January-February 1995 NEWSLETTER
  1. PENCIL AND PAPER
  2. SOCIETY NEWS
  3. CONNECTIONS
  4. FROM THE ARCHIVES
  5. COMING EVENTS
  6. INFORMATION PLEASE
  7. POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Pencil

I have been wondering for some time now what a "Virtual Wood Scientist" looks like (WFS 26:445-446). I still don't know, but I'm pretty sure that he or she wouldn't look like the guy on the front page of the last newsletter. One thing I have learned, however, is that doing something a little crazy is a good way to generate additional feedback. Perhaps now with the new year upon us, you all will be more inclined to respond to some more significant issues.

Past President Bill Nearn recently wrote to ask if there have been any discussions between SWST, FPS, and SAF regarding the establishment of an electronic bulletin board or discussion group to inform the public on issues and policy surrounding the use of wood and wood products. My understanding of the purpose of the "WOOD-SCIENCE" discussion group operated by the University of British Columbia is to serve as a means of communication between professionals. The USDA "WOOD-NET" (see Connections) in this issue will provide information to the public, but I'm not sure if it will be an appropriate forum for policy issues.

Another SWST Past President, Bob Hoyle, also wrote to me recently to pose the question of the role of SWST in examining and responding to information and claims distributed by other groups regarding the harvest and use of wood in the United States (see page 4 in this issue). This is a significant question to which our Society needs to give serious thought.

I would invite you to feel free to express you views through this Newsletter. I imagine that John Siau would also welcome well-thought-out editorials for Wood and Fiber Science. But let's not overlook the importance of talking with colleagues about such issues and devising action plans to enhance the profession and benefit society at large. We can make a difference. - D.D.S.


SOCIETY NEWS

Constitutional Change Proposed

Changes in the SWST membership categories will be proposed on the 1995 ballot. The proposal includes elimination of the Associate Member category (Article III) and requiring two years (rather than four) of professional employment for membership eligibility for those who do not have wood science education. Changes in the Bylaws to accommodate these modifications are also proposed. Full details on the proposal will accompany the ballots which will be mailed to all voting members prior to the Annual Meeting in June. If you would like further information, please contact Dr. Poo Chow (ph.217-333-6670, fax 217-244-3219) or SWST Executive Director Vicki Herian.

Spring Board Meeting

The SWST Board will meet on March 18 at a site yet to be named. Please forward any issues for Board discussion to Vicki Herian at the Madison Office

Accreditation News

The SWST Board, at the fall meeting held November 19 in Atlanta, voted to accept the Accreditation Committee's recommendation to approve the Interim Five-Year Report for the Wood Industries program at West Virginia University. Committee members Fran Wagner and Terry Sellers are scheduled to accompany the SAF team for an Accreditation visit to Virginia Tech, February 22-24, 1995. The Board also accepted the recommendation to modify SWST's Standard 2 (Curriculum). The exact nature of the change will be outlined in a future newsletter.

Planning a Meeting or Conference?

If you are, please remember that SWST is willing and available to co-sponsor your event.

Wood Science Education Concerns

A variety of trade publications are publicizing the decline of support and enrollment in university wood science and technology curricula. Articles based on a report authored by Duane Lyon, Frank Beall, and Bill Galligan have recently appeared in Custom Woodwork Business (Nov 94), and Wood & Wood Products (Nov 94). If you would like further information, please let me know. D.D.S. The SWST Newsletter is published six times a year by the Society of Wood Science and Technology, One Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, Wl 53705 USA. Phone 608-231-9347, FAX 608231-9592, e-mail vicki@aldo.fpl.wisc.edu. SWST is a technical and professional organization for scientists and engineers working in academia, government, consulting, and the forest products industries and is dedicated to providing education and expertise regarding better ways to use and produce wood products. Items for the newsletter may be sent to Doug Stokke, SWST Newsletter Editor, USDA Forest Service, Forestry Sciences Lab, SIU-C, Carbondale, IL 62901-4630. Phone: 618-453-2920 FAX 618-453-2911. Internet: DSTOKKE@SIUCVMB.SIU.EDU DG: S23L01A
Society of Wood Science and Technology
President: Howard Rosen
Past President: Paul R. Blankenhorn
President Elect: Geza If ju
Vice President: Duane Lyon
Executive Director: Vicki L. Herian
Directors: W. Ramsay Smith, H. Michael Barnes, Barry S. Goodell, Michael Hoag
Editor, Wood and Fiber Science: John F. Siau
Editorial Assistant: Carol B. Ovens Newsletter Editor: Douglas D. Stokke
Newsletter Assistant: Melissa Casteel


Connections

By now, many of you are connected to the WOOD-SCIENCE discussion list (see Nov/Dec 1 994 newsletter). This month, let's take a look at a couple of additional discussion groups in which SWST members may be interested. Both are administered by the Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (ES-USDA).

