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Virginia Tech Participates in World Wood Day Events


Undergraduate students in SBIO Liz Mills and Paige McKinley, undergraduate students in SBIO , learn about wood turning at World Wood Day 2014

April 14, 2014 – By Barry Goodell

On March 21 and 22, 2014, the US World Wood Day event was held outside of Washington, DC in Bethesda, Maryland. The theme of the event was: The Melting Pot of American Culture and How it has Impacted the Use of Wood, and it coincided with the larger International World Wood Day activities that were being held in Fujian Province, China. Participants from Virginia Tech included undergraduate students, Ms. Paige McKinley, an SBIO Senior and President of the VT Forest Products Club and Elizabeth “Liz” Mills, a Junior in the SBIO program and member of the VT Forest Products Club and President of the VT Natural Resource Recreation Society. Both Paige and Liz helped in coordinating set-up of the event with the organizers and facilitated a well-run meeting. Dr. Zhangling Chen, Research Scientist, and Dr. Barry Goodell, Professor, both in the SBIO Department, were on the Organizing Committee. Goodell also moderated the Friday morning sessions, and Chen spoke on: “Effective Drying is Necessary for Quality Wood Products.” 

The Chair of the Event was Dr. Howard Rosen, US FS Retired and, in addition to the technical presentations on Friday, there were demonstrations of woodcarving, woodturning, basket making, furniture making, musical instrument craftsmanship, and many other activities.



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