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July 2005

The Straight Grain
Volume 15, 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.

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

SATURDAY, 30 JULY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY TIBBETTS GREENWAY 9 AM-3 PM
Mtns to Sound Greenway work party, "Tibbetts Creek Invasive Removal."Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/signup.htm.

WEDNESDAY, 3 AUGUST PHD DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1 PM
" Developing Stand Density Thresholds to Address Mountain Pine Beetle Risk in Eastern Washington Forests," Elaine Oneil; Advisor: Bob Gara
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

NEXT ISSUE OF THE STRAIGHT GRAIN WILL BE AUGUST 12
The Straight Grain will take a short break for one week; next issue is Friday, August 12.

USGS CASCADIA FIELD STATION TO REOPEN AT CFR
Carol Schuler, Center Director of the Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, is pleased to announce the reopening of the Cascadia Field Station. Writes Carol, "Christian Torgersen will be moving to Seattle to become the first scientist back in this Field Station. Christian will be joining the College of Forest Resources at UW where the Cascadia Field Station is located. This Station has been closed for over three years and it's wonderful to see it reopening. This will certainly be an exciting opportunity for Christian to expand his research program and seek new collaborative relationships in Washington. Christian's talents as a Landscape Ecologist and his abilities to develop partnerships will only grow as he takes on this new challenge. We are all thrilled see the reestablishment of relationships with the UW and look forward to the development of new collaborations with the University."

UW LOGGER SPORTS CONCLAVE TO AIR ON ESPNU
The UW Logger Sports 2005 conclave events held earlier this year at Pack Forest will air as part of the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Challenge on ESPNU on the following dates (EST):
8/3 - 8pm - 9:30pm
8/4 - 9:30am - 11am
8/7 - 11:30am - 1pm
8/9 - 6:30am - 8am
8/13 -6:45am - 8:15am

NEW UWBG FACT SHEET AVAILABLE
See http://www.uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=11326 for the July 25th
press release from UW News and Information on the newly named UW Botanic Gardens (comprising CUH, the Washington Park Arboretum, the Union Bay Natural Area, the Miller Library, and the Hyde Herbarium. The press release has a link to a newly published fact sheet -- here are some selected facts from that publication that you may not have known:
*The 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area and 4 miles of shorelines serve as an outdoor laboratory for UW research and as a publicly accessible wildlife habitat.
*The Elisabeth C. Miller Library is the most important horticultural library in the Pacific Northwest. It houses 15,000 volumes and offers a variety of free services to the gardening public as well as to the UWBG academic community
*The Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium houses 15,000 specimens and is probably the nation's largest collection of preserved cultivated plants. It serves as the official herbarium for the Washington State Noxious Weed Board and also provides free plant identification help to the public.
*Last year, 208 volunteers plus 22 volunteer groups contributed 11,529 hours to UWBG. An additional 515 volunteers contributed 21,618 hours to the Arboretum through the Arboretum Foundation providing a market value of $376,802 in service.
*11,240 people participate in UWBG education programs per year.

SAVE THE DATE FOR SEPTEMBER 20 ALL-COLLEGE PLANNING MEETING
Associate Dean Steve West reminds the CFR community that the next step in updating the College's three year goals is the Autumn all-College retreat to finalize goals, assign responsibilities, and set timelines. The meeting will take place on the morning of September 20 at the Lake Washington Rowing Club (in Fremont; details about getting there will come later). The meeting will start with a continental breakfast and end with a box lunch The agenda is very simple: refine the tentative goals arrived at during the spring, develop and identify steps for implementation, assign responsibilities for the tasks agreed upon, and set timelines to accomplish the goals. For information about previous steps in the goal setting proceess, including results of the online survey and tentative goals developed at the Spring Quarter all-College meeting, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/committees/committees/CFRDirections.htm

SAVE THE DATE FOR CFR/UWAA-SPONSORED FALL TREE SAFARI ON THE UW CAMPUS
The UW is famous for a diversity of trees that create unique campus environments. Join Professor Linda Brubaker on Saturday, September 24 for a continental breakfast, a short lecture, and a tour of the trees on the UW campus. Topics include Olmsted's design and building ornamentation. Safari meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. -- first stop is Anderson 207, Lockwood Forest Club Room. Cost -- General admission $10, UWAA members $8. Watch the UWAA website, UWalum.com, for reservation and other information, which will appear on the site beginning September 1.

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KUDOS
Kudos to wildlife science graduate student John Withey who received one of four awards given at the recent Cooper Ornithological Society's 75th annual meeting in Arcata, CA at Humboldt State University. John received one of the Board of Directors' awards for the presentation, "Modeling Dispersal Behavior and Urban Population Growth of American Crows in the Seattle Area," by John Withey and John Marzluff.

Kudos to David Mabberley who was just appointed secretary to the International Association of Botanical and Mycological Societies. Among
the Society's duties is deciding where the next International Botanical Congress, http://www.ibc2005.ac.at/, will take place.

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm
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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, 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.

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JULY 24. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming
seminars, conferences, lecture, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 25 JUNE-31 DECEMBER ARCTIC WILDLIFE DISPLAY BURKE MUSEUM
" Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land." The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture hosts the first complete Northwest display of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, a photographic exhibit by Subhankar Banerjee, designed and produced by the California Academy of Sciences.

WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY PHD DEFENSE WINKENWERDER 105 1 PM
" A canker disease of Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) caused by the fungal pathogen Fusicoccum arbuti (Botryosphaeriaceae)," Marianne Elliott; advisor: Bob Edmonds.

THURSDAY, 28 JULY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY LUTHER BURBANK PARK 9 AM-NOON
Mtns to Sound Greenway work party, "Upper Luther Burbank Park Invasive Removal." Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/signup.htm/.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATE FOR SEPTEMBER 20 ALL-COLLEGE PLANNING MEETING Associate Dean Steve West reminds the CFR community that the next step in updating the College's three year goals is the Autumn all-College retreat to finalize goals, assign responsibilities, and set timelines. The meeting will take place on the morning of September 20 at the Lake Washington Rowing Club (in Fremont; details about getting there will come later). The meeting will start with a continental breakfast and end with a box lunch The agenda is very simple: refine the tentative goals arrived at during the spring, develop and identify steps for implementation, assign responsibilities for the tasks agreed upon, and set timelines to accomplish the goals. For information about previous steps in the goal setting proceess, including results of the online survey and tentative goals developed at the Spring Quarter all-College meeting, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/committees/committees/CFRDirections.htm

SAVE THE DATE FOR CFR/UWAA-SPONSORED FALL TREE SAFARI ON THE UW CAMPUS
The UW is famous for a diversity of trees that create unique campus environments. Join Professor Linda Brubaker on Saturday, September 24 for a continental breakfast, a short lecture, and a tour of the trees on the UW campus. Topics include Olmsted's design and building ornamentation. Safari meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. -- first stop is Anderson 207, Lockwood Forest Club Room. Cost -- General admission $10, UWAA members $8. Watch the UWAA website, UWalum.com, for reservation and other information, which will appear on the site beginning September 1.

RTI NEWS
Bruce Lippke and Larry Mason attended the Pacific Northwest Economic Region Conference held in Seattle in July sponsored by the Western State Legislatures of Alaska, Alberta, BC, California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Bruce gave a talk on technology transfer to the Western Legislative Forestry Task Group. Kevin Zobrist reports from the "Measuring Your Forest," workshop sponsored by WSU Extension, WA DNR, RTI, and WFFA in Poulsbo in July: "The class was small, but lively. The LMS portion seemed to go over particularly well -- having participants enter data they have just collected and immediately start modeling the stand in LMS continues to be a good 'hook.' Almost everyone took home LMS CDs and signed up for our mailing list. One particularly fun thing to report is that a father, son, and grandfather participated -- 3 generations of tree farmers together. The son was about 11 years old and he was really interested in LMS. It amazed me how intuitively he navigated through both the Inventory Wizard and LMS -- he needed minimal instruction and I just had to tell him once how to open a table or create a visualization and he had no problem retracing his steps or figuring out how to open other things. Aren't kids amazing? He continued to play with LMS long after my presentation was over. To see him so excited about it sold dad and grandpa on the program -- I imagine they were tickled to see him fixated at the computer where instead of simulating blowing things up, he was creating management plans! This is the first time I've seen a child use the program and I'm amazed at how well the video game analogy works. We should be thinking about the ability of LMS to bridge the tree farmer generation gap as a selling point for this stuff--it was really wonderful to see it as a focal point bringing together three generations."

UPDATE TO CFR FUNDRAISING FOR FISCAL YEAR 05
Tom Mentele reports that the final figures are in and that CFR had a banner fundraising year! Campaign totals for the year ending June 30, 2005 show that the College raised $2,002,612 in private support from 1,023 unique gifts. This figure does not include over $510,000 of matching money received from HECB and the UW Founder's Initiative. Adding the matching funds, FY 05 was one of the best years of total fundraising in College history. Reports Tom, "We are at 65.3% of our $17.7 million dollar campaign goal, with over $11,562,000 of related support. So far, about $7.5 million contributed to capital and current use, and $4 million to long term endowed support. Donor support is balanced -- 30% from family foundations, 24% from corporations, 21% from alumni, 3% from friends and 1% from faculty and staff. About 18% of our alumni have made a contribution. Our Volunteers, Visitors, CFRAA members, and faculty and staff really made good things happen this year, with Planned Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Annual Giving, Principal Gifts, the WPPF, and the entire DEVAR team playing key roles in securing support in a wide variety of areas."

UWTV VIEWING SCHDULE FOR LATEST DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUES PROGRAM
"Keeping Our Northwest Forest Landscape Green," the Denmman Forestry Issues Series presented on June 2, 2005 will be shown on Cable Channel 27 (UWTV) as follows: Part 1 -- Saturday July 23, 8 pm; Sunday July 24, midnight and 3pm. Part 2 -- Tuesday July 26, 9 am; Wednesday July 27, 6 pm; Saturday July 30, 8pm; Sunday July 31, midnight and 3pm.


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KUDOS

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm
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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 15, Number 1

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

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EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JULY 18. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lecture, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 25 JUNE-31 DECEMBER ARCTIC WILDLIFE DISPLAY BURKE MUSEUM
" Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land." The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will host the first complete Northwest display of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, a photographic exhibit by Subhankar Banerjee, designed and produced by the California Academy of Sciences.

WEDNESDAY, 20 JULY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION WPA, GRAHAM 9 AM-2:30 PM
ProHort Education, "Summer Pruning of Trees and Shrubs," Lou Stubecki/ David Zuckerman, WPA staff. Fee: $60; Preregistration required. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 20-23 JULY ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS CONFERENCE TACOMA,WA
" Forging Solutions: Applying Ecological Economics to Current Problems," sponsored by United States Society for Ecological Economics. Register at http://www.ussee.org/conference/registration.

THURSDAY, 22 JULY PHD DEFENSE WINKENWERDER 201 10-11 AM
" Towards an Integrated Approach to Watershed Planning: The role of land cover, human preference, and biotic condition in managing Puget Sound lowland streams," Vivek Shandas; Chair: Marina Alberti.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

NEWS FROM WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE
Annie Hamilton reports that recent visitors to the Crane included the Environmental Educators of Oregon and Washington. Participants voted on where the most important educational stop would be for this group, and it was unanimous, the WRCCRF was the clear choice! Wind River also hosted the WA State House of Representatives Natural Resources and Ecology fact finding trip to SW Washington. Dave Shaw has been in Washington DC representing the WRCCRF at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Jerry Franklin and the Crane crew were recently hosted by the BIA Yakama Nation on a field trip to the Yakama reservation to observe silvicultural practices on reservation lands. And, for a recent NPR story on the Crane, entitled, "Forest Service Scientists, High in the Trees," see http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4726890.

FOREST MANAGEMENT SENIORS HELP WITH MONASTERY'S STEWARDSHIP PLANNING
Daisuke Sakuma and Brian Spradlin's senior project involved using LMS to help with stewardship planning at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, ID. Daisuke and Brian were introduced to LMS in the forest economics course taught by RTI staff member Kevin Zobrist. The project involved exploration of multi-use management and stand projection and prediction models. The monastery depends on timber harvests to monetarily support their community. The monastery's Forest Stewardship Plan objectives were to maximize aesthetic value, provide a peaceful retreat for visitors, maintain and create wildlife habitat, practice ecologically sound and sustainable management, improve forest health, and generate income from grazing allotments and timber harvests. Over the past 100 years of management, however, most of the superior quality trees had been removed, leaving only low value or deformed trees. So a new plan was developed that focused on returning the ecosystem and tree composition to one more indicative of a healthy forest in that area, which is widely spaced Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir. Using LMS, Daisuke and Brian developed and simulated three different management pathways to demonstrate how to assess options in line with the monastery's goals. The three options were: (1) no action, (2) thinning all stands together, and (3) staggered thinnings to even out cash flow. The demonstrated alternatives will serve as a baseline from which the monastery can continute to explore the uses of LMS and other technology tools.

COLLEGE NOTES PASSING OF EVERETT ELLIS, CFR AFFILIATE AND ALUM ('41,'56)
Everett Ellis, long-time CFR affiliate faculty member and life-long forestry academician, passed away recently of a heart attack. He died in his home, where he was able to live independently at 86 years old. Ellis taught at the University of Idaho College of Forestry from 1946-1956 and was Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, from 1956-1965. While at the University of Michigan he received a National Science Foundation Grant for a comprehensive international study of wood products education and authored the book Education of Wood Science and Technology. In 1965 he took a position as the director of the Forest Products Research Laboratory and Professor of Forest Products at Oregon State University. He then accepted the Endowed Chair in Forest Products at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand where he remained until his retirement in 1985. In his retirement he had an affiliate appointment at CFR through 1996 and was a consultant and expert witness on the identification and structure of wood. Rememberances can be made in his name to the College; make checks payable to the University of Washington and indicate that it is a memorial for Dr. Everett Ellis in support of the College of Forest Resources.

NEW GRANT FUNDING FOR JUNE 2005
Total amount funded = $30,000
" Effects of organic matter retention and management on long-term productivity of Pacific Northwest Douglas-fir plantations: Nutrient and leaching responses"; sponsor: USDA Forest Services-PNW; PI: Rob Harrison;

CFR WELCOMES NEW STAFF AND VISITING SCHOLARS/SCIENTISTS
CFR's new building coordinator, Liz Riley, starts on Monday. She comes to us from the Department of Chemistry, so she is familiar with UW systems and procedures. In addition to serving as building coordinator, Liz will be providing support to the associate deans and will be the first point of contact for visitors to the Dean's office. Stop by and introduce youself and help her to feel welcome! On a related note, thanks to Joe Wallace, who has been assisting in the Dean's office for several weeks. We wish him well as he goes on to his next position with Temp Services or elsewhere in the UW. Welcome also to Zareen Kahn, a Visiting Scientist who is working with Sharon Doty, and to CFR Visiting Scholar, Yeo Youn ('88), working with Dave Briggs in the Precision Forest Cooperative.

CFRIT SAYS CHECK FOR UPDATES
Brad Coston reminds all CFR computer users to double check that their computers are running with all relevant OS and Software patches. The easiest way to do this on a Windows system is to visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com. Another reminder that CFRIT does NOT
recommend you install updates listed in the Drivers category.

TECHNOOGY GAP INNOVATION FUND (TGIF) PREPROPOSALS DUE ON SEPTEMBER 26
Preproposals for the next round of the Technology Gap Innovation Fund (TGIF) are due on September 26, 2005. The purpose of the TGIF is to further the development of UW innovations with commercial potential. The primary focus will be projects that require additional research or prototype development to make them suitable for licensing or a company start. Proposals must demonstrate a high probability of enhancing the commercial opportunities for UW innovations. The TGIF welcomes applications for commercially oriented research and development on UW innovations from all faculty and professional staff. It is expected that most applications will address inventions or copyright-based projects, but eligibility extends to all forms of intellectual property that have already been disclosed or reported to UW TechTransfer. Undisclosed inventions, unreported intellectual property, or intellectual property of any kind that is not held by the UW is not eligible for this program. However, interested faculty and professional staff are encouraged to disclose discoveries and innovations with commercial potential to UW TechTransfer in anticipation of making an application. For more information, see http://depts.washington.edu/techtran/tt/TGIF/. Questions regarding the application procedure should be directed to Cathy Manzanares Herda, TGIF@u.washington.edu.
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KUDOS
Kudos to David Mabberley, who was recently elected president of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy (IAPT). The Association, founded in 1950, carries out projects of interest and concern to systematic biologists, especially those which require or profit from international cooperation. IAPT is dedicated to organismal biodiversity and the recognition, organisation, evolution, and naming of plants and fungi, both living and fossil.
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm
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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology
http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences
http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi