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The Straight Grain
Volume 35, 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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

The Straight Grain will take a two-week break; the next issue of the Straight Grain will be Friday, August 6, 2010.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 17, 24, AND AUGUST 2. Check out the SFR events calendar  for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER 6    CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS    BURKE MUSEUM
The Burke Museum presents the winners of the International Conservation Photography Awards in an exhibit of more than 75 images representing the best of conservation photography from around the world. See http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/icpa/.

SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY, 18-21 JUNE,  SOIL&WATER CONSERVATION CONF   ST LOUIS,MO
Soil and Water Conservation Society Annual Conference, "Ecosystem Services: Applications for conservation science, policy, and practice."

WEDNESDAY, 21 JULY    NISQUALLY SUMMER LECTURE   NISQUALLY REFUGE    7 PM
Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Effects of Climate Change on Pacific NW Rivers and Aquatic Ecosystems," Alan Hamlet, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

MONDAY, 26  JULY     SCIENCE ON TAP   3rd PLACE PUB,RAVENNA     7 PM
"Building a Living Exhibit: The new penguin habitat at the Woodland Park Zoo," Monica Lake, Woodland Park Zoo.  See http://scienceontap.org/.

WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY    MS DEFENSE     ANDERSON 22   11 AM
"Past, Present, and Future: The good, the bad, and the ugly for aquatic breeding amphibians in the Puget Sound region," Jorge Ramos: Committee Chair: Josh Lawler.

WEDNESDAY, 28 JULY    NISQUALLY SUMMER LECTURE   NISQUALLY REFUGE    7 PM
Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Feathered Architects: The fascinating world of bird nests," Idie Ulsh, nature photographer.

THURSDAY, 29 JULY  UWBG PROFESSIONAL EDUC  UWBG,CUH  8:30 AM-12:30 PM
"Summer Pruning of Trees and Shrubs," David Zuckerman and Chris Watson, UW School of Forest Resources; and Bess Bronstein, certified arborist.

TUESDAY, 29 JULY    THESIS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22   12 PM
"Implications of Summer Range Attributes and Migration Distance on Winter Condition of Rocky Mountain Mule Deer in Chelan County, Washington," John Burk; committee chair: Ken Raedeke. (Rescheduled from July 13, 2010).

SATURDAY, 31 JULY     WESTERN WA FOREST OWNERS FIELD DAY  RAVENSDALE,WA
Western Washington Forest Owners Field Day, WSU Forest Stewardship Program's biggest annual event features hands-on sessions on forestry topics including wildlife, forest health, silviculture, trail building, special forest products, and more. Participants will learn how to properly thin and prune trees, how to plant and care for young trees, how to attract more wildlife, and how to enhance enjoyment of a property.

SUNDAY-FRIDAY, 1-6 AUGUST    ESA ANNUAL MEETING    PITTSBURGH, PA
Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, "Global Warming: The legacy of our past, the challenge for our future."  SFR participants as lead or co-authors on presented papers include Shelley Evans, Jessica Halofsky, Charlie Halpern, Josh Lawler, Dave Peterson, and Jorge Ramos, among others.

WEDNESDAY, 4 AUGUST    NISQUALLY SUMMER LECTURE   NISQUALLY REFUGE    7 PM
Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Sea Otter Tales,"Julie Miller, Seattle Aquarium.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 5-8 AUGUST    NORTH CASCADES INST     SEDRO WOOLLEY,WA
North Cascades Institute, "Northwest Naturalists Weekend: Weather, wildfire, and biodiversity." Presenters include SFR Research Scientist Susan Prichard.

SATURDAY, 7 AUGUST   CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED PROGRAM    9 AM-4 PM
Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Old Growth Forests of the Cedar River Watershed," Clay Antieau, Seattle Public Utilities (SFR MS 1985). Join Clay Antieau as he visits low-elevation and high-elevation old forests in the Cascades, including trips to the Lost Creek old growth and ancient forests of Findley Lake.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday, August 8, 2010, memorial for the late Emeritus Professor Dick Walker.  The memorial will be held on the UW campus; stay tuned for more details. See memorial about Dr. Walker in the newsletter of the American Society of Plant Biologists,
Thursday, August 12, 2010, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitors Center, "Summer Art Show and Wine Tasting." Local artists display works with botanical and natural history themes on the terrace of the Graham Visitors Center, while regional wineries pour their finest vintages inside. The art show is free; $25 suggested donation for the wine
tasting. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org/events_programs/2010artinthepark.cfm

FORESTS AND THE HEALTH OF PUGET SOUND DENMAN NOW STREAMING ON UWTV
In the spring of 2010, the Denman Forestry Issues Series presented "Forests and the Health of Puget Sound.” The program is now available on streaming video from the UWTV website; see
Part 1, http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=31892&fID=558
Part 2, http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=31893&fID=558
Part 3, http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=31894&fID=558

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, JUNE 2010
"Assessing the impacts of climate change on urban forests in the Puget Sound Region"; PI: Soo Kim; sponsor: Cascade Land Conservancy; amount: $68,267.
"Connectivity analysis toolkit"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: Wilburforce Foundation; amount: $18,000.
"WA Department of Revenue parcel database reporting"; PI: Luke Rogers; sponsor: WA Department of Revenue; amount: $40,000.
"Habitat Work Schedule data entry for Watershed Resource Inventory Area 20"; PI: Miranda Wecker; sponsor: WA Department of Ecology; amount: $6,000.

SFR FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS PRESENT AT MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
UW Botanic Gardens' Soest Gardener Riz Reyes will present a talk, "Where the Sun Doesn't Always Shine: Perennials for tough situations,” at the Perennial Plant Association Symposium, in Portland, OR on July 22, 2010.

BROCKMAN TREE TOUR UPDATED
Recent ESRM graduate Carly Thornburg completed an update to the Brockman Tree Tour website as her senior capstone project.
A popular campus feature, the tour is dedicated to the memory of the late Emeritus Professor C. Frank Brockman, who was on the Forest Resources faculty from 1946 until his retirement in 1967. In 1980 he produced the original UW tree tour booklet as an issue of the publication University Report. The eight-page publication, which included photos and scientific information, as well as the history of significant specimens, featured 81 campus trees and had to be reprinted several times by popular demand. In 1995, the tour was updated as part of a public artwork — visual artists Suzanne Hellmuth and Jock Reynolds designed two bus shelters and the Medicinal Herb Garden’s volunteer center on Stevens Way, deliberately creating openings in the shelters that "frame" nearby trees. Arthur Lee Jacobson, local plant expert, rewrote the tour booklet using Brockman’s original photos, and the Campus Arts Office developed a tree tour website. Over the years, trees in the tour have been removed for a variety of reasons, including safety and construction needs. The website is an adaptation of the printed tour. Carly has provided all new photographs of every tree in the tour, including photographs showing foliage in different seasons. Now each web page in the tour contains photographs of how the trees currently appear, as well as updated text. Trees that no longer exist, or that will be removed during upcoming campus construction, have been removed from the tour. Carly also added an audio version of the tour, which can be downloaded to a mobile device, or accessed via mobile phone. The web pages have been kept simple, to accommodate the use of mobile web browsers. Carly also produced two new printed versions of the tour, to accompany the new website information. A Google Map of the tour, featuring satellite imagery, was also added to the site by David Campbell, SFR web developer.

ALUMNI NEWS
Catherine Drews (BS 1996) went on to get a law degree from the UW. She is a legal planner for the City of Bellevue, WA.
Ekaterina Gataulina (MS 1996) is a research scientist with the All Russian Institute of Agrarian Research and Informatics in Moscow, Russia.
Martin Main (MFR 1996) is a consulting forester for the city of Ashland, OR; he also owns Small Woodland Services, Inc., a Medford, OR area sustainable forestry and consulting firm.
Lamont Glass (MS 2002, BS 1996) is the manager of the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service’s Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge in Burbank, WA.
Stephanie Peterson-Martin (BS 2006) is a forester and acting forest manager for the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See article in the Summer 2010 issue of NW Indian Fisheries Commission News, "Old-growth cedar tree is gift to tribal culture," which features alum Stephanie Peterson-Martin (BS 2006).
See "Protecting Ponderosas: Residents tour forest thinning site," which describes urban forestry projects in Ashland, OR and references alum Marty Main (MFR 1996).

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://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 35, 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 JULY 10. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER 6    CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS    BURKE MUSEUM
The Burke Museum presents the winners of the International Conservation Photography Awards in an exhibit of more than 75 images representing the bes9999999999999999999999999999t of conservation photography from around the world. See http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/icpa/.

SATURDAY, 10 JULY    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION     CUH,DOUGLAS  10 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Fern Propagation from Spores," Jeanie Taylor (SFR alum, MS 2008). See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

MONDAY, 12 JULY   SMALL WOODLAND OWNER CONSERVATION   OAKVILLE, WA  1-5 PM
NW Natural Resource Group workshop on "Conservation Programs for Small Woodland Owners."  Topics include FSC certification and markets, carbon offset markets, working forest conservation easements, and federal conservation "cost-share" programs.

WEDNESDAY, 14 JULY    NISQUALLY SUMMER LECTURE   NISQUALLY REFUGE    7 PM
Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Indian Shellfish Harvest in Puget Sound at Treaty Time," Eugene Hunn, UW Department of Anthropology.

THURSDAY, 15 JULY       PHD DEFENSE      ANDERSON 22      10 AM
"Carbon Dynamics of Forests in Washington, U.S. and the Effects of Climate-driven Changes in Fire Regimes on Carbon Storage Potential," Crystal Raymond; committee chair: Don McKenzie.

THURSDAY, 15 JULY       PHD DEFENSE      ANDERSON 22       1 PM
"Effects of Disturbance and Fuelbed Succession on Spatial Patterns of Fuel, Fire Hazard and Carbon, and Fuel Consumption in Shrub-dominated Ecosystems," Clint Wright; committee chair: Dave Peterson.

FRIDAY, 16 JULY    BARN BEACH RESERVE LECTURE   LEAVENWORTH WA  7 PM
"'Hal' Sylvester, U.S. Forest Service History."  See http://www.barnbeachreserve.org/events/.

SATURDAY, 17 JULY    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION     WPA GREENHOUSE  10 AM-1 PM
Join UW Botanic Gardens Hyde Herbarium Collections Manager and professional artist, Katie Murphy, and learn how to preserve the flowers in your garden. Includes types of presses and how to make them, how to pick and document what you’ve picked, the pressing process, and how to mount your botanical work of art. See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/calendar.shtml?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D90051867.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, "Summer Pruning of Trees and Shrubs," David Zuckerman and Chris Watson, UW School of Forest Resources; and Bess Bronstein, certified arborist.  See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/prohort.shtml.
Saturday, July 31, 2010, Ravensdale, WA, Western Washington Forest Owners Field Day, WSU Forest Stewardship Program's biggest annual event features hands-on sessions on forestry topics including wildlife, forest health, silviculture, trail building, special forest products, and more. Participants will learn how to properly thin and prune trees, how to plant and care for young trees, how to attract more wildlife, and how to enhance enjoyment of a property.
Thursday-Sunday, August 5-8, 2010, Sedro Woolley, WA, North Cascades Institute, "Northwest Naturalists Weekend: Weather, Wildfire, and Biodiversity." Presenters include SFR Research Scientist Susan Prichard.
Sunday, August 8, 2010, memorial for the late Emeritus Professor Dick Walker.  The memorial will be held on the UW campus; stay tuned for more details.

STATE-OF-THE-ART TOOLS FOR ASSESSING LANDSCAPE EFFECTS ON SALMON
Assistant Professor and USGS Scientist Christian Torgerson reports on a new publication, "Pacific Salmon: Ecology and Management of Western Alaska's Populations."  The Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (AYK) region of western Alaska covers about 40 percent of the state and is known for high abundance of salmon and freshwater fish. In response to recent declines in salmon returns, cooperators have established the AYK Sustainable Salmon Initiative to promote research and restoration. This new book is the first comprehensive appraisal of salmon resources in the AYK region and includes presentations
from the February 2007 Salmon Symposium.  Christian, along with co-authors, contributed a chapter summarizing data collection and tools that have been applied in western Oregon to understand how landscape features and processes may influence salmon in freshwater. Similarities between western Oregon and the AYK region suggest that some information may have immediate use to accomplish the goals of the sustainability initiative.

PLANT COLLECTIONS OF THE ARBORETUM NOW ON UW BOTANIC GARDENS WEBSITE
The UW Botanic Gardens website recently added a new plant collections web page to its website that features the plant collections growing at the Washington Park Arboretum. The collections described are the plant families called out on the Arboretum trail map. Some of the collections described are: Oak Family, Japanese Maples, Mountain Ashes, and Camellias. UWBG thanks UW Museology graduate Lace Thornberg for researching and writing the descriptions; Rebecca Alexander, Randall Hitchin, and Jennifer Youngman for editing the text; and Stephanie Jeter for contributing many of the photographs. Please help UWBG complete this page by contributing photographs of the collections that lack images.

FREE STREET TREES AVAILABLE FROM SEATTLE DEPARTMENT OF NEIGHBORHOODS
Community members can get free trees for their neighborhood through the Tree Fund, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.  It is an easy way for residents to beautify their neighborhood and help the environment, while connecting with their neighbors. Groups of neighbors from at least five households living on a street or block can request from 10 to 40 trees per project. In addition, every participating household can have a fruit tree for their own yard. Information on how to organize your
neighborhood, the selections of trees, as well as the application form, can be found at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/treefund.htm. Deadline for applications is August 16, 2010.
In 1972, Seattle’s land area had a tree cover of 40 percent. Now, that cover has dropped to 22 percent. This decline threatens nature’s ability to help manage storm water, reduce erosion, absorb climate-disrupting gases, improve public health, and clean the air. The goal of the Tree Fund program is to increase the percentage back to 30 percent, build community, and promote a clean and green environment for Seattle’s streets.   For questions or additional information, contact Judy Brown, Seattle
Department of Neighborhoods, at 206.684.0714.

ALUMNI NEWS
Anne Rahikainen (MS 1995) is the Director of Bioenergy Services for RISI in Boston, MA, an information provider for the global forest products industry.
Luke Zankich (BS 1995) is a marine engineer with Columbia-Sentinel Engineers, Inc. in Seattle, WA.
Laurie Bergvall (BS 1996) is the Assistant Region Manager, State Lands Operations for WA Department of Natural Resource’s Northwest Division. She lives in Anacortes, WA.
Sarah Brace (MS 1996) is the principal of Soundwide Environmental Consulting in Seattle, WA. She previous worked as a science manager for the Puget Sound Partnership
Karl Burton (BS 1996) went on to get an MS from the UW’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.  He is a fish biologist for the City of Seattle’s Public Utilities.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For a NY Daily News article quoting alum Chris Servheen (MS 1975), see "Grizzly bear shot dead after hiker mauled to death near Yellowstone National Park."

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://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 35, 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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JULY 4. Check out the SFR events calendar at for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

JUNE 19-SEPTEMBER 6 CONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS BURKE MUSEUM
The Burke Museum presents the winners of the International Conservation Photography Awards in an exhibit of more than 75 images representing the best of conservation photography from around the world.

SUNDAY, 4 JULY GUIDED ARBORETUM WALK WPA 11 AM-12:30 PM
UW Botanic Gardens free weekend guided walk at the Washington Park Arboretum, "Hydrangeas and Magnolias." Meet at Graham
Visitors Center. See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/calendar.shtml. A 1-2:30 p.m. guided walk is also offered, with varying itinerary.

TUESDAY, 6 JULY SCIENCE ON TAP TS MCHUGH'S 7:30 PM
"Uncovering the Mysteries of the Narwhal (unicorn whale)," Kristin Laidre, UW Polar Science Center. See http://scienceontap.org/.

WEDNESDAY, 7 JULY NISQUALLY SUMMER LECTURE NISQUALLY REFUGE 7 PM
Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "A Story of Big Cat: Behavior and conservation," Howard Quigley, Western Hemisphere
Program for Panthera.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 8-11 JULY WA BUTTERFLY ASSOC LEAVENWORTH, WA
Joint Washington Butterfly Association and Lepidopterists' Association Conference. Keynote speaker is SFR alum Robert Pyle
(MS 1973).

SATURDAY, 10 JULY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS 10 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Fern Propagation from Spores," Jeanie Taylor (SFR alum, MS 2008). See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 7 p.m., Nisqually Summer Lecture Series, "Indian Shellfish Harvest in Puget Sound at Treaty Time," Eugene Hunn, UW Department of Anthropology.
Friday, July 16, 2010, 7 p.m., Leavenworth, WA, Barn Beach Reserve Lecture, "'Hal' Sylvester, U.S. Forest Service History."
Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, "Summer Pruning of Trees and Shrubs," David
Zuckerman and Chris Watson, UW School of Forest Resources; and Bess Bronstein, certified arborist. See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/prohort.shtml.
Saturday, July 31, 2010, Ravensdale, WA, Western Washington Forest Owners Field Day, WSU Forest Stewardship Program's
biggest annual event features hands-on sessions on forestry topics including wildlife, forest health, silviculture, trail
building, special forest products, and more. Participants will learn how to properly thin and prune trees, how to plant
and care for young trees, how to attract more wildlife, and how to enhance enjoyment of a property.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, MAY 2010
"British Columbia carbon accounting, phase II," PI: John Perez-Garcia; sponsor: Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials; amount: $72,755.
"2010 U.S. Forest Service seed collection," PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $8,997.
"GIS-based LiDAR ground plot selection protocol," PI: Luke Rogers; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $30,000.
"Environmental stewardship assessment in the Puget Sound Region," PI: Kathy Wolf; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $63,236.

CHANGE FROM PSE TO BSE APPROVED
The Paper Science and Engineering (PSE) undergraduate program has completed its transformation into a broader Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) program. Program changes were motivated by a recognition that conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals will become a major industry in the 21st century, and that this is a strategic opportunity for SFR to train engineers for careers in this emerging field. While conversion of biomass to fibers and fiber products will remain a strong international industry, it is anticipated that processes that convert biomass into fuels and high value chemicals will complement and eventually surpass it. In anticipation of this evolving industry, the faculty three years ago restructured PSE graduate and research programs to focus on producing fuels and chemicals from biomass. The graduate program is growing and funding has been secured to build and equip laboratories and pilot areas, as well as for specific research projects. Goals of the new BSE undergraduate program include that its graduates be well trained process engineers with knowledge of fiber processing, the physical properties of fiber webs, and the processes required to break down biomass and fractionate components to recover valuable molecules; have a strong background in the physical and chemical properties of biomass; and have excellent problem solving skills. The curriculum is designed to complement the UW's undegraduate program in chemical engineering, and BSE students are encouraged to take advantage of the fifth year double degree option.

AWRA WASHINGTON CHAPTER TO ASSUME WATER CENTER JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
The Washington state chapter of the American Water Resources Association (WA-AWRA) has assumed the job listserv and job email announcements previously maintained and provided by The Water Center, which ended operations on June 30, 2010. Individuals currently signed up to receive job announcements need take no further action; they will continue to receive them. To sign up for these announcements, see https://mailman1.u.washington.edu/mailman/listinfo/wa-awra_water_jobs. Job announcements should be sent to waawrajobs@gmail.com.

FOOD POLICY SUMMIT HELD AT UW BOTANIC GARDENS
Governor Christine Gregoire was the featured speaker at the Food Systems Strategy Summit organized by the Access to Healthy Foods Coalition and held at UW Botanic Gardens on June 22, 2010. At the summit, the Governor signed an Executive Order to improve coordination of efforts relating to state food policy and to direct state agencies to collaboratively assess and report on state food policy, programs, and issues. The report will help agencies, stakeholders, and legislators make decision about nutrition
education, the status of hunger in Washington State, food security, the preservation of farmland, and the promotion of Washington-grown products. The summit was sponsored by the WA Department of Health and the Washington State Potato Commission.

STEVE WEST IS ACTING DIRECTOR JULY 1-JULY 26, 2010
Interim Director Tom Hinckley is away from campus until July 26, 2010. While he is away, Steve West will serve as Acting Director.

ALUMNI NEWS
Bruce Joseph (BS 1995) is a business planning leader for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, WA.
Dana (Kelley) Bressette (MS 1995) writes a garden column for the Peninsula Gateway News in Gig Harbor, WA.
Eric Miller (MS 1995) is a forest fire ecologist for the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Fire Service in Fort Wainwright, AK.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Lupine: purple meadows' majesty in Seattle area" for a Seattle Times story quoting alum David Giblin (MS 1977).

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://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