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January 2008

The Straight Grain
Volume 25, 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 26. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 26 JANUARY SMALL WOODLANDS WORKSHOP EATONVILLE,WA 8:30 AM-4 PM
Northwest Certified Forestry Workshop, "Diversifying Income Opportunities on Small Woodlands." Registration required..

MONDAY, 28 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR BALMER EXEC CTR 110 3:30 PM
"Ecological Effects and Public Perceptions of Variable-retention Timber Harvests: Short-term results from the DEMO study," Keith Aubry, USDA Forest
Service Forest Science Laboratory

MONDAY, 28 JANUARY PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference, "You Are What You Eat: Mycoparasitism in the cultivated mushroom industry," Jeremiah Dung, Washington State University.

MONDAY, 28 JANUARY EWB FUNDRAISER KANE 225 6-9 PM
3rd Annual UW Engineers Without Borders Dessert and Wine Silent Auction Fundraiser.

MONDAY, 28 JANUARY SCIENCE ON TAP RAVENNA 3RD PLACE BOOKS 7 PM
Science on Tap Lecture Series, "Powering the Planet: Conversatons about alternative fuels," Bill McNeely, Boeing Co..

TUESDAY, 29 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Leveraging Public Spending for Greener Cities," Steve Moddemeyer, Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

WEDMESDAY, 30 JANUARY ENVIRONMENTAL CAREER FAIR MARY GATES 10 AM-2 PM
UW Environmental Career Fair.

WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY STUDENTS AND 22 12 PM
International Forestry Students Association, "Remote Sensing for Indonesian Forests," Akira Kato; and "International Forestry Students Symposium," Aldo Compagnoni.

TUESDAY, 30 JANUARY CAREER NETWORKING SESSION AND 207 3:30-5 PM
An opportunity for students interested in the fields of Environmental Science and Resource Management or Paper Science and Engineering to meet informally with Forest Resources alumni and learn more about the wide range of career opportunities in their fields. The alumni will share their career paths and current positions and offer suggestions to students who are planning or considering a related career.

WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY TRAINING SESSION BLD 292 1-4 PM
In-house training, "An Overview of Faculty Effort Reporting and Faculty Cost Sharing," Suzette Ashby, UW Management Accounting and Analysis. This introductory class is an excellent opportunity to learn the ins and outs of these somewhat tricky concepts and get your questions answered. Staff who work with grants in any capacity should plan to attend. Interested faculty also welcome. Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.

WEDNESDAY, 30 JANUARY UW ANNUAL FACULTY LECTURE KANE 130 7 PM
32nd UW Annual Faculty Lecture, "Water, Energy, and Life: Fresh views from the water's edge," Gerald Pollack, UW Department of Bioengineering.

THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY FOCUS THE NATION UW CAMPUS 10 AM-9 PM
"Focus the Nation: Global warming solutions for America." Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students,
and staff at over 1,000 U.S. educational institutions to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion. CFR participants include Renata Bura and Tom Hinckley.

THURSDAY, 31 JANUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"The Myths and Realities of Eecosystem-based Management," Steve Murawski, NOAA Fisheries.

FRIDAY, 1 FEBRUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"Development of Uneven-aged Silvicultural Systems: Stocking control and sustainability," Kevin O'Hara, UC Berkeley.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Thursday, February 7, 2008, 7 p.m., Kane 120, CFR-UWAA Sustaining our NW World Lecture Series, "Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific NW," Sarah Reichard, UW College of Forest Resources.
Thursday, February 14, 2008, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., HUB West Ballroom, The Water Center's 18th Annual Review of Research. The 18th Annual Review will focus on critical and timely topics, including urban stormwater, salmon and salmon habitat, tribal water rights, droughts and water shortages, climate impacts, sustainable water management, and water and health. No registration required. The event is free and open to all. CFR participants include Tom Hinckley and Monika Moskal.
Friday, February 29, 2008, Anderson 22. CFR Graduate Student Symposium.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM CFR WINTER 2008 ENROLLMENT DATA
Michelle Trudeau reports that undergraduate enrollment for Winter Quarter 2008 is up -- highlights include:
*ESRM grew 25% over last winter (and grew compared to Autumn 2007 as well)
*PSE grew 12% over last winter
*total undergraduate enrollment is up 19.3% from last winter overall
*minors are up over 50%
Says, Michelle, "With regard to diversity, we still have a ways to go to get on par with the UW overall, but the chart is going in the right direction when it comes to minority enrollment. Our female enrollment has softened over the last few years, almost exclusively in undergraduate enrollment; graduate students are at the UW average, which is a 50/50 gender split). We do also have more international students than the UW by percentage."

