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Volume 38, Number 5

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 30. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 30 APRIL   GARDEN FAIR  UW BOTHELL/CASCADIA CC 9 AM-3:3O PM
See http://www.springgardenfair.com/2011%20sgf%20flyer.pdf

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 30 APRIL-1 MAY PLANT SALE MAGNUSON PARK, BLDG 30
FlorAbundance Plant Sale to benefit Washington Park Arboretum. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org/?page_id=240 for directions and Saturday/Sunday hours.

SUNDAY, 1 MAY   GROW FOOD IN CITY  VICTOR STEINBRUCK PK 11 AM-3 PM
Seattle Tilth has teamed up with Seattle Parks and Recreation to offer a series of free gardening classes in downtown parks. Come to this event to celebrate urban gardening and kick-off the free class series.  See http://seattletilth.org/special_events/growfoodkickoff.

MONDAY, 2 MAY       MS DEFENSE       ANDERSON 207     2 PM
"Modeling Ecological Connectivity for a Changing Climate," Tristan Nuñez; Committee Chair: Josh Lawler.

MONDAY, 2 MAY    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR    JOHNSON 102   3:30 PM
"Managing Washington's Fish and Wildlife Resources," Phil Anderson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 3 MAY    WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223     8:30-9:20 AM
"Fish Invasions, Climate Change, and Their Interactive Ecological Impacts in the John Day River, OR," Julian Olden, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

TUESDAY, 3 MAY    MS DEFENSE     ANDERSON 22    2 PM
"Economic Feasibility of Carbon Sequestration in Korean Private Forestlands," Eun Hyoung Choi; Committee Chair, Sergey Rabotyagov.

WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY    INTERNAT'L FOREST FILMS    ANDERSON 207  12-1:30 PM
International Forest Film Festival winning films, "Hope in a Changing Climate," sponsored by International Forestry Students Association.

WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY      LECTURE ON DAVID DOUGLAS    PHYS-ASTR 102  4-5 PM
"Fine Field For Collecting: David Douglas and the Landscape of the Pacific Northwest, 1825-34," Jack Nisbet; sponsored by SER-UW and Xi Sigma Pi.

THURSDAY, 5 MAY    EAST ASIAN STUDIES SEMINAR   THOMPSON 317   3:30 PM
"Burning Pelts and Blazing Passions: Transnational environmentalism and nationalism in Tibet," Emily Yeh, University of Colorado.

THURSDAY, 5 MAY    STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY    EVERETT, WA     7 PM
Adopt a Stream Foundation class and book signing, "Dog Days, Raven Nights," John Marzluff, UW School of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 5 MAY   RARE PLANT PRESENTATION  UWBG,CUH   7:30 PM
WA Native Plant Society presentation, "Stories of Washington’s Rarest Plants." On the occasion of publication of Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Washington, field botanists will recount their stories of the state’s rarest plants.

FRIDAY, 6 MAY   DISTINGUISHED ALUM SEMINAR   ANDERSON 207   2-4 PM
Distinguished Alumni Seminar celebrating International Year of Forests 2011, "If I Could Change the World: Forestry and Environmental Issues in South Sudan, Africa; Asia, and South America," Jeannette Gurung, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management; Kamoji Wachiira, International Development Consultant; and Mark Wishnie, Managing Director, Equator LLC. Reception to follow.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Monday, May 9, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Urban Forest Symposium, "Trees and the Urban Infrastructure."
    Tuesday-Thursday, May 10-12, 2011, Welches, OR. Western Forest Economists Meeting. Participants include SFR graduate student Gabrielle Roesch and alums Jean Daniels (PhD 2007) and Claire Montgomery (PhD 1990, MFR 1986).
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, NHS, 1-5 p.m., Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Celebrating The International Year of Forests 2011."
    Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13, 2011, Portland, OR, Joint OR and WA Society of American Foresters meeting, "Keeping Forestlands in Forest." Participants include faculty Dave Briggs, affiliate faculty and alum Robert Deal (MS 1987), and alums Gretchen Nicholas (BS 1983) and Craig Partridge (MS 1981, BS 1972).
  Saturday, May 14, 2011, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, Eatonville, WA.  Garb Day sponsored by the UW Forest Club. Tickets --students and guests $10; $7 extra for a bunk, otherwise ample tent space is available and included in the ticket price; staff and faculty/families come free. Tickets are available in SFR Student Services (Anderson 116/130) and include transportation, food, beverages, space to park your tent, and campfire.
    Monday-Wednesday, May 16-18, 2011, Flagstaff, AZ, National Workshop on Climate and Forests, "Planning Tools and Perspectives on Adaptation and Mitigation Options."  Participants include alum Constance Millar (BS 1977).

ERA OF CANOPY CRANE ENDING
The Wind River Canopy Crane has been operated cooperatively by the UW, the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The partners say the jib -– the arm of the crane -– is being removed because the Forest Service faces budget shortfalls and replacement parts for the crane are becoming more difficult to obtain. Funding for the crane’s operation has largely come from the station’s budget. The jib will be removed when money is available, possibly this summer. Read the UW press release, which provides information on the crane and its legacy of research and education over the years.

SFR RECOGNITION EVENT SILENT AUCTION NEEDS YOUR AUCTION ITEMS
The SFR recognition event is less than 3 weeks away (May 18th, in case you don't have it on your calendar) and for the eighth year in a row, we will have the silent auction to benefit SFR scholarship funds. For those who haven't participated before or have forgotten what it's all about, this is an opportunity to bid on a wonderful assortment of experiences and services (not stuff that you have to figure out where to put, but things that you can consume or do and enjoy, at least mostly). We've had great auction items in the past and we hope the popular items will be repeated this year. If you've participated in the past and want to do it again, please let Sally Morgan, 7-1754, slm@u.washington.edu, Megan O'Shea, 3-9744, moshea@u.washington.edu, or Laura Davis 3-8975, ldavis@u.washington.edu, know. And if you haven't been a donor before and want to give it a shot, hooray for you, because the more items donated, the more exciting it is! Think about what skill or opportunity you can offer to your colleagues. Send what you would like to contribute or if you just have some vague ideas, call or come and talk to Sally, Megan, or Laura to figure out how to package what you can offer to provide a new and unique experience for someone in SFR.

REMINDER -- SFR VIDEO CONTEST -- DUE DATE EXTENDED TO NEXT WEEK!
SFR announces its first video competition! Sponsored by the External Relations and Communications Committee, the competition’s objective, under SFR’s Strategic Planning goal "Create a positive public image, both on and off campus," is to enhance SFR’s image, increase public awareness of its importance to the state of Washington and beyond, recruit students, and/or highlight research or program initiatives. See competition details online.

