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June 2005

The Straight Grain
Volume 14, Number 13

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 JUNE 25. 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.

SATURDAY, 25 JUNE UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH, NHS 9 AM-NOON
ProHort Education, "Invasive? Sez You!," Randall Stocker and Alison Fox, U of Florida. Fee: $40; Preregistration required. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/proregister.htm.

THURSDAY, 30 JUNE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY LUTHER BURBANK PARK 9 AM-NOON
Upper Luther Burbank Park has the potential to be terrific wildilfe habitat with a little help from volunteers. Invasive English Ivy is crawling across the forest floor and up the many old trees at this park, threatening the health of the entire forest. Mountains to Sound Greenway volunteers are needed to pull up the weeds to make room for native groundcovers and shrubs, and protect the taller trees from stress. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/signup.htm.

THURSDAY, 30 JUNE ENVIRONMENTAL FILM NIGHT CAMP LONG 7-9 PM
" Ecological Design: Inventing the Future," a documentary illuminating the emergence of ecological design in the 20th century with the ideas and prototypes from trailblazers in the field. Featuring R. Buckminster Fuller, William McDonough, and Hunter and Amory Lovins. Camp Long is located at 5200 35th Avenue SW. To register contact Rachel Smith at 206.762.1976 or rsmith@nweec.org or visit http://www.nweec.org

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

NEXT SG ISSUE WILL BE JULY 15
Your Straight Grain editor will be taking annual leave during the next two weeks. Look for next issue on July 15th.

A CALENDAR "HEADS UP" FOR ALUMNI POTLUCK IN JULY
For summer fun with CFR friends and family at Pack Forest, bring yourself, your significant other, your kids, your college buddies! Take along a potluck item to share, the beverage of your choice, and some sports equipment (softball, soccer ball, frisbee, crosscut saw, increment borer, chain, compass). Location: 9010 453rd St. E., Eatonville, WA; Cost: Free! Date: Saturday, July 9, 2005; Time: 11:00 a.m. Questions? Contact: UW Alumni Association, 206-543-0540, alumni@u.washington.edu
https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=130&Private=N.

CFR WELCOMES NEW STUDENT HELPERS
The College has two new student helpers in the CFR Financial Services office to help us during summer, and possibly, beyond! If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by Anderson 216 to introduce yourselves to Christopher McMartin and Diane Lin. Diane will be working in the mornings 8 AM-12 PM and Chris in the afternoons from NOON-4PM. Also welcoome to Matthew Gnaneswaran (mgwaran@u.washington.edu; 1-2823) who has replaced Naeem Nulwala as Facilities Assistant. You can submit key requests to him in Anderson 5.

CFR AND SCHOOL OF AQUATIC & FISHERY SCIENCES TO SHARE CQS ADMINISTRATION
Effective July 1, 2005, administration of the Center for Quantitative Science will be transferred to CFR and the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (SAFS). CFR and SAFS will share administration of the program. Budgetary support funds will be transferred from the Office of Undergraduate Education to SAFS for a period of four years starting July 1, 2005. At the end of this term, the budgets will be transferred to CFR for a new four year term, etc. Room 091 in MGH will continue to be used as TA office space. Authorization for continued use of this space resides with CASPO. A faculty council comprised of CFR and SAFS faculty who teach in the CQS program will be created to administer the program, courses and TAs. The council will be lead by a CQS Director who will assume the leadership role. The Director's position will rotate every four years between CFR and SAFS. An administrative stipend will be paid by the Director's home department.

CFRAA NEWSLETTER ON LINE
Ann Forest Burns, CFRAA President welcomes readers to the CFRAA alumni e-newsletter! This bi-monthly newsletter is designed to help keep you current on events, programs and news from the CFRAA. See the June 2005 issue at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/clubs/cfraa/200506/index.html.

