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All-College Meeting | African Visitor | Research Showcase | Dean's Birthday Club | Cougar Sighting! | Holiday Party

All-College Meeting

The College's Autumn Quarter meeting was held in conjunction with the annual fall salmon barbecue on October 1, 1999, at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Meeting agenda items included the College's 1999-2000 targets and work plan, awards for the fact sheet competition sponsored by the External Initiatives Incubator Team, and a group exercise to provide input for the Dean Search Committee. The Center for Urban Horticulture graciously hosted these events, and the weather was perfect and the salmon delicious!

At right, Phil Hurvitz and assistant prepare the salmon feast.

African Environmentalist Visit

The College of Forest Resources was one of the UW co-sponsors of a Seattle visit by world renowned African environmentalist Wangari Maathai, founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement (GBM), a Time magazine "Hero of the Planet" and Nobel Prize nominee for 1999. The first woman to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi, Dr. Maathai spoke at Kane Hall on October 27, 1999 on trade, environment, and development from the unique and critical perspective of the ordinary people of Africa. Supported by 80,000 grassroots members across Kenya, Maathai's Green Belt Movement ties environmental practice to development policy and political responsibility. Not only have its members-mostly ordinary rural and urban women-planted 15 million trees in the last twenty years, but they've created a multi-faceted environmental program now being used in twelve other African nations.

Carbon and Climate Change Research Showcase

On November 19, 1999, CFR faculty, staff, and graduate students involved in carbon and climate change research gave a showcase presentation. Professors Bob Edmonds, Tom Hinckley, Bruce Lippke, Chad Oliver, John Perez-Garcia, and Dave Peterson; and William Keeton, Ph.D. candidate, were featured speakers. Poster presentations by College researchers followed the speakers.

CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere and leads to a warming trend in the Earth's temperature known as global warming. As our planet gets warmer, we face potentially significant climatic variability that may affect our environment and lifestyles, and more probably, those of our children. Forests are a solution. Forests capture and remove carbon from the atmosphere. We can also dispose of carbon by storing it in forest products and save fossil fuels through better use of wood products.

The Framework Convention on Climate Change, adopted in 1992 by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee and signed by 162 countries at the Rio Earth Summit, established a goal to stabilize greenhouse gases and set the framework for the development of emission targets and timetables. Research assessing the feasibility of developing longer-term technologies to capture, remove, or dispose of greenhouse gases and to establish relevant basic and applied research is necessary to meet the challenges of global climate change.

Research projects carried out by the College of Forest Resources encompass areas that range from investigating carbon exchanges between plants and the atmosphere to analyzing policies aimed at curbing the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere. The College is uniquely positioned to conduct research on carbon and climate change, and to help formulate solutions to this internationally recognized global challenge. Showcase presenters included:

Dean's Birthday Club

The Dean's Birthday Club luncheon for Autumn 1999 was held at the Faculty Club on November 12, 1999. Sixteen fall birthdays were honored: Bev Anderson, Bob Beer, Jennifer Blecha, Rachel Carroll, Lynn Catlett, Kelley Duffield, Carol Green, Stan Humann, Becky Johnson, Bruce Lippke, John Marzluff, Barbara Selemon, Eric Turnblom, Kathy Wolf, and Elaine Zapata.

Cougar sighting!

Stan Humann reports from Pack Forest that in late September, faculty from the UW Tacoma campus were "entertained" by the wildlife at Pack. Early on a Friday morning, while waiting to enter the dining hall for breakfast, two conferees surprised a young cougar in the act of taking down a small buck deer. This happened about 50 meters from the dining hall porch, just off the road to the dining hall. The surprised cat loosened his grip on the deer and the deer escaped (at least for a while).

The Wind River Canopy Crane facility was featured in the November/December issue of Western Forester, available on the Web at publications/publications.html.

CFR Holiday Party

The annual Holiday party held on December 10, 1999, brought together faculty, staff, and students, as well as friends of the College.

A festive air was lent by Santa, who posed with children of all ages. He was assisted by Ms. Claus, who provided on-the-spot counseling to children who were traumatized by her husband.

An elk's-eye view of the holiday revelers in the Forest Club Room

Above: Clare Ryan and Doug Sprugel share holiday cheer.

Right: Sally Morgan spills all to Santa, assuring that Santa's backed-up coalbin will at last be emptied.


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