SFR FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, LECTURES
    Dorothy Paun is a speaker and will moderate a panel discussion during the UW Foster School event, "New Sustainability Directions in Global Business: What does it take to make real change?," May 3, 2011 at the UW.
    John Marzluff will give a public lecture for the Los Angeles Audubon Society, "A Murder of Crows," at UCLA, on May 18, 2011.

FACULTY ELECTED TO SERVE ON SFR COMMITTEES
Results of voting conducted electronically following this week's faculty meeting to fill positions expiring June 2011 include: John Perez-Garcia elected to the Promotion, Merit, and Tenure Committee, replacing Clare Ryan; L. Monika Moskal and Sergey Rabotyagov elected to the Faculty Advisory Council, replacing Rob Harrison and Darlene Zabowski; and Ivan Eastin and Soo-Hyung Kim elected to the Curriculum Committee, replacing Renata Bura and Sandor Toth.

PURPLE MARTIN CONDOS ARRIVE AT CUH
Yesterday the UW Botanic Gardens staff installed new Purple Martin "condominiums" west of the greenhouses near the UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture. According to the Seattle Audubon Society, "Purple Martins were formerly common and widespread in western Washington, with reports of thousands lining power lines near Seattle's Green Lake in late summer. They are still common in the eastern U.S., but Washington's population has declined dramatically in the past 50-60 years. This decline has been attributed to the presence of European Starlings and House Sparrows, both introduced cavity-nesters that compete with Purple Martins for limited nest boxes. Additional threats to the population include insecticides (50,000 were killed by pesticides in Brazil in 1989) and prolonged spring and summer cold spells when insects can't fly. The Purple Martin is listed as a candidate species by the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife and is on the Washington Gap Analysis at-risk list." Read about
the conservation effort at UW Botanic Gardens online.

TACOMA BIOBLITZ SCHEDULED FOR MAY
Karen Dvornich of the NatureMapping Program, writes, "A bioblitz sponsored by MetroParks Tacoma, Pierce County Biodiversity Alliance, and the NatureMapping Program, is planned for May. Bioblitzes are 24-hour species inventories conducted by scientists and the local community. Most NatureMapping bioblitzes are conducted to assess predicted species lists/maps and to develop baseline inventories for landowners. This will be the first time we will be inventorying the nearshore and a few diving sites. There also will be an effort to collect insects from the forest canopy. Teams are forming for birds, herps, mammals, nearshore, fish, fungi, plants, invasive plants, and invertebrates. To learn more, see http://depts.washington.edu/natmap/bioblitz/pt_defiance/bioblitz.html.

TREE COUNT LEADS FACILITIES SERVICES TO MAJOR CAMPUS INVENTORY
Want a map that shows all the campus trees? How about all the outdoor art, or all the bike racks? There’s an app for that. Since 2004, UW Facilities Services has been working with global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS) to collect, store, analyze, manage, display, and track data linked to precise location information. In other words, they’re mapping everything electronically that they’re responsible for and keeping it up to date. It all began with campus trees.  Read the
story online.

NEW CARPET IN ANDERSON 223
Sally Morgan writes, "In case you're wondering about the activity in Anderson's 2nd floor classroom, new carpet is being installed in 223; it should be finished no later than early next week and will be a great improvement!"

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR FAMILY FORESTS EDUCATION AWARD
The National Woodland Owners Association, in cooperation with the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs, will present the annual Family Forests Education Award at the Society of American Foresters national convention in Honolulu, HI on November 2, 2011. The award will be presented to the educational institution deemed to have delivered the most effective education program benefiting non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowners.  Seenomination detailsa online.

SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH SURVEY
    A group of international researchers is looking for input on a survey involving socio-ecological interdisciplinary research.  They write, "We would be grateful for your help in identifying interdisciplinary researchers willing to complete our web-based survey. Specifically, we ask you to publicize the survey and make it available to the researchers organized under the umbrella of your organization via newsletters, email lists, or blogs.
    All responses will be kept private. Participants will not be associated with their responses, and all data will be reported in such a way that does not allow individual identification. Participant privacy will be protected to the maximum extent allowable by law. All responses are completely voluntary and should take about 20 minutes to complete. Participants indicate their voluntary agreement to participate by completing the survey at http://survey.forestry.oregonstate.edu/chans.
    Questions? Contact the researchers at Interdisciplinary.research.2011@gmail.com. For questions or concerns regarding rights of study participants, contact the Institutional Review Board at 541-737-8008 or irb@oregonstate.edu."

ALUMNI NEWS
    Stephen Butterworth (BS 1967), who went on to get an MA in Education at the UW, recently retired after almost 42 years of service with the National Park Service. During his career, he served in a wide variety of field and regional positions, taught at the UW, and was part of a management team for Hilton Hotels. At the time of his retirement, he was the Regional Energy Program coordinator for the Pacific West Region of the Park Service, covering 60 parks in seven western states.
    Alexandria Teague (BS 2006) went on to get a dual master's degree at the University of Michigan in urban and regional planning and natural resources. She is a community services planner at Pierce County Planning and Land Services in Tacoma, WA.
    Rachel Lipsky (MS/MPA 2010) is a forest restoration team leader for the USDA Forest Service's Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Wenatchee, WA, where she is serving as a Presidential Management Fellow.

SFR IN THE NEWS
    Media stories responding to the UW's press release on the Canopy Crane include "Canopy crane falls victim to budget cuts,"
    See "'Dog Days, Raven Nights': John and Colleen Marzluff chronicle the complicated world of ravens" for coverage of the Marzluff's new book by the Seattle Times.
    See UW Today for "Washington Park Arboretum plans summer camps for kids."

