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DECEMBER 2008

The Straight Grain
Volume 28, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 27. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, 31 DECEMBER LAST POLAR BEAR BURKE MUSEUM
"The Last Polar Bear: Facing the truth of a warming world," Burke Museum.

SATURDAY, 27 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY COLMAN PARK 10:10 AM-2 PM
Green Seattle Partnership restoration work party. Colman Park is an urban forest overgrown with invasive plants; help remove
these weeds and plant native trees and shrubs.

FRIDAY, 2 JANUARY WILDLIFE EDUCATION CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED 10 AM-3 PM
"Family Fun Wildlife Day," Cedar River Watershed Education Center. Wildlife arts and crafts, guided walks along Rattlesnake Lake,
interactive displays; activites are free and for all ages.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Monday, January 5, 2009, Gowen 301, 3:30-5 p.m., Wildlife Science Seminar, "Mountain Goats in Washington: Declines, habitat,
movements, mineral licks, and genetics," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Anderson 223, 8:30-9:20 a.m., Water Center Seminar, "Designing and Building Practical Household Water Supply in the Mountains of Southwest China," Stevan Harrell, UW Department of Anthropology, and Geoff Morgan, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Saturday, January 10, 2009, Northwest Trek, Eatonville, WA, 1-5:30 p.m., Ecological Forestry Seminar, "Restoring Habitat Complexity in Managed Forests," Andrew Carey, USFS (retired), Kirk Hanson, NW Certified Forestry, and Jake Pool (BS 2006), NW
Trek.
Thursday, January 15, 2009, Islandwood, Bainbridge Island, WA, 7-9 p.m., "An Evening with David Knibb: Grizzly Wars, the Public
Fight over the Great Bear," David Knibb, JD.

NEWS FROM USGS CASCADIA FIELD STATION
A new USGS research project is developing a primer for identifying cold-water thermal refugia for the protection and restoration
of habitat for native salmomids. The primer's primary objective is to assist Pacfic Northwest tribes and states in implementing
the new water quality standard for temperature as laid out in the Environmental Protection Agency Region 10's Guidance for Pacific
Northwest State and Tribal Temperature Water Quality Standards. The secondary objective of this project will be a primer for use
by these entities and local watershed community groups to support the identification, protection, and restoration of critical cold
water refugia for the protection of salmonids, many of which are listed as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act. For more information contact lead scientist on the project, Assistant Professor and USGS Research Landscape Ecologist Christian Torgersen, 6-1874, ctorgersen@usgs.gov.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle Times article quoting alum Jeanette Dorner (MS 1999), see "Nisqually Tribe's struggle to restore fabled fish featured at the Smithsonian."

KUDOS
Kudos to CFR donors to the UW's Combined Fund Drive from Sally Morgan, who writes: "Congratulations -- I've just gotten the
figures from the Combined Fund Drive and once again, CFR has exceeded the participation rate of the rest of the UW. We
contributed at an increased level, both in terms of number of participants and average size of donation, leading to an overall
increase of 5.2% over the figures from last year. These are very hard times for a lot of people; I'm personally grateful that I
work with so many generous people."

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/aboutTheCollege/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/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) http://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 28, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 20. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, 31 DECEMBER LAST POLAR BEAR BURKE MUSEUM
"The Last Polar Bear: Facing the truth of a warming world exhibit," Burke Museum..

SATURDAY, 20 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WEST SEATTLE,WA 10 AM-2 PM
King Conservation District Volunteer Opportunity, salmon stream restoration, Longfellow Creek, West Seattle.

