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December 2007

The Straight Grain
Volume 24, Number 14

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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 30. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY, 2 OCTOBER-30 DECEMBER TREE PHOTOGRAPHY HENRY ART GALLERY
"A Forest for the Trees," exhibition of historical and contemporary photographs highlighting the continuity and diversity of trees as a subject matter for photographers. The exhibition, drawn mainly from the Henrys Monsen Collection of Photography, highlights trees' formal beauty, their allegorical and material uses, and their contested position in human politics. Cost: $10 General Admission, $6 Seniors (62 and older), free to Henry Art Gallery members; UW students, faculty, and staff with ID; high school and college students with ID; and children 13 years and under.

THURSDAY, 3 JANUARY LIDAR WORKSHOP UWBG,CUH 9 AM-4 PM
"Site Scale Applications of LiDAR on Forest Lands in Washington Workshop," sponsored by Precision Forestry Cooperative and WA Department of Natural Resources. Lectures, panel discussions, and examples of LiDAR data quantity and quality for providing site solutions on forested lands. Registration slots are limited (and free); contact Charles Chesney.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Wednesday, January 9, 2008, UWBG, CUH, "The Flora of Seattle in 1850: The landscape before urban development," by CFR alum Ray Larson (MS, '05). Event is part of lecture series sponsored by the Northwest Horticultural Society.
Thursday, January 10, 2008, Anderson 207, South Puget Sound SAF Chapter meeting and dinner with talk by Linda Goodman, USDA Forest Service PNW Regional Forester on "What Is the Future of the U.S. Forest Service and What Changes are Happening Now?" Writes Alicia Sullivan, UW SAF Chapter Chair, "This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with the professional members of the society, get a great dinner, and have a great time. After the success of last year's dinner, we will again be providing a catered dinner at the low cost of $7 for students and $25 for professional members, dessert and beverages included. RSVP to Alicia no later than Monday, January 7, 2008.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson. The networking event is held in conjunction with the UW's Environmental Career Fair scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mary Gates Hall Commons.
Thursday, January 31, 2008, "Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America," 10 a.m.-9 p.m., HUB West Ballroom and Kane 130. Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at over 1,000 U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion.

DEAN PREPARES STATEMENT ON STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS FOR COMING YEAR
In response to UW Provost Wise's request, the College has developed a short statement concerning its strategic directions for the coming year, as well as submitting a request to initiate faculty searches for five tenure-track positions.

REMINDER TO UPDATE YOUR MYUW INFORMATION
Now is a good time for all employes to update personal contact information in MyUW in UW Employee Self-Service (ESS). You can update your W-4 for 2008 and address/mailing or name changes. It is important to keep this information up to date; UW Human Resources and Payroll use this site for mailing important Federal and State tax and benefit information. If you have any questions regarding tax information, contact pr-tax@u.washington.edu.

ELISABETH C. MILLER LIBRARY NEW ACQUISTIIONS
The Elisabeth C. Miller Library is the library of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG), serving students and faculty across the UW campuses, in addition to the general public. Miller Library collections are selected based on user needs, as over 90% of funding comes from private sources. Checking out books from the Miller Library is easy, but different from other UW libraries because it is not part of the UW Libraries system. Visit the Husky User Guide to the Miller Library at for more information. For a list of new acquisitions for November 2007, see http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/collections/new_acquisitions/2007.november.pdf.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Theodore Simons (PhD 1983, MS 1979) is a Professor in North Carolina State University's Department of Zoology and an assistant unit leader in the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. His research focuses on problems in wildlife conservation and the development of multidisciplinary approaches to the conservation of protected areas.
Brian Czech (MS 1988) went on to get a PhD in renewable natural resources from the University of Arizona. He is currently President of the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, based in Arlington, VA. A certified wildlife biologist, he applies his training and experience to economic issues, especially macroeconomic policy. He also has a visiting faculty appointment at Virginia Tech. He will be presenting a seminar in the Colleges Winter 2008 Wildlife Seminar Series.
Swee May (Tang) Cripe (PhD 1995), after a time teaching in the Biology Department at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, returned to the UW to get an MPH in epidemiology. She is currently an instructor and program manager with the UW Department of Epidemiology's Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Training Program.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Skagit Valley Herald article featuring Dave Peterson, see "Threatened Icons: Forests across Western U.S. face increasing insect, fire risks."
.For a New York Times article quoting alum Chris Servheen (MS 1975), grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, see "As cars hit more animals on roads, toll rises."
For a Wall Street Journal referencing Kathy Wolf's research, see "Step Away From the Clippers: New laws to protect trees complicate homeowners' lives.

