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February 2008

The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 9

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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

SATURDAY, 1 MARCH FAMILY FOREST WORKSHOP ABERDEEN, WA 9 AM-1 PM
"After the Storm: Educational workshops for family forest owners," co-sponsored by WSU Department of Natural Resources, WSU Extension, and other organizations. Workshops focus on helping forest landowners affected by the catastrophic December storms.

MONDAY, 3 MARCH CFR FACULTY FORUM ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
"Conserving and Improving Soil for Long-term Forest Productivity and Carbon Sequestration," Rob Harrison; and "Efficient Use of Crop Residues to Combat Global Warming," Stuart Strand.

MONDAY, 3 MARCH WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR BALMER 110 3:30 pm
"Prospects for Reconciling the Conflict between Economic Growth and Biodiversity Conservation via Technological Progress," Brian Czech, Center for Advancement of the Steady State Economy.

MONDAY, 3 MARCH PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLD 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Videoconference, "Bacterial Phytotoxins: Characteristics and mechanism of action of coronatine produced by Pseudomonas syringae," Sahar Eid, WSU.

TUESDAY, 4 MARCH WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"The Diffusion of Landscape-level Best Management Practices: Changing paradigms," Dave Ward, Snohomish County Surface Water Management Division.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 4-6 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS
"Home Project Garden Design (4-part course)," Doug Rice, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks. Registration required.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 4-6 MARCH FISHERIES SOCIETY MTNG BELLINGHAM,WA
American Fisheries Society North Pacific International Chapter Annual Meeting, "Sound Management: Mountains to the sea."

WEDNESDAY, 5 MARCH FACULTY WORKSHOP ANDERSON 22 10-11:30 AM
"Graduate Program Policies and Procedures," hosted by Student and Academic Services.

WEDNESAY, 5 MARCH ENVIRON ANTHROPOLOGY SEMINAR DENNY 401 3:30-5 PM
"Historical Ecology of Indigenous Places in the Puget Sound Region," Karen Capuder and Leonard Squally (Nisqually and Puyallup Tribes).

THURSDAY, 6 MARCH CIG SEMINARS JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
"Olympic National Forest Climate Change Adaptation Case Study," Dave Peterson, USFS/UW College of Forest Resources; Jeremy Littell UW, CSES; and Kathy O'Halloran USFS, Olympic National Forest.

THURSDAY, 6 MARCH BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"Sustainable Exploitation of Small Pelagic Fish Stocks Challenged by Environmental and Ecosystem Change," Pierre Freon, Institute for Research and Development, France.

THURSDAY, 6 MARCH WALKER-AMES LECTURE KANE 120 6:30 PM
"Evidence-based Policy: So, what's evidence?," Nancy Cartwright, London School of Economics Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science.

THURSDAY, 6 MARCH PUGET SOUND PHOTOGRAPHS REI,SEATTLE 7 PM
"What Do You See Down There Anyway," Janna Nichols, underwater photographer and SCUBA instructor, presenting a collection of photographs of Pacific Northwest fish and invertebrate life. Sponsored by People for Puget Sound.

FRIDAY, 7 MARCH UW TRAVEL TRAINING BLOEDEL 292 12:30-3:30 PM
"UW Travel Policies and Procedures," Teresa Crisostomo, UW Travel Office. Participants should take online course in advance of session. Staff involved in travel coordination for their units and anyone preparing travel expense vouchers are welcome to attend. RSVP to gitasuk@u.washington.edu.

FRIDAY, 7 MARCH LIBRARIES BLOM LECTURE SUZALLO 101 7-8 PM
2008 UW Libraries Blom Lecture. Speaker is naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of "Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The importance of
everything and other lessons from Darwin's lost notebooks." Haupt also worked as a seabird researcher for the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service. Free; advance
registration requred at https://go.washington.edu/uwaa/events/200803uwlib_blom/details.tcl.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, Anderson 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., "Forestry Issues in Northern India," Hannah Dewey and Pat Button. Sponsored by International Forestry Students Association.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 7:15 p.m., UWBG,CUH, NW Horticultural Society Lecture, "Behind Every Good Plant Is a Great Story," Alice Doyle.
Saturday, April 5th, 2008, UWBG, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., third annual Miller Library Book Sale, with exhibit and sale by the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS DECEMBER 2007-FEBRUARY 2008
"Bioconversion of Solid Waste to Bioethanol Sourced from UW: A local project with global consequences"; PI: Renata Bura; sponsor: Royalty Research Fund; amount: $32,053.
"Analysis of Novel Yeast Strains for Improved Biofuel Production"; PI: Sharon Doty; sponsor: Royalty Research Fund; amount: $35,522.
"Concentrations of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Water and fish in the Cedar River Watershed"; PI: Bob Edmonds; sponsor: Seattle Public Utilities; amount: $26,116.
"Climate Change and Conservation Planning"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: The Nature Conservancy; amount: $139,815.
"Report on Climate Change and the Future of Biodiversity in Oregon"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: University of Oregon; amount: $5,000.
"Development of Instructional Leadership Skills for Mathematics Education": PI: Bob Lee; sponsor: WA State Higher Education Board; amount: $203,738.
"Establishing Usefulness of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for Silvicultural Modeling"; PI: Peter Schiess; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $25,000.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS AWARDED FUNDING TO PRODUCE AUDIO GARDEN GUIDES
The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust awarded funding to UW Botanic Gardens to develop audio guides for the planned Pacific Connections Garden in the Arboretum and the Soest Garden at the Center for Urban Horticulture. These will be the first audio guides developed for gardens in the Pacific Northwest. The digital audio files will be produced locally by Jack Straw Productions, a non-profit organization that produces high-quality audio integrating information, interviews, music, and other sounds, and produces audio guides for museums. The guides will be available for use by visitors and via the web in late 2008. Since audio guides can be used at any time, they are expected to reach many more visitors than scheduled tours and programs. Through these guides, visitors will hear directly from gardeners, horticulturists, and researchers to whom they would not have access otherwise. For example, commentary could include a researcher on screening plants for invasive qualities, a horticulturalist on propagation of a featured plant, a landscape architect on the design of a planting bed within the garden, and a gardener on how featured plants are suited for Northwest conditions. The audio files will be on the UWBG website to download and listen to on-site or anywhere.

