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The Straight Grain
Volume 20, 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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING December 31. 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.

THURSDAY, 4 JANUARY CIG SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, Part 1, "Quarterly Climate Update," Philip Mote and Ed Sarachik, UW Center for Science in the Earth System (CSES); Part 2, "Water and Economic Effects of Climate Change in the Snake Basin," Don Reading and Richard Slaugther, UW CSES. directions, see directions and abstract.

THURSDAY, 4 JANUARY SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SERIES FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries,"Fishing through Marine Food Webs and the Need for Multi-Species Fisheries Management," Timothy Essington, UW Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

SATURDAY 6 JANUARY LEGISLATIVE WORKSHOP SPU,GWINN 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
"Priorities for a Healthy Washington" Legislative Workshop. Hear from legislators, environmental leaders, and members of the media regarding the community's Priorities for a Healthy Washington. Space is limited, so register now. For information, contact Kerri Cechovic, Washington Environmental Council's Organizer, at 206.622.8103, x212. See .

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
UW Student Society of American Foresters presents dinner and a talk by Vicki Christiansen, CFR alum and Washington State Forester, January 18, 6-9 p.m., Anderson 207; $5 for students, $25 for others, includes 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner, and 7:45 p.m. talk, "What's the Future of Forestry and Natural Resources in Washington State?" RSVP by January 10, 2007 to Tobey Clarkin, 206.450.0035.
Biology Faculty Mini Symposium, January 23, 2007, 4 p.m., Phys-Astr A102, with presentations by David Ford, "How Can We Break the Limits to Plant Productivity?"; David Parichy, "Mutational Analysis to Deconstruct Evolution of an Adult Phenotype"; Joshua Tewksbury, "Landscape Ecology for Plants: Connectivity, plant-animal interactions, and diversity"; and Jim Truman, "Drosophila Neuronal Stem Cells: Developmental and functional units of the nervous system."
College of Forest Resources Centennial Legislative Reception, January 31, 2007, 4:30-7 p.m., State Capitol, Olympia, WA. CFR faculty, staff, and students are invited to join UW President Mark Emmert, Dean Bruce Bare, and Governor Chris Gregoire in celebrating and honoring the College's Centennial Year and its 100-year history of contributions to the sustainability of the state's natural resources and the UW's teaching and research excellence.
The Water Center's Annual Review of Research, February 14, 2007. CFR participants include Bob Edmonds, Peter Kiffney, and Christian Torgersen.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS FOR DECEMBER 2006
Total funding amount = $39,664
"Department of Revenue Forest Tax ArcPad Application Customization"; PI, Luke Rogers; sponsor: WA Department of Revenue.
"Restoring Eelgrass in San Francisco Bay"; PI: Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria; sponsor: San Francisco State University.

CFR WELCOMES NEW FACULTY AND STAFF
A warm welcome to Affiliate Associate Professor Amar Yahiaoui, working with Graham Allan. Amar has many years of experience teaching fundamental and advanced concepts in chemistry to diverse student audiences. He is involved in the research of polymeric delivery systems and engineering composite materials.
A warm welcome also to new Research Associate Gengyun (George) Zhang, working with Saron Doty.
And a warm welcom to new Information Manager Jon Diemer. Jon says, "I have more than 20 years' experience in all areas of information technology, almost 8 of which have been at the UW. My most enjoyable projects have involved designing and implementing databases and database application software, so I am looking forward to the challenge of consolidating and streamlining the various CFR databases and creating some new web-based applications to access them. I enjoy spending time with my grown children (when they can find the time for me!), tending the container garden I have on my shady condo deck, learning bass guitar, and reading. For the past couple of years my wife and I have been training for and running 5K races. She's been getting better all the time and finally beat me (by 7 seconds!) in the Dawg Dash last October." Jon's office in is 107D Anderson; stop by to welcome him to the College!

NW ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM SUMMARY REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
A summary report on the College's November 20-21 Northwest Environmental Forum, held at Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine, Washington, which brought together a diverse spectrum of over 90 leaders from forest companies, small landowners, environmental advocates, tribes, land conservation organizations, government, and the UW is now available at http://www.nwenvironmentalforum.org/. The summary includes policy recommendations that received broad consensus support at the Forum. The Forum was preceded on October 30-31 by a Future of Washington's Forests Roundtable, at which over 50 representatives of these same organizations heard and discussed technical study presentations and framed policy issues for the Forum. You can find links to the Project's Third and Fourth Progress Reports, the Roundtable Summary, and streaming video of the Roundtable and Forum technical presentations at www.dnr.wa.gov and at www.nwenvironmentalforum.org

COLLEGE TO STUDY POTENTIAL FOR URBAN FORESTRY PROFESSIONAL DEGREE
John Wott will be working during Winter Quarter 2007 on potential designs for a professional degree granted by the College in urban forestry. The program would be at the master's degree level, modeled after the College's 4-1 MFR in Forest Management, which was just granted Society of American Foresters (SAF) accreditation. The intent is to submit the program for accreditation by SAF, which has just released its latest draft of urban forestry accreditation standards.

COLLEGE WELCOMES STUDENTS TO COMMITTEE REPRESENTATION
Student representatives newly appointed to College standing and ad hoc committees include: College Planning Commitee, Melanie Welch; College Curriculum Committee, Paul Footen; Natural Resource Economics Faculty Search Committee, Andrew Hill; College Lands Committee, Andrew Larson; New Initiatives Team, Van Kane; College Educational Outreach Steering Committee, Edgar Flores; and College Health and Safety Committee, Zac Mahlum (ex officio).

ARBOR EDEN, 2007 NW FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW PREVIEW GALA
Enjoy acres of display gardens, fabulous Northwest cuisine and a silent auction at Arbor Eden, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show Preview Gala. The annual event is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in downtown Seattle. The Northwest Flower and Garden Show, the nation's third largest, presents the latest in garden trends. Arbor Eden guests will be first to indulge in the sights and scents of dozens of beautiful gardens while enjoying a sumptuous buffet dinner of regional fare, wines, and delectable desserts and a silent auction of garden, home, and travel treasures. Tickets are available for $100 to $500 each at www.arboretumfoundation.org or 206-325-4510. Patrons and Benefactors ($250 or $500 tickets) will enjoy early admission, a champagne reception, an exclusive dinner, complimentary parking and more. The Preview Gala is presented by the Arboretum Foundation to benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

ALUMNI LOST AND FOUND
Alumni surfacing lately include Lucy Hutyra who received a BS from the College in 1998. Lucy is now a PhD candidate at tHarvard, researching forest and atmospheric measurements. See http://www.people.fas.harvard.edu/~lhutyra/ and a 2005 Scientific American.com article in which she is quoted on Amazon rainforest research.
James Shields, a 1990 PhD in wildlife science worked for many years for the New South Wales, Australia, Department of Forestry. He is now working as a wildlife consultant for New South Wales Forestry and National Parks. See the transcript of a December 2006 radio interview entitled, "Bellbird blamed for destruction of eucalypt forests,"

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See Seattle PI opinion piece, "Cultivating the Waterfront," by Adjunct Professor Iain Robertson, and Seattle Times story "NW Montana grizzly count nearing 550," featuring alum Chris Servheen ('75).

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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://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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/


The Straight Grain
Volume 20, 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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING December 24. 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.

NO SCHEDULED EVENTS. TRAVEL SAFELY AND HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
College of Forest Resources Centennial Legislative Reception, January 31, 2007, 4:30-7 p.m., State Capitol, Olympia, WA. CFR faculty, staff, and students are invited to join UW President Mark Emmert, Dean Bruce Bare, and Governor Chris Gregoire in celebrating and honoring the College's Centennial Year and its 100-year history of contributions to the sustainability of the state's natural resources and the UW's teaching and research excellence.
16th Annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference, February 3, 2007, 8-4:30 p.m, UW South Campus Center. The conference is designed to appeal to high school, community college, and undergraduate and graduate university students. The conference empowers women in engineering, science, and technology fields to discover new opportunities, identify personal strengths, and to increase overall their confidence to embark on new academic and professional ventures.
The Water Center's Annual Review of Research, February 14, 2007. Watch the Water Center's website, http://depts.washington.edu/cwws/, for details.
UW Student Society of American Foresters presents dinner and a talk by Vicki Christiansen, CFR Alum and Washington State Forester, Anderson 207, January 18, 6-9 p.m. $5 for students, $25 for others, includes 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner, and 7:45 p.m. talk, "What's the Future of Forestry and Natural Resources in Washington State?" RSVP by January 10, 2007 to Tobey Clarkin, 206.450.0035 or tobeyc@u.washington.edu.
28th Annual Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference, March 2-4, 2007, Center for Sustainability at Pack Forest.

NEWS FROM THE WASHINGTON PULP AND PAPER FOUNDATION (WPPF)
Over 96 prospective students attended WPPF'S recent Student-Parent Information Nights held in Longview, Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. Interest was excellent and resulted in 14 students accompanied by their parents participating in WPPF's Campus Day at the UW on December 2nd. Sponsors for the Information Night events were Boise Cascade, Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Georgia-Pacific, Harris Group, Hercules, and Longview Fibre. At the Campus Day roundtable, a lively question and answer session was given by PSE students Cody Hargrove, Adam Cooper, David Nelson, John Salvatier, Lauren Turner, Ryan McMahon, and Larissa Zuk. Faculty members Rick Gustafson and Renata Bura answered questions about bio-refining and the future outlook for our pulp and paper mills.

FEEDBACK ON DENMAN SERIES AND CFR-UWAA LECTURE SERIES
Yale School of Forestry graduate student Nathan Reagle writes, "I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the forestry and wildlife oriented programs (Denman Forestry Issues and Sustaining Our Northwest World). These programs really complement my coursework as I work toward my Master's of Forestry." Written comments like these attest to the value of the Denman Series and the CFR-UWAA Lecture Series, "Sustaining our Northwest World," which get good coverage on UWTV and the nationwide Research Channel and are available to view as streaming video at the UWTV website.

BOOK NOTES
Just published is "Forests and Society: Sustainability and Life Cycles of Forests in Human Landscapes," edited by Kristiina Vogt, Jon Honea, Daniel Vogt, Michael Andreu, Robert Edmonds, Joyce Berry, Ragnhildur Sigurardttir, and Toral Patel-Weynand. Published by the CABI Publishing Series of Oxford University Press, the book "explores several topics including: historical myths, attitudes about and uses of forests; the creation of today's forest landscapes by global societies in developing and industrialized countries; the democratization and globalization regarding the decision making process of forest uses; the historical and continuing impacts of human (e.g., land-use activities, changing carbon cycles, invasive species, war) and natural disturbances on conservation, forest sustainability and human health."
"The Story of the Apple" co-authored by UWBG Director David Mabberley and Barrie Juniper, University of Oxford, published by Timber Press, is available for purchase at UWBG's Miller Library. Copies of the book are available for $32 (includes sales tax); $16 of every book sold directly benefits the library's book budget. Cash and checks only. For more information, call 206.543.0415.

PACK FOREST NEWS
Duane Emmons reports that Pack Forest received a moderate amount of damage during the December 20th wind storm. "The main entrance roads were blocked by downed trees and a handful of landscape trees fell throughout camp. Cabin 9 survived a direct hit from a falling tree with minimal damage to the roof as did the warehouse. Trees also blocked the majority of forest roads and a 1/4 acre section of the Ecological Area received some very large snags and woody debris. Power was knocked out for 7 days, give or take a few minutes. The staff has spent the last week returning much of the campus to normal and opening up the main 1000 road loop in the forest. We also assisted Eatonville Power with tree and debris removal along the Pack Forest feeder lines. Generators powered the main office, telephone system and water systems and the food in the dining hall freezers was moved to a butcher shop in Yelm for storage." Duane also adds that everyone is glad that "power has been restored here at Pack as of 5:30 p.m. yesterday."

WSU/KING COUNTY EXTENSION RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO COPE WITH TREE DAMAGE
See http://king.wsu.edu/forestry/windstorm.html for a WSU/King County Extension web page with information and resources for homeowners and landowners t o help cope with fallen and damaged trees from last week's windstorm.

YELLOWSTONE ECOSYSTEM GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
See Jeff Aken in Student Services for information about the 2007 Boyd Evison Graduate Fellowship for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The fellowship provides up to $10,000 for a graduate student doing new research in this geographic area, particularly on a topic that has been little studied. Proposals will be accepted through February 2, 2007.

SWEEP OUT THE OLD AND BRING IN THE NEW!
In keeping with this New Year's impulse, Sally Morgan reports that "a recycling collection bin will be delivered and placed in the Anderson-Bloedel-Wink courtyard, close to the east door at the back of Anderson. If we fill it before Tuesday, they will deliver another one, which we can keep for another week. So clean that paper out! No need to sort as to type, but you must remove binder clips and paper clips (staples are okay) and hanging file folders can only be recycled if you remove the metal rod. On another note, here in the Dean's office we are having a swap meet for small office supplies (standing file racks, desk organizers, pencil sharpeners, etc., etc.) Please come see if there is anything that you can use. And if you have stuff that you won't ever use, but that someone else might, bring it with you. Whatever is left after the first of year will be disposed of. You'll find the supplies around the corner from the coffee service.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Give Amaryllis Some Heat," a recent Seattle Times gardening column which quotes Sarah Reichard on the invasive potential of different cultivars of holly.
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KUDOS
Kudos to the staff at Pack Forest for working hard to clear storm debris, mitigate storm related damage, and keep operations running while enduring 7 days, 32 minutes without power. Working all day out in the cold and returning to their own dark homes to clear more storm debris definitely deserves "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://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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/


The Straight Grain
Volume 20, 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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING December 16. 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, 16 DECEMBER AUDUBON CLASS UWBG, DOUGLAS 8:30-11AM
"Seattle's Crows," John Withey. A Seattle Audubon class about crows and their population growth in the Seattle area. Includes a slide show on the natural history of crows, results of ongoing research on local crow populations, including how West Nile virus has affected crows and other songbirds, and a walk around campus to observe crows that were banded in the research project. See http://www.seattleaudubon.org/education.cfm?id=105.

SATURDAY, 16 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY HAMM CREEK 10 AM-2 PM
"Hamm Creek Habitat Restoration." Join People For Puget Sound in planting native plants to support a healthy ecosystem. Wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather, bring plenty of water, and pack a sack lunch. Contact Brian Craig, briancraig609@hotmail.com, 206.382.7007 ext. 220.

TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE MT VERNON, WA 4-6 PM
Holiday Open House, sponsored by People For Puget Sound's Mt. Vernon Office. Visit the offices of People For Puget Sound, the Skagit Watershed Council, and Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group and learn about projects for the upcoming year, meet staff, board members, and volunteers, and sample festive holiday treats! All three offices are located upstairs in the Riverfront Building at 407 Main Street, Mt Vernon WA. For more information, contact BrittaEschete at beschete@pugetsound.org or call 360.336.1931.

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AND A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
College of Forest Resources Centennial Legislative Reception, January 31, 2007, 4:30-7 p.m., State Capitol, Olympia, WA. CFR faculty, staff, and students are invited to join UW President Mark Emmert, Dean Bruce Bare, and Governor Chris Gregoire in celebrating and honoring the College's Centennial Year and its 100-year history of contributions to the sustainability of the state's natural resources and the UW's teaching and research excellence. The Water Center's Annual Review of Research, February 14, 2007. Watch the Water Center's website for details.
28th Annual Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference, March 2-4, 2007, Center for Sustainability at Pack Forest. See http://www.fish.washington.edu/peec/AboutPEEC.htm.

AND THE WINNERS ARE ...!
Thank you all for participating in the contest at the Holiday party (both the cookers and the eaters ? it wouldn't work without everybody!) The top votes getters in the savory category are (drum roll, please):
#1 Sweet & Savory Baked Brie (Matt, Luke & Ara ? this is the 2nd time the RTI crew has taken this top honor)
#2 Thai peanut chicken/Mango with endive from Brendan Impson
#3 is a tie ? Lisa Ettl's Stilton with cranbery chutney and Nancy Davis's artichoke heart dip
And in the dessert category, (more drums), we have:
#1 Monika's Moskal's Polish fried cookies (Chrusciki) (We need Monika's help with a pronunciation guide!)
#2 Mike Fujikawa's Guiness stout cupcakes
#3 Tamra Dickson's Coconut Magic Squares
Congratulations to everyone! We are working on getting recipes for all of the winners.

NEW SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BENEFIT NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBAL MEMBERS
The College and the Intertribal Timber Council recently signed a five-year agreement, effective January 1, 2007. The agreement recognizes that the College "has been fortunate through the years to have had many productive opportunities to provide baccalaureate and graduate school education to Native American tribal members. Many graduates have gone on to become leaders in Native American forestry programs in the state and beyond. Native American students enrich the quality of education for all UW students by bringing to the campus the knowledge of the history and accomplishments of tribal resource management..." The scholarship will provide an opportunity to members of one of the federally recognized Indian tribes whose traditional and customary boundaries included portions of the state of\ Washington or whose tribe was granted reserved lands within the state to quality for an award of full resident tuition for one year with $2500 from the ITC and the remainder funded by the College.
The Yakama Tribal Natural Resource Endowed Scholarship Fund, a new endowment through the Faculty-Staff-Retiree Campaign for Students, made possible through a generous gift by Tom and Arline Hinckley, will provide support to undergraduate students in the College who qualify as tribal members of the Yakama Nation and are engaged in the study of natural resource conservation and stewardship. The idea for the endowment developed out of field trips in ESRM 303, the Environmental Science and Resource Management's core class on Wildland Sustainability, in which Tom, along with other faculty members led a field trip to the Yakama Nation. The field trip provided first-hand information about forest and grassland restoration being carried out by the tribe and how the geographic, biological, cultural, social, and economic components of the reservation interact and support each other. A resulting set of goals for a joint College and Yakama National Educational Agreement included the funding of an endowed scholarship for tribal members.

CURRENT CENTER NEWSLETTERS NOW ON LINE
See the latest issue of ONRC's newsletter, with an article by Fritzi Grevstad on a biological control program for invasive knotweed; and The Water Center's latest newsletter, with a profile of current research by Julia Tracy, MS student in restoration ecology, on how the aquatic ecology of University Slough ? a drainage channel excavated in 1971 to take waste surface water from the surrounding area to Lake Washington in Puget ? may be changed by the connection of nearby Ravenna Creek to the slough.

WEATHER NEWS FROM THE CANOPY CRANE
Ken Bible reports on the climate summary for the WRCCRF for November 2006 (like everywhere else in the region, records were broken!). " Says Ken, "Total precipitation set a new record at 1000.5 mm (39.4 inches). The previous record was set in 1942 at 745.5 mm (29.3 inches). Air temperature averaged 3.5 C (38.3 F) with a minimum of -5.9 C (21.4 F). Long-term average air temperature is 4.1 C (39.4 F). Minimums of -5.9 C or less are not uncommon."

CFR RIDE IN THE RAIN TEAM LOOKING FOR MEMBERS
From Ride in the Rain team member Luke Rogers, "Hey CFR cyclists and wanna-be-encouraged-to-be cyclists ? The College is putting together teams for the 4th annual Ride in the Rain Challenge and we need you! So far, we have 11 people committed to cycling to work in January but we would like more! Last year our team "Forest Resources - Biofueled!" finished in the top 1/4 of every measurable statistic. This year we would like to do even better." If you are interested in joining a team for the Ride in the Rain Challenge this January, email Luke Rogers (lwrogers@u.washington.edu). With just 9 more cyclists we can field two full teams!

LAB ASSISTANT WANTED
Dean Glawe needs to hire a lab assistant thru WSU, who will work with him here. Position description and application details are as follows:
Position Description: Temporary, half-time research position in the Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University. Work location is at the UW, Seattle.
Required Qualifications: A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in plant pathology, microbiology, molecular genetics, or related field.
Preferred Qualifications: Master of Science (MS) in plant pathology, microbiology, molecular genetics, or related field. Experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Applicant must be able to demonstrate careful attention to detail, excellent record keeping, and ability to organize time effectively to manage multiple experimental approaches.
Application Process: Screening of applications will begin January 10 2007. Send letter of application addressing position description, a resume, and the name, address, phone number and email of three references to: Dean A. Glawe, Department of Plant Pathology, WSU, College of Forest Resources, Box 352100, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 e-mail: glawed@cfr.washington.edu; telephone: (206) 616-9554.
Job Duties and Responsibilities: Provide technical support for research on fungi. Primary responsibilities include classical microbiological techniques including isolation, culturing, identification, and maintenance of fungal cultures. Individual will perform deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analyses such as genomic DNA and plasmid extractions, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), molecular cloning, and sequencing. Individual will independently perform research activities and data analysis according to standard and specified procedures. Person will be responsible for ordering, distributing, and storing supplies and performing basic maintenance of laboratory equipment as needed. Applicant must be willing to learn additional techniques and problem solve as needed for the advancement of the laboratory. Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. EEO/AA/ADA

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See Nov/Dec issue of Western Forester, dedicated to bioenergy. Included are two articles by College staff: "Biomass-to-Energy: A Case Study from Forks, Washington," by John Calhoun and "Bio-Energy Development Could Make Significant Contribution, but Many Questions Remain," by Larry Mason. The articles appear at pages 8-11.
See Seattle Times opinion piece, "A green alternative for Highway 520," which references the Washington Park Arboretum.

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KUDOS
Kudos to John Withey ('06), who recently co-authored a "BioScience" article on indisciplinary education. See "A Rough Guide to Interdisciplinarity: Graduate Student Perspectives."
Kudos to Emeritus Professor Ben Bryant who was recognized in a recent national publication of the Presbyerian Church, "Presbyterian Today," as a "Superlative Senior." Ben is working at saving forests in developing countries by promoting an alternative to firewood. He is the founder and president of a nonprofit agency, Appropriate Technology Briquettes International, that uses a simple technology (that he developed) to make fuel briquettes from agricultural residues and fibrous municipal and industrial wastes.

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://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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/


The Straight Grain
Volume 20, 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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING December 10. 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, 11 DECEMBER DISSERTATION DEFENSE WINK 105 9 AM
"Fundamentals of Kraft Pulp Kappa Uniformity," Ming Qiao; committee chair: Rick Gustafson.

MONDAY, 11 DECEMBER CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 9:30-10:30 AM
Agenda will be distributed before the meeting.

MONDAY 11, DECEMBER CHID POSTER SESSION CMU 206 8:30-10:20 AM
Interactive poster session: "Culture, Communication, and the Human Relationship with Nature," the public culmination of a Comparative History of Ideas course exploring cultural and communicative ways that humans inform, shape, and shift relations with the environment. Nearly 40 students will present their creative and interactive independent projects.

TUESDAY, 12 DECEMBER NPS CENTENNIAL CHALLENGE SEATTLE REI 6-8 PM
"Support the Centennial Challenge," sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association, will enable the public to hear from elected officials, the Superintendent of Olympic National Park, and others involved in national park protection, discuss the challenges facing our parks, and learn what we can do to restore these places before their 100th birthday. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

WEDNESDAY, 13 DECEMBER NATIVE BATS SAMMAMISH, WA 6:30-8:30 PM
"Go Batty with Native Bats," presented by WSU King County Extension and Bats Northwest. Sammamish Valley Grange Hall, 14654 148TH Avenue NE, Woodinville, WA, 98072. Registration: Class is FREE! Register at http://king.wsu.edu/enviro/DecEEE.htm or contact Darcy Batura, 206.205.3130.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

MFR IN FOREST MANAGEMENT GRANTED SAF ACCREDITATION
The College received the official notice this week that the Society of American Foresters granted accreditation of our new MFR in Forest Management\ effective October 2006. Says Dean Bare, "We are extremely pleased to learn this good news and look forward to a continued excellent relationship with the Society. All faculty, staff, and students who participated in the review process have much to be proud of with this accomplishment."

DENMAN SERIES SCREENINGS ON UWTV
The UWTV screening schedule for the most recent Denman Forestry Issues Series program has been announced: Sustainable Urban Ecosystems: Part 1 Human Dimensions (Wolf, Alberti, Mabberley)
Monday December 18 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday December 20 at 6 p.m.
Thursday December 21 at 10 p.m.
Saturday December 23 at 4 p.m.
Sustainable Urban Ecosystems: Part 2 Management (Ray, Mead, Floberg)
Monday December 25 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday December 27 at 6 p.m.
Thursday December 28 at 10 p.m.
Saturday December 30 at 4 p.m.
See UWTV website for schedule of screenings for other Denman programs.

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
The UW Student Chapter of TAPPI is selling festive holiday paper as a fundraiser. Two packages are available: one contains ten greeting cards and the other contains ten 8.5"x11" sheets and five greeting cards. The paper, made by the students, is about 70% wheat straw fiber and 30% arundo donax (giant reed) fiber. They have inserted into the sheet a small plimosa fern, along with various leaves and other vegetation. For more information, contact Cody Hargrove, UW Student TAPPI President, cbh3@u.washington.edu or 509.671.7170.
The UW License Plate Gift Pack also support students with a donation to the General Scholarship Fund. The complete Gift Pack includes:
* License plate candy bar
* Mini license plate key chain
* Coupon for 15% off a UW license plate frame from University Bookstore
* Application for a new Husky license plate
* A list of Licensing Agency Locations
All you need to add is a check for $50 (made out to the recipient) (Licensing agencies require checks from the vehicle's registered owner for processing.) For more information about UW license plates, see http:// www.uwlicenseplates.com.
UWBG's Rare Care Program has a new Adopt-a-Rare-Plant-Population program The rare plant adoption program raises funds to directly support monitoring and seed collection. Your donation (and what a great gift!) will ensure that up to-date information on a rare population is tracked, or that seeds are conserved in the Miller Seed Vault. Rare plant species may also be endowed to ensure preservation for perpetuity in the Miller Seed Vault. Two options are available; for $75 (Adopt a Monitoring Program) and for $150 (Adopt a Seed Collection Population Program). For details and an online giving option, see http://courses.washington.edu/rarecare/Adopt.htm.

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW UNDERGRADUATES
Newly admitted undergraduate students include: Miel Bernath, transfer student, admitted to UW and ESRM for winter 2007, forest management interests; Paul Craven, UW junior transferred from Chemistry to ESRM; Jenny Geesey, transfer student admitted to UW and ESRM for winter 2007, restoration ecology interests; Grace King, UW sophomore, ESRM and double degree with Chemistry, conservation and ecology interests; and Patrick Sowers, UW sophomore, ESRM, conservation and ecology interests.

INTERESTING ALUMNI CAREER PATH OF THE WEEK
David Duggins ('80) began his career at the UW's Friday Harbor Laboratories while a graduate student. He earned a PhD at CFR and remains at Friday Harbor continuing a long career doing subtidal ecological research. His origiinal marine tech job at the lab expanded over the years to include being diving safety officer, radiation safety officer, co\ captain of the research vessels Nugget and Centennial, and chief pilot of the Remotely Operated Vehicle ( ROV). In 2003, his title was changed to Supervisor of Marine Operations, reflecting the many changes in his duties over the years.

FACULTY AND STAFF INVITED TO PROVIDE INPUT FOR DEAN'S REVIEW COMMITTEE
Committee Chair Dean Ron Irving writes: "On behalf of the Advisory Review Committee on the Dean of the College of Forest Resources, I am writing to invite your input on the performance of Bruce Bare. This review is being conducted pursuant to Executive Order No. 20 of the University Handbook, which requires that reviews be undertaken at periodic intervals of the appointees who head major administrative and academic units at the UW. The committee is holding occasional meetings to hear from faculty, staff, and students in the College as well as members of the UW outside CFR and members of the broader community. Our next meeting will be on Friday, December 15, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. We have 20-minute slots available for anyone who wishes to meet with us. You may come alone or, if you prefer, as part of a self-organized cluster. Please send an email to my assistant, Margie Ramsdell, at mhr@u.washington.edu, expressing your interest in coming and your available time range. We are likely to have another such meeting in early-to-mid January, so if December 15 is not convenient but you would like to meet with us, please let Margie know and we will try to include you at our next meeting. We are also interested in hearing from individuals who might not wish to meet with the committee as a whole but may wish to meet with a subcommittee of 2 or 3. In particular, we are happy to arrange for you to meet, or have a telephone conference, with such a subcommittee consisting of members from outside CFR. Alternatively, you may send written input to me, using the email address cfrreview@ascomp.washington.edu. Please indicate the extent to which you wish the information you send to me to be shared with the committee. For instance, let me know if I may pass it on to the committee, if I may pass it on provided you are not identified, or if I should keep it to myself. Be assured that however you communicate to me or the committee, any information you provide will be treated as confidential."

COLLEGE VISITING COMMITTEE NEWS
Visiting Committee Chair Brian Boyle reports additional changes in the membership of the committee. Maureen Frisch, Vice President of Public Relations of Simpson Investment Company, has been appointed for an additional three years (through 2009); the College thanks Duane Kelly, CEO of Salmon Bay Expositions, who recently resigned from the committee, for his years of service. The UW's next Visiting Committee and Advisory Board Day is scheduled for February 9, 2007.

NEW GRANT SOFTWARE
In the very near future grants.gov will become *the* portal for all federal funding. All grant submissions to federal agencies will be required to be submitted through this system. Shane Krause, CFRIT, reminds researchers that "new software will soon be required to view your grants. Please let CFRIT know if you have not received this software by sending an email to cfrhelp@u.washington.edu and we will install it on your computer."

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS
Do you know of a faculty or staff member who has made exemplary contributions to the common good through public service? If so, you can nominate him or her for the UW's 2007 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 award. The selection committee considers the nature and extent of the public service activity, the amount of time and effort involved, and the its lasting impact. 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 (1) A description of the nature, extent, and impact of the service; (2) The period in which the activity occurred and a description of the effort involved; and (3)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 26, 2007. They should be sent to the Outstanding Public Service Award Committee, Gerberding 227, Box 351241, Seattle, WA, 98195. Nominations and letters of support, as well as specific questions regarding the process, can also be submitted via email to: Gus Kravas at: gkravas@u.washington.edu. The committee is composed of faculty and staff.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
Recent media stories include a story in The Daily about bioresource science research in the College, "Converting Biomass to Fuel"; a University Week article with reference to ONRC, "New Online Museum Makes Olympic Peninsula History More Accessible"; and several additional University Week features, "Tree-mendous helping hand"; "Coming UW Press offerings"; and "Arboretum Plant Collection Featured in Calendar."

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KUDOS
Kudos to John Marzluff and Dan Hinkley ('85) for their inclusion in the current issue of Columns magazine's feature on "100 Top Books by 100 UW Authors": Dan's "The Explorer's Garden," and John's "In the Company of Crows and Ravens," with Tony Angell. A group of faculty, alumni, and book publishing professionals chose the 100 outstanding books.

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://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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/


The Straight Grain
Volume 20, Number 9

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.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS 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, 2 DECEMBER GREENS GALORE SALE UWBG, ARBORETUM 10 AM-3 PM
A Northwest holiday tradition, Greens Galore, sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation offers freshly cut and dried botanical treasures, one-of-a-kind wreaths, hand-made gifts, crafts and more for the holidays. Admission and parking are free. Proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 9:30-10:30 AM
The meeting agenda includes discussion of curriculum issues related to graduate program requirements. An agenda and background reading material will be distributed before the meeting.

MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SMITH 211 3:30 PM
"Tufted Puffin and Rhinoceros Auklet Population Monitoring and Diet-Assessing Limiting Facors," Scott Pearson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"Wet tropics: The paradox of not enough water," Kristiina Vogt, College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER DISSERTATION DEFENSE AND 22 12-2 PM
"Collective Action Problems and Cumulative Effects: Addressing pollution of marine waters in Hood Canal, Washington," Jay Watson; committee chair: Clare Ryan.

TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER THESIS DEFENSE AND 22 3:15 PM
"Investigating Plot Data Projection versus Aggregated Stand Data Projection on a Variable Density Thinning Using a Distance Independent Model," Theresa Klepl; committee chair: Eric Turnblom.

TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE BENAROYA HALL 7:30 PM
Seattle Arts and Lectures presents Elizabeth Kolbert on climate change. For information and to purchase tickets, see http://www.lectures.org/kolbert.html.

WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER DISSERTATION DEFENSE AND 22 10:30 AM
"Sources, Transport, and Fate of Terrestrial Organic Matter Inputs to Small Puget Sound Lowland Streams: Effects of urbanization, floods, and salmon," Mindy Roberts (Civil and Environmental Engineering and The Water Center).

WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER EHUF GRADUATE SEMINAR UWBG,DOUGLAS 3-3:50 PM
"Framing the Big Picture: First glimpses of the global threat of non-native species to biodiversity," Jen Molnar, The Nature Conservancy.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 6-7 DECEMBER WFCA ANNUAL MEETING VANCOUVER, WA
Western Forestry and Conservation Association Annual Meeting, "Understanding the Past, Creating the Future." See http://www.westernforestry.org/annualconference/annualmeeting.htm for agenda and registration information.

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM HUB 209A 12 PM
UPASS and Kent Peterson of the Bike Alliance of Washington team up to offer "Neither Rain Nor Gloom of Night," a free lunchtime program to help you make yourself more visible and ride safer in dark and wet conditions. RSVP to trnsplan@u.washington.edu.

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER CIG SEMINAR CIG CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impacts Group Weekly Seminar, "Climate Change Policies: Always the bridesmaid never the bride?" Hadi Dowlatabadi, University of British Columbia. CIG Conference Room is located on the 2nd Floor, Lisa Li Building, 4909 25th Ave. NE. See http://www.atmos.washington.edu/events/.

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER CFR HOLIDAY PARTY AND 207 4-6 PM
Be sure to bring your families to the CFR Holiday Party! There will be a competition with prizes for the best 3 desserts and the best 3 appetizers to be be determined by popular vote. For 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. The Salvation Army Toy Drive has provided gift tags with suggestions of gifts that are in high demand. These will be available at the party (or you can pick one up in Anderson 107). Or bring a new UNWRAPPED toy, book, etc., of your choosing. Donations will be picked up early in the week of December 19th, so there is plenty of time if you choose to participate. (They will also bring a barrel for coats and blankets for the homeless, so clean out your closets!)

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER ICE AGE SLIDE SHOW ELLIOTT BAY BOOK CO 6:30 PM
Geologist Bruce Bjornstad, Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, presents a slide show based on his book "On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: A Geological Field Guide to the Mid-Columbia Basin," A reception and exhibit follow at the National Parks Conservation Association gallery at 313-A First Avenue S.

THURSDAY, 7 DECEMBER PEOPLE FOR PUGET SOUND SPEAKERS REI 7-9 PM
People For Puget Sound Speaker Series: "Keeping the Sound Alive," presents "King of Fish and the Environmental History of Puget Sound Rivers," David Montgomery, Earth and Space Sciences. See http://www.pugetsound.org/index/speakers_2006-07.

FRIDAY, 8 DECEMBER TROUT SYMPOSIUM AND 207 11 AM-4 PM
The Water Center hosts a Trout Symposium; for more information contact cwws@u.washington.edu.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBERS
A warm welcome to new College staff members Azra Vajzovic and Matt Schroeder. Azra has been working with Sharon Doty through the College of Engineering, but is now a CFR Research Scientist/Engineer 1. Matt has been working at the Wind River Canopy Crane site for some time, but with his primary appointment from UC-Davis. He is now a CFR Research Scientist/Engineer 3.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH FOR NOVEMBER 2006
"Genetic Modification of Arundo Donax"; PI: Sharon Doty; Sponsor: TreeFree Technologies; funded amount $25,000.

COLD IN FORKS!
ONRC Director John Calhoun reported a power outage this week that left the center cold and dark. And we thought we were cold!

BOOK NOTES
On Monday night, UWBG hosted the book launch of "Invasive Species in the Pacific Northwest," edited by Dee Boersma, Sarah Reichard, and Amy Van Buren. The Miller Library arranged a beautiful reception and editors signed books and answered questions.
A paperback edition of "Keeping It Living," co-edited by CFR Research Coordinator Douglas Deur (PNW CESU) and University of Victoria Professor Nancy Turner was released this year (hardcover edition published in 2005). The book tells the story of traditional plant cultivation practices found from the Oregon coast to Southeast Alaska. It explores tobacco gardens among the Haida and Tlingit, managed camas plots among the Coast Salish of Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia, estuarine root gardens along the central coast of British Columbia, wapato maintenance on the Columbia and Fraser Rivers, and tended berry plots up and down the entire coast. Written for diverse audiences, the tone is scholarly, but most chapters will appeal to general readers interested in the Northwest's indigenous cultures, native plants, and environmental history.
Both books would make good holiday gifts!

FALL 2006 RARE CARE NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON LINE
For the latest issue of Rare Plant Press, the newsletter of the Rare Plant Care and Conservation program at UWBG, see http://courses.washington.edu/rarecare/RarePlantPressVolINo2.pdf.

CHANGE IN CFR COMPUTING POLICY
Associate Dean Steve West sends the following message:
"Most will agree that computing security has become an increasingly difficult issue to resolve without overly restricting \ access. Our College needs to take steps to maintain a reliable computing environment by limiting the time that computers are used in administrator-privilege mode. A majority of the organized IT groups around campus have already made this policy change. For most CFR faculty who use current Windows XP-compliant software, this policy change will have no impact on computer use. Further, CFRIT will continue maintaining and updating computers.
For a small number of faculty members, this policy change will modify how they obtain administrator privilege. The approach under development by CFRIT is to have two accounts on a given computer: one account for ordinary use that runs in non-administrator mode and another with administrator privilege. A user granted administrator privilege would log-on to the administrator account to modify or install special software, and then log out of that account and log back in to the non-administrator account. Because the computer would be used in non-administrator mode, this approach would limit CFR's network risk as well as protect the individual user. (To understand the danger, when users log on to a Windows XP computer with administrator privileges they receive unlimited rights to modify all aspects of the operating system, installed software, and data files. This makes the computer extremely vulnerable to attack by viruses, worms, spyware, etc.) CFRIT expects to have this solution available within a month for approved faculty members who require administrator privileges on a frequent basis or for whom CFRIT cannot access a computer because the faculty member is traveling out of contact to the internet.
Please note that members of the CFRIT team have already made this shift themselves, and do most of their daily work in non-administrator mode. They will be happy to work with any faculty member requesting these privileges to make sure that their computing needs are met.
It is a common misconception that users granted administrator privileges lighten the work load on IT staffers. Because of increased vulnerability, computers operating in administrator-privilege mode require more frequent cleaning and maintenance, and heighten the risk of a full-blown security incident requiring the rebuilding of many computers, servers, and global password resetting. (In the summer of 2005 CFR was hit by such an incident and in addition to system down-time, complete recovery cost over $40,000.) Beyond increased security and reduced support costs, other benefits include reduced piracy and reduced legal liability.
As always, to increase efficiency for the CFRIT team and to facilitate modifications or software installations please remember:
*Make your timeline clear when communicating your need to IT staffers.
*Plan ahead -- given 24 hours notice, IT staffers can install software for you (often on less notice).
*When needed, CFRIT can install software for you even if you are out of town, as long as you are able to connect to the internet.
*Try to use the latest versions of software, and software that is designed for Windows XP. It's more likely to work properly.
*Test your software in advance, and if it has problems, a CFRIT Staffer can frequently work around the problem.
*To contact IT, email cfrhelp@u.washington.edu first because it is accessible to all IT staffers. Calling the help number (206-616-7365) logs your message to all staffers as well. Individual cell numbers may also be used. Complete contact information is available at: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/computing/findinghelp/contactcfrit.htm.
In the next week or two you will receive another email detailing progress on this issue, and on a plan for implementation. Thank you for your patience while this change is made.

EQUIPMENT REQUESTS SOUGHT FROM FACULTY AND STAFF
The College has been awarded $49,478 in equipment funds for the Year 2 of the 2005-07 biennium. Evaluate equipment needs and prepare a request. Completed faculty requests should be forwarded to Chair Bradley by January 15, 2007, for prioritization and submission to the Dean. Forward staff requests along with a supporting statement to immediate supervisor for approval prior to forwarding to the Dean. Allocations will be based primarily on the assumption that state funds are allocated to support tenure-track faculty in teaching and research. However, non-tenure faculty and staff may submit requests. All requests must support the College's mission, vision, and strategic themes. Priority will be given to requests with the potential to contribute significantly to curricula development or to new research opportunities. Equipment requests that contribute matching funds for a significant grant that generates full overhead will be seriously considered. Recommendations will be considered by the College Resources Committee and final decisions announced prior to January 31, 2007. Submit Faculty Chair and staff supervisor ranked evaluations and supporting statements to Dean Bare by January 19, 2007.

ALERT: "PHISHING" SCAM TARGETS WSECU MEMBERS
A new email "phishing" scam is targeting WSECU members. The email appears to come from WSECU, but, in fact, comes from an unknown source shown as {service@wsecu.org} The subject line is: Alert. The scam indicates that a member's account is about to be suspended and asks users to click on the link to verify their accounts and to remain active. The scam hopes to find unsuspecting members who will follow the link and then enter their account information. WSECU would never ask you to verify your identity or your card number in this way on-line. If you responded to this email, please contact WSECU immediately at 800.562.0999 to protect your account. For further information, see http://www.wsecu.org and click on "Security Link."

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH DEADLINES
Many federal sponsors now require grant application submission through Grants.gov, and others (including NIH) have announced transition dates for key funding mechanisms that represent peak submission deadlines at the UW. The Grants.gov process has brought sweeping changes to how we submit grants. The cumulative result of these changes is that the overall process takes longer, and proposals that arrive in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at the last minute are at significant risk of missing the sponsor deadline. GIM 1 has been revised to indicate that as of January 2, 2007, the proposal final business and draft/final science must be forwarded to OSP 10 working days prior to the agency deadline. All final application materials (this includes all final science) must arrive in OSP 5 business days before the sponsor deadline. This is in keeping with early deadlines that have been announced in some schools and colleges, and reflects the new process that does not accommodate last minute changes to the application.

RIDE IN THE RAIN CHALLENGE
It's time to gear up for riding in the rain! Registration for the 4th annual Ride in the Rain Challenge has begun. Make a splash this January as you ride to work on your bike and count your trips to win prizes. Prizes will be awarded for individuals and teams commuting the most miles, making the most number of trips, and of course, making the most number of rides in the rain. There will also be a prize for the team recruiting the most new bike commuters. Captains and individuals who recruit 3 first-time participants will receive a fabulous red Ride in the Rain 2007 cycling shirt. Ride 20 one way commute trips during the month of January and celebrate with fellow riders at the awards luncheon and merchandise fair in March. Register now as an individual, a free agent looking for a team to join, or as a captain starting your own team. See https://www.washington.edu/commuterservices/riderain/index.php.

ANYONE WITH EXTRA DAHLIA TUBERS?
During the early November floods, Hmong flower growers were devastated. Although rains were welcome after the long, dry summer, the heavy rains came at a very unfortunate time, before flower growers could dig up their tubers. Most cut flower growers have lost their entire perennial flower beds and many will likely face business failure without help. If you would like to help flower growers get back on their feet, they need to re-establish their Dahlia beds. If you have extra tubers from pulling your dahlias, growers would greatly appreciate anything that gardeners are willing to share. To donate or ask any questions, contact the WSU Immigrant Farmer Coordinator for the Small Farms Program, Bee Cha, 206.205.3154.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
Recent faculty, staff, and alumni media stories include, "Sound's health hangs in the balance," a Seattle PI opinion piece co-authored by alumnus Roger Hoesterey ('80), Regional Director, Trust for Public Land; "Good holly, bad holly," a Tacoma News Tribune article quoting David Zuckerman, UWBG's Washington Park Arboretum Grounds Supervisor; and "Book previews of Northwest note," a Seattle PI column referencing the new book on invasive plants co-edited by Sarah Reichard.

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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://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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm