Events and Other News

APRU Fellows Program

On August 6-11, 2000, the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Fellows Program met in Seattle, with programs on climate impacts, water conflicts, and other issues. Co-sponsored by CFR and the International Faculty Council, with logistical support provided by the ForestCE office, the program hosted 30 academicians from universities throughout the Pacific Rim. Their visit focused on the sustainable management and use of water resources. Gordon Bradley, Kelley Duffield, Tom Hinckley, Kim McDonald, and Clare Ryan worked with the UW program planning team, with Tom serving as team head.

APRU was created in 1997 to develop the professional capacity of junior faculty who will be well informed on the Pacific Rim. It is organized around an annual summer traveling seminar series to familiarize participants with the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic realities in the region. The series’ overarching theme, “The Pacific Rim in the Twenty-First Century,” provides a broad conceptual framework for annual examination of significant, current issues. See for more information on APRU.

FE Curriculum Revised

Forest engineering undergraduate curriculum revisions were approved this summer, including a name change to Forest and Ecological Engineering. The new program features technical electives, in which students choose to focus on one of three areas: environmental and operational analysis and design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, or ecological engineering. The revisions will increase flexibility, with more choices and electives available.

CFR Participates in “GEAR UP”

The UW GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) project held its first Summer Institute on the UW campus, August 14-18, 2000, with CFR as a key participant. GEAR UP aims to increase college participation of underrepresented students from the state’s low-income areas. The Summer Institute offered opportunities for about 1,000 7th-12th graders to tour UW departments, facilities, and laboratories, and attend presentations on academic programs, careers, and other topics. CFR Student Services staff manned a booth at the opening “welcome fair” in Red Square on August 14th, providing information on CFR academic programs.

Tours and presentations coordinated by CFR students, faculty, and staff included: a tour of the Center for Urban Horticulture, coordinated by staff member Fred Hoyt; an “Introduction to Forest Resources,” coordinated by Jon Honea, Ph.D. student in the forest ecosystem analysis program; a wildlife demonstration, coordinated by Tom Gergen and John Withey, master’s students in the wildlife science program; and “Aerial Photos Stereo Imagery,” coordinated by faculty member Gerard Schreuder and Richard Grotefendt, Ph.D. student in the forest engineering and hydrology program.

CFR Promotes Diversity

UW STEM students presenting project results.

Two UW K-12 partnership programs, UWSTEM (encouraging students of under- represented groups to participate in the academic and career fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and ALVA (Alliance for Learning and Vision for Underrepresented Americans), a paid 10-week summer internship experience for students interested in engineering, physical science, or mathematics) received enthusiastic participation by CFR faculty and graduate students during the summer. Projects included:

  • Michelle Connor, graduate student in urban horticulture, worked with Alberto Nunez and Nicole Bender studying the characteristics of the plant Spirea douglasii to determine its potential as an invasive plant and conditions in which it thrives.
  • Bob Edmonds worked with Jeramy Skonberg on the Olympic Acid Rain project. Jeramy helped gather water samples in the West Twin Creek Watershed in the Hoh River Valley and sorted litterfall in the lab. He also looked at the ecology of downed logs in the Olympic rainforest.
  • Bob Northey worked with two students, Jullian Swan and Melissa Parker, on projects developing background research and laboratory exercises for a new class, as well as on a project to separate a mixture of natural polymers by physical properties.

Other CFR faculty working with these programs included Graham Allan and Peter Kiffney.

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