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December 2005

The Straight Grain
Volume 16, Number 13

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College 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/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 25. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public
events.

SATURDAY, 31 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
"Seattle Audubon's Christmas Bird Count," See wildlife and bring a friend join Seattle Audubon for this year's annual Christmas Bird Count! No birding experience needed. Contact the Seattle Audubon office at 206.523.8243 x80; for registration information, see http://www.seattleaudubon.org/science.cfm?id=77.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ESRM RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE APPOINTED
Dean Bare, in appointing a recruitment committee for the College's Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) program, writes, "With full implementation of our ESRM undergraduate major, we have a wonderful opportunity to increase the size of our undergraduate enrollment by aggressively developing and pursuing a recruitment program. We expect this effort to lead to increased undergraduate enrollment in the ESRM major. A similar effort is already underway for the PSE major with the assistance of the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation. One of the College's three-year goals is to 'recruit, mentor, and retain the highest quality staff, students, and faculty' and a specific objective is to "design and implement a comprehensive recruitment plan for undergraduate and graduate students with metrics for success.' To help achieve this goal and objective, I wish to form an Ad Hoc ESRM Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. Although the ESRM curriculum is attracting lower division students at a higher rate than our former curricula, we need to make ESRM a more visible option campus-wide. Our expectation is that the ESRM Recruitment Committee outline a draft strategy during the Winter 2006 and, after faculty and administrative review, begin its implementation in Spring Quarter." For specific charges to committee, as well as committee membership, see http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/studentrecruit.html.

THE COLLEGE EXTENDS A WARM WELCOME TO LINDA HEGRENES AND WENDY GIBBLE
Linda Hegrenes, former CFR staff member in Student and Academic Services, is now employed by the Center for Quantitative Science (CQS) as a Counseling Services Coordinator. CQS is jointly administered by CFR and CoFS. Linda's office is in Anderson 5; stop by and say hello! And welcome to Wendy Gibble, a new Continuing Education Coordinator with UWBG. Her office is in Merrill 33; Wendy is finishing up her master's degree in forest ecology here at CFR.

THE COLLEGE WILL MISS SUE FERGUSON
Ernesto Alvarado informs the CFR community that Sue Ferguson, Scientist with the USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory in Seattle and CFR Affiliate Associate Professor, passed away on December 18 after a battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 7th, 1pm-3pm at the Graham Vistors Center, WPA. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please share any stories and pictures you have. Send stories to Sim Larkin, larkin@fs.fed.us, 400 N. 34th St #201, Seattle, WA 98103. The Seattle lab is collecting donations and will purchase flowers for the memorial service and donate any extra funds to a charity in Sue's honor. Sue had asked that any donations go to a charity "of the person's choice;" the lab will pick one that she would like in consultation with her family. If you'd like to contribute, contact Bill Allen at the lab. If you'd like to send a note to the family, please send it to: Sue Ferguson's Family, 1812 - 9th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119.

INFORMATION AND RSVP FORM FOR DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI SEMINAR SERIES
The CFR Distinguished Alumni Seminar Series provides a welcome home to distinguished alums and an opportunity to introduce them to the College community. The series showcases alumni who during their careers have been leaders in the private, public, and non-governmental sectors in the U.S. and abroad. Their personal hands-on experience and contribution in addressing complex and sometimes contentious issues provides students with a critical appreciation of the kind of real-world work and possible roles they can assume after graduation, as well as opportunities for networking. For information on the seminar series for academic year 2006 and to RSVP see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/People/Alumni/distalumseminarseries.htm.

UPDATE ON FUTURE OF WASHINGTON FORESTS STUDY
In 2005, the Washington State Legislature appropriated $1 million to the Department of Natural Resources (WA DNR) for the
preparation of a comprehensive report on the future of the state's forests. The legislation authorizes WA DNR to contract with the UW College of Forest Resources to prepare the report by the end of 2007. The report's research results and policy recommendations will provide critical input to policy decisions at the state and local levels. The report will serve as a framework for public forums that will also help shape forest policy, and will enhance discussions convened by organizations like the Northwest Environmental Forum. Legislative leaders can consider study results in crafting legislative policy. College expertise in forest economics, forest products marketing and trade, and forest land use and policy will be brought to bear on issues of pressing concern, including: an update of the 1992 timber supply study for Washington State; an independent assessment of the economic contribution of the forest products industry and secondary manufacturing to the state's economy; a comparison of the competitive position of the forest products industry in the state with respect to other U.S. regions; and assessment of the trends and dynamics that commercial and residential development play in conversion of the state's forests to non-forestry uses.

The report will provide policy recommendations to enhance the state's competitive position within the industry, and to ensure that a productive forest land base continues to be managed for forest products and amenities, including recreational opportunities on the state's working forests. The legislation also requests an assessment of the expected rate of return from Washington State forest trust lands, as well as specific recommendations to assist Cascade foothills landowners in keeping working forests intact while accommodating new uses that strengthen the economic and natural benefits from these lands. College researchers on the project include faculty members Gordon Bradley, Bob Edmonds, Bruce Lippke, Ivan Eastin, and John Perez-Garcia, along with staff researchers with the Center for International Trade in Forest Products and the Rural Technology Initiative. The Cascade Land Conservancy, as a sub-contract partner with the College, will prepare findings on Cascade foothills land use issues. Expertise from the UW Department of Economics will be sought during the preparation of the report. The project is co-managed by Brian Boyle (College of Forest Resources) and Craig Partridge (WA DNR).

PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR 2006 SAF NATIONAL CONVENTION
The 2006 SAF National Convention will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, October 25-29. From the convention planners, "Pittsburgh, the 2006 host city for our National Convention, provides an exciting backdrop for talking about wild and working forests. Our host city, once the colonial gateway to the West, provides many stories that link people and forests. Pittsburgh is a city at a crossroads as it moves from rustbelt to renewal. 'Brownfields' where belching blast furnaces once roared are now 'Greenfields.' The city's 'Three Rivers,' once some of the most polluted in the nation, now support sports fisheries. Surrounding the city and reaching into the remote Appalachians are forests that beckon city dwellers to recreate and yet support a large and diverse forest industry. At the 2006 National Convention, we want to provide a program that will appeal broadly to SAF membership, highlighting cutting-edge forest science\ delivered in a way that is interesting to scientists and accessible to managers. We also want to feature success stories, case studies, and adaptive management examples from forest practitioners. The intent is to provide opportunities for the largest cross-section of our membership to participate in the program and to take home information that will help them to better interact with their clients, constituents, and employers and to improve our ability to manage resources. Please review this Call for Presentations and submit a proposal to share your story and ideas." For the complete Call for Presentations and Posters and more information about the SAF 2006 National Convention, see www.safnet.org/natcon-06/index.cfm.

DUE DATE FOR USDA-CSREES RFA PROPOSALS
Marivic Jimenez reminds researchers, "If you are submitting a proposal in response to the USDA-CSREES RFA with a due date of 1/12/06 -- we need to get the completed proposal to the UW Office of Sponsored Programs no later than Thursday, 12/29/05 to allow appropriate time for review and to get them back to us by 1/11/06 for FEDEX mailing to the USDA Office in Washington DC."

VOLUNTARY INVESTMENT PLAN ENROLLMENT/CHANGE FORM NOW ONLINE
The UW's Voluntary Investment Program (VIP) enrollment/change form is now available online at Employee Self-Service (ESS), https://prp.admin.washington.edu/ess/uwnetid/home.aspx. VIP is a great way to save for retirement, and this online tool makes it easier than ever. It allows employees to establish, change, or cancel their VIP contributions online and replaces the paper VIP enrollment/change form. Information about VIP can be found on the Benefits Office website at www.washington.edu/admin/hr/benefits/vip.html.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
The Elisabeth C. Miller Library was among a number of resources listed in an article on "Help in Finding Plants." See
http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgibin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=planttalk21&date=20051221&query=%22University+of+W
ashington%22

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KUDOS
And kudos to the Miller Library's Brian Thompson, who recently had an article published in Library Journal, the professional journal
for libraries. See "Planting the Pacific Northwest," at http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6289900.html.

