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The Straight Grain
Volume 42, Number 5

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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 28. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 27-29 APRIL    HEALTH  CONFERENCE    UW CAMPUS
9th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference. Susan Bolton is the moderator for the plenary session, "From HIV to Hurricanes: Interactions between the Environment and Human Health."

SATURDAY, 28 APRIL  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   CUH,DOUGLAS   10-11:30 AM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Designed to Eat: Combining edibles with ornamentals for the table," Jennifer Carlson, Haven Illustrated, LLC.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 28-29 APRIL  FLORABUNDANCE PLANT SALE   WA PARK ARB
FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale to benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

MONDAY, 30 APRIL     BIOLOGY SEMINAR    HCK 132    12 PM
"Navigating the Tangled Bank: Environmental impacts on ecological networks," Timothy Wootton, University of Chicago.

MONDAY, 30 APRIL  WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR  PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"When Forests Become Suburbs: Avian community dynamics in a changing landscape," Jack DeLap. UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

TUESDAY, 1 MAY      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
Turning Air into Water," Ben Spencer, UW College of Built Environments.

TUESDAY, 1 MAY   STAFF APPRECIATION BREAKFAST  AND 22  10:30 AM-12 PM
Xi Sigma Pi's 1st annual Staff Appreciation Pancake Breakfast, for SEFS administrative and custodial staff.  They want you to know how much they appreciate staff, and what better way to show gratitude than cooking and serving up some syrupy, buttery pancakes!

TUESDAY, 1 MAY    UW BOTHELL SCI COLLOQUIM   UWB,UW1 280  12-1 PM
UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Colloquium, "Landscape Change in Western Amazonia: From dispersed to nucleated production systems," Santiago Lopez, UW Bothell.

TUESDAY, 1 MAY    WILDLIFE SEMINAR    ANDERSON 207    4:30-5:30 PM
"Mammalian Spatial Use and Foraging Behavior in Human-modified Landscapes: Tales from the Neotropics," Malu Jorge, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil.

WEDNESDAY, 2 MAY      THESIS DEFENSE     BLD 292     11:10 AM
"Predicting Current and Future Habitat of Tree Species in and around the Korean Peninsula with Climate Change," Jig Han Jeong, committee chair: Soo-Hyung Kim.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 2-4 MAY    WA SAF MEETING    PORT ANGELES, WA
WA State Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, "Working-Wild Forest: What is the Balance?" SEFS participants include Jason Cross and Jerry Franklin and alums Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Michelle Connor (MS 2001), and
Tom Hanson (BS 1971).

THURSDAY, 3 MAY   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUDITORIUM    11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Density Dependence, The Theory of Harvesting, and the Practice of Stock Assessment: A perspective on steepness and its implications," Marc Mangel, University of California, Santa Cruz.

THURSDAY, 3 MAY    COASTAL SOCIETY EVENT    FISH SCI    12-1 PM
UW Chapter Coastal Society," Celebrating 40 Years of the Coastal Zone Management Act."  RSVP at http://depts.washington.edu/smea/CZMA.

THURSDAY, 3 MAY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Floods, Droughts, and River Food Webs: Algal-mediated connections of rivers, oceans, and uplands," Mary Power, University of California, Berkeley.

THURSDAY, 3 MAY    SOUND CONVERSATIONS     SEATTLE AQUARIUM  7-8 PM
Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner, "The Elwha River Undammed: Restoring an ecosystem," Lynda Mapes, Seattle Times reporter.

FRIDAY, 4 MAY    QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Using Release-Recapture Methods to Estimate Salmon Survival in a Complex Environment," Rebecca Buchanan, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Wednesday, May 9, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7:15 p.m., NW Horticultural Society Lecture, "Soul Gardening," Jenks Farmer (SEFS alum, MS 1993).
    Friday, May 11, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, Miller Library, 5-7 p.m. Reception for student UWBG research review.  Posters will be on display throughout May.
    Monday, May 14, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2012 Urban Forest Symposium.
    Monday, May 14, 2012, Anderson 207, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Forest Carbon Seminar, "Can We Have Our Forest Carbon and Use It Too?," Tom Gower (SEFS alum, PhD 1987), University of Wisconsin, Madison.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, NHS, 1-5:30 p.m., Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Forests and Carbon."
    Tuesday-Friday, May 15-18, 2012, Victoria, BC. Society for Ecological Restoration British Columbia and Northwest Chapters and Washington/British Columbia Chapter of American Fisheries Society Conference, "Beyond Borders." SEFS Alum Cara Nelson (PhD 2004) is a plenary speaker and presenters include graduate students Lindsey Hamilton and Rodney Pond.
  May 17-20, 2012, Leavenworth, WA, "Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest." Keynote speaker is David Craig, Willamette University.
    Friday, May 18, 2012, Mary Gates Hall, 12-5:30 p.m., UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Anderson 207, 2:30-5 p.m., SEFS all-School meeting followed by 2012 Recognition Event.  

SEFS ANNUAL RECOGNITION EVENT SCHEDULED
The annual SEFS Recognition Event has been scheduled for May 23, 2012; the event will begin at 3 p.m., immediately following a 2:30 p.m. all-School meeting.  Both events will take place in Anderson 207. Don't forget to send in your nominations for staff, student, and external colleague awards for presentation at this annual event. And support our student scholarship funds by donating an item to the annual silent auction.  

PRINCETON CONNECTIONS
Charlie Halpern sends along news about Maddy Case, a Princeton undergraduate for whom he is jointly advising senior thesis research, and sends along a link to a news article about Maddy from the Princeton Environmental Institute website. Says Charlie, "Maddy conducted her field research at Bunchgrass Ridge (Oregon Cascades), where we are studying the ecology, dynamics, and restoration of mountain meadows. Here's a link to the Bunchgrass Ridge website, which places her work in broader perspective ."

EJAMS ELECTRONIC JOURNAL INCLUDES WORK BY SEFS STUDENTS
Julian Olden in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences writes, "To celebrate the hard work of students in my FISH 560 (Multivariate Stats) class, in 2008 I announced the creation of the Electronic Journal of Applied Multivariate Statistics (EJAMS). Each year, students in FISH 560 are required to write a final paper consisting of a statistical analysis of their own multivariate data set. These papers are submitted to EJAMS at the end of quarter and are peer reviewed by two other class members. I then make a final decision on publication, most after minor revision that the students gladly do after the class has ended. I am happy to announce that Volume 4 has now been published. This represents work from students in SEFS, SAFS, Biology, and many other UW units. Acceptance rate for this issue was 26%. A wide variety of topics are included in this volume (as well as past volumes), so I urge you to check it out. Many students' hard work is published in the pages of EJAMS, and many papers from past issues\ were ultimately published in a real journal!"

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
    Medford Mail Tribune article "Future of ecological forestry is here"quotes Jerry Franklin.
    Seattle Times article, "Bench made from beloved tree may mark its memory at Green Lake," quotes alum Mark Mead (BS 1987).

ALUMNI UPDATES
    David Baker (BS 1981) is a lieutenant with the Shoreline, WA Fire Department.
    Eugene Bidwell (BS 1981) is a distributed control system engineer at Olin Chlor Alkali in Geismar, LA.

KUDOS
    Brooke Cassell sends along "major kudos to Julie Baroody and Alex Thomas for planning and executing a fantastic joint panel discussion on the intersection of restoration ecology and landscape architecture on April 12th. This was a partner event between SER-UW and the UW Landscape Architecture program. Over 50 people attended the event, including several alumni and officers from SER-NW. There was panel discussion featuring Kern Ewing from SEFS, Iain Robertson from Landscape Architecture, and three industry participants. There were lively roundtable discussions on everything from working with city agencies to shoreline restoration to the integration of landscape architecture into restoration ecology and vice versa. It was an impressive event, and Julie and Alex did an amazing job!"
    Pat Saunders sends along kudos and "A huge thank you to Pack Forest intern Rachel Sønderskov Larsen for her efforts in the field and at the computer assisting with preparations for the State FFA Natural Resources and Forestry competitions held at Pack Forest on Tuesday, April 24th and Friday, April 27th. Over 100 high school students from around the state participated in the annual competitions, which have been organized and hosted by Pack Forest staff for over 10 years. Students participate in multiple activities each day, including environmental site analysis, timber cruising, soil profiles, and developing a timber stand management plan. Additional thanks to RAs Paul Fischer, Kate McBurney, and Rhiannon Fox for their assistance in reviewing materials, setting up on the day of the events, and judging the team presentations."

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS 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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/seminars
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 42, Number 4

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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 21. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a
complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 19-21 APRIL   UW HUSKYFEST    UW CAMPUS
Free, three-day celebration of the UW's 150th anniversary. See http://www.washington.edu/huskyfest/.

SATURDAY, 21 APRIL   SEFS/HUSKYFEST 2012 JHN COURTYARD    10 AM-2 PM
SEFS participates in HuskyFest 2012 with interactive displays on bioresource science and engineering, canopy research, and UW Botanic Gardens activities.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL     BIOLOGY SEMINAR    HCK 132    12 PM
"Studying Birds in the Context of the Annual Cycle: Carry-over effects and seasonal interactions," Peter Marra, Smithsonian Institution.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL   WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR   PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"A Tern of Events: Cormorants eclipse caspian terns as salmon predators in the Columbia River estuary," Dan Roby, Oregon Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL    EWB FUNDRAISER    SEATTLE UNIV    5:30-8 PM
Third annual evening to benefit the Puget Sound chapters of Engineers Without Borders. See http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/222118.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL    ATM SCI LECTURE    KANE 210   6-7:30 PM
"Engineering the Climate: Now or never?," David Keith, Harvard University, and Steve Rayner, Oxford University.

MONDAY, 23 APRIL    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   CUH,DOUGLAS  7-9 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Bryophyte Basics: An introduction to the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts of the Pacific NW," Shelley Evans.

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Film: A History of Water- Part II: The energy." See http://watervideo.com/video.htm.

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL   WESTERN FORESTRY GRAD RESEARCH SYMP  CORVALLIS, OR
Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, "Initiatives and Insights: Fostering a new forestry future." Presenters include alum Brent Davies (MS 1997).

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL   POE MEET,GREET,TEACH   POE COMMONS   5-6:30 PM
Program on the Environment, "Meet, Greet, Teach:  An informal Conversation about interdisciplinary teaching on environmental issues."

WEDNESDAY, 25 APRIL     BIRD LANGUAGE    REI-REDMOND, WA    7-9 PM
"Bird Language Presentation,"  Alexia Allen, Wilderness Awareness School. Learn the basics of using "the language of the birds" to decipher what is happening in the avian world around you.

THURSDAY, 26 APRIL   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUDITORIUM    11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Spatial Statistical Models for Stream Networks," Jay Ver Hoef, National Marine Mammal Laboratory; Dan Isaak, USDA Forest Service; and Erin Peterson, Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organization.

THURSDAY, 26 APRIL    PHD DEFENSE       ANDERSON 22    1:30 PM
"Ecology and Conservation of the Western Gray Squirrel in the North Cascades," Kathryn Stuart; committee chair: Steve West.

THURSDAY, 26 APRIL      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Predator Response Functions and the 'Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries,'" John Piatt, U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center.

FRIDAY, 27 APRIL    QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Simulating the Spatial Distribution of Small Pelagic Fish from Acoustic Surveys Using a Likelihood-based Integrated Geostatistics Model," Charlotte Boyd, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 27-29 APRIL    HEALTH  CONFERENCE    UW CAMPUS
9th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference. Susan Bolton is the moderator for the plenary session, "From HIV to Hurricanes: Interactions between the Environment and Human Health."

SATURDAY, 28 APRIL  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   CUH,DOUGLAS   10-11:30 AM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Designed to Eat: Combining edibles with ornamentals for the table," Jennifer Carlson, Haven Illustrated, LLC.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY    FLORABUNDANCE PLANT SALE   WA PARK ARBORETUM
FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale to benefit the arboretum.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Wednesday-Friday, May 2-4, 2012, Port Angeles, WA, WA State Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, "Working-Wild Forest: What is the Balance?" SEFS participants include Jason Cross and Jerry Franklin and alums Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Michelle Connor (MS 2001), and Tom Hanson (BS 1971).
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7:15 p.m., NW Horticultural Society Lecture, "Soul Gardening," Jenks Farmer (MS 1993).
Monday, May 14, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2012, Urban Forest Symposium.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, NHS, 1-5:30 p.m., Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Forests and Carbon."
Friday, May 18, 2012, Mary Gates Hall, 12-5:30 p.m., UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

DENMAN PROGRAM FOR SPRING 2012
The Spring 2012 Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Forests and Carbon," has been scheduled for May 15, 2012, 1-5:30 p.m. at UW Botanic Gardens, NHS. The series will include speakers from SEFS, OSU, University of Wisconsin, WA Department of Natural Resources, University of British Columbia, Plum Creek Timber Company, Weyerhaeuser Company, Yakama Power, and Climate
Solutions.  In three focused one-hour sessions, speakers will explore the topics "Forests, Forest Products, and the C Cycle"; "Carbon Mitigation and Energy Independence"; and "Successful Examples and Concerns."    For media pieces that explore some of the different viewpoints that will be presented, see UW Today story "Carbon mitigation strategy uses wood for buildings first, bioenergy second," as well as the paper upon which it reports, "Sustainable Biofuel Contributions to Carbon Mitigation and Energy Independence,",a recent Portland Tribune story, "A team of academic researchers including Oregon State University has concluded that a major shift to using forest biomass to produce energy is unsustainable and will increase rather than decrease greenhouse gas emissions," and the opinion piece, "Washington View: Choose biomass to create jobs, reduce forest waste."

2012 URBAN FOREST SYMPOSIUM
The 2012 Urban Forest Symposium, scheduled for May 14, 2012 at UW Botanic Gardens, will address the concerns of municipalities, NGOs, and educational groups whose work involves volunteer planting and care for the urban forest. The keynote speaker is grassroots organizer Andy Lipkis, who will talk about the founding of Los Angeles' Tree People, who planted one million trees for the 1984 Olympics. Throughout the day, representatives from a variety of non-profit organizations will share what has and what hasn't worked to motivate volunteers and secure funding. The technical track will cover how to avoid common problems with volunteer tree planting projects and how to set your project on track for long-term success. It will also have the latest on best practices for tree planting. Presenters include SEFS alum and City of Seattle Senior Urban Forester Mark Mead (BS 1987).

SPRING QUARTER ENROLLMENT REPORT
Michelle Trudeau writes, "Highlights for Spring 2012 enrollment statistics include:  Undergraduates: The highest number of majors (385) since 1995, and also the highest as a percentage of UW enrollment.  ESRM is up 17 percent (275) from last spring, BSE admits (71) are up 16 percent, and Pre-BSE (71) up 16.4 percent. Many Pre-BSE students are preparing to apply to BSE or are already accepted (just not coded in yet). Our minors have also grown, to the highest ever at 83, up 24 percent from last Spring.
Graduates: Like last quarter, our graduate student numbers (160) have dropped slightly. While still higher than a few years ago, these numbers seem to reflect a multitude of factors, but are mostly tied to faculty space (retirements and new faculty), as well as funding."

SEFS WELCOMES VISITING FACULTY
A warm welcome to Visiting Associate Professor Terumasa Takahashi, who will be working with Darlene Zabowski through March 31, 2013, residing in Bloedel 260. His research focus areas are ecological ecology, revegetation technology, and landscape architecture and he is investigating the characteristics of nutrition dynamics in green space ecosystems.

SEFS FACULTY AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
SEFS graduate students Julie Baroody and Paul Fischer spend a recent afternoon representing CSF at Pack Forest at the Kids Fest at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where children were treated to tree "cookies" and learned about tree growth and rings. Over 300 children visited the Pack Forest booth at the event.
SEFS presenters at the International Wood Composites Symposium, "Managing the Woody Biomass Supply Chain," in Seattle, April 11-13, 2012 included Bruce Lippke, who spoke on "Environmental Impacts and Policy Conflicts between Biofuels and Engineered Wood Products." SEFS Poster providers included Yoshihiko Aga, "Forest and Forest Revitalization Plan: New initiative for revitalizing forest and forestry by the Japanese government"; Daisuke Sasatani, "US and Canadian Small and Medium-sized Sawmills: Export behavior and firms' characteristics"; Tait Bowers, Ivan Eastin, and Indroneil Ganguly, "Pacific Northwest Residual Biomass Collection and Processing Life Cycle Assessment"; and Ivan Eastin and Indroneil Ganguly, "Role of U.S. Residential Green Building Programs in Enhancing Awareness and Use of Certified Wood."

PLANNING AND BUDGETING BRIEF RE: ANDERSON RENOVATION
A new UW Planning and Budgeting Brief has news about the yet-again-stalled Anderson renovation,
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/facAnderson/Compromise_FY12SUPP_Budget_1320PM.pdf.
Bottom line is: The UW requested that the state stall renovation of Anderson Hall and redirect $1,553,000 of design support for the project to fund minor capital repair needs on the Seattle campus. The capital budget reduced funding for Anderson Hall, but did not apply the funds to minor capital needs.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
King5 News feature, "Washington's forest floors may supply biomass for energy needs," and the opinion piece, "Washington View: Choose biomass to create jobs, reduce forest waste," cite SEFS research.
The latest edition of UBC's Forestry newsletter, Branchlines, features the recent UW/UBC co-sponsored graduate student symposium and the recent UW/UBC Silviculture Challenge, http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/Publications/Branchlines.aspx (see pages 3 and 5).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Gretchen Nicholas (BS 1983) has been selected to lead the Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program at the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. The program conducts inventories and research activities in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands. It is one of four programs across the country that collectively make up the national Forest Inventory and Analysis Program. See press release.
Tania Ellersick (BS 1998) is a master of science candidate at the Yale School of Forest and Environmental Science in New Haven, CT. She was formerly director of the Forest Watch Program of The Lands Council in Spokane, WA.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS 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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/seminars
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 42, Number 3

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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 APRIL 14. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 14 APRIL  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   UWBG,WPA  9 AM-2 PM
Student Conservation Association's Earth Day volunteer opportunity at the Washington Park Arboretum.

SATURDAY, 14 APRIL SECRETS OF SOIL LECTURE SPOKANE, WA 4-5 PM
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Lecture Series, "Dirt: The erosion of civilizations," David Montgomery, UW Department of Earth and Space
Sciences.

MONDAY, 16 APRIL CANADIAN STUDIES LECT  WHG 117/118 12:30-1:20/3:30-4:30 PM
Series on Alberta, Canada Tar Sands, Treaty Rights, and International Dimensions of Keystone XL Lecture, "The Ever-Evolving Case for a Carbon Tax," Shi-Ling Hsu, University of British Columbia, followed by roundtable discussion, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

MONDAY, 16 APRIL     BIOLOGY SEMINAR    HCK 132    12 PM
"Avian Diversification in the New World: A tale of two continents," John Klicka, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. See

MONDAY, 16 APRIL   WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR   PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"Climate Change: Poll the fish and wildlife," William Geer, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.

TUESDAY, 17 APRIL      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Measuring Time Savings from Improved Water Supply in Rural Ethiopia," Joe Cook, UW Evans School of Public Affairs.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 17-19  HUMAN DIMENSIONS/WILDLAND FIRE CONF  SEATTLE,WA
Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference, "Shared Responsibility: Research, management, and communities."  SEFS presenters include Ernesto Alvarado and Stanley Asah.

WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL   UW WATER SYMPOSIUM  UWBG, NHS   9 AM-5:30 PM
UW Water Symposium. SEFS presenters include Bob Edmonds.

WEDNESDAY, 18 APRIL    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   UWBG,CUH  7-9:30 PM
"Botanical Drawing Series," Kathleen McKeehen, botanical illustrator.7-part course meets 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30.

THURSDAY, 19 APRIL   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUDITORIUM    11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "An Ocean Health Index: Quantifying and mapping the health of global marine ecosystem," Benjamin Halpern, University of California, Santa Barbara.

THURSDAY, 19 APRIL  NATURAL RESOURCE/HEALTH SEM  HSB RR 134   12-1:20 PM
"Links between Natural Resource Use, Natural Resource Management, and Health in South Asia and the Broader Developing World," Jamie Bechtel, UW School of Law.

THURSDAY, 19 APRIL      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Seamounts, Fisheries,and Snarks," Tony Pitcher, University of British Columbia.

THURSDAY, 19 APRIL  SCI SPEAKER SERIES    TOWN HALL  7:30-8:30 PM
Engage: Science Speaker Series, "Fish Out of Water? Salmon and Rapid Environmental Change," Jennifer Griffiths, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 19-21 APRIL   UW HUSKYFEST    UW CAMPUS
Free, three-day celebration of the UW's 150th anniversary.

FRIDAY, 20 APRIL    QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Comparative Environmental Impacts of Food Production: A meta analysis of a range of studies including fisheries, aquaculture, livestock, and crops," Ray Hilborn, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

SATURDAY, 21 APRIL   SEFS/HUSKYFEST 2012 JHN COURTYARD    10 AM-2 PM
SEFS participates in HuskyFest 2012 with interactive displays on bioresource science and engineering, canopy research, and UW Botanic Gardens activities.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Monday, April 23, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, Douglas, 7-9 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Bryophyte Basics: An introduction to the mosses, liverworts, and hornworts of the Pacific NW," Shelley Evans, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Corvallis, OR, 8:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, "Initiatives and Insights: Fostering a new forestry future." Presenters include alum Brent Davies (MS 1997).
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Wallace, PoE Commons, 5-6:30 p.m., "Program on the Environment,"Meet, Greet, Teach:  An informal Conversation about interdisciplinary teaching on environmental issues."
Wednesday, April 25, 2012, REI-Redmond,WA, 7-9 p.m., "Bird Language Presentation,"  Alexia Allen, Wilderness Awareness School. Learn the basics of using "the language of the birds" to decipher what is happening in the avian world around you.
Saturday-Sunday, April 28-29, 2012, Washington Park Arboretum, FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale to benefit the arboretum.
Wednesday-Friday, May 2-4, 2012, Port Angeles, WA, WA State Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, "Working-Wild Forest: What is the Balance?" SEFS participants include Jason Cross and Jerry Franklin and alums Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Michelle Connor (MS 2001), and Tom Hanson (BS 1971).
Wednesday, May 9, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7:15 p.m., NW Horticultural Society Lecture, "Soul Gardening," Jenks Farmer (MS 1993).

SEFS DIRECTOR CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
On behalf of the SEFS Director Search Committee, thanks to the SEFS community for the enthusiastic participation in the two-week round of candidate interviews April 2-13.  Remember to submit your input on the candidates to the Catalyst survey at
https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/cece/163475. The survey will be open to receive comments through Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 5 p.m.

UW/SEFS PEACE CORPS CONNECTION
Ivan Eastin sends along news that in a recent press release, the UW has been ranked number three among Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) universities.  SEFS has been offering the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) program since 2005. Countries where SEFS students have worked include Cameroon, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Senegal, and Tanzania. SEFS and the Peace Corps recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the PCMI program at SEFS to include a new option in Natural Resource Management. The original PCMI option in International Forestry was established in 2005. The new option allows students the opportunity to study in any of the research interest groups within SEFS.

OPINION PIECES ON FORESTS/TREES
See recent opinion piece on the Forest Business Network website, "Opinion: Foresters must take the industry’s message to metro areas, women," Amos Eno, Private Landowner Network; and the New York times op ed piec on trees, "Why Trees Matter."

SPRING QUARTER NEWS FOR BIKERS
May is "Bike to Campus Month." Throughout the month, UW Commuter Services and U-PASS will be sponsoring lively events -- bike classes, trail party with prizes -— to help prepare you and your friends for cycling and to celebrate UW cyclists. Register for one or more events as well as the Group Health Commute Challenge, and download a colorful Bike to Campus poster. And, the Puget Sound Regional Council, starting May 1, 2012, is asking bicyclists to record all their bicycle trips using an innovative smartphone application called CycleTracks. The information collected by CycleTracks will help PSRC and other regional planners to better understand the needs of bicyclists. In addition, CycleTracks is a fun and easy way for bicyclists to keep track of trips for various bike-to-work and other commuter challenge events coming up.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
SEFS grad student Diana Petri is profiled in the CoENV latest online newsletter.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Charles "Allen" McGuire (BS 1982) is a forester with the WA Department of Natural Resources in Castle Rock, WA. He has worked for DNR for 27 years.

KUDOS
Kudos to SEFS faculty receiving high scores on student evaluations for Winter Quarter 2012. Faculty scoring 4.0 or better in both the median and adjusted median when there were fewer than 20 survey respondents: Bakker, Bura, Doty, Ford, Lawler, and Zabowski; faculty scoring 4.0 or better in both the median and adjusted median when there were fewer than 100 survey respondents: Bolton, Ewing, Franklin, Gara, Johnson, Ryan, and Wirsing; and faculty scoring 4.0 or better in both the median and adjusted median when there were fewer than 300 survey respondents: Hinckley.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS 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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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 42, Number 2

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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 APRIL 7. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 7 APRIL   GARDEN LOVERS BOOKSALE    UWBG,CUH   9 AM-3 PM
Garden Lovers Book Sale. Proceeds benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SUNDAY, 8 APRIL   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    UW CAMPUS  2-4 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "UW Campus Tree Tour," Arthur Lee Jacobson.

MONDAY, 9 APRIL   WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR   PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"Acute Phase Proteins, Oil, and Birds: Mallards to gannets," Lynn Miller, Concordia University, Montreal.

TUESDAY, 10 APRIL      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"History of Water: The Struggle"-Part I, DVD showing.

TUESDAY, 10 APRIL   TACOMA SCIENCE CAFE   SWISS PUB   6:30 PM
"Climate Change and the Arctic Ocean," Mike Steele, UW Polar Science Center. See http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Adult-Education/sciencecafe.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 10-11 APRIL   DIRECTOR CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
SEFS Director candidate Dean Glawe. Public presentation is Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., Anderson 207.

WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL    NHS LECTURE   UWBG, CUH      7:15-8:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lectures, "On Top but Never in Control: Tales from a small garden," Timothy Walker, Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL   ASPRS TECHNICAL EXCHANGE   BLD 292   9-4:30 PM
held in collaboration with UW and British Columbia Institute of Technology, hosted by the UW Geospatial Club. See  SEFSPuget Sound Region-American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Annual Information Session/Technical Exchange. SEFS presenters include Postdoctoral RA Chad Wilsey.

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUDITORIUM    11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "White Sharks of California: A conservation success story or an insidious trophic tragedy in the making?," Chris Lowe, California State University Long Beach.

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Why Can't We Be Friends? Government, industry and non-profits working together to improve tuna management," Susan Jackson, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation.

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL    SER-UW ROUNDTABLE   ANDERSON 207    6-8 PM
Society for Ecological Restoration's UW Student Guild and the American Society of Landscape Architects issues roundtable and panel discussion, "Exploring the Intersection of Landscape Architecture and Ecological Restoration."

THURSDAY, 12 APRIL  SCI SPEAKER SERIES    TOWN HALL  7:30-8:30 PM
Engage: Science Speaker Series, "The Conscientious Forester: Forests and carbon credits in Western Washington," Paul Fischer, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and Evans School of Public Affairs.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 12-13 APRIL   DIRECTOR CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
SEFS Director candidate Edward Kirby. Public presentation is Thursday, 3:30 p.m., Anderson 207.

FRIDAY, 6 APRIL    QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Using Quantitative Genetics to Model Changes of a Discrete 0/1 Character between Species," Joe Felsenstein, UW Departments of Biology and Genome Sciences.

SATURDAY, 14 APRIL  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   UWBG,WPA  9 AM-2 PM
Student Conservation Association's Earth Day volunteer opportunity at the Washington Park Arboretum.

SATURDAY, 14 APRIL SECRETS OF SOIL LECTURE SPOKANE, WA 4-5 PM Dig It! The
Secrets of Soil Lecture Series, "Dirt: The erosion of civilizations," David Montgomery, UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Tuesday-Thursday, April 17-19, 2012, Seattle, WA, Human Dimensions of Wildland Fire Conference, "Shared Responsibility: Research, management, and communities."  SEFS presenters include Ernesto Alvarado and Stanley Asah.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, NHS Hall, 9 a.m-5:30 p.m., UW Water Symposium. SEFS presenters include Bob Edmonds.

GROUP HEALTH BICYCLE COMMUTE CHALLENGE
Annie Bilotta writes, "I am putting together a team for the Group Health Commute Challenge for the month of May. This is a bicycle commute challenge but you don't need to ride tons of miles, just commute to school or work as many days in May as you can and record it. See http://commutechallenge.cascade.org/. Pease let me know, anniebp@u.washington.edu, if you are interested. If anyone has a great idea for a team name please share it!"

SEFS WEBSITE UPDATES
David Campbell writes, "I have identified school-related websites in order to update our school name on all web resources. Although the list may not be complete, I have identified 149 websites and requested updates for the school name and other requirements. I am happy to report that a majority of websites, including all major research groups, have updated their websites during this first quarter of the new name. I want to thank faculty members, staff members, and graduate students for their help in
this process."

SEFS FEATURED IN UW LIBRARIES POSTER DISPLAY
Maureen Nolan writes, "I wanted to let you know that the librarians display a poster each month in Suzzallo Library highlighting faculty publications, and the poster for April features the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences!"

STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30
The SEFS student video contest deadline has been extended to April 30, 2012: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $250, 3rd prize $100. The competition’s goal is to enhance SEFS’s image and increase public awareness of its contributions to the state of Washington and beyond. We are looking for short videos (maximum 5 min.) that either: •Enhance SEFS’s outreach, public image, and recruitment efforts. Videos submitted to this category seek maximum exposure for SEFS while maintaining high standards of decorum in enhancing the status of SEFS and UW. Video should be sufficiently appealing to attract a large number of viewers, including those
who would otherwise be unlikely to tune into SEFS! OR Increase awareness of SEFS research or program initiatives by documenting innovative and cutting-edge work. Videos submitted to this category should enhance public awareness of SEFF’s programs and their importance to the state of Washington and beyond. Winners will be announced at the 2012 Recognition Event. Submit videos to Cecilia Paul, cece@uw.edu. Prizes will be awarded upon submission of a completed product that includes any edits requested by the committee to comply with stated guidelines. Prizes will be awarded to the best videos, regardless of category.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
KING TV story, "Washington's forest floors may supply biomass for energy needs" features WA Department of Natural Resources/SEFS research. "Wildlife managers work to avoid grizzly encounters" quotes alum Chris Servheen (MS 1975).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Melly Reuling (MS 1991) has worked on a wide variety of conservation projects in East Africa and the Northern Rockies. Her work in conservation started in Tanzania and Kenya where she conducted a research project on elephant migration routes around Lake Manyara National Park. Her research led to the initiation of community conservation projects around national parks to find solutions to the elephant-human conflict. After living in East Africa for more than 20 years she relocated to Bozeman, MT with her family, where she has worked on white bark pine and climate change issues, as well as wildlife corridor and migration projects.

KUDOS
Kudos to Jacob Lipson, a concurrent MS/MPA student, who has been selected for a policy analysis internship with the non-partisan Legislative Staff (Office of Program Research) for the Washington House of Representatives. Over the summer and during next year’s legislative session, he will be working primarily with the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, dealing with forest practices, water, and other environmental and resource related issues.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS 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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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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