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January 2006

The Straight Grain
Volume 17, Number 4

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.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 28. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 28 JANUARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TIGER MTN 9 AM-3 PM
Sponsored by Mountains to Sound Greenway, volunteers will work on the Swamp Trail, Big Tree Trail, and Around the Lake Trail to cut back overgrown brush, fill in muddy spots with mineral soil, and do other minor upgrades. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/volevents.htm

MONDAY, 30 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR 114A 3:30-5 PM
"Non-invasive Monitoring of Endangered San Joaquin Kit Foxes: Implications for carnivore conservation and wildlife management," Deborah Smith, Wildlife Science Group.

TUESDAY, 31 JANUARY TWC SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"The Privatization of Water in the Developing World," Diana Gale, Senior Lecturer, Evans School of Public Affairs.

THURSDAY, 2 FEBRUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM
"In the Company of Crows and Ravens: Coevolution of Animal and Human Culture", John Marzluff. If you would like to view this seminar from a location other than Montlake, please contact Tony Yang at (206) 860-3415 to discuss options.

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A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR THE FOLLOWING EVENTS
Northwest Flower and Garden Show is February 8-12, 2006 at the Washington State Convention Center, 7th & Pike, Seattle, Wednesday- Saturday, 9 am-9 pm; Sunday 9 am-6 pm. See http://gardenshownw.com/. As in past years one of the design gardens is created by the Washington Park Arboretum. Seminars during the event include talks by CFR alum Dan Hinkley, affiliate faculty Linda Chalker-Scott and Ray Maleike and Lecturer Christina Pfeiffer.

The Water Center's 16th Annual Review of Research is February 16, 2006, 8 am-5 pm in the HUB West Ballroom. The 2006 Annual Review will focus on critical and timely topics of stream restoration, salmon and salmon habitat, droughts and water shortages, dam removal, new technologies, sustainability, and climate variability and change. The event is free and no registration is required. For a list of speakers and topics: http://depts.washington.edu/cwws/Outreach/Events/AR2006.html

The UW Program on Climate Change is planning a graduate student climate conference, "Fostering Interdisciplinary Interaction and Collaboration in Climate Sciences" to bring together approximately 60 graduate students. Through presentations, poster sessions and informal interactions, the conference will provide a forum for discussion among graduate students in climate sciences from a multitude of disciplines, including earth, atmospheric, biological, and ocean sciences. The conference is planned for April 7-9, 2006, at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. See http://depts.washington.edu/uwpcc/ourprog/GradConf2005_Home.html for information and application materials.

SUCCESSFUL ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER FAIR ON UW CAMPUS
The Environmental and Natural Resources Career Fair took place on January 25th in the Mary Gates Hall Commons. Employers attending included Atterbury Consultants, Inc, Bellevue Parks/Bellevue Botanical Garden, Camp Sealth, Campfire Boys & Girls, Conservation Northwest, Earth Corps, Fort Lewis Forestry, Islandwood, Longview Fibre Company, Merrill and Ring, Mt. Rainier National Park, Northwest Trek, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Peace Corps, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Audubon Society, Sierra Pacific Industries, Tetra Tech EC, Inc. USDA Forest Service, Washington Department of Natural Resources, Washington Department of Ecology, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, Weyerhaeuser Company, Woodland Park Zoo, and Yakama Nation-Tribal Forestry Program. In signing up for the fair, Sierra Pacific Industries wrote, "Over the last several years I have hired College of Forest Resources students for my summer inventory crew and have been very impressed with their work, character, and education. My goal is to continue to hire CFR students for summer jobs and full-time positions. Also, with SPI recently acquiring timberland, operating one sawmill, and building another in Washington, it makes even more sense to look UW's way for forestry students. Therefore, I would like to extend the offer of an annual $1,000 scholarship from the Sierra Pacific Foundation to a CFR student who is interested in private forestry and accepts a Sierra Pacific Industries summer job. Additional information about SPI at http://www.spi-ind.com."

SLOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR GRAD STUDENT SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS/POSTERS
There are still openings for both oral presentations and posters for the 3rd annual CFR graduate student symposium on Friday, February 24, 2006. Projects in all stages are welcomed, from proposals and ideas to finished projects. The purpose is simply to create a forum where students can discuss and share their research and ideas to the CFR community in a professional setting. And, as an added incentive, there will be cash prizes for both posters and oral presentations ranging from $50-100. If you have not had the opportunity to present at a scientific conference or meeting yet, do yourself a favor and work on your skills at the GSS.

CFR WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS OF COLLEGE'S VISITING COMMITTEE
New members of the College's Visiting Committee include Jeff Koenings, Director, Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife; Neal Lessenger, President, Arboretum Foundation; Jim Peters, Chairman, Squaxin Island Tribe, and Dick Stroble, President & CEO, Merrill and Ring, Inc. The College thanks outgoing members Bob Alverts, Jim Anderson, and, Dana Rasmussen whose terms are expiring, and Tom Quigley, retiring February 6 from the US Forest Service, for their years of service.

ARBORETUM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPRING PLANT SALES
The Early Bloomers sale kicks off the Arboretum Foundation plant sale season on Saturday, April 8, 10 am-2 pm, at Washington Park Arboretum (Graham Visitors Center). Get your spring garden started with a great selection of favorite and unusual plants, many donated by area gardeners and unavailable at commercial nurseries. The Arboretum Foundation's FlorAbundance, the region's largest plant sale, will return on Saturday, April 29 (10 am-5 pm), and Sunday, April 30 (10 am-3 pm), at Seattle's Magnuson Park (Building 27, Special Events Center). Dozens of specialty nurseries and vendors will present their finest perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, ferns, rhododendrons, native plants, vegetable start, and more. Parking and admission are free are free
for both events and sales at both benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

ELECTRONIC GRANT SUBMISSION FOR FEDERAL GRANT PROPOSALS
Grants Manager Marivic Jiminez reminds researchers that grant applicants for federal funding will soon go through a single website, http://www.grants.gov/. The website is a new electronic portal that allows users to find, apply, and manage federal grant opportunities. It simplifies the grants management process and creates a centralized online process to find application forms and apply for over 9,800 grant programs from the 26 Federal grantmaking agencies. Eventually, all of these agencies will require grant submission via Grants.gov. For information about which agencies and programs will require Grants.gov submission and when, see http://www.washington.edu/research/timeline. To register for training sessions see http://www.washington.edu/research/osp/gg_training.html

FACULTY SALARY COMPRESSON
Dean Bare writes, "The UW has made limited funds available for each college to address its most pressing faculty salary compression issues. CFR received $16,005. Because we must also pay benefits from this amount, we have $14,015 available for actual distribution. In developing the distribution process for our College, I consulted with the EFC. They, in turn, provided me with their comments and suggestions. I also asked our associate deans, chair, and vice chair for their input. For an explanation of the process see http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/facsalcompress.html. The Faculty PMT Committee will carry out these process steps and present their recommendations to the Chair and Dean. The Chair will send his recommendations to the Dean who will make the final determination."

ALUMNI NEWS
Ron Dinus ('63), retired UBC faculty member, recently was among six recipients of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE)
Outstanding Cooperation Award. A volunteer with Mt. Baker High School's agricultural education department and FFA chapter, he teaches about
forestry and natural resources. He also volunteers with the Master Gardners, Farm Friends, Black Mountain Forestry Center, and the Everson
Library.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
This week, several stories appeared in The Oregonian about CFR alum Dan Donato's ('98) recent article in Science about forest regeneration in the aftermath of the Biscuit Fire. See "Logging study sets off own firestorm,"
http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=2&did=973367081&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=113830359
4&clientId=8991
and "OSU dean says he's sorry, seeks to mend rift over forest research,"
http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1138335910269020.xml&coll=7

Articles about the indictments of a group conducting a seven-year campaign of arson and vandalism, including the May 2001 fire at CUH, included "Prosecutors portray close-knit arson team," http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002752813_ecoindictments21m.html?syndication=rss and "When greenies go nuts: tales of the eco-11 terrorists," http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002752813_ecoindictments21m.html?syndication=rss

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KUDOS
Kudos to Hans-Eric Andersen and Bob McGaughey, whose LIDAR image was chosen for the September page of the UW's 2006 Research Calendar. PFC has been developing this important new research method that offers many benefits over traditional field studies, enabling researchers to gather more comprehensive data, making it a better tool for forest management and resource monitoring.

