January-February 1997 Newsletter
- SOCIETY NEWS
- POSITIONS AVAILABLE
- INFORMATION PLEASE
- COMING EVENTS
- STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION
Happy dead of winter to you!
I'm certainly glad I don't live any further north -- say Fargo, ND! Or Duluth, MN!!
Ted Peterson sent me some e-mail that I am going to abstract and share with you. He proposes
putting the Newsletter on an e-mail listserv. We are also discussing putting the newsletter on
SWST's world-wide web homepage. By the way, the homepagehas been moved to Madison
where Vicki will maintain it. New address:
By the same token, don't forget to keep sending me news about who, what, when, where, why,
See you -- Bruce
SWST Executive Board Meeting
The board will meet in Ft. Myers, Florida on March 14, 1997. Among the discussion items will
be an update on the upcoming Annual Meeting. This year, it will be on Sunday, June 22, 1997 in
Vancouver. Fred Kamke is putting together a session centering around "Distance Learning and
Reminder to Committee Chairs: Annual Reports will be due soon. Start now and avoid
last-minute rushes! And numerous reminders from the Executive Secretary!
The revised accreditation standards are included in this edition of the newsletter. They are set up
so that you can easily (?) remove or copy them for your files.
SWST Visiting Scientists
Vlosky at UC-FPL
Dr. Richard Vlosky, Assistant Professor, Forest Products Marketing at the Louisiana Forest
Products Laboratory, LSU visited the University of California's Forest Products Laboratory, a
state-wide unit of the University of California located in Richmond, California Frank Beall hosted
Rich during the week of December 2-7.
The week was spent exchanging information with Laboratory personnel, as well as State
government officials and industry representatives, with regard to forest products sector driven
marketing and economic development. In addition to presenting a formal seminar that addressed
current efforts and challenges in forest sector development in Louisiana, Rich had the opportunity
to engage in numerous informal discussions. The end result of this visit is the initiation of dialog
between the Louisiana and California Forest Products Laboratories in the areas of marketing and
Foliente at NCSU
Dr. Greg Foliente, CSIRO Building, Construction and Engineering in Melbourne, Australia,
visited NCSU's Dept. Of Wood and Paper Science from Oct, 23-25, 1997. His host was Dr. Bo
Kasal. Research discussions included the potential use of the World Wide Web for promotion and
dissemination of information on a global scale. Greg's seminar on Oct. 25th dealt with the history
of heavy timber construction from prehistoric to present times.
(My apologies to Greg for mispelling his name in the previous newsletter--Ed.)
Winter must be too cold for us to move since nobody told me they were moving!
The SWST Newsletter is published six times a year
by the Society of Wood Science and Technology,
One Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, WI 53705
USA. Phone 608-231-9347, FAX 608-231-9592.
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 better ways
to use and produce wood products. Items for the
newsletter may be sent to Bruce Cutter, SWST
Newsletter Editor, 1-30 Agriculture Building,
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
65211. Phone: 573-882-2744 FAX: 573-882-1977, e-mail: email@example.com
Society of Wood Science and Technology
- President: Duane Lyon
- Past President: Geza Ifju
- President Elect: Fred A. Kamke
- Vice President: J. David Barrett
- Executive Director: Vicki L. Herian
- Directors: Susan A. Willits, Michael P. Wolcott,
Francis G. Wagner, Douglas D. Stokke
- Editor, Wood and Fiber Science: Robert L. Youngs
- Editorial Assistant: Carol B. Ovens
- Newsletter Editor: Bruce Cutter
Oregon State University
Marketing: Adding value to traditional forest products is becoming more important in today's
global economy. Just in Oregon, there are over 800 companies ranging from large moulding and
millwork firms to small specialty shops adding value to wood products before shipping them
locally, out of state and out of the U.S. Graduate studies at Oregon State University are designed
to find research based solutions to a myriad of problems facing this industry. Several positions
are currently available.
We have a close working relationship with the users and producers of forest products who
provide program relevance and unique research opportunities as well as financial support.
Dual-degree programs with Engineering, Business or one of the other departments in the College
of Forestry are encouraged.
Financial Assistance: Many Forest Products graduate students are supported by a half-time
research assistantship with a full tuition waver. Half-time M.S. assistantships are currently
$11,808 per year
and half-time Ph.D. assistantships are currently $13,632 per year. The tuition waver is currently
worth $7,100 per year.
To apply for these positions contact:
Dr. Jim Reeb,
Wood Drying: The Department of Forest Products at Oregon State University is also seeking
individuals interested in a graduate degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) specializing in wood drying or
wood-moisture relationships. Applicants should be interested in designing and carrying out
fundamental research which can be applied to practical industrial problems.
Applicants should have either completed or be completing a B.S. or M.S. degree in a field such as
wood products, engineering, mathematics, or physics and possess a strong desire to excel in the
field of wood products. Good skills in math, physics, and English are necessary. Financial
support in the form of an assistantship and tuition waiver will be available. A dual degree in
and some other discipline, such as Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, can be obtained.
For more information about the graduate opportunities available in wood drying, contact:
LSU -- Marketing
The Forest Products Marketing Program in the Louisiana Forest Products Laboratory at
Louisiana State University is soliciting candidates to pursue a M.S. degree in forestry with an
emphasis in Forest
Products Sector Economic Development and Marketing. This growing multi-disciplinary program
offers students an opportunity to develop practical skills and academic depth in a variety of
development and marketing areas of specialization. Agreements with other academic programs at
Louisiana State University including the College of Business Administration allows students to
enroll in M.B.A. courses as well as Ph.D. seminars in rural sociology, economic development,
strategy, marketing research, or other relevant degree areas. We are seeking to fill one available
position for Fall 1997.
Financial assistance for tuition, thesis research funding and a research assistantship stipend will be
offered to the successful candidate.
For more information about this program contact Dr. Richard
Vlosky (504) 388-4527; FAX (504) 388-4251, 227 Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Building,
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.LSU.edu
RESEARCH AND TEACHING POSITION IN WOOD CHEMISTRY
The Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, at Laval University, is seeking candidates for a
tenure track position in wood chemistry. The candidate is expected to:
- Teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the area of physical chemistry and
wood chemistry, chemical technology of wood and pulp and paper, including environmental
aspects of these technologies, as well as supervise students;
- Carry on research and supervise graduate students on subjects related to physical and chemical
transformation of wood;
- Take part in various working groups within the department, the university, government and
The candidate should:
Salary: According to collective agreement.
Starting date: June 1997.
In compliance with its Employment Equity program, Laval University intends
to hire women in half of its vacant positions.
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens
and permanent residents of Canada.
- Have an undergraduate degree in wood sciences or a related field;
- Have a Ph. D. in wood sciences from a recognized university;
- Have a sound knowledge of wood chemistry, chemical transformation
of wood, and pulp and paper technology;
- Be active in research, be willing to do teamwork, and be able to establish a fundamental and
applied research program dealing with chemical transformation of wood or high value-added
wood by-products coupled with strong environmental interests;
- Be able to successfully obtain competitive research funds from national grant organisations and
- Be able to communicate in French or be willing to learn the language within a year.
Applicants should send a resume, three letters of recommendation and
academic transcripts before March 31, 1997 to:
Michel Dessureault, directeur
Departement des sciences du bois et de la foret, Universite Laval,
Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada G1K 7P4,
Tel.: (418) 656-7128,
Fax: (418) 656-3177,
IUFRO Drying Conference Proceedings
The Proceedings of the 5th International IUFRO Wood Drying Conference is available from
Forintek Canada Corp. in Quebec City for $ 60 CDN plus shipping and handling. It includes the
66 papers and the abstracts of the 14 posters presented at the conference on the following topics:
To order or for more information, please contact:
- Modelling of the wood drying process
- Vacuum drying of wood: Theory and practice
- Drying process monitoring and control
- Applied wood drying
- Novel drying technologies and instrumentation
- Physics and mechanics related to drying
- Determination of heat and mass transfer properties
Mrs Marie-Claude Gagnon,
Forintek Canada Corp.,
319, rue Franquet,
Canada G1P 4R4,
Tel.: (418) 659-2647,
Fax: (418) 659-2922,
Kiln Publications on CD-ROM
Global Energy of Madison, WI has taken 29 Publications from the USDA Forest Products Lab
and scanned them onto one CD-ROM available to both Window's and Mac users.
The publications are divided up into sections and completely searchable. You can enter in a key
and view text, photo's, chart's or figures. The publications have a master index so you can search
by publication name, author, keyword, figure or tree species. The CD-ROM includes the Kiln
Operator's Manual #188 and other publications which are either out of print or not currently
available. A Glossary provides quick search-and-find terms and definitions. Finding information
is quick and easy. Boolean searches supported.
The CD-ROM is in a database format with "click-on" button navigation, pull-down menu's and in
an easy to understand pictorial layout.