SATURDAY, 27 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY COLMAN PARK 10:10 AM-2 PM
Green Seattle Partnership restoration work party. Colman Park is an urban forest overgrown with invasive plants; help remove these weeds and planting native trees and shrubs.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Monday, January 5, 2009, Gowen 301, 3:30-5 p.m., Wildlife Science Seminar, "Mountain Goats in Washington: Declines, habitat,
movements, mineral licks, and genetics," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Anderson 223, 8:30-9:20 a.m., Water Center Seminar, "Designing and Building Practical Household Water Supply in the Mountains of Southwest China," Stevan Harrell, UW Department of Anthropology, and Geoff Morgan, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Saturday, January 10, 2009, Northwest Trek, Eatonville, WA, 1-5:30 p.m., Ecological Forestry Seminar, "Restoring Habitat Complexity in Managed Forests," Andrew Carey, USFS (retired), Kirk Hanson, NW Certified Forestry, and Jake Pool (BS 2006), NW
Trek.
Thursday, January 15, 2009, Islandwood, Bainbridge Island, WA, 7-9 p.m., "An Evening with David Knibb: Grizzly Wars, the Public
Fight over the Great Bear," David Knibb, JD.

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER CAMERON BALOG
A warm welcome to Cameron Balog, who will be working as a Research Scientist with Ernesto Alvarado at the USFS Fire and
Environmental Research Applications Team.

UW ORGANIZATIONAL NAME CHANGES
Tom Mentele writes, "The following name changes have been made across the board at the UW: "Advancement" will replace all
instances of "Development"; "for" will replace "of" in all applicable titles (e.g., Director for Advancement; each Advancement
Officer will only have one title. The following title and organizational name changes have been approved for our staff in the
College of Forest Resources:
Office of Development and Alumni Relations -to- Advancement Office
Tom Mentele, Director of Development -to- Director for Advancement
Caroline Rosevear, Assistant Director of Development -to- Assistant Director for Advancement
Wendy Kelley, Major Gifts Officer -to- Philanthropy Officer
Ramona Hickey, Development Assistant -to Advancement Assistant

USDA ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES AND MARKETS
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced the intention to establish a new USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets and the creation of a federal government-wide Conservation and Land Management Environmental Services Board to assist the Secretary of Agriculture in the development of new technical guidelines and science-based methods to assess environmental service benefits which will in turn promote markets for ecosystem services including carbon trading to mitigate climate change. See full text of press releas.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle PI story on UW Botanic Gardens' new audio tours, see "The Grounded Gardener: Audio tours take gardens to a new level."
See "Researchers foresee more fires as climate changes, which references Dave Peterson.
The College's research is cited in a Crosscut article "How Wall Street is destroying the timber way of life."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Christopher Hughson (BS 1993) went on to get a BS in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA at the
University of Delaware. He is the manager of business intelligence services for Corporation Service Company, based in Wilmington, DE, which provides legal and financial services to law firms and corporations.
Susan Kocher (MS 1993) is natural resources advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension-El Dorado County in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Sang-Don Lee (PhD 1993) is a professor of wildlife at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea, where a current project focuses on a comprehensive understanding of species’ phonological responses to global warming.
Kathleen Maybury (MS 1993) is the conservation services program manager for NatureServe, a nonprofit conservation organization based in Arlington, VA.
Timothy Myers (BS 1993) went on to get a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a senior managing engineer for Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting in Natick, MA, where he applies chemical engineering principles to analyze industrial processes and to investigate and prevent incidents involving chemical releases, fires, and explosions. He has a particular interest in the stability of chemicals and chemical mixtures and their fire and explosion hazard and has investigated incidents involving self-heating or thermal runaway of chemicals and unintentional reactions of incompatible chemicals. He has participated in the investigation of several catastrophic dust explosions that have occurred throughout North America.
Dong-Jun Kim (PhD 2001) is on the faculty of Chungbuk National University’s Department of Forest Science in Chungbuk,
South Korea.

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/aboutTheCollege/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/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) http://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 28, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 14. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY, 17 DECEMBER ECO-FOCI SEMINAR NOAA, SEATTLE 2 PM
Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations Seminar, "Ecological Observing and the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment in the California Current Large Marine Ecosystem," Jonathan Phinney, NOAA/SWFSC. Seminar location is 7600 Sand Point Way NE, NOAA/SWFS Bldg. #3, Oceanographer Room.