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://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 17, Number 3

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.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 21. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 21 JANUARY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY LUTHER BURBANK PK 9 AM-3PM
Upper Luther Burbank Park Invasive Removal, Mountains to Sound Greenway. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/thisweekend.htm.

MONDAY, 23 JANUARY MS THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1:30 PM
"The Importance of Growth Plasticity and Belowground Resource Availability in Facilitating Plant Invasions," Wendy Gibble; Adviser: Kristiina Vogt.

MONDAY, 23 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR 114A 3:30-5 PM
"Great Blue Heron Population Status in an Urbanizing Environment," Kenneth Raedeke, Wildlife Science Group.

TUESDAY, 24 JANUARY TWC SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"Ecohydrological Impacts of Dams at the Global Scale," Cathy Reidy, The Nature Conservancy.

TUESDAY, 24 JANUARY FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30 AM
The main agenda item will be a discussion (and perhaps a vote) on a new procedure to select a vice chair and faculty chair.

TUESDAY, 24 JANUARY BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4-5 PM
"Citrus (Rutaceae): Systematics, culture, and medicine," David Mabberley, UWBG.

WEDNESDAY, 25 JANUARY UWBG PROHORT EDUCATION CUH,NHS 8 AM-3:30 PM
"Stormwater: Turning a Potential Problem into an Assett: Local examples and practical applications." Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

THURSDAY, 26 JANUARY UWBG PROHORT EDUCATION CUH,NHS 8 AM-3:30 PM
"Landscape Stormwater Strategies: A practical design workshop." Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

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CORRECTED LINK
Correction from last week's SG for link to National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council research plan for 2005-2015. http://www.treelink.org/nucfac/National_Research_Plan_for_Urban_Forestry_2005_2015.pdf.

FEEDBACK ON INAUGURAL ALUMNI SEMINAR
Andrew Larson, master's student in forest ecology, writes, "Speaking for myself and also as a member of the CFR student community I would like to thank you [Mack Hogans] for your leadership and participation in the Distinguished Alumni Seminar. The inaugural seminar was a complete success; I look forward to the next installation! Thank you also for the chance to spend some quality time interacting with Sue and Court (and yourself) at dinner. That sort of opportunity is a rare treat for students."

LOOK FOR CHANGES IN UW'S HOME PAGE
The UW's has hired a home page web editor Gina Hills, who has had an 18-year career at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where she served as assistant city editor and for the past six years as the managing producer of the P.I.'s web site. Before working at the P.I., she worked for ten years as a reporter for UPI. She will be giving the current home page a facelift, so be watching for changes.

ACCESSING ELECTRONIC JOURNALS
Carol Green reminds the CFR community about accessng electronic journals and indexes away from the campus: " When you are home or any place off-campus and want to access an electronic journal (to which the Libraries subscribes), always go to the UW Libraries Catalog first. (Don't go directly to the publisher page.) On the Catalog home page, (and on most subsequent pages), you will see a link "Off-Campus Access" in the upper right corner. Click on that and it will prompt you for your UW ID and password. Once you identify yourself, you should be allowed access to any electronic product, indexes, or journals, to which we subscribe. Just look up the title of the journal in the catalog and follow the links. If something doesn't work, let me know and I'll try to get it fixed."

