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The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 4

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 30. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 29-30 JANUARY    FORESTRY LEADERSHIP CONF   PACK FOREST
SAF PNW Forestry Leadership Conference.  SFR participants include Greg Ettl, Duane Emmons, Don Hanley, Tom Touse, and Tom Mentele and alums Mike Mosman (BS 1978) and Doug St. John (BS 1994).

MONDAY, 1 FEBRUARY    WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR    KANE 210    3:30 PM
"Survival and Sources of Mortality for Elk in the Blue Mountains of Washington, 2003-2007," Scott McCorquodale, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY    WATER CENTER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223  8:30-9:20 AM
"Improving Floodplain Management: Implications for salmon, public safety,and global warming." Dan Siemann, National Wildlife Federation; and DeeAnn Kirkpatrick, NOAA Fisheries.

TUESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY    FACULTY MEETING    ANDERSON 22   10:30-11:30 AM
SFR faculty meeting; agenda distributed in advance via email.

TUESDAY, 2 FEBRUARY    SCIENCE ON TAP    TS MCHUGH'S    7:30-8:30 PM
Science on Tap Lecture Series, "Arctic Microbes: Living in a frozen ocean," Marcela Ewert, UW School of Oceanography and Astrobiology Program.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 3-7 FEBURARY  NW FLOWER & GARDEN SHOW  WA CONVENTION CTR
 Washington Arboretum Foundation-sponsored garden is "The Winter Garden."

WEDNESDAY, 3 FEBRUARY   WA BUTTERFLY ASSOC     UWBG,CUH    7 P.M.
"Butterflies, Bears, and 12-foot Fennel: Exploring Sicily and the French Pyrenees," Bill Yake.

THURSDAY, 4 FEBRUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR    NW FISH SCI CTR    11 AM
"Research Vessel Calibration: The past, present and future of 636 paired tows," Wendy Gabriel, Northeast Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 4 FEBRUARY  SAF BEVAN SEMINAR SERIES   FISH SCI 102   4:3O PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Risk, Knowledge, and Incentives: Can we manage fisheries sustainably?," George Sugihara, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

THURSDAY, 4 FEBRUARY     STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY    EVERETT, WA   7-9 PM
"Cougars," Brian Kertson, UW School of Forest Resources.

FRIDAY, 5 FEBRUARY     HIMALAYA LECTURE     UW, ROOM TBA       12 PM
"People, Environment and Politics in the Nepal Himalaya,"Lhakpa Sherpa, The Mountain Institute (Nepal), and Yale University Fulbright Visiting Faculty, and SFR alum (PHD 1999, MS 1988). Stay tuned for location of seminar!

FRIDAY, 5 FEBRUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR    AND 22    2:30-4:20 PM
"Designing a Silviculture for a Clear-Cut Averse Society: Costs and benefits, Gret Ettl, UW School of Forest Resources.

SATURDAY, 6 FEBRUARY      SER-UW WORK PARTY    UW,MCCARTY   10 AM-1 PM
Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Guild Work Party.  McCarty Hall understory planting and maintenance. Contact Brooke Cassell, bcassell@uw.edu, or Eva Dettweiler-Robinson, evadr@uw.edu.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
 Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., HUB West Ballroom, Water Center Annual Review of Research. SFR participants include Sally Brown, Jeremy Cram, Erin Donley, Bob Edmonds, Jerry Franklin, and Monika Moskal.
Monday, February 22, 2010, UW Tower, 6-9 p.m., Engineers Without Borders Silent Auction Fundraiser.
Thursday, February 25, 2010, Anderson 207, 3:30-4:30 p.m., School of Forest Resources All School Meeting.

SUSTAINING OUR NW WORLD: CLIMATE EFFECTS ON NW FORESTS
The SFR-UWAA sponsored lecture series "Sustaining Our Northwest World," scheduled for March 11, 2010, will be presented by Dave Peterson and will be entitled "Forests, Future, and Climate: A View from the Treeline." Climate change effects in our Northwest forests are highly visible and rapidly emerging.  Predicting and adapting to changes in forest composition and biodiversity, rampant insect attacks, and the spread of pathogens require interdisciplinary collaboration with scientific
colleagues and land managers … but will it be enough? Join Dr. Peterson as he presents his view from the tree line and explores how interdisciplinary science can help us prepare for climate change. Stay tuned for registration details!

WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL HAS NEW VIDEO ON WASHINGTON'S BIODIVERSITY
Take a look at the WA Biodiversity Council's new video slide show, "Washington’s Biodiversity: Celebrating the Richness of Life," now playing at www.biodiversity.wa.gov. The Council has also put together a summary of Council achievements in the past four years.

ALUMNI UPDATES
 Gary Machlis (MS 1975), went on to get a PhD from Yale University. He is Professor of Conservation in the the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resources. He is also currently serving as Science Advisor, National Park Service, appointed in November
2009.  He began his association with the NPS in the 1970s, and worked as a graduate student on some of the first NPS visitor surveys. In the 1980s he developed the Visitor Services Project, which has conducted visitor surveys in over 200 NPS units. In 1995 he was appointed the first Visiting Chief Social Scientist, and was instrumental in developing the NPS’s current social science program and the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Network. He served as National Coordinator of the CESU Network from 1998-2006.
Holly Barnard (BS 1998) went on to get a master’s at Colorado State University and a PhD at Oregon State University.  She is an assistant professor in the University of Colorado’s Department of Geography in Boulder, CO.
Andrew Hill (PhD 2008) is a research scientist in forest inventory and analysis for the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in St. Paul, MN.
Scott Horton (PhD 2008) is a wildlife biologist at the WA State Department of Natural Resources in Forks, Washington where he plays a lead role in habitat conservation planning for the northern spotted owl and marbled murrelet, and serves as a scientific consultant for sustainable management on the Olympic Peninsula.
Arden Thomas (MS 2008) is an engineering technicial with the Snohomish County Surface Water Management Division in Everett, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Water hits and sticks: Findings challenge a century of assumptions about soil hydrology," a Science Daily story on new research co-authored by, among others, alums Renee Brooks (MS 1987, PHD 1993) and Holly Barnard (BS 1998).  To read the full
text of the journal article, see http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo722.html#B3.

KUDOS
Nate Hough-Snee sends along kudos to those in the SFR community who participated in the SER-UW's Union Bay Natural Area restoration event last Saturday -- Laura Blume (+ nephews!), Brooke Cassell, Eva Dettweiler Robinson, Kern Ewing, Paul Fischer, Cassie Gam, Jake Milofsky, Eric Peterson (alum), and Lauren Urgenson.  Nate says, "We saved a few dozen trees and created a beachhead on the omnipresent English ivy."

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
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)
http://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.htmlhttp://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 3

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 23. Check out the SFR events calendar at  for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY      SER-UW WORK PARTY    UBNA    10 AM-12 PM
Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Guild Work Party. Help rescue some big cottonwoods from invasive ivy and help spread mulch! Meet at 10 a.m. in the West parking lot of Merrill or find group on the West tip of the peninsula of UBNA. What to bring: clothes that are waterproof and mud-loving, friends, gloves if you have them. Gloves and tools will also be on on hand, plus surprise gifts (while supplies last!).

SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY    BURKE MUSEUM ARTIFACT ID    BURKE MUSEUM   1-4 PM
Bring your unidentified objects to the Burke Museum to learn about where they came from and the stories behind them. At the 25th annual Artifact ID Day, curators and other experts from the Burke Museum will identify cultural artifacts from the Northwest Coast, Pacific Islands, and Asia, in addition to specimens from the natural world. No appraisals will be given. A limit of three items per visitor is requested because of the event's popularity.