For additional information:
Greg Giese / President Global Energy,
P.O. Box 5617,
Madison, WI 53705,
PHONE: 608-238-6001 (USA),
EMAIL VIA NETSCAPE: mailto:GGIESE@SPRYNET.COM
ASCE WOOD ENGINEERING WORKSHOP
WOOD ENGINEERING IN THE 21ST CENTURY: RESEARCH NEEDS AND GOALS
WORKSHOP LOCATION AND DATE: The Workshop will be held in conjunction with the
1997 ASCE Structures Congress, April 13-16, 1997 at the Portland Hilton in Portland, Oregon.
Specifically, the Workshop will be held Wednesday, April 16, 1997.
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of the Workshop is to develop a framework for future
research in wood engineering. This requires defining the state-of-the-art of wood engineering,
developing goals for the 21st century, establishing a set of research initiatives, and disseminating
the information. For the purposes of this Workshop, wood engineering is defined to range from
fundamental material properties to heavy timber construction.
Any Congress registrant can attend the Workshop, but a separate registration fee will be charged
to those interested in attending the luncheon and receiving the position papers in advance.
Additionally, Workshop registrants will receive a copy of the proceedings when they are available.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Kenneth J. Fridley,
Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Washington State University,
P.O. Box 642910,
Pullman, WA 99164-2910,
phone: 509-335-7320, fax: 509-335-7632,
31st Annual International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium
Washington State University,
Pullman, WA 99164-5222,
April 8-10, 1997.
For registration information, contact 1-800-942-4978 in the U.S. or 509-335-3530.
FAX 509-335-0945 or e-mail: email@example.com
or at http://www.eus.wsu.edu/c&i
Eastern Hardwood Resources, Technologies and Markets
Camp Hill (Harrisburg), PA,
April 21-23, 1997.
Sponsored by FPS in cooperation with the National Hardwood Lumber Association and other
members of the Hardwood Utilization Consortium. For additional information contact Ann
Messing of FPS at 608-231-1361, ext. 201.
STUDENT POSTER COMPETITION
GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES
The purpose of the Student Poster Competition is to:
- Encourage student membership and participation in SWST,
- Encourage student attendance at the SWST Annual meeting
- Recognize excellence in student research, and
- Improve the visibility of student research efforts.
ELIGIBILITY AND RECOGNITION
The competition will consist of participation in the Sunday poster session at the
SWST Annual Meeting. All undergraduate and graduate students who are members of
SWST may participate. There should be no coauthors on the poster session, however,
faculty sponsors and funding agencies should be identified in both the abstract and poster
display. All participating students will receive a complimentary registration to the SWST Annual
At the meeting, they will be recognized and presented a Certificate of Participation.
First and second place winners will be notified at the end of the session. The
individual selected for first place will be awarded $250 and a first place plaque,
while the second place winner will receive $125 and a second place plaque. All participants
will be announced in one of the SWST publications.
To apply, a student must submit the following materials to the SWST Executive Director
by May 1
for the June Annual Meeting.
Since the Forest Products Society (FPS) is the joint sponsor of the poster session,
the student will also be responsible for registering and meeting all criteria for
a FPS poster presentation. Presentation of a poster in the SWST Student Poster Competition will not preclude
subsequent presentation in the appropriate FPS Technical Forum.
- A membership application form for SWST and payment for annual dues (if not already
- A student award application form.
- Four copies of 500-word maximum abstract. The abstract should identify the title,
author and affiliation, and contain a single spaced narrative giving the purpose
and significance of the research, a summary of procedures, and the most important
results. Faculty sponsors and funding agencies should also be listed. The abstract will be
considered as part of the judging criteria.
The abstracts and poster presentations will be evaluated by a committee of 4 judges
(the Chair of the Education Center and three others) on a 100-point scale:
The chair of the Education Committee will have overall responsibility for the competition
including selecting judges. Judges will not assess student posters on whose committee
they serve. The chair of the judging committee does not vote except when one of the other judges is exempted. Posters will be presented in English.
- Submitted abstract:
- Soundness of research hypothesis (10 points)
- Scientific writing ability (10 points)
- Organization (10 points)
poster presentation to members of the judging team :
- Scientific merit (newness, breadth of interest, potential impact of the research) (15 points)
- Experimental design and thoroughness of investigation (15 points)
- Validity of conclusions (15 points)
- Organization and visual quality of presentation; adhering to 5-minute time
limit (15 points)
- Response to questions of judges (10 points)
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