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://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 24, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 23. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY, 2 OCTOBER-30 DECEMBER TREE PHOTOGRAPHY HENRY ART GALLERY
"A Forest for the Trees," exhibition of historical and contemporary photographs highlighting the continuity and diversity of trees as a subject matter for photographers. The exhibition, drawn mainly from the Henrys Monsen Collection of Photography, highlights trees' formal beauty, their allegorical and material uses, and their contested position in human politics. Cost: $10 General Admission, $6 Seniors (62 and older), free to Henry Art Gallery members; UW students, faculty, and staff with ID; high school and college students with ID; and children 13 years and under.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, January 3, 2008, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., "Site Scale Applications of LiDAR on Forest Lands in Washington Workshop," UWBG,CUH, sponsored by Precision Forestry Cooperative and WA Department of Natural Resources. Lectures, panel discussions, and examples of LiDAR data quantity and quality for providing site solutions on forested lands. Registration slots are limited (and free); contact Charles Chesney.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008, UWBG, CUH, "The Flora of Seattle in 1850: The landscape before urban development," by CFR alum Ray Larson (MS, '05). Event is part of lecture series sponsored by the Northwest Horticultural Society.
Thursday, January 10, 2008, Anderson 207, South Puget Sound SAF Chapter meeting and dinner with talk by Linda Goodman, USDA Forest Service PNW Regional Forester on "What Is the Future of the U.S. Forest Service and What Changes are Happening Now?" Writes Alicia Sullivan, UW SAF Chapter Chair, "This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with the professional members of the society, get a great dinner, and have a great time. After the success of last year's dinner, we will again be providing a catered dinner at the low cost of $7 for students and $25 for professional members, dessert and beverages included. RSVP to Alicia no later than Monday, January 7, 2008.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson. The networking event is held in conjunction with the UW's Environmental Career Fair scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mary Gates Hall Commons.
Thursday, January 31, 2008, "Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America," 10 a.m.-9 p.m., HUB West Ballroom and Kane 130. Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at over 1,000 U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion.

WILD PLACES IN CITY SPACES AWARD
UW Botanic Gardens (UWBG) plant propagator Barbara Selemon reports that the Native Plant Propatation Program at UWBG was awarded $9,936 award as part of the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks Wild Places in City Spaces grant program. This funding will provide support to UWBG in partnering with community partners Seattle Youth Garden Works, and the Student Conservation Association to enhance the native matrix in the Washington Park Arboretum. Work has already begun in the relocated Holly Collection where designated areas will be the focus for propagating and planting selected native plants to help stabilize slopes, manage invasive weed populations, and encourage wildlife habitat. Seattle Youth Garden Works is a non-profit organization that works with homeless and under-served youth by providing employment and garden-based education in the South Park and University District neighborhoods. Last year Garden Works employed over 50 youth during the spring, summer, and fall seasons. One project focused on native plant salvaging, propagating, and planting as part of on-going restoration work in the Washington Park Arboretum. Nearly 300 sword ferns as well as 100 low Oregon grape and snowberry plants were added to various beds throughout the Arboretum, including in the Oak Collection at the north end and alongside Washington Park Boulevard near Lynn Street. UWBG's Native Plant Propagation Program is an ongoing effort to produce plants for on-site use; the program also provides service learning opportunities for students.

CALIFORNIA WINERY SPONSORS CFR HUMMINGBIRD RESEARCH
Wildlife Science graduate student Erin Hagen, who is researching the threatened Juan Fernndez firecrown hummingbird on Robinson Crusoe Island off the central coast of Chile, was awarded nearly $20,000 in a fundraising effort by Clos La Chance Winery in San Martin, CA. Erin has being doing research in the area since 2001. The archipelago is known for its isolated plant and animal communities. Predation by introduced mammals, primarily cats and rats, habitat degradation by feral goats and rabbits, and the spread of exotic plants pose problems for nesting birds. She first researched the islands seabirds, but local park rangers urged the investigation of the Juan Fernndez firecrown a charismatic hummingbird whose numbers have declined dramatically in recent decades and are currently numbered in the low hundreds. Clos LaChance Winery,, has been releasing annually a "Threatened Species" Hummingbird Series wine. It recently announced that in 2007 it donated nearly $20,000 to The Hummingbird Society, based on proceeds from the winery's first "Threatened Species" Hummingbird Series wine. The funds will go toward saving the Juan Fernndez Firecrown from extinction. The Juan Fernndez Firecrown wine consisted of a red Bordeaux blend from the winery's San Martin Estate Vineyards in San Martin, Calif. The proceeds raised by the wine sales will help fund Erin's work in 2008 with the local government to create a conservation plan on the island. This fall, the winery will release another "Threatened Species" Hummingbird Species wine, named after the Honduran Emerald. Proceeds will be donated again to The Hummingbird Society.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP UNDERGRADUATE CURICULUM APPLICATIONS DUE
The Center for Curriculum Transformation, the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, and the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs are soliciting applications from UW faculty members and graduate students to develop courses, study abroad programs, service learning programs, study guides, and research opportunities that prepare undergraduate students for global citizenship. Applications are due February 8, 2008. See description of the application process. Direct inquiries to Betty Schmitz.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Nathan Williamson (MS 1999) is a fire ecologist with Rocky Mountain National Park.
Derek Churchill (MS 2005) is a forester with Conservation Northwest. He also works with the Vashon Forest Stewards, a community forestry group working with small landowners on thinning and forest health projects.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Feds release plan for one of state's rarest flowers," for Wenatchee World article referencing the work of UWBG's Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program.
For another story on the Douglas-fir cone bumper crop phenomenon recently noted by resarchers at the Wind River Canopy Crane, see Nature On-line story, "Bumper cone crop."

KUDOS
Kudos to the College community and thank you from The Savlvation Army for all who made gift and/or clothing/blanket donations.

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://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 24, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 16. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 16 DECEMBER MT ZION MASSED CHOIR BENAROYA HALL 8 PM
Retired CFR staff member Joyce Johnson alerts us to Sunday's performance by the Mt. Zion Massed Choir at Benaroya Hall. Joyce is a Mt. Zion choir member.

TUESDAY, 18 DECEMBER CFR VISITING COMMITTEE ANDERSON 207 12 AM-3 PM
CFR Visiting Committee meeting with UW Provost Phyllis Wise.

THURSDAY, 20 DECEMBER ISLANDWOOD TOUR BAINBRIDGE ISLAND,WA 1-4 PM
Guided three-hour walk of Islandwood educational facilities and grounds including bog, cattail marsh, pond, forest, and ravine.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY,2 OCTOBER-30 DECEMBER TREE PHOTOGRAPHY HENRY ART GALLERY
"A Forest for the Trees," exhibition of historical and contemporary photographs highlighting the continuity and diversity of trees as a subject matter for photographers. The exhibition, drawn mainly from the Henrys Monsen Collection of Photography, highlights trees' formal beauty, their allegorical and material uses, and their contested position in human politics. Cost: $10 General Admission, $6 Seniors (62 and older), free to Henry Art Gallery members; UW students, faculty, and staff with ID; high school and college students with ID; and children 13 years and under.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, January 3, 2008, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., "Site Scale Applications of LiDAR on Forest Lands in Washington Workshop," UWBG,CUH, sponsored by Precision Forestry Cooperative and WA Department of Natural Resources. Lectures, panel discussions, and examples of LiDAR data quantity and quality for providing site solutions on forested lands. Registration slots are limited (and free); contact Charles Chesney.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008, UWBG, CUH, "The Flora of Seattle in 1850: The landscape before urban development," by CFR alum Ray Larson (MS, '05). Event is part of lecture series sponsored by the Northwest Horticultural Society.
Thursday, January 10, 2008, Anderson 207, South Puget Sound SAF Chapter meeting and dinner with talk by Linda Goodman, USDA Forest Service PNW Regional Forester on "What Is the Future of the U.S. Forest Service and What Changes are Happening Now?" Writes Alicia Sullivan, UW SAF Chapter Chair, "This event is a great opportunity to meet and network with the professional members of the society, get a great dinner, and have a great time. After the success of last year's dinner, we will again be providing a catered dinner at the low cost of $7 for students and $25 for professional members, dessert and beverages included. RSVP to Alicia no later than Monday, January 7, 2008.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson. The networking event is held in conjunction with the UW's Environmental Career Fair scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mary Gates Hall Commons.
Thursday, January 31, 2008, "Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America," 10 a.m.-9 p.m., HUB West Ballroom and Kane 130. Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at over 1,000 U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion.

CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION ON ENGINEERING CURRICULUM REPORT
Debra Salas-Haynes alerts us to a recent article in The Chronicle entitled "Make Engineering a Liberal Art with Social Relevance, Report Suggests"; the article is available online at http://chronicle.com/temp/email2.php?id=xgM3x6gxnD8ctwvMx4Z38DC5gyWqmw88 and will be available to non-subscribers of The Chronicle for up to five days after it is e-mailed. The article is always available to Chronicle subscribers at http://chronicle.com/daily/2007/12/986n.htm.

DEAN BARE REPRESENTS UW AT CANADIAN AMBASSADOR'S UW BREAKFAST
Dean Bare was the UW representative at the December 12, 2007 Canadian Consulate-sponsored breakfast for the Canadian Ambassador, the Honourable Michael Wilson. Students and faculty from the Jackson School's Canadian Studies Center shared research areas and involvement during the event.

FOOD BANK FOOD DRIVE/TOY AND BLANKET DRIVE
Michelle Trudeau writes, "Yes, we are running a food drive for the U District Food Bank...but, sadly, our barrel is quite empty! Hopefully, you can find a nice donation and drop it off in Anderson 116...the food bank supports a lot of needy seniors and families. The barrel will be picked up sometime on Monday, so don't delay!" And Sally Morgan reminds us that we have until the morning of Wednesday, December 19th to bring donations to the toy drive or to the coat/blanket drive. Those barrels are in the Dean's office. Remember that the toys must be new and unwrapped -- gifts for all ages are needed -- and that the coats and blankets should be clean, but needn't be new.

NOMINATION DEADLINE FOR DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARDS
The deadline for nominating a UW staff member or a team of staff members for this year's Distinguished Staff Award is fast approaching. Now is the time to not only thank fellow staff members for their daily hard work, but to also reward extraordinary service and accomplishments with University-wide recognition. Five awards of $5,000 each will be presented to outstanding staff chosen from among the nominations. Anyone currently affiliated with the UW -- faculty, staff, or student -- may nominate a staff person for this award. The nomination deadline is December 17, 2007. See nomination criteria and online nomination form.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Geoff Diner (BS '78), now living in Weaverville, NC, writes in to Dean Bare -- memories he relates include working with fellow student Dean Berg (1956-2007) on a project for a management class with Professor Bare in which "our computer program burned up in his (Dean's) apartment fire," and working with the late Professor Emeritus Dave Scott.
Mark Wishnie (BS '98)is Director of Project Management for Equator Environmental, headquartered in New York City. Mark oversees the development and management of Equator's land management projects, including technical review and due diligence of investment opportunities and coordination of Equator's timberland acquisition and management services. Mark previously served as Program Director of the Yale Tropical Resources Institute and Director of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Native Species Reforestation Project.
Melissa Keeley (MS '00) is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Columbia University's Earth Institute.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See recent Billings (MT) Gazette story, "Yellowstone Officials Approve 41 Snowmobiles," quoting alum John Sacklin (BS '77), Chief of Planning and Compliance for Yellowstone National Park.

KUDOS
Sally Morgan sends kudos to the CFR Community for contributions to the Combined Fund Drive. She says, "We have now exceeded our level of giving from last year (Hooray!) but we are below the final figures from 2005. It's not too late though -- we have through the end of the week to make our contributions or pledges.

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://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 24, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 8. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 8 DECEMBER ORNITHOLOGY LECTURE BURKE MUSEUM 1 PM
"Yellowstone and Beyond: An ornithologist's view of the ecology, management, and conservation of Yellowstone birds," Terry McEneaney, Yellowstone National Park.

MONDAY, 10 DECEMBER MILLER LIBRARY MGR CANDIDATE UWBG,CUH,NHS 10-11 AM
Presentation by Robin Cameron, candidate for position of Elisabeth C. Miller Library manager. Candidate resumes are available for review in the Miller Library.

TUESDAY, 11 DECEMBER MILLER LIBRARY MGR CANDIDATE UWBG,CUH,NHS 10-11 AM
Presentation by Janet Dombrowski, candidate for position of Elisabeth C. Miller Library manager. Candidate resumes are available for review in the Miller Library.

