Message from the Interim Director

In this issue of the SFR Newsletter, we honor the generosity of our donors during fiscal year 2009. The nearly $3.5 million in private gifts from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009 represents your incredible contribution to the three-way partnership of support from state funding, sponsored research, and private giving that helps us attract and keep outstanding and diverse faculty with opportunities for professional growth, and well-prepared and motivated students with opportunities for enhanced learning.  Your support also contributes to our efforts in outreach and public engagement, an increasingly important part of our mission in this rapidly changing world.  We are grateful to each of you who share our commitment to discovery and exploration in our work at the UW and across the globe. 

I’d like to share with you some of the experiences and accomplishments that your contributions to student scholarships and fellowships and faculty and program support have made possible.

  • Environmental Science and Resource Management graduating senior Kimiko LaHaela has used support from the Forest Resources Alumni Association Scholarship and the Winkenwerder Scholarship to open doors of educational opportunity that would have otherwise been financially closed.  She was able to undertake a summer internship in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, assisting with research on the Hawaiian Hoary Bat, and to present research as a student representative at an international symposium in Berlin, Germany. She was also invited to travel to South Africa’s Kruger National Park to conduct research on fruit bats. She is working this summer on an SFR research project in Yosemite National Park, and plans to go on to graduate study in Freiburg, Germany in the fall. 
  • Lockwood Fellowship recipient Jacob Grossman is studying silviculture in the Peace Corps Masters International Program in Forestry.  Fellowship support was critical in recruiting Grossman, who this year is completing the Peace Corps segment of his course of study; you can follow his blog as he works as an agroforestry extension volunteer in the state of Caazapá in central Paraguay. 
  • Endowed faculty support allowed the holder of the David R.M. Scott Endowed Professorship to provide salary that transformed an undergraduate’s good idea for a senior research project into a superior project that provided a teaching tool for her advisor. After analyzing almost 100 sequences of rings in “cookies” and cores, this student produced a powerful example of her ability to write and organize data and images for an application portfolio. 
  • Private support for the Northwest Environmental Forum during fiscal year 2009 helped make it possible for the Forum to convene specialists and decision makers to resolve land and water resource management issues.  A session on “retaining working forests and protecting biodiversity” brought together 90 natural resources managers and policy leaders from the forest industry, small private landholders, non-government organizations, tribes, and local, state, and federal government who made recommendations for action by the Governor and the 2009 Washington State Legislature.
  • We gratefully acknowledge other program support — generous gifts to the UW Botanic Gardens, including support for the first phase of the Pacific Connections Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum and major support from the Arboretum Foundation — this marks the 20th continuous year of their generosity; support for scholarships in the Paper Science and Engineering curriculum through the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation, including a major gift by The Wollenberg Foundation; and endowments fully invested in fiscal year 2009, including the Bruce Bare Endowed Professorship in Forest Resources, the Dean Rae Berg Student Support Endowment, the Morten J. Lauridsen, Jr. Endowment, the Byron and Alice Lockwood Fund for Faculty Support, and the George and Emily Muller Student Support Endowment.  

Although not associated with fiscal year 2009, several generous gifts have recently provided a transformation fund that has been successfully used to initiate a collaboration with the Department of Global Health and other units within and outside the College of the Environment.  I look forward to updating you on this exciting new partnership and its initial project on HIV/AIDS and the environment.

These are just some examples of how your contributions have made possible our school’s enduring legacy and the promise of things to come as we continue to play a leadership role in the College of the Environment. To consider a contribution to the scholarship and other support funds that provide transformative opportunities for our faculty and students, please visit the UW Foundation website.  


Tom Hinckley