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The Straight Grain
Volume 40, Number 14

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources (beginning January 1, 2012, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences) 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 JANUARY 1. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY, 3 JANUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 PM
"Data to Decisions in Forestland Management: How computer-aided analyses can translate information to understanding," Dan Miller, M2 Environmental Systems. Winter 2012 Water Seminar is sponsored by SEFS, with coordination by Bob Edmonds and affiliate faculty member Doug Martin.

TUESDAY, 3 JANUARY      SCIENCE CAFE     T.S.MCHUGH'S    7:30 PM
Queen Anne Science Cafe, "Climate Change and the Arctic Ocean," Mike Steele, UW Polar Science Center.

THURSDAY, 5 JANUARY  SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SEMINAR  FISH SCI AUD  4:30 PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Claws, Causes, Climate, and Corps: A cavalcade of true crab sagas," David Armstrong, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

FRIDAY, 6 JANUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Public Opinion Surveys: Sample design and fieldwork in the Republic of Georgia," Lucy Flynn, Caucasus Research Resource Centers.

FRIDAY, 6 JANUARY   ATM SCI COLLOQUIUM  JHN 75   3:30-4:50 PM
"The Science Behind Projections of Forced Climate Change:  Historical basis, open questions, and implications for policymakers," Robert Charlson, UW Departments of Atmospheric Science and Chemistry.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012, REI Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m., "Elwha River Restoration Status and Science," Jerry Freilich, Olympic National Park; and Jeffrey Duda, U.S. Geological Survey.
    Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2012, Longview WA, WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference.  Participants include alums Bob Alverts (BS 1966), Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Tom Hanson (BS 1971), and Mike Mosman (BS 1978).
    Saturday, January 21, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. First class session in the "Landscape Design Series"; class meets 6-consecutive Saturday mornings January 21-February 25, 2012.  

SFR TO SEFS NAME CHANGE
  Tom Hinckley writes, "Our new name, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, is effective January 1, 2012. As you know, we've been considering this for more than 15 years as our programs have shifted from traditional forest science and management to conservation and stewardship and the need for a more integrative interdisciplinary approach.  This has been a path followed by all forestry schools in the country, a response to new challenges in natural resources management throughout the world and the need to educate professionals to meet these challenges.
    Our shift was part of a strategic planning process that began in 1996 and that has been instrumental in developing mission, vision, and values statements; transforming our curricula and graduate programs; and hiring 15 new faculty members within the last five years. Formal consideration of a name change began in 2006, when the highest priority goal at our strategic planning retreat was "a new name that accurately reflects all we do." The new name was developed in 2010 through a faculty, staff, and student exercise, facilitated by an ad hoc committee, from which a short list of names emerged. In April 2010, the faculty selected from this list and voted to change the name to School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The new name was formally approved during this past quarter.
    I am grateful to all of you who participated in this process over the years and to the ad hoc Name Change Committee chaired by Jim Agee; see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/committees/SFR_NameChangeCommittee_FinalRpt.pdf for the committee's final report. The following steps have been taken or will be taken soon so that our public face reflects the new name:
*Our website transition has begun; website banners are being modified to reflect the new name, and site content will be updated over the next few days.
*Administrators of center and other program websites within the School have been notified to update their use of the school name.
*UW and CoENV web managers are being notified to update our name wherever it appears on those websites. The Student Services Office has been working to ensure updates in time schedule and other academic information.
*A postcard mailing to alumni and friends is being prepared that will include announcement of the name change.
*Our logo has been modified to include our new name and "College of the Environment."  A jpeg file of the logo is available online.
Right click on the image to copy or save.  Higher resolution graphics formats suitable for use in printed posters and other materials will be forthcoming.
*Links to updated stationery and envelope templates can be found at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/forms/SEFSLetterheadTemplate.doc
and http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/forms/SEFSEnvelope.pdf.
In the coming weeks, we will be contacting our colleagues in academic institutions, as well as other collaborators.  We invite your help and thank you for spreading the word to all of your external partners!

SFR IN THE MEDIA
"The way of the wolverine," in the January 2012 issue of Smithsonian magazine features alum Keith Aubry (PhD 1983).

