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Staff Profile — Kelley Duffield


Kelley M. Duffield joined the College as the Director of Outreach in September 1998. Kelley is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She attended Radford College and North Carolina State University with B.S. degrees in Forest Management and Natural Resources Policy and Administration. Her career includes experience in printing, publications, marketing, promotions, fine paper technical support, Extension Forestry, forestry continuing education, and NIPF research. Before coming to the UW, Kelley was the Director of the Forestry Educational Outreach program at NC State University, where she directed several publications in the Extension Forestry Unit, the Pinetum Journal, and the most recent College of Forest Resources biennial report. Prior to her forestry education, she spent ten years with International Paper Company in printing paper distribution and technical support.

Kelley is a member of the Society of American Foresters and was the Chapter Secretary/Treasurer in North Carolina’s Triangle Chapter. She served as the Volunteer Gardener Leader at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in 1992 and President of the Tidewater Society of Communication Arts.

Kelley says, "My whirlwind introduction to the College included moving to a new apartment with four days’ notice (!) and attending the National SAF convention in Traverse City, Michigan, where I manned the UW booth at the convention and participated in building a house with other Habitat for Humanity volunteers."

On the challenges of her new job, Kelley says, "Thanks to the close association that the UW has formed with Washington State University through the efforts of Don Hanley, the College is in a position to provide more information and learning opportunities to citizens throughout Washington through its outreach programs.

"Outreach can be thought of as all forms of information/education dissemination that don’t conform to the model of the traditional classroom setting. Instead of students enrolling in academic programs and physically coming to our campus to learn, outreach takes a different, more creative tack. For example, students may be enrolled in another institution, taking classes with the goal of transferring to UW. A student may be a practicing professional wishing to add to their job skills or obtain an advanced degree. A student may be a person, young or old, wanting to improve their knowledge in some area of natural sciences and not necessarily interested in college credit."

"The ‘campus’ can take the form of one of our College’s experiential learning sites like the Washington Park Arboretum, the Olympic Natural Resources Center, or the Center for Urban Horticulture. The campus may even be a virtual one, where students take courses via distance learning using the Internet and satellite telecommunications technology. By deploying emerging telecommunication technology, outreach can move information to those needing it throughout the Pacific Northwest and the world. The potential for impacting place-bound students and remote communities has grown significantly with the installation of the K-12 Network, a telecasting classroom now functioning in Anderson 22."

Kelley says, "I will work with professional organizations in order to assess how the College can provide training and information services and respond to the changes in market demand for continuing and lifelong education."

Staff News

Teresa Alcock began a permanent appointment as GIS Specialist at ONRC, effective October 1, 1998, previously held as a temporary appointment.

A farewell party was held for Carrie Bayless on December 1, 1998. Carrie will be supervising the Tutoring Program at UW Intercollegiate Athletics.

John Calhoun moderated the Western Forestry and Conservation Association Meeting held October 27, 1998.

Carrie Cone has accepted a new position in the UW Medical Center Health Sciences News and Community Relations Office, effective December 21, 1998. A farewell party was held on December 16 to say goodbye and wish Carrie well in her new endeavors. She’ll be close by, so we’re hoping she drops in to see us often!

John Haukaas returned to employment at SMC as System Analyst, effective November 16, 1998. Dave Briggs and SMC are glad to have him back!

Becky Johnson celebrated her ten-year UW (and CUH) anniversary in
August 1998.

Ann Lezberg was hired as a Research Consultant working with Charley Halpern, effective December 7, 1998.

Teresa Min’s last day at the College was October 28, 1998. A long-time veteran of CFR, Teresa was given a farewell sendoff, during which many who have worked with her over the years wished her well in her new (full-time mom) endeavors.

Barbara Selemon and Jeannette Dorner presented a poster at the December 9-10, 1998 meeting of the Native Plant Conference at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.

David Shaw presented a Seattle Audubon Society program at the Center for Urban Horticulture on October 15, 1998 entitled "Forest Canopy: Exploration and Discovery."

Andrew Smith was hired as a Research Consultant working with Bill McKean, effective December 24, 1998.

During Autumn Quarter, Lou Stubecki attended the Pacific Northwest International Society of Arboriculture annual training in Eugene, OR, and the American Society of Consulting Arborists Conference in Napa, CA.

Staff Reports

Carl Harrington, CFR upper campus building administrator, reports that a new addition to the CFR internal web page outlines emergency procedures to be followed in the event the University sus-pends operations. The Web address is Carl says, "If you have any questions about the information, or suggestions on the Web page content," please contact me directly."

Carl also reports on the Health and Safety Committee Election: elected members are Carl Harrington, Phil Hurvitz, Sally Morgan, Paul Smith, and Shawn Wilson. They will serve with the appointed members of the committee: Art Breitsprecher, Fred Hoyt, Stan Humann, Mark Lewis, and Dongsen Xue.

Georgia Murray, Research Scientist working with Bob Edmonds, reports on her current research.

"I recently attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting in San Francisco, CA, to present a poster on work, directed by Bob Edmonds, done at a long-term research site on the Olympic Peninsula. West Twin Creek watershed is currently a part of the USGS small watershed program and has been studied since 1984. Stream, precipitation, and soil chemistry along with vegetation and litterfall inputs have been monitored at this small watershed in the Olympic National Park, Hoh River Valley. Recent analysis of the data revealed a change from baseline concentrations for a number of chemical constituents. Nitrate, sulfate, hydrogen, and potassium concentrations increased in precipitation and throughfall from 1993 through the end of 1996. This change in precipitation chemistry may be due to increased pollution in the Asia outflow, as well as from local sources. A group from the UW Atmospheric Sciences Department have confirmed that air masses from Asia do reach the Olympic Peninsula."

"Stream chemistry also showed increases in nitrogen, hydrogen ion, and potassium from 1993-1996. Sulfate had a slight increase along with other major cations. Annual stream nitrate concentrations increased, with a loss of the strong seasonal pattern normally observed. Stream pH also decreased during this time period. The increase of nitrate, potassium, and hydrogen ion concentrations in the stream suggest that this old-growth forest is susceptible to soil acidification and nitrogen leaching, important factors in forest and stream health. We believe this study demonstrates the tremendous need for long-term monitoring and the value of the small watershed ecosystem approach in detecting ecosystem response to global change."

The research was featured in a December 7, 1998 Seattle P-I article entitled "Asian air pollution wafting over region."

Don Whitney reports that students and Student Services staff are hard at work coordinating the upcoming Career/Internship Fair scheduled for January 27, 1999. In addition to representation from agencies and companies, there will be presentations on: "The Job Search – the Federal Perspective" and "The Interview." Short demonstrations about the use of GIS as a tool in natural resource careers will be presented in the GIS lab.

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