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News from  WIST - September 2017
Focal Point 2017 early-bird registration saving online
You can save n ow  by registering online for the seventh annual Focal  Point conference, set for October 24 at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Early bird registration is $300. 

This one-day event provides brand-owner perspectives, regulatory insights and manufacturer presentations on innovations targeting superior performance in paper-based food packaging and serviceware. With networking breaks and a plated lunch included, you'll have opportunities to catch up with peers and make new contacts at a conference past attendees have called "world class" and "an excellent summit for the innovation in paper."

Lynn Morgan
We're happy to announce the latest addition to the 2017 lineup:
Lynn Morgan, manager of public affairs at Waste Management.

Morgan has more than 25 years' experience in public affairs, specializing in environmental initiatives.  She is an enthusiastic recycling advocate who has been deeply involved in every aspect of Wisconsin's recycling program since passage of the state's landmark 1989 recycling law.  Lynn has influenced recycling and waste policy through her participation in state, regional and national dialogues.  Currently, she is a charter member of Wisconsin's new Waste and Materials Management Study Group, a state-appointed body advising the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.  She also serves on Wisconsin's Brownfields Study Group.  
Additional speakers confirmed for this event include:  
  • Matt Cook, CEO of LBP Manufacturing
  • Walter Peterson, Manager, Packaging Innovation and Sustainability, Nestle
  • Elizabeth J. Petro, Consumer Safety Officer, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  • Katherine Johnson, Attorney, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • Emily Williams, Product Development Engineer, Michelman
  • Paul Schutes, Executive Director, Recycled Paperboard Alliance/Recycled Paperboard Technical Association
  • Christian O'Neill, Buyer/Planner, Caribou Coffee

Read more about the 2017 Focal Point conference

Register online now
Register now for these upcoming two-day professional courses
Advanced Hands-On Papermaking:
October 26-27
Understand the relationship between sheet structure and paper properties, manufacturing techniques that minimize fiber floccing, and more in this two-day advanced class. The course is taught by  Dr. Gerry Ring, author of 15 publications, including editing the Colloid Chemistry of Papermaking Materials textbook. Ring holds four patents and was recognized in the 1994, 2000 and 2004 editions of Who's Who Among America's Teachers. He is also listed in the Marquis Who's Who in America. Ring received an Award for Excellence from the Wisconsin University Continuing Education Association, Region IV in 1999. Ring is a TAPPI Fellow, and a recipient of TAPPI Journal's Best Research Paper for 2011. Ring's research is in the area of paper physics emphasizing hydrogen bonding and sheet formation.

More information and registration is online here.


Advanced Hands-On Papermaking: Additives
November 9-10
This course provides an overview of the common paper making additives used in the industry today. Classroom sessions cover clear descriptions of how and why these additives work. Attendees participate in discussions focused on where additives are introduced into the papermaking process, potential interactions with both equipment and other additives, and the relationship between additives and enhanced performance of paper. This course features exercises on the UW-Stevens Point pilot paper machine where attendees will produce paper with different additives. Group exercises will follow that evaluate the properties of this paper using typical laboratory tests. The course runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with lunch and break refreshments included. Course participation is limited to 16.

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