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The Straight Grain
Volume 37, Number 1

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 2. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 2 JANUARY   ARBORETUM WALKS    WPA,GRAHAM   11 AM-2:30 PM
Free weekend guided Arboretum walks at 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

MONDAY, 3 JANUARY    WILDLIFE SEMINAR     KANE 210    3:30-4:30 PM
"Recent Mountain Goat Research in Washington," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 4 JANUARY    WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223    8:30-9:20 AM
Special Seminar Series on Managing Water Resources in the Yakima Basin, "Introduction to series and the Yakima Basin," Joseph Cook, UW Evans School of Public Affairs.

TUESDAY, 4 JANUARY    GLOBAL HEALTH LECTURE      FOEGE AUD     5:30 PM
WA Global Health Alliance Discovery Series lecture series, "Climate Change and Health: Dark clouds and golden opportunities," Jonathan Patz, University of Wisconsin.

THURSDAY, 6 JANUARY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4:30-5:30 PM
"Ocean Acidification: Global warming's evil twin," Richard Feely, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
        Thursday, January 27, 2011, Webinar on "Demonstration of Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting Tool," Steve Schill, The Nature Conservancy.
    Tuesday-Thursday, February 1-3, 2011, Stevenson, WA, River Restoration Northwest Annual Symposium, "Looking Back and Moving Forward." Jerry Franklin will give the opening address. Other SFR participants include alums Tim Beechie (PhD 1998), Hiroo Imaki (MS 2007), and Jenna Scholz (MS 2001).
    Thursday, February 17, 2011, Center for Urban Horticulture, 6:30 p.m., reception and book lanch for "The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic," by Sarah Reichard. Hosted by the Northwest Horticultural Society .
    Friday, February 25, 2011, Anderson 207, SFR Graduate Student Symposium. More details to follow, including official call for abstracts, but if you want to beat the crowds, send your abstracts to Diana Pietri at dianap@uw.edu.

LEGISLATION ON I-520 RENOVATION AND REPLACEMENT -- EFFECTS ON WPA
Interim Director Tom Hinckley writes, "During last year's legislative session, a bill was introduced that required the Washington State Department of Transportation, in its efforts to push forward the 520 renovation and replacement, to focus on minimizing and addressing potential impacts to the Washington Park Arboretum (WPA).  A group representing the Arboretum Botanical Garden Committee, advisory to the UW, City of Seattle, and The Arboretum Foundation on the management and stewardship of the WPA, worked with WSDOT on addressing issues outlined in ESSB 6392.  Based upon this discussion, WSDOT issued a report to the
Governor, which is available as a link from the work group page. This is a very important document as it acknowledges both historical and future impacts. Representing the UW: Theresa Doherty and Fred Hoyt; the City: Barbara Wright; Parks and Recreation: Donald Harris and Michael Shiosaki; and the Arboretum Foundation: Paige Miller (with Nancy Belcher providing technical assistance).

REPORT BY ELECTED FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Interim Director Hinckley writes "In mid-October, I asked the Elected Faculty Advisory Council to evaluate joint appointments. Their report is now available online. Their cautionary focus, especially at the assistant professor level, is noted. It is unclear, particularly given the current budget and hiring environment, what position the provost's or Dean's office will be taking on joint hires. As suggested in the accompanying document by Bev Anderson and John Perez-Garcia, each case is unique and the cautions suggested by the EFAC must be observed from the start of any discussion. I thank the EFAC for providing this thoughtful and valuable input."

NEWSLETTERS AVAILABLE ONLINE
  The SFR Research Newsletter December 2010 edition is now available online. Writes Sally Morgan, "While there were not as many awards in November as we often have, there is a good total on proposals: $2,689,017 on new and supplemental requests. There are also links to the updated GIM 13 and GIM 19 and information about the SAGE budget module. SFR fiscal staff recently attended an in-house training on the budget module, including a preview of the improvements that will be implemented in January. This is a very exciting development –- SAGE budget can really transform our budget development and has some interesting management application potential, as well. ORIS (Office of Research Information Systems) is working on making the tool as widely used and understood as possible. Toward that end, they will bring the training team to us again and they are especially interested in helping PIs begin to use the system. If interested, please let me know, slm@u.washington.edu, and express your preference as to days of the week and/or times of day that would be easiest for you to spend 2 -2 ½ hours. If you have questions about whether or not it would be useful to you, talk with your fiscal person (who probably took the training in November) or give me call at 7-1754."
    The January-February 2011 issue of ONRC Update is now online. This issues highlights an educational outreach activity at ONRC that has been ongoing since 2003. SFR has won five sequential grants funded by the WA Higher Education Coordinating Board to work with rural teachers of mathematics. The newsletter describes the importance of this activity to rural western Washington.

SFR VISITING COMMITEE MEETS IN DECEMBER
The minutes from the most recent meeting of SFR's Visiting Committee are now available online. The minutes note the transition from Brian Boyle to Court Stanley as committee chair and the four new members of the committee: Della Balick (Arboretum Foundation), Ara Erickson (SFRAA), Alina Niklison (CoEnv Advancement), and Phil Rigdon (Yakama Nation).  Tom Hanson, Bettina Van Hagen, Arlen Washines, and Barbara Wright stepped down.  The School acknowledges and greatly appreciates the leadership provided by Brian, and the participation by Arlen, Barbara, Bettina, and Tom.

MINOR IN ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION APPROVED
SFR has a new minor in ecological restoration! The program has just received approval and details will be posted on the SFR website Academic Program pages soon.

BE PREPARED FOR THE "BIG ONE"
Sally Morgan writes, "Is one of your New Year’s resolutions a vow to finally actually do what you can to be ready for the “Big One”? If so, check out the Earthquake/Disaster Preparedness class offered by UW Environmental Health and Safety. There is no charge or preregistration for this 2-hour class, and it is informative and helpful. It includes a review of geological activity in the Pacific Northwest with tips on how to prepare for an earthquake and reduce risk of personal injury and property damage both at home and at work. The next class is scheduled for February 3, 2011 from 10 a.m.-noon in EEB 403."

"TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE -- USE WOOD" VIDEO
When used to replace fossil fuel-intensive materials such as steel and concrete, wood helps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. See video, book, and presentation prepared by BC Forestry Climate Change Working Group.

PROJECT UPDATE FOR 15TH AVENUE NE RECONSTRUCTION
In January, the Seattle Department of Transportation will begin work to reconstruct 15th Avenue NE between NE Pacific Street and NE 45th Street. The roadway will remain open with one lane of traffic in each direction on weekdays. On weekends, the roadway will be reduced to one lane northbound only. Southbound lanes will be closed at NE 45th Street and southbound traffic will be detoured via Brooklyn Avenue NE. Drivers should consider choosing other alternate routes, as 15th Avenue NE and Brooklyn Avenue NE will likely experience heavy traffic. Work between NE Pacific Street and NE 45th Street will be ongoing until the beginning of June 2011. For a recent project update, see http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_15thavene.htm.

ALUMNI NEWS
    Robert Marcu (BS 1982) is the stewardship forester for the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Medford Unit in Central Point, OR.
    Donna Massa (MS 1982) is executive director of the New Jersey Shade Tree Federation in New Brunswick, NJ.
    Felix Nishida (BS 1982) is an engineer for the USDA Forest Service’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
    Brian Perkins (BS 1982) is the owner of WildPeru, a custom expedition outfitter and jungle tourism business based in Puerto Maldonado, Peru, and West Linn, OR.

SFR IN THE NEWS
    See "West Seattle property owner claims tree poisoning, hangs banner" for a West Seattle Blog piece quoting alum Mark Mead (BS 1987).
    "The future of the forest can sustain communities and the trees, OSU's College of Forestry dean says" references research of Jerry Franklin.

KUDOS
Kudos to the winners of SFR's UDistrict Food Bank Drive.  Writes Michelle Trudeau, "The UDistrict Food Bank drive is over, and the results are in: Merrill gets the "Sumo" award for the greatest yield (with the most pounds of food); Anderson gets the "A" for food quality -- by giving the most priority items; and Winkenwerder gets the "Bill Gates" award for the highest combined cash donations. Congrats to these three buildings, and your generosity is MUCH appreciated!"

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/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 36, Number 12

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

THE STRAIGHT GRAIN WILL TAKE A BREAK NEXT WEEK. THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE STRAIGHT GRAIN WILL BE DECEMBER 31, 2010.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEKS BEGINNING DECEMBER 19 AND 26. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 18 DECEMBER  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  CARKEEK PARK  9 AM-12:30 PM
Green Seattle Partnership Carkeek Park restoration work party.

