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WSU sponsors Wood Composites Symposium

Seattle, Wash.- Green construction, sustainable development, wood composite panels and squeezing the most out of fiber resources at biorefineries are among the topics featured at the 41st International Wood Composites Symposium March 26 – 28 at the Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle.Engineers and scientists from around the globe are gathering beginning today for the 41st annual conference, which is sponsored by the Washington State University Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory. A full conference agenda is posted at www.woodsymposium.wsu.edu.“Creating Value from Our Forest Resources” will be the topic of keynote speaker Murray Sturgeon, managing director of Nelson Pine Industries in New … » More …

Simulation breaks down natural disaster effects

WSU film crews taped the process of structural splits and cracks during a Wood Materials and Engineering simulation at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.The simulation, headed up by Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Scott Lewis, research associate at the Wood Materials and Engineering Lab, demonstrated natural disasters’ effects on buildings.The film will be used as part of an hour-long PBS documentary titled “Disaster Resistant Homes,” set to air in December.