The lists are known as FOREST-NET and WOOD-NET. These lists are intended for individuals interested in, and knowledgeable about, forestry, and wood products, respectively. Members of the groups share sources of information and help answer each others' questions.

To join either WOOD-NET or FOREST-NET, send the following line in the body of an e-mail message to almanac@esusda.gov

subscribe wood-net

(OR "subscribe forest-net" if you wish to join that particular list). Once you sign up, you'll get an e-mail message back, telling you that you've been added to the list. You'll also get some basic information about using the list(s).

After you have subscribed, anything that anyone sends to

wood-net@esusda.gov

(OR, similarly, FOREST-NET@esusda.gov) will automatically be sent to you and everyone else on the list. Notice that the address that handles subscribe/unsubscribe requests is different from the address that handles mail to the group(s).

To unsubscribe, send a message to almanac@esusda.gov, with the following one-line message in the body:

unsubscribe wood-net

Go ahead and surf the wood-net, but watch out for splinters!


FROM THE ARCHIVES

Do you like to rummage around in your own personal archives? If so, Wood & Wood Products magazine would like to hear from you! A special, extra-large issue commemorating the 100th anniversary of the chain of periodicals that gradually evolved into the magazine as we know it today will be published in the late fall of 1995. The major historical areas to be covered include industrial development and growth, workers in the industry, education, special uses for wood, etc. Here's where you come in:

"We need your help and the help of all wood-related companies and organizations that have an interesting story to tell and/or illustrate. We are looking for intriguing photographs (with material for captioning, please), old articles or brochures that tell of times past, biographies, unusual elements in your own corporate or organizational history, innovations, and so on. Perhaps you know of someone with an intimate knowledge of the industry's early history whom we could interview. Please put on your thinking cap and prowl through your files. If you have questions, please call me at the number below." - Jean Blashfield Black W5675 Sunset Ridge, Walworth, WI 53184, phone and fax 414-275-5833.

A Challenge from SWST Past President Robert J. Hoyle, Jr.

Robert J. Hoyle, Jr. recently sent me a letter in which he posed the following questions: "Isn't it about time for SWST to look at the position taken by AFSEEE {Association of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics} on the National Forests' role in timber supply? Here is an organization speaking out on a subject of vital concern to members of SWST. Don't you think that SWST should have some role in examining this position so its members can judge the validity of these claims?...Could we not seek the views of our profession on this controversy, to see if these claims are truly made?...I, for one, would like to know just what to believe." - R.J.H., Jr.

In the interest of space, here is only a sampling of these claims from AFSEEE flier AF404E0:
"The U.S. does not need wood from our national forests. Consider the following simple conservation and recycling strategy which would more than make up for the current 14% of wood products coming from U. S. National Forests:
* Increasing the efficiency of our mills in the U.S. to literally cut more wood from each log. Technology already available and being used in Japan would increase our 'supply' a full 27%, almost double what comes from national forests!
* Using more post-consumer recycled paper products, double-sided recopying, reducing use of disposable paper products, eliminating wood waste in the construction process in addition to mill efficiency would save us 50% of the trees we are cutting now -- nearly four times the wood coming from national forests"

Center For Forest Products Marketing Names New Director

BLACKSBURG, VA - Dr. Robert J. Bush has been named the new Director of the Center for Forest Products Marketing, according to Geza Ifju, Head of the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The Associate Director since 1993 and Interim Director until his recent appointment, Bush will be responsible for guiding market research, developing market intelligence and training forest products marketing specialists for industry and business.

Bush obtained his doctorate from Virginia Tech under the late Director of the Center, Dr. Stephen A. Sinclair. He has several years of industry and academic experience and is known internationally as an expert on marketing strategies for wood and wood products.

As a national organization with 55 industry and trade association members, the Center for Forest Products Marketing is devoted to training skilled and motivated industry leaders, supplying answers to critical questions and promoting the sustainable economic use of our nation's renewable forest resource. Membership in the Center is open to primary and secondary manufacturers, wholesalers. retailers and home centers.

For information about the Center and membership, contact Dr. Robert Bush at the Center for Forest Products Marketing, Virginia Tech, 1650 Ramble Road, Blacksburg, VA 20461-0503; ph# 703-231-8834. fax 703-231-8868.

Update on "The Patient"

I'm sure that more than a few of you are interested in how Dr. Tom Maloney (who simply refers to himself as "The Patient") is doing these days. Here is a synopsis of a progress report Tom sent me recently:

"The Patient was diagnosed with cancer in the upper end of the large intestine on November 1, 1994. The marvels of modern medicine using fiber optics found the cancer at an early stage. On November 21, surgery was performed. It was at this time that the extent of the cancer was determined. All of the cancer and about two thirds of the large intestine were removed. The pathology report was excellent showing that the cancer had not penetrated the intestinal wall and no chemotherapy or radiation was necessary... The doctor has given instructions that the patient is not to make any decisions until February...Seventeen pounds were lost while in the hospital. It is just a matter of rebuilding strength, healing up, and getting the revised intestinal tract working properly...As it is, I am very lucky and thankful...

I am recommending to everyone to make sure that your doctor does a complete examination on you every year. Early detection is very important with cancer. Just a few years ago my cancer would not have been discovered until it was too late. Please take advantage of modern medicine.

We have been overwhelmed with the expressions of support from all over the world. The many friends that Donna and I have been so very fortunate in making, have been of tremendous help in getting through these tough times...AII we can say is 'Thank You. ' We can't think of any other words to use. " - Tom Maloney

University of Minnesota Names Department Head

ST. PAUL, MN - Joseph G. Massey has been named head of the Department of Forest Products, University of Minnesota. He assumed his new position on January 19, 1995, replacing James L. Bowyer, who is resuming a faculty position in the department.

As department head, Massey will provide academic program leadership in undergraduate and graduate instruction, research, and outreach, as well as provide leadership in the department's interactions with forest products industries and firms, natural resource agencies, and professional societies.

Massey has served on the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at Texas A&M University since 1977. Most recently, he served as professor and associate head for academics in the Department of Forest Science. Massey holds master's and doctoral degrees in forest economics from the University of Minnesota.

Massey has an extensive publication record, particularly in the areas of forestry education and computer applications in the forest products industry. His research emphasis has been the implementation of operations research concepts in the forest products manufacturing environment. He has conducted research with most of the major forest products companies. His process control expert systems are installed widely throughout the United States. A longtime board member of the Texas Forestry Association, he was awarded its Research Achievement Award in 1993. An active participant in the Forest Products Society, he currently chairs its Mid-South Section.

Metricate with Care... Dear Editor,

I was reading the latest issue of Wood and Fiber Science {26:4}, and to my surprise all temperature values were expressed in coulomb, "60 C" on page 447, for example. I am sure, authors (or the editor) meant degree Celsius, which according to ASTM E380 should be written "a number space degree mark C" (write 60 C not 60 C). The confusion may be because kelvin temperature should be, in fact, written without the degree mark (write 345 K, not 345 K). In addition to ASTM E380, Metric in Construction Vol.5, Issue 5 gives a good coverage of these and other common confusions. So, let's metricate ourselves, but let's do it right the first time. - Jacek "JACK" Biernacki University of California at Berkeley. Phone (510) 215-4230 or 215-4285; Fax (510) 215-4299

{Editor's note: Reminder: A new editorial policy requires that manuscripts submitted to Wood and Fiber Science employ metric units. I think that the issue of "Metric in Construction" referenced above should be vol. 3, no. 5}

Hardwood Research Award Reinstated

MEMPHIS, TN - The National Hardwood Lumber Association has announced it will reinstate the annual Hardwood Research Award beginning in 1995. The prestigious award was created in 1985 to recognize scientists who contribute significantly to our understanding of hardwood silviculture and management, or technologically advance the processing and utilization of our hardwood resource. It has not been awarded since 1991.

At NHLA's October convention, the Hardwood Research Committee unanimously agreed to double the Hardwood Research Award to $2,000. A task force of academicians, researchers, industry and NHLA representatives is being assembled to establish criteria, receive nominations and name the 1995 winner. The award recipient will also receive travel expenses to the 23rd Annual Hardwood Symposium, May 1720,1995, in Cashiers, North Carolina, to present his/her research and receive the award.