KUDOS
    Kudos to PhD student Jason Scullion who has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship. Although not formally announced by the UW and the Fulbright Program until all awardees have been notified, we are able to congratulate Jason "in advance" for this tremendous achievement. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of other countries. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Jason's project title is "Exploring the Future of Conservation and Development in Madre de Dios," and in August he will travel to the department of Madre de Dios, located in the Southern Peruvian Amazon, to begin the field component of his project.
    Kudos to ESRM student Hunter Decker, who was nominated for a 2011 Husky Green Award. Sponsored by the UW Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee, the award recognizes those who have shown leadership, initiative, and
dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability at the UW.
    Kudos to Xi Sigma Pi Alpha Chapter of the National Forestry Honor Society's 2011 grant recipients -- Kate Galligan (graduate), Nate Johnson (graduate) and Alex Thomas (undergraduate). Each student will receive a $500 research grant to be used during the 2011-2012 academic year. Congratulations!
  Michelle Trudeau sends kudos to Lisa Nordlund "for creating an SFR Point Fortune Teller game, featuring our ESRM options, for the Earth Day booth last Friday. They were a great hit and Dean Graumlich commented, 'What a creative idea!'; and kudos to Amanda Davis "for being at SFR at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 23rd to help coordinate the TechnoBowl, a quiz-show-style contest for high school student teams designed to test students' science and math prowess; it's sponsored by the UW School of Engineering and the Society for American Military Engineers. The event was hosted by alumna Amanda Thornton-DeWitt (BS 2007)."
  And Amanda Davis sends "kudos, profuse thanks, and appreciation to Patrick Bridegam, Brooke Cassell, Lauren Clark, Lisa Hannon, Nathan Johnson, Laurel Peelle, Jorge Tomasevic, and Andrea Watts, who helped me save TechnoBowl for area high school students last weekend! Extra thanks to Lisa for bringing in her daughter and pals to assist. The event was a great success -- the organizers were extremely pleased with the help SFR offered. Thanks again to all of you for saving my bacon – and sanity!"

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 38, Number 4

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 23. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 23 APRIL   VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    FALL CITY,WA   10 AM-2 PM
Snoqualmie Tribe Restoration Planting Event at Fall City Community Park. Plant native trees, learn about traditional uses for native plants, and participate in native plant propagation workshop.  Lunch provided for volunteers. Park is at intersection of Hwys 202 and 203, just north of roundabout. For more information, contact njander@snoqualmienation.com.

SATURDAY, 23 APRIL  BIOCHAR STOVE WORKSHOP   SEATTLE,BALLARD  10 AM-6 PM
Learn how to make your garden carbon negative and climate friendly, while building healthy soil. See http://seachar.org/wordpress/archives/736.

MONDAY, 25 APRIL    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR    JOHNSON 102   3:30 PM
"Wrangel Island Snow Geese Wintering on the Fraser and Skagit River Deltas: Population dynamics and management prescriptions," Sean Boyd, Environment Canada. See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/wildlifeseminar_Spr11.pdf.

MONDAY, 25 APRIL    SCIENCE ON TAP    RAVENNA 3RD PLACE PUB   7 PM
"This Year in Chocolate: Science and current events from the crazy world of cocoa," Andy McShea, Theo Chocolate.  See http://scienceontap.org/.

TUESDAY, 26 APRIL    WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223     8:30-9:20 AM
"Water Temperature Regimes in Small Streams: Forest harvest, riparian buffers, and hyporheic exchange," Steve Wondzell USFS Pacific NW Research Station. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/waterseminar_Spr11.pdf.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 26-27 APRIL   SALMON HABITAT CONF   GRAND MOUND,WA
Salmon Habitat Conference, "Building Better Projects."  Participants include SFR alum Tim Beechie (PhD 1998) and affiliate faculty Pete Bisson.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 26-28 APRIL   COLUMBIA BASIN WKSHP   KENNEWICK, WA
Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop, "Integrating Science and Management to Improve Restoration in the Shrub Steppe." SFR participants include Jon Bakker.

WEDNESDAY, 27 APRIL    INTERNAT'L FOREST FILMS    ANDERSON 207  12-1 PM
International Forest Film Festival winning films, "Kingdom of the Forest," sponsored by International Forestry Students Association.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 27-29 APRIL   FORESTRY LEADERS SUMMIT   VANCOUVER, BC
"Building Partnerships in International Forestry Education and Research."

THURSDAY, 28 APRIL     NWFSC SEMINAR    NW FISH SCI CENTER    11 AM
"The LANPREF Project: Identifying the landscape-pressure-fish cascade," Clemens Trautwein, BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 30 APRIL-1 MAY   PAFICIC NW SUSTAINABILITY CONF   UW
AIChE-IfS Conference 2011, "Sustainability for the Pacific Northwest Region." Sponsored by American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Institute for Sustainability.  SFR alum Linda Beltz (PhD 1992, BS 1988) is a keynote speaker.

SATURDAY, 30 APRIL     WPA PLANT SALE   MAGNUS0N PARK,BLDG 30  9 AM-5 PM
FlorAbundance Plant Sale to benefit Washington Park Arboretum. Sale continues through Sunday, May 1st.

SATURDAY, 30 APRIL   GARDEN FAIR  UW BOTHELL/CASCADIA CC 9 AM-3:3O PM
See http://www.springgardenfair.com/2011%20sgf%20flyer.pdf

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday, May 1, 2011, Warren C. Magnuson Park, Bldg. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. FlorAbundance Plant Sale to benefit Washington Park Arboretum.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Anderson 207, 12-1:30 p.m., International Forest Film Festival winning films, "Hope in a Changing Climate." Sponsored by International Forestry Students Association.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011, Physics Astronomy 102, 4-5 p.m. Lecture, "Fine Field For Collecting: David Douglas and the Landscape of the Pacific Northwest, 1825-34," Jack Nisbet; sponsored by SER-UW and Xi Sigma Pi.
Friday, May 6, 2011, Anderson 207, SFR Distinguished Alumni Seminar celebrating International Year of Forests 2011, "If I Could Change the World! Forestry and Environmental Issues in South Sudan, Africa; Asia, and South America," Jeannette Gurung, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management; Kamoji Wachiira, International Development Consultant; Mark Wishnie, Managing Director, Equator LLC.
Monday, May 9, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Urban Forest Symposium, "Trees and the Urban Infrastructure."
Tuesday-Thursday, May 10-12, 2011, Welches, OR. Western Forest Economists Meeting. Participants include SFR graduate student Gabrielle Roesch and alums Jean Daniels (PhD 2007) and Claire Montgomery (PhD 1990, MFR 1986).
Tuesday, May 10, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, NHS, 1-5 p.m., Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Celebrating The International Year of Forests 2011."
Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13, 2011, Portland, OR, Joint OR and WA Society of American Foresters meeting, "Keeping Forestlands in Forest." Participants include faculty Dave Briggs, affiliate faculty and alum Robert Deal (MS 1987), and alums Gretchen Nicholas (BS 1983) and Craig Partridge (MS 1981, BS 1972).
Saturday-Sunday, May 14-15, 2011, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, Eatonville, WA.  Garb Day sponsored by the UW Forest Club. Tickets: Students and guests: $10; $7 extra for a bunk, otherwise ample tent space is available and included in the ticket price; Staff and faculty/families come free. Tickets are available in SFR Student Services (Anderson 116/130) and include transportation, food, beverages, space to park your tent, and campfire.

SFR FACULTY, STUDENTS, ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Participants in the American Association of Geographers annual meeting in Seattle, April 12-16, 2011, included Meghan Halabisky, L. Monika Moskal, Michael Hannam, Robert Norheim, Jeff Richardson, Diane Styers, Nicholas Vaughn, Chad Wilsey, and Guang Zhen, and alums Ze'ev Gadalof (PhD 2002), Phil Hurvitz (MFR 1994), Akira Kato (PhD 2008), Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006), and Wyatt Oswald (PhD 2002), among others.

GEOSPATIAL OPEN SOURCE EVENT HELD AT SFR
The UW Geospatial Club,  with faculty adviser L. Monika Moskal, co-sponsored an all-day session by the Cascadia
Users of Geospatial Open Sources (CUGOS),  at SFR on April 20, 2011.  The "spring fling" was an opportunity to learn about and apply OS GIS tools. CUGOS provides support for local users of Open Source Geospatial software, and promotes the goals and projects of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The April 2011 isse of the SFR-UWAA e-newsletter is now available online. This issue features profiles of the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, research by Professor John Marzluff, and alumnus Nalini Nadkarni, and information about the International Year of Forests events at SFR, the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program, and more! The E-newsletter is a cooperative project of the School and the UW Alumni Association and is sent to alumni and donors with valid email addresses. The newsletter fulfills an objective developed at SFR's 2008 strategic planning meeting, "Develop and distribute an external e-newsletter featuring the breadth of CFR activities." This objective was one of several under the three year goal, "Create a positive public image, both on and off campus." The newsletter is produced at least twice yearly. Your input on potential alumni profiles and stories about SFR research, teaching, and outreach that help create a positive image for our School is welcome! Take a look at past issues online.
The Spring 2011 issue of CINTRAFOR's newsletter is now available online. This issue contains articles on export trends and future outlook for Washington state forest products, reconstruction efforts in Japan following the recent earthquake and tsunami, and a profile of SFR students, past and current, in the Peace Corps Masters International program in international forestry.  Current PCMI volunteers include Seth Kammer, who is an environmental volunteer in Ethiopia, and agroforestsry extension volunteers Jake Grossman in Paraguay, Peter Gill in Senegal, and Grover Yip in Cameroon.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR STAFF, STUDENT, AND EXTERNAL COLLEAGUE AWARDS
This year's annual SFR Recognition Event on May 18 gives our community the opportunity to recognize staff , students, and external colleagues who have made exemplary contributions to the mission, vision, and goals of the School and who have helped create a more positive working environment. Three staff awards are given, for research, outreach, and administrative activites. Three student awards, for Distinguished Research Assistant, for Distinguished Teaching Assistant, for Outstanding Community Participation are also presented. An award initiated in 2007 honors external colleagues who have made exemplary contributions to the mission, vision, and goals of the School. The winner(s) of the awards will be announced at the SFR 2011 Recognition Event, scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2011. For information about how to nominate staff, student, and external colleagues, see
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/recognitionEvent.shtml.

GROW PROGRAM AT UWBG
Barbara Selemon reports that "the UW Botanic Gardens received a grant from the Jiji Foundation that has made it possible for the Education staff at the Washington Park Arboretum to reach high school students, an audience currently underserved by our environmental education program.  Thanks to this generous gift this school year, the Garden-based Restoration and Outreach Workgroups (G.R.O.W.) Program was launched in January, 2011 and is actively engaged with three high school classes and one after school teen center program."

ALUMNI NEWS
Melissa Borsting (MS 2002) is a forest ecologist with Seattle Public Utilities in North Bend, WA.
Tyler Dierks (BS 2002), until recently the Seattle University recycling coordinator, has reportedly moved to Costa Rica with his family to live and work on an organic farm.  See
http://www.su-spectator.com/news/seattle-u-averages-60-recycled-material-use-compared-to-city-of-seattle-s-52-1.2085769

SFR IN THE NEWS
Sarah Reichard is quoted in the Seattle Times article (which also made it to the New York Times), "The Seattle region's coldest April on record is a boon for moss."

KUDOS
Tom Hinckley sends along kudos to faculty scoring 4.0 or better for Winter Quarter student evaluations: "Using either the median or adjust median value, they include: Stanley Asah, Jon Bakker, Susan Bolton, Gordon Bradley, Dave Briggs, Renata Bura, Sharon Doty, Ivan Eastin, Kern Ewing, Jerry Franklin, Bob Gara, Christian Grue, Rob Harrison, Tom Hinckley, Kevin Hodgson, Jay Johnson, Soo Kim, Josh Lawler, and Clare Ryan. Other statistics:
*Faculty achieving high scores are:
Small class (<20): Bakker (4.8)
Medium class (20 to 50): Tie -- Johnson and Wirsing (4.7)
Large class: Bauman and Hinckley (4.7)
*Newcomer recognition: Asah (4.6) Congratulations for these very
positive evaluations:"
Ole Helgerson, retired WSU Extension Forester sends along kudos to SFR staff who provided GIS and GPS training ... "It was one of the tipping points crucial to our achieving the successes that our wildfire planning project had down here in Skamania County. The WA DNR folks told us that we were the first county in Washington to have completed CWPPs and 'firewise'
certification for all communities. GIS and GPS made it happen. We also delivered up to date road data, including private roads, digitally and in map books to our emergency responders."

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html

 


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 38, Number 3

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 16. Check out the SFR events calendar, for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 14-16 APRIL   WA FARM FORESTRY ASSOC   VANCOUVER,WA
WA Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting, "Trees: The roots of our future."

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 16-17 APRIL  BLOEDEL RESERVE PLANT SALE  BAINBRIDGE IS
Bloedel Reserve Open House and Plant Sale. Includes lectures by Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) and Kelly Dodson.

MONDAY, 18 APRIL     WATER SYMPOSIUM     KANE 225   9 AM-5 PM
UW Water Symposium. SFR participation includes Sally Brown and L. Monika Moskal.

MONDAY, 18 APRIL    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR    JOHNSON 102   3:30 PM
"Impacts of Marine Debris on Wildlife," Elizabeth Phillips, Oregon State University and NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center. See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/wildlifeseminar_Spr11.pdf.

MONDAY, 18 APRIL    PCC PUBLIC LECTURE    KANE 129    7-8:20 PM
Program on Climate Change Annual Public Lecture, "Flood of Problems: Managing big water in Western Washington," Lawrence Schick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

TUESDAY, 19 APRIL    WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223     8:30-9:20 AM
"Channel Geomorphology, Disturbance Processes, and the Spatial Structure of Chinook Salmon Populations in Rivers," Douglas Martin, Martin Environmental. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/waterseminar_Spr11.pdf.

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL    SAFS SEMINAR     102 FISH SCI    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "History of Ecological Change and Restoration in the Laurentian Great Lakes," James Kitchell, University of Wisconsin.

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL      SAF MEETING     ANDERSON 207     5 PM
Joint UW-Puget Sound Chapters of the Society of American Foresters, "City of Seattle Heritage Tree Program," Nolan Rundquist, City of Seattle.

THURSDAY, 21 APRIL    RAIN GARDEN WORKSHOP    UWBG,CUH   6-8 PM
Stewardship Partner's "Rain Garden Workshop." RSVP appreciated at sg@stewardshippartners.org.

FRIDAY, 22 APRIL       UW EARTH DAY    RED SQUARE  11 AM-1:30 PM
UW Earth Day Celebration, "A Million Acts of Green."

SATURDAY, 23 APRIL   VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    FALL CITY,WA   10 AM-2 PM
Snoqualmie Tribe Restoration Planting Event at Fall City Community Park. Plant native trees, learn about traditional uses for native plants, and participate in native plant propagation workshop.  Lunch provided for volunteers. Park is at intersection of Hwys 202 and 203, just north of roundabout. For more information, contact njander@snoqualmienation.com.

SATURDAY, 23 APRIL  BIOCHAR STOVE WORKSHOP   SEATTLE,BALLARD  10 AM-6 PM
Learn how to make your garden carbon negative and climate friendly, while building healthy soil. See http://seachar.org/wordpress/archives/736.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 26-27, 2011, Grand Mound, WA, Salmon Habitat Conference, "Building Better Projects."  Participants include SFR alum Tim Beechie (PhD 1998) and affiliate faculty Pete Bisson.
Tuesday-Thursday, April 26-28, 2011, Kennewick, WA, Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop, "Integrating Science and Management to Improve Restoration in the Shrub Steppe." SFR participants include Jon Bakker.
Wednesday-Friday, April 27-29, 2011, Vancouver, BC, Forestry Leaders Summit, "Building Partnerships in International Forestry Education and Research."

GARB DAY 2011
Hunter Decker, Forest Club President, writes: "Mark your calendars, Garb Day, sponsored by the School of Forest Resources Forest Club, will be held May 14-15, 2011 at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest near Eatonville, WA. Alumni, faculty, staff, and students gather to enjoy a day of camaraderie with events that include a salmon barbecue, a live band, lots of fun games, trivia, and a forestry scavenger hunt! Tickets:
*Students and guests: $10
*$7 extra for a bunk, otherwise ample tent space is available and included in the ticket price.
*Staff and faculty/families come free!
Tickets are available in SFR Student Services (Anderson 116/130) and include transportation, food, beverages, space to park your tent, and campfire.  Get your tickets today!"

SUSTAINING OUR NW WORLD STREAMING VIDEO NOW ONLINE
The streaming video link is now available for the February 24, 2011 Sustaining Our Northwest World lecture by alum Nalini Nadkarni.  Check it out online!

SFR FACULTY, ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Katherine Murray (MS 2010), her thesis advisor Christian Torgersen, and co-authors will present information about spawning patterns of spring and fall Chinook salmon at the 8th annual Washington Hydrogeology Symposium on April 26-28,
2011 in Tacoma, WA. Preliminary results suggest that Chinook spawned in the same sections of the Cowlitz River, WA each year with little variation among and within years. Determining the pattern of Chinook spawning in the river and its relation to habitat features is necessary for conservation of the species and restoration of habitats.
Sally Brown was a keynote speaker at the "Organic Matter Management and Compost Use in Horticulture" Symposium,
held April 4-7, 2011 in Adelaide, Australia. She was also a guest on the Adelaide radio program "Talkback Gardening."

COENV INTERNAL NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLINE
The March/April 2011 issue of the CoEnv "Insider" newsletter is now available online. This issue contains a profile of SFR student Alex Thomas, and a notice of the Marzluffs' new book,Dog Days Raven Nights.

OREGON FORESTS VALUES AND BELIEFS STUDY
Interested in how Oregonians think about and value their forests?  See the 2010 "Oregon Forests Values and Beliefs Study,"
prepared by the Oregon Department of Forestry for the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. For information on how the study was conducted, see http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/BOARD/ofri2010study.shtml.

NEW VOICEMAIL SYSTEM COMING TO UW SEATTLE
UW Seattle is upgrading to a new voicemail system on May 11, 2011. If you use campus voicemail, you may need to set up a new voice mailbox before May 11th, when the new voicemail system comes online. To find out, enter your phone number in the voicemail checker. If you are included in this upgrade, the voicemail checker will provide a link to online instructions to help you set up your new voice mailbox before the May 11th deadline. You will need two things: 1) your mailbox number: Your 7-digit telephone number (e.g. 543-xxxx); and 2) your Temporary Security Code: 123456. Questions? -- email help@uw.edu or call 1-5000.

ALUMNI NEWS
Linda (Gaulke) Strand (MS 2004) went on to get a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UW.  She is a research scientist focusing on water and sanitation in developing countries for the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Dübendorf, Switzerland.  She writes, "So far I have two funded grants, one in Senegal, Ghana, and Uganda (as PI), and part of one in South Africa."

SFR IN THE NEWS
See UW Today article, "Forest Resources special events mark UN International Year of Forests."
Jim Lutz reports, "Just finished an interview with Portuguese National TV on a special they're doing on climate change in the National Parks. They rolled a lot of tape and they will probably use some of it.  The special is slated to be broadcast throughout Europe and Brazil."

KUDOS
Kudos to Kristiina Vogt, who has been elected CoEnv faculty senate representative from SFR.
Kudos to all the Arboretum staff who worked on the Arboretum display garden for the 2011 Northwest Flower and Garden Show.  The display garden was awarded a Gold Medal and also took home the Pacific Horticulture Magazine Award.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 38, Number 2

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 9. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 9 APRIL    EARLY BLOOMERS PLANT SALE    WPA   10 AM-2 PM
"Early Bloomers Plant Sale," benefits the Washington Park Arboretum.

SUNDAY, 10 APRIL    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    MERCER IS,WA   9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway, invasive species removal at Luther Burbank Park.

MONDAY, 11 APRIL    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR    JOHNSON 102   3:30 PM
"Treasure, Oil, and Penguins," Les Underhill, University of Cape Town. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/wildlifeseminar_Spr11.pdf.

MONDAY, 11 APRIL    EASTSIDE SCI CAFE    KIRKLAND,WA     7 PM
"Earthquake Hazards in the Northwest," Thomas Pratt, U.S. Geological Survey. See http://www.pacsci.org/sciencecafe/.

MONDAY, 11 APRIL    SAFS SEMINAR     102 FISH SCI    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Open It and They Will Come: Examples of salmon colonization from the Pacific Rim," George Pess, NOAA Fisheries.

TUESDAY, 12 APRIL    WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223     8:30-9:20 AM
"Scientific Studies in the Elwha River: Setting the stage for the nation's largest dam removal," Jeffrey Duda, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/waterseminar_Spr11.pdf.

TUESDAY, 12 APRIL     BIOLOGY SEMINAR   HITCHCOCK 132    4 ON
"Measuring 'Body Condition' of Growing Chicks," Les Underhill, University of Cape Town.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  BRYANTS BLDG  8:30 AM-12:30 PM
UW's "Trash-In 2011," seeks volunteers to sort trash collected from eight designated UW buildings at Bryants Building Annex,
 
WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL   FOREST FILM FESTIVAL    ANDERSON 207  12-1:10 PM
International Forest Film Festival,"Conflict Tiger." Selection of winning films sponsored by International Forestry Student Association.

WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL   UW POLICE OPEN HOUSE   BRYANTS BLDG   2-4 PM
Annual UW Police Department Open House. Guided public tours and police operation demonstrations, including Officer Johns and K9 Kali, Explosives Device Detective Unit, Police Bicycle Unit, and mobile command center.

WEDNESDAY, 13 APRIL   NHS LECTURE   UWBG,CUH   7:15-8:15 PM
Horticultural Society Lecture, "Landscape as Spirit: Creating a contemplative garden," Martin Mosko, Marpa Design Studio of Boulder.

THURSDAY, 14 APRIL     NWFSC SEMINAR      NWFSC SCI CTR   11 AM
"Conserving Asian Taimen, the Largest Salmonid in the world: Applying results of studies on life history diversity, population differentiation and local extinction risk," Pete Rand, Wild Salmon Center and Ecotrust.

THURSDAY, 14 APRIL    BSE FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR   AND 22  3:30-4:30 PM
"Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-derived Syngas to Ethanol and Higher Alcohols Using Electrochemically Synthesized Nanocatalysts," Mayank Gupta, Louisiana State University.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 14-16 APRIL   WA FARM FORESTRY ASSOC   VANCOUVER,WA
WA Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting, "Trees: The roots of our future."

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 16-17 APRIL  BLOEDEL RESERVE PLANT SALE  BAINBRIDGE IS
Bloedel Reserve Open House and Plant Sale. Includes lectures by Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) and Kelly Dodson.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, April 18, 2011, Kane 225, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., UW Water Symposium.
Monday, April 18, 2011, Kane 120, 7-8:20 p.m., Program on Climate Change Annual Public Lecture, "Flood of Problems: Managing big water in Western Washington," Lawrence Schick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Thursday, April 21, 2011, Anderson 207, 5 p.m., Joint UW-Puget Sound Chapters of the Society of American Foresters, "City of Seattle Heritage Tree Program," Nolan Rundquist, City of Seattle.
Thursday, April 21, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 6-8 p.m., Stewardship Partner's "Rain Garden Workshop." RSVP appreciated at sg@stewardshippartners.org.
Friday, April 22, 2011, UW Red Square, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., UW Earth Day Celebration, "A Million Acts of Green."
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 26-27, 2011, Grand Mound, WA, Salmon Habitat Conference, "Building Better Projects."
Participants include SFR alum Tim Beechie (PhD 1998) and affiliate faculty Pete Bisson.
Tuesday-Thursday, April 26-28, 2011, Kennewick, WA, Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop, "Integrating Science and Management to Improve Restoration in the Shrub Steppe." SFR participants include Jon Bakker.

SFR WELCOMES WHITNEY ALBRIGHT AND HANS ANDERSEN
A warm welcome to Whitney Albright (MS 2011), who has a professional staff project appointment in Ernesto Alvarado's lab. Whitney recently completed her MS degree at SFR.  SFR also welcomes Hans Andersen (PhD 2003, MS 1997), who holds an Affiliate Assistant Professor appointment with SFR and is a research forester for the USDA's PNW Research Station in Anchorage,
AK. He will be located in the USFS office in Bloedel 386, beginning next Monday. His research focuses on remote sensing technologies, forest photogrammetry, and spatial statistical analysis for forest measurement.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI SEMINAR 2011 ANNOUNCED
The Distinguished Alumni Seminar has been announced for the 2011 academic year. Scheduled for May 6, 2011 and celebrating the United Nations-declared "International Year of Forests,"the seminar will feature alums Jeannette Gurung (MS 1985), founder and Executive Director of Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN); Kamoji Wachiira (MS 1969), senior specialist for the Canadian International Development Agency and a consultant on environmental and natural resource management; and Mark Wishnie, founding partner and managing director of Equator, LLC, an integrated environmental commodity and timberland management company based in New York City and São Paulo, Brazil. The three panelists will speak on “If I Could Change the World: Forestry and Environmental Issues in South Sudan, Africa; Asia; and South America.” The program will be moderated by Affiliate Professor Mack Hogans (MS 1976). The seminar was developed as a bridge for students (from the School and across campus) by helping them to understand and appreciate the kind of real world work and roles they can assume after they have completed an SFR program and engage in full time employment; the seminars are also open to the UW community and the public.

SFR FACULTY, ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Ernesto Alvarado will speak on "Fuels, Fire, and Effects in Tropical Forests" at the 5th South American Symposium on Wildland Fire Control on April 11-12, 2011 in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil; he will also present two papers on traditional fire use and indigenous community fire training in the Americas. In May, he will chair two sessions at the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference, "Living with Fire: Addressing global change through integrated fire management," May 9-13, 2011 in Sun City, South Africa, where he will also participate in a post-conference workshop to improve global biomass combustion and carbon emission models. SFR alum Jerry Williams (MS 1978) will be a plenary speaker at the South African conference.
John Marzluff will be talking about his crow research and his new book, Dog Days, Raven Nights, this month at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA on April 15th and at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY on April 18th.

VIDEO COMPETITION DEADLINE EXTENDED
The deadline for submission to the SFR video competition has been extended to May 1, 2011. Sponsored by the External Relations and Communications Committee, the competition’s objective, under SFR’s Strategic Planning goal "Create a positive public image, both on and off campus," is to enhance SFR’s image, increase public awareness of its importance to the state of Washington and beyond, recruit students, and/or highlight research or program initiatives. See competition details online. For students wondering about resources available to them, the web page contains the following information: "UW video production resources available to students include the STF Equipment Loan Program,which loans video cameras, tripods, and sound equipment; and the Department of Communications video production lab,  which can be used by any UW student when classes and special events are not scheduled in the lab."

UW FACULTY SENATE BLOG ON WA STATE BUDGET DELIBERATIONS
Get the latest news from the UW Faculty Senate outlining potential upcoming budget cuts to the UW at https://depts.washington.edu/senatblg/.

ALUMNI NEWS
Luis Suarez (MS 1988) is the Executive Director of Conservation International's Ecuador office in Quito. He has been on the faculty at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and several other graduate programs in Ecuador.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Bearing it all: Grizzly debate comes with broad implications," quoting alum Chris Servheen (MS 1975).
"Rebuilding Japan to require Northwest wood," quotes Ivan Eastin.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 38, Number 1

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 3. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 4 APRIL    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR    JOHNSON 102   3:30 PM
"The Men and Women Representing the Thin Green Line: Challenges in outdoor policing," Mike Cenci, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/wildlifeseminar_Spr11.pdf.

MONDAY, 4 APRIL    SAFS SEMINAR     102 FISH SCI    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "The Economic Effects of Catch Share Management: The Rhode Island Fluke Sector pilot program," Christopher M. Anderson, University of Rhode Island.

TUESDAY, 5 APRIL    WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223     8:30-9:20 AM
"Whither U.S. Ocean and Coastal Policy: Implementing coastal and marine spatial planning," David Fluharty, UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/courses/waterseminar_Spr11.pdf.

TUESDAY, 5 APRIL    SAF INFO MEETING    ANDERSON 207     3PM
Informational meeting for faculty, staff, and students about the UW chapter of the Society of American Foresters.

WEDNESDAY, 6 APRIL  ASIAN CITRUS PSYLLID SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   1-2 PM
"Developing Attract and Kill Strategies to Control Asian Citrus Psyllid in Residential Citrus Trees: Fundamental studies on host aromatic attractants," Joseph Patt, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

WEDNESDAY, 6 APRIL   WHIDBEY INST LYCEUM   FREELAND, WA   7-8:30 PM
Whidbey Institute Lyceum 2.0, Energy Futures for Puget Sound, "What's Up with Biofuels?," Rick Gustafson, UW School of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL     NWFSC SEMINAR      NWFSC SCI CTR   11 AM
"Science-based Fishery Management or How Research Drives Management in Ohio's Waters," Roy Stein, Ohio State University.

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL    BSE FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR   AND 22  3:30-4:30 PM
"Supercritical Water Gasification of Biomass," Fernando Resende, South Dakota State University.

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL   STARKER LECTURE SERIES  CORVALLIS,OR   3:30-5 PM
"Connecting People and Forests: A global perspective on urban forestry," Melanie Kirk, Texas AgriLife Extension Service. See
http://starkerlectures.forestry.oregonstate.edu/.

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL   UW SAWYER SEMINARS     KANE 120    6:30-8:30 PM
"Next Eco-Cities: Imaginations and futures," Pierre Bélanger, Harvard University; Karen Seto, Yale University; and Kongjian Yu, Peking University.

THURSDAY, 7 APRIL   TACOMA SCIENCE CAFE    HARMON BREWERY    7 PM
"What's in Your Tailpipe?", Daniel Burgard, University of Puget Sound. See http://kcts9.org/events/vehicle-emissions-what-s-your-tailpipe-tacoma-science-cafe.

FRIDAY, 8 APRIL    GEOGRAPHY COLLOQUIUM     SMITH 304   3:30 P.M.
"A 'Modern' Paradise: Race, development, and displacement on the Honduran North Coast,” Sharlene Mollett, Dartmouth College.

SATURDAY, 9 APRIL    EARLY BLOOMERS PLANT SALE    WPA   10 AM-2 PM
"Early Bloomers Plant Sale," benefits the Washington Park Arboretum.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, Bryants Building 111, 2-4 p.m., Annual UW Police Department Open House. Guided public tours and police operation demonstrations, including Officer Johns and K9 Kali, Explosives Device Detective Unit, Police Bicycle Unit, and mobile command center.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, 7:15-8:15 p.m., Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Landscape as Spirit: Creating a contemplative garden, Martin Mosko, Marpa Design Studio of Boulder. See
Thursday-Saturday, April 14-16, 2011, Vancouver,WA, WA Farm Forestry Association Annual Meeting, "Trees: The roots of our future."
Saturday-Sunday, April 16-17, 2011, Bainbridge Island, WA, Bloedel Reserve Open House and Plant Sale. Includes lectures by noted plantsmen Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) and Kelly Dodson.
 Monday, April 18, 2011, Kane 225, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., UW Water Symposium.
Monday, April 18, 2011, Kane 120, 7-8:20 p.m., Program on Climate Change Annual Public Lecture, "Flood of Problems: Managing big water in Western Washington," Lawrence Schick, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Thursday, April 21, 2011, Anderson 207, 5 p.m., Joint UW-Puget Sound Chapters of the Society of American Foresters, "City of Seattle Heritage Tree Program," Nolan Rundquist, City of Seattle.
Tuesday-Thursday, April 26-28, 2011, Kennewick, WA, Columbia Basin Landscapes Workshop, "Integrating Science and Management to Improve Restoration in the Shrub Steppe."  SFR participants include Jon Bakker.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS FEBRUARY 2011
"Fungal Endophytes for Biofuel Pretreatment"; PI: Sharon Doty; sponsor: Edenspace Systems Corporation; amount: $40,000.
"CSF-PF/WA State Parks Joint Appointment"; PI: Greg Ettl; sponsor: WA Parks and Recreation Commission; amount: $60,000.
The April issue of the SFR Research Newsletter is now online. The newsletter details the awards and proposals from the month of February 2011 and provides information about upgrades to the SAGE budget module and OSP policies on setting F & A rates. Says Sally Morgan, "Lots of activity: 28 proposals (including preapplication for the McIntire Stennis funds for the current fiscal year and two graduate student fellowships), totaling $1,982,204. Eight awards were received, for a total of $222,910."

STREAMING VIDEO FOR THE 2011 GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM NOW ONLINE
The video presentations from this year's Graduate Student Symposium are now online and linked from the SFR home page; see
Keynote presentations were "Integrating Sound Science into Applied Restoration," Sarah Hamman, The Nature Conservancy of Washington; and "The Art of Translating Science for Conservation," Mary Ruckelshaus, The Natural Capital Project -- plus 19 student presentations on a wide range of topics, including restoration, ecosystem services, forest ecology, soil science, precision forestry, and more!

SFR FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
On March 14, 2011. Jim Agee spoke on "Fire and Conservation of the Northern Spotted Owl," at a Universisty of California, Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management Department seminar series in Berkeley, CA.
Jon Bakker participated in the workshop, "The Role of Natural History in Education," held at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, March 21-25, 2011.

WPPF ANOUNCES 42ND ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation announces its 42nd Annual Conference, "Preparing our Students for a Bio-Based Industry," on May 26, 2011. Writes Joy Louie and Tom Wolford, "Join us as we: Establish our new Five Year Plan Hear the UW Dean of the College of the Environment, Lisa Graumlich, speak on "Celebrating our Legacy, Investing in Our Future"
Showcase our Bioresource Science and Engineering curriculum through student posters and seminars
Celebrate and recognize our many supporters, especially this year’s Outstanding Alumni awardee and Wall of Fame recipient Honor Donald F. Root through our newest student scholarship endowment
Reconnect with friends, alumni, and colleagues
Provide opportunities to interview students for internships and co-op positions
And track the progress of our very own Professor Bill McKean as he bikes from North Carolina State to the UW!"
The conference brochure and registration form are available online.

UW LIBRARIES ANNOUNCES LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATES
Forest Resources librarian Maureen Nolan writes, "On behalf of UW Libraries, I am pleased to announce the eighth annual Library Research Award for Undergraduates program. The Research Award recognizes undergraduate students for excellent research and scholarship that demonstrates creative use of scholarly materials. Please encourage your students to participate. Most of our student applicants say they submitted because they were encouraged to by their instructors or advisers. Students may submit any research project they've completed between Spring 2009 and Spring 2010.  In addition, they are asked to submit a short reflective
essay about the research process.
Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2011
Winners receive $1,000
Categories: Senior Thesis/Honors Thesis, Senior Non-Thesis, and
Non-Senior
Any media (project format) accepted. Application information, previous winners, FAQ, and selection criteria are available at
http://guides.lib.washington.edu/researchaward. The award jury is comprised of librarians and faculty evaluators, crossing disciplines and the three UW campuses. Questions? Email libaward@uw.edu."

SEATTLE'S URBAN FOREST NEEDS YOUR HELP
Seattle has a goal to reach 30 percent canopy cover by 2037, growing from the current 23 percent. To meet that goal, 200,000 net new trees need to be planted and careed for in residential areas, which make up 67 percent of Seattle.  Jana Dilley (MS/MPA 2010), program manager for the City of Seattle's Green Seattle Initiative, sends along information about the City's Tree Ambassadors Program, which recruits citizens to serve as local neighborhood advocates for urban trees.  There are two applications available from the link, one for individuals and one for teams. Tree Ambassadors are trained in the basics of urban forestry, leadership, and community organizing, and work in teams of 2-3 people to develop neighborhood projects such as tree walks, invasive species removal workdays, and/or tree plantings.

IT'S ASBESTOS AWARENESS WEEK: APRIL 1-7
David Zuckerman, CoEnv Health and Safety Committee Chair, writes, "In accordance with State of Washington Labor and Industries regulations WAC 296-62-07722, all UW employees must receive General Asbestos Awareness training every 12 months. The training is available online. For staff, faculty, and student employees who have taken the initial training, which I hope is the vast majority of you by now, you still need to take the quick 10 minute refresher. A certificate will be generated at the end of the training as proof of completion. Also, be sure to submit the on-line form to your supervisor for record keeping. See
http://www.ehs.washington.edu/ohsasbestos/asbfaq.shtm for more information and resources concerning asbestos.

ALUMNI NEWS
Jay Singh (PhD 2001) has recently returned to work for USAID after several years with TetraTech Ard, Inc., and is a conflict specialist for USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation in Washington, DC. He has served in Kenya, Djibouti, and, most recently, Afghanistan.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For a Seattle Timesarticle featuring research by Jerry Franklin and OSU colleague Norm Johnson, see "Pilate projects seek way out of forest logjam."
"Use of biosolids for soil improvement" is a recent Kansas State University video interview with Sally Brown.
"New book is a guide to ethical modern gardening" features Sarah Reichard's new book, The Conscientious Gardener.

KUDOS
Ann Patterson, Bryant Elementary School Community Volunteer Coordinator, sends along kudos to UW students who volunteered as mentors for the school's March 31, 2011 science fair -- SFR students included Patrick Bridegam, Mike Clawson, Grace King, Hannah Litzenberger, and Christina Lyons-Tinsley. She says the students' "enthusiasm and expertise contributed greatly to a positive experience."
Kudos to the "C6 Systems Team," which received one of three Honorable Mention Prize at this year's 3rd annual UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. The team created a novel system to turn woody biomass into charcoal (or biochar) at forestry sites; their biochar can be sold to heating/electric plants or used as soil enhancement. SFR team members (faculty mentors and students) included Ernesto Alvarado, Renata Bura, Derek Churchill, Sharon Doty, Jerry Franklin, Rick Gustafson, Everett Isaac, Jenny Knoth, Maura Shelton, Jonathan Tallman, Astra Vazjovic, and Kristiina Vogt. Dan Schwartz writes, "I look forward to seeing this project take off! Your team did an awesome job and created an undergrad student organization that will help build lasting bonds between ChemE and BSE. You've gone above and beyond, done a great job, and should be super proud of your group's performance. Rick and Renata, thanks for supporting this team and providing lab space in Bloedel that will let this new student organization flourish."
Belated kudos to Jerry Franklin, who was named one of 18 "Conservation Heroes" at last fall's Nature Conservancy of Washington 50th anniversary Born To Be Wild celebration, held in Seattle.  Jerry was honored for transforming how we think of and manage old-growth forests.
Michelle Trudeau sends along kudos to MS student Muning Wang, "for helping translate in Student and Academic Services this week. It was much appreciated!"

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html

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