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Workshop will address wood’s characteristics

Architects, managers, landowners and others with an interest wood and wood products can learn about the many facets of wood in a Nov. 4 workshop in Starkville.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is offering the workshop from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the Franklin Center, located off of Blackjack Road.

Thr...

9/10/2009

Caught in the middle: Slumping building industry has MSU wood-products group at crossroads

The Dispatch

Dan Seale has been developing TimTek for six years now, and the engineered wood process has evolved the way a good cookie recipe emerges.

In the last three years, though, people just haven’t been building houses as often as they used to, causing would-be demand for the product to slump.

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7/30/2009

MSU graduate students sweep state bioproducts competition

Three Mississippi State graduate students are top winners in the visual display category of the eighth annual Southern BioProducts and Renewable Energy Conference.

Ambarish Acharya received first place for his research on supply chain designs for cellulosic ethanol in Mississippi. A doctoral student in industrial and systems engineeri...

6/9/2009

Shmulsky accepted for the national Food Systems Leadership Institute

Rubin Shmulsky was accepted for the Fall 2008 Food Systems Leadership Institute, a top-tier leadership development program for academia, industry, and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change, and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food ...

12/1/2008

Good news, boys and girls. 'Wood Magic' returning to MSU!

An event that once attracted thousands of elementary school students to the Mississippi State campus returns next week after a seven-year absence.

What now will be the university's eighth annual Wood Magic Science Fair takes place Monday-Friday [Oct. 20-24] at the R.T. Clapp Forest Products Laboratory on Blackjack Road. More than 3,000...

10/16/2008

MSU professor receives international wood science honor

Terry L. Amburgey of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, Amburgey is being honored by the professional organization for outstanding contributions to the field.

He currently leads an interdisciplinary research tea...

8/18/2008

MSU researchers reduce building material chemicals

Formaldehyde exposure grabbed recent media attention because of air quality problems associated with FEMA trailers, but Mississippi State University researchers have been addressing these concerns for years by investigating new materials and detection methods.

About 29,000 FEMA trailers still house Gulf Coast residents displaced three ...

6/13/2008

MSU Extension hires forest products specialist

David Jones has joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service as the first forest products specialist.

Jones, a wood quality expert, formerly worked as a postdoctoral associate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in forestry. He received a bachelor's degree in forest resources from Clemson University, ...

4/4/2008

Alumnus named to head MSU's forest products

A Mississippi State University alumnus and forest products faculty member is the new head of the university’s forest products department.

Rubin Shmulsky, who assumed his new duties April 1, will lead the largest state-funded laboratory of its kind in the United States. His appointment was approved during the March meeting of the state...

4/4/2008

MEDIA ADVISORY: MSU house-raising set for Saturday, Feb. 9

An old-fashioned house-raising is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., when a research and demonstration house will be built on the Mississippi State University campus.

The house, located on Blackjack Road in Starkville, is a cooperative project involving several MSU units, including the departments of forest products, civil en...

2/8/2008

MSU lab studies wood protection

Wood products contribute $4.3 million to the Mississippi economy, but weather, insects and other destructive elements destroy one-tenth of the forest products produced each year.

Wood preservatives are used to protect against losses, but there are environmental issues and toxicity problems associated with these products.

An ...

10/19/2007

Katrina still impacts state's forest industry

Part of the damage after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore across the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29, 2005, was 5 million acres of broken timber.

The U.S. Forest Service estimated that the volume of damaged wood across the Southeast was enough to build 800,000 single-family homes.

Researchers at Mississippi State University are measur...

8/31/2007

MSU developing sensor for lumber mill emissions

Drying lumber in kilns produces numerous air pollutants, but equipment for real-time measurement of the emissions is not currently available.

A team of researchers at Mississippi State University, however, is developing a new state-of-the-art sensor that monitors air pollution emitted while wood is drying. The MSU scientists are impro...

7/6/2007

MSU wood scientist receives top honor of world body

A Mississippi State professor is a new Fellow of the Society of Wood Science and Technology.

H. Michael Barnes of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center recently received the honor by the professional organization for his work in wood preservation and durability, wood treatment and treatment effects on wood properties. <...

7/3/2007

MSU professor named fellow of international organization

Tor P. Schultz of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the American Chemical Society's Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center he is being honored by the professional organization for his dedication, leadership and longstanding service to the division.

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4/11/2007

Research tunes in on termites

Research by Mississippi State University scientists has yielded a new weapon in homeowners' battle with wood-destroying termites.

Terry Amburgey of MSU's Forest Products Laboratory and employees of the U.S. Forest Service were called to Hawaii by the U.S. Navy about 14 years ago to combat infestations of Formosan termites in wooden pol...

2/1/2007

Termite control first MSU Cochran Endowment beneficiary

A company formed on the discovery of new termite-control technology by a Mississippi State researcher and two doctoral students is the first beneficiary of a university endowment promoting student entrepreneurship.

Created by MSU forest products professor Terry Amburgey and doctoral students Shane Kitchens and Kevin Ragon, TermiSys Tec...

12/8/2006

MSU researchers help state furniture industry compete globally

Furniture manufacturers facing stiff global competition from China and other foreign suppliers are turning to Mississippi State researchers for help in meeting the challenge.

"We're helping an industry re-invent itself," said Steve Taylor, interim director of the university's Franklin Furniture Institute and a seasoned business profess...

11/30/2006

MSU workshop offers new manufacturing program

With just the click of a mouse, furniture manufacturers can "test drive” a management system to make their factories more productive.

A computer simulation training model developed by researchers at Mississippi State University will be demonstrated during a Nov. 15-16 workshop at the Franklin Center on the MSU campus. The Simulating ...

11/6/2006

Research finds promising use for sweetgum lumber

Sweetgum trees are a common sight in forests across the South, but their usefulness in the lumber industry has been limited.

"The sweetgum tree is a species that is underused,” said Rubin Shmulsky, forest products associate professor in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center. "Sweetgum lumber is prone to war...

10/13/2006

MSU professor named fellow of international body

H. Michael Barnes of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.

A professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the professional organization for his work in wood preservation and durability, wood treatment, and treatment effects on wood properties.

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7/26/2006

MSU researchers offer another 'solution' for stopping mold growth

As Gulf Coast homeowners engage in the post-Katrina rebuilding process, a team of Mississippi State wood protection specialists is urging them to "think beyond bleach and water."

While that tried-and-true combination has its place, university scientists also are recommending a borate supplement with mold-controlling agents prior to han...

10/26/2005

MSU grad students sweep water environment research competition

Mississippi State graduate students from Philadelphia, Flowood and Wiggins swept top honors for research presentations at the 48th annual meeting and technical conference of the Mississippi Water Environment Association.

A total of 12 from the Starkville university and the universities of Louisiana at Lafayette and Alabama-Tuscaloosa m...

8/17/2005

MSU scientists give termites a home of their own

Most homeowners go to a lot of trouble and expense to keep termites away. A group of Mississippi State University scientists, however, is inviting the ravenous Formosan subterranean termite to come and stay for dinner.

A field test at the McNeill unit of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Pearl River County ...

8/2/2005

Leaner means better for furniture manufacturers

Lean production may help eliminate lean times for Mississippi's furniture manufacturers.

Lean production is an engineering term for the ability to produce more with less and scientists in Mississippi State University's Institute of Furniture Manufacturing and Management are helping implement lean systems in the state's furniture manufacturi...

5/1/2005

Barnes, Chambers win MSU's coveted Powe research award

Two internationally recognized Mississippi State scholars--one in forest products and the other in environmental health sciences--are co-winners of the university's 2005 Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.

Forestry products professor H. Michael Barnes and environmental health sciences professor Janice E. Chambers share this y...

4/1/2005

MSU announces course for lean production certification

A specialized training program offered next month by Mississippi State will help state manufacturers incorporate the proven concepts of lean production into their daily operations.

Coordinated by the university's Institute of Furniture Manufacturing and Management in cooperation with the Division of Academic Outreach and Continuing Ed...

3/16/2005

Furniture manufacturing strategies examined at MSU

A Nov. 10 conference at Mississippi State University addressed the global and competitive environments for furniture producers.

Titled "Competitive Strategies for the Furniture Industry: Emerging Issues in a Global Environment,” the 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. gathering was held at the university's Franklin Center for Furniture Manufacturing. The ...

11/23/2004

Two MSU byproduct efforts seek new fuel source, chemicals

Two complementary Mississippi State research efforts are seeking to capitalize on the energy potential of plant materials called biomass.

A new university project seeks to develop wood preservative systems and fuel from the small-diameter pine trees that traditionally are thinned from larger pine stands.

A Forest and Wildli...

9/27/2004

Governor Haley Barbour announces MSU among areas getting some M.A.J.I.C.

Governor Haley Barbour brought job creation "majic” to North Mississippi. The Governor, who has made job creation one of his administration's top priorities, announced a Make-A-Job Impact Center (MAJIC) grant award to Mississippi State University. The award is one of 11 MAJIC grants awarded statewide to stimulate small business and rural entrep...

8/17/2004

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