TUESDAY, 11 DECEMBER PHD FINAL EXAM ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Individual Tree Species Identification Using LIDAR-derived Crown Structures and Intensity Data," Sooyoung Kim; Committee Chair: Gerard Schreuder.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 11-12 DECEMBER FOREST HEALTH CONFERENCE SPOKANE,WA
"Identification and Management of Forest Insects and Diseases."

WEDNESDAY, 12 DECEMBER MS DEFENSE ANDERSON 207 10:30 AM
"Genetic Analysis of Transgenic Poplars for Enhanced Phytoremediation," Glenda Singleton; Committee Chair: Sharon Doty.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Retired College staff member Joyce Johnson alerts us to the Sunday, December 16, 2007, performance by the Mt. Zion Massed Choir at Benaroya Hall. Joyce is a choir member.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson. The networking event is held in conjunction with the UW's Environmental Career Fair scheduled from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. at the Mary Gates Hall Commons.

THANKS TO ALL FOR A GREAT HOLIDAY PARTY!
Sally Morgan writes, "Thanks to all who helped make the College's holiday party a great success. This couldn't happen without many, many hands. Some of the key people (I'm sure I'm missing some, so I'll apologize in advance!) are: Bruce Stamper and Paul Bailey for the wonderful grand fir from Pack Forest; Bruce Lippke and Steve West for the wine tasting and the prizes for the contest; CFR Development for the beer; Clara Burnett, Amanda Davis, Margie Cooper, Cecilia Paul and Harry Reinert, Beverly Anderson, and Jim and Carol Green for set up and/or clean up; Andrew Larson and Kevin Hodgson for tending the fireplace; Matt McLaughlin, Troy Lane, and a bunch of students whose names I don't know for helping with trimming the tree and carrying loads of things up and down the stairs. Also of note: Tom Mentele and UWTV for the fantastic Centennial video. And although the food contest was only open to those who brought homemade goodies, many thanks to everyone who brought things to eat -- there were excellent munchies -- delicious cheeses and spreads, cookies and brownies, and all kinds of other things." Ccontest winners were:
Savories:
1st: Matt McLaughlin, Luke Rogers, Barbequed chicken po-boys
Tied for 2nd: Cecilia Paul, Maple baked beans with Andouille sausage
Sally Morgan, Sweet 'n sour meatballs
Tobey Clarkin, Guacamole
Sweets:
1st: Anne Briggs, Toffee crunch bars
2nd: Lisa Ettl, Triple chocolate peppermint cake
Tied for 3rd: Karen Hutten, Hindbersnitter (Danish rasperry squares)
Beverly Anderson, Almond torte

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN NOVEMBER 2007
"Center for Plant Conservation"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: Center for Plant Conservation; amount: $2,000.
"Ex Situ Seed Conservation"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $17,000.

NEWS FROM CINTRAFOR
The Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR)'s Fall 2007 Newsletter is now available online. The newsletter contains articles on the history of the trade of forest products from Washington state, and the North American market for glued laminated lumber. Recent Working Papers from CINTRAFOR include: "China Treated Lumber Market Study," by Jeff Cao, Rose Braden, Ivan Eastin, and Jeff Morrell; "The Market for Softwood Lumber in Japan: Opportunities for ouglas-fir Structural Lumber for Hirakaku," by Ivan Eastin and Craig Larsen; and "Overview of the Indian Market for US Wood Products," by Indroneil Ganguly and Ivan Eastin. V view executive summaries and order the working papers online. And, in case you are wondering what "Hirakaku," might be, see http://www.softwood.org/IMAGES/Hirakaku/EN/default.htm.

ARBORETUM'S ITALIAN STONE PINE LOST TO STORM
David Zuckerman, UW Botanic Gardens Horticulture Staff Supervisor, reports, "We lost our one and only Italian Stone pine (Pinus pinea). It was the state champion. All the wrong mix of lower bole and root decay, snow/wind/rain storm, shallow root plate, saturated soils, and weight load. Sad day." On hearing the news, alum, Affiliate Assistant Professor, and big tree expert Bob Van Pelt (MS 1991, PhD 1995) notes that there are (hopefully!) several\ still standing across the road in the golf course.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Robert Stevenson (MS 1979) went on to get an interdisciplinary PhD from the UW, working on the physiology of snakes. He is currently associate professor in the Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Patricia Garcia-Gonzalez (MS 1987) is Executive Director of the Max Foundation, a leukemia support group based in Edmonds, WA.
Keith (Alex) Lenard (MS 1990) is Director of the American Land Conservancy's Landscapes Program, based in Missoula, MT.

COLLEGE'S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE ELECTION RESULTS
Recently elected to serve as members of the College's Environmental Health and Safety Committee for the January 1, 2008 December 31, 2009 term are Neal Bonham, Zareen Khan, Mike Wetzel, and David Zuckerman. The appointed members for the same time period are Margery Cooper, Kevin Hodgson, and Steve West. See committee web page for information on the committee, including its posted minutes.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
Alumnus Tim Quinn (PhD 1992) has been appointed a member of the Puget Sound Partnership; see Puget Sound Business Journal story "Nine scientists Tabbed in Puget Sound Cleanup Effort."

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://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 24, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 1. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 1 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY CARKEEK PK 10 AM-2 PM
Plant native trees, shrubs, and ground cover and remove invasives; sponsored by EarthCorps, Seattle Parks, and the Green Seattle Partnership. For a ride, meet at the East parking lot, UW Fish Sci Building, 9 a.m. Bring appropriate clothing, sturdy footwear, a bag lunch, and work gloves if you have them. Water, light refreshments, gloves, and tools are provided. RSVP to agendasz@u.washington.edu, indicating if you need a ride.

SUNDAY-TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2-4 ABET ACCREDITATION REVIEW BLOEDEL
ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology is conducting a 6-year review of the College's undergraduate Paper Science and Engineering (PSE)program. A self-study has been prepared for the program. The team of engineering professionals and academics will be on the UW campus next week to review PSE, as well as eight other engineering related programs. Beginning on Sunday, the program evaluator will be in Bloedel reviewing course and assessment materials; meeting with PSE faculty, students, staff, administrators, and supporters; and preparing a report to the ABET accreditation board as input into the final accreditation recommendation. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months regarding the outcome of the visit. Questions? Contact Rick Gustafson at pulp@u.washington.edu.

MONDAY, 3 DECEMBER PSO FALL MEETING HUB WEST BALLROOM 11:30 AM-1 PM
Professional Staff Organization annual meeting. Provost Wise will talk about professional staff's essential role in the success of the UW.

MONDAY, 3 DECEMBER MS DEFENSE UWBG,CUH,ISAACSON 12 PM
"Predicting Seed Germination in the Sediments of Lake Mills after Removal of the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River," Joshua Chenoweth (formerly Smith); Committee Chair: Kern Ewing.

MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER WA BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE SEATTLE,WA 7:30 AM-6 PM
Washington Biodiversity Conference, "WA Biodiversity Conservation Strategy: Sustaining our natural heritage for future generations."

MONDAY, 4 DECEMBER WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR SIEG 134 3:30-5 PM
"Ecology and Conservation of Marbled Murrelets on the Western Olympic Peninsula: Spatial and temporal variation in inland activity and implications for forest management," Scott Horton, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM
"Fecal Bacteria Source Tracking and Loading Analysis of the Green River," Rob Zisette, Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc.

TUESDAY, 5 DECEMBER Y2Y SEMINAR BURKE MUSEUM 7-8:50 PM
Yellowstone to Yukon Freedom to Roam Seminar Series, "What You Can Do: A synthesis and a celebration," Jonathan Schechter, Charture Institute.

WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER MS DEFENSE WINKENWERDER 201 2 PM
"Understanding the Interests and Needs of New Forest Landowners in Pierce County, Washington," Lindsay Malone; Committee Chair: Gordon Bradley.

WEDNESDAY, 6 DECEMBER EHUF SEMINAR UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 3-3:50 PM
Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Seminar, "Sharing Experiences in Aquatic Weeds," Kathy Hamel, WA Department of Ecology.

THURSDAY, 6 DECEMBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4 PM
"Climate Change, Food-webs, and New Paradigms in Coastal Marine Communities," Brian Silliman University of Florida.

THURSDAY, 6 DECEMBER CFR HOLIDAY PARTY ANDERSON 207 4-6:30 PM
Bring your spouse/significant other and children. And we want you to bring a tasty treat to share -- if you are in the first half of the alphabet, bring a sweet; if you are in the second half, bring a savory. If you need crackers, chips, etc. to go with your dish, let Sally Morgan know. Bruce Lippke and Steve West will once again provide refreshments. And we are going to vote on our favorite food contributions, so think about that as you plan what you're bringing. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in both categories. Volunteers are needed to help roast chestnuts, help with set-up, keep track of the ballots for the food contest, and to clean up. Questions? Contact Sally Morgan.

