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Graduate Research Assistant Position

A GRA position is open in Wood Science and Engineering in the College of Forestry.

Field of study: Wood-based composite science and technology; materials science; wood-adhesive interactions; process modeling; wood modification

Starting Date: January 1, 2018; Duration: up to 24 months

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Michelle Maller, who organizes the event for OSU’s Department of Wood Science and Engineering, said about 1,100 kids attended the event, which ran Tuesday to Thursday. The program dates back 17 years, Maller said.

Oregon State University researcher receives national award for soy-based adhesive

At a ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Kaichang Li from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University received the 2017 Golden Goose Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), several other science societies and congressional supporters.

California’s Tree Die-Off Gives Life To New Business

Scott Leavengood of Oregon State University’s Wood Innovation Center agrees, saying it’s “quite suitable for furniture.”

Use of structural wood in commercial buildings reduces greenhouse gas emissions

“The study is just the first step leading to a sustainability metric for use of wood in code-compliant commercial buildings,” said Ari Sinha, professor of renewable materials in forestry and a co-author on the paper. “Generally, we know wood is renewable, resulting in lower environmental impacts in many cases than other building materials. What was lacking was confirmation and quantification of these benefits.”

Seismic experiments will test performance of innovative cross-laminated timber structure

“The overarching goal of the project is to propose a design methodology for seismic loading for large panels subjected to large in-plane loading, including some consisting of a composite made of concrete and cross-laminated timber (CLT),” said Arijit Sinha, associate professor of renewable materials in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University

Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

Lech Muszynski, an associate professor at Oregon State University's forestry school, was once a doubter for different reasons. "My first thought was, 'This is a terrible use of timber,'" he said. Then the technology evolved. Muszynski spent a sabbatical touring Europe to visit large and small CLT manufacturing plants. About 80 percent of all CLT is currently produced in a section of Alpine Europe that fits inside the square footage of Oregon. With the size of the state and the amount of wood on hand, he saw an easy sell.

Wood's heyday has arrived

Farther south, a collaboration among Oregon State University’s colleges of forestry and engineering, and the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, has attracted state and federal funds. The National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design will offer education and research on the design, engineering and construction of multistory buildings using wood products.

Also, the College of Forestry has announced plans to build a $60 million Forest Science Complex that will highlight wood use and research.

Corvallis company striving to introduce first formaldehyde-free, bio-based adhesive for manufacturing particleboard and other wood products

“For 60 years, formaldehyde off-gassing has been an issue with urea-formaldehyde, the most common adhesive used in a particleboard and fiberboard,” said Fred Kamke, OSU professor of wood science and engineering and director of the Green Building Materials Lab, an Oregon BEST Lab on the OSU campus. “Although emissions have been reduced dramatically over the years, formaldehyde is still being emitted and some markets are demanding formaldehyde-free solutions.”