WEDNESDAY, 17 DECEMBER TOY BARREL CONTRIBUTIONS DUE
The Salvation Army will be picking up our toy barrel next Wednesday, December 17, so you still have time to help out. It's a hard time for so many people; demand is up dramatically this year, and there are fewer who are in a position to contribute. Anything
you can give will be appreciated. Bring your new, unopened, unwrapped toys to 107 Anderson

THURSDAY, 18 DECEMBER NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM
Northwest Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Learning from Ecosystem-Based Management," Kai Lee, David and Lucile Packard
Foundation

SATURDAY, 20 DECEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY WEST SEATTLE,WA 10 AM-2 PM
King Conservation District Volunteer Opportunity, salmon stream restoration, Longfellow Creek, West Seattle.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Monday, January 5, 2009, Gowen 301, 3:30-5 p.m., Wildlife Science Seminar, "Mountain Goats in Washington: Declines, habitat,
movements, mineral licks, and genetics," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Anderson 223, 8:30-9:20 a.m., Water Center Seminar, "Designing and Building Practical Household Water Supply in the Mountains of Southwest China," Stevan Harrell, UW Department of Anthropology, and Geoff Morgan, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Saturday, January 10, 2009, Northwest Trek, Eatonville, WA, 1-5:30 p.m., Ecological Forestry Seminar, "Restoring Habitat Complexity in Managed Forests," Andrew Carey, USFS (retired), Kirk Hanson, NW Certified Forestry, and Jake Pool (BS 2006), NW
Trek.
Thursday, January 15, 2009, Islandwood, Bainbridge Island, WA, 7-9 p.m., "An Evening with David Knibb: Grizzly Wars, the Public
Fight over the Great Bear," David Knibb, JD.

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
Jerry Franklin has a chapter titled "Conserving Old-Growth Forests and Attributes: Reservation, Restoration, and Resilience," in
the recently published (November 2008) book "Old Growth in a New World: A Pacific Northwest Icon Reexamined" edited by Thomas A. Spies and Sally L. Duncan

POE'S CAPSTONE CONFERENCE PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS ON LINE
The UW Program on the Environment held its capstone project conference on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. CFR faculty advisers included Susan Bolton, Kern Ewing, Dorothy Paun, and John Wott.

AD HOC CENTERS REVIEW COMMITTEE APPOINTED
Dean Bare has appointed an ad hoc CFR Centers Review Committee. The advisory Committee is chaired by Associate Dean Bob Edmonds and is composed of faculty Soo Kim, Josh Lawler, and John Perez-Garcia and staff Debbie Livingstone.

UW ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE
In Fall 2008, the UW launched a new UW Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) in which interdisciplinary student teams work collaboratively to develop solutions to a specific problem of environmental significance. The EIC will spark new product designs
that capitalize on emerging market conditions and propose business concepts that promise significant financial reward while enhancing environmental sustainability. Student teams (frequently in partnership with companies, government agencies, etc.) are
working to develop pioneering methods, designs, and products that provide innovative solutions, reduce environmental impacts, improve ecological sustainability, and improve environmental quality while promoting viable business concepts. Each student team will develop a proof-of-concept, prototype or simulation, as well as a 5- to 7-page business summary that demonstrates
well-formulated business models with significant potential for growth. Teams have four to six months to work through the idea
formation, technological development, and the market analysis and business planning. Final presentations will be at an awards
dinner April 1, 2009, with prize money given to the top-ranked teams. Judges will include technologists as well as entrepreneurs
and investors who support early-stage companies.

FOREST SECTOR WORK GROUP ON CLIMATE CHANGE DELIVERS RECOMMENDATIONS
A panel formed by two state agencies, WA Department of Natural Resources and WA Department of Ecology has recommended that new forestry-based carbon offset projects and other incentives for voluntary action by forest landowners be incorporated into a
regional greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system. The recommendations suggest ways that forest landowners, governments, industries, and developers could help mitigate climate change, including working to avoid the loss of forests to development and increasing the amount of carbon-storing wood in forests and long-lived forest products. Storing additional carbon in forests and wood products can help offset releases to the atmosphere of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases by power plants and other emitters. The Forest Sector Workgroup on Climate Change Mitigation delivered its consensus recommendations after six months of intensive work by a 17-member work group representing Washington tribes, forest landowners and manufacturers, environmental groups, energy producers, land conservancy organizations, and local government. CFR alums serving on the work group included Cathy Baker (MS 1992), Michelle Connor (MS 2001), Craig Partridge (MS 1981, BS 1972), Phil Rigdon (BS 1996), Edie Sonne Hall (PhD 2005, MS 2001), and Steve Stinson (MS 2000). See WA Department of Natural Resources news release.

USDA FOREST SERVICE RELEASES DRAFT NATIONAL REPORT ON SUSTAINABLE FORESTS
The 2010 National Report on Sustainable Forests is the second in a series of reports addressing conditions and trends in U.S.
forests as they relate to the overarching concept of sustainability. The first report was published in 2003. These reports are produced as part of the Forest Service's continuing commitment to the Montreal Process, a group of 12 countries that first came together in 1994 to develop and implement internationally agreed upon criteria and indicators for the conservation and sustainable
management of temperate and boreal forests. The 2010 Report involves the collaboration of over 20 scientists and forestry
professionals within the Forest Service along with a number of outside collaborators, and it covers a comprehensive range of issues and information sources relevant to the sustainable management of our nation’s forests. A draft version of the 2010 Report is available. The Forest Service is seeking public comment from as broad a range of interests and perspectives as possible. There are several ways to submit comments; instructions are provided at http://www.fs.fed.us/research/sustain/. Comments need to be received by April 7, 2009 in order to be incorporated into the final version of the report. Both general and technical comments are appreciated.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR UW'S PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Do you know of a faculty or staff member who has made exemplary contributions to the common good through public service? Nominations are being accepted for the UW's 2009 Outstanding Public Service Award. The award, initiated in 1980, 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 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 and 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 23, 2009. Send nominations to the Outstanding Public Service Award Committee, 239M Gerberding, Box 351241, Seattle, WA 98195. Nominations and letters of support can also be submitted via email to Gus Kravas at gkravas@u.washington.edu as well as any
questions regarding the process. The selection committee is composed of faculty and staff.

NEW E-AWARD SYSTEM FOR SPONSORED RESEARCH TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN JANUARY
"The Sponsored Program Office (OSP), Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS), and the Grants and Contracts Accounting
(GCA) Office have been working together to design and build an interim system for setting up awards. For many years we have relied upon the Notice to Establish Accounts (NEA) process. But for the last year, the SAGE development team has been working on a new e-Award system that will greatly facilitate award establishment for OSP, GCA and the departments. As an interim measure before the e-Award system is completed we will be using the Funding Action (FA) function in SPAERC to record and transmit award information to GCA in lieu of the existing paper-based NEA system. The anticipation is that you will see your awards processed significantly faster since it will greatly increase our efficiency. We will transition to the new eFA on January 6 and 7, 2009.  We wanted to let you know in advance of this change because there will be a two day period while the transition takes place. In this two day window, OSP will not be able to set up new awards or process supplements, renewals, or extensions to existing budget numbers. We are currently working very hard to process all existing awards through the month of December and first week of January so there should be minimal impact to campus. We will continue to receive and review incoming awards as usual.
If there is a budget emergency during the two day window in January, let us know and we will do whatever we can to accommodate you. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Lynne Chronister at lchronis@u.washington.edu or Tami Sadusky at tamis@u.washington.edu."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
A Seattle Times article "Spreading suburbs lure birds of a different feather, features research by John Marzluff and wildlife science
graduate student Dave Oleyar.
A Washington Post article, "Closed-Door Deal Could Open Land In Montana," quotes alum Ray Rasker (BS 1982), who is the
Executive Director of Headwaters Economics in Bozeman, MT.
The USFS PNW Research Station features research by CFR faculty, students, and alumni in an article in the October 2008 issue of
Science Findings. See "Growing Trees where Trees Grow Best: Short-term research sheds light on long-term productivity."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Troy Barron (BS 1993) is vice president for Metals Division and Manufacturing of IntraMicron Inc., a microfibrous materials manufacturer in Auburn, AL.
Augustus "Jenks" Farmer, III (MS 1993) is curator and designer for Moore Farms, a private garden in Lake City, SC. He manages the 25-acre gardens and the staff of nine horticulturists, is responsible for forestry and long-term planning, and oversees the botanical collections and plant databases. He also co-owns and operates Lushlife Nursery, a connoisseur nursery, specializing in crinums, a sub-tropic genus of the amaryllis family.
Lorna (Furtado) Gilmour (BS 1993) is a science teacher at Issaquah Middle School. She was honored by the state superintendent of instruction as 2008 Teacher of the Year for the Puget Sound region. She has been at Issaquah Middle school for seven years and is team leader for the science department. Fluent in Spanish, she developed a math support class for English language learner students, and aside from the hours she spends helping these students with math and science, she has become their advocate, helping them acclimate to the school. After school, she volunteers at the Issaquah Public Library, helping adults improve their English skills.
Filip Tkaczyk (BS 2006) is on the faculty at Alderleaf Wilderness College, near Monroe, WA. Included in his experiences as a naturalist, he has led bird walks with Seattle Audubon and taught tracking/outdoors skills to adults and youth for various organizations such as the Wildlife Society. He worked with Olympic National Park conducting bat research, and for the UW, leading an in-depth study on nutria in the Seattle area. He is also a professional nature photographer who has captured wildlife images around the world. Visit his "Adventures in Nature" blog.

KUDOS
Kudos to MS student Christina Lyons-Tinsley, who won the best student paper award at the recent Pacific Coast Fire Conference in San Diego, CA. Her presentation, "Tree mortality and bark beetle infestations following fuels treatments in a western U.S. pine plantation," was based on undergraduate research conducted with Leda Kobziar at the University of California.
Kudos to Natual Resources (and Forest Resources) Librarian Maureen Nolan for her support and work in presenting a proposal to
the Allen Endowment Fund Committee for this academic year for funding the purchase of the Web of Science, Science Citation Index Back File, 1900-1954. The funding has been recommended by the Committee and approved by UW Libraries Dean Betsy Wilson. The amount to be authorized will complete acquisition of the backfile.

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/aboutTheCollege/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/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) http://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 28, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 6. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events..

SATURDAY, 6 DECEMBER BIOLOGY GRAD SYMPOSIUM FOEGE 60 10 AM-4:30 PM
Biology Graduate Student Symposium.

MONDAY, 8 DECEMBER FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR Faculty Meeting

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY 8-10 DECEMBER NCSE CONFERENCE WASHINGTON, DC
National Council for Science and the Environment Conference, "Biodiversity in a Changing World.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 8-11 DECEMBER ECOSYSTEM SVCS CONFERENCE NAPLES, FL
A Conference on Ecosystem Services, "Using Science for Decision Making in Dynamic Systems."

MONDAY, 8 DECEMBER THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 2 PM
"Age Struture of 200-year-old Douglas-fir Forests in the Southern Washington Cascade Range, James Freund; Committee Chair: Jerry Franklin.

MONDAY, 8 DECEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Videoconference Seminar, "Potato Virus Y: Diversity and new necrotic strains,” Alex Karasev, University of
Idaho.

TUESDAY, 9 DECEMBER PHD QUALIFYING EXAM AND 22 2 PM
PhD qualifying exam, Rapeepan Kantavichai; Committee Chair: Dave Briggs.

TUESDAY, 9 DECEMBER DISSERTATION DEFENSE AND 207 1:30 PM
"Interactions between Fire, Resin Defenses, and Bark Beetles in Ponderosa Pine Forests," Dan Perrakis; Committee Chair: Jim Agee.

