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Canadians receive TAPPI Best Research Paper Award


May 7, 2019
By P&PC Staff

May 7, 2019 – Canadian researchers J. David “Dave” McDonald and Richard J. “Dick” Kerekes have received TAPPI Journal‘s 2018 Best Research Paper Award.

Their paper, “Rewet in wet pressing of paper,” appeared on p. 479 of the September 2018 issue of TAPPI Journal, the publication of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry. 

The award was presented May 6 at TAPPI’s PaperCon 2019 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Monica Shaw, editorial director of TAPPI Journal, noted in her March editorial that the pair were recognized by the editorial board for the paper’s “innovation, creativity, scientific merit and clear expression of ideas.”

McDonald is president of JDMcD Consulting and an adjunct professor at McMaster University. He has previously worked at FPInnovations/Paprican and at Abitibi-Price, and is a fellow of both TAPPI and PAPTAC, the Pulp & Paper Technical Association of Canada. 

Kerekes is a professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia and the founding director of the university’s Pulp and Paper Centre. He is a fellow of TAPPI and PAPTAC.

Both researchers have received the John Bates Gold Medal from PAPTAC and the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal from TAPPI.