CFR WELCOMES AMY JIRKA AND JOSEPH RESTAINO
A warm welcome to new research scientists Amy Jirka and Joseph Restaino, who are both working with Ernesto Alvarado in the Fire and Environmental Research Applications team of the USFS PNW Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory.

CFR CENTERS ANNUAL REVIEW OF RESEARCH IS SCHEDULED
The CFR Centers' Annual Review of Research is now scheduled for Friday, April 18, 2008, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in Anderson 207. Stay tuned for details!

UW LEADERSHIP, COMMUNITY, AND VALUES INITIATIVE
UW President Mark Emmert writes, "The Leadership, Community, and Values Initiative (LCVI) launched in 2005 as an ongoing effort to better understand and enhance the work environment at the UW. Results from the first-ever faculty and staff survey on our campus climate led to important improvements in communication, leadership development, career advancement, recognition, diversity programming, and community building. Now, nearly two years later, it is time to reassess our workplace and conduct a similar survey of faculty and staff. We want to know what impact programs funded by LCVI have had and also determine where we should focus our efforts next. I hope you will take a few moments to complete the 2008 re- assessment survey . The survey will close February 8. Results from this year's survey will be available later this spring. You can learn more about the origin of the initiative and its programs at http://www.washington.edu/president/lcvi."

EXTENSION WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM
Apply now for the King County-WSU Extension Watershed Stewardship Training Program; completed applications are due by February 29, 2008. Extension Watershed Stewards are a group of nearly 300 community-based volunteers that teach youth and adults how to become better stewards of our region's unique environment. WSU experts train stewards in forestry, salmon enhancement, habitat restoration, wetland resources, and much more! In exchange for over 70 hours of classroom and field training, volunteers commit to giving 60 hours of their time to a stewardship project of their choice. Applications are now available and must be returned by the February 29th deadline. For more information and an application, contact Tara Zimmerman at 206.205.3203 or tara.zimmerman@kingcounty.gov.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Robert Kennedy (BS 1945)is 88 years old and lives in Oregon. His daughter, Debra Kennedy Vassalis, writes, "My father graduated in logging engineering in the early 1940s, worked for Weyerhaeuser and then for Kinzua Pine Mills near Fossil, OR. He then became a partner in Bly Logging, a gyppo contract logging company, retiring in 1978. He served as president of the Pacific Logging Congress, the Intermountain Logging Congress, and the Associated Oregon Loggers. He also served in the Oregon House of Representatives between 1979-80. He served as President of the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce after he retired. He is 88 years old and has seen the logging industry go from horses to helicopters. He lived in a logging camp near Caslan, WA when he was seven years old. He started working in the woods with his step-father when he was 13 years old. He has written about his memories of the early logging camps, logging with horses, and what it was like to be a child in a logging camp. He has presented at the Shaw Library at Oregon Technical Institute, and he has served as president of the Collier Park Logging Museum."
Christopher Carusona (BS 2001) is an environmental planner in the Bureau of Land Management's Milwaukee, WI field office.
Stacey Vigallon (MS 2003) went on to complete the natural science illustration program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a volunteer coordinator for Los Angeles Audubon and Santa Monica Bay Audubon Western Snowy Plover and California Least Tern Monitoring and protection program.
Meredith Webster (BS 2003) is a dancer with Alonzo King's LINES Ballet in San Francisco, CA. See .
Sean Smukler (MS 2003) is a PhD student at the University of California, Davis. His current current research is focused on the ecosystem services provided by an organic tomato farm in Yolo County, California. This is landscape level nutrient cycling project looking at losses and storage of carbon and nitrogen particularly in non-production areas of the farmscape.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See Seattle Times business and technology column, "Big Bales of Northwest Ingenuity," featuring Forest Concepts LLC co-founded by Jim Dooley (PhD 2000).

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 20. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 20 JANUARY ARBORETUM GUIDED WALK WPA, GRAHAM 1 PM
Free guided walks at the Washington Park Arboretum, held the first and third Sundays (January through November) highlight the plant collections, seasonal beauty, and history of Washington Park Arboretum. The 60- to 90-minute walks are led by trained volunteers and are free of charge. Walks begin at the Graham Visitors Center. Call or email ahead, 206.543.8800, to ensure availability.