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to
the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link:
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 16, Number 12

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College 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/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 17. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 17 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY HAMM CREEK 10 AM-2 PM
Wildlife habitat restoration at Hamm Creek; join People For Puget Sound and Sound Stewards at to restore wildlife habitat at this site on the Duwamish River. Bring sturdy footwear, a sack lunch, and dress for the weather. For exact location and to sign up contact Kathleen Ryan at katryus@yahoo.com or Jenny Aunan at 206.382.7007.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

HOLIDAY PARTY UPDATES
Sally Morgan reminds us, "If you are participating in the Salvation Army gift drive, please bring your contribution to Anderson 107 by Monday morning. If you want a copy of the prize-winning recipes (almond torte, crab dip, cream cheese pesto spread w/cranberry relish, raspberry bars, or olive muffaletta), copies are in the in Anderson 107 kitchen. Lastly, please stop by to pick up the serving dish you brought to the holiday party."

UW LIBRARIES DIGITAL SPACE
Carol Green calls our attention to the first use by CFR of the UW Libraries Digital Libraries space. This space is available for any collection of locally produced publications. Take a look at the documents under the College of Forest Resources, Northwest Environmental Forum at https://digital.lib.washington.edu/dspace/handle/1773/2033. It is easy to set up a space and submit documents, says Carol. If you are interested contact Ann Lally, alally@u.washington.edu, for more information.

REMINDERS FROM STUDENT AND ACADEMIC SERVICES -- GRADESHEETS AND RED BOOK
Michelle Trudeau reminds faculty and TAs that Autumn Quarter gradesheets are due by 10 a.m. on Monday, December 18th. Student Services will then take them up to the Registrar. Please bring the gradesheets to Anderson 130. And, for current and prospective graduate students, the recently edited Graduate Student Guide (Red Book) is now posted on the CFR website at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Acad/grad/redbook.pdf. Printed copies are also available from Student and Academic Services.

PLEDGES AND GIFTS TO ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP HONORING BILL MCKEAN
John Hanby reports that pledges and gifts to the new William McKean Endowed Scholarship already exceed $115,000! Says John, "This exciting new endowment honors Professor McKean in the way he would most appreciate -- by creating enduring scholarship benefits to students majoring in Paper Science and Engineering. Bill retires from his full-time faculty position at the UW at the end of the current academic year. If you would like to contribute and have not already done so, download the pledge card at http://depts.washington.edu/wppf/WMES%20pledge%20Form.doc and mail it to the WPPF office. Alternatively, you may reach us at jhanby@u.washington.edu or 3-7554."

ROYALTY RESEARCH FUND PROPOSALS DUE
The Spring 2006 round of Royalty Research Fund (RRF) proposals are due Monday, March 6, by 5 p.m. The application, packet, and information about previous awards may be found on the Office of Research website at:
http://www.washington.edu/research/rrf.html. Contact the RRF Program Manager, Barbara Thompson at bthompso@u.washington.edu if you have questions about the program.

SABBATICAL REQUESTS ARE DUE NOW!
Says Faculty Chair Rick Gustafson, "If you plan on taking a sabbatical for the 06-07 academic year I need your application RIGHT NOW. See http://www.washington.edu/admin/acadpers/procedures/leaves/leaves_professional.html
for procedures and the appropriate forms."

U.S. CHINA BUILD PLANS A DEVELOPMENT MISSION
CINTRAFOR's Rose Braden reports that U.S. CHINA BUILD is planning a business development mission in China in April 2006. "Join USCB, April 10-14, on this mission to China to learn about China's building materials market and meet key business contacts. Mission participants will learn about the distribution system for building materials and consumer preferences during round table discussions with developers, architects, and distributors, and tours of single family and high rise developments and building materials factories. For registration form and tentative itinerary see http://www.uschinabuild.org/Events/missionflyer2006.pdf."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
Several more stories appeared this week about indictments in connection with arson attacks going back to 1998, including the destruction of Merrill Hall. See story on front page of Seattle Times at http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002682507_uwfire14m.html.
For a couple of stories in the Bellingham Herald about climate change that feature the work of Dave Peterson, see http://news.bellinghamherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051204/NEWS05/512040349&SearchID=73229636925242y
and
http://news.bellinghamherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051204/NEWS05/512040325&SearchID=73229636975152.
And an NPR program entitled Soundprint is recently running stories on urban forestry. A story featuring an interview with Kathy Wolf ran on KUOW on the evening of December 8. For information, and to order a cd of the program, see http://trees.soundprint.org/treeBusiness/.
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KUDOS