SATURDAY, 18 DECEMBER  PUGET SOUND TALK  PT ANGELES,WA  6:30-8:30 PM
"Puget Sound 101 and Restoration Challenges," Doug Myers, People for Puget Sound.

WEDNESDAY, 29 DECEMBER CEDAR RIV WATERSHED PROG  NORTH BEND,WA 10 AM-3 PM
Cedar River Watershed Education Center Program, "Wondering about Wildlife."


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, January 3, 2011, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kane 210, Wildlife Science Seminar, "Recent Mountain Goat Research in Washington," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 5:30 p.m., Foege Auditorium, WA Global Health Alliance Discovery Series lecture series, "Climate Change and Health: Dark clouds and golden opportunities," Jonathan Patz, University of Wisconsin.
Thursday, January 6, 2011, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 102 Fishery Sciences, SAFS Bevan Seminar Series, "Ocean Acidification: Global warming's evil twin," Richard Feely, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.
January 27, 2011, Webinar on "Demonstration of Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting Tool," Steve Schill, The Nature Conservancy.
Tuesday-Thursday, February 1-3, 2010, Stevenson, WA, River Restoration Northwest Annual Symposium, "Looking Back and Moving Forward."
Friday, February 25, 2011, Anderson 207, SFR Graduate Student Symposium. More details to follow, including official call for abstracts, but if you want to beat the crowds, send your abstracts to Diana Pietri at dianap@uw.edu.

WINNERS OF HOLIDAY PARTY'S DESSERT AND SAVORY CONTESTS ANNOUNCED
Sally Morgan writes, "The votes from last week’s holiday party food contest have been tallied. Congratulations to the crew in Bloedel 355 for their terrific chicken BBQ – it was the hands-down favorite. The contest was much closer in the sweets category, with Shelley Evans (chocolate terrine) and Lisa Ettl (Guiness chocolate cupcakes with Bailey’s butter cream icing) running neck and neck through the count. In the end, Shelley was ahead by one vote -– congratulations, Shelley! The prizes are specially-selected bottles of Pacific Northwest wine donated by Steve West and Bruce Lippke; thanks to both of you for participating in this way. And a BIG thank you to all the participants and all the tasters -– this was, as always, a real highlight of the season."

SFR NEWS FALL 2010 EDITION NOW ON LINE
See the Fall 2010 edition of the SFR News with articles on an innovative community learning project in eastern WA involving Jim Agee and alum Roger Rosenblatt (MFS 2003); SFR's ongoing contributions to research on health and the environment; our Master of Forest Resources program; plus alumni news and school news highlights.

REGISTER YOUR LAPTOP AND BICYCLE WITH UW POLICE
Did you know you could register your personally-owned laptop and electronics with UW Police to help recover them if they are stolen? It only takes a few minutes to use the online Electronic Equipment Registration for personally owned equipment. You can also register your bicycle. See http://www.washington.edu/admin/police/index.shtml. Read The Daily for more holiday safety tips.

GOVERNOR'S PLAN FOR REORGANIZATION OF STATE AGENCIES
Five months ago, Governor Gregoire asked a group of business, nonprofit, and government leaders to help her transform Washington government. She posed eight questions to guide the committee’s deliberations. With its advice and input from citizens across the state, the Governor recommends the agency consolidations and new strategies. Her proposal addresses the question "Are there more cost-effective, efficient ways to do the activity?" To see how the plan will affect Washington State's natural
resources agencies, see https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/budget/consolidate_services.pdf.

2010 REPORT ON BC FORESTS RELEASED
The State of British Columbia's Forests is a provincial sustainable forestry report that provides information about the environmental, economic, and social aspects of B.C.'s forests.  The report is produced by the Ministry of Forests, Mines, and Lands. See the 2010 report at http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfp/sof/2010/SOF_2010_Web.pdf.

ALUMNI NEWS
David Denis (BS 1982) is a forester with the WA Department of Natural Resources in Port Orchard, WA.
L. Brien Elvins (BS 1982) is president of the Tacoma Investment Group in Tacoma, WA.
Jane Atkins (MS 2010) is a program associate in sustainable agriculture for Scientific Certification Systems in Emeryville, CA.
Sonja Lin (MS/MPA 2010) is a progam specialist for the USDA Forest Service’s Strategic Planning and Performance Accountability Office in Washington, DC.

SFR IN THE NEWS
Alum Morgan Holen (BS 2001) is quoted in the Lake Oswego Review story, "Not Wanted: Lake Oswego looks to exempt some species from its tree-removal limits."
And see "Scientists: It's not too late yet for polar bears," which quotes alum Steven Amstrup (BS 1972).

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/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 36, Number 11

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 11. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 11-12 DECEMBER   ARBORETUM FOUNDATION GIFT SALE    WPA
"Gifts and Greens Galore" gift sale to benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

MONDAY, 13 DECEMBER    THESIS DEFENSE    UWBG,DOUGLAS    11 AM
"The Effects of Flooding Depth, Fertilization and Initial Seedling Size on the Growth and Biomass Allocation of Two Wetland Sedges, Carex obnupta and Carex stipata," Nate Hough-Snee; committee chair: Kern Ewing.

WEDNESDAY, 15 DECEMBER    DISTINGUISHD STAFF AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE
Deadline for submitting a nomination for the UW's Distinguished Staff Award. Up to five awards will be presented to outstanding staff chosen from among the UW's classified, contract classified, and professional staff members. Anyone currently affiliated with the UW -- faculty, staff, or student -- may nominate a staff person or team for this award. See http://www.washington.edu/president/evp/dsa/.

THURSDAY, 16 DECEMBER  UW RESEARCH ORIENTATION  KANE 225  7:45 AM-12:15 PM
Half-day orientation to UW's central research support offices, "Creating Successful Research Projects: Navigating the process." Reserve a space at http://www.washington.edu/research/main.php?page=workshop.

FRIDAY, 17 DECEMBER     PHD PROPOSAL DEFENSE   BLOEDEL 292   9:30 AM
"Using Information Management Technology to Enhance the Decision Making Process in Park Management: A system that combines a Web database and a geodatabase," Mu-Wing Wang; committee chair: Peter Schiess.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, January 3, 2011, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kane 210, Wildlife Science Seminar, "Recent Mountain Goat Research in Washington," Cliff Rice, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 5:30 p.m., Foege Auditorium, WA Global Health Alliance Discovery Series lecture series, "Climate Change and Health: Dark clouds and golden opportunities," Jonathan Patz, University of Wisconsin.
Thursday, January 6, 2011, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 102 Fishery Sciences, SAFS Bevan Seminar Series, "Ocean Acidification: Global warming's evil twin," Richard Feely, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory.
January 27, 2011, Webinar on "Demonstration of Ecosystem Assessment and Reporting Tool," Steve Schill, The Nature Conservancy.
Tuesday-Thursday, February 1-3, 2010, Stevenson, WA, River Restoration Northwest Annual Symposium, "Looking Back and Moving Forward."
Friday, February 25, 2011, Anderson 207, SFR Graduate Student Symposium. More details to follow, including official call for abstracts, but if you want to beat the crowds, send your abstracts to Diana Pietri at dianap@uw.edu.

UWBG-WSU CO-HOSTED CONFERENCE ON FOOD SECURITY
The UW Botanic Gardens-WSU co-hosted conference, "Cultivating Regional Food Security: Recent research in urban-rural food systems" attracted about 160 attendees, mostly from the Seattle area, but also including registrants from California, Idaho, Oregon, and Texas.  Reports Sarah Reichard, "There were people from every aspect of the food supply, from farmers to policy-makers like Richard Conlin (chair of the Seattle City Council) and Aaron Reardon (Snohomish County Executive). It was a great success, exceeding everyone's expectations. We learned many things about our food supply and policies -- some very positive and some things that definitely need improvement. Sunday afternoon was spent brainstorming solutions to some areas needing improvement. From that session, proposals for change are expected."  The conference was sponsored by the King Conservation District. You can read about the conference in an article by Patrick Mulligan on the UWBG website and in a blog report by an attendee. The blog has a link to a resource list compiled by the Elisabeth C. Miller Library's Rebecca Alexander.

UW SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR 2011 PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Do you know of a faculty or staff member who has made exemplary contributions to the common good through public service?  If so, consider a nomination for the UW's 2011 Outstanding Public Service Award. Initiated in 1989, 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 may be made by faculty or staff, or by a member of an organization that has benefited from the public service activity. Nominating letters should not exceed two single-spaced typed pages.  They should include the following:
*A description of the nature, extent, and impact of the service;
*The period in which the activity occurred and a description of the
effort involved;
*Whether the nominee received compensation for the activity.
Nominations may be accompanied by a maximum of three additional one-page letters of support, and must be received by Friday, January 21, 2011. They should be sent to: Outstanding Public Service Award Committee, Gerberding 239M, Box 351241

SFR-IT ANNOUNCES NEW SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
SFR-IT has put a new management system in place to help make software installations and updates more readily available and efficient within SFR. This system, known as Microsoft System Center, may periodically display messages on your Windows workstation regarding the installation or availability of software. SFR-IT writes, "Some of you have already seen parts of it, and some have not. The messages popping up about new software may be confusing at first so we've put together a quick example of what to expect. If you have not noticed these messages and don't see the new applet in your control panel, a quick reboot will get the client installed for you. Please note that this is only for computers that are part of the "CFR" domain, and will not be available on personal or non-joined UW owned systems. We will be adding new software titles gradually, as they do require lots of testing and setup, but the end result of our efforts will make all of our computing lives easier. If there is a title that you would like to see available in this system just send a note to sfrhelp@uw.edu and we will evaluate and add it to the list."

COENV DEAN'S OFFICE HAS NEW ADDRESS
The CoENV Dean’s office has moved to the Ocean Sciences Building and has a new box number: 355355.

ALUMNI NEWS
Jeanne Blackburn (BS 1982) is a senior park ranger with Snohomish County Parks in Everett, WA.
Joel Blumenthal (BS 1982) went on to get an MBA from Phoenix University and is in the PhD program at Walden University. He is the North American area manager for Endress+Hauser, a global supplier of process automation solutions. He lives in Irvine, CA.
Randall Briggs (MS 1982) is a GIS specialist with the USDA’s National Resource Conservation Service in St. Charles, Il.
Beth Clemetson (BS 1982) is director of technical support services for DownHome Solutions, a provider of software tools and technical support for organizations engaged in community lending and development in Seattle, WA.
Diane Converse (BS 1982) went on to get an MS and a PhD from Seattle University. She is the director of the Pratt Museum in Homer, AK.

SFR IN THE NEWS
"Canyonville pilot project could help open O&C lands to logging" references research by Jerry Franklin.
See "Tackling new terrain: Climate change and global health," a UW Today (formerly University Week) story referencing Tom Hinckley, Soo Kim, and Josh Lawler.
"Forest biomass supply research team chosen"references a WA Department of Natural Resources funded SFR research
project.
In the Columns Magazine feature, "The big unknown: The sediment effect," about the Elwha Dam Removal project, research by Christian Torgersen is referenced.

KUDOS
Sarah Reichard sends kudos to UW folks helping out with the Food Security Conference at UWBG: "...I would like to thank Tom Hinckley for providing some 'seed money,' Jean Robins for all her hard work before and during the conference, and the Facilities staff for pulling through in every possible way. Rebecca Alexander produced a book list on urban farming that was included in the packets. Tracy Mehlin helped with the name badges and Carrie Cone gave up a part of her Friday evening to help with a last minute technical glitch. Barbara Selemon and Patrick Mulligan helped out during the conference. Finally, Katie Murphy gave her first
scientific talk on her research before a large, standing room-only crowd in Douglas (probably 80 people) and did a terrific job."
Holly Weese in the School of Public Health sends along kudos to Debbie Livingstone for her help with logistics for a School of Public Health meeting held in Anderson.

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/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html

 


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 36, Number 10

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 4. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 4-5 DECEMBER   FOOD SECURITY CONFERENCE   UWBG
"Cultivating Community Food Security Conference," co-hosted by UW Botanic Gardens and Washington State University Extension. Sponsored by King Conservation District.  SFR graduate student Katie Murphy will speak on "Soil Study of Urban Planting
Strips."

MONDAY, 6 DECEMBER    PHD DEFENSE     BLOEDEL 292    12 PM
"Comparisons of the Positional Accuracy of Stream Mapping Methods; Considering the effects of minimum contributing area and spectral data," Joowon Park; committee chair: Jim Fridley.

MONDAY, 6 DECEMBER    THESIS DEFENSE   ANDERSON 306     3 PM
"Integrating Remote Sensing as a Tool for Adaptive Management of Riparian Systems," Kris Lightner; committee chair: Kristiina Vogt.

MONDAY, 6 DECEMBER    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   BAGLEY 131   3:30 PM
"Flying Squirrel Ecology," Winston Smith, USDA Forest Service.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 6-9 DECEMBER  ECOSYSTEM SVCS CONFERENCE  CHANDLER,AZ
A Community on Ecosystem Services Conference.  Participants include Kathy Wolf and alum Bob Deal (MS 1987).

TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER     WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Cooking Spices and Aberrant Chemicals in Puget and How They Get There," Rick Keil, UW School of Oceanography.

TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER    THESIS DEFENSE     ANDERSON 22    9 AM
"Tree growth and Climate in the Pacific Northwest: An analysis of changing growth environments," Whitney Albright; committee chair: Dave Peterson.

TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER    THESIS DEFENSE     BLOEDEL 292    10 AM
"Spatial and Landowner Attributes Related to the Likelihood of Forestland Development and Time to Forestland Development on Small Forest Landowners' Parcels in Washington State," Mary Ann Rozance; committee chair: Sergey Rabotyagov.

TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER     PHD DEFENSE         ANDERSON 207    10 AM
"Causes and Consequences of Conifer Encroachment for Pacific Northwest Grasslands," Ryan Haugo; committee chairs: Jon Bakker and Charlie Halpern.

TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER    PLANT PHSIOLOGY SEMINAR    ANDERSON 207   2-3 PM
"Phloem Sap Diagnostics for the Rapid Assessment of Plant Health," Andrew Merchant, University of Sydney.  Seminar sponsored by Adjunct Professor Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh's lab.

TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER  HUMAN HEALTH/OCEAN SEMINAR    FISH 108   2:30-3:30 PM
"Spicing Up the Sound: Cooking spices and aberrant chemicals in Puget Sound," Brittany Kimball, UW School of Oceanography.  See http://depts.washington.edu/pnwh2o/pdf/OHH_seminar_series_fall10_2010_0923.pdf.

TUESDAY, 7 DECEMBER     BIOLOGY SEMINAR     PA A102     4-5 PM
"Vision in Grasshoppers and Crickets: From limb control to decision making," Jeremy Niven, Cambridge University.

WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER   THESIS DEFENSE   ANDERSON 22   2:30 PM
"The Role of the U.S. Forest Service in Open Space Conservation in Washington State: Implementation of the Open Space Conservation Strategy," Rick Pringle; committee chair: Gordon Bradley.

WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER    SFR HOLIDAY PARTY     ANDERSON 207   4-6 PM
To usher in the holiday season, take a break and join us for the SFR holiday party. You can participate in a number of ways:  trim the tree, 10 a.m.; help set up, 2 p.m.; attend and enjoy, 4-6 p.m.; enter the homemade sweet or savory food contest -- make something!; help clean up 6 p.m. Volunteers can sign up on the helpers list in the Anderson 107 kitchen or
by contacting Debbie Livingstone, livind@u.washington.edu, or Megan O’Shea, moshea@u.washington.edu.

WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER   WSDOT COMMENT PERIOD ON SR520 CLOSES
WSDOT comment period, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JG5ZS5N, regardingSR520, I-5 to Medina Project: Section 6(f) Environmental Evaluation, closes December 8, 2010. WSDOT is accepting comments on an environmental evaluation document that examines I-5 to Medina project effects on federally protected parks, including portions of the Ship Canal Waterside and Arboretum Waterfront Trail complex, and portions of East Montlake Park and Washington Park Arboretum.

WEDNESDAY, 8 DECEMBER   WSDOT OPEN HOUSE  UNIVERSITY HTS CTR   4-7 PM
If you drive to campus, this open house will provide information on the scheduled reconstruction, beginning in January 2011, of most of 15th Avenue NE in the University District between NE Pacific Street and NE 55th Street. See
http://sdotblog.seattle.gov/2010/12/03/15th-avenue-ne-reconstruction-project-december-8th-open-house/.

THURSDAY, 9 DECEMBER    THESIS DEFENSE     BLOEDEL 292    11:30 AM
"Towards a Semi-automated Remote Sensing Based Wetland Inventory," Meghan Halabisky; committee chair: L. Monika Moskal.

THURSDAY, 9 DECEMBER   PACIFIC CLIMATE SEMINAR WEBCAST   3:30-4:30 PM
"Regional Climate Service," Hans von Storch, Institute for Coastal Research and University of Hamburg.  See
http://www.pics.uvic.ca/broadcast.php for broadcast information and for webcasts of previous seminars in the series.

THURSDAY, 9 DECEMBER    SAFS SEMINAR     102 FISH SCI     4-5 PM
"The Challenge of Putting Ecological Stressors in Context; Three stories from the conservation of freshwaters," Wendy Palen, Simon Fraser University. See http://www.fish.washington.edu/seminars/.

FRIDAY, 10 DECEMBER  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203 12:30-1:30 PM
"Projected Climate Impacts for the Fauna of the Western Hemisphere," Josh Lawler, UW School of Forest Resources.

FRIDAY, 10 DECEMBER    POE PRESENTATIONS    WALLACE COMMONS     2-3 PM
"Conserving, Restoring, and Creating Habitat for a Sustainable Campus: Student research on integrating biodiversity into the University's built environment." Presentations by students in PoE's Sustainability Studio. Projects include "Best Practices for Incorporating Habitat into the Built Environment"; "Re-Wilding to Increase Habitat Areas on Campus"; and "Incorporating Owl Boxes into the Campus Landscape."

FRIDAY, 10 DECEMBER     DEAD ELK SOCIETY     ANDERSON 207     5:30 PM
Celebrate the end of Fall Quarter at the Dead Elk Society Fall Meeting.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Thursday, December 16, 2010, 7:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Kane, Walker-Ames, half-day orientation to UW's central research support offices, "Creating Successful Research Projects: Navigating the process." Reserve a space at http://www.washington.edu/research/main.php?page=workshop.
Tuesday-Thursday, February 1-3, 2010, Stevenson, WA, River Restoration Northwest Annual Symposium, "Looking Back and Moving Forward."

SFR WELCOMES LAURA DAVIS AND ALINA NIKLISON
A warm welcome to Laura Davis, who will be working on grant-related issues in the Financial Services Office. Laura comes to us from the Health Sciences Library. Although she will be assuming a range of duties over time, initially she will be working on CRIS reporting. Please stop by in Anderson 216 to introduce yourself. Laura's email is ldavis@uw.edu and her telephone is 3-8975.
A warm welcome to the CoENV's new Philanthropy Officer, Alina Niklison, who started on November 22nd. Tom Hinckley writes, "Alina will serve as primary fundraising liasion for SFR (~75%) and Earth and Space Sciences (~25%). I had hoped to welcome her at the all-School meeting on November 23rd (remember the ice). Alina comes to the UW from the Five Valleys Land Trust in Missoula, MT, where she worked as stewardship and donor relations manager. She holds an MS in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and completed her undergraduate education in Biology in her native Argentina.  I have met with her and initiated discussions about the School, its giving history, its culture, and its hopes and dreams.  I'm impressed with her grasp of what we do and the diversity of our interests, and also by her enthusiasm and her warm and engaging personality. Her contact information is: Email: niklison@uw.edu, cell phone: 206.295.3951, office phone: 206.221.0395. She will be in Argentina from mid-December until just before the New Year, however, I will seek ways to incorporate her into our activities (e.g., holiday party)."

SFR WILL MISS JOHN CALHOUN
Tom Hinckley writes, "SFR is losing one of its long-term, important members. With sadness, but understanding, I congratulate John Calhoun on his decision to retire, and profoundly thank him for great service to the College, School, and the UW. For me, it was an association that began with the series of short courses put on between CFR and WA DNR in the mid-80s (FLMP) that led to our first meeting.  Most recently, his leadership of both ONRC and SFR's presence on the Olympic Peninsula has renewed this
association. John, thank you and we hope to continue both our professional and social contact with you as you move to your next endeavor."

INTERIM CO-DIRECTORS ANNOUNCED FOR ONRC
Tom Hinckley writes, "I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Steve West and myself as Interim co-Directors of ONRC upon the retirement of John Calhoun as Director on December 31st. This will ensure a process of administrative continuity at ONRC; having the two of us function as co-interim directors will assure that ONRC receives the attention it deserves as we move forward.  When Steve and I discussed how we were going to fill the interim role, we realized that even with both of us serving, we had very large boots to fill. Greg Ettl will assume the role of PI on all grants currently managed by John. We will be working with ONRC staff to ensure a smooth transition and an orderly process for discussing next steps.  Because vacation schedules may vary for the individuals involved, please feel free to contact any of us with questions or concerns now, during the month of December, and beyond.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS OCTOBER 2010
"Fire Histories of Turn Point and Kellett Bluff, San Juan Islands, Washington"; PI: Jon Bakker; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $8,000.
"Biodiversity Inventory Project"; PI: Christian Grue; sponsor: WA Department of Fish and Wildlife; amount: $30,000.
"Tacoma Canopy Cover Assessment"; PI: L. Monika Moskal; sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources; amount: $29,888.
"Northern Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia and Land Use in the Watershed: Feedback and scale interactions"; PI: Sergey Rabotyagov; sponsor: National
Science Foundation; amount: $211,935.
See the latest SFR research newsletter, which provides information on awards and proposals as well as upcoming
opportunities and announcements from the UW's Office of Sponsored Research.

