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1 Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) – A Bridge Linking Academia, Community, Industry and Government

2 OUR VISION: To be the world leader in advancing the profession of wood science. OUR MISSION: To provide service to SWST members; to develop, maintain, and promulgate the educational, scientific, and ethical standards that define the profession; and to advocate the socially responsible production and use of wood and lignocellulosic materials.

3 1958 = Incorporated as the American Institute of Wood Engineering 1960 = Name changed to Society of Wood Science and Technology. 1 st Newsletter 1968 = 1 st Issue of Wood & Fiber Science Journal 1976 = Critical Matters Committee Formed 1984 = Accreditation of undergraduate Wood Science and Technology Programs began History:

4 1986 = First George Marra Award for Excellence in Writing presented 1995 = Student Poster Competition initiated – 27 students received awards to date 1996 = SWST Website 2001 = Teaching Units Introduced 2007 = Electronic publishing of Wood and Fiber Science Journal available at Metapress.com History (cont):

5 2008 = Held first International Convention in Chile 2010 = International Convention held at United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland 2012 = International Convention held in Beijing, China at International Center for Bamboo and Rattan History (cont):

6 2014 International Convention to be held June in Zvolen, Slovakia Executive Director presence at international meetings Currently Underway:

7 SWST Benefits/Services: Wood and Fiber Science Journal Official publication, quarterly Original papers of professional concern, or based on research dealing with the science, processing, and manufacture of wood and lignocellulosic materials Electronic Version now available

8 SWST Benefits/Services: Accreditation Professional accreditation of wood science and technology baccalaureate educational programs has been a very important function of the Society since Through accreditation, the Society seeks to improve the quality of professional wood science and technology education at the baccalaureate level and ensure that successful graduates entering the profession are highly qualified.

9 Programs Reviewed: Initial Accreditation Initial Accreditation Current Accreditati on Expires Mississippi State University North Carolina State University Oregon State University Pennsylvania State University State University of New York (SUNY) University of Idaho University of Maine University of Minnesota Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University West Virginia University Universidad del Bío-Bío SWST Accredited Programs (11)

10 Teaching Units 1 & 2 Classroom use in high school science classes Introduce forest products and wood science Topics include: structure of wood, identification equipment and technique, properties of wood, and activities SWST Benefits/Services: Educational Materials

11 SWST Benefits/Services: Visiting Scientist Program International and national travel grants Enhance the professional growth of our members Broaden their research perspective and develop collaborative linkages Promote SWST in the international arena

12 SWST Benefits/Services: Awards Distinguished Service Award Fellows Award George Marra Award for Excellence in Writing Student Poster Competition Award

13 SWST Benefits/Services: New Brochure

14 SWST Benefits/Services: International Developing Country Membership Online Access Only

15 SWST Purposes: Develop, maintain, and communicate the unique body of knowledge distinctive to wood science, lignocellulosic materials, and their technologies Nanoindenter for measuring particles

16 SWST Purposes: Promote policies and procedures which assure the wise use of wood and lignocellulosic materials

17 SWST Purposes: Assure high standards for professional performance of wood scientists & technologists

18 SWST Purposes: Foster quality educational programs at all levels of Wood Science, lignocellulosic materials, and their technologies

19 SWST Purposes: Represent the profession in public policy development

20 SWST Membership (n=471):

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22 Next International Convention 2014 International Convention June Zvolen, Slovakia

23 Upcoming International Conventions 2015 International Convention – Proposals welcome (North America) 2016 International Convention – Proposals welcome (South America)


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