MORE GRANT FUNDING APRIL/MAY 2005!
Total Amount Funded: $520,891
(1)"National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): development of NEON Coordinating Consortium (NCC); Sponsor: American Institute of Biological Sciences; PI: Jerry Franklin; new project.
(2) "Landscape Management 2004-2005"; Sponsor: Education and Research Consortium of the Western Carolinas; PI: Bruce Lippke; new project
(3)"CPC NPS 2004-2005"; Sponsor: Center For Plant Conservation; PI: Sarah Reichard; new project
(4)"Application of density management principles to reduce type ii errors in clasifying young forest/marginal (northern spotted) owl habitat within the Olympic Experimental State Forest"; Sponsor: USDA Forest Service; PI: Jason Cross; new project
(5)"Mapping and analysis of fuels loading and burn intensity using interferometric synthetic aperture radar data and multispectral imagery for the 2003 southern California fires"; Sponsor: USDA Forest Service: PI: Hans-Erik Andersen; new project
(6)"Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM"; Sponsor: Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials; PI: John Perez-Garcia; new project
(7)"Small forestland owner parcel identification and compilation for Jefferson and Clallam Counties"; Sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources; PI: Luke Rogers, Luke; new project

ONRC'S BIOTOXIN MONITORING GETS LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT FOR CARRYOVER FUNDING
Over the past five years, ONRC has actively participated in the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) partnership, studying and measuring the presences of the biotoxin domoic acid in Pacific razor clams along the Washington coast. The periodic toxicity of this popularly harvested shellfish is an important public health concern and ORHAB's goal is to assist the WA Statae Department of Health in maximizing safe clam digging days. Part of the funding for the program comes from a surcharge on recreational shellfish license fees. During its recent session, the WA State Legislature enacted a bill permitting these funds to be carried over from biennium to biennium to ensure a continuous flow of funding. ONRC administers the first $150,000 collected annually from the surcharge; the funds are used, among other things, to pay for two highly-trained technicians. "This funding would not have been possible without the active support and participation of Senator Jim Hargrove," says Ellen Matheny, ONRC's Education and Outreach Director. Check http://www.onrc.washington.edu/ for ONRC's online newsletter.

BRIDGE FACULTY POSITIONS APPROVED BY PROVOST
Acting Provost David Thorud has approved the College's request for four " bridge" tenure track faculty positions. These junior faculty positions, to be filled in 2006-07, will be recruited into the disciplinary areas described at http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/bridgefaculty.html. The
bridge positions will be "repaid" using the next four faculty retirements from the College and will pay immense dividends to the UW, community and CFR stakeholders for many years to come. Coupled with the four faculty searches presently under way, the new USGS scientist, the new WSU faculty member, and the second Precision Forestry faculty position, the new bridge positioins mean that eleven new faculty will join CFR over the next fifteen months. Says Dean Bruce Bare, "This is a remarkable transformation of our faculty resource and clearly demonstrates the University's commitment to our College and our programs. This is a great way to end the 2004-05 academic year!"

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KUDOS
Kudos to grad student Dan Perrakis of the CFR Fire Lab, who won the Geraldine K. Lindsay Award for best natural sciences presentation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Ashland, OR in June 2005. His presentation was based on a project funded by the Joint Fire Science Program, and his travel to the conference was in part sponsored by the Dean's Office. The title of his presentation was " Prescribed Fire at Crater Lake: Burning, Beetles, and Beyond". Congratulations, Dan!

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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 14, Number 12

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 JUNE 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, 18 JUNE CUH,UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION DOUGLAS 10 AM-1 PM
" Landscape Construction: Concrete Pavers," Bill Koogler,General Contractor. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, JUNE 21-23 CESU MEETING WASHINGTON, DC
Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU) Fourth Annual Meeting. Information at http://www.cesu.org/network/05meeting.html#0140.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CFR GRADUATION HIGHLIGHTS
CFR proudly presented its 2005 graduating class on June 10th in Kane 120. The included 84 BS students, 75 MS/MFR students, and 12 PhD students. Cassie Phillips, a CFR alumna and Vice President for Sustainable Forestry at Weyerhaeuser Company, gave the keynote address, focusing on the importance of lifelong learning. Ann Forest Burns, president of the CFR Alumni Association, also addressed the graduates. The elected student speakers did a wonderful job, with Michael Andreu speaking for the graduate students and Carrie Spradlin for the undergraduates. After the ceremony, graduates and their families walked down to Anderson Hall to continue celebrating with cake and punch.

CFR HAS SUCCESSFUL FUNDRAISING YEAR
Development Director Tom Mentele says, “Three cheers for the College of Forest Resources! Thanks to a recent bequest, we have broken last year’s campaign total. We should finish fiscal year 04-05 at about $1.93M, making this the best year since FY 01-02. The $1.93M figure does not include the $250,000 of HECB money we secured, and may not include the $260,000 of matching money booked for the Lundberg, Friberg, Wott, and Scott endowments. If these matching funds are indeed not included in campaign counting totals, then the College really had a banner year in terms of overall fundraising. Our Volunteers, Visitors, CFRAA members, and our faculty and staff really made good things happen this year. Planned Giving, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Annual Giving, Principal Gifts, the WPPF, and the entire DEVAR team also played key roles in securing support in a wide variety of areas. Case in point -- we had a tremendous rally of support to finish CUH and Merrill Hall. What an incredible team effort! However we still need to bring our average up in the balance of the campaign to meet our $17.7M goal. We have some very loyal friends and alumni, so if we play our cards right we should make it. Thank you supporters and congratulations everybody!

WPPF ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
The WPPF’s recent annual meeting was a great success and included the following highlights: UW President Mark Emmert recognized the strength and importance of the partnership between the UW, CFR and its paper science and engineering program, and the WPPF. Cross-campus collaboration and the talents of students, all nurtured by ideas and innovation, are hallmarks of the UW and crucial for creating successes for the future. The keynote speaker was Kathy Buckman Gibson, Chairman of the Board for Buckman Laboratories. Dean Bruce Bare renewed the incentive match for gifts to the WPPF. Special recognition was given to: John Logsdon, Senior VP, Harris Group, Tom Friberg, Project Manager, Weyerhaeuser Company, Liz Crossman, President, Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, and Brooke Sande, PSE Senior. A special tribute was also given to John (Jack) Dunkak, Founder, Director and Past President, who passed away on April 6, 2005.

MESSAGE FROM CFRIT ABOUT PASSWORDS
Brad Coston reminds us, “About 200 days ago a new policy of expiring passwords every 180 days was adopted by CFR. Over the last few days I have received a large number of service calls where the user is unable to access some network resource and the cause turns out to be their password is expired. In most cases the user does not log out regularly, and therefore is not warned of the impending password expiration at login. If you experience any problems accessing network resources, please try logging out (Start -> Log Off -or- Start -> Shutdown -> Log Off) and back on and see if it resolves the problem. CFRIT highly recommends that you log out of your computer when you are not using it for long periods, especially when you leave at the end of your work day.”

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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 14, Number 11

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 JUNE 11. 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-SUNDAY, 11-12 JUNE MTNS-SOUND GREENWAY DAYS
The second annual Greenway Days goes through Sunday June 12, featuring scavenger hunts, a 52-mile adventure relay, guided hikes, kayak rides, free hot air balloon rides and more! See list of scheduled events at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Projects/discovery.htm. Volunteers are still needed, if you've got 3-4 hours to spare to help stamp Treasure Trek passports. Please contact Emi Morgan at 206-812-0122.

MONDAY, 13 JUNE INVASIVE PLANTS SEMINAR CUH, ISAACSON 3 PM
" Reproductive Traits of Invasive Plants: Some gator (and cautionary) tales," Alison Fox, University of Florida. For information, contact sreichard@u.washington.edu.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, 13-15 JUNE GPS WORKSHOP PACK FOREST, EATONVILLE, WA
GPS Workshop sponsored by RTI. For registration and agenda, see
http://www.ruraltech.org/training/gps/index.asp

TUESDAY, 14 JUNE INVASIVE WEEDS WORKSHOP SEATTLE, WA 6:30-8:30 PM
" Neighborhood Bullies: Invasive weeds in Urban Lands," presented by King County Noxious Weed Program. Register by calling Sasha Shaw at 206.263.6468 or email sasha.shaw@metrokc.gov.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 14-15 JUNE INVASIVE SPECIES WORKSHOP ANNAPOLIS, MD
Northeastern Agricultural and Resources Economic Association (NAREA) Invasive Species Workshop. To submit abstract, contact Cheryl.Brown@mail.wvu.edu.

SATURDAY, 18 JUNE CUH PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH, DOUBLAS 10 AM-1 PM
" Landscape Construction: Concrete Pavers," Bill Koogler, General
Contractor. Register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

SATURDAY, 18 JUNE ARBORETUM PLANT SALE WPA 10 AM-2 PM
A wide variety of plants for summer gardening will be available at the Arboretum Foundations Summer Solstice Sale, including perennials, natives, Arboretum-grown plants and more, including plants for containers and drought-tolerant gardens. Shoppers will also find complete, one-of-a-kind container gardens crafted by Arboretum volunteers and excellent selections of the popular Western perennial Lewisia and hardy cistus shrubs.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CONGRATULATIONS TO CFR GRADS!
CFR's graduation celebration was held today, June 10th. See next week's Straight Grain for a recap of events.