MONDAY, 25 JANUARY    WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR    KANE 210    3:30 PM
"A Landscape of Fear: Elk trade off forage and predation risk at the Ya Ha Tinda."  Evelyn Merrill (SFR alum, PHD 1987), University of Alberta.

TUESDAY, 26 JANUARY    WA ENERGY FORUM BREAKFAST  SEATTLE, WA  7:30-9 AM
NEBC Washington Energy Forum Breakfast Meeting, "Switching from Fossil Fuel to Waste Stream or Biomass Residues."

TUESDAY, 26 JANUARY    WATER CENTER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223  8:30-9:20 AM
"Changing Social Norms to Improve Water Quality: Getting the masses to choose fish and water friendly actions," Suzi Wong Swint, Snohomish County Public Works Department.

WEDNESDAY, 27 JANUARY   ENV CAREER FAIR   MGH COMMONS   10 AM-2 PM
UW Environmental Career Fair.

WEDNESDAY, 27 JANUARY    UW ANNUAL FACULTY LECTURE  KANE 130   7 PM
UW's 34th Annual Faculty Lecture, "Who is Afraid of the Big Bad Climate: What is the worst that global warming could do?," Peter Ward, UW Departments of Earth and Space Sciences and Biology.

WEDNESDAY, 27 JANUARY  CONSERVATION CONVERSATION  ACC,GRND FLOOR  5-7 PM
Program on the Environment's "Meet, Greet, Teach" event for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. Panel Topic: Conservation Conversation. SFR panelists include Eric Delvin and Sarah Reichard.

WEDNESDAY, 27 JANUARY    BICYCLE COMMUTER LAB    SKAGIT LANE   5-7 PM
"See and Be Seen: Lights and reflectors test lab," coordinated by Cascade Bicycle Club staff. The ASUW Bike Shop and Hall Health will also be on hand to sell low-cost bike lights, reflectors, and safety equipment should you need to lighten up your ride. See
complete list of U-PASS sponsored bicycle classes.

THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR    NW FISH SCI CTR    11 AM
"Ecological Consequences of Patchiness in the Coastal Ocean," Kelly Benoit-Bird, Oregon State University.

THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY   SAF BEVAN SEMINAR SERIES   FISH SCI 102   4:3O PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Steller Sea Lions and Groundfish Fisheries in Alaska: Can the two co-exist?," Andrew Trites, University of British Columbia.

THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY      ESS COLLOQUIUM     JHN 102   3:30 PM
Department of Earth and Space Sciences Colloquium, "How Do We Predict Near-term Sea Level Rise Realistically?," Tad Pfeffer, University of Colorado.

THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY     STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY    EVERETT, WA   7-9 PM
"White Birds of Winter," Martha Jordan, WA Swan Working Group.  See http://www.streamkeeper.org/opportun/calendar.htm.

FRIDAY, 29 JANUARY    SILVICULTURE SEMINAR    AND 22
"Scenery as an Ecosystem Service: Why, what, and how to manage," Gordon Bradley, UW School of Forest Resources, and Anne Kearney, Kearney Environmental.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 29-30 JANUARY    FORESTRY LEADERSHIP CONF   PACK FOREST
SAF PNW Forestry Leadership Conference.  SFR participants include Greg Ettl, Duane Emmons, Don Hanley, Tom Touse, and Tom Mentele and alums Mike Mosman (BS 1978) and Doug St. John (BS 1994).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Thursday, February 4, 2010, NW Stream Center, 7-9 p.m., Everett WA, "Cougars,"  Brian Kertson, UW School of Forest Resources.  See http://www.streamkeeper.org/opportun/calendar.htm.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., HUB West Ballroom, Water Center Annual Review of Research. SFR participants include Sally Brown, Jeremy Cram, Erin Donley, Bob Edmonds, Jerry Franklin, and Monika Moskal.
Monday, February 22, 2010, UW Tower, 6-9 p.m., Engineers Without Borders Silent Auction Fundraiser.  
Thursday, February 25, 2010, Anderson 207, 3:30-4:30 p.m., School of Forest Resources All School Meeting.

UW WATER SUSTAINABILITY FINAL REPORT
The Spring 2009 ENVIR 450 class on sustainability, taught by Jason Scullion, an SFR/Evans School MS/MPA student and SAFS's Julia Parrish has released its final report, "The Ways of Water at the University of Washington." Students in the class learned about the historical roots and various definitions of sustainability, and explored and analyzed the UW to figure out how it
could be more sustainable, focusing on practices related to water. Student teams partnered with staff, including campus utility workers, to research topics like the efficiency of water flow in showers at the IMA, or the layout of storm-water drains on campus. Their findings culminated in the final written report, and in future will be posted on a website linking to quarterly reports on water and other topics undertaken in future class projects.

MAHLUM CHOSEN AS ARCHITECT FOR ANDERSON RENOVATION
The Board of Regents recently confirmed the Architectural Commission recommendation for the firm Mahlum as the architect for the Anderson Hall Renovation.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
See the January 2010 issue of UW Botanical Gardens e-newsletter, E-Flora, which reports,, mong other news, that now would be a good time to visit the Washington Park Arboretum's Winter Garden: "Winter honeysuckle, witch hazel, Sarcococca, and Daphne bholua are filling the air with fragrance in the Witt Winter Garden right now! If you haven't visited in awhile, you'll notice some changes. Removal of an elm that was negatively impacting all of the plantings beneath and around it has reclaimed more than 5,000 square feet of bed space. This project aims to renew UW Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Iain Robertson's original 1987 design intent for the Winter Garden. In fact, Iain is currently preparing a redesign incorporating Acer tegmentosum 'Joe Witt' (Manchurian snakebark maple), winter-flowering rhododendrons, and other winter-interest shrubs and plants."

ELECTRONIC FAX DISTRIBUTION FOR ANDERSON, BLOEDEL, WINKENWERDER
Bev Anderson writes, "The electronic fax distribution promised earlier is now in place. We are removing all but one of the central fax
machines/lines in Anderson, Winkenwerder, and Bloedel. The remaining fax number supported by the School is 206.685.0790. All faxes coming to 206.685.0790 will arrive electronically and be rerouted to your email address for you to choose to print or not. There is no change to the outgoing fax protocols: you can fax outgoing electronic files from your desktop (instructions are at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/policies/MultifunctionXerox_faxing.pdf); physical faxes need to be sent from the Anderson 115 copier/printer. Although you must provide a copy code to use the faxing function, there is no charge to your code for faxing; UWATS charges would apply in the case of long-distance faxes. Please review your email signatures and web pages
for any necessary fax number corrections. Questions/problems? Email sfrcopy@u.washington.edu."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Melissa Martin (MS 2007) is a PhD student in plant ecology at the University of Basel in Switzerland.
Katie Barndt (MS 2008) is an instructor in North Seattle Community College’s Biology and Environmental Science Department.
Penelope Chilton (BS 2008) is a project coordinator for the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST).  Her interest in seabirds began during her yearlong stint as a janitor at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.  For a 2005 NPR radio transcript featuring her Antarctic sojourn, see http://hearingvoices.com/transcript.php?fID=185.
Ryan Grim (BS 2008) is a pre-sale forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Deschutes National Forest in Bend, OR.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For a New York Times article quoting alum Scot Medbury (MS 1990), see "In winter gardens, a marriage of botany and stark beauty."

KUDOS
Kudos to those in the SFR community who served local organizations during the UW's annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. Nate Hough-Snee, who was part of the volunteer crews on projects for Friends of the Cedar River and the Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance, noted the participation of grad students Eva Detweiler-Robinson, Peter Gill, Jig Jeong-Han, Aditya Khana, Joy Liu, and Matt Weintraub and alums Lisa Ciecko (MS 2009) and Lexing Long (BS 2008).