THURSDAY, 11 DECEMBER NWFSC SEMINAR NW FISH SCI AUD 11 AM-1 PM
"Dissolved Oxygen in Hood Canal: Understanding variation and drivers of change," Jan Newton, UW Applied Physics Lab.

THURSDAY, 11 DECEMBER CFRAA BOARD MEETING ANDERSON 207 5:30PM
College of Forest Resources Alumni Association Board Meeting.

FRIDAY, 12 DECEMBER WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL NISQUALLY,WA 9 AM-3:30 PM
Washington Biodiversity Council Meeting; open to the public

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, December 18, 2008, 11 a.m., NW Fisheries Science Center Auditorium, "Learning from Ecosystem-Based Management," Kai Lee, David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH DECEMBER 2008
"Contributions to Forest Productivity Research Gap Analysis: Fiber quality and PNW productivity research"; PI: Dave Briggs;
Sponsor: NCASI and USDA Forest Service; amount: $5,002
"Washington Boilers"; PIs: Rick Gustafson and Christian Grue; sponsor WA Department of Ecology; amount: $50,000
"Developing a Biodiversity Scorecard for Washington"; PIs: John Marzluff and Christian Grue; sponsor: WA Department of Fish &
Wildlife; amount $84,350

MORE ON POSSIBLE CFR TRANSITION INTO COENV
Dean Bare writes, "As you are aware, in early November the majority of our faculty voted in favor of joining the CoEnv as a core unit. Planning for this possible transition is underway, but until the RCEP process is completed and adopted by President Emmert, we remain an independent College within the University. Because no specific timetable has been established for the RCEP process,
we cannot predict when the transition may be completed. Further, the State budget deficit may adversely affect the process. Thus, there is considerable uncertainty surrounding the future organization of our College." Read more at
http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/cfrtransNov08.html.

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS ...
Michelle Trudeau reminds us that the Forest Club still has a good inventory of attractive hats, jackets, and t-shirts -- stop by Anderson 130A!
Wendy Gibble, of Rare Care, writes, "Give a holiday gift of native plant conservation. Through Washington Rare Plant Care and
Conservation’s Save Our Species initiative, gifts support the ex situ (off site) conservation of Washington’s rare native plants. You can select which species your gift supports or let Rare Care pick one for you. 

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The Fall/Winter 2008 issue of the Rare Plant Press, newsletter of the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program is
available online . This issues has stories on Rare Care's 10th anniversary and on the program's expanded monitoring efforts.

FACULTY/STAFF PUBLICATIONS
The new book "Wildland Fires and Air Pollution," published in October 2008 by Elsevier, has a chapter by Don McKenzie, David Peterson, and Jeremy Littell ('06) entitled "Ecological Impacts of Forest Fires and Air Pollution Effects of Warmer Climate on Stress Complexes in Forests of Western North America." The book focuses on the interaction between smoke and air pollution that creates a public health challenge and examines innovative wide-scale monitoring efforts (field and remotely sensed), and development of models predicting spatial and temporal distribution of air pollution and smoke resulting from forests fires and other sources.

INPUT REQUESTED ON SUSTAINABLE SITES INITIATIVE DRAFT GUIDELINES
Kathy Wolf writes, "The Sustainable Sites Initiative, an interdisciplinary partnership of organizations promoting sustainable land practices, has released a draft compilation of current research, technology, and practice intended to provide technical guidance and performance benchmarks for sustainable land development and management practices. The draft report focuses on the preservation or restoration of a site’s sustainability within the concept of 'ecosystem resources,' or benefits provided by natural ecosystems such as clean air and water or climate regulation. The report contains 59 draft prerequisites and credits covering each stage of the site development process. Comments are due Jan. 20, 2009. Completion of the report is planned for summer 2009, and the U.S. Green Building Council anticipates incorporating the sustainable sites benchmarks into future versions of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. I have served on two technical subcommittees for this project (Vegetation, then Human Health and Well-Being), and am very pleased that this has now gone public. I hope that members of the CFR community could take a few minutes for review; their insights would provide high quality input. For a copy of the report and more information, see http://www.sustainablesites.org/report/."

MCINTIRE-STENNIS PROPOSAL COMPETITION
Associate Dean Bob Edmonds writes, "Each year CFR receives formula funds from the McIntire-Stennis Program funded by USDA/Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). Approximately $70,000 is now available for funding research in CFR. This funding must be spent by September 30, 2009. The proposal period is January 1- September 30, 2009. The Dean is soliciting 2-page preproposals from CFR faculty for these funds. The maximum funding per proposal is $35,000 so that more than one proposal can be funded. Smaller proposals are encouraged. Funding for currently enrolled graduate students must be included. Proposals will be evaluated by a review committee and the PI of selected proposals will be asked to write a longer proposal to be submitted to CSREES for approval. The priority areas for McIntire-Stennis funding are: (1) Foundation areas of knowledge –- research on forest ecology, individual species, soils, hydrology, invasive species, wildlife, pathogens, insects and fire. (2) Emerging and integrative areas of knowledge (a) science of integration (ecosystem or landscape approaches including multi-state projects), (b) forest ecosystem services, (c) human attitudes and behaviors, (d) conflict, uncertainty, and decision making, (e) technological advancements (biotechnology, nanotechnology, and geospatial technology), productivity, and forest applications, (f) new applications for forest products (biobased polymers, alternative wood fibers, renewable energy systems, and bioremediation, (g) urban ecosystems. Headings to be used in the preproposal are: Title, PI, Justification, Relevance, Background, Objectives, Procedure, Financial Support (budget –- Use RA Schedule 3 for graduate students, and include benefits, supplies, equipments, and travel; no indirect cost is allowed), Personnel, Collaborators and Cooperators, Stakeholder Engagement, Multi-state activities and References.The two-page limit includes: Title, PI, Justification, Relevance, Background, Objectives, and Procedure (selected final proposals are about 5 pages). Budget,personnel, collaborators and cooperators, stakeholder engagement, multistate activities, and references are additional. Multistate activities involve working in another state (like Oregon) with cooperators (like Forest Service or OSU personnel - not paid people). Selected proposals will be evaluated by a three-member faculty committee (including me) using the following criteria. 1) the proposal fits the McIntire-Stennis criteria (could be basic or applied research), (2) it can be completed in nine months, and (3) it funds graduate student research. We are looking for the best proposal(s) so we will rate them on 1-10 scale. The Dean will make the final selection decision based on the committee recommendations. We would like the final proposals to be completed by late December/early January if possible. Please submit your two-page preproposals to Bob Edmonds, bobe@u.washington.edu, before December 15, 2008.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARDS
Do you know an outstanding UW staff member or team who deserves special accolades? Is there a UW staff person or team you work with who:
* Provides superior sustained service or has made a special one-time contribution to the mission of the unit or university
* Continually contributes to a respectful, diverse, and collaborative work environment
* Exhibits exceptional resourcefulness, innovation, or creativity
* Exemplifies excellence and integrity in workplace relationships, interactions, and decision making
If so, honor them by submitting a nomination for the University's Distinguished Staff Award. Awards of $5,000 will be presented to outstanding staff chosen from among the University's 16,000 classified, contract, and professional staff members. Anyone currently affiliated with the UW -- faculty, staff, or student -- may nominate a staff person or team for this award. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on December 15, 2008.
See awards web page for more information and to submit online nominations.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP HIGH PRIORITY FOR UW
Cross Talk, published by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, profiles the UW's efforts to improve
environmental stewardship and focus on sustainabilit.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Ronda Strauch (MS 1992) is a supervisory environmental engineer for King County, WA.
Claus Svendsen (PhD 1992) is an environmental conservation instructor at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA.
Jeffrey Moffett (PhD 1998, MS 1993) directs central reservations and revenue management for Crested Butte Mountain Resort in
Crested Butte, CO. For a career profile of Jeff, see http://www.cbweekly.com/page.cfm?pageid=4672.

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/aboutTheCollege/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/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) http://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