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 16, Number 11

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College 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/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 12. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 12 DECEMBER PHD PROPOSAL DEFENSE AND 22 1 PM
" Climate, Weather, and their Impacts on Douglas-fir Growth: A modeling approach," Andrew Hill, Advisor; Eric Turnblom.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 13-14 DECEMBER FOREST ROADS CONFERENCE EUGENE,OR
" Forest Roads: Advancements in science and technology," sponsored by USDA-PNW Station, OR Department of Forestry, and Western Forestry and Conservation Association. For more info, see http://westernforestry.org/forestroads/forestroads.htm.

THURSDAY, 15 DECEMBER PHD PROPOSAL DEFENSE AND 22 9 AM
" LIDAR Based Species Classification at UW Arboretum," Sooyoung Kim; Advisor:
Gerard Schreuder

SATURDAY, 17 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY HAMM CREEK 10 AM-2 PM
Wildlife habitat restoration at Hamm Creek; join People For Puget Sound and Sound Stewards at to restore wildlife habitat at this site on the Duwamish River. Bring sturdy footwear, a sack lunch, and dress for the weather. For exact location and to sign up contact Kathleen Ryan at katryus@yahoo.com or Jenny Aunan at 206.382.7007.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CFR HOLIDAY PARTY
S ally Morgan reports on Thursday's holiday party and the winners of the food contest, "What a great party yesterday afternoon/evening in the Forest Club Room! It had all the right ingredients: fun people, wonderful food and beverages, a crackling fire -- it doesn't get any better than this. As for the food contest -- there were many wonderful eats and from the voting, it looks like every single dish was somebody's favorite. But there were some that were MANY people's favorites and they were: Appetizers: *3rd Place: Becky Johnson, for her very excellent green olive tapenade. *2nd Place: This was a tie between Bob Gitzen's wonderful salad (the one with the balsamic vinagrette and walnuts) and Cecilia Paul's pesto spread with cranberry relish. *1st Place: the RTI crab dip was first by an overwhelming lead; anyone who wants the recipe, there are additional copies in the coffee area in Anderson 107. Desserts: *3rd Place: Mark Swanson for his lovely, cinnamon-y lattice-crust apple pies. *2nd Place: Bev Anderson for the almond torte. *And bestest of all: 1st place for desserts goes to Clare Ryan for the outrageously good raspberry bars. I think recipes for all of them should be available for us poor, hungry voters. Hey, winners -- bring the recipe when you come to select your prize, and I'll make them available to whoever wants them. (The prizes, for those of you who missed this part, are a selection of truly exceptional wines, hand-selected by our own chief oenophile, Bruce Lippke.) Thanks to everyone who came, everyone who brought food, everyone who voted, everyone who helped out. It was a great start to the holiday season! P.S. I just think it's too bad it wasn't an eating contest; I'd a won, hands down..."

FOREST CLUB TREES STILL AVAILABLE
If you missed your chance to buy a Forest Club Christmas tree or know someone who still wants one...please email Brian at bjs3@u.washington.edu. Beautiful noble firs that are very fresh are still available! Only $40!

BEST WISHES TO NAOMI WILSON AND PATRICIA GOMEZ
The College thanks Naomi Wilson and Patricia Gomez for their service as College staff members and wish them well in their new endeavors. Naomi will be leaving to take an administrative position in the School of Public Health and Patricia has accepted a position at the College of Engineering, Center for Engineering, Learning, and Teaching (CELT).

AND CFR WELCOMES CARLOS GURGEL VERAS!
Dr. Carlos Gurgel Vera is a new CFR Visiting Scientist from Brazil working with Ernesto Alvaredo as member of the Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team in the USDA Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory. His email address is gurgel@u.washington.edu and his phone is 206.732.7845.

NEW GRANTS FUNDED IN NOVEMBER 2005
Total amount of new grants funded: $229,219
(1)"Optimizing the Effectiveness of a Biocontrol Agent (prokelisia marginata) against spartina spp. in Washington State"; sponsor: National Sea Grant Program; PI: Fritzi Grevstad.
(2) "Riparian Buffer"; sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources; PI: Dan Vogt.
(3) "Development of Alternative Controls for Burrowing Shrimp"; sponsor: WA State University; PI: Miranda Wecker
(4) "Submerged vegetation monitoring project: ecological component"; sponsor:
WA Department of Natural Resources; PI: Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
For the latest issue of the ONRC Newsletter, focusing on the center's Marine Program and featuring articles by Miranda Wecker, Anthony Odell, and Fritzi Grevstad, see http://www.onrc.washington.edu/Facility/ArchiveNewsletters/2005/Nov-Dec2005.pdf.

PSE CAMPUS DAY RECRUITING EVENT
John Hanby reports that the PSE Campus Day recruiting event on December 3 brought over 40 guests to CFR -- 18 prospective PSE students and their parents. Several students were not able to attend because of SAT exams -- one, a 3.9 GPA high school athlete who intends to apply to either PSE or PSE-ChemE. Following the event, 4 students submitted their UW applications, with PSE as their desired major -- one is also interested in the UW/CFR Honors program. Says John, " I am optimistic that we will bring an outstanding class of students into PSE and PSE-ChemE during 2006.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE CFR-UWAA LECTURE SERIES
Like the Ents the tree guardians from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, the world's forests have extremely long memories. From things long past to events we remember ourselves, the tales the forest tells can teach us what may happen in the future and what we can do to sustain our forested ecosystems. Join CFR-UWAA in February and March for three informative lectures, where you will learn what it takes to decipher the clues the forest leaves us and what we can learn from our roots.
*February 9, 2006: "A Warmer Pacific Northwest: Lessons from the Past," Professor Linda Brubaker
*February 23, 2006 : "Of Insects and Ecosystems," Dr. Robert Gara
*March 9, 2006: "35 Years of Climbing, Research and Teaching," Dr. Tom Hinckley No charge, but advance registration is requested at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=221&Private=N.

CARLSON CENTER TO SPONSOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY OF SERVICE
On Monday, January 16, 2006, UW students, staff, and faculty will volunteer for a variety of community projects throughout King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Projects include restoring habitats, maintaining trails, painting and cleaning community centers, leading activities for seniors, and assisting at food banks. Join together in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this day of service. Visit the UW Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service web site (http://www.depts.washington.edu/mlkjr) to learn more about project opportunities for 2006. At this site, you can register for a project, sign up as a group, or enroll as a Project Leader. Projects fill up quickly; early registration is encouraged. The final registration deadline is Thursday, January 12, 2006.

DAVID B. THORUD LEADERSHIP AWARD ESTABLISHED
The award honors one faculty member and one staff member with a stipend of $2,500. Faculty and staff must be full-time (or tenure track); Cabinet and Board of Deans members are not eligible. The deadline for submission is January 13, 2006. Please send your nominations to Laurie Houck at laurieh@u.washington.edu. The criteria include:
*Demonstrated abilities to lead, inspire, and collaborate with broad impact beyond the nominee's regular responsibilities.
*Openness to new ideas and partnership (innovation).
*Ability to bring others along (teamwork).
*Demonstrated ability to find practical solutions to complex problems and large-scale goals.
*Demonstrated respect for others.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
Stories this week in the media include several about arrests in connection with arson attacks going back to 1998, including the destruction of Merrill Hall.
Six people have been arrested in arson attacks claimed by ALF and ELF. See
6 Arrested Years After Ecoterrorist Acts , FBI arrests suspected eco-terrorists, and NW ecoterrorism suspects arrested. Sandra Hines, of UW News and Information reminds us, "If you should be contacted by reporters, in addition to helping them with their questions, you might direct them to two press releases issued earlier this year in connection with the grand opening of the new Merrill Hall:
http://www.uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=7502&Search=urban%20horticulture and http://www.uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=7499.

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KUDOS
Kudos to Marc Morrison and Chuck Grove for prompt, professional weekend service. Says Susan Bolton, "I want to pass along some grateful words about the help I received over the weekend from Marc Morrison and Chuck Grove. I was desperately trying to finish a report and came in on Saturday morning. My laptop said my profile was corrupted and once it booted I could find NONE of my files. Even though it was the weekend, I took a chance and called Marc on his cell phone. Within about 30 minutes, I got a call in my office from Chuck Grove. He talked me through how to access my files which allowed me to continue working. I didn't know what to expect to my weekend plea, but I was delighted with the quick, professional, and extremely useful response. After Chuck finished helping me, my phone rang again, and it was Marc checking to be sure everything was okay. Thanks to them both for what, to me, seemed like beyond the call of duty."

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to
the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link:
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 16, Number 10

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College 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/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 3. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 3 DECEMBER FORESTRY SEMINAR PACK FOREST 8 AM-4:30 PM
Fall Forestry Educational Seminar "Introduction to Small Scale Forestry Equipment." See http://www.packforest.org/events/ for registration information.

MONDAY, 5 DECEMBER MS DEFENSE CUH, ISSACSON 118 10 AM
" Insect Predation and Bromus tectorum: Factors that effect the fitness and survival of a rare plant species, Astragalus sinuatus," Julie Combs; supervisory committee chair, Sarah Reichard.

MONDAY, 5 DECEMBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SMITH 211 3:30 PM
" Effects of Forest Structural Retention Harvest on Resource Availablility and Habitat Utilization of the Brown Creeper," Maria Mayrhofer, CFR Wildlife Science Group.

TUESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER TWC SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:30 AM
The Water Center's Tuesday Morning Seminar, "A Global Perspective on Fresh Water," Robert Naiman, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

TUESDAY, 6 DECEMBER CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM

TUESDAY, 6 DECEMBER INDUSTRIAL ENG SEMINAR LOEW 101 1:30-2:20 PM
" Forest Sustainability and Positional Information - the Necessity of Precision Forestry in Japan," Hisashi Hasegawa, Kyoto University.
See http://courses.washington.edu/ie59x/abstracts/HH_abstract.pdf.

TUESDAY, 6 DECEMBER-FRIDAY 9 DECEMBER WILDLAND FIRE WORKSHOP TUCSON, AZ
"4th USGS Wildland Fire Science Workshop" For more information, see http://www.ag.arizona.edu/srnr/usgs.

WEDNESDAY, 7 DECEMBER SALMON SYMPOSIUM FSH 102 2:30-6:15 PM
Symposium showcasing research of students, faculty, staff, and visiting scientists, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences' Alaska Salmon Program. For a program information see http://fish.washington.edu/research/alaska/.

THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER EHUF GRADUATE SEMINAR CUH, DOUGLAS 3-3:50 PM
" Just when You Thought You Had the Perfect Cure: Musings about great innovations and discoveries in the plant world over the last century," John Wott.

THURSDAY, 8 DECEMBER CFR HOLIDAY PARTY ANDERSON 207
New this year -- a contest with prizes for the best 3 desserts and the best 3 appetizers, to be determined by popular vote. For the savory dishes, crackers, breads, veggie sticks, chips, etc., will be provided so all you have to do is concentrate on the dip, spread, or other treat. Let Sally Morgan, slm@u.washington.edu, know what sort of cracker, chips, etc., you need to best show off your effort.)

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SEND GOOD THOUGHTS (AND BEST WISHES) TO BRAD COSTON
Brad's wife is recovering and Marc Morrison sends the following update: " Katie is coming around. They are not calling it a coma but a long unconsciousness. She is very tired and weak. Has some short time memory loss. Everyone is very optimistic for a speedy recovery. I will keep you posted." If you'd like to email Brad to send best wishes for her speedy recovery, his email is coston@u.washington.edu.

