper we write on to the packaging that protects our food, medicine, and other goods we rely on. During National Forest Products Week, we recognize the ways in which our Nation’s forests contribute to our livelihood and recommit to ensuring their health and stability for centuries to come.

NRRI Research Group Director Assoc Depart Director

NRRI Research Group Director
Assoc Depart Director
Job Req 303880
Position Description:

The Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) at the University of Minnesota Duluth is an applied research organization whose charter is “to foster the development of Minnesota’s natural resources in an environmentally sound manner to promote private sector employment”. As a key asset to the University of Minnesota system, NRRI engages in collaborative, applied research to deliver excellence in science, engineering and economic analysis in support of natural resource use and management decisions.


This position will develop and lead an Institute research group focused on responsible, high-value utilization of woody biomass resources.  Specifically, the group is charged with providing assistance to industries utilizing forest products (lumber production, window/door manufacture, millwork, specialty products, etc.), development of modified wood and other higher value materials from Minnesota biomass, refocus of the existing biomass extraction program and development of a new focus to develop and demonstrate entrepreneurial chemical or biochemical technologies to generate higher value fuels, chemicals and/or materials from woody biomass. The position will also have a principal investigator role associated with the latter focus area.


Required Qualifications include:  PhD (science, engineering or related) from a regionally accredited college or university with at least 10 years of industrial/academic research experience; established and demonstrated presence in the field of biochemical processing, specifically related to woody biomass and similar feedstocks; experience in entrepreneurial commercialization of new technologies; demonstrated experience to lead by influence and position, contribute as leader and/or collaborator; experience building networks and demonstrated ability to collaborate and work effectively in a diverse and multidisciplinary team environment; excellent written communication skills; demonstrated skills in technical writing, editing and organization of data; Experience as a leader in strategic thinking; Demonstrated experience to lead complex research efforts, execute versus research program objectives, write reports, train, mentor and manage direct reports and manage project budgets and demonstrated record of identifying, writing and winning federal, state and industry grants and contracts


Review of complete applications will begin October 26, 2015, and will continue until the position is filled. Desired start date isDecember 1, 2015. Applications must be submitted online. To apply for this position, go to and search for job opening 303880. Complete applications must include: the online application, letter of application, CV/Resume, statement of diversity, statement of multi-disciplinary research philosophy, and contact information of three professional references. Salary is negotiable commensurate

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.


The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

Graduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Wood Science & Engineering at Oregon State University seeks a cohort (10+) of new graduate students (MS or PhD) to support research conducted by the newly founded National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design. Center-sponsored research focuses on developing innovative wood products, building components, construction methods, & innovation in building design.

For more information: AWP Funding Opportunity at OSU

Report on Lech Muszynski’s SWST Visiting Scientist Visit to the University of Maine

Dr. Lech Muszynski, Professor in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University visited the University of Maine on September 28 and 29, 2015 as part of the SWST Visiting Scientist Program.  Over the two day visit, Lech met with the forest resources, wood science and civil engineering faculty (Steve Shaler, Doug Gardner, Bob Rice, Mehdi Tajvidi, Roberto Lopez-Anido) Advanced Composites Center staff (Russell Edgar, Jon Hill) as well as graduate students working on CLT related projects (Nick Willey and Jaya Tripathi), discussing common research interests and potential for future collaborations.  

He made a presentation to faculty and students titled Making CLT: The Whos, the Wheres and the Hows describing his interest and experience in the cross laminated timber (CLT) industry. The CLT industry is well established in Europe but is only beginning in North America. The detailed overview of the cross laminated timber industry by Dr. Muszynski was well received by both faculty and students.

Presentation Abstract:

Making CLT: The Whos, the Wheres and the Hows

The presentation was an overview of the profiles of the global CLT industry, with a focus on 21 CLT manufacturing plants toured between 2011 and 2015. Cross-laminated timber, or CLT, is a massive structural composite panel product usually consisting of 3 to 9 layers of dimensional timber (lamellas) arranged perpendicular to each other, much like layers of veneer in plywood, and can be used as prefabricated wall, floor and roofing elements in residential, public and commercial structures. This is not merely a new engineered composite panel product but an entirely new building technology revolutionizing the use of timber in construction. The CLT manufacturing process and the technology of erecting prefabricated houses based on this product has been developed in Europe over the last 20 years despite lack of the product standard. The output capacity of the industry worldwide has been growing exponentially. The organic development of the industry resulted in a surprising diversity in the manufacturing processes, products and market strategies. The discussion included the directions of future research in support of the development of the domestic CLT industry.

XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) held in Durban, South Africa, September 6-11, 2015


I was one of approximately 3,900 people from 138 countries to attend this major forestry meeting held once every 6 years and sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). This was the first time ever that the WFC was held in the African region. My attendance was supported by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS). The major challenges and opportunities emphasized at the Congress were climate change, urbanization, and increasing demands for commodities and environmental services. The meeting had many technical sessions and an exhibition area with over 60 exhibitors, including IWCS. The major resolutions of interest to SWST members were the importance of forests for providing food, wood energy, and fiber; generating income and employment to allow communities and societies to prosper; and supporting human wellbeing by helping to stabilize our climate. For more information about the WFC follow URL


IWCS had an exhibition booth which featured three South African wood carvers and three wooden instrument musicians. Mike Maurer from Switzerland played and demonstrated the Alphorn, while Nasser Makhoul, stringed wooden instrument player and maker, and Antoine Dawlatly, player of wooden drums, from Lebanon provided musical accompaniment, as shown in the accompanying figure. Mr. Makhoul has constructed all of the 18 ancient and contemporary wooden instruments on the back wall of the booth. For more information and photos go to:


Howard N. Rosen

US Forest Service volunteer

World Wood Day Foundation Chair

RNRF Roundtable with the World Resources Institute (WRI) on International Climate Negotiations in Paris

October 2, 2015

WRI hosted the Renewable Natural Resource Foundation’s (RNRF) Washington Roundtable on Public Policy on October 2, 2015, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of WRI’s Climate Program, presented “The Road To and Through Paris,” a discussion of the context in which the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Paris, December 2015 are taking place. She also described key elements and challenges of a global agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The three key elements of a global agreement, in Paris and beyond, are provisions for mitigation, adaptation, and support. Negotiations are expected to produce a core legal instrument agreed upon by all 195 Parties to the Convention. The world’s forests can play a key role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. NGO’s such as SWST are expected to provide data, pressure public leaders, and promote solutions to the media to reduce human impact on climate change. World leaders will look for more compliance for reduced emission gases than in prior conventions.

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Pictured seated (L-R)Jennifer Morgan (WRI), Jennee Kuang (RNRF), Melissa Goodwin (RNRF), Sarene Marshall (Urban Land Institute); standing (L-R)Elizabeth Goldbaum (Geological Society of America), Ian McTiernan (American Institute of Architects), Howard Rosen (SWST), Nancy Somerville (American Society of Landscape Architects), Whitford Remer (American Society of Civil Engineers), Natasha DeJarnett (American Public Health Association).


Howard N. Rosen

SWST RNRF Representative

Happy October


Happy October everyone, there are a few announcements and changes that need to be noted. First, please send newsletter items to, that is still me, it just gives me a little better chance to respond and post items for the newsletter.

Secondly, start getting ready for the annual convention ( in March of 2016.  The program is shaping up to be a wonderful event. We will be following a similar format to the convention we held in Wyoming this year.  Many things to see and hear in Brazil.

Lastly, this newsletter contains information about upcoming events, many of which are educational opportunities about our field.  A prime example of this is the series of webinars being put on by NARA.  More information can be found here (

As always, have a great October!



Wood-To-Biofuels Webinar Series

Led by Washington State University and funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) is helping to develop a sustainable industry in the Pacific Northwest that uses wood residuals to make bio-jet fuel and valuable co-products. The alliance includes public universities, government agencies, private industry and interested stakeholders.

In this final year of the project, NARA will be producing 1,000 gallons of cellulosic-based bio-jet (IPK) from Northwest forest residuals, the tree limbs and branches that remain after a forest harvest. Alaska Airlines will be flying a demonstration flight next year using NARA produced cellulosic-biofuel.

To disseminate findings of our research, NARA will be hosting a Wood-To-Biofuel Webinar series summarizing the research and results of converting slash to biofuel while recognizing and conducting sustainable analysis (triple bottom line).

We are commencing this webinar series in October that celebrates the National Bioenergy Day on October 21.

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