REMINDER: LET'S FILL THOSE FOOD BANK BARRELS!
Until December 11th, SFR will be raising food and funds for the University District Food Bank, which serves up to six zip codes around the UW in Seattle. Donation boxes are placed in Anderson, Winkenwerder, Merrill, and Bloedel. Don't forget our furry friends -- donations of dry and canned pet food are especially needed.

AD-HOC COMMITTEES APPOINTED TO EVALUATE FUNDING PROPOSALS
Interim Director Tom Hinckley has appointed three ad-hoc commitees to evaluate proposals for recently announced funding competitions. The three commitees will be evaluating the Research Support competition, the Equipment Support competition,
and the Student Support competition. The commitees have all been asked to report no later than January 3, 2011.

UWEEK ANNOUNCES NEW FORMAT
When you opened your e-mail on November 18th, you may have noticed that University Week has a new format and a new name. It is now UW Today, and new items may be posted to the page daily. You'll still receive a weekly e-mail telling you what’s new on the page reminding you to go there. If you have the page bookmarked, the new address is http://www.washington.edu/news/.

FEDERAL AGENCIES' "SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE" SEEKS INPUT
Spotlight on Science is a speaker series that is provided as a collaborative agency effort among the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its intent is to offer information about current scientific research and its applications to natural resource managers in the Pacific Northwest. The seminars occur in the Portland metropolitan area, and are accessible remotely through live "webinars" and archived videotapes at http://fresc.usgs.gov/spotlight/. If you'd like to help develop the agenda for next year, visit the survey site, where you can indicate new science topics for consideration, or indicate your willingness to be a presenter. The survey site will be active through December 10, 2010.

ALUMNI NEWS
Phyllis Reed (MS 1983) is a wildlife biologist for the Forest Service’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Darrington, WA.
Mary Rourke (BS 1983) is a silviculturalist with the Forest Service’s Colville National Forest in Republic, WA.
Philip Ryan (PhD 1983), after working as a forest scientist for the government of New South Wales, Australia, for over 25 years, now paints landscapes and shows and sells his paintings all over Australia.
Gabriel Tucker (MS 1983) went on to get a PhD at Cornell University. He is a natural resources consultant in Dulles, VA.  He previously held postions as associate director for the Peace Corps in Togo and Benin, as a faculty member at The Evergreen State College, and as president of Castor International Consulting.
Ruth Wooding (BS 1983) is a district ranger with the Forest Service’s Bitteroot National Forest in Sula, MT.

SFR IN THE NEWS
Did you catch the "Ciscoe at the Arboretum" show on KING 5 TV last Saturday? If not, you can catch a re-broadcast on December 11th. The program includes a feature about SFR alum Ray Larson (MS 2005) and his work at the UW President's residence, Hill-Crest Mansion. "Would tolls keep SR 520 traffic out of the Arboretum?," http://www.seattlepi.com/transportation/431134_tolls3.html, features the Washington Park Arboretum.
See Puget Sound Business Journal's "Exports lift Washington state's lumber industry," quoting Ivan Eastin.

KUDOS
Rob Harrison sends kudos in appreciation of 'over the top' service by Sally Morgan over the holiday weekend. "One of the Bloedel freezer rooms quit working, and Sally immediately looked into it, including checking out the condition of samples there, and let those who had our names on samples in the room know by email. When this happened a few months ago, it was a mini-disaster due to the non-response of the physical plant for several days. I just got done moving still-frozen samples into another, more reliable freezer room and letting everyone with names on samples know. I probably wouldn't have known anything at all about this until Monday, after everything thawed and possibly spoiled, without Sally springing to action. Its great to have staff like Sally working on behalf of our and our students' research."

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/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
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
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html