ALUMNI UPDATES
John Withey (PhD 2006, MS 2002), until recently a post-doc Research Associate in SFR, is now an Assistant Professor in Florida International University's Department of Biological Sciences.

KUDOS
Kudos to Josh Lawler, whose lab received a Project-of-the-Year award from the Department of Defense, EPA, and Department of Energy SERDP program. Chad Wilsey (PhD Student, recently graduated), Betsy Bancroft (postdoc), and Nathan Schumaker (affiliate faculty) were all honored at the annual meeting of the SERDP ESTCP programs this month. The research project was "Forecasting the relative and cumulative effects of multiple stressors on at-risk poplations."

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/events
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 40, Number 13

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 25. Check out the SFR events calendar for a
complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEMBER  ENERGY BENCHMARKING  MGH 30   8 AM-12 PM
Workshop for building owners, property managers, and service providers to support compliance with the City of Seattle’s building energy benchmarking and disclosure ordinance. Free, registration required.

WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEMBER    WILDLIFE PROGRAM    NORTH BEND, WA   10 AM-3 PM
Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Wondering about Wildlife?," winter family fun hosted by Seattle Public Utilities staff and volunteers.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, January 3, 2012, Anderson 223, 8:30-9:20 a.m., Water Seminar, "Data to Decisions in Forestland Management: How computer-aided analyses can translate information to understanding," Dan Miller, M2 Environmental Systems. Winter 2012 Water Seminar is sponsored by SFR, with coordination by Bob Edmonds and affiliate faculty member Doug Martin.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012, T.S. McHugh's, 7:30 p.m., Queen Anne Science Cafe, "Climate Change and the Arctic Ocean," Mike Steele, UW Polar Science Center.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012, REI Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m., "Elwha River Restoration Status and Science," Jerry Freilich, Olympic National Park; and Jeffrey Duda, U.S. Geological Survey.
Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2012, Longview WA, WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference.  Participants include alums Bob Alverts (BS 1966), Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Tom Hanson (BS 1971), and Mike Mosman (BS 1978).

IN MEMORIAM, JACK CORKERY
Bruce Bare writes, "We received word that Jack Corkery (BS 1939) passed away December 15th after a short illness. A memorial service will be held at Our Lady of Fatima church on December 28th at 10:30 a.m. Jack and his entire family supported our School through their financial gifts and their friendship for decades. He was a graduate of the School and a lifelong Husky supporter. All who knew Jack will attest to his vibrant and energetic personality and passion for life. He attended many School events and remained in contact with us throughout his life. His passing leaves a hole in our hearts but we trust that he will find his past friends and peace in Heaven."  An obituary was published in the Seattle Times.

SAF REPORT ON FOREST MANAGEMENT AND CARBON AND ENERGY BENEFITS
A recent report on the carbon and energy benefits that forests and forest products provide, "Managing Forests Because Carbon Matters: Integrating Energy, Products, and Land Management Policy," summarizes and analyzes the most recent science regarding forests and carbon accounting, biomass use, and forest carbon offsets. Research Scientist Elaine Oneil is a co-author of the report, which emerged from the Society of American Foresters Task Force on Forest Climate Change Offsets and Use of Forest Biomass for Energy. Other co-authors include researchers from the USDA Forest Service, several universities, and natural resource and environmental organizations.  The report appears as a supplement to the October/November 2011 issue of the Society of American Forester’s Journal of Forestry.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Man charged in 2001 UW arson to plead guilty," on judicial proceedings regarding the 2001 Merrill Hall arson.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Larissa Zuk (BS 2008) is an account manager for Procter & Gamble in West Hills, CA.

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/events
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 40, 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 17. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 17 DECEMBER    NO CASCADES INST FIELD TRIP  SEDRO WOOLLEY,WA
North Cascades Institute field trip, "Eagles and Salmon: Northwest icons on the Skagit," Libby Mills, naturalist.

MONDAY, 19 DECEMBER  ARCHAEOLOGY LECTURE   DENNY 401   10 AM-12:30 PM
UW Archaeology Lecture Series, "The Prehistory of Commensal Rodents -– Our Impact on Them and Their Impact on Us,"  Ken Aplin, Smithsonian Institution.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Wednesday, December 28, 2011, North Bend, WA, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Wondering about Wildlife," winter family fun hosted by Seattle Public Utilities staff and volunteers.
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012, Anderson 223, 8:30-9:20 a.m., Water Seminar," Data to Decisions in Forestland Management: How computer-aided analyses can translate information to understanding," Dan Miller, M2 Environmental Systems. Winter 2012 Water Seminar is sponsored by SFR, with coordination by Bob Edmonds and affiliate faculty member Doug Martin.
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012, T.S. McHugh's, 7:30 p.m., Queen Anne Science Cafe, "Climate Change and the Arctic Ocean," Mike Steele, UW Polar Science Center.
    Wednesday, January 11, 2012, REI Seattle, 6:30-8:30 p.m., "Elwha River Restoration Status and Science," Jerry Freilich, Olympic National Park; and Jeffrey Duda, U.S. Geological Survey.
    Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2012, Longview WA, WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference.  Participants include alums Bob Alverts (BS 1966), Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Tom Hanson (BS 1971), and Mike Mosman (BS 1978).

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
Josh Lawler and SAFS co-author Julian Olden have an article, "Reframing the Debate over Assisted Colonization," in the most recent issue of the Ecological Society of America's journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

INAUGURAL CoENV DONOR/SCHOLAR CELEBRATION
The College of the Environment hosted its inaugural College-wide Donor and Scholar Celebration in November. Students joined nearly 100 of the College’s most generous donors for a reception and dinner at the UW Club. SFR alum Tom Friberg (PhD 1976, BS 1970) was the master of ceremonies and SFR grad student Laurel James participated in a student panel.

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON FOREST PRACTICES BOARD PROPOSED FULES
WA Department of Natural Resources public hearings are scheduled in January 2012 to invite public comment on proposed Forest Practices Rules changes, one dealing with removing the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon from the Board’s critical habitats (state) list and the other dealing with the Notice of Forest Practices to Affected Indian Tribes regarding Western Washington riparian management zones.  For more information see
http://www.dnr.wa.gov/publications/fp_rulemkg_notice_tribe_owlsfalcons.pdf.

NORTHWEST FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Show, February 8-12, 2012, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. The Washington Park Arboretum will be collaborating with Seattle Audubon on a display garden, "Birdsong," which will celebrate the diverse bird habitat and species found in the Washington Park Arboretum.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
    Articles on the USDA AFRI biofuels grants include "Prosser facility growing answers for biofuel questions," and the UW Columns Magazine article, "Biofuels: A poplar idea."
  "Fighting wild fires in 1958, how Bandera Mountain burned," an Issaquan/Sammamish Reporter article, features alum Ben Harrison (BS 1966).
    "Book highlights all that kids, and adults, will love on Vashon trails," features alum Bianca Perla (PhD 2008).

ALUMNI UPDATES
  Kamoji Wachiira (MS 1969), one of SFR's 2011 Distinguished Alumni, writes, "Trust you are all well. I am just back from the COP 17 jamboree here in Durban. I am sure you followed the climate talks and the many disputes therein. Despite the political statements and the final agreement there was rather little of substance achieved in terms of immediate and ambitious mitigation. So it might be business as usual for another few years. Perhaps in 2020, was the unanimous 'intention' expressed. I myself was on the parallel COP (C17, so called) process where civil society was developing ideas for alternative approaches. Very dynamic, especially the younger folks and the South African Womens Association on adaptation strategies. Very good experience indeed. It would be a good idea for SFR to host a major discussion forum on REDD+ and future implications for foresters/forestry following the COP. Best wishes for a good festive season."
    Victoria Poling (BS 2004) is the internship coordinator for Copper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, WA, where she also teaches viola and violin.
    Benjamin Peterson (MS 2008) is a noxious weed specialist with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.
    Judy Suing (MS/MPA 2008) is a public affairs specialist with the USDA Forest Service’s Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Sparks, NV.

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/events
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 40, 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 10. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY 9-10 DECEMBER  GIFTS/GREENS SALE   WPA  3-7 PM, 10 AM-2 PM
The Washington Park Arboretum Foundation's holiday sale returns to the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum. All sales benefit the Arboretum.

MONDAY, 12 DECEMBER   PHD PROPOSAL DEFENSE   ANDERSON 22    1 PM
"Barred Owl Ecology and Interactions between Barred Owls and Northern Spotted Owls in the Eastern Cascade Range, Washington," Peter Singleton; committee chair: Josh Lawler.

TUESDAY, 13 DECEMBER    PFC BOARD MEETING    ANDERSON 207   8 AM-4 PM
The Precision Forestry Cooperative Annual Board Meeting.

TUESDAY, 13 DECEMBER   FACULTY MEETING   ANDERSON 22    10:30-11:30 AM
SFR faculty meeting.  Agenda and materials distributed in advance of the meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 14 DECEMBER  FOREST MARKETS WORKSHOP PORTLAND,OR  8:30 AM-4 PM
Workshop on Forest Export Markets, "Opportunities in China, Japan, and Korea." SeeSFR
participants include Visiting Scientist Jeff Cao (PhD 2011).

WEDNESDAY, 14 DECEMBER  ECOFOCI SEMINAR  NOAA REGIONAL CTR,BLDG 3   10 AM
"Marine Fish Eggs of the NE Pacific and Bering Sea and Associated Habitats," Debbie Blood and Morgan Busby, Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 15 DECEMBER  NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUD  11 AM
NOAA NW Fisheries Science Seminar, "An Ecologist’s Perspective on the Progress of Ecosystem-Based Management by the Fishery Management Councils," Selina Heppell, Oregon State University.

THURSDAY, 15 DECEMBER   SPOTLIGHT ON SCIENCE VIDEO    1-3 PM
The collaborative federal agency program Spotlight on Science presents its latest program featuring "An Overview of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance Project and Research on Wood Residues Generated during Timber Harvesting," Todd Morgan, University of Montana; and "The Washington State Biomass Assessment Project," John Perez-Garcia, UW School of Forest Resources. To join via streaming video go to http://www.media.pdx.edu/ and click on the Live Streams tab; once on the new page click on the Urban Center 204 Live Stream link, Sharing Research with Partners. See http://fresc.usgs.gov/spotlight/Presentations.html.

FRIDAY, 16 DECEMBER    DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING STAFF AWARD NOMINATIONS
There's still time to submit a nomination for a UW Distinguished Staff Award. Anyone currently affiliated with the UW -- faculty, staff, or student -- may nominate a staff person or team for this award. For more information, see http://www.uw.edu/dsa.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Saturday, December 17, 2011, Sedro Woolley, WA, North Cascades Institute, field trip on "Eagles and Salmon: Northwest icons on the Skagit," Libby Mills, naturalist.
    Monday December 19, 2011, Denny 401, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., UW Archaeology
Lecture Series, "The Prehistory of Commensal Rodents -– Our Impact on Them and Their Impact on Us,"  Ken Aplin, Smithsonian Institution.
    Wednesday, December 28, 2011, North Bend, WA, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Wondering about Wildlife?," winter family fun hosted by Seattle Public Utilities staff and volunteers.
    Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2012, Longview WA, WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference.

HOLIDAY PAPER BY TAPPI UW STUDENT CHAPTER
The TAPPI UW Student Chapter is currently fundraising by selling holiday paper through December 14th. The money raised will help UW students attend PaperCon, a national conference held in May that allows students to interact with industry professionals. The holiday paper is sold in packets containing: 5 greeting cards (4.5"x6"), 10 sheets of writing paper (8.5"x11"), and 5 present tags (3"x4"). All of the products are made from non-wood materials and produced by our Bioresource Science and Engineering students. Each packet costs $10 or a packet of 8 greeting cards costs $5. Email your orders to kt20@uw.edu.

GRAD STUDENTS VOLUNTEER FOR ARBORETUM HYDROLOGY STUDY
Three SFR grad students, Erika Knight, forest ecology; Megan McPhaden, social sciences; and Betsy Vance, forest soils, are performing a hydrology study at the north end of the Washington Park Arboretum's Holly (Ilex) Collection to determine whether the primary source of water is from surface water or groundwater and what the ratio of these inputs may be. When the study is completed, UW Botanic Gardens staff ccan then develop a drainage management plan for the site to keep the hollies from succumbing to saturated soils. (They do not like wet feet!)

UPDATE ON SEFS DIRECTOR SEARCH
Bruce Balick, SEFS Director Search Committee Chair, writes, "December 7th was the nominal cutoff date for full consideration of applications submitted for the position of SEFS Director.  I am very pleased to announce that as of today we have received 18 applications. My informal -- but not necessarily informed -- perusal shows that many of the applicants are likely to be serious contenders. Either the Dean or I plan to be in touch with you again after the interviewees have been announced. Meanwhile, I wish to thank many of you who have made brilliant and thoughtful suggestions for nominations.  The search has really been a village effort.  I am personally delighted at the interest that everyone has shown."

PNW-CESU PARTNERS MEETING
The Pacific Northwest CESU annual partners meeting was held last month at the UW Botanic Gardens. The meeting featured presentations on the Northwest Climate Science Center, the North Cascadia Adaptation Partnership,  a Forest Service-National Park Service collaboration; and regional Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, which is a network of partnerships facilitated by the USDI to ensure the sustainability of America's land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources. The meeting agenda also included a technical session with agency grant and assistance officers.

ONRC IS SITE FOR WORLDWIDE LIGHTNING LOCATION NETWORK
ONRC is serving as a site for the Worldwide Lightning Location Network. Robert Holzworth, researcher in the UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences and the Physics Director of the network, won a grant from the European Commission to participate in an international collaboration called PLASMON. PLASMON is an experiment to "monitor" the plasmosphere using radio wave propagation and other means. Holzworth's part of the project is to provide a quiet location for the reception of VLF (very low frequency) radio waves (300Hz to 30 kHz) and to install a tall antenna (80 to 100 feet tall mast, with triangular magnetic loops), and to collect the data, process it locally, and send the data in real time to team members over the internet.  See
http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/lightning-network-at-uw-helps-get-a-handle-on-volcanoes. ONRC was selected because of its quiet location, away from a large population center (lower noise environment), its appropriate antenna space
already belonging to the UW, Internet access and power already in place at the antenna, and on-site personnel for occasional assistance and troubleshooting.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
    A KUOW story, "Proposed eastern Washington biomass facility debated," features Rick
Gustafson.
  "Off the beaten track," a story in a recent issue of Audubon Magazine features alum Filip Tkaczyk (BS 2006).

ALUMNI UPDATES
    Danielle Gunns (BS 2008) teaches plant biology and environmental science and is the head girls swimming coach st Wilson High School in Tacoma, WA.
    Joshua Hegarty (BS 2008) is a PhD student in the University of California-Davis' Department of Plant Science, where his research focuses on wheat disease resistance.
    Scott Horton (PhD 2008) is a wildlife biologist for the WA Department of Natural Resources in Forks, WA.
    Terri Jones (MS 2008) is the Naval Base Kitsap Forester in Bangor, WA.
    Shannon Kachel (BS 2008) is on the staff of Way Leads to Way Student Expeditions in Kirkland, WA, and is currently planning the 2012 expedition to Kenya.

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/events
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 40, Number 9

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 3. Check out the SFR events calendar for a
complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 3 DECEMBER     VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  EVERETT,WA   10 AM-2 PM
People for Puget Sound Union Slough Native Planting Work Party. Volunteers assist with planting native trees and shrubs at Union Slough saltmarsh restoration site in Everett.

MONDAY, 5 DECEMBER   ENV SCIENCE SEMINAR   UWT, SCI 309   12:30-1:30 PM
"Effects of Biosolids on Forests and Fungi: Free fertilizer but with toxic metals as a hidden cost," Erica Cline (PhD 2004), UW Tacoma.

MONDAY, 5 DECEMBER   MS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22    1-1:30 PM
Voluntary vs. Mandatory Payment Mechanisms for the Provision of Forest Ecosystem Services: A discrete choice analysis of Washington and Oregon households," Gabrielle Roesch; committee chair: Sergey Rabotyagov.

MONDAY, 5 DECEMBER    WILDLIFE SEMINAR      BAGLEY 131    3:30-4:50 PM
"Assessing Critical Habitat for Alberta's Endangered Kangaroo Rats: Evaluating the relative contribution of habitats to population
persistence," Julie Heinrichs, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 6 DECEMBER    WATER SEMINAR   ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Pre- and Post-Urbanization Sedimentary Reconstructions Record Reductions in Anthropogenic Burdens and the Current Status of Puget Sound Water Quality with Respects to Historical Trends," Jill Brandenberger, Pacific NW National Marine Science Laboratory.

TUESDAY, 6 DECEMBER    PCC SEMINAR    PHYS-ASTR A102     4-5 PM
Program on Climate Change Seminar, "Water and Climate from the Perspective of a Forest Ecologist's Trek in Nepal," Tom Hinckley, UW School of Forest Resources. See

WEDNESDAY, 7 DECEMBER  ALASKA SALMON SYMPOSIUM   FSH 102   2:30-5:30 PM
Alaska Salmon Program 2011 Science Symposium showcasing the research of the program's faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.

WEDNESDAY, 7 DECEMBER    SFR HOLIDAY PARTY!  ANDERSON 207   4-6 PM
Bring something to share and sign-up on the signup sheet in the Anderson kitchen to volunteer your help, or contact nevada@u.washington.edu.

WEDNESDAY, 7 DECEMBER  SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY AWARDS SEATTLE, WA  6-8:30 PM
Annual Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards Celebration, a fundraiser honoring regional leaders and innovators.  Location is the Duwamish Longhouse.

WEDNESDAY, 7 DECEMBER    CARBON TAX TALK   SEATTLE TOWN HALL  7:30-9 PM
Soundings Series, "The Case for a Carbon Tax," Shi-Ling Hsu, University of British Columbia.

THURSDAY, 8 DECEMBER   CSE LECTURE SERIES      EE105   3:30 PM
UW Department of Computer Science and Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series, "Doing Science in the Open," Michael Nielsen, author and researcher. Lecture will describe how mass online collaborations are being used to prove mathematical theorems, how online markets are allowing scientific problems to be outsourced, and how online citizen science projects are enabling amateurs to make scientific discoveries.

THURSDAY, 8 DECEMBER    SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI AUD    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Impacts of Climate Change on Pack Ice-Associated Arctic Marine Mammals," Kristin Laidre, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and UW Applied Physics Laboratory.

FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Defining Multi-species Control Rules Using a Bioenergetics-based Multi-species Statistical Catch-at-age Model for Bering Sea Walleye Pollock, Pacific Cod, and Arrowtooth Flounder," Kirstin Holsman.

FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER   SUSTAINABILITY STUDIO   WALLACE COMMONS   2-3 PM
PoE's Sustainability Studio Student Project Presentations, "Getting Here Green: Student research on transportation and sustainability at the UW."

FRIDAY-SATURDAY 9-10 DECEMBER  GIFTS/GREENS SALE   WPA  3-7 PM, 10 AM-2 PM
The Washington Park Arboretum Foundation's holiday sale returns to the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum. All sales benefit the Arboretum.

FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER  COMBINED FUND DRIVE DEADLINE
Still haven’t contributed to the UW's Combined Fund Drive? The drive has been extended a week and will now continue through December 9, 2011.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011, Portland, OR, 8:30-4 p.m., Workshop on Forest Export Markets, "Opportunities in China, Japan, and Korea."  SFR participants include Visiting Scientist Jeff Cao (PhD 2011).
    Friday, December 16, 2011, deadline for submitting a nomination for UW Distinguished Staff Award. Anyone currently affiliated with the UW -- faculty, staff, or student -- may nominate a staff person or team for this award. For more information, see the Distinguished Staff Awards website at www.uw.edu/dsa.
    Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2012, Longview WA, WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY AT PACK FOREST
Professor Hailong Shen of Northeast Forestry University in Harbin, China, and Hongyi Jiang of Hongshi Forest Enterprise visited Pack Forest in November where they examined Douglas-fir spacing trials with Greg Ettl and Chris Raynham. The group came from Northeast China to visit Pack Forest and discuss strategies for sustainable forest management with Greg and several SFR faculty in Seattle (Tom Hinckley, Dave Briggs, and Eric Turnblom). The collaboration is part of a larger effort to restore hardwood forests in Jilin Province in northeast China.

SACNAS INSPIRES UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS TO EXPLORE SCIENCE
Back in 2007, when the UW chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) got started, the group had just five members. Four short years later, the chapter’s regular meetings attract 10 times that many people -- all interested in bringing greater diversity to the study of science at the UW. Just now, of the 66 chapters nationwide, the UW's is the only one in the Pacific Northwest. SFR's Jorge Ramos (MS 2011) and graduate student Laurel James have played significant roles in the re-vitalization of this chapter and its associated awards. See the UW Today article.

U.S. ENDOWMENT FOR FORESTRY AND COMMUNITIES BIOMASS INVESTMENT REPORT
The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities has released the results of an external review commissioned assess its programmatic investments in the woody biomass/wood-to-energy sector.  The report, "Woody Biomass Programmatic Investments: An Independent Review and Recommendations," was developed by a five-person team of experts from across the nation. The intent was for results to serve as a mid-course review and offer insights that might aid the Endowment in better targeting future investments. Read the press release with a link to the full report. The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities is a not-for-profit corporation established September 21, 2006, at the request of the governments of the U.S. and Canada in accordance with the terms of the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the two countries.  SFR alum Mack Hogans (MS 1976) serves as the organization's Chairman of the Board of Directors.

NEW USGS FACT SHEET INCLUDES RESEARCH BY SFR STAFF AND ALUM
A new U.S.Geological Survey fact sheet, "Vegetation Recovery after Fire in the Klamath-Siskiyou Region, Southern Oregon," discusses forest recovery after wildfire in Southern Oregon. Wildfires are common in the Klamath-Siskiyou Ecoregion of southwestern Oregon. The region has a mixed-severity fire regime, which means that results may range from burned patches of understory vegetation to complete destruction of vegetation. Land managers and stakeholders must determine how best to restore the forests after fire. Topics covered include general patterns of vegetation growth, conifer germination, seedling survival, where tree species occur, balance between conifers and shrubs, and riparian forests. Research cited includes work by Research Scientist Jessica Halofsky and alum Dan Donato (BS 1998).

SFR IN THE MEDIA
Adjunct faculty Iain Robertson has a November 29th article in Crosscut; see "Waterfront designers need a reality check."

ALUMNI UPDATES
    Hannah Dewey (BS 2008) lives in Winthrop, WA where she has been working as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, and helicopter rappeller. She recently returned to school to become a physical therapist, and works part time for Winthrop Physical Therapist.
    Doug Marconi (MFR 2011, BS 2010) sends along an update on his career after graduation and a testimonial to the value of SFR's MFR program. Writes Doug, "While I was an undergraduate student studying sustainable forest management I learned about the MFR from Professor David Ford while taking his Principles of Silviculture course. The MFR program was attractive because unlike the traditional MS, the MFR requires no formal thesis. I think MS students sometimes have no choice about what project they choose to pursue, and instead get onboard with an existing project for which their advising prof has funding. The MFR program allows the student to pursue his or her interests, as long as it involves working with an outside agency. This makes sense to me, because I’ve worked for several agencies before becoming a student and while a student. Students need to make a connection to the world outside academia if they are going to truly understand how their degree will help them transition into a career. I graduated in June of 2010 with a BS in the sustainable forest management option because most courses in the option springboard into the MFR program. I graduated in June 2011 with an MFR and moved back to eastern Washington, on the Colville Indian Reservation. I started work for the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on the Colville Agency on June 20th. I had been working on getting hired with the BIA for almost a year. I was a shoe-in because of the MFR degree. I’m currently working as a
Forester; my major duties include forest management (45 percent), timber sale administration (45 percent0, and fire management (10 percent)."

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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