NATIVE PLANT STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
The Washington Native Plant Society is now accepting applications for the 2008 Native Plant Forest Stewardship Program, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Cascade Land Conservancy, and the Green Seattle Partnership. In a ten-week training program, you'll learn how to identify native plants; the importance of soils; how to propagate, plant, and care for native plants; the functions and benefits of wetlands and forests; how to remove invasive plants; tips on educating the public; which native plants work well in urban settings (and attract wildlife); how to train and lead volunteers, and how to restore and monitor a variety of habitats. Expert training is through lectures, workshops and field trips. The program is free in exchange for a 100-hour volunteer commitment within King County, most of which will take place in a Seattle Park. Following the training, teams of stewards will be assigned 1-acre sites in identified Seattle Parks where they will fulfill their volunteer commitments through designing and implementing native plant restoration plans. Classes are Fridays, April 25-June 27, 2008 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at South Seattle Community College, and include three all-day Saturday field trips. Applications are due by April 2, 2008 at 5 p.m. to Washington Native Plant Society, 6310 NE 74th Street #215E, Seattle, WA 98115 or to npsp_KC@wnps.orgl. Download an application or email Deb Gurney.

SCIENCE/ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Homewaters Project is seeking volunteers to teach outdoor field investigations on watershed ecology in Thornton Creek to 4th/5th grade students in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of North Seattle. Volunteers will have two training sessions in March to develop skills in teaching and learn about natural processes and local communities. Volunteers will teach a minimum of two-three midweek programs from mid March - early June. Application deadline is March 5, 2008. Contact Kate Bedient, 206.526.0187, kbedient@sccd.ctc.edu.

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
The UW Provost's Office invites applications for support for departmentally-coordinated international programs taking place beginning Summer 2008 through Spring 2009. These grants are not available for Exploration Seminars. Grants are dependent on the type and size of each program and have usually ranged from $2,500 for groups of 12-23 students to $5,000 for groups of 24 students or more. Grants can be used to reduce overall program expenses, to add an excursion or local lecture series that would otherwise not have been possible, or to provide individual scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to participate. The application should include a program brochure, a program budget, and a letter from department or program chair in support of the application. Materials should be sent no later than March 21, 2008, to Cameron Frisch, Office of International Programs and Exchanges, Box 355815. A limited number of faculty travel grants will also be awarded to departments wishing to explore a new international site for a future departmental study program. For example, a faculty member planning to take a group of UW students to another country in 2009 could travel to that country in 2008 to gauge the suitability of the site and to identify local contacts, guest lecturers, housing and excursion options, and explore issues of safety and security. These proposals are also due no later than March 21, 2008. For questions about either category of grant, contact Cameron Frisch at 221-4404 or cfrisch@u.washington.edu.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Margaret Gorski (BS 1975) went on to get an MLA from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the tourism and interpretation program leader for the USDA Forest Service's Northern Region, Missoula, MT. She has worked for nearly 30 years in various assignments in three national forests and three national parks in the West, included working as a district ranger, district recreation staff, recreation planner, landscape architect, and seasonal national park ranger-naturalist. She served for eight years as the Forest Service's Lewis and Clark bicentennial national field coordinator, directing the agency's strategic planning for and involvement in the national bicentennial commemoration. She also serves on the board of directors of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
Gayla Hites (BS 1975) and her husband, Steve, own and operate the Skagway Street Car Company, in Skagway, AK. The company provides historical tours of Skagway on a 1927 sightseeing bus.
David Boeri (MS 1976) is a veteran Boston TV reporter and award-winning journalist, who is now reporting for WBUR news radio, licensed to Boston University. In addition to local news, he covered the war in El Salvador and traveled to James Bay and Hudson Bay, Canada, to report on the world's largest hydroelectric project and its impact on native Cree Indians and Eskimos. For his coverage of these stories, and of political scandal in Massachusetts, he received numerous Emmy awards, Edward R. Murrow awards, and Boston Magazine's designation as "Best Political Reporter in Boston." His first TV reporting job was at KTCS, the public television station in Seattle. He has taught marine education and commercial fisheries at the University of Alaska and journalism courses at Boston University.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For local coverage of the CUH arson trial, see "Trial in UW fire goes to jury," "UW arson suspect takes stand to deny role in 2001 incident," and "Suspect denies taking part in UW arson, asserts opposition.'
.The latest issue of University Week has a front page photo of a UWBG public education tour in the Washington Park Arboretum.
For a Tacoma News Tribune article featuring the research of Affiliate Associate Professor Linda Chalker-Scott, see "Busting garden myths."
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KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 8

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 24. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 20-24 FEBRUARY NW FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW CONVENTION CTR 2008
NW Flower and Garden Show. Washington Park Arboretum's display garden featurez the Pacific Connections Collection that is being implemented as part of the Arboretum's Master Plan.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION WA PK ARBORETUM 1-2:30 PM
Walking tour of Washington Park Arboretum winter flowering garden, Iain Robertson, UW Department of Landscape Architecture.

MONDAY, 25 FEBRUARY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR BALMER 110 3:30 pm
"Small Mammal Assemblages along Environmental and Disturbance Gradients in the East Cascades," John Lehmkuhl, USDA Forest Service Forest Science Laboratory.

MONDAY, 25 FEBRUARY PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLD 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Videoconference, "Molecular Characterization and Mapping of Fusiarium Head Blight Resistance in Wheat," Hongyan Sheng, WSU.

MONDAY, 25 FEBRUARY CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE 3RD PLACE BOOKS 7 PM
Ravenna Third Place Books Science on Tap Lecture Series, "Powering the Planet: Conversatons about alternative fuels," Bill McNeely, Boeing Co.

TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"What Does a Stream Ecologist Need to Know about Fatty Acids?," Michael Brett, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY PHD GENERAL EXAM ANDERSON 22 10:30 AM
"Comparison of the Positional Accuracy of Stream Mapping Methods: Considering the effects of minimum contributing area and spectral data," Joowon Park; Committee Chair: Jim Fridley.

TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY COFS-UWAA LECTURE KANE 120 7-8 PM
College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences-UWAA Lecture Series, "Arctic Adventure, Ocean Tales of Currents and Creatures: People and whales in Greenland," Kristin Laidre, UW Applied Physics Laboratory.

TUESDAY, 26 FEBRUARY WLDLIFE CONSERVATION LECT PORTLAND, OR 7 PM
Oregon Zoo Wildlife Conservation Lecture, "Climate Change, Disease, Exotics, and Humans: The unique case of the Oregon spotted frog," Marc Hayes, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.

TUESDAYS, 26 FEBRUARY-12 APRIL UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION HITCHCOCK 346
"Plant Identification" (7 week course), David Giblin, UW Herbarium. See information meeting times, dates, and registration online.

WEDNESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY UWBG PROFESSIONAL EDUC WPA,GRAHAM 8 AM-2:30 PM
"Pruning Shrubs," David Zuckerman, UW Botanic Gardens.

WEDNESDAY, 27 FEBRUARY INTERNAT'L FORESTRY TALK AND22 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
"Ukrainian Forestry and Forest-based Industries in the New Millennium: Facing the contradictions," Olena Maksymets. Sponsored by the International Forestry Students Association.

THURSDAY, 28 FEBRUARY SMC SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 1:30-3:30 PM
Stand Managment Cooperative Seminar, " Mobile Data Collection and Mapping for Classes and Research with GeoAge FAST," Scott Tyler, GeoAge.

THURSDAY, 28 FEBRUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Large Marine Predators," Boris Worm, Dalhousie University, Canada.

THURSDAYS, 28 FEBRUARY-27 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS
"Botanical Drawing II," (5-week course), Kathy McKeehen, botanical illustrator. See registration information online.

FRIDAY, 29 FEBRUARY CFR GRAD STUDENT SYMPOSIUM AND 207 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Oral and poster presentations on current research by CFR graduate students. Guest speaker, Erica Cline, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Environmental Science, at UW Tacoma and CFR alum (PhD 2004). Her research interests include ecology of mycorrhizal and pathogenic fungi. Snacks and beverages provided.

FRIDAY, 29 FEBRUARY TERRESTRIAL LIDAR SEMINAR AND 22 10:30 AM-12 PM
"Measuring Forest Plots with Terrestrial LIDAR," Glen Murphy, Oregon State University.

FRIDAY, 29 FEBRUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"Silviculture for Competing Objectives on the Olympic Experimental State Forest," Jason Cross and Jeff Comnick, UW College of Forest Resources.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Friday, March 7, 2008, Bloedel 292, 12:30-3:30 p.m. In-house training, "UW Travel," Teresa Crisostomo, UW Travel Office. Participants should take the online course in advance of the session. Staff involved in travel coordination for their units and anyone preparing travel expense vouchers are welcome to attend. RSVP to gitasuk@u.washington.edu.
Friday, March 7, 2008, Suzallo 101, 2008 UW Libraries Blom Lecture. Speaker is naturalist and author Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of "Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The importance of everything and otherlessons from Darwin's lost notebooks." Hauptalso worked as a seabird researcher for the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service. Free; advance registration.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, Anderson 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., "Forestry Issues in Northern India," Hannah Dewey and Pat Button. Sponsored by International Forestry Students Association.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 7:15 p.m., UWBG,CUH, NW Horticultural Society Lecture, "Behind Every Good Plant Is a Great Story," Alice Doyle.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
CINTRAFOR's Winter 2008 newsletter is now available online. The newsletter features articles on "Usage and Awareness of Certified Wood by Residential Homebuilders" and "The Forest Products Sector's Use Of Roadways and Transload Facilities in Washington." Thr newsletter also introduces CFR's newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Sergey Rabotyagov: "Sergey Rabotyagov joined the College in the fall of 2007. He grew up in Belgorod, Russia, and holds a BA degree in International Business and German from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO, and an MS and PhD in Economics from Iowa State University in Ames, IA. Sergey's graduate research focused on uncertainty in agricultural soil carbon sequestration, on issues of pollution permit trading design, and on optimal placement of agricultural conservation practices for reducing nutrient runoff into waterways. His current interests also include adoption and diffusion of envirnmentally friendly construction materials, including certified wood, environmental impacts of energy crop production, and policies on procuring ecosystem services from working forests and agricultural lands. Sergey has already made a big contribution to CINTRAFOR by joining current researchers in the development and submission of three research proposals. We are pleased to welcome Sergey as an important member of CFR and the CINTRAFOR team."

UPCOMING BOOK SALE AT ELISABETH C. MILLER LIBRARY
Thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany, and landscape design books will be for sale at the 2008 Garden Lovers' Book Sale on April 4th and 5th, 2008 at the UW Botanic Gardens' Elisabeth C. Miller Library. All proceeds of the sale are used to purchase the best and newest in horticultural books and journals. As an added bonus, this year's sale will coincide with an exhibit and sale of new works by members of the PNW Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists. The library will double as a gallery to display the recent work of several excellent local artists working in various media. Be among the first to hunt for that special gardening book at the Wine and Cheese Preview Party and Sale on Friday, April 4th, from 5-8 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine, mingle with other gardening enthusiasts, and bid on specially selected books in the silent auction. Tickets to the Preview Party are limited and on sale now at the library for $15 each. On Saturday, April 5th, the book sale (free admission) is from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. You'll find a wide range of topics on all things horticultural at great prices. Cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard accepted. For book sale information and to purchase tickets to the Friday evening Preview Party, visit the library or phone 206.543.0415.

RARE CARE RESSEARCH ON FRITILLARIA CAMSCHATCENSIS
Sarah Reichard and her students are researching several rare plant species for the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program (Rare Care) at UW Botanic Gardens. Master's degree student Alaine Sommargren is focusing on the black lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), a pan-Pacific species found in limited distribution in the Pacific Northwest. Within Washington state, the species is restricted to tidal marshes of Puget Sound and freshwater montane wetlands in the west slope of the Cascade Mountains. It is listed as a sensitive species by the Washington and Oregon Natural Heritage Programs. In her research, Alaine is characterizing the habitats where the black lily occurs in order to gain a better understanding of the species' ecological requirements. In the spring of 2007, she visited eight locations in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia where the black lily occurs to collect data on elevation, surrounding vegetation, light availability, decay class of the growth medium, topography, and slope. Soil samples were collected and analyzed for percent organic matter, pH, salinity, and inorganic nitrogen. Together, these data will highlight the habitat factors that are common between the disparate environments in the Pacific Northwest in which black lily is found. In the second component of her research, Alaine will focus on the microhabitats within one Puget Sound estuary. She will compare soil, vegetation, light, and elevational data from plots with and without black lily so that elements of the environment that either allow or exclude black lily can be identified.

CFR ALUMNUS IS STUDYING POLAR BEAR ECOLOGY
Steven Amstrup, a Research Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center, Anchorage AK, graduated from CFR with a BS in 1972. He went on to get advanced degrees in wildlife management (MS from the University of Idaho and PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks). He has been conducting research on all aspects of polar bear ecology in the Beaufort Sea for 24 years. His interests include distribution and movement patterns as well as population dynamics of wildlife, and how information on those topics can be used to assure wise stewardship. He is particularly interested in how science can help to reconcile the ever enlarging human footprint on our environment with the needs of other species for that same environment. Prior work experiences include studies of black bears in central Idaho, and pronghorns and grouse in Wyoming. On their honeymoon in New Zealand in 1999, Steven and his wife Virginia helped in a tagging study of little blue penguins. That experience gave him the honor of being one of the very few people ever to have been bitten by both polar bears and penguins! See an interview with Steven in the November 2007 Smithsonian magazine, and an online video interview produced by Polar Bears International.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Yuan-Zong Lai (MS 1966) is a senior research associate in the Faculty of Paper Science and Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Wayne Nishijima (BS 1967) went on to get a master's degree at the University of Hawaii and a PhD at the University of Wisconsin. He is the associate dean for extension at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and has served at the university for 27 years. He is a noted authority on tropical plant diseases and acontributing author on the most authoritative reference on tropical fruit diseases published by the American Phytopathological Society. He is world renowned for his research on papaya diseases and for solving the serious bacterial blight of anthurium.
Gerald Buhre (BS 1968) is the area fire program manager with the State of Montana's Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He has been with the department for over 20 years.
Ronald Kortlever (BS 1969) is superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Afffairs Siletz Agency in Siletz, OR.
Lois Dalle-Molle (PhD 1980, MS 1971, BS 1968) is research coordinator for the North and West Alaska Cooperative Study Ecosystems Unit.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For an article referencing the work of forest ecology graduate student Arden Thomas, see Snohomish County Herald, "Snohomish County's freshwater mussel die-off worries stream advocates."
For a Savannah Morning News article on Kathy Wolf's research, see "Trees boost spending, researcher says."
And for more coverage of Sharon Doty and Stuart Strand's research on using poplar plants for phytoremediation, see the January 28, 2008 Biotechnology News Report, "Phytoremediation of volatile pollutants through genetic engineering."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 7

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

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

SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION WPA, GRAHAM 12-2:30 PM
Washington Park Arboretum "Nature of Love" tour. Participants will walk through winter flowering gardens, hidden romantic spots, and some of the park's renowned tree collections. Tickets, $12 per person; pre-registration required. Meet at Graham Visitors Center inside the Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle WA 98112. Contact Jean Robins at 206-685-8033, jrobins@u.washington.edu.

TUESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Carbon and Water Exchange in Amazonian Rainforests," Lucy Hutyra, UW Urban Ecology Research Lab (Lucy is a CFR alum (BS 1998) who received a PhD from Harvard in 2007).

WEDNESDAY, 20 FEBRUARY ADAPTIVE MGT CONFERENCE OLYMPIA,WA 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
5th Annual Washington Forest Practices Adaptive Management Conference. Program includes riparian research and monitoring on fish-bearing streams, amphibian research and monitoring, and upland research and monitoring on roads and unstable slopes. RSVP online.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 20-24 FEBRUARY NW FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW CONVENTION CTR
2008 NW Flower and Garden Show. Washington Park Arboretum's display garden will feature the Pacific Connections Collection that is being implemented as part of the Arboretum's Master Plan.

THURSDAY, 21 FEBRUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM-12:30 PM
"The Secret Lives of Crustaceans and Cod," Win Watson, University of New Hampshire.

THURSDAY, 21 FEBRUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"The Barefoot Ecologists's Toolbox: Rescaling fisheries assessment and management," Jeremy Prince, Murdoch University, Australia.

THURSDAY, 21 FEBRUARY URBAN SUSTAINABILITY FORUM CENTRAL LIBRARY 5-7 PM
"Sustainable Cities, Food, and Neighborhoods: Do they relate?" City of Seattle Urban Sustainability Forum.

FRIDAY, 22 FEBRUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"Economic Alternatives and Tradeoffs in Managing for Timber Products, Carbon, Habitat, and Other Non-market Values," Bruce Lippke, UW College of Forest Resources.

FRIDAY, 22 FEBRUARY EARTH & SPACE SCI SEMINAR JOHNSON 102 3:30-4:50 PM
"The Formation and Failure of Natural Dams," John Clague, Simon Fraser University.

FRIDAY, 22 FEBRUARY SOCIAL SCI MOVIE NIGHT AND 207 6:30 PM
CFR Social Science students movie night, "Planet Earth, Seasonal Forests." Free pizza and refreshments. Food arrives at 6:30, show starts at 7. Additional sponsorship by the Graduate Environmental Policy Forum.

SATURDAY, 23 FEBRUARY FAMILY FOREST WORKSHOP RAYMOND, WA 9 AM-1 PM
"After the Storm: Educational workshops for family forest owners," co-sponsored by WSU Department of Natural Resources, WSU Extension, and other organizations. Workshops focus on helping forest landowners affected by the catastrophic December storms. Free. No registration required.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Wednesday, February 27, 2008, Anderson 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. "Ukrainian Forestry and Forest-based Industries in the New Millennium: Facing the contradictions," Olena Maksymets; and Wednesday March 12, 2008, Anderson 22, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,"Forestry Issues in Northern India," Hannah Dewey and Pat Button. Sponsored by International Forestry Students Association.
Friday, February 29, 2008, Anderson 207, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. CFR's Graduate Student Symposium, with oral and poster presentations on current research by CFR graduate students. Guest speaker is Erica Cline, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Environmental Science at UW Tacoma and CFR alum (PhD 2004). Her research interests include ecology of mycorrhizal and pathogenic fungi. Snacks and beverages provided.

WA STATE SENATE BILL RE UW BOTANIC GARDENS
On Wednesday, January 23, Washington State Senator Ken Jacobsen introduced SB 6226, "Enhancing natural resource collections at the Washington Park Arboretum." This bill would provide $1 million to fund a curator position for the UW Botanic Gardens and to organize a statewide conference on public gardens and arboreta. To learn more about the proposal, read the bill online.

CANOPY WORMS IN NORTHWEST FORESTS
The Nature Conservancy of Washington has a web page featuring research by CFR graduate student Royce Anderson and CFR alum Yoav Bar-Ness (BS 2001) (Yoav went on to get a master's degree at the University of Tasmania in Australia and is an environmental consultant}. The story, "Worms found in northwest forests," describes the work of a Nature Conservancy\ insect diversity team, led by Yoav, in the Conservancy's Ellsworth Creek Preserve and nearby forests in the Wlllapa National Wildlife Refuge. The team collected insects in the treetops and were amazed to discover, among the moss, leaves, lichen, bugs, and nests, annelid worms living in the treetops. Sometime later, Royce, who was researching in the Olympic National Park rainforest, also disvered several worms living high in the treetops.

WA DNR PRESS RELEASE ON LANDSLIDE HAZARDS
The Washington State Forest Practices Board unanimously voted to implement funding for a study of landslides on forestlands. The study is part of the Board's adaptive management program, whereby scientific studies are carried out to assist the Board in determining whether changes to the forest practices rules are needed. This study, known as mass wasting prescription-level effectiveness monitoring, will assess whether the rules are effective at reducing landslides and sediment flowing into rivers and streams. See full text of press release online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Dennis Herlocker (BS 1960) went on to get a PhD from Texas A&M University in rangeland ecology and management. During his career in range management he was in charge of forestry for Serengeti National Park in Kenya and published articles and books on the woody vegetation and other management issues in the park.
Ron Smith (BS 1968) is president of Buse Timber and Sales in Everett, WA, an employee-owned firm that focuses on specialty-cut timber markets.
Stephanie McAfee (MS 2002) is a PhD student in the University of Arizona Department of Geosciences, where she is researching climate change impacts on natural resources.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See UWTV's web newsletter for a short feature and a link to the CFR Centennial video.
For local media coverage of Merrill Hall arson trial, see "UW arson trial opens today," "First trial begins in '01 arson at UW facility," and "Jury presented two versions of 2001 arson case."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 6

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 11. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 11 FEBRUARY PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference, "Viroids and Gene Silencing," Dan Villamor, WSU.

