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Honorary Associate Joseph Jakes and MSP graduate student Nayomi Plaza. 

Joseph Jakes and Nayomi Plaza will perform experiments over three days in June 2013.  They anticipate this work will provide new insights into the fundamental mechanisms controlling water uptake in wood cell walls.  Joseph and Nayomi anticipate these new insights will help researchers improve the durability of forest products.  For instance, decreasing moisture-induced swelling would improve wood-adhesive bondline performance in the outdoor applications where the bondline is exposed to continuous changes in RH.