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2015 Alumni Hall of Fame Announced

The annual Homecoming for the School was held on Saturday, 25 April 2015. Three new inductess to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, & Fisheries Hall of Fame were celebrated. They are: Dr. H. Michael "Mike" Barnes (BSF 1965, MS Forest Products Technology 1968), Dr. James Barnett, and Dr. Robert Chabreck (BSF 1956, MS Game Management 1957).

Details on the lives and careers of the newest inductees are avialble on the 2015 Hall of Fame page. Previously inducted member profiles can be accessed from our Hall of Fame page.

AgCenter Receives Spray Foam Insulation Grant

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU AgCenter has received a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Innovative Uses of Wood program. The grant will fund a project on bio-based spray foam insulation from wood residues, and will be led by LSU AgCenter forest products researchers Todd Shupe and Niels de Hoop from the AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources.

“The main goal of the project is to determine the potential of low-value wood fiber as a raw material for the development of a green spray foam insulation,” Shupe said. “Consumers are demanding green products for their houses, but insulation is one product that is currently not very green.”

This project will allow the team to determine the potential of small-diameter timber and low-value fiber as a feedstock for spray foam insulation. This material currently has little to no value but poses a significant risk for wildfires, Shupe said. In addition to substantial energy cost savings, wood-based spray foam has much better biodegradability compared to petroleum-based foam insulation, which will benefit the environment when this material is landfilled. “Current spray foams contain zero to 30 percent biomass, typically an agricultural byproduct – such as bagasse from sugarcane,” Shupe said.

There is an economic and environmental opportunity to increase the percentage of biomass to 50 percent and reduce the amount of isocyanate in the feedstock to 50 percent, Shupe said. “The project is being conducted as a collaborative effort with the spray foam industry,” Shupe said. “We would like to increase the percentage of biomass in spray foam, and we want that biomass to be from forest fuel reduction programs.”

For more information on the project, contact Shupe at 225-578-6432 or tshupe@agcenter.lsu.edu.

The full article, by Johnny Morgan, is availabe at AgCenter Headline news.

Student Awarded LEEC Research Grant

Zhen Xu

Congratulations to Zhen Xu, an RNR Ph.D. student working for Dr. Jun Xu for receiving a 2015 Louisiana Environmental Education Commission research grant to assess the stable isotopes of dissolved oxygen and dissolved inorganic carbon in Catahoula Lake. Only nine projects were funding this cycle. Good job!

-- Quick News --

  • Shrimpers, crabbers learn new regulations at the Louisiana Firheries Forward meeting in March. The meeting was organized by the LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant. Details are available on the LSU AgCenter's News page.
  • Pests, liability, family dynamics were featured at forestry forum. Forest landowners heard the latest updates on invasive species and other issues of importance in their industry at the Florida parishes forestry forum on March 20 in Hammond. Details about the forum are avialable on the AgCenter's News page.
  • 1st Quarter 2015 Timber Tales is now available. The details and a link to the newsletter are available on our Extensions page.
  • RNR students participated in the 58th Southern Forestry Conclave hosted by Mississippi State University. The Team from RNR did well and the photos are posted on our Gallery page! Congratulations on a job well done!
  • Arborist Workshops 2015: The early 2015 schedule for Arborist Workshops and other learning opportunities has been updated, and registrations are open. For more information, see our Workshops page.
  • The Student Chapter of Society of American Foresters (SAF) has a new way to keep you informed, share their news and events, and keep in touch: They now have a Facebook page. LIKE their page, and keep up with all the latest! Support your local (student) Foresters!
  • Follow Dr. Stouffer on sabbatical as a Fulbright Scholar in Tanzania: via his Flickr Feed

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