Nominations will be accepted for research conducted or published between May 1991 and May 1995. Nominations must be accompanied by five copies of the technical paper describing the research, the results and the implications for the North American hardwood industry. The award is open to any researcher - private, governmental, academic or student.

Nominations for outstanding hardwood research can be submitted to Dan Meyer, Director of Technical Services, NHLA, PO Box 34518, Memphis, TN 381840518. Only nominations postmarked by March 1, 1995 will be considered.

REMINDER: SWST STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION

Remember that SWST is initiating a student poster competition to be held on Sunday, June 25, 1995, Portland, Oregon, as part of the Annual Meeting. The purpose is to encourage student membership and participation in SWST, encourage student attendance at the Annual Meeting, recognize excellence in student research, and improve the visibility of student research efforts. Cash awards will be made. Applications are due May 15.

Obituary: Stephen B. Preston

ANN ARBOR, Ml - SWST Past President and Distinguished Service Award Recipient Stephen B. Preston died on Wednesday, November 30,1994 of lung cancer. He was 75.

Preston was a Professor Emeritus in the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment from 1950-84. He served as associate and interim dean and chaired the departments of wood technology and resource planning and conservation.

During World War II, he served with the Tenth Mountain Division Ski Troops in the Aleutian Islands, and Northern Italy, where he received the Combat Infantryman's Badge and the Bronze Star. Also, he was awarded an air medal for meritorious service as an air reconnaissance officer in the Apennine Mountains.

Afterwards, Preston earned two degrees from Colorado State University and a master's and a doctorate in forestry from Yale University. He was named distinguished alumnus by the Forest Alumni Association at Colorado State University.

Preston was executive director from 1965-68 of the Organization for Tropical Studies. He also was a founding member and President of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (1959-'60 and 1963-'64) and a member of the executive board of the Forest Products Research Society for three years. In 1992 he was the recipient of the SWST Distinguished Service Award.

As a consultant, Preston worked for the National Science Foundation, advised industries and, in the early 1980's, was a senior consultant to the Forestry Division of the Food and Agricultural Organization in Rome, Italy.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to: The Organization for Tropical Studies-North American Office, C/O Donald Stone, for development (sic), Box 90632, Durham, NC 27708.

Forintek's Research Centre Eastern Division Relocates

SAINTE-FOY, QUEBEC - Forintek's new Eastern laboratory was officially opened on October 13,1994. Previously located in Ottawa, the premises are now situated in the Quebec Metro High Tech Park, Sainte-Foy, Quebec. After comparing a number of potential site, Forintek's Board of Directors recognized that Quebec City would be a good location from which to serve all of Forintek's members and supporters in Eastern Canada.

The wood structure of this 70,000 sq. ft. building exemplifies the beauty and functionality of wood as a building material for industrial, commercial and institutional construction. The laboratory is also an example of the effective use of engineered wood products. In the library and entrance hall, the columns and beams are made of laminated veneer lumber. The main structural columns and beams are made of glue-laminated timber. Oriented strandboard is used extensively in the walls, and the floors and roof are supported by I-beams and space joists. The wood siding, made of pressure-treated and factory-stained wood, accents the building's outer features.


The Wood & Fire Safety: 3rd International Scientific Conference;

Announcement and Call for Papers. The conference will be held on May 6-9, 1996 (sic) at the High Tatras, Hotel Patria, Slovak Republic. For more information contact: Wood & Fire Safety, Technical University in Zvolen, Faculty of Wood Technology, T.G. Masaryka 24, 960 53 Zvolen, SLOVAKIA, or Phone: +4218551267 36 or Fax: +42/8551210 30 or email: osvald@vsid.tuzvo.sk.

29th International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium.

The symposium will be held from April 4-6, 1995 at Washington State University, Compton Union Building, Pullman, Washington.

The program topics include: -Machinery Developments -Life cycle Analysis -Where will the Glue Come From? -World Developments -Regulatory Activities -Environmental Considerations -The Developing Industry

Hosted by: Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory, College of Engineering and Architecture, and Conferences and Institutes, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5222

For registration information, call (800) 942-4978 in the U.S., or 509-335-3530; FAX: (509) 3350945 or E-mail: wsuconf@mail.wsu.edu.

