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MSU department head elected International Academy of Wood Science Fellow

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Robin Shmolsky (Photo by Beth Wayne)

Starkville, Ms. The International Academy of Wood Sciences honors Robin Shmolsky of Mississippi with the appointment of a fellow, in recognition of his significant scientific achievements and research contributions in this field.

Newly elected for 2022, Warren S. Thompson Professor of Wood Science and Technology and Chair of MSU’s Department of Sustainable Bioproducts joins 145 IAWS Fellows across the United States, as well as international honorees of this distinction.

The world organization is known for promoting research, technology and outreach in the wood sciences and investing in forest improvement. The Fellows are scholars who are active in research and who uphold high standards in the advancement of wood science.

“The Academy recognizes all types of research related to wood sciences,” Shmolesky said. “It’s often interdisciplinary, and at Michigan State University’s Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, we have some of the best and brightest minds in the world to research and discover new ways to sustainably use forest resources.”

Shmulsky noted that much of the work is directly related to improving the utility and economic value of sawn timber and wood products through applied research.

“I am humbled and appreciative of being elected a Fellow of IAWS and would like to share that recognition among my colleagues in this wonderful department,” said Shmolesky. “Recognition like this is a team effort, and it’s great to work alongside the best people who helped make this recognition possible.”

A 17-year veteran faculty member in Mississippi, Shmulsky earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts before completing his master’s degree in forestry products and his Ph. in Forest Resources at Michigan State University. He said he looks forward to promoting the economic and environmental sustainability of wood through innovative research, education and awareness.

Wes Burger, dean of Michigan State University’s College of Forest Resources and director of the university’s Center for Forest and Wildlife Research, praised Shmulsky’s accomplishments and hard work.

“This prestigious recognition by his professional community is a testament to Dr. Shmolsky’s contributions to the field of wood science and reflects the world-class faculty at the Mississippi College of Forest Resources,” said Burger.

For more information about IAWS, visit www.iaws-web.org. Visit MSU’s section on Sustainable Bioproducts at www.cfr.msstate.edu/bioproducts.

Michigan State University is one of the leading universities in Mississippi, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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