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
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)
http://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.htmlhttp://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 2

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 17. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 18 JANUARY  MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY AND DAY OF SERVICE

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY    WATER CENTER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223  8:30-9:20 AM
"The Cascade Agenda: An uplands strategy for saving Puget Sound," Dan Stonington, Cascade Land Conservancy.  

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY     FACULTY MEETING    10:30-11:30 AM  ANDERSON 22
SFR Faculty Meeting.

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY   USFS FIRE LAB SEMINAR   PWFSC LAB   12 PM
"Identification of Tropical Tree Species using DNA in the Amazon Forest," Vânia C. Rennó Azevedo, Brazilian Agricultural Research Enterprise.

TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY    BIKE COMMUTING CLASS    HUB 209A    12:30-1:30 PM
"New Year's Revolutions: Bike Commuting to the Rescue!," one-hour class on the basics of bike commuting, taught by a nationally certified Cascade Bicycle Club instructor.

WEDNESDAY, 20  JANUARY  WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL  OLYMPIA,WA  8:45AM-3 PM
Washington Biodiversity Council meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 20 JANUARY     WALKER AMES LECTURE     KANE 220  6:30-8:30 PM
"Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson: The death and life of nature and the city," Robert Fishman, University of Michigan.
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WEDNESDAY, 20 JANUARY    CETACEAN SOCIETY LECTURE    PHINNEY CTR   7:30 PM
"The Ecology of Narwhals in the Arctic," Kristin Laidre, UW Applied Physics Lab.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 20-22 JANUARY   SCI,POLICY,& ENV CONF  WASHINGTON,DC
10th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, "The New Green Economy."  Many sessions will focus on climate and energy. SFR alums participating in the conference include Brian Czech (MS 1988).

THURSDAY, 21 JANUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR    NW FISH SCI CTR    11 AM
"Harmful Algal Blooms and Possible Effects on Fraser River Sockeye Salmon," Jack Rensel, Rensel Associates.

THURSDAY, 21 JANUARY   SAF BEVAN SEMINAR SERIES   FISH SCI 102   4:3O PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Protection Strategies for Freshwater Fisheries and Ecosystems," David Allan, University of Michigan.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 21-24 JANUARY  STUDENT CONF  HARRISON HOT SPRINGS,BC
Student Conference for Forestry and Environmental Sciences in Western Canada, "A Sustainable Future: Natural resource research and management in North America."  See

SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY      SER-UW WORK PARTY    UBNA    10 AM-12 PM
Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Guild Work Party. Help rescue some big cottonwoods from invasive ivy and help spread mulch! Meet at 10 a.m. in the West parking lot of Merrill or find group on the West tip of the peninsula of UBNA. What to bring: clothes that are waterproof and mud-loving, friends, gloves if you have them. Gloves and tools will also be on on hand, plus surprise gifts (while supplies last!).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Mary Gates Commons, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UW Environmental Career Fair.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Kane 130, 7 p.m., UW's 34th Annual Faculty Lecture,
"Who is afraid of the big bad climate? and What is the worst that global warming could do?," Peter Ward, UW Departments of Earth and Space Sciences and Biology.
Friday-Saturday, January 29-30, 2010, Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, SAF PNW Forestry Leadership Conference.  SFR participants include Greg Ettl, Duane Emmons, Don Hanley, Tom Touse, and Tom Mentele
and alums Mike Mosman (BS 1978) and Doug St. John (BS 1994).
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, HUB West Ballroom, Water Center Annual Review of Research.
Monday, February 22, 2010, 6-9 p.m., UW Tower, Engineers Without Borders Silent Auction Fundraiser.
Thursday, February 25, 2010, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Anderson 207, School of Forest Resources All School Meeting.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The January/February 2010 issue of the Olympic Natural Resources Center newsletter, ONRC Update, is now available online. This issue features Fred Rosmond and his legacy to ONRC with the two Oregon White Oak trees he planted in front of the center's administration building.

PRESIDENT EMMERT'S MESSAGE ON EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI
President Emmert's message to the UW community on the earthquake in Haiti includes the following information about how you can help: "Many in our UW community have inquired about ways in which they can help and provide assistance for the international relief efforts being mounted in response to this disaster. The Office of Global Affairs has assembled a list of organizations that
are accepting gifts and volunteers. The list is not exhaustive and may be found at the Global Affairs web site at
http://www.washington.edu/provost/globalaffairs/helphaiti.html.

DATE SET FOR UW'S UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Save the date for the 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, May 21st, 2010.  The Symposium offers an exciting public forum for students to present their work and showcases undergraduate research from academic departments across the UW’s colleges, schools, and campuses. Participating students may also nominate their faculty mentors for an
undergraduate research mentor award. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend and undergraduate researchers are encouraged to apply to present their work. Detailed information and an electronic student application form due Monday, February 22nd, 2010 is available online.

WA DNR PARTNERSHIPS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM WOODY BIOMASS
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark announced the first four companies selected to partner with WA State Department of Natural Resources on renewable energy projects using biomass from state forestlands. The pilot projects will use woody biomass—the residual waste (slash)—-that the companies purchase in part from state trust lands managed by WA DNR. The biomass can come from timber harvests or be removed during forest health treatments such as thinning over-crowded and
fire-prone tree stands. See full text of the press release online.

UW ANNUAL ATTENDANCE INCENTIVE PROGRAM
Each January, UW faculty and staff who accrue sick leave and who have a year-end balance exceeding 480 hours may request to be paid for a portion of their unused sick leave that was accrued but not used in the previous calendar year. Payment is made at the rate of 25% of the hourly equivalent of your pay rate and all hours compensated are deducted from your sick leave balance. The Payroll Office must have all attendance incentive payment forms by Friday, January 29, 2010 at 5 p.m. Submit the form to Bev
Anderson in time for processing and delivery to the Payroll Office by the deadline. See program information and the required form at http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/polproc/leave/attend-incent.html.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Peter Nelson (MS/MPA 2006) directs the Defenders of Wildlife’s Federal Lands Program in Washington, DC.
Brian Boehm (BS 2007) is a habitat restoration specialist with the Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force in Everett, WA.
Darci Carlson (MS 2007) is a forest entomologist with the Forest Service’s Pacific NW Research Station in Wenatchee, WA.
Jean Daniels (PhD 2007) is a research forester with the Forest Service’s Pacific NW Research Station in Portland, OR.
Jacob Grinolds (MFR 2008, BS 2007) is a natural resource (right-of-way) specialist for the Bonneville Power Administration in Seattle, WA.
Neal Jander (BS 2007) is a GIS technician with the Snoqualmie Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources in Snoqualmie, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
Harry Hayward, UW's Director of Electronic Media, has been producing a series of You Tube videos linked from the UW home page. His latest production is a series of four videos on climate change; they feature interviews with SFR's Research Associate Elaine Oneil and Associate Professor Sarah Reichard, as well as Assistant Professor Erik Salathe (Atmospheric Sciences) and Assistant Professor Jessica Lundquist (Civil and Environmental Engineering). You can watch the videos online.
For another article on Climate Wizard featuring Evan Girvetz, former Postoctoral Research Associate, see "Climate Wizard makes large databases of climate information visual, accessible."
.Kathy Wolf's research is featured in a New York City tree planting campaign; see
http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/html/programs/trees_and_retail.shtml.

KUDOS

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
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)
http://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.htmlhttp://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 33, Number 1

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

TThe STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 10. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 11 JANUARY   WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR    KANE 210   3:30 PM
"Why Do Crows Care about You and Your Friends?," John Marzluff, UW School of Forest Resources.  

TUESDAY, 12 JANUARY    WATER CENTER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223  8:30-9:20 AM
"Flushing Lake Atna: Late quaternary megafloods in South-Central Alaska," Mike Wiedmer, UW School of Forest Resources.

WEDNESDAY, 13 JANUARY    NHS LECTURES      UWBG,CUH     7:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "A Stumpery! What is it?," Pat Riehl.

THURSDAY, 14 JANUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR    NW FISH SCI CTR    11 AM
"Complex Habitat Questions, Little or No Data: What are we doing in BC?," James Boutillier, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

THURSDAY, 14 JANUARY   SAF BEVAN SEMINAR SERIES   FISH SCI 102   4:3O PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Facing the Grand Banks Fisheries: Myths and sustainability," George Rose, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

FRIDAY, 15 JANUARY   SCIENCE PUBLISHING SEMINAR  HSB T-733  2:30-3:30 PM
UW Graduate School's Winter Quarter 2010 Graduate Student and Postdoc Events, "How To Get Published in Science and Other High-Profile Science Magazines," Laura Zahn, Science Magazine editor. Questions, contact pdafrs@u.washington.edu.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday, January 18, 2010, UW's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends will work at projects around Puget Sound. Events begin at 8 a.m. in the HUB Ballroom.  See http://exp.washington.edu/carlson to learn more about the 2010 service project opportunities and to register for a project as an individual or as a group. Projects fill up quickly; early registration is encouraged. The final registration deadline is Thursday, January 14, 2010.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010, Kane 220, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Walker Ames Lecture, "Jane Jacobs and Rachel Carson: The death and life of nature and the city," Robert Fishman, University of Michigan.
January 20-22, 2010, Washington, DC, 10th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment, "The New Green Economy."  Many sessions will focus on climate and energy. SFR alums participating in the conference include Brian Czech (MS 1988).  
Thursday-Sunday, January 21-24, 2010, Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Graduate Student Conference for Forestry and Environmental Sciences in Western Canada, "A Sustainable Future: Natural resource research and management in North America."
Wednesday, January 27, 2010, Kane 130, 7 p.m., UW's 34th Annual Lecture, "Who is afraid of the big bad climate? and What is the worst that global warming could do?," Peter Ward, UW Departments of Earth and Space
Sciences and Biology.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH, DECEMBER 2009
"Forest Health and Green Jobs: Natural resources and social data analysis": PI: Monika Moskal; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $244,210.
"Multi-objective Optimization to Evaluate and Sell Forest Ecosystem Services"; PI: Sandor Toth; sponsor: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly CSREES); amount: $499,986.
Sergey Rabotyagov, along with Joseph Cook (Evans School) and Dennis Lettenmaier (Civil and Environmental Engineering) were awarded $144,000 by the College of the Environment's Environmental Institute to study water resources management and climate change in the Yakima River basin in central Washington.

REPORT OF AD HOC SFR NAME CHANGE COMMITTEE
The SFR Name Change Committee, chaired by Jim Agee, submitted its report to Interim Director Hinckley on January 1, 2010.

SFR WELCOMES NEW STAFF PATRICK MULLIGAN
A warm welcome to Patrick Mulligan, the new Washington Park Arboretum Education Coordinator, holding the position formerly held by Shawna Hartung. Selected from 97 applicants, Patrick has served as the Children's Garden Program Manager at Norfolk Botanical Garden, has an MEd from the UW, and went through IslandWood’s environmental education program.

UW STEERING COMMITTEE ON ACTIVITY BASED BUDGETS APPOINTED
The UW is currently assessing the potential value and feasibility of implementing a new activity based budgeting (ABB) system. ABB is a method of budgeting in which the activities that incur costs in every functional area are accounted for, analyzed, and then linked to the mission and strategic goals of the institution. The full costs of programs and services are then more transparent and available to help with planning, budgeting and decision making. Several leading universities around the country have adopted some form of the ABB model. For more information, see http://www.washington.edu/admin/pb/home/opb-abb.htm. A steering committee has been appointed by the provost to examine and make recommendations on ABB at the UW; working groups formed to assist the committee include the Central Academic and Administrative Units working group, on which Jim Fridley is serving.

EPA VIDEO COMPETITION
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring a video competition to raise awareness of the connection between the environment and the "stuff" people use, consume, recycle, and throw away. EPA is soliciting 30- to 60-second videos that will inspire community involvement, spread information, and lead to action. The theme for the video competition is "Individual Action in Your Community." Videos must be submitted on or before February 16, 2010.

ORCA CHANGES DO NOT AFFECT U-PASS
UW Commuter Services writes, "As of January 1, 2010, Metro, Community Transit, Sound Transit and the UW's other transit partners will replace select transit passes with the ORCA card and paper transfers will no longer be accepted between the
transit agencies. These changes will not affect your U-PASS or how you use it at this time. Until we let you know otherwise, continue to flash the U-PASS sticker on your Husky ID Card as you board or exit the bus or show it to the conductor when asked for proof of payment on Link light rail or Sounder trains. Students will continue to receive their U-PASS in the mail along with their registration validation each quarter and vanpool users will follow the same procedure they always have to obtain their subsidy. If you encounter any problems with using your U-PASS after January 1, 2010, e-mail the bus route number, destination, date, and the time you encountered the issue to upass@u.washington.edu.

PLANT HARDINESS ZONES UPDATED
See a graphic illustration of changes in the U.S.'s plant hardiness zones mapped by The Arbor Day Foundation to show the general warming that has occurred from 1990 to 2006; clicking "Play" will change the map from the 1990 USDA hardiness zones to the 2006 hardiness zones. Watch your area carefully as the colors slowly change. "Reset" will change the map back to show the 1990 USDA hardiness zones. "Differences" shows how much each zone has changed since 1990. For example, the top half of Nebraska has increased by one zone. You can also enter your ZIP code to determine your hardiness zone.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Reza Pezeshki (PHD 1982, MS 1977) is a professor in the University of Memphis Department of Biology in Memphis, TN, where his research includes soil-plant interactions and the physiological ecology of wetland plants.
Stephanie Peterson (BS 2006) is a forester with the Makah Tribe Natural Resources Department in Neah Bay, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For a video on the John Deere website that includes commentary by Larry Mason, see "John Deere Forestry presents 6 Harvesting Woody Biomass Videos."
.The Crosscut commentary "Behind Weyerhaeuser's move to REIT-hood"references SFR's Report to Legislature on Retention of Washington's Forest Lands.
Seattle Times article "How green is my campus? Colleges woo students with environmental initiatives"references work of alum Tyler Dierks (BS 2002), recycling coordinator for Seattle University.
The WSU Department of Natural Resources website has a story on alum Mark Swanson's (PhD 2006, BS 1997) forestry class;
see "Buddhist community enjoys healthier forest, thanks to WSU Natural Resource Sciences Students."
"Stick to the principles on Oregon forests bill" is an Oregonian opinion piece by Jerry Franklin and Oregon State University's Norm Johnson.
The Union Bay Natural Area is featured in Seattle Times article, "Christmas Bird Count is bird-watchers' annual deligh.,"
See "Oh Tannenbaum! Uncovering the roots of holiday trees," a KUOW radio piece that features alum Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983).
The Feb/March 2010 issue of Organic Gardening includes a feature on good landscape plant choices, in which Barbara Selemon describes the use of Vitex agnus-castus at UW Botanic Gardens.

KUDOS
Debra Salas-Haynes sends along kudos to Marc and Shane for tackling the Bloedel 261 computer lab remodel. "Your work over the short break was greatly appreciated to get everything up and running in time for classes. Thank you!"

Send in those kudos!


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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
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)
http://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.html