COLLEGE NOTES PASSING OF EMERITUS PROFESSOR GRANT SHARPE
Emeritus Professor Grant Sharpe passed away last Tuesday morning in Bremerton. He had been ill the past week. A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m. at the Beach Club in Port Ludlow. Details will come later. All of us at the College mourn the loss of this remarkable man.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR THORUD LEADERSHIP AWARD
The deadline for submission of nominations for the Thorud Leadership Award has been extended to February 3. Please Send your nominations to Laurie Houck in the Office of Development <laurieh@u.washington.edu>. The award honors one faculty member and one staff member with a stipend of $2,500. Faculty and staff must be full-time (or tenure track); Cabinet and Board of Deans members are not eligible. The criteria include:
-- Demonstrated abilities to lead, inspire, and collaborate with broad impact beyond the nominee's regular responsibilities.
-- Openness to new ideas and partnership (innovation).
-- Ability to bring others along (teamwork).
-- Demonstrated ability to find practical solutions to complex problems and large-scale goals.
-- Demonstrated respect for others.

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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://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 17, Number 2

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.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 14. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 14-5 JANUARY ARBORETUM RESTORATION WPA 9 AM-3 PM
"Washington Park Arboretum Restoration Project," sponsored by UW-REN. Help remove invasive plant species at WPA. Meet at the park, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle 98112. For more information contact James Bozic: jbozic@u.washington.edu, 425-931-9067.

TUESDAY, 17 JANUARY TWC SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"When Government Ignores the Science, Scientists Should Speak Up," James Karr, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Department of Biology.

TUESDAY, 17 JANUARY BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"Biocomplexity, Conservation, and Management: Molecular insights into fish population dynamics," Lorenz Hauser, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 18-20 JANUARY CHINA CONFERENCE VANCOUVER, BC
"China's Boom: Implications for Investment and Trade in Forest Products and Forestry." For agenda and registration form, see http://www.cintrafor.org/CONFERENCE_TAB/overview.htm.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 19-20 JANUARY FIELD DATA WORKSHOP ALBANY, OR
"Workshop, Field Data in Forestry," sponsored by Western Forestry and Conservation Association. Register online at www.westernforestry.org.

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CFR AD HOC SAF ACCREDITATION REVIEW COMMITTEE APPOINTED
The College's proposed Master of Forest Resources in Forest Management program will undergo a site visit review in April 2006. The purposes of the site visit, to be conducted by the Society of American Foresters, are to conduct an objective fact-finding mission to verify compliance with the Society's accreditation standards and to verify that the MFR is accomplishing the College's written goals, objectives, and policies for the program. The visitation team does not make an accreditation determination, but passes its report identifying "strengths and opportunities for improvement" to the SAF Committee on Accreditation for final action at the Autumn SAF Annual Convention in Pittsburgh, PA. An ad hoc SAF Accreditation Review Committee, chaired by Gordon Bradley, has been appointed to prepare the self-study report and to facilitate the site visit. For the committee membership and charge see http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/safaccred.html

ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES CAREER FAIR
An Environmental and Natural Resources Career Fair will be held on the UW campus on January 25th in Mary Gates Hall Commons. Scheduled from 10 am-2 pm, the fair is designed for students seeking current and upcoming permanent, seasonal, and internship placements in the environmental and natural resources fields. Confirmed participants include WA Departments of Fish and Wildlife, Ecology, State Parks and Recreation, and Natural Resources, and Sierra Pacific Industries, USDA Forest Service, Evans-Hamilton Inc., Seattle Aquarium, Umpqua Resource Management Inc., Longview Fibre Company, Islandwood, Weyerhaeuser, Woodland Park Zoo, Tetra-Tech Inc. and more. Michelle Trudeau advises students, "An updated resume (just in case) and business casual wear can help put your best foot forward. We'll see you there!"

RESEARCH PLAN FOR URBAN FORESTRY
Research Scientist Kathy Wolf reports that the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council has just published a research plan for 2005-2015. Kathy, a co-author of the plan says, "The Council is an organization that supports education, projects, and groups related to urban and community forestry that seeks to establish sustainable urban forests for all communities." To review the plan, see http://www.treelink.org/nucfac/National_Research_Plan_for_Urban_Forestry_2005_2015.pdf.

NEW GRANTS FUNDED DECEMBER 2005
(1)"Why Burning Brings Beetles: Fire-Bark Beetle Interactions"; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; PI: Jim Agee.
(2) "Columbia River Basin Research, Monitoring and Evaluation"; sponsor: NOAA; PI: Bob Edmonds.
(3)"Stand Visualization 2,"; sponsor: USDA Forest Service: PI: Jim McCarter.
(4) "Pacific Estuarine Research Society (PERS) Conference"; sponsor: Pacific Estuarine Research Society; PI: Sandy Wyllie=Echeverria.
(5) "Evaluating Buoy-deployed Seeding for Restoration of Eelgrass in San Francisco Bay"; sponsor: San Francisco State University; PI: Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria

NEWS FROM THE NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM
Brian Boyle reports that the proceedings of the November 2005 Working Forest Forum are now available on the NEF website at http://www.nwenvironmentalforum.org/. In other news, the NEF recently received approval for continuing education credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) for the November 2005 Forum. The event has also been added to the online CFE database; participants who are certified foresters can add it to their CFE record.

UWAA HAS NEW ELECTRONIC SIGN
You may have noticed the UW Alumni Association's has new electronic sign board on the outside of the Alumni House that faces the intersection of 15th Avenue and 45th Street NW. UWAA is using this tool to promote Partner Events to an estimated 25,000 vehicles that cross this intersection each day. The messages on this board are brief and action driven, encouraging individuals to register online for featured events. The CFR Lecture Series "Sustaining Our Northwest World" is up and running on the new electronic sign; unless seating for the event is filled early, the event is scheduled to appear on the sign from December 22nd - March 8th.

MILLENIUM ECOYSTEM ASSESSMENT
Jerry Franklin sends along the news that on January 19, 2006, Island Press will publicly release the comprehensive findings of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, an unprecedented 5-year effort by more than 1,300 scientists in 95 countries to understand the complex interactions between human well-being and environmental sustainability. See http://www.maweb.org. Orchestrated by the United Nations and funded in part by the United Nations Foundation, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment demonstrates, with scientific certainty, how human behavior has altered ecosystems more rapidly and dramatically in the last 50 years than in any other point of human history. But, perhaps more importantly, thanks to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment we now have a roadmap for helping define how we can slow or reverse this ecosystem degradation and build a path toward sustainable growth and human development.

NATURAL SCIENCE LIBRARY RESERVE CLASS MATERIALS
Carol Green reminds faculty that they may put both electronic and print items on reserve for classes at the Natural Sciences Library at any time. Kay Douglas will be happy to help you. She works late afternoons and evenings and you can call her then or e-mail her. kdouglas@u or 206-543-1243. Web-based submission forms are available from http://www.lib.washington.edu/services/course/

UW PROFESSIONAL STAFF PROGRAM UPDATED
The UW's professional staff program is reviewed and updated periodically to ensure that it remains contemporary, competitive, and aligned with the UW's environment and goals as an employer. This past year has seen a number of changes at the UW, from the launch of the Leadership, Community, and Values Initiative to the implementation of civil service reform changes affecting classified staff. A review of the professional staff program was recently completed in partnership with representatives of the Professional Staff Organization. The University Human Resources Committee has approved a variety of updates which will be implemented on February 1, 2006. For a summary of the changes, see https://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/pol.proc/prostaff/new/docs/pspUpdts.pdf

INTERESTING ALUMNI CAREER PATHS
Emil Cherrington (MS, '04) writes: "I just wanted to inform you of my recent career change and to say thank you again for having taken an active role in my academic career, which is precisely the reason I've been so fortunate in my professional career. Who'd have thought that GIS could take someone so far, but I've recently taken up a position as a Geographic Information Systems & Natural Resources Specialist with the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America & the Caribbean (CATHALAC). See http://www.cathalac.org/. Situated in the Republic of Panama's City of Knowledge techno-park, CATHALAC is an autonomous international body established between UNESCO and the Government of Panama in 1992. At CATHALAC, one of the projects in my portfolio will be SERVIR (Sistema Regional de Visualizacin y Monitoreo), part of the Central American Commission on the Environment & Development's broader Mesoamerican Information System. SERVIR is a multi-institution collaboration involving NASA, USAID, and the World Bank; CATHALAC is its operational node. SERVIR provides regional environmental managers and decision-makers with access to various types of environmental information (e.g. high-resolution satellite imagery, MODIS fire updates, etc.). The eye-in-the-sky concepts I'm presently evoking resonate with the ideas I presented in my 2004 master's thesis. In other words, there's quite a match between me and the SERVIR project. Furthermore, at the young age of 25, I feel rather fortunate to be placed in my current position. In any event, I wanted to confirm to you all that CFR students are making a difference in the broader world. And I'd like to say thank you once more for having taken such an active role in my academic development. I'll keep you posted from time to time."

And Tony O'Hara (PhD, '97) writes: "After 28 or so years at State Forests in Australia and then a bit over six months with the Forestry and Agribusiness group at N.M. Rothschild & Sons, I have left to join a start-up company called Structured Investment Solutions Limited (trading as SISL Group). How's that -- public sector to corporate to small business in less than a year! SISL will structure, arrange, promote, and implement high quality green investment opportunities, which will be distributed primarily to individual investors (both wholesale and retail) under the managed investment scheme (MIS) regime that is overseen by ASIC in Australia. For the non-Australians, this primarily means that investors own a small part of an agricultural asset (such as, for example, an almond orchard) and can achieve taxation deferral advantages as a consequence. Our focus is on agriculture-based businesses as well as plantation forestry -- in fact the former is likely to be our dominant focus. We bring a useful mix of financial and practical experience to project design, so were quietly confident we can make the business fly. We hope to have a product out to the investment market before June this year. My home e-mail is tony_ohara@optusnet.com.au

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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

WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 14, Number 1

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

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 9. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, and other events.

MONDAY, 9 JANUARY WILDLIFE SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR 114A 3:30 PM
"Phylogeography and Comparative Reproduction in Antelope Ground Squirrels," Joshua Whorley, Burke Museum of Natural History

TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY TWC SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"Landscape Pattern, Stream Network Structure, and Fish Distribution in Headwater Catchments," Christian Torgersen, Research Landscape Ecologist, USGS.

WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY UW NATURAL HISTORY CLUB KINCAID 502 NOON
UW faculty, students, and staff are invited to join an organizational meeting for the newly formed UW Natural History Club. Rekindle your fascination with sharks, seals, cacti, orchids, wolves, bears, eagles, penguins, redwoods, mushrooms, and more! The club is looking for presenters to speak about the life history of any living creature that you find fascinating! Contact Suzie Graham, segraham@u.washington.edu, or Christina Pince, crp7@u.washington.edu, for details.

TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30 AM
Meeting for full Professors to vote on promotion recommendations. Copies of the committee recommendations are available for review in Bloedel, Anderson, Winkenwerder, and Merrill. If you can't make the meeting you can vote by email on the three candidates.

THURSDAY, 12 JANUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM
"When the Arctic Becomes Subarctic: Northern Alaska seabirds respond to climate-driven changes in Ichthyofauna", George Divoky, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska. To view seminar from a location other than Montlake, contact Tony Yang at (206) 860-3415 to discuss options. Sign language interpreter services, assisted listening systems, and communication materials in alternative format are available upon request.

THURSDAY, 12 JANUARY DISTINGUISHED ALUM SEMINAR 207 ANDERSON 3:30 PM
Seminar panel presentation featuring Court Stanley, Senior Vice President and Chief Forester, Port Blakely Tree Farm, and Sue Joerger, Executive Director, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. Seminar followed by reception. RSVP at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/People/Alumni/distalumseminarseries.htm.