TUESDAY, 12 FEBRUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Oxygen and Oceanography: Understanding the dynamics of Hood Canal and Puget Sound from above and beneath the surface," Jan Newton, UW Applied Physics Lab.

THURSDAY, 12 FEBRUARY COFR-UWAA LECTURE KANE 210 7-8 PM
College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences-UWAA Lecture Series, Arctic Adventures, "Ocean Tales of Currents and Creatures: The changing Arctic Ocean," Rebecca Woodgate, UW Applied Physics Laboratory. RSVP online.

WEDNESDAY, 13 FEBRUARY WORLD FORESTRY SPEAKERS PORTLAND, OR 4-5 pm
World Forestry Center, World Forest Institute Fellows Speakers Series, "Converting Agriculture to Forestland in Southwest China: Farmers' experience," Linsen Zhao, Southwest Forestry College, Kunming, China.

THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY WATER CTR RESEARCH REVIEW HUB W BALLROOM 8 AM-5 PM
The Water Center's 18th Annual Review of Research. Topics include urban stormwater, salmon and salmon habitat, tribal water rights, droughts and water shortages, climate impacts, sustainable water management, and water and health. No registration required; event is free.

THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM-12:30 PM
"Running the Gauntlet: Predators and tourists at the Columbia River plume front," Jen Zamon, NW Fisheries Science Center and Julian Colesberry, Portland State University.

THURSDAY, 14 FEBRUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"Effectiveness of Market-Based Measures in Promoting Sustainable Fisheries: The role of corporate social responsibility," Cathy Roheim, University of Rhode Island.

FRIDAY, 15 FEBRUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"Uneven-aged Management in Douglas-fir," Duncan Wilson, Oregon State University.

SATURDAY, 16 FEBRUARY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION WPA, GRAHAM 12-2:30 PM
Washington Park Arboretum "Nature of Love" tour. Participants will walk through winter flowering gardens, hidden romantic spots, and some of the park's renowned tree collections. UW Botanic Gardens staff Shawna Zuege and Lisa Sanphillippo will share stories of how plants have inspired love, passion, and eroticism throughout human history. Tickets, $12 per person; pre registration required. Meet at Graham Visitors Center inside the Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle WA 98112. Contact Jean Robins at 206-685-8033, jrobins@u.washington.edu.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
February 20-24, 2008, Northwest Flower and Garden Show, WA State Convention and Trade Center, Seattle. Washington Park Arboretum's display garden will feature the Pacific Connections Collection that is being implemented as part of the Arboretum's Master Plan. Display celebrates the horticultural connections among five temperate Pacific Rim regions Cascadia, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, and China.

UW STUDENT GUILD OF SOCIETY FOR ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION
CFR graduate student Lauren Urgenson writes that creating a UW student guild of the Society for Ecological Restoration, is being explored. "Our regional chapter for the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER-NW), SER International, various professors, and students have expressed interest in developing a network of restoration student guilds throughout the region. A UW student guild would:
*create a community for networking with UW and regional restoration students and researchers
*connect students with practitioners to share information and job/research opportunities
*support greater student involvement in SERNW workshops/conferences
*provide opportunities for students to gain professional service experience
Restoration student guilds are currently being developed at universities throughout the region and SER-NW would like to know if a UW student guild would be valuable. As a first step, email Lauren to express your interest in the development of this new organization.

DATES AND THEME SET FOR 2008 SAF NATIONAL CONVENTION
The 2008 Society of American Foresters (SAF) National Convention has been scheduled for November 5-9, 2008, in Reno, NV. The convention theme is "Forestry in a Climate of Change." The keynote speaker is Michael Walsh, Executive Vice President of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the world's first and North America's only active, voluntary, legally binding integrated trading system to reduce emission of all six greenhouse gases. General Session speakers include Diane Wittenberg, Executive Director, California Climate Action Registry, Henry Diaz, Research Climatologist NOAA, Mitch Mandich, CEO, Range Fuels (biomass to ethanol), Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail, Inc. (trends in TIMOS/REIT forest ownership). Watch website for details as they emerge. Deadlines: abstracts for presentations are due February 13th, poster submissions are due August 20th.

UPDATED PURCHASE ORDER REQUEST FORM
If you have the CFR Purchase Order Request Form saved in your own files, please revisit the forms web page for an updated version. The old version directed deliveries to the Bloedel Loading Dock, which we no longer use. Because deliveries must be signed for, we are trying to direct them primarily to 107 Anderson, 104 Winkenwerder, or 156 Bloedel (computers only). There is also an option for "other." Thank you for helping us improve our delivery accountability.

SURPLUS ANYONE?
Sally Morgan writes, "I'm requesting a surplus pickup. If you have anything that you no longer want or need as much as you want the empty space, please let me know. If it is more convenient, you can place the items in the hallway outside Bloedel 110. If you do, though, you need to notify me of what it is (and include the UW inventory number, if any), because I've already itemized that area. Let me know at slm@u.washington.edu if you have any questions."

UW DISTINGUISHED LIBRARIANS AWARD
The Dean of University Libraries, in cooperation with the Association of Librarians of the UW, has established the first-ever Distinguished Librarian Award, and the selection committee is seeking nominations from the campus community. This annual award will recognize a librarian whose contributions advance the mission of the Libraries and the University in the areas of teaching, learning, research and innovative approaches to practice. Librarians at UW Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma Libraries, and the Gallagher Law Library are eligible. Nomination deadline is February 29, 2008. See nomination instructions. The award (a certificate accompanied by $5,000) will be announced in May, with a reception held in early June at the Libraries to honor the recipient.

ALUMNI UPDATES
David Bergendorf (MS 2002) received a concurrent master's of public health degree from the UW. He is a planner for the USDI U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's California and Nevada Refuge Planning Office.
Robert Corletta (MFR 2002) is an urban forester with the Arlington, County Virginia Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources.
Amber Kocsis (MS 2003) went on to get a dual law and business degree from the University of Michigan. She has a law practice in Anchorage, AK.
Sean Smukler (MS 2003) is a PhD student at the University of California, Davis. His current research is focused on the ecosystem services provided by an organic tomato farm in Yolo County, California. This landscape level nutrient cycling project is looking at losses and storage of carbon and nitrogen, particularly in non-production areas of the farmscape.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For Seattle Times and PI coverage, both quoting alum Joel Holtrop (MS 1982), of USDA Forest Service's plan to allow more logging in national forests, see "Logging proposal gets cool reception" and "U.S. agency plan would allow more logging in national forests."
For a University Week story on UW campus trees, see "Campus trees: Extraordinary, exemplary or merely significant?." Alum Deborah Brown (MFR 2007) and former CFR staff Lou Stubecki are mentioned.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 5

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 2. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 2 FEBRUARY WOMEN IN SCIENCE/ENGINEERING HUB/2ND FLR 8 AM-5 PM
17th Annual Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Conference, "Imagine, Invent, Innovate."

MONDAY, 4 FEBRUARY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR BALMER EXEC CTR 110 3:30 PM
"Demographic and Landscape Influence on Cougar-Human Interaction in Western Washington," Brian Kertson, UW College of Forest Resources.

MONDAY, 4 FEBRUARY CFR RESEARCH FORUM ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
"Nitrogen Fixation in Poplar and Willow Trees," Sharon Doty and "ECOSEL: Auctioning forest ecosystem services," Sandor Toth.

MONDAY, 5 FEBRIARY PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference, "Parasitic Nematodes in Wheat: From cortex to QTLs," Grant Poole, WSU.

TUESDAY, 29 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Salmon-safe Farming," Larry Nussbaum, Stewardship Partners.

THURSDAY, 7 FEBRUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM-12:30 PM
"Do You See What I See? Ontogenetic changes in the visual ecology of local marine fishes," Lyle Britt, Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 7 FEBRUARY CIG SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
"Why Is Climate Sensitivity So Unpredictable?," Gerard Roe and Marcia Baker, UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences..

THURSDAY, 7 FEBRUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"Rules of Engagement: Scientists, industry, and fishery managers in New England," Laura Singer, Gulf of Maine Research Institute..

THURSDAY, 7 FEBRUARY CFR-UWAA LECTURE KANE 120 7 PM
CFR-UWAA Sustaining our NW World Lecture Series, "Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific NW," Sarah Reichard, UW College of Forest Resources..

FRIDAY, 8 FEBRUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"The Soil Basis for Long-term Forest Productivity," Rob Harrison, UW College of Forest Resources.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, February 14, 2008, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., HUB West Ballroom, The Water Center's 18th Annual Review of Research. The 18th Annual Review will focus on critical and timely topics, including urban stormwater, salmon and salmon habitat, tribal water rights, droughts and water shortages, climate impacts, sustainable water management, and water and health. No registration required. The event is free and open to all. CFR participants include Tom Hinckley and Monika Moskal.
Saturday, February 16, 2008, 12-2:30 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum "Nature of Love" tour. Participants will follow the walking tour through winter flowering gardens, hidden romantic spots, and some of the park's renowned tree collections. UW Botanic Gardens education staff Shawna Zuege and Lisa Sanphillippo will share stories of how plants have inspired love, passion, and eroticism throughout human history. Afterwards, warm up with hot tea and cider at the Graham Visitors Center and make beautiful cards to share with your loved ones. Tickets are $12 per person, and pre registration is required. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center inside the Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle WA 98112. For tickets and information, contact Jean Robins at 206-685-8033.

CFR PARTICIPATES IN FOCUS THE NATION EVENT
The January 31, 2008 "Focus the Nation" event, was a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at over 1,000 U.S. educational institutions to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion on the issues surrounding climate change. Participants from the College included Tom Hinckley, serving on a panel on the community impacts of climate change; Renata Bura, serving on a panel on technological solutions to global warming; and staff from the Office of Student and Academic Services, who hosted two tables. Michelle Trudeau writes, "CFR alum and post-doc research associate Elaine ONeil presented two of her research posters relating to climate change and helped recruit graduate students. Students Rachel Miller, Jorge Ramos, and Melissa Johnson were a great help, staffing the undergrad booth and talking to visitors about our programs. Thanks to all for help making it a successful event!"

ALUMNI NETWORKING EVENT
The College, along with the CFR Alumni Association and UW Alumni Association, hosted the 2nd annual alumni-student networking reception on January 30, 2008, as part of the UW-wide Career Discovery Week. CFR alums with varying backgrounds came back to campus to provide career advice to 25+ students. Participating alumni included arborists Deborah Brown ('07), City of Seattle, and Steven Campbell ('07), Seattle Tree Preservation; Brett Conrad ('00), vegetation manager for Puget Sound Energy; Bob Dick ('74), Washington Manager for the American Forest Resource Council; Ara Erickson (04), research consultant with the College; Melisa Holman ('04) conservation manager with The Nature Conservancy; Vaclav Kalas, Jr. ('73) and Tom Hanson ('81), both forestry consultants; Laura L. Ramon ('94), scientist, and Bill Winchell ('72, '73), Director of Strategic Marketing, both with Weyerheauser Company; Steve Stinson ('00), Executive Director of the Family Forest Foundation, and Ron\ Smith ('68), with Buse Timber and Sales. Says Nancy Davis, "Thank you to all our alumni who participated and lent their expertise to our students. This was a very beneficial and helpful event for our future grads."

LIDAR WORKSHOP
Monika Moskal reports that the recent LiDAR workshop sponsored by the College's Precision Forestry Cooperative and WA Department of Natural Resources was very well attended. She writes, "We had over 50 participants and six invited speakers (including myself giving two talks) and an additional panel of about six involved in a Q&A session." Attendees included tribal members, staff from WA DNR, USGS. and the Forest Service, as well as folks from the UW and the private sector. The workshop focused on sitescale applications of LiDAR on forest lands in Washington, and included presentations on LiDAR fundamentals, applications of LiDAR for geologic mapping, and data availability. For a good source of information and LiDAR data, see http://pugetsoundlidar.ess.washington.edu/.

DEAN APPOINTS INTERIM DIRECTOR FOR UW BOTANIC GARDENS
Dean Bare writes, "I am extremely pleased to announce that Sandra Lier has agreed to serve as interim director of the UW Botanic Gardens beginning March 3, 2008. Many of you were introduced to Sandra when she served as the UW administration's representative on the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee (ABGC). She was very active with the ABGC and took an interest in many aspects of UW Botanic Garden matters, including the Master Plan Implementation Group. Her prior administrative experience and knowledge will serve us well as she assumes her new position. Sandra is available to work at 40% FTE, so we expect her to be on site two days per week. She will provide executive oversight of all elements of UW Botanic Gardens administration, including programs and activities related to research, outreach, and fund raising. She will also continue to strengthen our collaborative working relationships with other UW programs and our external partners to enhance contributions to UWBG's broad mission in urban sustainability. She will not be expected to fulfill any academic responsibilities. Please join me in welcoming Sandra to the UW Botanic Gardens."

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
See online version of the latest Olympic Natural Resources Center's newsletter, "ONRC Update."

NEW PROCEDURES FOR PETTY CASH REIMBURSEMENT
CFR's Financial Services Office has announced that it is changing the procedure for requesting reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses. The change in procedure applies only to expense reimbursement requests submitted to the CFR Financial Services office in Anderson 216; it does not apply to other CFR sites, including the UW Botanic Gardens. For the changed procedure, the Petty Cash form is being replaced by a customized Check Request form effective immediately. See new form and instructions for using it. Please note that it is an audit requirement that expense requests be supported by original receipts. Providing a Penalty of Perjury statement in lieu of original receipts is strongly discouraged by auditors. Please direct your questions/concerns to the Financial Services staff.

C&C CHANGING ITS NAME
UW Computing & Communications has changed its name to UW Technology, effective January 28, 2008. Please see the UW e-card announcement. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact help@u.washington.edu.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Dave Rolph (MFR 1993) is a forest ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in Washington state; he has worked for The Nature Conservancy since 1988 in both Washington and Hawaii. Previously, he was a biologist for the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station where he investigated wildlife and forest habitat relationships in old-growth coniferous forests.
Stephen Van Hoven (MS 2003) is the urban forester for Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. He previously served as the lead horticulturalist for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and arborist for the entire Smithsonian complex.
Rishelle Gifford (BS 2006) is a forester with International Forestry Consultants, Inc.(INFO), in Kirkland, WA, which manages over 25,000 acres of forestland in Western Washington. She is also a graduate of Green River Community College with associate degrees in natural resources, water quality, and park management. Since joining INFO, she has assisted in large timber appraisal projects.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For an article by Research Scientist Kathy Wolf, see "Social Benefits of Civic Nature," (jump to page 7 for article), in the Winter 2008 issue of Master Gardner..
For a Seattle Times article referencing research of wildlife science grad student Jeffrey Lewis, see "Weasel-like Fisher Back in State after Many Decades."
For UW News press release on the UW's new bioenergy IGERT, see "Graduate Students and Native American Tribes Will Tap Forests, Farms for Biofuels." CFR alum Phil Rigdon (96), Deputy Director for Natural Resources for the Yakima Nation, is mentioned.

KUDOS
Kudos to staff in the Student and Academic Services Office for helping to make the Environmental Career Fair a great success with over 35 employers attending and a constant flow of interested students in Mary Gates Hall Commons. Says Michelle Trudeau, "It was interesting to note that many of those recruiting our current students were CFR alums. The event would not have been near the success it was without the planning and coordinating lead of Debra Salas-Haynes, Undergraduate Adviser; Amanda Davis, Graduate Adviser, also played a key role. Kudos to both of them!

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm