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Kelly Magee
Kelly Magee

Fighting Termites in Timber

Kelly Magee is a freshman in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Magee is helping develop test methods for evaluating two wood-based products: cross-laminated timber and particleboard created with a novel cottonseed protein adhesive and a plant-based termiticide. Cross-laminated timber panels are used in construction for modular buildings in Europe and Canada, but are not widely used in the U.S. Particleboard is widely used in the U.S. and abroad. The industry is currently focused on developing bonding materials and insecticides that are non-hazardous to humans. Magee will determine if changes made in the standard protocols are effective in testing these novel products. Magee is under the direction of Dr. C. Elizabeth Stokes, assistant professor in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts.


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Undergraduate Research Symposium

Katherine Abell, a wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture major, and Zachary Senneff, a forestry major, were among the winners of the 2014 MSU Undergraduate Research Symposium. Abell placed first in the community engagement and social sciences categories and Senneff placed second in the biological sciences and engineering category.

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