Second Biomass Conference of the Americas: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, and Industry

will be held on August 21-24, 1995 at the Red Lion Hotel/Hayden Island, Portland, Oregon.

The Second Biomass Conference of the Americas will provide a national and international forum to support the development of a viable biomass industry. The conference will focus on commercial applications of biomass and wastes, with emphasis on challenges and successes. The conference will also emphasize technology transfer to end users, scale-up demonstration and commercial projects and technologies under development that address industry problems. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate biomass programs from all over the world, with emphasis on the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

For more information contact: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Dori Nielsen, Conferences Group, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401-3393, or Phone: (303) 2754350 or FAX: (303) 275-4320 or E-mail: nielsend@tcplink.nrel.gov.

Sustainable Forests: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (International Conference)

will be held from May 29 to June 1, 1995 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The topics which will be discussed are:

-Managing critical nutrient and water fluxes
-Conserving biodiversity
-Managing multiple uses
-International silviculture systems
-Participation of First Nations' people
-Forest product trade
-Attaining sustainability

For more information contact:
Dr. Thomas Bouman
Prince Albert Model Forest Assoc. Inc.
Box 2406, Prince Albert, SK
CANADA S6V 7G3
Phone: (306) 922-1944
Fax: (306) 763-6456

Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment

will be held at the Park Plaza Hotel and Towers in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 21-25, 1995. For information on this conference contact:

Conference Chair
Dr. Demetri Kantarelis
IEA, Economics/Foreign Affairs Dept. Assumption College
500 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01615-0005,
USA Phone: (508) 767-7557
Fax: (508) 799-4502
E-mail: dKantar@eve.assumption.edu

SWST ANNUAL MEETING, June 25, 1995

Red Lion Hotel-Lloyd Center, Portland Oregon

Tentative Agenda: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
"Future Technology of Wood and Wood Products in the 21st Century." Panel Discussion. Speakers from four regions, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, and South, will form this panel. Moderator: Geza Ifju
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. SWST Awards
12:15-1 :15 p.m. Catered Lunch
1 :30-3:45 p.m. Joint session with the Forest Products Society's Fundamental Disciplines Technical Interest Groups (TIGs). The FPS Fundamental Disciplines TIG Coordinator is Bob Rice of the University of Maine. Three concurrent sessions are planned. The Biology and Physics TlGs will each sponsor a session, and a third session will be cosponsored by the Biology, Chemistry, and Treated Wood Products TlGs.
4:00-5:45 p.m. Poster session: Fundamental research topics, Student Poster Award Competition. Committee meetings

SWST will cosponsor the Host Reception along with FPS.

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International Workshop on LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS: A Challenge for Forestry and Forest Industry.

May 3-5, 1995, Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products, Hamburg, Germany. Registration will be restricted to 40 participants.

Further information and registration forms may be obtained from:
Prof. Dr. A. Fruehwald, Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products, Hamburg, fax +49 40 739 62 480
or
Prof. Dr. Birger Solberg, European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland, tel +358 73 252 020, fax +358 73 124 393 e-mail: efisec@joensuu.fi web: http://www.efi.joensuu.fi/


Question Mark The Sustainable Materials Project (Canada) has reached a major milestone with the completion of Phase 11, the most intensive analytical phase of this multi-year project.

The full set of reports provides 800 pages of up-to-date environmental impact information developed by a research alliance organized by Forintek Canada Corp. and comprising private, public and university researchers. For those unsure about which reports may be relevant, the Phase 11 Summary report priced at $60 is suggested.

The ultimate objective is to develop a systems model that will allow buildings designers, researchers and policy analysts to readily assess the relative environmental impacts of using concrete, steel and wood building materials.

The reports cover:

. More than 30 traditional and new structural building products
. Raw resource requirements, energy use, water use, atmospheric emissions, liquid effluents and solid wastes
.The resource extraction, product manufacturing and construction stages of a building life cycle
. Ecological carrying capacity effects of resource extraction
. The current state of demolition waste recycling in Canada . A preview of the systems model. A description of structural input tables that link individual products to complete building assemblies

For more information E-mail Barbara Holder at holder@van.forintek.ca

Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Sawing Technology: SawTech '93

In October of 1993, the Wood Machining Institute sponsored The 3rd International Conference on Sawing Technology: SawTech '93 held in San Francisco, California. Participants from Germany, Russia, Sweden, Norway, England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the U.S. gathered to learn and discuss the state of the art developments and future trends in sawing technology.

The Proceedings include the 20 papers which were presented by experts from six countries, who discussed advancements in the areas of sawing machines and systems for small log processing, including curve sawing; thin kerf accurate sawing; saw blade design and operation; saw tooth design and materials; and saw maintenance methods and equipment.

For more information, contact: Wood Machining Institute, PO Box 476, Berkeley, California 94701, USA, Phone: (510) 9435240 or FAX: (510) 945-0947.

Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Computers in Furniture and Cabinet Manufacturing

The CIFAC '94 was held in Atlanta, Georgia on August 23-24, 1994. The symposium provided participants with the latest information on the use of computers in furniture and cabinet manufacturing, with the goal of increasing profits by upgrading production efficiency and flexibility.

The major aim of CIFAC '94 was to promote technology transfer between researchers and industry. The proceedings of the Symposium include the 23 papers presented by experts from France, Germany, Norway and the United States.

Readers will learn about a variety of important innovations, such as use of process planning and control; application of machine vision for optimization cutting of boards and panels; computer-aided design and manufacturing; computer-integrated manufacturing; real-time production monitoring; and use of computer-based simulation and plant layout methods.

For more information, contact: Wood Machining Institute, PO Box 476, Berkeley, California 94701, USA or Phone: (510) 9435240 or FAX: (510) 945-0947.

Physical and Related Properties of 145 Timbers: Information for Practice

(1994) by Jan F. Rijsdijk, Agricultural University Wageningen, Dept. of Forestry; and TNO Forest Products Research Institute, Delft, the Netherlands and Peter B. Laming, State College of Tropical Agriculture, Deventer; and TNO Forest Products Research Institute, Delft, the Netherlands. (ISBN 0-7923-2875-2 - 392pp- $105.00)

The physical properties of 145 commercial timbers that have been determined in the past decades are included in this book. They comprise the shrinkage and swelling values, equilibrium moisture content, hysteresis, density and nominal specific gravity, including the variation coefficients of these values. The shrinkage, swelling and hysteresis are presented in graphic form in the book and the other information appears in a tabular format. Additional information about some other properties of physical nature has been added including gluelam products and rattan.

For more information contact: Kluwer Academic Publishers; Order Department, P.O. Box 358; Accord Station; Hingham, MA 02018-0358; Phone: (617) 871-6600; Fax: (617)871-6528; or e-mail: kluwer@world.std.com.


Positions The Department of Forest Products at Oregon State University is seeking individuals interested in a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.)

specializing in wood drying or wood-moisture relationships, either on a theoretical or applied basis. Applicants should have either completed or be completing a B.S. or M.S. degree in a field related to wood drying such as wood products, engineering, physics, or chemistry and possess a strong desire to excel in the field of wood products. Good skills in English are necessary. Financial support in the form of an assistantship and tuition waiver is available to accepted students. A dual degree in Forest Products and some other discipline can be obtained.

Recent projects undertaken include statistical quality control at the kiln, stress development and relief, measuring and modeling the mechano-sorptive effect, heat and mass transfer coefficients in a kiln, the mechanism of free water movement, reducing moisture variability in hem-fir lumber, emissions from kilns drying western species, and modeling board-to-board behavior in a kiln. We are not limited to these areas, however, and would like to hear from potential students of engineering, physics, or chemistry who possess a strong desire to excel in the field of wood products.

For more information contact:
Mike Milota
MilotaM@FRL.ORST.EDU
(503)737-4210 VOICE
(503)737-3385 FAX

Doctoral and Masters Student Recruitment Forest Products Marketing

Louisiana State University is offering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in forestry with an emphasis in Forest Products Marketing. In conjunction with the Louisiana Forest Products Laboratory, these multi-disciplinary programs offer students an opportunity to develop practical skills and academic depth in a variety of marketing areas of specialization. An agreement with the College of Business Administration allows students to enroll in M.B.A. courses as well as Ph.D. seminars in marketing strategy, marketing research, and other areas of business and marketing management. Financial assistance for tuition and stipends is available for research assistantships which will be offered to successful candidates. For more information about these programs contact Dr. Richard Vlosky (504) 388-4527; FAX (504) 388-4251, 227 Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202. E-Mail: vlosky@unix1.sncc.lsu.edu