MONDAY, 21 JANUARY MLK, JR. DAY OF SERVICE MEET AT HUB BALLROOM 8 AM
UW faculty, staff, alumni, and students will join together in community service projects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Last year, more than 1,200 volunteers contributed their time. The Day of Service kicks off in the HUB Ballroom with a free continental breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a 9 a.m. departure for project sites. The service work begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. To select and register for a project, see
http://depts.washington.edu/mlkjr/.

TUESDAY, 22 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Lessons from the Front: Working in the real world," Jacque Klug, WA Department of Ecology; Beth Peterson, HDR Engineering, Inc.; Cleve Steward, Steward and Associates, LLC; and Peter Sturtevant, CH2M Hill.

WEDNESDAY, 23 JANUARY WORLD FOREST INSTITUTE SERIES PORTLAND,OR 4-5 PM
World Forestry Center, World Forest Institute Fellows Speakers Series, "Sustainable Forestry and Forest Product Promotion: A North American
perspective," Nathan Trushell, VicForests.

WEDNESDAY, 23 JANUARY LECTURE SERIES SEATTLE, TOWN HALL 7-8:30 PM
Lecture on Ecological Economics, "Putting a Price Tag on Nature to Protect It," Robert Costanza, University of Vermont.

THURSDAY, 24 JANUARY CIG SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3 PM
UW Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "Mountain Pine Beetle in Washington State," Elaine Oneil, UW College of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 24 JANUARY WATERSHEDS SUMMIT BREMERTON, WA 9 AM-3 PM
West Sound Watersheds Action Agenda Summit. Contact Jeff Adams, http://www.wsg.washington.edu/bios/adams.html.

THURSDAY, 24 JANUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIAM 11 AM-12:30 PM
"Quantifying Mixing and Migration in Pacific Salmon: Implications for conservation and management," Jessica Miller, Oregon State University..

THURSDAY, 24 JANUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"Navigating the Windfalls and Pitfalls of Sustainability: Bering Sea pollock," James Ianelli, Alaska Science Center, NOAA Fisheries.

SATURDAY, 26 JANUARY SMALL WOODLANDS WORKSHOP EATONVILLE,WA 8:30 AM-4 PM
Northwest Certified Forestry Workshop, "Diversifying Income Opportunities on Small Woodlands."

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Monday, January 28, 2008, 6-9 p.m., Kane 225, 3rd Annual UW Engineers Without Borders Dessert and Wine Silent Auction Fundraiser..
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mary Gates Commons, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson. The networking event is held in conjunction with the UW's Environmental Career Fair.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, 12 p.m., Anderson 22, International Forestry Students Association, "Remote Sensing for Indonesian Forests," Akira Kato; and "International Forestry Students Symposium," and Aldo Compagnoni.
Thursday, January 31, 2008, "http://depts.washington.edu/uwfocus/," 10 a.m.-9 p.m., HUB West Ballroom and Kane 130. Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at over 1,000 U.S. educational institutions to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion.
Thursday, February 7, 2008, 7 p.m., Kane 120, CFR-UWAA Sustaining our NW World Lecture Series, "Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific NW," Sarah Reichard, UW College of Forest Resources.
Thursday, February 14, 2008, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., HUB West Ballroom, The Water Center's 18th Annual Review of Research. The 18th Annual Review will focus on critical and timely topics, including urban stormwater, salmon and salmon habitat, tribal water rights, droughts and water shortages, climate impacts, sustainable water management, and water and health. No registration required. The event is free and open to all. CFR participants include Tom Hinckley and Monika Moskal.

CFR GRADUATE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULED
Graduate student Paul Footen writes, "It's time again for the CFR Graduate Student Symposium! Time for students to share their research ideas with the greater CFR community and gain valuable experience presenting in front of colleagues and peers. Mark the date on your calendar and attend to help support students who are doing the research that makes our college a leader in resource management sciences. Faculty, encourage your students to participate! Let them know that their research does not have to be completed. They can simply present a hypothesis or methods. So please, if you are working with any grad students or postdocs ask them to participate. The symposium is February 29th, 2008, and the abstracts are due January 25th. Send abstracts to pwf@u.washington.edu."

SEARCH COMMITTEE APPOINTED FOR UWBG DIRECTOR SEARCH
Dean Bare has appointed a search committee for a tenured professor who will serve as director of the UW Botanic Gardens and hold the title of the Orin and Althea Soest Chair in Urban Horticulture. See http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/cuhdir2008.html for the position description, position advertisement, and charge letter to the committee.

STAND MANAGEMENT COOP'S CURRENT NEWSLETTER ON LINE
See the Stand Management Cooperative's (SMC) most recent newsletter, which includes the new working paper, "Management Practices on the Pacific Northwest West-side Industrial Forest Lands, 1991-2005: With Projections to 2010," by SMC Director David Briggs.

MILLER LIBRARY SEEKS BOOKS FOR APRIL BOOK SALE
The UW Botanic Garden's Elisabeth C. Miller Library, is looking for "gently used" gardening books for its April 4-5, 2008 fundraiser book sale. Details coming soon. This major fund raising event builds the library's book buying budget, turning your donation into new books for the whole community. Clean off your shelves to make room for new purchases! They'll take your gardening, plants, and design-related books -- but sorry, they can't accept any more magazines.

STUDENT EMPLOYEE PAY AND CLASSIFICATION SCHEDULE CHANGES
The Washington State minimum wage changed on January 1, 2008 from $7.93 per hour to $8.07 per hour in accordance with state law. The Student Employee Pay Schedule was updated to reflect this change:
CLASS TITLE CLASS CODE REVISED PAY RANGE
Student Assistant 0875 $8.07 - $17.27
* Pay increases for students paid below $8.07 per hour were
implemented automatically.
* All other student wage adjustments are discretionary and require payroll action.
Departments may initiate discretionary adjustments within the revised pay range based upon equity, salary compression with other students receiving minimum wage adjustments, longevity, merit, market conditions, or recruitment difficulties. Please note that there is no central funding being set aside for either the automatic or discretionary adjustments. The automatic changes are effective January 1, 2008 and will be reflected in employee paychecks on the January 25, 2008 payday. See Student Compensation Employment and Pay Schedule Information webpage.

MEWS FROM SUZZALLO LIBRARY GIS LAB
The GIS Lab on the ground floor of the Suzzallo Library will be open and staffed 20 hours/week during Winter Quarter 2008 from Monday, January 14- Wednesday, March 19. See http://wagda.lib.washington.edu/gislab/ for hours and location. Group work on GIS projects is particularly welcomed in this space. Use of the lab is limited to UW students, faculty, and staff. The purpose of the GIS Lab is to provide space, software, and equipment for UW students to work on GIS assignments with access to skilled assistance for basic GIS operations. Lab staff cannot replace consultation between faculty/TAs and students on course assignments but can offer assistance with finding geospatial data, basic GIS software operations, and file management questions. The lab's hardware includes 20 computers, 1GB RAM, CD/DVD burner, USB port; software includes ArcGIS Desktop 9.2; ArcINFO Workstation 9.2, MS Office, WinZip.10.0.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Karen Erickson (BS 2001) is a faculty research assistant with Oregon State University's Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center in Union, OR. She is a team member of SageSTEP (Sagebrush Steppe Treatment Evaluation Project), a regional experiment to evaluate methods of sagebrush steppe restoration in the Great Basin.
Ze'ev Gedalof (PhD 2002) is an Associate Professor in the University of Guelph's (Ontario, Canada) Department of Geography. He researches a range of problems related to forest ecosystem dynamics, climatic variability, and natural resources management. Most of his ongoing projects involve the analysis of tree-rings in order to reconstruct past patterns of stand development, disturbance, and climate.
Emily Griswold (MS 2002) is the horticultural curator at the University of California, Davis Arboretum.
Jordan Mencher (MS 2003) also graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from Tufts University and is a wildlife veterinarian in Arlington, WA. Mark Muir (MS 2003) is a hydrologist with the USDA Forest Service's Ashley National Forest in Vernal, UT.
Jason Niebler (MS 2003) co-owns Nature's Last Stand, an organic farm, in Carnation, WA. His goal is to develop a working biodynamic farm as well as an education and agro-research center. He previously was a teacher at the Monteverde Institute, in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
Alexandria Teague (BS 2006) is enrolled in a dual master's degree program at the University of Michigan in urban and regional planning and natural
resources.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Peninsula Daily News article citing work by Bruce Lippke, see "Natural Resources to maintain increased timber harvest levels, foresters told Peninsula Daily News."
See Seattle-PI opinion piece "Forest Management: Mudslide stumper," referencing work of Jerry Franklin.
And for an LA Weekly story about a love-hate relationship with ficus trees, referencing research by Kathy Wolf, see "F**king the ficus in Santa Monica."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 14. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 14 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR BALMER EXEC CTR 110 3:30 PM
"Status and Management of Wolves in Washington," Donny Martorello, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

MONDAY, 14 JANUARY PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLD 292 4:10-5:15 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference, "Host Manipulation by Plant Viruses: Evidence from chemical ecology, Sanford Eigenbrode, Washington State University.

TUESDAY, 15 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Food Web Modeling Applications to Fisheries Management," Dave Beauchamp, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

TUESDAY, 15 JANUARY POE LECTURE KANE 210 7 PM
"The Central Debates of Sustainable Design," Ann Thorpe, author of "The Designer's Atlas of Sustainability: Charting the Conceptual Landscape through Economy, Ecology, and Culture." Sponsored by the Program on the Environment, the Environmental Management Graduate Certificate Program, and the Henry Luce Foundation.

WEDNESDAY, 16 JANUARY INTERNAT'L FORESTRY STUDENTS ANDERSON 22 12 PM
"Interdisciplinary Environmental Research in China," Alicia Robbins. Meetings include a presentation, pictures, and conversation. Bring your lunch and a coffee mug.

WEDNESDAY, 16 JANUARY AWRA MEETING WATERFRONT ACTIVITIES CTR 7-9 PM
Joint Meeting of UW and WA Chapters of the American Water Resources Association, "Medicine Creek Treaty of 1854: South Puget Sound Tribal Perspectives on Water," Char Naylor, Water Quality Manager, Puyallup Tribe amd John Konovsky, Environmental Program Manager, Squaxin Island Tribe.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 16-18 JANUARY CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE WASHINGTON,DC
8th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, "Climate Change: Science and solutions." For more information, and to register, see http://www.ncseonline.org/2008conference/.

THURSDAY, 17 JANUARY CIG SEMINAR JISAO CONF RM 1:30-3 PM
"Quarterly Climate Update," Todd Mitchell and Philip Mote, UW Center for Science in the Earth System; and "Watershed Visualization of Climate Change," Grant Jones, Christopher Overdorf, Jennifer Knauer, Jones and Jones Architects.

THURSDAY, 17 JANUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"Can Marine Reserves Benefit Fisheries?", Steve Gaines, UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute.

FRIDAY, 18 JANUARY THESIS DEFENSE WINKENWERDER 107 3:30 PM
"Modeling Forest Responses to Proposed Restoration Thinning at Lewis and Clark National Historic Park," Phil Chi; Committee Chair: Tom Hinckley.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:\

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson. The networking event is held in conjunction with the UW's Environmental Career Fair, scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mary Gates Hall Commons.
Thursday, January 31, 2008, "Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America," 10 a.m.-9 p.m., HUB West Ballroom and Kane 130. Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at over 1,000 U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion.
International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) Symposium -- Winter 2008 Wednesdays, biweekly from January 16-March 12, 2008, International Forestry Students Association, a newly formed student organization, offers an opportunity to learn more about forestry beyond our borders and opportunities to study forestry overseas. Meetings at noon in Anderson 22 include a presentation, pictures, and conversation. Bring your lunch and a coffee mug. See event for January 16, above; schedule continues: January 30, Akira Kato, "Remote Sensing for Indonesian Forests," and Aldo Compagnoni, "International Forestry Students' Symposium"; February 13, Erik Peterson, "Forest Resources and Livelihoods in Rural Northern Tanzania: A Peace Corps perspective"; February 27, Olena Maksymets, Ukrainian Forestry and Forest-based Industries in the New Millennium: Facing the contradictions"; and March 12, Hannah Dewey and Pat Button, "Forestry Issues in Northern India."

DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUES SERIES NEWS
A Denman Forestry Issues presentation on ecosystem restoration is being planned for Thursday, May 29, 2008. Details and program will be posted when they are available. Part 1 of the November 2007 Denman program, "Biofuels and Bioenergy in Washington," is now up in streaming video on UWTV, see http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=21573&fID=558. Parts 2 and 3 will be available soon. UWTV air dates for this program are:
Part1: January 16, 6 p.m.; January 17, 10 p.m.; January 19, 4 p.m.
Part 2: January 18, 10 p.m.; January 21, 9:30 a.m.; January 22, 7 p.m., January 25, 4 p.m.
Part 3: January 21, 11:30 a.m., January 23, 6 p.m.,January 24, 10 p.m., January 26, 4 p.m.

SMC PUBLISHES WORKING PAPER ON PNW WEST-SIDE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
The Stand Management Cooperative has anounced the release of its Working Paper #6, "Management Practices on Pacific Northwest Westside Industrial Forest Lands, 1991-2005: With Projections to 2010," by David Briggs.

BIORESOURCE-BASED ENERGY IGERT IS RECRUITING STUDENTS
The newly-funded IGERT on Bioresource-Based Engergy for a Sustainable Society is designed to provide PhD students with a grounding in resource sciences and engineering so that they can explore the technical, economic, social, and environmental trade-offs of bioresource-based energy products. Faculty throughout the UW and primarily in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Forest Resources, and American Indian Studies are invited to participate in the program. CFR faculty involved in originating the program include Renata Bura, Sharon Doty, Bob Edmonds, Rick Gustafson, and Kristiina Vogt. A preliminary list of research areas includes: Molecular Processing - bioprocessing of cellulosic biomass, wood processing science and technology, microscale chemical processing, high temperature chemistry, surface science, and fuel cells; Systems Design and Engineering - LCA, sustainability, advanced energy materials, control and design, and fuel cells; and Resource Management - ecosystem management, forest biology, and forest biotechnology. Project work on the reservations of tribal partners (the Yakama and Quinault Indian Nations) makes this an especially appealing program for the recruitment of Native American PhD students, as well as other students who are underrepresented in engineering and science. For more information on curriculum, IGERT fellows, and participating external partners see http://depts.washington.edu/bioenrgy/.

UW ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS FUNDRAISER AND PROJECT REPORT
Save the date for the annual dessert and wine fundraiser to beneft the UW Student Chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB-UW)! The fundraiser takes place on Monday, January 28, 2008 in Kane 225. UW chapter students traveled with a faculty advisor and mentors to Yanayo, Bolivia last summer and report on their trip: "The community of Yanayo lies high in the Andean region of Bolivia. For the past 500 years this small community (23 families) has relied on traditional farming for its existence. For the past 15 years, the village has experienced a drought which has diminished its crops and thus, its food supply and livelihood. The community has a high incidence of Chagas disease. Disease incidence is aggravated by poor nutrition, poor sanitation, thatch roofs, and smoke-filled kitchens. During the trip, EWB-UW worked with community members on several projects, including replacing thatch roofs with metal, improving cook stoves, and designing and building a water delivery irrigation system. The irrigation system will provide extra water for community members to grow vegetables for their families. Any surplus vegetables can be taken to the market and sold. The group met with the community to discuss future projects; community interest centered around improving a recently built road so it can be used through the rainy season; and further education in agriculture, health, and sanitation, with the possibility of designing a sanitation system for the community.

ARBORETUM DISPLAY GARDEN FEATURES PACIFIC CONNECTIONS GARDEN
The Washington Park Arboretum's display garden at the 2008 NW Pacific Flower and Garden Show will feature the Pacific Connections Garden, the new garden being constructed at the south end of the Arboretum to display ecogeographic plantings from five temperate climate regions in the Pacific Rim: Australia, Cascadia, Chile, China, and New Zealand. The flower show's display garden will be somewhat different from the actual planned garden at the Arboretum; rather than focusing on unfamilar and underappreciated temperate-climate species from around the Pacific Rim, it will use and map representative forest and understory species to instill in gardeners an awareness of the origins of favorite plants. The design was created by Kathleen Day of the Portico Group, which has played a major role in the design of the Pacific Connections Gardcen and other components fo the Arboretum's 20-year master plan. The display gardem was produced by the Arboretum Foundation in cooperation with UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA POSITION STATEMENT ON BIOFUELS
The Ecological Society of America, the nation's professional organization of 10,000 ecological scientists, has just released a position statement that offers the ecological principles necessary for biofuels to help decrease dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global climate change. The Society warns that the current mode of biofuels production will degrade the nation's natural resources and will keep biofuels from becoming a viable energy option.

YEAR END UNUSED SICK LEAVE PAYMENT
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. Example: An employee had an accrued sick leave balance of 480-hours at the end of 2007. S/he then accrued, but did not use, 96 hours of sick leave in 2007, which resulted in a 2007 year-end balance of 576 hours (480 + 96). In January 2008, the employee requests payment for all unused sick leave accrued in 2007, and is paid for 96 hours of sick leave at 25% of the hourly equivalent of the employee's pay rate. All 96 hours are then subtracted from the employee's sick leave record, reducing the balance to 480 hours as of December 31, 2007. Information is available at the Human Resources website. All participants must submit a completed "Request for Payment of Year-End Unused Sick Leave" form. Participants are responsible for ensuring that the completed form is received in the main UW Payroll Office (3903 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Box #355655) no later than the last working day in January (1/31/2008). Payments may be expected during the month of February. Direct questions about the Annual\ Attendance Incentive Program to the HR office representing your department (http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/contacts/index.html).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Theresa Valentine (BS 1979) is a spatial information manager for the USDA Forest Service¢s Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis, OR.
Chris Bonsignore (MS 1998) is a biologist with Southern Idaho Ducks Unlimited.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See the UW Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Summer/Fall 2007 Report for a front page story on the trans-boundary course led by Tom Hinckley (ENVIR 496: Comparing/Contrasting Two Rural Forest-Based Communities in Canada and the U.S.). Also see page 8 photo of Dean Bare with Canada's Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Wilson and Pamela Sing, Visiting Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar, at a recent "Ambassador's Breakfast" at the UW.
For a story on UW Seattle campus wildlife, which references John Marzluff's urban crow research, see UW Daily article "Campus birds go after those who mess with them."
Download a KBCS-FM radio interview with Sharon Doty, "Phytoremediation research: Plants clean up toxic waste from the environment."
A University Week article covers the loss of a champion tree in the Washington Park Arboretum during the recent western Washington windstorm; see "Washington Park Arboretum loses a champion tree."
For a Seattle P-I artticle on the court case involving the Center for Urban Horticuilture arson firebombing, see "Judge rejects claims of misconduct in UW firebomb case."
NW Environmental Forum Director Brian Boyle has an editorial opintion in the January 1, 2008 Seattle Times, "Save Northwest forests for conifers, not condos."
See also Puget Sound Business Journal article, "Wood-products slump may drag through 2008," which references Brian Boyle and John Perez-Garcia.
For a Seattle P-I article on urban forestry, see "Environmentalists push $1 million program to save urban trees," Seattle P-I, referencing research by alum Stacey (Harris) Ray (BS 2003).
See Puget Sound Business Journal article, "Scrap wood studied for methanol fuel," referencing research by Kristiina Vogt.

KUDOS
Kudos to alum John Hushagen (MS 1987) and former master's degree student Scott Mayer, who were tops in January 8, 2008 Seattle Magazine's reader survey: John was the "Very best and only winner in the category Arborist/Tree Trimmer," and Scott was notable as a Tree Pruning Specialist.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 25, Number 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.

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JANUARY 7. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 7 JANUARY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR BALMER EXEC CTR 110 3:30 PM
"Status and Management of Wolves in Washington," Donny Martorello, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 8 JANUARY WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Puget Sound Stormwater: Landscape Landscape-level Stormwater Solutions," William Derry CH2M Hill.

WEDNESDAY, 9 JANUARY WORLD FORESTERY SERIES PORTLAND,OR 4-5 PM
World Forestry Center, World Forest Institute Fellows Speakers Series, "Nepal's Forest Sector: Retrospects and prospects," Deepak Tamang, Search-Nepal.

WEDNESDAY, 9 JANUARY NHS LECTURE UWBG,CUH,NHS 7:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series," The Flora of Seattle in 1850: The landscape before urban development," Ray Larson,horticulturalist.

THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE OLYMPIA, WA 9 AM
Natural Resources, Ocean, and Recreation, Senate Full Committee Work Session and Public Hearing, "The Relationship between Forest Practices, Flood Events, and Climate Change." Senate Hearing Rm 2, J.A. Cherberg Building. If you plan to visit the Capitol Campus in Olympia, please keep in mind parking is very limited.

THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM
"The Forsaken Fjord: Science, sciety, and biological decline in Puget Sound", Casimir Rice, Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY BEVAN FISHERIES SERIES FISH SCI AUD 4:30 PM
"Ecology of Extinction Risk in Fishes," John Reynolds, Simon Fraser University.

THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY SAF CHAPTER MEETING/DINNER ANDERSON 207 6-9 PM
South Puget Sound SAF Chapter meeting and dinner with talk by Linda Goodman, USDA Forest Service PNW Regional Forester on "What Is the Future of the U.S. Forest Service and What Changes are Happening Now?" Includes a catered dinner at the low cost of $7 for students and $25 for professional members, dessert and beverages included. RSVP no later than Monday, January 7, 2008, to Alicia Sullivan .

FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-4:30 PM
"Populus and Its Hybrids: A model study system and a failed production system," Tom Hinckley, UW College of Forest Resources.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Wednesday, January 30, 2008, "Alumni-Student Networking Reception," 207 Anderson. The networking event is held in conjunction with the UW's Environmental Career Fair, scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mary Gates Hall Commons.
Thursday, January 31, 2008, "Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America," 10 a.m.-9 p.m., HUB West Ballroom and Kane 130. Focus the Nation is a major educational initiative coordinating teams of faculty, students, and staff at over 1,000 U.S. colleges, universities, and high schools to collaboratively engage in a nationwide, interdisciplinary discussion.

COLLEGE WELCOMES MEG MATTHEWS
A warm welcome to Meg Matthews, a new communications assistant for UW Botanic Gardens. Meg will be working part-time, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, assisting with production of the Camas Quarterly newsletter, press releases, web content, and other writing, editing, and outreach tasks. Her desk will be the one next to Jean Robins in Merrill Hall. Her email will be gavigan@u.washington.edu and phone is 543-2608. Meg is bringing to the organization very strong writing and editing skills, as well as a background in environmental issues and familiarity with the UW. She received her BA in English from the UW with a minor in environmental studies, and a Master's in Philosophy from University of Cambridge (England) in geography, focusing on environment, society, and development, and conducted research on tranboundary river management along the U.S.-Mexico border. She recently worked as a project coordinator for the consulting firm EnviroIssues, producing communications materials on technical issues and organizing community events, and has also worked for the Homeless Project, the UW Urban Ecology Project, People for Puget Sound, and has been a freelance contributor to the Seattle Times.

FREE BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Emeritus Professor Bob Lee writes, "All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to take books or miscellaneous supplies left in my office, Bloedel 282. The office will be open next Tuesday, January 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."

LOBBYING REPORT DUE
Sally Morgan writes, " The lobbying report for the October - December period will be due on January 18th. If you have engaged in any lobbying with state officials, either elected or appointed, and have not yet notified me, please let me know at slm@u.washington.edu.

EPROCUREMENT, UW'S WEB-BASED PURCHASING TOOL
Purchasing your lab, research, and other supplies, through eProcurement, UW's web-based purchasing tool, will make the most of your funding. Products from a growing number of vendors are available through eProcurement at UW special pricing. Current vendors include Office Depot, Tech Depot, Daigger, Dell, Qiagen, Sigma-Aldrich, VWR, Fisher Scientific, Grainger, B&OI, GovConnection, and Troxell. All the catalogs in eProcurement allow you to order directly from vendors who ship directly to you with order routing approval, automatic payment and posting to your budget. Minor equipment may also be purchased through eProcurement. The Machinery and Equipment Tax Exemption, when appropriate, may be applied toward purchases made through eProcurement. For network compatibility reasons, it's still best to have IT staff place your orders for computers, printers and other peripherals, and copiers. You can authorize direct ordering by your staff or set up your lab or office with approval "stops." Please provide Beverly Anderson with the structure you would like to establish. Orders placed through eProcurement must still be documented, just as any other purchase, and are trackable through 2 key numbers. The requisition number ("S" number) is assigned to a requisition as soon as you create the requisition. Upon approval, an order number ("EP" number) is assigned; the EP number appears on packing slips and on the Budget Activity Report (BAR), providing an important link between the item and the BAR. Upon arrival of the order, the packing slip must be reviewed, signed and dated, and then sent to your budget analyst for documentation of payment and retention in the budget file. Training and help are available online. Free UW training is offered as well. If you have any questions or concerns about eProcurement, please contact Financial Services staff, who will be glad to assist you.

ALUMNI UPDATES
John Roden (BS 1987) went on to get an MS and PhD in botany at the University of California, Davis. He is an associate professor in the Department of Biology at Southern Oregon University.
Charles Frazier (MS 1987) is the Thomas M. Brooks Professor in Virginia Tech's Department of Wood Science, where he went on to get a PhD. He works in the area of adhesion and polymer science with an emphasis on wood-based composite materials, and he directs the department's Wood-Based Composites Center.
Deborah Smith (PhD 2006) lives in Hughson, CA. Her doctoral research focused on San Joaquin kit fox conservation, and non invasive monitoring methods for rare species using specialized detection dogs. She has been a professional dog trainer for 17 years, has worked with conservation dogs for the past eight years, and is on the Board of Directors for the Working Dogs for Conservation Foundation.
Carrie Lee (MS 2007) is on the staff of the Stockholm Environment Institute, , an international research organization working on sustainable development. She is focusing on climate and energy programs, supporting the Montana and Washington State Climate Action Plans. She worked with both the UW's Climate Impacts Group and Program on Climate Change, and her thesis evaluated the forest stand and Washington State level feasibility of methanol production from woody biomass.

KUDOS
Kudos to CFR employees, who came through for the Combined Fund Drive this year, exceeding our totals for both last year and the year before.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

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