FINAL REPORT ON CFR'S STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE
A copy of the final report from the ad hoc CFR Directions Steering Committee is now available at faculty.washington.edu/bare/strat3.html. The report is the result of the recent College-wide exercise to update CFR's three-year strategic goals and objectives. Dean Bare will charge the CFR Planning Committee with assigning responsibilities and timelines for each of the objectives.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR CFR FACULTY SEARCHES
For job descriptions for CFR faculty searches currently in progress see:
Center for Sustainable Forestry -- Associate or Full Professor http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa940-ouf-jul05.html
Quantitative Landscape Scientist -- Assistant Professor (tenure-track) http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa1195-ouf-nov-22-05.html
Environmental/Natural Resource Economics -- Assistant Professor http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa1194-ouf-nov-05.html
Landscape Plant Science & Sustainable Management -- Assistant Professor http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa949-may-30-05.html
Natural Products Chemistry -- Assistant Professor http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa918-mar31-ouf-05.html
Natural Resource Informatics -- Assistant or Associate Professor http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa1184-ouf-jun16-06.html
Remote Sensing and Biospatial Analysis -- Assistant/Associate Professor http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa950-jun01-05.html

NEW STUDENT LAB IN BLOEDEL 156 AND NEW LOCATION FOR CFR-IT STAFF
Marc Morrison reports that the student lab moved from Bld 311 to 156 will reopen the first day of Winter Quarter. When the move is completed, Shane Krause's office will be 156A and Chuck Grove's will be 158. Shane's phone will continue to be 206-616-5414. Chuck's phone number will be 206-543-8346.

CSF AND ONRC STAFF ATTEND RESEARCH FOREST MANAGERS SYMPOSIUM
Several staff from the Center for Sustainable Forestry and the Olympic Natural Resources Center recently atended the annual Research Managers Symposium, hosted this year by Swanton Pacific Ranch, California Polytechnic State University, and Soquel Demonstration State Forest, CA Department of Forestry. The annual symposium brings together rsearch forest managers from the western U.S. to discuss emerging trends in forestry at research forests. It also provides an overview of forest operations at the host forest and facilitates communicaton among managers. CSF and ONRC will host the 2006 symposium.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
For latest issue of the Stand Management Cooperative newsletter see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/newsletter/4th%20qtr%202005.pdf.

UW 2006 PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Do you know of a faculty or staff member in CFR who has made exemplary contributions to the common good through public service? If so, consider nominating him or her for the UW 2006 Outstanding Public Service Award. Initiated in 1980, the award recognizes faculty and staff efforts to improve the quality of people's lives locally, nationally, or internationally. It is presented at the UW's annual Recognition Ceremony in June and includes a $5,000 stipend. The selection committee considers the nature and extent of the public service activity, the amount of time and effort involved, and the lasting impact it has had. The basis for the nomination may be social, cultural, civic, education-related, or health-related achievements. It may be uncompensated consulting work within one's area of expertise, or volunteer work in other areas.
Nominations for the award may be made by faculty or staff, or by a member of an organization that has benefited from the public service activity. Nominating letters should not exceed two single-spaced typed pages. They should include the following:
- a description of the nature, extent, and impact of the service;
- the period in which the activity occurred and a description of the
effort involved;
- whether the nominee received compensation for the activity.
Nominations may be accompanied by a maximum of three additional one-page letters of support, and must be received by Friday, January 14, 2006. They should be sent to the Chair of the Outstanding Public Service Award Committee, Dr. Gus Kravas, Office of the Provost, 227 Gerberding Hall, Box 351241, Seattle, Washington, 98195 or by emailing uwserv@u.washington.edu. The committee is composed of faculty and staff.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/250235_urbanforest30.html for "To free urban forests from invaders, some weigh ban on noxious plants," with quotes by Sarah Reichard. English ivy and other invasive plants are strangling Seattle's forests, spurring a multimillion-dollar plan to restore the woods. It is also suddenly putting homeowners and garden stores here under scrutiny

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KUDOS

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to
the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link:
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi