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The Straight Grain
Volume 37, 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 FEBRUARY 26. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY  PRUNING WORKSHOP    SEATTLE,WA   2-3 PM
City People's Mercantile and City Fruit offer a free workshop, "Fruit Tree Pruning Basics," Ingela Wanerstrand, Green Darner Garden Designs.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 23-27 FEBRUARY  NW FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW  SEATTLE,WA
Northwest Flower and Garden Show, "Once Upon a Time: Spectacular Gardens with Stories to Tell." See  Visit the UW Botanic Gardens booth (#2404) and the Arboretum Foundation's display garden (inspired by the Seattle Japanese Garden).

MONDAY, 28 FEBRUARY   BIOCHAR SEMINAR    ANDERSON 22    10-11 AM
"Biochar Research in Seattle's Backyard: The Seachar carbon garden and USDA research," Jim Ippolito, USDA Agricultural Research Service. See news article on project.

MONDAY, 28 FEBRUARY UW TACOMA ENV SEMINAR SCI 309 12:30-1:30 PM
Environmental Seminar, "Invasive Weeds: Information that will grow on you," Dana Coggon, Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Program.

MONDAY, 28 FEBRUARY   SCIENCE ON TAP   3RD PLACE BOOKS    7 PM
Ravenna Third Place Books Science on Tap, "Understanding Avalanches: Every snowpack tells a story," Mark Moore, NW Avalanche and Weather Center.

TUESDAY, 1 MARCH     WATER SEMINAR   AND 223   8:30-9:20 AM
Special Seminar Series on Managing Water Resources in the Yakima Basin, "Improving Fish Survival in the Yakima Basin," Alex Conley, Yakima Basin Fish and Wildlife Recovery Board.

TUESDAY, 1 MARCH    OCEANS/HUMAN HLTH SEM    NOAA AUD   2:30-3:30 PM
Oceans and Human Health Seminar, "Contributions of Marine Products to Global Nutrition, and Implications of Climate Change," Tracy Collier, NOAA.

WEDNESDAY, 2 MARCH    MS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22    9 AM
"Law, Science, and Public Involvement: Forest Service decision-making at the project level," Meriel Darzen; Committee Chair: Clare Ryan.

WEDNESDAY, 2 MARCH   ENGAGE SCIENCE SERIES   JOHNSON 75   7-8:30 PM
Engage: The Science Speaker Series, "The Usual Suspects: Investigating the causes of observed climate variability and change," Brian Smoliak, UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

THURSDAY, 3 MARCH    UWBG PROFESSIONAL EDUC    WPA   10 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Professional Education, "Pruning Woody Plants," Bess Bronstein, certified arborist; and Chris Watson and David Zuckerman, UW School of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 24 FEBRUARY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4:30-5:30 PM
"Science, Media, and Messaging," Sven Huseby and Barbara Ettinger, producer and director of "A Sea Change."

SATURDAY, 5 MARCH    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION     UWBG,CUH   10 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Vegetable Garden Planning and Planting," Colin McCrate, Seattle Urban Farm Company.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, March 7, 2011, UW Tacoma, SCI 309, 12:30-1:30 PM, Environmental Seminar, "Hydrology, Scientists, and Water Infrastructure in Pakistan and Afghanistan," Sandy Williamson, UW Tacoma.
Friday, March 11, 2011, Wallace Hall, 2-3 p.m., public presentation of student projects from the Program on the Environment's Sustainability Studio, "Fostering Sustainable Behavior in the Residence Halls: Student research on environmental behavior change opportunities for Housing and Food Services."
Saturday, March 12, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, NHS Hall, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., NW Horticultural Society Plant Sale, with proceeds to benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.
Saturday, March 12, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., CUH, Lectures, "Hellebores and Companion Plantings," and "The Early Spring Garden," Dan Hinkley, plant explorer and horticulturalist.

RESEARCH FACULTY RENEWED
SFR faculty recently voted to renew research appointments for research faculty members Ernesto Alvarado, Sally Brown, Charles Halpern, and Stuart Strand.

SFR WELCOMES AFFILIATE FACULTY
A warm welcome to Mack Hogans (MS 1976), newly appointed Affiliate Professor. Mack is helping to facilitate the 2011 International Year of Forests events at SFR, including the Distinguished Alumni Seminar scheduled for the first week of May.

UW CAMPUS CERTIFIED AS SALMON-SAFE
The UW’s Seattle campus has just become the largest institution in the state to be certified as salmon-safe. The certification, which was created by the Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability, recognizes the UW’s efforts to protect water quality and salmon habitat. In addition, the UW had to agree to further reduce its environmental impact over the coming five years. See UW Today story.

BACKYARD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY PROGRAM CELEBRATES 25TH ANNIVERSARY
The WA Department of Fish and Wildlife Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program celebrated its 25th anniversary year by more than making a "10,000 by 2010" campaign goal. By the end of 2010, an official total of 11,454 properties across the state were enrolled as Backyard Wildlife Sanctuaries. With the program's emphasis on urban and suburban properties where habitat development, and restoration is most needed, 89 percent of those properties (10,238) are in western Washington, where more of the state’s cities and towns lie in the Puget Sound area from Bellingham to Vancouver. The other 11 percent (1,216) are in eastern Washington, mostly in the state’s second largest metropolitan area -- Spokane with some in the Tri-Cities, Yakima and Wenatchee areas. The program began in 1985; over the years the program has increased emphasis on development and maintenance of year-round habitat, preferably using low-maintenance, low-water-use native plants. Information on supplemental feeding of birds has increasingly focused on keeping feeders clean to avoid spreading disease among birds and locating feeders to minimize problems with predation by domestic cats and wild predators and birds flying into nearby windows. If you’re not in the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary program, apply on-line today.

ALUMNI NEWS
Donald Carlton (MS 1980) is a wildland fire consultant in Sandy, OR. He retired from the USDA Forest Service in 1997, after serving 21 years in fire protection and fuels management positions.
Morten Kielland (MS 1981) is the founder of Key Asset Management and a director of the KAM Group. He is also the honorary consul of Luxembourg in Norway.
Douglas Woodby (MS 1981) went on to get a PhD at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  He is chief marine fisheries scientist with the AK Department of Fish and Game in Juneau, AK.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "New kind of spider discovered in Seattle" referencing the most recent bioblitz at the Washington Park Arboretum.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 37, Number 8

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 FEBRUARY 19. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 19 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   UWBG,CUH   10 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Vegetable Garden Design and Construction," Colin McCrate, Seattle Urban Farm Company.

SATURDAY, 19 FEBRUARY  FRUIT TREE WKSHOPS SEATTLE,WA  11 AM-12:30 PM
City People's Mercantile and City Fruit offer free workshops, "How to Plant a Fruit Tree," Jana Dilley (SFR alum, MS 2010), City of Seattle; and "Best Fruits for Northwest Gardens," Gail Savina, City Fruit.

SUNDAY, 20 FEBRUARY  PRUNING WORKSHOP   SEATTLE,WA   11 AM
City People's Mercantile offers a free workshop, "Pruning 101 for Trees and Shrubs," Richard Greenberg, Earth Wizardry Gardens.  

TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY    WATER SEMINAR   AND 223   8:30-9:20 AM
Special Seminar Series on Managing Water Resources in the Yakima Basin, "Perspectives on Yakima Water Management from the National Wildlife Federation," Steve Malloch, National Wildlife Federation.

TUESDAY, 22 FEBRUARY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4:30-5:30 PM
[Rescheduled seminar from a previous week], "Behavioral and Ecological Consequences of Acidification on Fish," Philip Munday, James Cook University, Australia.

WEDNESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY  WILDLIFE LECTURE  SEATTLE,TOWN HALL 7:30-9 PM
Lecture and Book Signing presented by National Wildlife Federation "Gardeners as Land Stewards," Douglas Tallamy, University of Delaware.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 23-27 FEBRUARY  NW FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW  SEATTLE,WA
Northwest Flower and Garden Show, "Once Upon a Time: Spectacular Gardens with Stories to Tell."

THURSDAY, 24 FEBRUARY   NOAA SEMINAR   NWFSC AUD   11 AM-12 PM
NWFSC Monster Seminar JAM, "Deepwater Horizon oil disaster: Seafood safety response," John Stein, Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 24 FEBRUARY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4:30-5:30 PM
"Individual Responses to Acidifying Oceans: Migration, acclimation, adaptation, or death," Gretchen Hofmann, University of California, Santa Barbara.

THURSDAY, 24 FEBRUARY  SFR WINTER LECTURE    ARCH 147   7 PM
SFR's Sustaining our NW World Winter Lecture Series, "Sustaining Forests and Sustaining Ourselves," Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983).

FRIDAY, 25 FEBRUARY   GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM  AND 207  9 AM-4 PM
SFR Graduate Student Symposium. Keynote panelists include Ann Forest Burns (SFR alum, BS 1971), Forest Resources Council; Sarah Hammond, The Nature Conservancy; Mary Ruckelshaus, The Natural Capital Project; and Paula Swedeen, Pacific Forest Trust.

FRIDAY, 25 FEBRUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30 PM
"Above and Below Ground Dynamics of Broadleaf-conifer Mixtures in the Inland Temperate Forests of British Columbia," Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia.

SATURDAY, 26 FEBRUARY  PRUNING WORKSHOP    SEATTLE,WA   2-3 PM
City People's Mercantile and City Fruit offer a free workshop, "Fruit Tree Pruning Basics," Ingela Wanerstrand, Green Darner Garden Designs.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, February 28, 2011, Anderson 22, 10-11 a.m., Seminar, "Biochar Research in Seattle's Backyard: The Seachar Carbon Garden and USDA Research," Jim Ippolito, USDA Agricultural Research Service. See news article on project.
Monday, February 28, 2011, UW Tacoma SCI 309, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Environmental Seminar, "Invasive Weeds: Information that will grow on you," Dana Coggon, Kitsap County Noxious Weed Control Program.
Monday, February 28, 2011, Ravenna Third Place Books, 7 p.m., Science on Tap, "Understanding Avalanches: Every Snowpack Tells a Story," Mark Moore, NW Avalanche and Weather Center.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011, NOAA Montlake Auditorium, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Oceans and Human Health Seminar, "Contributions of Marine Products to Global Nutrition, and Implications of Climate Change," Tracy Collier, NOAA.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011, Johnson 75, 7-8:30 p.m., Engage: The Science Speaker Series, "The Usual Suspects: Investigating the causes of observed climate variability and change," Brian Smoliak, UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

SFR STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCE
Sustainable Resource Management graduate students Mu-Ning Wang and Nora Konnyu represented SFR at the CONFOR West 2011 annual graduate student conference,  February 3-6, 2011, in Jasper, Alberta. Mu-Ning gave a presentation on "Cautions about the Dynamic Relationship between Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) and Governmental Agencies in Environmental Management," and Nora presented a poster, "Economic and Ecological Analysis of Maximum Clearcut Size Policies with a Cutting Plane Method."  Say Mun-Ning and Nora, "The conference was co-hosted by the University of British Columbia and University of Alberta. This year’s theme was: 'Ecosystems in Perspective: Integrating Environment, Society, and Economy.' Most western Canadian and many universities from the Pacific Northwest were represented by the roughly one hundred participants. Timed five-minute presentations, poster sessions,and organized but flexible discussion sessions created a very stimulating environment. Vic Adamowicz, University of Alberta, and Linda Duncan, Member of Parliament, gave keynote lectures encouraging collaboration among environmental and interdisciplinary scientists." Mu-Ning and Nora thank SFR and the Graduate School for making it possible to attend the conference.

REMINDER -- SFR VIDEO CONTEST!
The School of Forest Resources announces its first video competition! Sponsored by the External Relations and Communications Committee, the competition’s objective, under SFR’s Strategic Planning goal "Create a positive public image, both on and off campus," is to enhance SFR’s image, increase public awareness of its importance to the state of Washington and beyond, recruit students, and/or highlight research or program initiatives. For competition details, see
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/DirectorMemos/VideoCompetition2011.pdf.

NEW HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING OPTION FOR COENV RESEARCHERS
Some UW researchers doing computational, data-intensive work are now plugged in to a high-performance computer cluster in the new UW Tower Data Center. Called Hyak, (Chinook for “fast”), this shared supercomputer is made available through eScience Institute, and sponsorship of specific colleges, currently Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and the Environment. Phase one (one-third of Hyak’s capacity) was completed in August 2010. Additional sponsorships for the remaining capacity are available.

KING COUNTY SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR RURAL FOREST COMMISSION
The King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks is looking for volunteers to serve on the Rural Forest Commission and advise the King County Executive and County Council on matters pertaining to forestland and forestry. Created in 1997, the commission advises King County on policies and programs affecting rural forestry; works to identify strategies to conserve forestlands; and promotes the practice of forestry in rural areas. For text of press release with information on how To request an application package or to learn more about the Rural Forest Commission, see
http://www.kingcounty.gov/environment/dnrp/newsroom/newsreleases/2011/february/0215Rural-forest.aspx.

ALUMNI NEWS
Patrick Bates (BS 1980) is the owner of the Lumber Market, Inc., lumber supplier in Renton, WA.
Morgan Holen (BS 2001) went on to get a Master of Environmental Management at Yale University. She has started a consulting arborist and urban forest management business, Morgan Holen and Associates, LLC, in Lake Oswego, OR.

SFR IN THE NEWS
A WA Department of Natural Resources blog announces USDA Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry program grants, including one to the UW which is L. Monika Moskal's Tacoma Canopy Cover Assessment grant. Monika says "We are teaching the workshop (Canopy Cover Assessment with Remote Sensing and Landscape Metrics) here at the UW On March 3, 2010. The workshop is full and includes 20 participants from DNR, local government agencies, cities, and non-profit organizations. The workshop materials will be available on a website at no cost in Summer of 2011."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 37, Number 7

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 FEBRUARY 13. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 14 FEBRUARY   WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR   KANE 210   3:30 PM
"Basin-scale Surveys of Stream-associated Amphibians in Intensively Managed Forests," A. J. Kroll, Weyerhaeuser Company.

TUESDAY, 15 FEBRUARY    WATER SEMINAR   AND 223   8:30-9:20 AM
Special Seminar Series on Managing Water Resources in the Yakima Basin, "Results from the Yakima Groundwater Project," John Vaccaro, U.S. Geological Service.

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY ASSOC DEAN CANDIDATE FISH SCI 203 1:30-1:30 PM
The three candidates for the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity for CoEnv will each make a presentation: 3rd candidate is Clare Ryan, Professor, UW School of Forest Resources.

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY   ALL-SCHOOL MEETING   ANDERSON 207   2-3 PM
SFR All-School meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY  ENGAGE SPEAKERS SERIES    JOHNSON 75   7-8:30 PM
Engage: The Science Speaker Series, ""Movie Magic: How water is animated," Jens von der Linden, UW
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY   ONRC PUBLIC EVENT    FORKS,WA   5-7:30 PM
An Evening with William Dietrich at the Olympic Natural Resources Center, "The Final Forest: Big Trees, Forks, and the Pacific Northwest." For more information, Contact Ellen Matheny, 5-9477, ext 228 or 360-374-4556, ematheny@uw.edu.

WEDNESDAY, 16 FEBRUARY  WHIDBEY INST LYCEUM    FREELAND,WA   7-8:30 PM
Whidbey Institute's Lyceum 2.0, Energy Futures of Puget Sound, "Are Our Tides Part of the Solution?," Brian Polayge, UW Department of Mechanical Engineering.

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY   NOAA SEMINAR   NWFSC AUD   11 AM-12 PM
NWFSC Monster Seminar JAM, "Microarray Analysis in Environmental Monitoring," Nancy Denslow, University of Florida.

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY    ATM S SEMINAR   EEB 125   3:30-4:50 PM
Atmospheric Sciences Seminar, "Polar Bears: Peril, politics, and propaganda," Usha Lee McFarling, science journalist and UW Artist in Residence; Steven Amstrup (SFR alum, BS 1972), Polar Bears International; and Cecilia Bitz, UW Department of Atmospheric Science.

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY   OSU STARKER LECTURE   CORVALIS, OR   3:30-5 PM
2011 Starker Lecture Series on Oregon's Place in World Forests and Forestry, "World Wood Products Markets: How do they impact Oregon?," Paul Owen, Vanport International.

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4:30-5:30 PM
"Can an Acerbic Congress Deal with Acidic Oceans?," Brian Baird, U.S. Congressman.

THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY  GARDENING BOOK LAUNCH    UWBG,CUH   6:30 PM
Reception and book lanch for "The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic," by Sarah Reichard. Hosted by the Northwest Horticultural Society.
 
THURSDAY, 17 FEBRUARY    AUDUBON PROGRAM:CROWS   SEATTLE REI   6:30-8 PM
Audubon Society Meeting, "Kinship and Stealing Behavior among Northwest Crows," James Ha and Renee Ha, UW Department of Psychology.

FRIDAY, 18 FEBRUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30 PM
"Ecological Principles and Silvicultural Techniques for Understanding Degradation and Restoration of Tropical Rain Forests," Mark Ashton, Yale University.

FRIDAY, 18 FEBRUARY    SEATTLE MOUNTAINEERS LECTURE  SEATTLE, WA  7-9 PM
"Planning Ahead for Washington’s Wildlife," Rocky Beach and William Vogel, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife; event location is Mountaineers Program Center at 7700 Sand Point Way NE.

SATURDAY, 19 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   UWBG,CUH   10 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Vegetable Garden Design and Construction," Colin McCrate, Seattle Urban Farm Company.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Thursday, February 24, 2011, Architecture Hall, 7 p.m., SFR's Sustaining our NW World Winter Lecture
Series, "Sustaining Forests and Sustaining Ourselves," Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983).
Friday, February 25, 2011, Anderson 207, SFR Graduate Student Symposium. Keynote panelists include Ann Forest Burns (SFR alum, BS 1971), Forest Resources Council; Sarah Hammond, The Nature Conservancy; Mary Ruckelshaus, The Natural Capital Project; and Paula Swedeen, Pacific Forest Trust.
Monday, February 28, 2011, Anderson 22, 10-11 a.m., Seminar, "Biochar Research in Seattle's Backyard: The Seachar Carbon Garden and USDA Research," Jim Ippolito, USDA Agricultural Research Service. See news article on project at
http://www.westseattleherald.com/2010/09/30/features/seachar-harvests-corn-part-citizen-science-pr.

ATTENTION SFR VOLUNTEERS!
Although you volunteer to help environmental and community conditions, those efforts are not well understood and therefore, not always well appreciated. The UW Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management research group is conducting a joint study with the U.S. Forest Service to enhance our understanding of volunteering and stewardship in the Seattle-Tacoma region. In order to elucidate the important roles that volunteers play in improving their communities and environments, we are requesting that past and present volunteers complete a short electronic survey. The survey takes about 15-20 minutes and attempts to understand why you volunteer, what constrains you from volunteering as much as you would like, what your commitments, if any, are to volunteering, and who volunteers are in terms of demographics. The survey also has a few measures of loyalty to volunteering. Your participation will help efforts to give volunteering and volunteers the status they deserve in our society. The study results and
analyses will be shared with participating volunteer coordinating organizations that interested in knowing how motivated, committed, loyal, and constrained their volunteers are. The survey has been approved by the UW’s Human Subjects Division, under Certificate of Exemption #40050, to ensure that your privacy is completely protected. The Human Subjects’ division requires that your email address and name are not associated with any report or public records that result from the study.
If you accept to participate in the study, contact: David French at dfrench@uw.edu. You’ll be receiving an online survey from the research group in the near future.

SFR FACULTY AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS
Bob Edmonds, Rob Harrison, and Tom Hinckley particpated in the Tulalip Tribal Conference on "Envisioning a Healthy Puget Sound," in Tulalip, WA on February 8, 2010.  Participants also included SFR alum Sono Hashisaki (BS 1976).
Tom Hinckley presented a master class and a talk on, "The Skinny on Tree Growth or How Trees Get Fat: Water from a tree's perspectve," at the High Desert Green Industry Conference, February 9-10, 2011 in Redmond, OR.

CATALYST SURVEY FOR COENV ASSOCIATE DEAN POSITION
The search committee for CoEnv's new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity has created an anonymous survey for gathering feedback on the priorities for this new position. You can complete the survey online. As a reminder, three candidates have been identified; each candidate has been invited to make a presentation to students, staff, and faculty. Presentation schedule:
February 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m., AND 207, LuAnne Thompson
February 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., AND 207, Julia Parrish
February 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., FISH SCI 203, Clare Ryan
The presentations will last roughly 25 minutes, with the remaining time allocated for Q&A.

DONATE BOOKS TO ELISABETH MILLER LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Drop off donations for the Garden Lovers’ Book Sale scheduled for April 1-2, 2011 at the UW Botanic Gardens Elisabeth Miller Library.  Gently used botany, gardening, plant ecology, field guide, and landscape design books are welcome, and the sale benefits the library.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE POSTERS -- GET THEM WHILE THEY'RE AVAILABLE
Jim Lutz sends along the following ... "I'm sure everyone has seen the two posters on Pacific Northwest trees from Good Nature Publishing.  I just bought some to use as field training aids.  Good Nature Publishing is closing down, as designer Tim Coleman moves on to something else. Tim is offering two for one. If you're thinking about buying any, now's the time. See
http://www.goodnaturepublishing.com/."

"DISCOVER TEXT" NOW HAS ONE YEAR UW SITE LICENSE
Marc Morrison sends along the following tip that may be of use to researchers. "The Information School, Foster School of Business, Communications, and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, have shared the cost and purchased a one-year campus site-license to "DiscoverText". DiscoverText is...'A powerful and easy-to-use set of text analytic solutions for eDiscovery and research. DiscoverText is a Web-based solution for making intelligent decisions from large amounts of text data. A combination of
software algorithms and human-based decision techniques allows the system and users to learn and adapt.' Since this is a web-based solution, there is no software to install. Go to http://discovertext.com/enterprise/license/uw, enter your UW email address (you must enter a UW address and not one on another provider), and a license code will be emailed to you.   Again this is a site license, so students are able to use it as well."

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR CELEBRATING UW WOMEN EVENT
Members of the campus community are invited to nominate outstanding female UW students, staff, and faculty in honor of Women’s History Month, coming in March. Nominations can include contributions large and small, global and personal. All women nominated will be honored at a reception on March 31, 2011. Nominations should include contact information for the nominee and nominator and a brief essay (no more than 250 words) highlighting the contributions of the nominee. Send nominations to ericab4@u.washington.edu by March 8, 2011. Celebrating UW Women is an annual event sponsored by Housing and Food Services.

UW TEACHING AND LEARNING SYMPOSIUM
The Center for Teaching and Learning, the Faculty Council on Teaching and Learning, and the Teaching and Learning Centers at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma invite your participation in the 7th Annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium, scheduled for April 19, 2011, 2-4:30 p.m., in Kane, Walker Ames Room. Many excellent UW faculty, graduate students, and professional staff are
actively engaged in examining how their work affects student learning. The symposium provides a forum where all who share this interest in improving student learning can learn about the work their colleagues are doing. Presenters are asked to represent their work in a poster session and to be on hand during the session to discuss their work with others. To submit a proposal, or to view abstracts of sessions presented at the symposium in previous years, see http://depts.washington.edu/sotl/symposium/. Proposals must be received by Tuesday, March 8, 2011; acceptance of proposals will be confirmed by March 19th. Further inquiries can be directed to sotl@u.washington.edu.

ALUMNI NEWS
Kurt Moncini (BS 1981) is director of forestry marketing for Komatsu America Corporation in Rolling Meadows, IL.
Ronald Sheadel (BS 1981) went on to get an MPA from the UW.  He is general manager of the Cedar River Water and Sewer District in Renton, WA.
Joel Skok (BS 1981) is a certified arborist and has a landscaping business, Forever Green Transplanting, LLC, in Byron Center MI.
Rita St. Louis (Richards) (MS 1981) is a planner for the AK Department of Fish and Game’s Wildlife Conservation Division in Fairbanks, AK.
Mark VanOss (MS 1981) is a public relations specialist with Seattle City Light.
Mark Wallace (BS 1981) went on to get MS and PhD degrees at the University of Arizona.  He is professor and interim chair of Texas Tech University’s Department of Wildlife and Habitat Management in Lubbock, TX.

SFR IN THE NEWS
"Local gardens to brighten up your February" references gardens at the UW Botanic Gardens Washington Park Arboretum and
Center for Urban Horticulture.

KUDOS
Kudos to SFR Distinguished Staff Award nominees -- Amanda Davis, Graduate Counseling Services Coordinator; and the team of UW Botanic Gardens horticulture staff at the Washington Park Arboretum -- Neal Bohnam, Roy Farrow, Ryan Garrison, Darrin Hedberg, and Chris Watson. A nominee reception on February 9, 2011 honored all nominees. The Distinguished Staff Awards will be presented at the UW's Annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony, along with the faculty Distinguished Teaching Awards, the Outstanding Public Service Award, and other awards recognizing distinguished service to the UW.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 37, Number 6

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 FEBRUARY 5. Check out the SFR public events calendar, for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 5 FEBRUARY    PUGET SOUND WORKSHOP    LANGLEY,WA   8 AM-5 PM
Sound Waters 2011, "All Things Puget Sound."

SATURDAY, 5 FEBRUARY   VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  BLACK DIAMOND,WA 9 AM-12 PM
King County Native Plant Salvage Program.

MONDAY, 7 FEBRUARY   WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR   KANE 210   3:30 PM
"Cross Seasonal Effects of Range Attributes and Migration Distance on Condition of Rocky Mountain Mule Deer in Chelan County, Washington," John Burk, UW School of Forest Resources.

MONDAY, 7 FEBRUARY   NATIVE PLANT LECTURE   ELLENSBURG, WA   7-8 PM
WA Native Plant Society lecture, "Washington’s Rare Plants: Issues of rarity and conservation," Wendy Gibble, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY    WATER SEMINAR   AND 223   8:30-9:20 AM
Special Seminar Series on Managing Water Resources in the Yakima Basin, "Unlocking Water Markets in the Yakima Basin: An experimental approach," Sergey Rabotyagov, UW School of Forest Resourcess.

TUESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY   FACULTY MEETING   ANDERSON 22   10:30-11:30 AM
SFR faculty meeting.  Materials distributed in advance of the meeting.

TUESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY  OCEANS/HEALTH SEMINAR    NOAA AUD   2:30-3:30 PM
Oceans and Human Health Seminar Series, "Climate Change and Human Health," Howard Frumkin, UW School of Public Health.  

TUESDAY, 8 FEBRUARY    BIOLOGY SEMINAR    PHYS-ASTR 102    4-5 PM
"The Future of Forests at the Prairie-Forest Ecotone in Central North America," Peter Wyckoff, University of Minnesota.

WEDNESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY  COENV ASSOC DEAN CANDIDATE  AND 207 1:30-1:30 PM
The three candidates for the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity for CoEnv will each make a presentation: 1st candidate is LuAnne Thompson, Associate Professor, UW School of Oceanography.

WEDNESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY    MINDLIN LECTURE     KANE 120    6:30-7:30 PM
"The Origin of Life," William Martin, University of Dusselforf.

WEDNESDAY, 9 FEBRUARY   NHS LECTURE   UWBG, CUH   7:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Life Is Good and Delicious in a Northwest Garden," Lorene Forkner, author and garden designer.

THURSDAY, 10 FEBRUARY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4:30-5:30 PM
"Souring Oceans, Dissolving Shellfish, and the Cure for Cowardly Lions," Brad Warren, Productive Oceans Partnership.

THURSDAY, 10 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION  UWBG,CUH   7-8:30 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Invasive Plant Management for the Home Garden," Jessica Farmer (MS/MPA 2010).

FRIDAY, 11 FEBRUARY  COENV ASSOC DEAN CANDIDATE  AND 207 1:30-1:30 PM
The three candidates for the role of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Diversity for CoEnv will each make a presentation: 2nd candidate is Julia Parrish, Professor, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Director, PoE;

FRIDAY, 11 FEBRUARY  SILVICULTURE SEMINAR  ANDERSON 22  2:30 PM
"Forest Management Strategies to Increase Stand Complexity and Enhance Biodiversity in Coastal Rainforests of Alaska," Robert Deal, USDA Forest Service.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, February 16, 2011, Fish Sci 203, 12:30-1:30 p.m., CoEnv Associate Dean Candidate presentation #3, Clare Ryan, Professor, UW School of Forest Resources.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011, Anderson 207, 2-3 p.m., SFR All-School meeting.
Thursday, February 17, 2011, Center for Urban Horticulture, 6:30 p.m., reception and book lanch for "The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic," by Sarah Reichard. Hosted by the Northwest Horticultural
Society.
Thursday, February 17, 2011, Seattle REI, 6:30-8 p.m., Audubon Society Meeting, "Kinship and Stealing Behavior among Northwest Crows," James Ha and Renee Ha, UW Department of Psychology.
Thursday, February 24, 2011, Architecture Hall, 7 p.m., SFR's Sustaining our NW World Winter Lecture Series, "Sustaining Forests and Sustaining Ourselves," Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983).
Friday, February 25, 2011, Anderson 207, SFR Graduate Student Symposium. Keynote panelists include Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Forest Resources Council; Sarah Hammond, The Nature Conservancy; Mary Ruckelshaus, The Natural Capital Project; and Paula Swedeen, Pacific Forest Trust.


SFR CELEBRATES 2011 AS INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FORESTS
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests, to raise awareness of the sustainable management, development, and conservation of all types of forests, on which at least 1.6 billion people depend for their daily livelihoods and subsistence needs. Forests are also home to over 60 million people, mainly members of indigenous and local communities. The International Year of Forests will raise awareness of and advance a global platform to celebrate people’s actions to sustain the world’s forests.
SFR has planned a series of programs and events to celebrate the Year of Forests. With funding that includes support from the Lockwood Endowment for Program Enhancement, the Denman Endowment for Student Excellence, generous supporters of the Distinguished Alumni Seminar Series, and the College of the Environment, the year's highlights will include:
*the annual Sustaining our Northwest World Lecture, presenting SFR alum Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983), on February 24, 2011, speaking on "Sustaining Forests and Sustaining Ourselves -- Trees as Providers and Inspiration for our Lives."  Space is limited, so please RSVP at http://engage.washington.edu/site/Calendar?id=102021&view=Detail.
*a student project course culminating in the submission of a position paper to the United Nations Forum on Forests.
*a Distinguished Alumni Seminar panel presentation with participation from alumni holding leadership positions in international forestry.  This will occur during the first week of May 2011; check back at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/YearofForests.shtml for details as they emerge. We are thankful to alum Mack Hogans (MS 1976) for his continued support and facilitation of this series.
*and a Denman Forestry Issues program, scheduled for May 10, 2011, on global forestry challenges; check back at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/YearofForests.shtml for details as they emerge.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The latest issue of E-flora, the UW Botanic Gardens e-newsletter is now aavailable online. This issue features plant profiles, news of upcoming classes, and more!

ALUMNI NEWS
Laura Jackson (BS 1981) went on to get a masters in urban planning from the UW and has an environmental consulting firm, Corvid Consulting, in Portland, OR.
George Johnson (BS 1981) went on to get an MBA from UCLA; he is a portfolio manager for Alessandra Capital Management, LLC, in Palos Verdes Estates, CA.
Roderick Johnston (MS 1981) is a land development and construction consultant in Concrete, WA. He has published a series of books on land development and construction, including The Road Repair Handbook (2002).
Mark Mauren (BS 1981) is an assistant division manager for the WA Department of Natural Resources in Gig Harbor, WA; he works with public access and recreation.
Marjorie McVeigh (BS 1981) is a grants and agreements specialist for the USDA Forest Service's SW Idaho and Nevada Acquisition Center in Boise, ID.
Tekie Mehary (PhD 1981) is the K-12 outreach oordinator for the UW Department of Bioengineering’s UWEB-21 program. a cross-disciplinary team of scientists, biologists, engineers, researchers, physicians, and industry leaders, to exploit specific biological mechanisms in the development of medical innovations.

SFR IN THE NEWS
Tom Hinckley is quoted in "My weather knowledge was a little foggy."
UW Today's "Global health minor launched in response to student interest" references alum Tekie Meharie (PhD 1981).
See "Invader abundance not always explosive," a UW Today article featuring research results co-authored by Jon Bakker.
See "Documentary focuses on environmental "terrorists" and "A decade later, hunt continues in UW eco-terror arson," both referencing the 2001 firebombing of Merrill Hall.
"UW students turn wine into water" features the UW Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and its
faculty advisor Susan Bolton.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/News_and_Events/Seminars/Autumn
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html