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2017 Wood Adhesives Conference – Save the Date!

2017 Wood Adhesives Conference – Save the Date!

Held every four years,​ ​the International Conference on Wood Adhesives, is the premier technical conference on advances in adhesion of wood and biomass. The next event will be held October 25-27, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  Since 1980, the conference has attracted an international audience including companies that make and use adhesives, their suppliers, researchers and students.

Topics include:

  • Structure and properties
  • Bio-based and novel raw materials; adhesive systems; resin chemistry
  • Fundamental understanding of wood bonding and adhesive substrate interactions
  • Bonding untraditional substrates
  • Issues with commercial implementation of new adhesives
  • Composites
  • Modeling
  • New wood-based bonding products
  • Impact of regulations and consumer preference
  • Engineering wood
  • Analytical and testing methodology
  • Energy concerns and opportunities


​Plenary speakers will include:

“Current and Future Adhesive Needs of Wood Based Furniture Industry”

Venla Hemmilä – Project Leader – Adhesives, IKEA


“Discovery to Validation: Closing the Gap from Lab to Commercial Reality”

Michael J. Birkeland, Senior Staff Scientist, Solenis


“Perspectives on the Future of Engineered Wood Markets”

Dave Fell, Research Leader for Business Intelligence, FPInnovations


“Innovation in Wood through Advanced Adhesives”

Chris Whelan, Senior Business Development Manager, Henkel


“Urea-glyoxal and Melamine-glyoxal Adhesives for Wood panels and Other Applications by Total Elimination of Formaldehyde”

Dr. Tony Pizzi – Professor, LERMAB, University of Lorraine


“Analysis of Adhesive Bonds Under Tension Using Coupled 3D X-ray Computer Tomography and Numerical Modeling”

Professor John A. Nairn, Richardson Chair, Oregon State University ·

There are also many sponsorship opportunities available.   You may download the sponsorship prospectus here.

This is the 11th in a series organized every four years by the U.S. Forest Service Products Laboratory, the Forest Products Society and the Wood Based Composites Center. For information on the International Conference on Wood Adhesives, visit the website here.



A fully funded three year position for an exceptional doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab located at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming doctoral student will pursue research on ascertaining the extent of heirs’ property (inherited land passed on intestate, without clear title, typically to family members) and its impacts on minority forest landowners and their forest management practices in South Central Georgia. More details of the position are available at: Interested candidates are encouraged to directly contact Dr. Puneet Dwivedi ( with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and writing samples before applying formally. Applications will be reviewed on first come first serve basis.

Research Associate – Green Bioproducts Michigan State University

Position description: The Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking a highly motivated Research Associate / Postdoctoral Researcher for developing lignin‐based bioproducts. The researcher will be working on multiple research projects under the supervision of Dr. Mojgan Nejad. The candidate will be required to conduct biopolymer characterization, resin formulation, performance evaluation and to write project reports and refereed papers. These multidisciplinary projects are performed in close collaboration with multiple industry partners and the individual will have the opportunity to interact with major polymeric industry leaders on a regular basis. It is expected for the researcher to mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab and provide required lab and safety training. The position will begin as a one‐year appointment with extension available depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability.

Required qualifications: The successful candidate will have an earned PhD in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field by the position start date. Additional preferred qualifications include knowledge of lignin chemistry and resin formulation; demonstrated

ability to work with advanced analytical techniques such as NMR, FTIR, DSC, TGA and GPC; expertise in multivariate data analysis using chemometric software (Unscrambler or SIMCA‐P); previous project management experience; and exceptional work ethic and professionalism.

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA.

To Apply: Submit your application online at to position number 4971 before midnight (U.S. Eastern time) on Friday, March 31, 2017. Upload the following required documents as a single PDF: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with contact information (institution, email address, phone number). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application deadline: March 31, 2017. Desired start date is May 2017, but earlier or later start dates may be possible if identified in the application cover letter. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Nejad at

MSU is an equal opportunity employer and the MSU Department of Forestry is committed to promoting diversity in research. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

In Praise of Peter Koch (1920-1998)

I recently read “Forty Years a Forester, 1903-1943” by Elers Koch (1880-1954).  Elers was Peter Koch’s father.  Elers completed the manuscript in 1949 but the book was not published until 1998.  It contains a 19 page introduction by Peter.  As all wood scientists know, Peter was a renowned wood scientist.

I knew Peter well. We were both active in the Forest Products Society, SWST, and we both were Fellows in the Society of American Foresters, as was Peter’s father.  I saw Peter nearly every year at meetings.  But I did not know until recently that Peter’s father had been a forester.  In his very interesting Introduction Peter tells what it was like growing up with a a forester for a father.  If there are young wood scientists who do not know about Peter, here is just a little information.  Peter has perhaps published more than any other wood scientist.  Agriculture Handbook 605 “Utilization of Hardwoods Growing on Southern Pine Sites” is a three volume, 3710 page summary of virtually everything known about southern hardwoods.  Agriculture Handbook 420 “Utilization of the Southern Pines” is a two volume, 1663 page summary of virtually everything known about southern softwoods.  Peter gives credit to the many contributing authors to these massive compilations. More than just a compiler, Peter’s own research in wood machining led to the chipping headrig.  His research on adhesives helped enable the Southern Pine plywood industry.  His research improved drying of Southern Pine.  And on and on.

Peter directed the Southern Forest Experiment Station’s Timber Utilization Laboratory at Pineville, Louisiana from 1963 to1982.  He served as President of the Forest Products Society 1972-1973.  Those of you who are fans of Peter Koch should read Elers Koch’s book.  You will become a fan of Elers as well.


By Donald Nelson

Graduate Research Assistant (MS or PhD position) Mississippi State

Graduate Research Assistant (MS or PhD position)

One graduate research assistantship is available for a Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)student in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University (MSU). The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary project in the field of timber engineering with a focus on development and performance evaluation of innovative structural wood products. In particular, the candidate will investigate the effect of manufacturing parameters on the structural behaviour of a horizontal diaphragm constructed with southern yellow pine wood products. The MS candidate is expected to be engaged in extensive experimental study, while the PhD candidate will be involved in both experimental and computer simulation work. The successful candidate will be funded during the study period (i.e. 2 years for MS degree and 3 years for PhD degree) with an assistantship, plus tuition, fees and insurance.

The candidate must:

• Possess an undergraduate degree relevant to the topic of the study, preferably in wood science or civil engineering

• Previously attained and maintained exceptional academic standing (min GPA 3.0 on 4.0 scale basis)

• Have a TOEFL score of 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 or better (students with non-English credentials only)

• Be adaptive to multi-disciplinary research work requirements

• Be an excellent team-player

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of two referees by email as a single pdf file to Dr. Hyungsuk Lim at The review of the applications will start on February 15th, 2017, and the expected enrollment in the program is August 1st, 2017.

We thank all of the applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Additional information can be found at the websites of the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts ( and Office of Graduate School (

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

SWST Distinguished Educator Award

The SWST Membership Committee is pleased to announce this call for nominations for the 2017 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 March 1, 2017. Email: 


Presentation of this award will be at the Annual Business Meeting in Vancouver, B.C. in June.

The Hungarian refugees who helped shape Canada’s forests

Alongside 30 classmates armed with rifles and anti-tank cannons, Antal Kozak barrelled down a stretch of highway in western Hungary prepared to fight against a combat juggernaut immeasurably more powerful than his own.

The date was Nov. 4, 1956 around 4 p.m.

Kozak was in his early 20s and studying forestry at the University of Sopron, located roughly 15 kilometres from the Austrian border.

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Professor and Director, Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC), University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

Center for Renewable Carbon

Position Announcement:

Professor and Director, Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC)


The Center for Renewable Carbon (CRC) is an interdisciplinary research and development unit in TheUniversity of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Its mission is to advance the potential for non-food biomass to create new economic activity for the state of Tennessee and the Nation. The CRC team advances the science needed to develop new technologies that enable the expanded use of forest and agricultural biomass for sustainable materials, chemicals, fuels, and energy; trains the workforce needed by advanced technology industries; and transfers research advances to our stakeholders and partners involved in building a sustainable bioeconomy.

The Center comprises 10 faculty tenured in various departments and more than 30 staff, students, and research associates with skills in chemistry, material (wood, polymer, etc.) science, biomass analytics and statistics. This position will be housed in the appropriate academic department at UTIA for the successful candidate’s background and expertise.

Job Responsibilities:

• Provide leadership and vision to continue the success of this internationally-recognized research and development program.

• Interact with UTIA leadership team and coordinate with the dean to advance the mission and goals of AgResearch and UTIA.

• Manage and coordinate research, development, and outreach programs of the Center.

• Manage the Center’s business office and program support staff to ensure efficient and effective service, as well as policy compliance, to researchers.

• Identify and secure new sources of funding for innovative research to extend the Center’s impact in Tennessee and the Southeast, and elevate its national and international reputation.

• Improve research infrastructure and capabilities to advance competitiveness.

• Foster relationships and develop new opportunities for collaborative research initiatives in support of the CRC’s mission.

• Exercise fiscal responsibility and transparency with the Center’s budget and finances.

• Publish research results in high-impact journals, and present research and development at the Center to the broader scientific community at professional conferences.

Required Qualifications:

The successful applicant will have:

• An earned doctorate in a discipline related to sustainable use of agricultural and natural resources, or a discipline closely aligned with the CRC program.

• A proven track record in garnering extramural grant or contract funds, as well as management of sponsored projects.

• Experience developing partnerships with government agencies (state and federal), industry, and non-profit organizations.

• A strong publication record in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.

• Excellent communication skills in written and oral English.

• Commitment to UTIA’s core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Desired Qualifications:

• A proven record of participation and/or leadership in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research teams.

• A record of professional leadership activities, including team building skills, assessment of programmatic needs and priorities, strategic planning and implementation, and adapting to change in a multidisciplinary environment.


Interested candidates should send a letter of application, a curriculum vita including research publications and grant experience, names and contact information (including email address) of 3 references, and an official transcript showing PhD degree to:

Julie Carrier, Search Chair Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science

2506 E.J. Chapman Drive

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN 37996-4531

Inquiries about the position should be directed to: or 865-974-7305.

We will be reviewing applications on March 15, 2017, but the position will remain open until filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville,

TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the