FRIDAY, 7 DECEMBER MS DEFENSE BLOEDEL 292 1 PM
"Optimizing Timber Harvest Revenue with Wildlife Constraints for Old-Forest Species using a Spatially Explicit Habitat Model and Open Source GIS," Hiroo Imaki; Committee Chair: Bruce Lippke.

FRIDAY, 7 DECEMBER MS DEFENSE UWBG,CUH,ISAACSON 2 PM
"Can Commercial Wildflower Seed Mixes Contribute to the Spread of Invasive Species?," Lorraine Brooks; Committee Chair: Sarah Reichard.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson.

CFR WELCOMES LOIS FINK
A warm welcome to Lois Fink, the new Administrative Assistant in the Faculty Office in Winkenwerder 104. Lois sends along the following introduction: "I began my career at the UW in December of 1990 and on the second day on the job we experienced one of Seattle's worst snowstorms in history. It took me two and a half hours to walk home from the UW to Queen Anne! Anyway, I spent 8 and a half years in the English Department, in the Chair's office, assisting faculty during the tenure/promotion and reappointment process as well as assisting the head of the graduate department. A promotion came next and I ended up working for the Director of Transportation Administration. After two years, I transferred back to an academic department where I spent six years in the Department of Construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Another promotion took me to the School of Dentistry, Department of Oral Medicine, where I was the Assistant to the Chair. I work on Saturdays at Miller Pollard, a home furnishings store in UVillage. I do volunteer work for a small, non-profit organization, Get Your Guts In Gear, Inc., which produces three-day, 210-mile cycling challenges in three regions of the country: Hudson River Valley (New York City to Saratoga Spring), The Pacific Northwest (scenic loop of Whidbey Island and the Skagit Valley), and Central Texas (LaGrange to Austin). GYGIG seeks to create a community of patients, friends, and family while also empowering those affected by Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, as well as people living with an ostomy. Additionally, GYGIG raises awareness and funds for inflammatory bowel disease research. My volunteer work consists of being part of the volunteer crew supporting the riders for the three days of the Pacific Northwest RIDE, and coordinating efforts for media exposure (print, television, and radio) as well as some sponsorship outreach, again for the Pacific Northwest RIDE. I like wolves, horses, love to cook, and my favorite is Italian!"

TAPPI HOLIDAY PAPER FUNDRAISER
Remember the TAPPI holiday paper fundraiser! For those not familiar with TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), it is an organization of students majoring in paper science and engineering. Each year, they make make paper in the pilot lab in the basement of Bloedel to be sold as a fundraiser to help students attend conferences. This year, they will send\ about 15 students to Dallas, TX to attend the TAPPI Papermakers and Coating Conference. The holiday paper is 100 percent non-wood; 70 percent of the fiber comes from arundo donax, a giant reed native to the Nile Delta region in Egypt, and the other 30 percent comes from Washington-grown wheat straw. The paper is handmade by students on the pilot paper machine in Bloedel 14. Plumosa ferns are added to the paper. The paper is sold in two packets: A: five cards and five 8.5"x11" sheets ($10); B: five cards only ($5). Samples are on display in Anderson 116. If you are interested in purchasing, contact TAPPI student president Cody Hargrove by email or call 509.671.7170. The paper will also be sold at the College's holiday tree pickup (Center for Urban Horticulture at 3501 41st St) this Sunday, and at the holiday party on December 6th.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON
Sally Morgan writes, "As we have done in the past, we are gathering toys for the Salvation Army's Toy 'n Joy Store, a program that allows low-income parents to select toys and gifts for their children. For many, it is the only opportunity they have to provide a semblance of the kind of celebration that we tend to take for granted. If you would like to participate, please bring a NEW, unwrapped toy, book, etc. to 107 Anderson (before December 19) or to the holiday party in the Forest Club Room. If you would like to participate in the distribution, the Salvation Army can use lots of hands during the distribution phase (the week of December 18-21) -- email me and I'll send the contact information. We also have a barrel to collect CLEAN, gently-used coats and blankets for the homeless. That's also in 107 Anderson. And down the hall in Anderson 130, Student Services, there\ is a food barrel to benefit the University District Food Bank."

AMERICAN WATER RESOURCES ASSOCIATION UW STUDENT CHAPTER
The UW Student Chapter of the American Water Resources Association is beginning another fun and eventful year. Check out information about the group and upcoming activities online. The primary objective of the Chapter is to draw together students interested in water resources and related issues. The Chapter is open to all colleges and departments of the UW; student from all fields are encouraged to participate. Interaction among students is facilitated by events sponsored by the Chapter. The Chapter is currently looking for student officers. Please e-mail Arden Thomas if interested.

FACULTY/STAFF PARTCIPATE IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE
College participation in next week's Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium and Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, includes Jerry Franklin's keynote adress to a technical session on forest managment on Department of Defense Lands, and a poster presented by the Landscape Management Systems lab entitled, "Adapting Landscape Modeling Technologies for Sustainable Military Readiness." The poster was developed as part of a training project.

WA COMMUNITY FORESTRY COUNCIL SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR STEWARDSHIP AWARD
The Washington Community Forestry Council seeks nominations for its Urban Forest Stewardship Award recognizing those who have made exemplary contributions to urban forestry in Washington State. The awards provide individuals, businesses, and organizations with deserved recognition for preserving, planting, and managing forests and trees for public benefits and quality of life. If you know someone who has made a special contribution to trees in your community, download a form and mail it to Washington Community Forestry Council, P.O. Box 47037, Olympia, WA 98504-7037. You can also email it to urban_forestry@wadnr.gov. Awards are made in different parts of the state in conjunction with meetings of the Council -- meetings in 2008 will be held in various cities in eastern and western Washington. The Washington Community Forestry Council advises Washington's Urban and Community Forestry Program on policies and projects related to community trees, and works to educate citizens and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological, and aesthetic benefits of trees and to assist local governments, citizen groups, and volunteers in planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation wherever people live and work in Washington State.

IN MEMORIAM
Bruce Bare writes, "With sadness, I report the passing of Al Becker, BSF 1973. Al passed away in the early morning hours, on November 20, 2007 after battling diabetes for many years. His wife D (BSF 1975) said there will be a memorial service, but arrangements are not yet complete. Al worked as a CFR staff member with the Regional Forest Nutrition Research Project (later the Stand Management Cooperative) for many years where he conducted analyses and maintained the data base. He also worked with Georgia Pacific Corporation in Portland, OR. We wish to express our sympathy to D and the rest of her family. Al was an excellent forester and a proud Husky - he will be sorely missed."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Timber industry: Cutting down trees helps environment" for an NPR story, with comments by Bruce Lippke.
See Seattle Times article, "Trees Giving Bizarre Clues to Climate Change," featuring the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility and quoting Jerry Franklin, Ken Bible, and Matt Schroeder. Ken Bible emailed the day after the story ran, "Today I received over 30 emails (more coming in) about this article, talked with two radio stations, and fielded a request by a TV news stations to visit the crane. This is the most responses I've received about anything going on at the crane. I've been amazed at just how many folks have responded to this article with their personal observations, from Edmonds, WA to Redmond, OR. It helps me to realize just how expansive this cone phenomenon is, and that it's something people really do care about and are taking notice."
Sandor Toth alerted us to a story on the College's centennial in a Hungarian on-line forestry source. He says, "This article was published on November 24, 2007 and I think it is essentially a summary of the Seattle Times editorial. It is nice to see that they are writing about CFR in far-away Hungary!"

KUDOS
Kudos for the Denman Forestry Issues Series comes from Tim Stearns, Senior Energy Policy Specialist, WA Department of Trade, Community, and Economic Development, and a participant in the November 13 Denman Forestry Issues program on biofuels and bioenergy. He writes "I wanted to thank you all for allowing a lowly bureaucrat to share the stage with this impressive group of researchers. This was a terrific event as it demonstrated that Washington Universities are doing practical groundbreaking research on near and future opportunities and problems. This work is essential to helping a new industry get off the ground and guiding state government as we assist in this messy task. I know that this pioneering work will lead to ongoing state support, which will be key to leveraging further federal and private support. Involving WSU researchers, the private sector and even a bureaucrat demonstrates that Washington can pull together to be a world leader in biofuels innovation. Parents and taxpayers should be proud and appreciative of the thoughtful work you are doing to solve problems and to create the next problem solving workforce. Your work fits well with the Governor's biofuel strategy and the Next Washington Economic Strategy, which focuses on the need for an innovative economy."
Kudos to Michele Trudeau for gettting the ESRM transcripted options into the Tranfser E-Newsletter. The Transfer eNewsletter is a project of the UW Undergraduate Advising Gateway Center.

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://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm