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The Straight Grain
Volume 41, Number 8

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 25. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a
complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 24-25 FEBRUARY   FUTURE FORESTRY LEADERS  VANCOUVER, BC
Future Forestry Leaders Symposium, "A Graduate Student Research Symposium Celebrating the International Year of the Forest." SEFS participants include graduate students Chris Beatty, Brooke Cassell, Jake Grossman, Laurel James, Daisuke Sasatani, John Simeone, and Sebastian Tramon; alum Jane Atkins (MS 2010); and faculty Ivan Eastin.

SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY   WISE CONFERENCE    UW CAMPUS  8:30 AM-5 PM
2012 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Conference, "Time for Success... Create the Possible."

SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    CUH,ISAACON  9 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Introduction to Digital Photo Editing," Jenn Leach, professional photographer.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25   ASIA'S CITIES   ASIAN ART MUSEUM  9:30-11 AM
The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment Series, "Health Greening Cities: Possibilities and practices in Indonesia and China," Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia and Lisa Hoffman, UW Tacoma.

SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   UW CAMPUS   1-3:30 PM
Society for Ecological Restoration-UW (SER-UW)and Students Expressing Environmental Education (SEED) are co-sponsoring a "Restoration and Campus Clean-up Event.  Meet between Haggett and McMahon Halls.

MONDAY, 27 FEBRUARY   WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   PACCAR 192   3:30-4:50 PM
Wildlife Science Seminar, "Assembly Rules for Urbanizing Lands? Avian community structure following forest clearing and subsequent residential development," Jack DeLap, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

MONDAY, 27 FEBRUARY    SCIENCE ON TAP    3RD PLACE BOOKS  7 PM
Ravenna Science Cafe, "Science on Ice: How scientists survive and thrive in the polar regions," Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

TUESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Evaluating Headwater Stream Buffers: Lessons learned from a watershed-scale experiment in southwest Washington," Pete Bisson, USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

TUESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY   ESRM TALK ON USFS    SAVERY 260    1:30 PM
Regional Forester Kent Connaughton will speak to Jerry Franklin's ESRM 300 class about the USDA Forest Services' historic and current perspectives on natural resource sustainability and its relation to the agency's current emphasis on restoration. While the class has 140 students, the room has a capacity of about 180, and faculty and other students are welcome to hear the Regional Forester's presentation.  The presentation will be followed by a second hour-long dialogue between Kent and class members.

THURSDAY, 1 MARCH     NWFSC SEMINAR    NWFSC CTR AUD   11 AM-12 PM
"You Still Can't Have Your Hake and Eat It Too: Growth and movement of a species of concern," Paul Chittaro, NW Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY,  1 MARCH     SAFS SEMINAR      FSH SCI AUD    4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "The Canadian oil sands: Economic savior or environmental disaster?,"David Schindler, University of Alberta.

THURSDAY, 1 MARCH    SEFS WINTER LECTURE   KANE 220   6-8 PM
SEFS Sustaining Our World Lecture, "Linking Ecosystem Services, Endangered Species Conservation, and Local Livelihoods," Eric Dinerstein, World Wildlife Fund (PHD 1983, MS 1979).

THURSDAY, 1 MARCH    SOUND CONVERSATIONS    SEATTLE AQUARIUM   7-8 PM
Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner, "Underwater Vehicles for Ocean Exploration," Fritz Stahr, UW School of Oceanography.

TUESDAY, 1 MARCH   SCIENCE SPEAKER SERIES  SEATTLE,TWN HALL  7 PM
Engage: Science Speaker Series, "English Holly: Welcome guest or escape artist?," Andrea Watts, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

FRIDAY, 2 MARCH    SEFS GRAD STUDENT SYMPOSIUM  ANDERSON 207  9 AM-5 PM
SEFS Graduate Student Symposium, "Bridging Perspectives in Environmental and Forest Science." Keynote panel speakers include alums Mack Hogans (MS 1976) and Ara Erickson (MS 2004).

FRIDAY, 2 MARCH    DEAD ELK SOCIETY   ANDERSON 207  5-9 PM
When the 9th Annual Graduate Student Symposium ends, Winter quarter Dead Elk begins! Bring a potluck dish to share.

SATURDAY, 3 MARCH   ASIA'S CITIES   ASIAN ART MUSEUM  9:30-11 AM
The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment Series, "Why Asia's Cities Strangle Rivers," Frank Rijsberman, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Monday, March 5, 2012, Yakima, WA, 12-1 p.m., Washington Native Plant Society, "Restoring Garry Oak in Central Washington: Enhancing seedling performance in a semiarid environment," Jim Evans, The Nature Conservancy.
    Saturday, March 10, 2012, Spokane, WA, NW Museum of Art and Culture, 4-5 p.m., Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Lecture Series, "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic," Estella Leopold, Emeritus, UW Department of Biology.
    Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, Plant Biodiversity Conference, "Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America."
    Wednesday, March 14, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7:15-8:15 p.m.,
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Gourmet Gardening: Growing your own groceries," Will Galloway, garden writer.
    Wednesday-Thursday, March 14-15, 2012, NOAA Sand Point, NW Fisheries Science Center Symposium.
    Wednesday-Saturday, March 28-31, 2012, Boise ID, NW Scientfic Association Meeting, "Networking Science: Communication, collaboration, and conservation in a time of change."  Speakers include alum Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997).
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Corvallis, OR, Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, "Initiatives and Insights: Fostering a new forestry future." Keynote speakers include alum Brent Davies (MS 1997).

MEDFORD,OREGON BLM FOREST PILOT PROJECT
Jerry Franklin reports that he and OSU colleague Norm Johnson accompanied Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on a field trip on February 21, 2012 to view the pilot forestry project on Bureau of Land Management lands near Medford, Oregon. The Medford Pilot Project, one of three ecological forestry pilot projects in the state, is applying the principles of active forest management, as suggested by Jerry and Norm, on BLM lands within the Coos Bay, Roseburg, and Medford Districts in Oregon. See press release,
which has a link to the pilot project report prepared by the two researchers.

REMINDER-SEFS STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST ENTRIES DUE APRIL 15TH
    A reminder that the SEFS video competition is back! This year’s competition is open only to currently enrolled students, thus allowing for the award of monetary prizes: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $250, 3rd prize $100. The competition’s goal is to enhance SEFS’s image and increase public awareness of its contributions to the state of Washington and beyond. We are looking for short videos (maximum 5 min.) that either:
    •Enhance SEFS’s outreach, public image, and recruitment efforts. Videos submitted to this category seek maximum exposure for SEFS while maintaining high standards of decorum in enhancing the status of SEFS and UW. Video should be sufficiently appealing to attract a large number of viewers, including those who would otherwise be unlikely to tune into SEFS. OR
    •Increase awareness of SEFS research or program initiatives by documenting innovative and cutting-edge work. Videos submitted to this category should enhance public awareness of SEFF’s programs and their importance to the state of Washington and beyond.
    Deadline for submitting entries is April 15, 2012. Winners will be announced at the 2012 Recognition Event. Submit videos to Cecilia Paul, cece@uw.edu. Prizes will be awarded upon submission of a completed product that includes any edits requested by the committee to comply with stated guidelines. Prizes will be awarded to the best videos, regardless of category. For examples of student videos submitted to a variety of video contests, see
http://www.hermanmiller.com/content/hermanmiller/english/products/solutions/education/pages/student-video-contest-2012.html
and https://pages.samsung.com/us/sft/video/index.jsp.  And for examples of great image-enhancing videos, see WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences videos.

WSU EXTENSION BIOFUELS JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Alum Gabrielle Roesch (MS 2011), who is currently working for WSU Extension as the Interim Biofuels Project Coordinator, sends along biofuels job opportunities with her office.

ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER FAIR
The UW Environmental Career fair on Wednesday February 15, 2012, in Mary Gates Commons, had over 600 students attending to interact with representatives of nearly 40 employers, including the Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, Port of Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, Seattle Aquarium, Snoqualmie Tribe, and the USDA Forest Service. The UW advisers affinity group EnviroLink has hosted some version of this fair since 2001. The 2012 fair was sponsored by the College of the Environment; Michelle Trudeau and Lisa Nordlund were members of the planning committee.

BRAZILIAN CONNECTIONS
Rob Harrison writes that he and SEFS grad student Patrick Wauters (BS 2010) co-taught a course in February at the University Estadual Paulista in the city of Botucatu in western Sao Paulo state, Brazil.  The class was entitled "Bioenergy sustainability in the US and Brazil." Says Rob, "This region is currently undergoing rapid development of plantation forestry and environmental restoration to Atlantic rain forest of former grazing and agricultural production lands. Patrick will soon leave Seattle as part of his graduate work for the Peace Corps Masters International program. The Peace Corps and service is nothing new with the Wauters family, as Patrick's mother, Julia (currently an employee in UW medicine, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer) also continues to volunteer in Brazil with Bahia Street,.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
    "UW Today article, "Stop putting the squeeze on tiger territory, says UW alum, now chief scientist with World Wildlife Fund," highlights upcoming March 2 SEFS Winter Lecture by alum Eric Dinerstein (MS 1979, PhD 1983).
    Articles highlighting restoration forestry research by Jerry Franklin and OSU colleague Norm Johnson include "Secretary Salazar Proposes Expansion of Ecological Forestry in Western Oregon" and "Five new reforestation projects announced for Southern Oregon."
    "With gardens like these, who needs a SAD lamp?" features the Washington Park Arboretum's Witt Winter Garden.
    "Master planner"  (original article in Finnish, p. 58) features alum Paul Mathews (BS 1974).

ALUMNI UPDATES
    Joyce Trawle (BS 1985) is the Lane County, OR Audubon Society’s Adventures Coordinator, which develops programs to introduce children to the natural world.
    Brian Kertson (PhD 2010, MS 2005, BS 2001) is a biologist with the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

KUDOS
Michelle Hall of CoEnv Advising sends along kudos to Lisa Nordlund and Michelle Trudeau for their help in planning and assisting with the UW's Environmental Career Fair held last week, and thanks SEFS for support in these collaborative efforts.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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 41, Number 7

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 18. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 18 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   WPA, GRAHAM   12-3 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Introduction to Landscape Tree Identification," Patrick Mulligan, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

SUNDAY, 19 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   SEATTLE,WA  12-1PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Introduction to Mosaic," Bedrock Industries.

TUESDAY, 21 FEBRUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Testing the Water Quality Impacts of Contemporary Forest Practices: The Alto and Alsea," George Ice, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.

TUESDAY, 21 FEBRUARY   UWBG PRO HORT     WPA, GFRAHAM    9 AM-3 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Professional Education, "Pruning Woody Plants," David Zuckerman, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

TUESDAY, 21 FEBRUARY SCIENCE SPEAKER SERIES  SEATTLE,TWN HALL  7:30-9 PM
Engage: Science Speaker Series, "Soils in the Air: The savings account of the forest," Camila Tejo-Haristoy, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences; and "The Life and Times of H. Pylori," Laura Martinez, UW Department of Global Health.

THURSDAY, 23  FEBRUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC CTR AUD   11 AM-12 PM
"Canaries in a Cold Place: Using marine M\mammals as sentinels of marine ecosystem contamination," Brendan Hickie, Trent University.

THURSDAY, 23 FEBRUARY     SAFS SEMINAR      FSH SCI AUD    4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Large Sharks Tracked with Satellite Tags Reveal Their Secret Hideaways," Steven Campana, Canadian Shark Research Laboratory.

FRIDAY, 24 FEBRUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FSH 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"How Well Can FMSY and BMSY for Alaska Crab Stocks Be Estimated Using Empirical Measures of Surplus Production?," Andre Punt, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

FRIDAY, 24 FEBRUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30-4:20 PM
"Growth and Regeneration of Western Red Cesar in Coastal Old-growth Forests," Lori Daniels, University of British Columbia.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 24-25 FEBRUARY   FUTURE FORESTRY LEADERS  VANCOUVER, BC
Future Forestry Leaders Symposium, "A Graduate Student Research Symposium Celebrating the International Year of the Forest." See http://events.forestry.ubc.ca/future-forestry-leaders/ SEFS participants include graduate students Chris Beatty, Brooke Cassell, Jake Grossman, Laurel James, Daisuke Sasatani, John Simeone, and Sebastian Tramon; alum Jane Atkins (MS 2010); and faculty Ivan Eastin.

SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY   WISE CONFERENCE    UW CAMPUS  8:30 AM-5 PM
2012 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Conference, "Time for Success... Create the Possible."

SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    CUH,ISAACON  9 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Introduction to Digital Photo Editing," Jenn Leach, professional photographer.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25   ASIA'S CITIES   ASIAN ART MUSEUM  9:30-11 AM
The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment Series, "Health Greening Cities: Possibilities and practices in Indonesia and China," Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia and Lisa Hoffman, UW Tacoma.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Monday, February 27, 2012, Ravenna Third Place Books, Ravenna Science Cafe, "Science on Ice: How scientists survive and thrive in the polar regions," Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Thursday, March 1, 2012, Kane 220, 6-7 p.m., SEFS Sustaining Our World Lecture, "Linking Ecosystem Services, Endangered Species Conservation, and Local Livelihoods," Eric Dinerstein, World Wildlife Fund (PHD 1983, MS 1979).
Friday, March 2, 2012, Anderson 207, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., SEFS Graduate Student Symposium, "Bridging Perspectives in Environmental and Forest Science."

SEFS GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 2ND
SEFS Graduate student Diana Pietri writes, "Please join us for our ninth annual School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Graduate Student Symposium. The symposium will be held on Friday, March 2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Anderson 207, the Forest Club Room. This annual symposium sponsored by SEFS and Xi Sigma Pi is designed to provide a forum for SEFS graduate students to share their research with fellow students, faculty, staff, and members of the larger College of the Environment and UW
community. We will be sending out a more detailed schedule and program soon. Our scheduled keynote panel speakers will be Mack Hogans (MS 1976), Retired Vice President, Weyerhaeuser Company, M. L. Hogans Consulting; Vivek Shandas, Portland State University Center for Urban Studies; Nohad A. Toulan, Portland State University School of Urban Studies and Planning; and Ara Erickson (MS 2004), Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy). We will post more information about the symposium
at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfrgss/. We hope you will be able to join us!"

VIDEOS AVAILABLE ON USES OF TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
If you missed the January Ignite! event on innovative uses of technology for teaching and learning at the UW, watch the videos online. Get key findings from UW-IT's Surveys on Teaching, Learning, and Research Technologies. See presentations about
using Canvas learning management system to hold virtual office hours; SQLShare to analyze extremely large data sets with students; back-channel chat to keep students in large courses focused; and Tegrity lecture capture to simplify review of course material.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
The UW Today story, "A Peruvian slum gets a massive green makeover" features project in which Susan Bolton participated.
The Oregonian's "New forestry projects show promise in Southern Oregon, professors say," features research by Jerry Franklin.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Jamie Hanseler (BS 1989) is a process control manager at Longview Fibre in Longview, WA.
Megan Moynihan (MS 1989) is a district ranger for the USDA Forest Service’s Ouichita National Forest in Hot Springs, AR; she recently transferred there from a position as silviculturalist for the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho.
Tristan Nunez (MS 2011) is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

KUDOS
Tom Hinckley sends kudos to Jon Bakker, Renata Bura, and Soo-Hyung Kim, "who have been promoted and given tenure. David Briggs deserves special acknowledgement as chair of SEFS' PMT committee who was closely involved in helping in the process. Kudos also to all members of the PMT Committee, who deserve our thanks for their previous and current work." Susan Bolton sends along kudos to Peter Schiess for "exemplary management of grad applicant reviews for Sustainable Resource Management. Peter sends out information promptly and includes easy links to review files. He prescreens so that you receive the most appropriate names but are not excluded from reviewing others. He gives reminders so that reviews get completed in time for scholarship review. He than compiles the information in a timely fashion and opens a catalyst site for voting on who should go forward for scholarship information. His model should be applied to all interest groups. Thank you Peter."

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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 41, Number 6

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 12. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 8-12 FEBRUARY NW FLOWER/GARDEN SHOW  WA CONVENTION CTR
NW Flower and Garden Show, "Growing a Greener World."  Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Audubon are sponsors of the display garden, "Birdsong."

SATURDAY-SUNDAY  11-12 FEBRUARY   EDISON BIRD FESTIVAL    EDISON,WA
1st annual Edison Bird Festival honors the unique birding culture of the Skagit Valley. Festival runs in conjunction with the Annual Skagit Flats Hawk Census, and focuses on the art, conservation, and fascination of birds.

MONDAY, 13 FEBRUARY    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   PACCAR 192    3:30-4:50 PM
"Status and Management of Wolves in Washington State. Harriet Allen, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

MONDAY, 13 FEBRUARY    EASTSIDE SCIENCE CAFE   KIRKLAND,WA   7 PM
"Elwha River Dam Removal," George Pess, NW Fisheries Science Center.

TUESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Effects of Biomass Production and Intensive Forest Management on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes," Jake Verschuyl, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.

TUESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY    FACULTY MEETING    ANDERSON 22   10:30-11:30 AM
SEFS faculty meeting.  Agenda and materials are emailed in advance of the meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 15 FEBRUARY   OCEANS SYMPOSIUM   UW TOWER AUD  1:30-5 PM
Our Oceans, Our Future Symposium, sponsored by the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.  Participants include SEFS graduate student Diana Petri.

WEDNESDAY, 15 FEBRUARY   AMERICAN CETACEAN SOCIETY   PHINNEY CTR  7:30 PM
American Cetacean Society Puget Sound Chapter Speaker Series, "Predator Movement Changes as Prey Abundance Increases: Studies of mammal-eating killer whales in the Salish Sea from 1987-2010," Juliana Houghton, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

THURSDAY, 16  FEBRUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC CTR AUD   11 AM-12 PM
"Experimental Approaches to Characterize and Determine the Basis for Phenotypic Variation among Lake Trout Morphotypes," Rick Goetz, NW Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 16 FEBRUARY     SAFS SEMINAR      FSH SCI AUD    4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Sound Advice: Accoustical insights into deepwater fisheries and ecosystems," Rudy Kloser, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation.

FRIDAY, 17 FEBRUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FSH 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"ECOSEL: A new market for forest ecosystem services," Sandor Toth, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

FRIDAY, 17 FEBRUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30-4:20 PM
"Comparative Physiology of Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock," Rick Meinzer, USDA Forest Service.

SATURDAY, 18 FEBRUARY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   WPA, GRAHAM   12-3 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Introduction to Landscape Tree Identification," Patrick Mulligan, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Thursday, February 23, 2012, Seattle, Town Hall, 7:30-9 p.m., UW Science Now, "Soils in the Air: The savings account of the forest," Camila Tejo-Haristoy, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences; and "The Life and Times of H. Pylori," Laura Martinez, UW Department of Global Health.
Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 2012, Vancouver, BC, University of British Columbia, Future Forestry Leaders Symposium, "A Graduate Student Research Symposium Celebrating the International Year of the Forest." SEFS participants include graduate students Chris Beatty, Brooke Cassell, Jake Grossman, Laurel James, Daisuke Sasatani, John Simeone, and Sebastian Tramon; alum Jane Atkins (MS 2010); and faculty Ivan Eastin.
Saturday, February 25, 2012, UW campus locations, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Conference, "Time for Success... Create the Possible."
Saturday, February 25, 2012, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Stimson Auditorium, 9:30-11 a.m., The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment Series, "Health Greening Cities: Possibilities and practices in Indonesia and China," Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia and Lisa Hoffman, UW Tacoma.
Monday, February 27, 2012, Ravenna Third Place Books, Ravenna Science Cafe, "Science on Ice: How scientists survive and thrive in the polar regions," Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

SUSTAINING OUR WORLD LECTURE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 1ST
Alum Eric Dinerstein (PhD 1983, MS 1979), Chief Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, is the featured speaker for the SEFS Sustaining our World Lecture,  March 1, 2012, 6-7 p.m. in Kane 220. Eric will speak on "Linking Ecosystem Services, Endangered Species Conservation, and Local Livelihoods," looking at ways to prevent extinctions, stop deforestation in tropical forests, and link conservation with initiatives that improve local livelihoods. Specifically he'll discuss an innovative approach to conserving species through the "Wildlife Premium Market Initiative," a pilot project in countries rich with diverse plant and animal species, such as Nepal, Kenya, Peru, Thailand, and Madagascar. The initiative gives a market value to forest wildlife and makes payments to local communities for wildlife protection, thereby incentivizing engagement in habitat conservation. The lecture is free, but RSVP is required.

SEFS FACULTY, STAFF, ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Tom Hinckley gave a talk on old-growth forests last week at The Mountaineers Club in Seattle.  He reports good attendance and excellent questions.
Aaron Wirsing will speak on "How Prey Animals Avoid Becoming a Predator's Lunch" at the College of the Environment's Lunch and Learn in the Desert program during UW's upcoming Dawg Days in the Desert.
Alum Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997) is a speaker in the NW Scientific Association's annual meeting,  March 28-31, 2012 in Boise, ID. Mark will be participating in the symposium session, "Meeting Forest Conservation Goals in the 21st Century."
SEFF staff and alums presenting free seminars at the NW Flower and Garden Show, February 8-12, 2012, included Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) Riz Reyes (BS 2006 and gardener at the UW Botanic Gardens), and Marty Wingate (MFR 1996).
Professor Emeritus Reini Stettler gave a talk on "Cottonwood and the River of Time: On trees, evolution, and society," at the Barn Beach Reserve Lecture Series on February 10, 2012 in Leavenworth, WA.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2011
"Public Attitudes and Perceptions of Forest Fires and Smoke: Management implications"; PI: Stanley Asah; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $90,000.
"Family Forest Owners and Bioenergy: Anticipating the diffusion and adoption of sustainable biofuels production": PI: Stanley Asah; sponsor UW Royalty Research Fund; amount: $33,436.
"The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance: A new vista for green fuels, chemicals, and environmentally preferred products"; PI: Evan Eastin; sponsor: Washington State University; amount: $706,878.
"Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest/WA State Parks and Recreation Commission Joint Appointment"; PI: Greg Ettl; sponsor: WA State Parks and Recreation Commission; amount: $35,000.
"Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Species in Red-alder Stands"; PI: Greg Ettl; sponsor: Puget Sound Mycological Society; amount: $1,475.
"Wind River Field Station"; PI: Jerry Franklin; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $59,955.
"System for Advanced Biofuels Production from Woody Biomass in the Pacific Northwest"; PI: Rick Gustafson; sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture; amount: $15,600,000.
"Using Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tools to Plan Vulnerability Assessment Case Studies"; Josh Lawler; sponsor USDI U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; amount:  $72, 915.
"Identify Potential Barriers, Corridors, and Refugia for Species in the Face of Climate Change"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: USDI National Park Service; amount: $72,000.
"Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning at Panther Creek Research Plots for Inventory and Tree Species Identification": PI: L. Monika Moskal; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $93,848.
"Rare Plant Conservation Support"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $23,000.
"Showy Stickseed (Hackelia venusta) Recovery Project"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDI U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; amount: $46,703.
"Eastern Gray Squirrel Ecology and Interactions with Western Gray Squirrels on Joint Base Lewis-McChord"; PI: Steve West; sponsor: WA Department of Fish and Wildlife; amount: $11,860.
"Patterns of Predation on Snowshoe Hares in North-central Washington"; PI: Aaron Wirsing; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $10,000.
"Chapter 2B of Puget Sound Science Update"; PI: Kathy Wolf; sponsor: Puget Sound Partnership; amount: $37,500.
"Urban Forest Human Health and Well-being Benefits: Translating evidence to economic valuation models"; PI: Kathy Wolf: sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $137,419.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"If a tree falls in the forest, UW Botanic Garden arborists hear" features work in the Washington Park Arboretum by Chris Watson and David Zuckerman.
"A blighted Northwest icon"  features research by alum Marianne Elliott (PhD 2005).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Kevin Zobrist (MS 2001, BS 2000) is lead author with Tom Hinckley on the WSU Extension Bulletin, "Diversifying Forest Structure to Promote Wildlife Biodiversity in Western Washington Forests."
Dagmara Monfort (BS 2011) is a Technology Acess Foundation’s Techstart co-teacher in the Highline, WA School District.

KUDOS
Tom Hinckley sends along kudos to the SEFS instructors who received adjusted median evaluation scores of 4 or greater for last quarter: Alvarado, Bakker, Bradley, Bura, Eastin, Edmonds, Ettl, Ewing, Franklin, Ford, Harrison, Kim, Lawler, Lewis, Manuwal, Marzluff, Rabotyagov, Torgersen, Wirsing, and Zabowski. Congratulations all!

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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 41, Number 5

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING FEBRUARY 5. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 6 FEBRUARY    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   PACCAR 192    3:30-4:50 PM
"Mapping Landscape Integrity Connectivity: Connecting the best of what’s left," John Pierce, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Modern Approach for Managing Roads and Harvest to Minimize Mass Wasting," Julie Dieu, Rayonier Timberlands Corporation.

TUESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY  OCEANS/HEALTH SEMINAR   FSH 108    2:30-3:30 PM
"Signs and Trends of Eutrophication in the Southern Salish Sea: Communicating observations in greater temporal and spatial contexts," Christopher Krembs, WA Department of Ecology.

TUESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY    DEFINING DIVERSITY   FSH  203   5-6 PM
"Conversations on Defining Diversity: Recruitment and retention in the graduate community."  SEFS participants include graduate student Diani Pietri.

TUESDAY, 7 FEBRUARY  ATMOS SCI LECTURE    KANE 210   7:30-8:30 PM
Peter V. Hobbs Memorial Endowed Lecture, "The Anti-Greenhouse Effect along the Spiral of Geologic Time," Owen Brian Toon, University of Colorado.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 8-12 FEBRUARY NW FLOWER/GARDEN SHOW  WA CONVENTION CTR
NW Flower and Garden Show, "Growing a Greener World."  See Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Audubon are sponsors of the display garden, "Birdsong."

THURSDAY, 9 FEBRUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC CTR AUD   11 AM-12 PM
"Dredged Material Management Program Overview," David Kendall, Army Corps of Engineers.

THURSDAY, 9 FEBRUARY    SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY     DENNY 123   12:30-1:30 PM
"Discussions on Spiritual Ecology: What can we learn from the spiritual relationship with nature that still exists among Mongols, Central Asian Turks, Native Americans, and other so-called indigenous Peoples?," Simon Wickham Smith, UW Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. First of several sessions on ancient approaches to the environment based on the belief that humans are not the masters of nature but part of it.

THURSDAY, 9 FEBRUARY  SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SEMINAR  FSH AUD  4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "The Risks and Rewards of Communicating Your Science," Nancy Baron, Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea and Leopold Leadership Program.

FRIDAY, 10 FEBRUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FSH 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Alternative Estimators of the Proportion of Hatchery-Origin Spawners," Rich Hinrichsen, Hinrichsen Environmental.

FRIDAY, 10 FEBRUARY   FIUTS CULTURAL FEST  MEANY HALL  11 AM-10 PM
Cultural Fest, sponsored by Foundation for International Understanding through Students (FIUTS), features displays and music and dance performances by student groups. SEFS students participating include Gonzalo Thienel Carrasco, Paul Footen, Rodrigo Morales Vera, and Camila Tejo.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Monday, February 13, 2012, Kirkland, WA, 7 p.m., Eastside Science Café, "Elwha River Dam Removal," George Pess, NW Fisheries Science Center.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:30-5 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium, Our Oceans, Our Future Symposium, sponsored by the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.  Participants include SEFS graduate student Diana Petri.  Details to come.
Thursday, February 23, 2012, Seattle, Town Hall, 7:30-9 p.m., UW Science Now, "Soils in the Air: The savings account of the forest," Camila Tejo-Haristoy, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences; and "The Life and Times of H. Pylori," Laura Martinez, UW Department of Global Health.
Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 2012, Vancouver, BC, University of British Columbia, Future Forestry Leaders Symposium, "A Graduate Student Research Symposium Celebrating the International Year of the Forest." SEFS participants include graduate students Chris Beatty, Brooke Cassell, Jake Grossman, Laurel James, Daisuke Sasatani, John Simeone, and Sebastian Tramon; alum Jane Atkins (MS 2010); and faculty Ivan Eastin.
Saturday, February 25, 2012, UW campus locations, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Conference, "Time for Success... Create the Possible."
Saturday, February 25, 2012, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Stimson Auditorium, 9:30-11 a.m., The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment Series, "Health Greening Cities: Possibilities and practices in Indonesia\ and China," Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia and Lisa Hoffman, UW Tacoma.

SEFS WELCOMES NEW POST-DOC RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
A warm welcome to new post-doctoral RAs Jennifer Duggan, Jennifer McGuire, and Chad Wilsey, who will be working with Josh Lawler.  Chad is a 2011 SEFS graduate.

SEFS STAFF PUBLICATIONS
SEFS staff Andrew Cooke and Matt Mclaughlin are co-authors of an article, "The Evolution of the Washington State Forestland Database Project,"in the January/February 2012 issue of The Western Forester.

UW ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE
If you have a passion for clean technology, the smarts to play in the emerging green economy, and desire to make an impact, the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge is your opportunity... and chance to win $10,000. The Challenge is on March 29, 2012. For more information, see http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/cie/eic/Pages/eic.aspx, and for information on deadlines for submitting entries, see http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/cie/eic/Pages/timeline.aspx.

USDA ANNOUNCES STRATEGY TO ACCELERATE FOREST RESTORATION
WA Governor Chris Gregoire and Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark have expressed strong support of a U.S. Department of Agriculture announcement to accelerate forest restoration. As part of USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s restoration strategy, $40 million has been allocated for 20 projects nationwide that will enhance forest health and restore
watersheds, including two in national forests in eastern Washington. Read the USDA press release at.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"A Numbers Game: Students’ academic experiences vary based on major size," a UW Daily story, features the Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) major.

ALUMNI UPDATES
In Memoriam:  alums from 1949 who went on to have careers in academia, and who recently passed away, include:
Gordon Gatherum (BS 1949), who went on to get MS and PhD degrees from Iowa State University, became the first chairman of the new Department of Forestry at Ohio State University. He was later appointed director of the university's five Schools of Natural Resources. In 1984 he stepped down from his administrative duties to resume the activities he loved, research and the teaching of graduate students.
Leonard Burkart (BS 1949, MS 1950), who went on to get a PhD from the University of Montana, taught and conducted research in the forestry department of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, for 24 years. He published numerous papers and received patents for research on wood products, and was developing methods of turning wood residues into biofuels long before that form of renewable energy had received much public attention.

KUDOS
Kudos to Susan Bolton, who along with colleagues from the UW's Departments of Landscape Architecture and Global health, were among winners of Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED)'s 2012 competition judging the social, economic and environmental impact of design projects. The UW team's project, in Lima, Peru, encompasses the design and construction of primary school classrooms and play areas incorporating sustainable building strategies. See http://designcorps.org/sfi/winners/.
Tom Hinckley sends kudos to Fernando Resende for his "patience and trust" that SEFS would secure for him a permanent appointment.  Fernando has been in "visa limbo," that now has thankfully been resolved. And kudos to Bev Anderson who was steadfast in her asisstance to secure the necessary documentation for the visa petition.
Kudos to graduate student Jenny Knoth, who along with collaborators on a project that resulted in a company called Carbon Cultures recently won a $15,000 award from the Jones Foundation Milestone Competition in the UW Foster School of Business. Carbon Cultures is now a registered C Corporation that has developed a system to more efficiently use waste streams from forestry and development to produce high quality biochar.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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

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