Monthly Archives: August 2016

New Book by Dr. Jim Bowyer Ready for Pre-Sale Orders

New Book by Dr. Jim Bowyer Ready for Pre-Sale Orders The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise is Ready for Pre-Sale Orders. In a new book The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, author Jim Bowyer delves into the ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of environmental policy of the U.S. and other wealthy countries. He notes that aggressive resistance to local extraction of raw materials in the face of high per capita consumption, and heavy reliance on imported raw materials adds up to what has been aptly described as environmental imperialism. Bowyer observes that “…contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, ‘Why not in my back yard?’”

“This is an important work from a life-long committed environmentalist, and Dr. Bowyer turns the lens around to our own often hypocritical or counter-productive behaviors towards sustainability,” says Jennifer O’Connor, President, Athena Sustainable Materials Institute in Ottawa, Canada.  “His compelling and clear message about the role of our consumption in the degradation of the planet ought to inspire every one of us to think about the problem a little differently.” In one part of the book, Bowyer assesses actions of a number of U.S. Presidents often considered the best environmental.  He observes that they often mandated actions to protect the domestic environment with little or no consideration of high levels of domestic consumption, or the massive importation of raw materials that support that consumption. There is similarly seldom evidence of thinking about how domestic materials demand might be reduced, or how environments of other nations might be impacted as a result of increasing raw material importation.  Bowyer notes that this kind of provincial positioning is not limited to the U.S., but characterizes pervasive thinking and actions that take place at all levels of government in economically developed countries all over the world.

The volume delves into such controversial matters as population dynamics and what that might mean for consumption-oriented economic systems, environmental implications of immigration, shortcomings of environmental education, considerations of global equity, and strategies for addressing consumption. Several chapters are dedicated to what might be done to change course. An important work of our time, The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise will be available soon. The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise by Jim L. Bowyer is scheduled for release on September 1.  Presale orders are being taken by Itasca Books HERE.

Graduate Research Assistantship Available

A graduate research assistantship is available to pursue a PhD in Forest Resources at the University of Maine. M.S. students will also be considered. The research topic is to study the Long–term Durability Evaluation of Structural Wood Plastic Composite Timber in Aquaculture Fish Cage Applications. UMaine researchers have developed a patented wood plastic composite (WPC) technology using an engineering thermoplastic (styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) copolymer) that is stronger, stiffer and less prone to creep than current WPC materials. There is a need for data on long term durability of the SMA-WPC composites since the fish cages are typically built with a projected twenty year service life. No durability data are currently available for the SMA-WPC composite technology. Over the life of the project , there will be an opportunity to participate in field work data collection at an aquaculture facility in Mexico (Baja California). The research assistantship pays $27,500 per year and half the cost of health insurance is also provided. Preferred starting date is August 29, 2016. Please contact Dr. Doug Gardner at douglasg@maine.edu. Graduate applications are available at https://umaine.edu/graduate/apply/

Call for abstracts IUFRO

The 2017 IUFRO All-Division 5 (Forest Products) Conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada from June 12th to 16th, 2017. The Conference is organized jointly by IUFRO Division 5, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia, FPInnovations, and the Society of Wood Science and Technology. In recognition of the pressing global need for the forest sector to be a leader in sustainability, diversification, and innovation, the theme of the 2017 IUFRO Division 5 Conference is: Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future.

We are organizing a technical session on ‘The Mechanics and Associated Physico-Chemical Dynamics that Exists in Nanocellulose’, and am currently soliciting presenters. If you are interested in submitting a presentation or poster on this topic, the Call for Abstracts is now open (Deadline October 31, 2016)!

The conference brochure is attached and more information about the conference can be found here : www.IUFROdiv5-2017.ca.