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center Job Announcement Research Associate/Post Doctorate Researcher Forest Products Marketing

Location: Louisiana Forest Products Laboratory, School of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, Baton Rouge, LA.
Description: Assist in research pertaining to marketing of primary and secondary forest products and associated services. Assist in developing and producing professional papers, newsletters, video programs, short courses and seminars.
Qualifications: Masters or Doctorate degree with good writing, interpersonal communication and statistical analytical skills. Education or experience relating to marketing, forest products or other fields that are applicable to the marketing of forest products.
Salary: Commensurate with training and experience. Application Deadline: April 15, 1995, or until a suitable candidate is found.
Date Available: May 7, 1995
Application Procedure: Send letter of application, vita, official transcripts, and names, telephone numbers and addresses of three references to: Dr. Richard P. Vlosky, 227 Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-6202; (504) 388-4527; Fax (504) 388-4251; e-mail: vlosky@unix1.sncc.lsu.edu

Post-Doctoral Position and Graduate Research Assistantships (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) in Forest Products Biotechnology, Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia.

Project: Fundamental mechanisms involved in the steam pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of softwoods. The post-doc should have a background in wood or fibre chemistry and familiarity with techniques such as FTIR, x-ray crystallinity, and gel permeation chromatography. Graduate students with training in microbiology, enzymology or organic/wood chemistry are encouraged to apply for M.Sc. or Ph.D. degrees in this area. Contact: Submit detailed c.v. and unofficial list of university courses to: Prof. J.N. Saddler, Chair of Forest Products Biotechnology, Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4 Fax: 01-604-222-3207.

Faculty Positions, Paper Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota

Two nine-month, 100% time, tenure-track appointments at the rank of assistant or associate professor are available August 16, 1995. Also, full-time summer contracts available for up to five years for work on establishing research programs. Successful candidates will be expected to teach at least three undergraduate and graduate paper science courses annually, develop graduate-level courses, and advise undergraduate and graduate students. Successful candidates are expected to establish productive programs of research, with focus in one or more of the following areas preferred: Fundamental studies devoted to improved recyclability of paper and paperboard products; development of improved papermaking processes and instrumentation systems; or fundamental research to address environmental concerns relating to pulp and paper-making processes. Service to the department, college, university, and profession is expected in accordance with the departmental mission.

Applicants must have Ph.D. degree by date of appointment, in paper science and engineering or a related discipline such as chemical engineering or material science. Some industrial experience in pulp and paper manufacturing, research, or development is preferred. Four years of professional experience is required for rank of associate professor. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications.

An application letter; resume; 2-3 page summary of special abilities, experience, and plans the candidate would bring to these positions; and the names and addresses of three references must by received no later than April 1, 1995. Official academic transcripts also should be received by that date. One application is sufficient to apply for both positions. Direct applications to Chair, Search and Screening Committee, Paper Science and Engineering, Department of Forest Products, University of Minnesota, 2004 Folwell Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108. Phone: (612) 624-4730 FAX: (612) 625-6286. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

The Department of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia

is looking for qualified foreign candidates to apply for the 1995 NSERC international Post-Doctoral Fellowships. The objective of these fellowships is to enable foreign doctoral graduates in the areas of wood science and forest products technology to conduct full-time research at UBC-Dept. of Wood Science for up to two years. The candidates must hold, or be about to receive, a doctoral degree in wood science or forest products technology from a recognized foreign university. The degree must have been received NO MORE THAN FOUR YEARS prior to applying for the fellowship. Candidates must not be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Fellowships are awarded for an initial period of 12 months and may be renewed for an additional 12 months.

The competition is in 2 steps. During the first step, the candidates are expected to submit a detailed resume and a no more than 5 pages proposal which will include a full description of proposed research at UBC. The proposal should also include a short literature review and a list of required equipment for the completion of the research project. The deadline for step 1 is May 1, 1995. A departmental committee will evaluate the proposals and the most promising candidates will be sent the appropriate NSERC forms (in September 1995) required for the final competition (Step 2). The deadline for step 2 is November 15, 1995. Final selection of the applicants will take place in late December 1995. The resume and research proposal should be sent to: Dr. Stavros Avramidis; University of British Columbia; Department of Wood Science; #389-2357 Main Mall; Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z4; Canada.


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