FRIDAY, 13 JANUARY YELLOWSTONE SEMINAR MGH 258 3 PM
PoE/CFR sponsored seminar on "Scorched Earth, How the Yellowstone Fires Changed America," by Rocky Barker, Boise, ID. See http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/flyers/Barker.pdf.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

COLLEGE WILL MISS HEATHER LAURENCE
After working with the WPPF for over 10 years, Heather has decided to become a "stay at home mom" and will not be returning to her previous position at the Foundation following her maternity leave. CFR wishes Heather and her family the very best for their future. Says John Hanby, WPPF Executive Director, " We will immediately begin the search for Heather's successor."

DISTINTIINGUISHED ALUMNI SEMINAR SERIES
Gordon Bradley reports, " Last September I wrote to you and asked for your input on a proposed Distinguished Alumni Seminar Series, and I thank you for your responses. I'm pleased to announce, that with the facilitation of distinguished alum Mack L. Hogans, the support of the Dean, and the sponsorship and involvement of all of the College's student groups and clubs, the series will present four seminars during 2006, featuring five alumni who are leaders in their fields. Although intended as a bridge for students (from the College and across campus) by helping them to understand and appreciate the kind of real world work and roles they can assume after they have completed a CFR program and engage in full time employment, the seminars are open to the UW community and the public. Each event will take place from 3:30-5:30 pm in Anderson 207 and will be followed by a reception. RSVP at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/People/Alumni/distalumseminarseries.htm where you will also find a brochure descrbing the series." The lineup is:
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Panel presentation by Court Stanley, Senior Vice President, Port Blakely Tree Farms and Sue Joerger, Executive Director, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Friday, February 24, 2006, Seminar presentation (in conjunction with the Graduate Student Symposium) by Kenton Miller, former Director, World Conservation Union and former Vice President, World Resources Institute
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Seminar presentation by Ann Forest Burns, Attorney, Burns & Williams
Friday, May 19, 2006
Seminar presentation by Scot Medbury, President and CEO, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

FUNDING SOUGHT FOR NW FOREST TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Planning and a search for funding is currently being sought for the NW Forest Technology Program (NWFTP), a network and service system of applied science and technology transfer for increased environmental and economic values from forest management. Says Bruce Lippke, who is helping to spearhead the project: " A challenge we face is that science and technology to manage forests for increased product and environmental values are far ahead of implementation. Sustainable solutions will be dependent on rapid application of emerging technologies to integrate scientific findings into forest resource management and public education programs. A solution we propose is a regional forest science and technology network and service system. An active program will be established to create a regional partnership of university-based science, outreach, and extension professionals to accelerate implementation of sustainable forest resource programs. Integrated approaches to pressing challenges related to forest health, critical habitat protection, clean air and water, high quality timber, biomass for renewable energy, recreation opportunities, value-added forest products, and other values are needed that can be customized to local requirements while meeting broader public expectations. Needed are dedicated scientists, technical experts and trainers, computer hardware and software, targeted at transferring and implementing emerging science and technology. A regional network of cooperators established at major Pacific
Northwest universities will bring together the best interdisciplinary minds for integrated problem-solving linked to coordinated education and outreach." The current program partners involved in the planning are the Universities of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Washington, Montana State, Washington State, and Oregon State. Cooperators and beneficiaries include family forest owners, forestry professionals, tribes and native corporations, educators, rural communities, conservation districts, labor organizations, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, forest sector associations and educators.

US-CHINA BUILD NEWLETTER ON LINE
Rose Braden of CIINTAFOR sends along the url for the current newsletter of US-China Build Program, a non-profit government/industry association resulting from a Department of Commerce grant. See http://www.uschinabuild.org/FocalPoint/FocalPtMain.htm for "Focal Point: China Edition." If you would like to receive free hard-copies of the quarterly newsletter, please email rbraden @u.washington.edu with your mailing address and telephone number.

SUBMISSIONS FOR CFR GRAD STUDENT SYMPOSIUM DUE JANUARY 17
Grad student Nick Brazee reminds students that abstract submissions to the February 24, 2006 3rd annual CFR Graduate Student Symposium are due on January 17th. The symposium is open to all CFR graduate students who wish to share their research with the greater CFR and university communities, through either an oral or poster presentation. Presentation of research at all stages is encouraged (i.e., proposals to final products). If you are interested in participating in this event, contact Nick Brazee, nbrazee@u.washington.edu, with the following information: (1) potential title of presentation, (2) stage of your research, (3) preferrred medium -- poster or oral presentation, and (4) abstract (maximum = 300 words). See last year's abstracts at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfrgss/ for more details on what abstracts should include. In the event that the number of sumbitted abstracts exceeds the available slots, the GSS organizing committee may be unable to accept all submissions, so get your abstracts in now!

SICK LEAVE BUYBACK PROGRAM
Sandra Scott reminds us: "Each January all classified staff, professional staff, professional librarians, and educators who accrue sick leave, and who have a year-end sick leave balance exceeding 480 hours, may elect to be paid for a portion of the sick leave that was accrued but not used or donated as shared leave during the previous calendar year. Payment is made at the rate of 25%, and all hours for which payment is made are deducted from the employee's sick leave balance. Information is available at the Human Resources web site under Annual Attendance Incentive Program at
http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/pol.proc/attendance.incentive.html. The required form can be downloaded directly at:
http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/forms/attendance.incent.pmnt.frm.doc. Participants are responsible for ensuring that the completed form is received in the UW Payroll Office no later than the last working day in January (1/31/2006). Payments may be expected during the month of February. [If you opt the pay, please make sure that I have a copy in order to deduct the hours from your sick leave balance, and monitor the payment.]" Questions about the attendance incentive program should be directed to the HR office representing your department (http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/contacts/index.html).

CFR IN THE MEDIA/NEWS
Newsworthy CFR alums include Dan Donato, Holly Barnard, and Sue Joerger. Dan and Holly both have gone on from CFR to graduate programs at Oregon State University and Sue is the Executive Director of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance See http://oregonstate.edu/dept/grad_school/gradNewsletter/Holly_Barnard.html for an article about Holly's recent successes. She was just selected to participate in a national mentorship program called MS PHDs (Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science). This honor comes just six months after she received another highly competitive award, a 2005 Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship. Holly traces her own choice of a natural resource career to two CFR professors. "At that point, I never thought I'd be getting a PhD in the sciences," she says. "I thought I'd be a naturalist or a park ranger." Tom Hinckley and Linda Brubaker, encouraged Holly to find an area of science that excited her. Working in their laboratories, she learned ecological research methods and was mentored through an independent research project that was recognized with a Mary Gates Scholarship for Undergraduate Research. With their support, she went on for a master's of science at Colorado State University, co-authoring three publications on tree physiology and publishing her manuscript in the highly selective journal Plant, Cell, and Environment.

Dan Donato has just published an article in Science about salvage logging and regeneration at the Biscuit Fire in Southern Oregon. Featured on NPR's, "All Things Considered, " there are also some 30 additional papers and news services carrying an article about the research. See http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/01/0105_060105_wildfires.html and http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/1501AP_Wildfire_Study.html.
Sue Joerger, one of our distinguished alumni participants in next week's Disstinguished Alumni Seminar Series, was quoted in the Seattle PI regarding Puget Sound water quality issues. See http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/254393_sewage04.html

And the College has an entire page in this week's University Week devoted to two articles about CFR research and publications by John Marzluff and Ivan Easton. See "Scientists ask public to help them understand crow behavior," at http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=21650 and " Good fences make good forests, book shows," at http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=21654

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KUDOS
Kudos to Clare Ryan and Thomas Hinckley who received support from the Royalty Research Fund for their research proposals. Clare's proposal deals with a fire science application -- assessing information dissemination and use, and Tom's with biological soil crusts in the subalpine and alpine zones of three national parks.

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://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi