Volume 27, No. 08 - August 28, 2015

In Memoriam: Paul C. Van Deusen

Dr. Paul C. Van Deusen, NCASI Principal Research Scientist, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, August 21, 2015. Paul, who joined NCASI in 1994, was a dedicated and talented scientist and leader of the NCASI Statistics and Model Development Group. In addition to being an accomplished professional, Paul was a warm and friendly presence in the NCASI community. NCASI will greatly miss our friend and colleague.

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2015 NCASI West Coast Regional Meeting forestry session

NCASI’s West Coast Regional Meeting will be held on September 22 and 23 at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Washington (http://www.ncasi.org/Events/Regional-Meetings/2015-WCRM.aspx). The meeting’s general session will be on the morning of Tuesday, September 22 and a forestry technical session titled Forest Watersheds is scheduled for 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday.

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Report available on the development and use of science for species of conservation priority in the Southeast

Recently, Resources for the Future (RFF), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and NCASI convened a one-day dialogue to address science challenges associated with Endangered Species Act listing and recovery decisions, and to explore scientific collaboration between government agencies and the private sector in the Southeast.

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Publication reports on development of methods for monitoring moisture content of wood stored in wet decks

For several years, NCASI has been cooperating with investigators at the University of Georgia to test the use of time-domain reflectometry (TDR) for measuring the moisture content of wet-stored wood. TDR has traditionally been used to detect faults in cables, and has also been used to measure soil moisture content. Recently, the investigators published a paper titled, “Time-domain reflectometry for the prediction of loblolly pine and sweetgum moisture content.”

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