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The Straight Grain
Volume 41, Number 4

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 28. Check out the SEFS events calendar, for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 30 JANUARY    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   PACCAR 192    3:30-4:50 PM
"Community-based Natural Resource Management in Support of Biodiversity Conservation: Case studies in Africa and Mongolia," Goetz Schuerholz, University of Victoria.

TUESDAY, 31 JANUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Evolution of Studies Addressing the Potential Impacts of Forestry Practices on Amphibians Leading to Our Current Perspective," Marc Hayes, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

WEDNESDAY, 1 FEBRUARY    DNR OPEN HOUSE    SNOQUALMIE,WA  7-9 PM
This WA Department of Natural Resources open house, originally scheduled for January 28, was cancelled and is rescheduled.  "Planning for the Future of Recreation in the Snoqualmie Corridor."

THURSDAY, 2 FEBRUARY  NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC CTR AUD   11 AM-12 PM
"Disease Impacts of Public Hatcheries and Private Aquaculture on Populations of Wild Fish," James Winton, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center.

THURSDAY, 2 FEBRUARY  SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SEMINAR  FISH SCI AUD  4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Saving Nemo: The science of marine extinctions," Nicholas Dulvy, Simon Fraser University.

THURSDAY, 2 FEBRUARY   PLANT ID WORKSHOP     UWBG,CUH    5:30 PM
WA Native Plant Society Central Puget Sound Chapter Plant Identification Workshop.  

FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Adding Complex Trophic Interactions to a Plankton Nutrient-cycling Model: Emergent long-term variability and emergent community structure," Neil Banas, UW School of Oceanography.

FRIDAY, 3 FEBRUARY SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30-4:20 PM
"Sustainable Production of Biofuel Feedstock by Silvicultural Design vs. Foraging for Scraps," Doug Maguire, Oregon State University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Wednesday-Sunday, February 8-12, 2012, WA State Convention Center, Northwest Flower and Garden Show, "Growing a Greener World."
    Monday, February 13, 2012, Kirkland, WA, 7 p.m., Eastside Science Café, "Elwha River Dam Removal," George Pess, NW Fisheries Science Center.
  Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 1:30-5 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium, Our Oceans, Our Future Symposium, sponsored by the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.  Participants include SEFS graduate student Diana Petri.  Details to come.
    Thursday, February 23, 2012, Seattle, Town Hall, UW Science Now, "Soils in the Air: The savings account of the forest," Camila Tejo-Haristoy, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences; and "The Life and Times of H. Pylori," Laura Martinez, UW Department of Global Health.
    Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 2012, Vancouver, BC, University of British Columbia, Future Forestry Leaders Symposium, "A Graduate Student Research Symposium Celebrating the International Year of the Forest." SEFS participants include graduate students Chris Beatty, Brooke Cassell, Jake Grossman, Laurel James, Daisuke Sasatani, John Simeone, and Sebastian Tramon; alum Jane Atkins (MS 2010); and faculty Ivan Eastin.
    Saturday, February 25, 2012, UW campus locations, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Conference, "Time for Success... Create the Possible."
    Saturday, February 25, 2012, Seattle Art Museum, Stimson Auditorium, 9:30-11 a.m., The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment Series, "Health Greening Cities: Possibilities and practices in Indonesia and China," Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia and Lisa Hoffman, UW Tacoma.

WINTER 2012 ENROLLMENT FIGURES
    Michelle Trudeau sends along highlights of Winter Quarter enrollment:     "We now have more undergraduate majors then we've had since 1996, and are getting close to 400. ESRM is up 24% from last year, at 381, and BSE is up 14%, at 65.  Pre-BSE admits are at 42, up from 4! Our minors have also grown, to the highest ever, at 64.
    Our graduate student numbers have dropped slightly, at 167. Although we have more graduate students than we had a few years ago, these new numbers reflect a multitude of factors, including faculty capacity (retirements and new hires, as well as research or grant funding). Fifteen graduate students are currently on leave  Our graduate student numbers have been fairly consistent since 1989, as far back as my records go, at between 140-190 graduate students."

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE CORRECTION
A corrected link for the January 2012 issue of Eflora, the e-newsletter of the UW Botanic Gardens. News in this issue includes an update to the Weekend Walks at the Arboretum schedule: "Starting in February, the popular Weekend Walks at the Arboretum will become a weekly Sunday event. Show up at the Graham Visitors Center on Sundays at 1 p.m. and join a guided tour of 'Winter Scenes and Evergreens.' You’ll visit winter bloomers, see forms revealed when the leaves are gone, and learn to appreciate the steadfast evergreen. Allow at least 90 minutes and dress appropriately for the weather. The walks are free and registration is not required."

SEFS FACULTY AND ALUMNI APPOINTED TO WA DNR ADVISORY COMMITTEE
SEFS faculty Bob Gara and Dave Peterson, and alums Bill Gaines (PhD 2002), Michael Reese Lolley (MS 2005), and Connie Mehmel (MS 2002) were among recent appointees to a Forest Health Technical Advisory Committee convened by WA Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. In November 2011, Goldmark initiated the state’s Forest Health Hazard Warning system, calling for formation of a technical committee of foresters, scientists, and other experts. The committee’s charge is to advise Goldmark on the severity of the threats, areas of the state where corrective actions would be best prioritized, and what kind of actions would be most effective. See press release announcing the committee.

ARBORETUM AND AUDUBON COLLLABORATING ON NW FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW EXHIBIT
For its exhibit in the 2012 NW Flower and Garden Show, the Washington Park Arboretum is joining forces with the Seattle Audubon Society, on a display that will educate viewers about some of the bird habitats and species found in the Arboretum’s 230 acres. The display will depict three distinct bird habitats -— marshland, woodland edge, and deeper forest. A pathway composed of wood chips will pass alongside the marsh component of the display. Native flowering currants, mahonias, dogwoods, and other edge-habitat plants will grade up from the marsh to a woodland backdrop. A madrone snag will provide nesting cavities and food for insect-feeding birds. Replicas of bird species will demonstrate the nesting and feeding behavior of some of the Arboretum’s most beloved avian dwellers. As a habitat garden, the display it will provide food for birds in the form of berries, seeds, nectar, and insects; shelter, nesting, and perching sites in the form of shrubs, trees, and standing dead wood; water for drinking and bathing in the form of the marsh shoreline. Signage with QR codes will connect viewers with smart phones and other mobile devices to specific information on the Arboretum Foundation’s website about each featured bird’s habitat and feeding requirements. The web feature will also allow users to download and listen to audio tracks for each of 20 bird species in the garden.

WSU INAUGURATES A SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Washington State University has established a new academic entity: the School of the Environment, an interdisciplinary teaching, research and extension enterprise that will address complex, multidimensional environmental issues. The school was created January 1, 2012 by combining two academic units, the former Department of Natural Resource Sciences and the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  For more information, see http://news.wsu.edu/Pages/Publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=29798&PageID=.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
    Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Does Mount St. Helens have lessons for an Oregon logging experiment?" features research by Jerry Franklin.
    "USDA Plant-zone map updated, reflects global warming" quotes Sarah Reichard.
  "Film on Earth Liberation Front up for Oscar, raises specter of UW arson," a National Public Radio program, references the 2001 arson fire at the UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture.
    "NOAA expert to talk about marine tsunami debris in Port Angeles, Forks"  features a program held at the Olympic Natural Resources Center and in Port Angeles, WA.
    Alum Morgan Holen (BS 2001) was recently quoted in an article in the Lake Oswego Review, "Lake Oswego council takes a whack at invasive trees."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Alicia Robbins (PhD 2011, MS 2004) and Jean Daniels (PhD 2007) have co-authored an article, "Restoration and Economics: A union waiting to happen?," in the current issue of the journal Restoration Ecology.

KUDOS
Greg Ettl sends kudos to Pack Forest staff Alvin Sharpe and Pat Saunders and Forestry Intern Rachel Sønderskov Larsen "for braving the snowy and icy weather to keep the roads and walkways clear, secure buildings, run generators, and keep the fire alarm system operational last week. Pat also kept an eye on the facility in the evenings and over the weekend. Thanks as well to our Winter Quarter RAs Rhiannon Fox and Paul Fischer, and to Rachel who removed limbs, branches, and other debris from around the Conference Center buildings Monday morning to ensure the safety of guests arriving in the afternoon."

Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 41, Number 3

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 21. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 20-21 JANUARY    WA/OR SAF CONFERENCE   LONGVIEW,WA
WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference. Participants include alums Bob Alverts (BS 1966), Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Tom Hanson (BS 1971), and Mike Mosman (BS 1978).

SATURDAY, 21 JANUARY  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION  CUH,DOUGLAS   9:30 AM-12 PM
First class session in the "Landscape Design Series," Nancy Tom, environmental horticulturalist; class meets 6-consecutive Saturday mornings, January 21-February 25, 2012.

MONDAY, 23 JANUARY   BIOLOGY FUTURES COLLOQIUM   CMU 202   12:30 PM
"On Internalization: Ethics maxims for the biological sciences," Gaymon Bennet and Meg Stalcup, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

MONDAY, 23 JANUARY    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   PACCAR 192    3:30-4:50 PM
"Why Cougars Matter: An ecological and cultural perspective," Sharon Negri, Grizzly Bear Outreach Project.

TUESDAY, 24 JANUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 PM
"A Probabilistic Model for Assessing Passage of Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) through High Velocity Regimes in Steep Culverts," Phil Peterson, Forest and Channel Metrics.

TUESDAY, 24 JANUARY     AWRA MIXER   WAC LOUNGE  5:30-8:30 PM
American Water Resources Association student/state chapter mixer, "Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, present, and future," Sarah Morley, NW Fisheries Science Center.

WEDNESDAY, 25 JANUARY   TECH FOR TEACHING/LEARNING  OUGL 220  3 PM
Learn about innovative uses of technology at the UW for teaching and learning, including using the Canvas eLearning system to hold virtual office hours, SQLShare to analyze extremely large data sets, back-channel chat to keep students engaged and more, with a brief Q&A after each presentation. Key findings from UW-IT’s 2011 Triennial Surveys on Teaching, Learning, and Research Technologie; Canvas, MyPlan, Tegrity, and Yarn will be available for hands-on demos.

WEDNESDAY, 25 JANUARY    TSUNAMI SEMINAR   FORKS,WA,ONRC   5-6 PM
Japanese Tsunami Seminar, "Tsunami Debris Risks," Nir Barnea, NOAA Marine Debris Program.

THURSDAY, 26 JANUARY   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC CTR AUD   11 AM-12 PM
"Overview of Ecology's Sediment Rule Revisions: Freshwater sediment standards and dealing with bioaccumulatives," Laura Inouye, WA Department of Ecology.

THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY  SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SEMINAR  FISH SCI AUD  4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Breaking the Paradigms in European Fisheries Management," Martin Pastoors, University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands.

FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"A Review of Field Studies on Larval Lepeophtheirus salmonis Kroyer off the Irish West Coast," Brendan O'Connor, Aqua-Fact International Services, Ltd.

FRIDAY, 27 JANUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30-4:20 PM
"The Washington Biomass Supply Assessment Project", John Perez-Garcia, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Thursday, February 2, 2012, UWBG, CUH, 5:30 p.m., WA Native Plant Society Central Puget Sound Chapter Plant Identification Workshop.
Wednesday-Sunday, February 8-12, 2012, WA State Convention Center, Northwest Flower and Garden Show, "Growing a Greener World."
Monday, February 13, 2012, Kirkland, WA, 7 p.m., Eastside Science Café, "Elwha River Dam Removal," George Pess, NW Fisheries Science Center.
Friday-Saturday, February 24-25, 2012, Vancouver, BC, University of British Columbia, Future Forestry Leaders Symposium, "A Graduate Student Research Symposium Celebrating the International Year of the Forest." SEFS participants include graduate students Chris Beatty, Brooke Cassell, Jake Grossman, Laurel James, Daisuke Sasatani, John Simeone, and Sebastian Tramon; alum Jane Atkins (MS 2010); and faculty Ivan Eastin.
Saturday, February 25, 2012, UW campus locations, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Conference, "Time for Success... Create the Possible."
Saturday, February 25, 2012, Seattle Art Museum, Stimson Auditorium, 9:30-11 a.m., The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment Series, "Health Greening Cities: Possibilities and practices in Indonesia and China," Abidin Kusno, University of British Columbia and Lisa Hoffman, UW Tacoma.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The January 2012 issue of Eflora, the e-newsletter of the UW Botanic Gardens, is now online with news of UWBG programs and events.

PACK FOREST, SNOW AND MORE SNOW
The Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest became a "winter wonderland" during this week's snowfall.  For images, check out the Center's Facebook page

CESU NATIONAL NETWORK MEETING SCHEDULED
The Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit has scheduled its 2012 biennial network meeting for June 12-14, 2012 at Howard University in Washington, DC. Every two years, the national meeting brings together partners from across the country to share examples of science, stewardship, and education in the spirit of collaborative conservation. The program includes plenary sessions, discussion sessions, a poster reception, new member orientation, CESU Directors’ meeting, federal managers’ meeting, and external activities, with opportunities to exchange information with conservation leaders from across government, academia, and the nongovernmental conservation community.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"A FarmVille for wetlands? Students create Facebook game with proceeds going to wetland restoration," features a project co-led by SEFS Adjunct Associate Professor Warren Gold (UW Bothell), who also co-leads the UW Restoration Ecology Network.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Stephanie (Peterson) Martin (BS 2006) has accepted a new position as Habitat Division Manager with the Makah Tribe Natural Resources Fisheries Department in Neah Bay, WA. She previously worked with Makah Forestry. She writes, "Through the years I have worked at Makah Forestry I have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, many inspiring, respectable, and admirable individuals, for which I am greatly thankful. My new position presents a new opportunity to approach management of Makah land."
Meriel Darzen (MS 2011) is the Conservation Projects Manager for the Capitol Land Trust in Olympia, WA.
Kristine (Mazur) Ferriter (MS 2011) is the Campus Corps Program Manager for the Montana Campus Corps in Missoula, which actively engages college students in meeting community-identified needs.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 41, Number 2

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 14. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 14 JANUARY    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   MERCER IS, WA  9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway trail work.

MONDAY, 16 JANUARY   VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    EVERETT,WA   10 AM-2 PM
Celebrate Martin Luther King National Day of Service at Everett (Union Slough Saltmarsh).  See http://pugetsound.org/events/celebrate-mlk-national-day-of-service-at-union-slough.

TUESDAY, 17 JANUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 PM
"Long Term Water Quality Patterns in a Managed Forest of Western Washington," Maryanne Reiter, Weyerhaeuser Company.

WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY   WALKER-AMES LECTURE   KANE 120   6:30-8 PM
Walker Ames Lecture Series, Feeding the World while Sustaining the Planet, "Demographic Forces Shaping Trend Reversals in the 21st Century City: Meeting the challenge of seeing ahead for better decisions today," Dowell Myers, University of Southern California.  

WEDNESDAY, 18 JANUARY    WA DNR OPEN HOUSE   SNOQUALMIE,WA   7-9 PM
Snoqualmie Corridor Planning Area open house. Join WA Department of Natural Resources at a community open house to learn about a new recreation planning process for 53,000 acres of DNR-managed lands in the Snoqualmie Corridor.

THURSDAY, 19 JANUARY  SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SEMINAR  FISH SCI AUD  4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Government, Industry, and Nonprofits Working together to Improve Tuna Management," Susan Jackson, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation.

FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Bayesian Inference of Population Dynamics from Genetic Data," Vladimir Minin, UW Department of Statistics.

FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30-4:20 PM
"Current Extraction and Utilization of Forest Biomass," Bill Hermann, Hermann Brothers Logging and Construction.

FRIDAY, 20 JANUARY    GEOGRAPHY COLLOQUIUM  SMITH 304  3:30 PM
Topic TBA, Leila, Harris, University of British Columbia, whose current research is on changing scales and sites of environmental governance, with focus on water management and institutions.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 20-21 JANUARY    WA/OR SAF CONFERENCE   LONGVIEW,WA
WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference. Participants include alums Bob Alverts (BS 1966), Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Tom Hanson (BS 1971), and Mike Mosman (BS 1978).

SATURDAY, 21 JANUARY  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION  CUH,DOUGLAS   9:30 AM-12 PM
First class session in the "Landscape Design Series," Nancy Tom, environmental horticulturalist; class meets 6-consecutive Saturday mornings, January 21-February 25, 2012.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Monday, January 23, 2012, Communications 202, 12:30 p.m., Biological Futures Colloquium, "On Internalization: Ethics maxims for the biological sciences," Gaymon Bennet and Meg Stalcup, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Waterfront Activities Center Lounge, 5:30-8:30 p.m., American Water Resources Association student/state chapter mixer, "Elwha River Dam Removal: past, present, and future," Sarah Morley, NW Fisheries Science Center.
Wednesday-Sunday, February 8-12, 2012, WA State Convention Center, Northwest Flower and Garden Show, "Growing a Greener World."
Monday, February 13, 2012, Kirkland, WA, 7 p.m., Eastside Science Café, "Elwha River Dam Removal," George Pess, NW Fisheries Science Center.
Saturday, February 25, 2012, UW campus locations, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., 2012 WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) Conference, "Time for Success... Create the Possible."

SEFS COMMITTEE NEWS
At its January 10, 2012 meeting, the SEFS faculty elected Josh Lawler to serve out the remainder of Dave Briggs' (who retired 12/31/2012) term on the Promotion, Merit, and Tenure Committee.  He will serve until June 30, 2012.

MILLER LIBRARY EXHIBIT TO FEATURE ART "IN THE SLOW LANE"
During the month of February, the Elisabeth C. Miller Library will feature an exhibit of original pen and ink drawings and oil paintings by Seattle artist Karen Luke Fildes.  The drawings are from The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane, written by Northwest naturalist David George Gordon and published by Sasquatch Books of Seattle.

UW POLICE CHIEF REMINDS ALL ON CAMPUS OF SAFETY ISSUES
UW Police Chief John Vinson writes the first of an annual letter to the UW campus community: "This letter is the first of what I intend to be annual letters sent to promote safety and security on campus.  Though some of this message is focused specifically on Seattle, it also includes safety tips that are relevant to the entire UW community.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
The UW's Mary Gates Endowment for Students web page features a profile of alum Christy McDevitt (BS 2004); see "Spotlight on: Christy McDevitt, Mary Gates Research Scholar."
"Family produces three generations of loggers, not a single poet," a recent Tacoma News Tribune article features alum L.T. Murray, Jr. (MS 1948).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Brian Maier (MS 2007) is a fire analyst with the USDA Forest Service’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Wenatchee, WA.
Lucas Mallon (BS 2007) is a law enforcement officer with Yellowstone National Park.

KUDOS
Kudos to alum Nalini Nadkarni (PhD 1983), currently University of Utah biology professor and director of the Center for Science and Math Education, who is being honored by the world's largest general science society -- the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) -– with the group’s 2011 Public Engagement with Science Award.
Michelle Trudeau sends kudos to Amanda Davis for all her hard work in putting together graduate applications in a Catalyst site -- "all in less than 2 weeks from the deadline!"

Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 41, Number 1

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 8. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 9 JANUARY   WILDLIFE SEMINAR   PACCAR 192    3:30-4:50 PM
"Feathers: Evolution of a natural miracle," Thor Hanson, conservation biologist and author.

MONDAY, 9 JANUARY   EASTSIDE SCIENCE CAFE   KIRKLAND, WA   7 PM
"Preparing for a Pacific Northwest Volcanic Eruption," Brittany Brand, UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 PM
"Developing Forest Practices for the 21st Century," Wade Boyd, alum (PhD 1980) and retired Senior Vice President, Longview Fibre Company. Winter 2012 Water Seminar is sponsored by SEFS, with coordination by Bob Edmonds and affiliate faculty member Doug Martin.

WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY  ELWA RIVER RESTORATION  REI,SEATTLE  6:30-8:30 PM
"Elwha River Restoration Status and Science," Jerry Freilich, Olympic National Park; and Jeffrey Duda, U.S. Geological Survey.

WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY  SACRED ECONOMICS  PHINNEY CENTER  7-9:30 PM
"Sacred Economics," Charles Eisenstein, author, will talk about his vision for a sustainable future based on an evolutionary economic model that encourages community, conservation, quality of life, and love over today's monetary and economic system. Book signing follows talk.

THURSDAY, 12 JANUARY  SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES SEMINAR  FISH SCI AUD  4:30 PM
The Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "Global Recreational Fisheries: Status, issues, and opportunities," Steven Cooke, Carleton University.

FRIDAY, 13 JANUARY  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Using Dynamic Factor Analysis to Identify Large-scale Patterns in Adult Abundance and Marine Survival of Pacific Salmon," Mark Scheuerell, NOAA Fisheries.

FRIDAY, 13 JANUARY   SILVICULTURE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 22   2:30-4:20 PM
"System for Advanced Biofuels Production from Woody Biomass in the Pacific North West," Rick Gustafson, UW Schol of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

SATURDAY, 14 JANUARY    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   MERCER IS, WA  9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway trail work.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Kane 120, 6:30-8 p.m., Walker Ames Lecture Series, Feeding the World while Sustaining the Planet, "Demographic Forces Shaping Trend Reversals in the 21st Century City: Meeting the challenge of seeing ahead for better decisions today," Dowell Myers, University of Southern California.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012, Snoqualmie Middle School, 7-9 p.m., Snoqualmie Corridor Planning Area open house. Join WA Department of Natural Resources at a community open house to learn about a new recreation planning process for 53,000 acres of DNR-managed lands in the Snoqualmie Corridor. Can't make it or need more information? Email snoqualmiecorridorrecplan@dnr.wa.gov. To sign up for updates, be sure to put "subscribe" in the subject line.
Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2012, Longview WA, WA and OR Society of American Foresters Leadership Conference.  Participants include alums Bob Alverts (BS 1966), Harry Bell (MS 1974), Ann Forest Burns (BS 1971), Tom Hanson (BS 1971), and Mike Mosman (BS 1978).
Saturday, January 21, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. First class session in the "Landscape Design Series," Nancy Tom, environmental horticulturalist; class meets 6-consecutive Saturday mornings, January 21-February 25, 2012.  S

SEFS VIDEO COMPETITION RETURNS, FOR STUDENTS ONLY
The SEFS video competition is back. This year’s competition is open only to currently enrolled students, thus allowing for the award of monetary prizes: 1st prize $500, 2nd prize $250, 3rd prize $100. The competition’s goal is to enhance SEFS’s image and increase public awareness of its contributions to the state of Washington and beyond. We are looking for short videos (maximum 5
min.) that either:
• Enhance SEFS’s outreach, public image, and recruitment efforts. Videos submitted to this category seek maximum exposure for SEFS while maintaining high standards of decorum in enhancing the status of SEFS and UW. Video should be sufficiently appealing to attract a large number of viewers, including those who would otherwise be unlikely to tune into SEFS! OR • Increase awareness of SEFS research or program initiatives by documenting innovative and cutting-edge work. Videos submitted to this category should enhance public awareness of SEFF’s programs and their importance to the state of Washington and beyond.
Deadline for submitting entries is April 15, 2012. Winners will be announced at the 2012 Recognition Event. Submit videos to Cecilia Paul,
cece@uw.edu. Prizes will be awarded upon submission of a completed product that includes any edits requested by the committee to comply with stated guidelines. Prizes will be awarded to the best videos, regardless of category. See http://uwsfr.wordpress.com/.

NEWS FROM PACK FOREST
Chris Raynham, forest ecologist at Pack Forest, met with the Pierce County Chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association at the Puyallup Library on January 4, 2012. He presented on current research and events at Pack Forest, future management plans, and student involvement in Pack Forest operations. A common theme expressed among attendees after the discussion was the need for small forest landowner assistance, a service Pack Forest will continue to
provide.

NW FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW KICKOFF
The Northwest Flower and Garden Show returns in early February, and once again the Arboretum Foundation will kick off the show with its annual Opening Night Party. On Tuesday, February 7, 2012, guests can enjoy a fabulous evening of delicious food, fine wines, live music, and silent auctions, and the opportunity to view the beautiful display gardens at the Garden Show the day before it opens to the public.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY OF SERVICE JANUARY 16
There is still time to serve alongside fellow UW students, staff, faculty, and alumni honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his vision to forge common ground on which people from all walks of life could come together to address important community issues. Sign-up now while service projects are still available:
Visit the Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center for information about the UW legacy of involvement and ways to engage during the King holiday and throughout the year, including links to opportunities offered by UW-Bothell and UW-Tacoma.
The United Way of King County has coordinated more than 50 different service projects with local nonprofit organizations during the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Over 1,000 Seattle-area residents, including members of the UW, will volunteer on Monday, January 16, 2012. Projects range from beautifying community centers and social service agencies to restoring habitats
and improving local parks. Visit http://www.uwkc.org/ways-to-volunteer/mlkday/ today to find a project and sign up.

WA DNR TRUST LANDS HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN 2011 ANNUAL REPORT
The WA Department of Natural Resources Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan Annual Report is part of DNR's trust lands Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) commitments that are outlined in the HCP Implementation Agreement. Writes Tom Hinckley, "This report also provides insights into the impact of budget cuts on staffing and field operations in DNR." For more information on the HCP Implementation Agreement, see http://www.dnr.wa.gov/ResearchScience/Topics/TrustLandsHCP/Pages/lm_hcp_trust_lands_report.aspx.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"Wolves helping aspens" and "Study: Yellowstone wolves helping park trees rebound" quote Aaron Wirsing,
"Seattle bird lovers stroll out for Christmas count" references the UW Botanic Gardens Union Bay Natural Area.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Tamra (Dickson) Prior (BS 2007)is a student in Oregon State University’s Professional Science Master’s Program in Corvallis, OR, where she is studying applied systematics in botany.

KUDOS
Kudos to MS social sciences student Megan McPhaden, who recently received a 2011 Service Award from the King Conservation District for a farmer-focused water quality monitoring project.
Kudos to the winners of SEFS's U District Food Bank Drive.  Writes Michelle Trudeau, "The U District Food Bank drive is over, and the results are in: This year, Anderson overtook Merrill, winning the "Sumo" award for the greatest yield (with the most pounds of food), but Merrill wasn't far behind, followed by Winkenwerder.  Anderson also won the "Bill Gates" award for the highest combined cash donations, followed closely by Winkenwerder. Kudos to all who donated, and your generosity is much appreciated!"  Michelle also sends kudos to Amanda Davis who helped facilitate the food bank drive while Michelle was gone during the holidays.

Send in those kudos!

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

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

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