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The Straight Grain
Volume 32, 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 School 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 19. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, rences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 12 DECEMBER THROUGH 1 JANUARY WPA POSTER EXHIBIT UWBG,MILLER
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Washington Park Arboretum by taking a stroll down memory lane. Learn about turn of the UW 20th century movers and shakers who created the arboretum we love today. The posters will be on exhibit at the Miller Library through January 1, 2010.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

STRAIGHT GRAIN TAKES A BREAK
The Straight Grain will not be published on December 25 and January 1. Next issue will be January 8.

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, January 5, 2010, Anderson 223, 8:30 a.m.-9:20 a.m., The Water Center Seminar, "Water, Energy, and Life: Fresh views from the Water’s Edge," Gerald Pollack, UW Department of Bioengineering.
Monday, January 18, 2010, UW's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends
will work at projects around Puget Sound. Events begin at 8 a.m. in the HUB Ballroom.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Kane 220, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Walker Ames Lecture, "Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson: The death and life of nature and the city," Robert Fishman, University of Michigan.
January 20-22, 2010, Washington, DC, 10th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, "The New Green Economy." Many sessions will focus on climate and energy. SFR alums participating in the conference include Brian Czech
(MS 1988).
Thursday-Sunday, January 21-24, 2010, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Graduate Student Conference for Forestry and Environmental Sciences in Western Canada, "A Sustainable Future: Natural resource research and management in North America."

JOSH LAWLER WELCOMES FAMILY ADDITION
Josh Lawler writes, "Cyrus Guerry Lawler was born on December 9th at 5:23 am. He and his mom Anne are doing well. I'll be a bit slow in responding to emails over the next few weeks." Congratulations Josh and family!

SFR WILL MISS SHAWNA HARTUNG
Shawna Hartung, UWBG education coordinator at the Washington Park Arboretum, is moving to Portland; her last day at SFR will be December 18, 2009. SFR sends along best wishes to Shawna in her new endeavors.

SFR STUDENT, FACULTY, AND STAFF VOTING ON SFR NAME CHANGE SURVEY
SFR Name Change Committe Chair Jim Agee writes, "As you know, Interim Director Hinckley established a SFR Name Change
Committee to consider a new name for the School that better reflects the teaching, research, and outreach in the School. Last month, we asked you for a list of keywords or specific new names. This generated a long list of 115 names. The committee met and condensed the list to 30 by eliminating duplicates, silly names, those that were clearly too narrow, and most of those that were, in our view, too broad, encompassing functions also served by others on campus. We retained the current name (School of Forest Resources) within the list of 30. We are now ready for the next stage: your vote on three of the 30 names. When you access the website, you will be able to vote for a first, second, and third choice out of the list of 30 names. If you want to change your vote, you can re-access the site and change the priority, but cannot vote a second time. We will take the votes and tally the top vote-getters, much similar to the Heisman Trophy voting: 3 pts for each #1 vote, 2 points of a #2, and 1 point for a #3. We will present the entire list and point totals, along with the top vote recipients, to the AFR faculty in early January. The faculty will vote on a preferred name later in Winter Quarter 2010 after receiving further input. Please vote soon! The website will be open until the end of Christmas Day, December 25. The voting process, at https://catalysttools.washington.edu/webq/survey/ewanick/90757, should take no more than a few minutes of your time."

LATEST SFR ON-LINE NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE
The Fall 2009 issue of the SFR News is now available online. This issue contains articles about graduate research using geospatial tools, the Union Bay Natural Area, and much more.

SFR DECEMBER RESEARCH NEWSLETTER NOW ON-LINE!
Sally Morgan writes, "The Research Newsletter for December 2010, summarizing the activities of the month of November, is now available online. The newsletters contain news briefs, and most exciting for me, a link to the new and improved SFR grants cover page, also available online. SFR's new Data Manager, David Campbell, helped transform an archaic, 12-year old interactive document into a simple and efficient tool. Of course, there may be glitches along the way in spite of the transformation -– if you have problems, let me know."

SFR PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Rare Care Program Manager Wendy Gibble gave a presentation on tools and partnerships at the December 7-12, 2009 Center for
Plant Conservation’s Applied Plant Conservation Workshop in Berkeley, CA.

SUPPORT REPLACING RARE TREE STOLEN FROM WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
The Grinch came early this year to the Washington Park Arboretum and cut down and removed a very rare Chinese conifer. The estimated value of the Keteleeria is $10,000. Please help UW Botanic Gardens continue to find and display specimens such as this one by making a donation to the "Arboretum Support Fund."

VIEW UW'S YEAR-END VIDEO
UW President Mark Emmert writes, "This past year brought challenges and uncertainty for all of us at the UW, around our state, and across the globe. But at least one thing has held true — the spirit of discovery is alive and well. The work we do together is more essential than ever to the future success of our University an d the state of Washington. We should take pride in our accomplishments and our shared commitment to making the world a better place.I invite you to enjoy our year-end video that celebrates that spirit of discovery along with some noteworthy accomplishments from 2009.Best wishes for a happy holiday season. And may 2010 be a year of celebration and discovery for you and yours."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Annyslinn Schmidt (BS 2006)went on to get an associate in nursing degree in 2009. She lives in Maple Valley, WA.
Adam Tomash (BS 2006) is a natural resource specialist with WA DNR in Dallesport, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Pay attention to the man behind the curtain: Climate Wizard makes large databases of climate information visual, accessible," UW News, which quotes Josh Lawler, Assistant Professor, landscape ecology; and Evan Girvetz, former Postoctoral Research Associate.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/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 32, 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 School 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 12. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 12 DECEMBER THROUGH 1 JANUARY WPA POSTER EXHIBIT UWBG,MILLER
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Washington Park Arboretum by taking a stroll down memory lane. Learn about turn of the UW 20th century movers and shakers who created the arboretum we love today. The posters will be on exhibit at the Miller Library through January 1, 2010.

MONDAY, 14 DECEMBER THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 11:30 AM
"The Effects of Urea Fertilization on Carbon Sequestration in Douglas-fir Plantations of the Coastal Pacific Northwest," Ben Shyrock; Committee Chair: Rob Harrison.

TUESDAY, 15 DECEMBER ALASKA SALMON SYMPOSIUM FSH 102 1-5 PM
Alaska Salmon Program 2009 Science Symposium.

WEDNESDAY, 16 DECEMBER ESRM 480 PRSENTATIONS CUH,DOUGLAS 8:30-10:20 AM
Student presentations on landscape management plans include project locations at: Magnuson Park Wetland area 1; Magnuson
Park Wetland area 2; historic officer's row housing for homeless youths at Magnuson Park; Bryant Neighborhood Playground in Hawthorne Hills neighborhood.

WEDNESDAY, 16 DECEMBER NSF RESEARCH WEBINAR 4-5 PM
"Government Research Funding Programs that Support University-Industry Collaborations at the National Science Foundation,"
Kesh Narayanan, NSF.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, January 18, 2010, UW's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends will work at projects around Puget Sound. Events begin at 8 a.m. in the HUB Ballroom. See http://exp.washington.edu/carlson to learn more about the 2010 service project opportunities and to register for a project as an individual or as a group. Projects fill up quickly; early registration is encouraged. The final registration deadline is Thursday, January 14, 2010.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Kane 220, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Walker Ames Lecture, "Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson: The death and life of nature and the city," Robert Fishman, University of Michigan.
January 20-22, 2010, Washington, DC, 10th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, "The New Green Economy." Many sessions will focus on climate and energy. SFR alums participating in the conference include Brian Czech (MS 1988).
Thursday-Sunday, January 21-24, 2010, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Graduate Student Conference for Forestry and Environmental Sciences in Western Canada, "A Sustainable Future: Natural resource research and management in North America."

SFR WELCOMES NEW STAFF AND FACULTY
A warm welcome to two new members of the CFR community, David Campbell and John Withey.
David Campbell is our new Database Specialist/Web Programmer. His on-site hours will generally be from 7 a.m. to around 4 p.m. He hopes to be able to continue his volunteer work in the late afternoons. David has a wide range of skills that fits well with our wide range of issues. He has several years of experience in large educational environments, most recently at Seattle Central Community College, where he managed SQL Server databases and taught workshops for staff and students. Prior to that he served as webmaster for the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington. His first order of business will be to become familiar with the Faculty Promotion/Merit/Tenure (PMT) database and the other database tools already in production. We anticipate the first new project to be one involving student data and processes. Please stop by to welcome David to SFR. His office is 107D Anderson.
John Withey (PhD 2006, MS 2002) is a new Postdoctoral Research Asociate who will be working with Josh Lawler on an NSF-funded project. The project will model the potential effects of tax incentives and easements on landscape patterns and, in turn, biodiversity and carbon sequestration across the U.S. and at two sties in Oregon and Wisconsin. Stop by Winkenwerder 209 and say hello!

SFR COMMITTEES APPOINTED AND CHARGED
Interim Director Hinckley has appointed and charged several new SFR committees; several of the committees originated at the September strategic planning retreat; others were a result of the faculty's SFR Organization Report. For a description of the committees and their charges see, the SFR website committee page.

SFR PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Rare Care Program Manager Wendy Gibble gave a presentation on tools and partnerships at the December 7-12, 2009 Center for
Plant Conservation’s Applied Plant Conservation Workshop in Berkeley, CA.

THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE SFR HOLIDAY PARTY A SUCCESS!
Interim Director Hinckley writes: "Similar to the Autumn salmon barbeque, the success of our School's holiday party rested on the shoulders (and arms and wallets/purses) of many people. The following is an attempt to acknowledge and recognize them.
Room Setup: Jason Sharp played a major role in coordinating and doing much of the set-up. He received significant assistance from Bruce Benson, Brooke Cassell, Warren Childe, Alana Lautensleger, and Krissy Mazur.
Tree Acquisition and Decoration: Duane Emmons and Bruce Stamper provided the fir tree and the firewood. Students from Darlene Zabowski's Autumn Quarter Soils class initiated the decoration and Lynne Hendricks and Debbie Livingstone finished transforming the "Charlie Brown" tree into a work of art! Tom Mentele transformed the firewood into a place of warmth.
Food and Dessert Contests: Amanda Davis and Debra Salas-Haynes coordinated the sweet/savory contest; Amanda bought the table-cloth covers to create a festive look and both she and Debra arranged the tables to look festive.
Wine Tasting: Organized by Steve West with set-up assistance from Kimiko Latlaela and contributions from Bruce Bare, Brian Boyle, Gordon Bradley, Clara Burnett, Carol and Jim Green, Darryll Johnson, Bruce Lippke, Larry Mason, John Marzluff, Tom Mentele, Cecilia Paul, Luke Rogers, and Steve West. Jason Sharp was the "wrist band" volunteer.
Cleanup: Bruce Benson, Lauren Clark, Meah Childe, Lois Fink, Cecilia Paul, and Nevada Smith helped with cleanup so we were able to leave at a reasonable hour. Warren Childe helped by washing dishes.
Tradition Memory: Sally Morgan.
Event Planning and Volunteer Coordination: Lois Fink and Nevada Smith.
This was a very successful event made so by considerable work from a large group of people. SFR rocks! Thank you!"

NEW COPIERS IN ANDERSON,BLOEDEL,WINKENWERDER
Interim Director Hinckley writes, "As announced over the summer the nine new copiers in Anderson, Bloedel, and
Winkenwerder, which also print, scan, and, in the case of Anderson 115, fax, were planned and purchased in order to
provide better service to you and cost savings in our operational budget. Now that the majority of the bugs have been
worked out of the new system, other copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines will no longer be supported on School
funds. For the full text of the announcement, see Director'sweb page.

UW-PASS NOT AFFECTED BY ORCA CARD TRANSIT CHANGES
UW Commuter Services writes, "You may have seen recent announcements from Metro, Community Transit, Sound Transit, and ou other transit partners stating that the ORCA card will replace transit passes beginning January 1, 2010. We are writing to let you know that these changes will not affect your U-PASS or how you use it at this time. Until we let you know otherwise, you can continue to flash the U-PASS sticker on your Husky ID Card as you board or exit the bus or show it to the conductor when asked for proof of payment on Link light rail or Sounder trains. Students will continue to receive their U-PASS in the mail along with their registration validation each quarter and vanpool users will follow the same procedure as always."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Masako Hirata (BS 2006) works in Yosemite National Park’s Public Information office in Yosemite Park, CA.
Ivona Kaczynski (BS 2006) is a professional, independent video game developer in Bellevue, WA.
Jessica Larson (BS 2006) is a stewardship associate with the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust in Langley, WA. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Jessica worked with Mount Rainier National Park and Longview Timber.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For The Grinch That Stole Christmas stories, see NPR story, "Rare Tree Stolen From Seattle Arboretum," and University News story, "Grinch at work: One of Arboretum's rare conifers cut down, stolen," http://uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=54276, and Seattle Times story "Rare tree stolen from Washington Park Arboretum." The stories quote David Zuckerman and Randall Hitchin.
See "Federal forests could be tasked with fighting global warming" for an Oregonia story quoting Research Associate Elaine Oneil and alumnus USDA Forest Service Deputy Chief Joel Holtrop (MS 1982).
University Week has a story on the donation of a daffodil planting by Charlotte Behnke in memory of her husband John (both generous donors to UW Botanic Gardens); see "Flowers for John: UW alumnus to be remembered with 10,000 daffodils."
See "Climate: Actions of a few can’t undermine the facts" for a Tacoma News Tribune letter by alum Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006).
A recent Science Daily story reports research by alum Phil Higuera (PhD 2006) and Emeritus Professor Linda Brubaker; see "Plants could override climate change effects on wildfires."
"Brushed aside: Washington's floral greens industry falters as beleaguered harvesters leave" quotes alum Lesley Hoare (MS 2006).

KUDOS
Gordon Bradley sends along kudos to all those who helped with the Forest Club's annual holiday tree sale: Michelle, Amanda, and Debra in the Student Services Office; student volunteers led by Alana Lautensleger and Jason Sharp, who cut 330 trees on Saturday, December 5th and organized them for pick-up, by many satisfied customers, on Sunday the 6th; and other staff and student volunteers, including Bruce Benson, Warren Childe, Conor O'Malley, Megan O'Shea, Jim Syvertsen, and Alex Thomas. Thanks also to Lauren Fortune, Fred Hoyt, and David Zuckerman for assistance on logistics at the Center for Urban Horticulture distribution point.
Kudos to all who participated and brought food to share at the holiday party and to the food contest winners: For savory dishes, 1st place to Geetha Sukumaran for her delicious Cholē and Indian Bread, 2nd place to the RTI group for their amazing three kinds of hummus (the "Van Morrison" was listed repeatedly as a fave on the ballots), and 3rd place to Stuart Strand for his Spicy Salmon Dip; for desserts, 1st place to Michelle Trudeau (and spouse Lorne Skarpness) for the decadent Tiramisu, 2nd place a tie between Jim Agee and grandson's Stuffed Dates and Lauren Clark's Chocolate Peanut Toffee Squares, and 3rd place to Alina Cansler for her Squash Bread. First place winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to University Village which can be picked up in Anderson 116/130 Student and Academic Services.
Kudos to MS student Jane Atkins, who recently received a $24,000 scholarship stipend for one years study abroad at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Jane is studying tree retention on cocoa farms in Ghana, or
more generally, deforestation in West Africa, as part of her SFR degree. The scholarship is an Ambassadorial Scholarships,
the Rotary Foundation's oldest and best-known program, founded in 1947 with the purpose of furthering international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas.
Kudos to volunteers to UW Botanical Gardens' Elisabeth C. Miller Library who donated over 1,500 hours in 2009 processing books, compiling the plant sale calendar, sorting journals, and greatly contributing to the smooth functioning of the Miller Library.

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/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 32, 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 School 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 7. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 7 DECEMBER THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1:30 PM
"Microarthropod Distribution in the Canopy Soil of a Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis) on the Olympic Peninsula, Washington," Royce Anderson; Committee Chair: Bob Gara.

MONDAY, 7 DECEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
"Identification of Molecular Markers for Resistance to Fusarium Crown Rot in Wheat and Survey of Fusarium pseudograminearum and F. culmorum in the Pacific NW," Grant Poole, Washington State University.

TUESDAY, 8 DECEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"The Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model," Bill Labiosa, U.S. Geological Survey.

TUESDAY, 8 DECEMBER CIG SEMINAR OSB 425 4-5:20 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, topic TBA, Ken Westrick, 3Tier. See

TUESDAY, 8 DECEMBER BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"Role of Interspecific Interactions in Rarity and Invasiveness of Closely Related Plant Species," Tiffany Knight, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY, 9 DECEMBER SFR HOLIDAY PARTY ANDERSON 207 4-6 PM
SFR Annual Holiday Party. In addition to the traditional activities, a "Name that Forester" contest will feature photos from Pack Forest over the years. As in past years please bring a homemade sweet or savory food item to share with the revelers. You can bring a delicious purchased item OR you are welcome to participate in the traditional contest for the "Most Favored" recipe in each category. Please list recipe ingredients so that folks can make informed food choices. The festivities will include a wine tasting for which your contribution is $5 either in cash or check made out to UW; give your contributions to Lois Fink.

THURSDAY, 10 DECEMBER ESRM CAPSTONES ANDERSON 207 11 AM-1:30 PM
ESRM senior capstone presentations.

THURSDAY, 10 DECEMBER ENERGY FUTURES PHYS-ASTR 118 12:30-1:30 PM
UW Energy Future Lecture Series, "Peak Oil, Peak Coal, and Energy Availability," James Murray, UW School of Oceanography.
See http://librarian.phys.washington.edu/energy/index.php/Main_Page.

THURSDAY, 10 DECEMBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Selection and Survival Pressures in Rivers: Experiments and observations on juvenile salmon," Brian Kennedy, University of Idaho.

FRIDAY, 11 DECEMBER ESRM CAPSTONES ANDERSON 207 10-11:30 AM
ESRM senior capstone presentations.

FRIDAY, 11 DECEMBER COENV DEAN SEARCH MEETING HUB 106B 10-11:30 AM
Open meeting for all interested in learning about and providing input for the dean search for the College of the Environment.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, January 18, 2010, UW's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends will work at projects around Puget Sound. Events begin at 8 a.m. in the HUB Ballroom. See http://exp.washington.edu/carlson to learn more about the 2010 service project opportunities and to you register for a project as an individual or as a group. Projects fill up quickly; early registration is encouraged. The final registration deadline is Thursday, January 14, 2010.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Kane 220, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Walker Ames Lecture, "Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson: The death and life of nature and the city," Robert Fishman, University of Michigan.

SFR PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Christian Torgersen and Anne Weekes, along with other USGS scientists, will participate in the 2009 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting , on December 14-18, 2009 in San Francisco, CA. Anne, Christian, Andrea Woodward, and co-authors will speak about characterizing geohydrologic linkages in aquatic ecosystems. Christian will also discuss the use of remote sensing to increase the scope of riverine ecology. The AGU meeting provides an opportunity for 16,000 international geophysicists to discuss the latest issues affecting all areas of earth and space sciences.
Larry Mason will make two presentations in December 2009: on December 1st, speaking on "Wood to Energy in Washington," to the NW Environmental Business Council at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce; and on December 3rd, speaking on "Wood to Energy in Alaska; A visiting scientist offers food for thought," at the Tongass National Forest Roundtable Meeting in Sitka, AK.

SFR WILL MISS EVAN GIRVETZ
Best wishes to former postdoc research associate Evan Girvetz who is now Senior Scientist for The Nature Conservancy's Climate Change Adaptation Program, where he will be providing expert technical advice on climate change adaptation to project teams and policy makers, developing effectiveness measures for adaptation strategies, and enhancing the Climate Wizard and other science resources

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, NOVEMBER 2009
"Exploring Cultural Forest Ecosystem Services within a Framework for Forest Stewardship"; PI: Stanley Asah; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $30,000.
"Scaling of Climate Change Scenarios: Yosemite case study"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: The Nature Conservancy; amount: $14,060.

COENV DEAN SEARCH
The search for a permanent dean of the College of the Environment is underway and the search committee is soliciting applications, nominations, and ideas. See link to the search webpage, which includes a Catalyst survey for your comments, is at . An open meeting to gather input will occur on Friday, December 11, 2009, 10-11:30 a.m., in HUB 106B.

STF PROPOSALS FROM SFR
The UW Student Technology Fee (STF) Committee annually solicits proposals from campus units for projects that improve technology and access to technology for UW students. The proposal window is now open. To make sure that we have covered
all infrastructure and feasibility issues and can meet both CoEnv and STF deadlines, we must follow the schedule and process below. Please note that the required approval signatures will not be provided unless this process has been followed. Proposal authors are responsible for familiarizing themselves with STF Proposal Guidelines. Deadlines in the SFR process include:
•December 3-4: Notify SFR IT Director Marc Morrison of intent to submit STF proposal (email is fine and Marc's email is mmorriso@uw.edu).
• December 7–11: Meet with Marc to review technical needs of the grant and provide proposed collaborators. (Demonstration of cooperation among departments, schools, colleges, and other campus units is viewed as a proposal enhancement.)
• December 21–24: Meet with Marc to review pricing and availability.
• December 28–31: Provide final document and budget to Marc for review with Interim Director Hinckley.
• January 4–8: Submit proposal on-line. Print the automatically generated signature page and provide it to Marc.
•January 8: last day to provide signature page to Marc.

E-FLORA DECEMBER ENEWS NOW ONLINE
The UW Botanic Gardens' e-newsletter E-FLora for December 2009 is now available online. The newsletter has articles on a unique holiday gift idea through the Rare Care Program and provides information on a recent training session for contractors on installing rain gardens and cisterns; PDFs of the presentations are also online.

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
The UW's Outstanding Public Service Award selection committee is accepting nominations for the 2010 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 lasting impact it has had. The basis for the nomination may be social, cultural, civic, education-related, or health-related achievements. It may be uncompensated consulting work within one's area of expertise, or volunteer work in other areas. Nominations for the award may be made by faculty or staff, or by a member of an organization that has benefited from the public service activity. Nominating letters should not exceed two single-spaced typed pages and should include:
A description of the nature, extent, and impact of the service;
The period in which the activity occurred and a description of the effort involved;
Whether the nominee received compensation for the activity.
Nominations may be accompanied by a maximum of three additional one-page letters of support, and must be received by Friday, January 22, 2010 at Outstanding Public Service Award Committee, Gerberding 239M, Box 351241, Seattle, Washington, 98195. Nominations and letters of support, as well as any questions, can also be submitted via email to Gus Kravas at gkravas@u.washington.edu.

WA DNR INITIATES STRATEGIC PLANNING EFFORT AND INVITES INPUT
The WA Department of Natural Resources has developed a survey that introduces stakeholders to the draft goals and initiatives in the agency's current strategic planning process. The public is encouraged to indicate level of support for
each initiative and to provide comments on what might be missing. The survey can be found online and will be open for input until December 10, 2009. Information gathered –- along with input from DNR staff –- will be considered in the development of the draft Strategic Plan. DNR will then host a series of public meetings throughout the state to share elements of the draft Plan and again benefit from stakeholder input and contributions. It is anticipated that the draft Plan will be available in late December, 2009 and the final Plan in mid-February, 2010.

NSF RELEASES REPORT ON ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
The National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE), recently released a report entitled, "Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems." The report makes a forceful statement on the urgency of new forms of interdisciplinary environmental research and recommends increased understanding of coupled natural-human systems through "enhanced investments." The AC-ERE has a particular interest in those aspects of environmental science, engineering, and education that affect multiple disciplines. You can read the report online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Linda Arnoldi (BS 2006) is an independent landscape designer in Seattle; her design work focuses on permaculture and organic food production.
Nathaniel Barber (BS 2006) is a forester with Helena National Forest in Helena, MT.
Nicholas Brazee (MS 2006) is a PhD student in forest pathology at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Kay Caromile (MS 2006) is a grants manager for the WA Recreation and Conservation Office’s salmon section in Olympia.
Jean Gauthier (MEH 2006) is an animal caretaker at The Oasis Sanctuary, a life-care facility for captive exotic birds in Benson, AZ.
Simone Peleuke George (BS 2006) is a project coordinator with the BUND's (League for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany) Wildcat Rescue Network in Erfurt, Germany.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See New York Times article, "China jails environmentalist wanted in U.S.," which references Merrill Hall firebombing.
An article in a recent edition of Science News, "Of Mice and Men: Rapid anatomical changes in rodents linked to increases in human population density, precipitation," features research by Josh Lawler.
See University Week article, "Make art, not yard waste, ecological restoration students learn," for article on Jon Bakker's introduction to ecological restoration class, which collaborated with UW Bothell Lecturer Amy Lambert (MS 2006) on a public art project.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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