AWPA e-Newsletter: January 2020


Last Chance for Early Renewal Discount

AWPA membership renewal notices were sent by email in October and by postal mail in December, along with a couple of email reminders to those who haven’t renewed yet. All memberships renewed by January 15, 2020 will receive a $50 discount off regular membership dues. Also available is the ability to pre-order a copy of the 2020 AWPA Book of Standards with a $25 discount. Please renew now if you wish to take advantage of the early registration discount. 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 If you don’t have the 2019 edition, your standards are already outdated!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.

In Memoriam

It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the passing of the following AWPA friend. We extend our most sincere condolences to the family and friends.
Karen Haarr. Karen, longtime companion of Craig McIntyre, passed away in early December. Karen attended several AWPA meetings throughout the last ten years.

AWPA Welcomes New Members

Here are AWPA’s newest members...Congratulations and welcome!
Kevin Escue, Escue Wood Preserving
Shayla Horne, State of Montana
Mustafa N. Kaya, Mississippi State University
Chad Newton, Osmose Utilities Services
Bryan Stout, Koppers
Lili Cai, University of Idaho
Monica Meyer, EHS Support, LLC
Dercilio Lopes, Mississippi State University
Katie Sullivan, Allweather Wood
Emmanuel Laval, Rio Tinto
Katie Ohno, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
Jim Carroll, Belco Forest Products
Chad Coon, American Electric Power

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 was an AWPA Sponsor in 2019, you should have received a renewal notice by email and or by postal mail. 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. Please note that the 2020 Sponsorship Enrollment period ends January 31, 2020.

Help our Students Attend the Annual Meeting

Each year, AWPA covers travel costs for university students to attend the Annual Meeting and present their research to the Association through the AWPA Student Travel Fellowship Award. The award is funded through the generosity of many individuals and organizations. Please consider helping AWPA develop and maintain these students’ interest in wood protection by contributing to the Student Travel Fellowship Fund. You may make your donation online, send a check to AWPA designating it for the Student Travel Fellowship, or request an invoice from AWPA.

Position Openings

Mississippi State University. Graduate Research Assistantship for a Master of Science in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. The successful candidate will be involved in a multidisciplinary project in the field of timber engineering with a focus on performance evaluation of timber components and structures. The candidate will be involved in both experimental and computer simulation work. The successful candidate will be funded during the two-year study period with an assistantship plus tuition, fees and insurance. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of two referees by email as a single pdf file to Dr. Hyungsuk Lim This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The review of the applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. The expected enrollment in the program is May 1, 2020.

National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association. Wood Quality Control (WQC) Field Representative, National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association. WQC is a RUS approved purchase plan providing for inspection of treated wood utility wood products purchased by rural electric co-ops and other utility customers across the nation. The WQC Representative assists in providing the required overview of the program’s primary contractor as well as promoting the program through on-site visits to electrical cooperatives. Provides technical support to program users on topics related to the purchase and use of treated wood utility products. Click here to apply for the Wood Quality Control Representative position.

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). We plan to open registration in the next couple of weeks, so be on the lookout for an announcement by email. If you’re planning to attend, instructions for hotel reservations are found on the 116th Annual Meeting web page. There are a few openings left for technical presentations, so please contact us if you wish to submit a presentation.

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


American Wood Protection Association
Post Office Box 361784, Birmingham, Alabama 35236-1784 USA
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