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Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing Conference - Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the International Conference on Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing to be held on October 27 - 28, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. This Conference and Exhibit Showcase will bring experts from around the world to discuss swift and durable construction solutions in support of disaster relief efforts. This Conference is a collaboration between the U.S.-based Forest Products Society and its Eastern Canadian Section.

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FPS International Convention a Success

Our 65th International Convention Sustainable Development and Role of the Forest Products Industry, held June 19 - 21 in Portland, Oregon, USA, was one of our most successful. It attracted almost 300 people from over two dozen countries. With 29 sessions featuring 167 formal presentations and 154 scientific posters, participants connected with colleagues and learned about the latest in forest products research and application. The Planning Committee and organizers wish to thank the many scholars who presented their work at the Convention, and also extend a special thank you to our sponsors and partners.

Mark your calendar for the 66th International Convention in Washington, DC, on June 3 - 5, 2012.

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2011 Annual Award Winners

The annual FPS awards were presented during the 65th International Convention. Congratulations to the award winners:

  • Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award: Cornelis "Niels" De Hoop, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. The Gottschalk Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an individual member of FPS in recognition of exceptional service to the Society.

  • Wood Engineering Achievement Award: David Moses of Moses Structural Engineers, Inc. for his contributions and future potential as a young professional in the field of wood engineering.

  • First place winner of the Wood Award went to Mingkai Peng, University of New Brunswick; second place - Yue Chen, University of British Colombia. The Wood Awards recognize and honor outstanding graduate student research in the field of wood and wood products.

  • The L.J. Markwardt Award: Peter Seaders from MSS, Inc. The award recognizes the author(s) of a technical paper that is judged to have the most outstanding merit in the field of wood as an engineering material.

  • Recognition Award: John "Buddy" Showalter, American Wood Council, for his longstanding service to FPS as Editor of Wood Design Focus.

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Cast Your Ballot for the FPS Constitutional Amendment!

Last week, all voting members were sent an email with a link to an electronic ballot seeking approval of a proposed Constitutional amendment. The Executive Board prepared the proposed amendment to formally adopt the new Vision, Mission, and Strategy that resulted from the year-long Visioning and Strategic Planning Process. The process included professionally facilitated sessions and outreach via personal communication, a visioning website, and a LinkedIn discussion forum to get as much input from members as possible. The amendment was announced during the Business Meeting at the 65th International Convention in Portland, Oregon. The poll will close on September 17, 2011.

If you did not receive the email or have questions about the electronic balloting process, please contact Elaine Glowacki FPS Membership Coordinator.

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NEW Print Edition of Wood Handbook Shipping Today

Order your newly updated Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material today. 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.

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Industry Position Available

Position Opening: Manager, Southeast U.S. Community Outreach
Supervisor: Vice President & COO
Status: Full-time FLSA: Exempt
Location: Southeastern U.S. or D.C.

The Manager serves as the staff liaison to the southeastern U.S. group of Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) Implementation Committees, develops partnerships and projects to increase the growth of certified lands and mills and chain of custody certifications in the SFI program, and promotes awareness and support of the SFI program through targeted outreach activities.

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In the News...

FPS Immediate Past President Barry Goodell's Cellulose-for-Biofuels and Carbon Cycling Research Featured in July 14 Issue of Science Journal
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US Forest Service Finds that Forests Play Huge Role in Reducing Carbon and Higher Global Temps
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25x'25 Alliance Releases National Wood-to-Energy Roadmap Showing Path to Sustainable Bioenergy from U.S. Forestlands
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First Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship awarded to FPS Member Professor Frederick A. Kamke
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FPS Member Dr. Richard Vlosky Elected to the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM)

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