AWPA e-Newsletter: November 2019


AWPA Membership Renewal

AWPA membership renewal notices were sent by email in October.  Please let us know if you need a duplicate copy.  All memberships renewed by January 15, 2020 will receive a $50 discount off of regular membership dues.  Also available is the ability to pre-order a copy of the 2020 AWPA Book of Standards with a $25 discount, so you should consider renewing your AWPA membership for 2020 at this time.  Current AWPA members need to first log into the AWPA Members’ store then click on “Membership Renewal” under “Categories” on the left-hand side of the page.  If you’ve forgotten your online store password, click here. If you are not currently an AWPA member, please consider applying for membership. For more information, please contact AWPA.


2019 AWPA Book of Standards is still available!

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sale of the AWPA Book of Standards?  Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development.  If you don’t have the 2019 edition, your standards are already outdated!  This edition is available as a hefty 656-page printed book, a searchable read-only USB drive, or a printed book/USB combination.  To order online, visit the AWPA online store – please note that AWPA members must log in to the store to obtain discounted member pricing (click here if you’ve forgotten your store password).  If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.


Current Standards Activity

During the Fall 2019 Standardization Cycle, 50 proposals were received, and a total of six were withdrawn.  The AWPA Technical Committees considered the remaining 46 during their meetings in Anchorage, Alaska.  The letter ballots were issued on October 16, 2019 and successfully closed on November 15, 2019.  The public comment period closed concurrently with the letter ballots.  The negative resolution procedure has begun and, if necessary, a recirculation ballot will be sent to each committee with unresolved negative votes.  The Executive Committee will then perform a procedural and legal review, taking final action at their meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, January28-29, 2020.  A summary of proposals is found on the standards activity web page.


AWPA Welcomes New Members

Here are AWPA’s newest members...Congratulations and welcome!

  • Joseph Eskola, Michigan Technological University

  • David Qualman, Conrad Wood Preserving

  • Jeffery Locklin, TR Miller Mill Co., Inc.

  • Gerald Presley, Oregon State University


Updated AWPA Website

If you have recently visited the AWPA website, you may have noticed that it looks a bit different. While all the same information is still available on the new site, there are some exciting new features.  Along with having a more streamlined appearance, the website is now mobile-friendly so you can look up important information on the go.  Another new feature is the login screen.  Instead of your old username, you will now login with your e-mail address and your current password.  If you ever forget your password, there’s no longer a need to contact our office during business hours – simply click on the “forgot your password?” link on the member login page, and you can reset your password.  Also, if your organization links to any of our web pages beyond the home page, please be sure to update your links to point to the new page on our site!


2020 AWPA Sponsorship Enrollment

In addition to membership dues and publication sales, AWPA relies heavily upon voluntary contributions from organizations that support AWPA’s objects and purposes.  Through our Organizational Sponsorship Program, AWPA recognizes its sponsors at meetings, on the website, in publications, and other printed materials.  If your organization is an AWPA Sponsor in 2019, you should have received a renewal notice by email.  If your organization has not received a renewal notice, please let us know and we will send you another one.  If you are not currently a sponsor and you’re able to support AWPA financially, please visit the “become a sponsor” web page or contact AWPA for more information.


Position Opening

Mississippi State University.  Full time, 12-month, non-tenure track position with a 100% research appointment. This position focuses on the development of value-added carbon nanomaterials from forest and agricultural residues for environmental remediation and high-performance composites. Incumbent will participate in the targeted research project of developing carbon-based nanomaterials from biomass and their applications in water purification and high-performance composites. The carbon-based nanomaterials include graphene, carbon nanotubes, and metal–organic‐framework‐derived carbon-based nanomaterials.  Click here for more information.


Call for Papers:  116th Annual Meeting

The AWPA Annual Meeting arrangements committee is putting together an excellent technical program and social events for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Lake Tahoe (Incline Village, Nevada).  If you would like to present a paper during one of the many Technical Sessions, please submit the working title, list of authors, and a brief description (or the abstract) to AWPA by December 15, 2019.  Contact us if you have any questions or need additional information.


Nominations for AWPA Officers, Award of Merit

In the next few months, AWPA members will be nominating individuals to serve as Officers, Executive Committee Members, or Nominating Committee Members.  If you know of an eligible AWPA member that would serve AWPA well in these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Dave D’Hooge or you may submit the nomination directly to AWPA.  Also, the deadline for nominations for the 2020 Award of Merit is December 1, 2019.  Please consult the Award of Merit Policy and submit your nomination of a worthy individual to AWPA.


SPC Handbooks are Available

A limited quantity of Statistical Process Control (SPC) Handbooks are available for purchase from our website.  This SPC Handbook introduces wood preservation industry personnel to the terminology and SPC tools available for understanding and monitoring industrial processes.  The authors are Tim Young and Adam Taylor (University of Tennessee) and Patricia and Stan Lebow (USDA Forest Products Lab).  The cost is USD $5 per book plus shipping costs.  However, all orders $75 or more ship free to USA addresses, so it’s an excellent add-on to your AWPA Book of Standards purchase.


Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Winter 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama at the Embassy Suites Birmingham/Hoover, January 28-29, 2020 (All attendees must advise AWPA at least 30 days in advance.)

  • Spring 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 25, 2020

  • 116th Annual Meeting: Incline Village, Nevada at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, April 26-28, 2020

  • Summer 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Birmingham, Alabama.  Date/Location to be determined

  • 2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings: Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Eldorado Hotel, September 20-24, 2020