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Student Profile — Jay Singh

Jaidev "Jay" Singh is a doctoral candidate in the Social Sciences program. An American citizen born in India, he was raised in both the United States and India. He received his first Master’s degree (MBA) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, where he majored in international business. As part of his program, he examined the challenges faced by developing countries like India in light of the international pressure to privatize, and the resulting effects on their currencies. This study of an economic development issue led to a fellowship to attend the University of Kentucky’s masters program in diplomacy and international commerce. There he was one of the first graduates to pursue a diplomacy program that focused on the environment and international development. Jay says, "I examined the interconnectedness of economic development and environmental degradation and methods to address both concerns, especially through regional cooperation in the developing world." He followed this degree with coursework at the USDA Graduate School in environmental law and dispute resolution.

Jay has a number of years of diverse professional work experience in research on international affairs, environmental and policy issues, as well as recent experience in research on transboundary reserves. These include work on a wildlife preserve, on US energy policies, assisting in conferences at the US Institute of Peace (workshop on the first multiracial elec-tions in South Africa), and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (conference on nu-clear non-proliferation). In addition he has worked on a research proj-ect at the World Bank and as a coordinator for monitoring and evaluation of a $100 million USAID international development project. More recently he worked as a graduate research assistant at the International Snow Leopard Trust (ISLT) where he had been providing assistance on a proposal to create a formal transboundary link between Pakistan’s Khunjerab National Park and China’s Taxkorgan Nature Preserve. Dr. Rodney Jackson, Conservation Director at ISLT and Jay are currently co-authoring a paper on the role of transboundary parks in promoting environmental security in Central Asia. Jay also completed a consultant report for the USAID-funded Biodiversity Support Program on lessons learned from the establishment of transboundary conservation areas worldwide. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Culture and Ecology, a non-profit that conducts and supports research that contributes to under-standing enhancing interactions between culture and environment.

Of his academic experience, Jay says, "I promise to stop going to school after I receive my PhD." His wife Christine and son Kern would be thrilled if he did, but they don’t hold their breaths as there are always exciting post-doc opportunities!

Jay has received a number of academic honors and awards most recent of which include a Rotary International 1999-2000 Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship to Zimbabwe and Botswana and an honorable mention in the 1998 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Competition for his doctoral research proposal on transboundary parks. He will be leaving in August to do field research in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and Mozambique.


Student News

Roberta Armstrong, Lindsey Mitchell, and James Moody, Paper Science and Engineering undergraduates, presented their team research project at the UW’s undergraduate research symposium on May 7, 1999. The team’s project, "Optimization of Settings of a Compression Roll Device in Overthick Chip Conditioning," has the goal of determining the optimal settings of a compression roll device, used during Kraft pulping, to produce the best quality pulp with good strength properties.

A feature article on "Dirt," in the May 23, 1999 Seattle Times, cited the research of Erica Cline, Ph.D. student in Ecosystems.

Kyle Cunningham and Sam Fleishman, both forest products marketing graduate students, received awards for presenting the results of their research at the Forest Products Society meeting in the Tacoma, WA headquarters of the American Plywood Association on May 21, 1999.

Whit Hammond, Conservation of Wildland Resources undergraduate, was featured in an April 30, 1999 Seattle PI article on the 13th Windermere Cup. Whit was cited by his rowing coach for his mental toughness and his rowing capabilities.

Amanda Koss, Urban Forestry undergraduate, has been working during Spring 1999 with the American Indian Heritage Alternative High School in Seattle, WA to develop their horticulture and tutorial programs.

Stephanie Lingwood and Jesse Barton, both undergraduates in Conservation of Wildland Resources, have been nominated for membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Margaret McCauley, Urban Horticulture graduate student, received a scholarship from the Western Aquatic Plant Management Society during Spring 1999.

Kristi Meston, Conservation of Wildland Resources undergraduate, is conducting a senior thesis watershed study of Muck Creek, a tributary of the Nisqually River in Pierce County, WA. The study involves assemblage of research of all relevant available literature, maps, and photos of historical and current watershed conditions, including hydrology, geology, soil, and vegetation patterns. This information will be used as background data for a more detailed hydrologic and natural resources study of the watershed that will address the current problem of intermittent flow which is harmful to salmon spawning and rearing.

Richard Robohm, along with Tech TAs Hakjun Rhee, Jay Singh, and Ke Xue, gave a presentation of their progress to Debra Friedman, UW Associate Provost for Academic Planning, on April 28, 1999.


Student Reports

FE 450 Spring Capstone Adventure!

Senior Eric Farm and T.A. Luke Rogers reorient themselves on Dynamite Ridge, overlooking Hood Canal

From March 29 to June 10, 1999, six senior forest engineers and one senior forest management student in the Senior Capstone Design Course (FE 450) created a landscape management and transportation plan for the DNR’s North Hoodsport Block in Mason County, WA. The planning area is in the southeastern section of the Olympic Peninsula, on the shores of Hood Canal. The DNR provided financial support for student room and board, travel, and other project-related costs.

A typical day in he office for the "Eager Beavers," as the FE Capstone Design students affectionately referred to themselves.

The project was split into three sections. The first four weeks were spent at the Pack Experimental Forest conducting the initial stages of the analysis and preparing for the field verification phase to follow. During that time, of the thirty-one miles of planned road, the students were able to gradeline nine miles and traverse an additional five miles. They also managed to inventory eight miles of existing roads, most of which were in pretty sad condition. The final four weeks of the quarter were spent back at Pack Forest completing the analysis and preparing a presentation and report for the DNR, who will implement the students’ proposed recommendations.

At the end of the experience, Peter Schiess summed it up best when he sang his version of the famous Patsy Cline song, "Walkin’ After Midnight." Indeed, there will be many more late-night work parties for FE 450 students, past, present and future!

Amanda Koss, Urban Horticulture undergraduate, reports on a project in which she has been involved during Spring 1999: "The UW Office of Minority Affairs and the Wapato, WA community are working to help revitalize the local economy of Wapato. One portion of this project is a Farmers Market plan. In recent months, UW students have attended local round table discussions in Wapato to facilitate the growth of a Farmers Market plan. During the summer months, UW students from Urban Horticulture and Forestry will lead in the creation of a Wapato Children’s Garden where school children will grow their own produce for the Farmers Market. The goals of the summer Wapato Peapatch are:

• To inspire the youth and children to contribute to the activities of a working community in the city of Wapato.

• To provide for an educational opportunity in the process of community development in balance with the sciences and arts.

• To allow children and youth to take ownership of the development of a community children’s garden."

"A potential collaborative effort with high school students from American Indian Heritage Alternative High School in Seattle, WA is being explored. AIH students would collaborate with Wapato High School students in preparing the land and would mentor elementary and middle school students inn the initial planting of vegetable starts, under the guidance of UW students."

"If the project is successful, the students will be able to convince parents and teachers to help sustain the youth gardens throughout the year. UW students would make periodic visits to help in some of the gardening projects throughout the school year, and promote the support needed to keep the project running."

Michelle McCarthy reports on CFR Garb Day at Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA on May 15, 1999. Sponsored by the College since the mid-1930s, Garb Day is all-day event designed to provide students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends with an opportunity to take part in and watch traditional forestry-related sports like log rolling, the axe throw, and the choker set race. Over sixty participants attended the day’s festivities. UW Forest Club/Logger Sports team members and their friends led the way in a Northwest traditional logging sports competition. Students furiously sawed their way through 12-inch Douglas-fir logs in single and double bucking events, set chokers, and threw double-bitted axes for axe-throwing. A demonstration relay was run by the Logger Sports team, where each member participated in their best event. Michelle says, "Garb Day 1999 was a great success! Plan on attending next year, as the growing list of returning alumni and students helps make the event a wonderful time for all of us to get together and get to know one another in a non-academic setting."


Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships
(Spring 1999)

Carolyn Alfano Klemme Scholarship   Erin Horan Sankela Scholarship
Robert Armstrong Denman Fund   Amy Howells CFRAA Scholarship
Alec Arntzen Pearce Forest Engineering Scholarship   Audrey Kellar Brockman Scholarship
Jesse Barton REI Scholarship   Michelle McCarthy Mackie Memorial Scholarship
Scott Bodien David R.M. Scott Scholarship   Devin Malkin Northwest Horticulture Society Elisabeth Carey Miller Scholarship
Ben Carlson Carlisle Memorial Scholarship   Carolina Manriquez

Stenzel Endowed Scholarship

Paul Carpenter

David R.M. Scott Scholarship

  James Packman

Pearce Forest Engineering Scholarship

Kevin Ceder Dyson Memorial Scholarship   Angela Pearce

Nord Memorial Scholarship

Allison Cocke

Peterson Memorial Scholarship

  Rachel Ramos CFRAA Scholarship
Jeffrey Comnick CFRAA Scholarship   Morgan Reichman W.B. Nettleton Scholarship
Jesse Craven

Marion and Gordon Nelson Scholarship

  Jeremy Tyrall Pearce Forest Engineering Scholarship
Kelly Dlouhy Carlisle Memorial Scholarship   Corey Watson

H.W. Millan Scholarship

Eric Gay Northwest Horticulture Society Elisabeth Carey Miller Scholarship   Laura York Grunow Scholarship
Christina Gray Anderson REI Scholarship   Laura Zybas Northwest Horticulture Society Elisabeth Carey Miller Scholarship

WPPF Scholarships (Spring 1999)

Albert Allen
Roberta Armstrong
Christopher Ashley
Alexander Buchanan
Carl Chasse
Mathew Clements
Kelly Fisher
Eric Foshaug
Michael Freeland
Daniel Halos
Chad Halverson
Ashley Harding
Jan Hasbrouck
Aeren Huckleberry
Joshua Hudnall
Jennifer Irvin
Mitchell Johnson
David Kahler
Chris Krumland
Daniel Lee
Joseph Martin
Chris Matz
Gregg McCarthy
Michael McGinty
Matthew Newport
Eric Nordberg
Linda Nguyen
Michael Pearson
Deanna Pierce
Joshua Pitkin

Jason Rice
Kellie Robinson
Jill Rouxx
Craig Ruger
William Sloan
Courtney Spears
Michelle Tibayan
Long Minh Tran
Quan Wang
Michael Wetzel
Matthew Williams
Mitzi Wischnofske
Ke Xue

Graduate Scholarships/Fellowships (Spring 1999)

Wendy Brown Klemme Research Fellowship   Devin Malkin

J.H. Bloedel Fellowship

Solai Buchanan

Riffe Endowed Fellowship

  Ruth Marsh

Byron and Alice Lockwood Fellowship

Eric Gay Klemme Research Fellowship   Anne Portinga

Byron and Alice Lockwood Fellowship

Malcolm Gerard

Byron and Alice Lockwood Fellowship

  Amy Renkert Riffe Endowed Fellowship
Sara Jenson

Byron and Alice Lockwood Fellowship

  Benjamin Wadsworth Klemme Research Fellowship
Amber Kocsis

J.H. Bloedel Fellowship

  Laura Zybas

Riffe Endowed Fellowship

Graham Mackenzie

Riffe Endowed Fellowship

     

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