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Accepting Nominations for Annual Excellence Awards

We are accepting nominations for the 2012 FPS Annual Excellence Awards. The 2012 awards will be presented at the Forest Products Society's 66th International Convention on June 3-5, 2012 in Washington, DC, USA.

The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. These awards highlight student and professional innovation, research, and other significant contributions to the forest products industry and recognize exceptional service to the Society.

Learn more and submit nominations

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Forest Restoration for a New Economy

Save the Date for SmallWood 2012: Forest Restoration for a New Economy, to be held on May 1-3, 2012 in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. SmallWood 2012 will bring together an international slate of speakers, researchers, material and equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and end-users. Topics to be covered include biomass energy, pyrolysis technologies, processing and manufacturing, technologies and opportunities, and others. This conference will give you the information you need to adapt and be successful in our current dynamic economy and industry. Watch for our announcement when registration opens soon.

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Forest Products Journal – Latest Issue Now Online

Forest Products Journal Volume 61, Issue Number 5 is now online! You'll find topics such as Field Tests of Naturally Durable Species, High Intensity Ultrasound for the Phytosanitation of Wood, and Improving the Sanding Process of Black Spruce Wood for Surface Quality and Coating Adhesion, and more. Remember: all members receive a FREE subscription to the FPJ Online – a $100 value. Not yet a member? Join today.

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Deadline Extended: Call for Posters for 66th International Convention

If you have been considering presenting a poster at our 66th International Convention on June 3-5, 2012 in Washington, DC, it's now time to act! The deadline for submitting your poster abstract has been extended to March 31, 2011! Submit your poster abstract.

Due to the popularity of this year's International Convention, we have expanded the poster sessions to accommodate additional posters. Presenting a poster gives you an easy way to demonstrate your ideas to your colleagues and other industry insiders. Whether your research is polished for publication or is still in development, you'll get immediate feedback and valuable insight.

Submit your poster abstract by March 31. To be accepted as a poster presenter, you must also register for the Convention. Registration will open soon.

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Southeast Section Holds Meeting on Selecting Wood Products: Implications of LEED and Green Building

The Fall 2011 general membership meeting of the Southeast Section of the Forest Products Society was held on December 8, 2011 at the Georgia-Pacific Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting included a buffet luncheon and provided Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) through the American Institute of Architects. Over 80 people attended the meeting with 50 participants obtaining CEUs.

The program, "Selecting Wood Products: Implications of LEED and Green Building," was sponsored by the Forest Products Society, WoodWorks, and Georgia-Pacific. The session was intended to help members, architects, and others engaged in building design to better understand composite and structural wood building products and the key green building program elements impacting their usage.

Barry Reid with Georgia-Pacific Building Products and William Hull with Georgia-Pacific Chemicals covered several topics including performance characteristics of composite and structural wood products; national energy and green building codes, standards, and programs and recent changes; credits in the LEED Rating Systems and other programs where wood products can contribute; and the impact of green building codes on the selection of wood products.

The Southeast Section's next meeting will occur on March 1, 2012 and will be held in conjunction with the PELICE Conference/EXPO. For more information, contact Karl Brohammer (karl.brohammer@coa.gatech.edu) or Fred Kurpiel (fkurpiel@aol.com).


Print Edition of Wood Handbook Available

Don't forget to pick up your copy of the updated Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material. Due to popular demand, the new edition has been reprinted. This widely referenced publication, updated for the first time this century, includes new content on wood as an environmentally responsible and sustainable building material; heat-treating and sterilization procedures for wood infected by invasive insect species; and a special color chapter on low-magnification micrographs of cross sections of commercial wood species. The book contains an electronic version of the handbook on CD. Order your copy now

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Finishes for Exterior Wood

FPS is gauging interest in getting the publication reprinted

We have received some interest in reprinting the book, Finishes for Exterior Wood, and and are trying to gauge the level of interest in the book. Originally published in 1996, the book contains information that can form the basis of knowledge necessary for the proper selection, application, and maintenance of exterior wood finishes. Finishes for Exterior Wood is considered a resource for finish applicators and designers of exterior wood structures interested in understanding the various mechanisms that affect the service life of finished exterior wood products.

If you would be interested in seeing the book republished, please e-mail us with “Finishes for Exterior Wood” in the subject line OR join the discussion on LinkedIn.

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12th International Conference on Biocomposites: Transition to Green Materials, May 6 – 8, 2012, Niagara Falls, Canada

The 12th International Conference on Biocomposites: Transition to Green Materials will be held in Niagara Falls, Canada, on May 6 – 8, 2012. The conference will examine the latest developments in the commercialization, technology, economics and applications of green additives and biocomposites in automotive, building, and packaging sectors. Oral presentations, poster presentations, and industrial exhibits will be included. Attendees will benefit from ample opportunities for networking with academia, industry, government, and colleagues from around the world.

Bioprocess Engineering for Sustainability: 2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates, June 4-July 27, Virginia Tech

The Research Experience for Undergraduates, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, gives undergraduate engineering students the opportunity to perform research and participate in educational programs in bioprocess engineering and enjoy team-building and social activities in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. Research areas include synthetic biology and metabolic/genetic engineering for biofuel and biochemical production, protein engineering for biopharmaceuticals, and sustainable biomaterials. Participants will attend the 2012 American Chemical Society Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, DC. Stipend: $4,000/summer + room & board. Review of applications will begin on March 23, 2012. Applicants should be rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduate students in any engineering discipline with an interest in bioprocess engineering. Underrepresented minorities and women are particularly encouraged to apply. Learn more and apply

Call for Papers for SWST International Convention, August 27-31, 2012, Beijing, China

The Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) will hold its International Convention, August 27-31, 2012 in Beijing, China, together with their co-hosts International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan (ICBR). If you would like to present new developments, processing methods or products at the 2012 SWST Convention, please email abstracts2012@swst.org with the title and abstract of your presentation. The SWST Executive Board and ICBR will select the oral presentations; the remainder will be posters.

Managing the Woody Biomass Supply Chain – Impact on Your Business, April 11-13, 2012, Seattle, Washington

This year's Symposium, in collaboration with the Northwest Advanced Renewable Alliance, will present an industry-driven forum for wood-based composite producers, biomass managers, suppliers, processors, and researchers to focus on competing demands and opportunities in the woody biomass supply chain that impact business success.The Symposium includes keynote speakers and presentations, a networking reception, Technical Forum poster session, vendor displays, and two tour options.

Attention Students! Complimentary registration will be offered to students who have posters accepted for the Technical Forum poster session. Submit poster abstracts online. Students who have posters accepted for the Technical Forum will be notified by the Symposium staff who will handle the complimentary registration.

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In the News

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Biobased Composites, Forest and Wildlife Research Center/College of Forest Resources Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University

Seeking to fill a 9 or 12-month, tenure-track, full-time Assistant/Associate Professor position with research, teaching, and service responsibilities in the area of Biobased Composites. The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in either Wood Science, Forest/Biobased Products or an allied scientific discipline such as engineering, or other as appropriate. All applicants must apply online, complete the Personal Data Information Form, and submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of professional recommendation, and transcripts of all college work. Application reviews will begin February 1, 2012. Mississippi State University is an AA/EOE.

Assistant or Associate Professor of Wood Quality/Forest Products, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

This is a full-time, tenure-track, 12-month, 75% teaching, 25% research appointment. We seek an individual with expertise/research interests in developing technologies to understand, measure, and manage wood quality from managed forests. A Ph.D. degree in Forestry, Forest Products or a related discipline and a strong wood properties research background are required. View position announcement. Full consideration if application received by February 15, 2012.

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