CFR WILL MISS MASON MCKINLEY
Mason McKinley, CFR alum and staff member (eight years at Pack Forest) has recently accepted employment with The Nature Conservancy in Olympia. WA. Mason will be working with the Conservancy's Ft. Lewis project, responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing recovery plans for prairie, pine, oak, and wetland ecosystems on Ft. Lewis and McCord bases. Mason says, "I look forward to expanding my knowledge of natural resources and working with a well established and respected program. It has not been an easy decision to leave Pack after eight years of managing the forest. I have gained many treasured memories and valuable experiences. My family and I have decided to move primarily to enhance educational opportunities for our soon-to-be first grade daughter. I foresee opportunities to interact with many of you in my new career, and hope we will be able to keep in contact. Duane Emmons will be assuming my role at Pack Forest. Contact him at emmons@cfr.washington.edu. Also feel free to contact me at my new office; the Olympia TNC office phone number is 360.357.6280." The College wishes Mason well in his new employment!

AND CFR WELCOMES CHUCK GROVE!
Chuck Grove is a new member of the CFR IT team on a six month assignment For now he will have office space in Bloedel 158. You can contact him at 6-5414 and cgrove@u.washington.edu. Chuck will be taking over Shane Krause's daily pc duties so that Shane and Brad can concentrate on some larger projects.

NEW UMBRELLA NAME FOR CUH/WPA/UBNA IS OUTCOME OF STRATEGIC PLANNING
Under the direction of CUH/WPA Director David Mabberley, faculty, staff, and students affiliated with CUH and WPA met in April to propose a vision statement, a mission statement, and a collective name for the organization and its constituent parts, including the Center, the Miller Library, the Arboretum, and the Union Bay Natural Area, as a unit within CFR. Also attending the meeting was Associate Dean Steve West. On June 8th, the Vice Provost for Research approved the new name, "UW Botanic Gardens." Unanimously agreed upon at the planning session, "UW Botanic Gardens (UWBG)" not only has a resonance with the original wording of the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee (ABGC), which oversees the work of the WPA, but also brings the UW in line with other major institutions with similar internationally significant plant research programs and plant collections. The new name facilitates enhanced organizational structure for internal management, as well as conveying a clear message and sense of identity to the many external stakeholders. CUH, WPA, Miller Library, and UBNA retain their existing identity under the new unit. The UWBG vision statement is: "As an international hub for plant science, information, teaching, and stewardship, we will promote an educated, inspired, and engaged society, dedicated to sustainable ecosystem management"; the UWBG mission statement is "Sustaining managed to natural ecosystems and the human spirit through plant research, display, and education." This strategic framework complements and enhances CFR's strategic themes centering around natural resources and environmental sustainaibility.

CINTRAFOR WILL SPONSOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHINA
CINTRAFOR Director Ivan Eastin reports that the center has agreed to co-sponsor a major international conference focused on China and its impact on international wood markets. CINTRAFOR will be co-sponsoring this conference along with Forintek Canada, RISI, and the Forest Products Society. The conference will be held in Vancouver, BC on January 18-20, 2006. Says Ivan, "Given our strong participation in this major conference, CINTRAFOR will not be hosting the International Forest Products Marketing Conference this fall. I strongly encourage all who attend the CINTRAFOR conferences, as well as those with an interest in China's impact on global wood markets, to plan on attending the Vancouver conference next year."

ARTICLE IN CONSERVATION IN PRACTICE FEATURES CFR BIOENERGY RESEARCH
CFR's newly-graduted Michael Andreu ('05) and Professor Kristiina Vogt are featured in the April-June 2005 Issue of Conservation in Practice. The article, entitled "Fueling Restoration: "A new system links ecological research to the hydrogen economy," describes the work being of CFR's multidisciplinary "forest systems and bioenergy graduate interest area, http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Acad/grad/FSB.asp. The researchers are looking at integrating small-scale, mobile, wood biomass chemical conversion to liquid fuel systems with emerging technologies in the renewable-energy sector (hydrogen fuel cells). For the Conservation in Practice website, see http://www.conbio.org/CIP/. Online access to articles is available by subscription.

GARDENERS VOLUNTEER AT THE ARBORETUM
About 200 volunteers removed invasive plants, mulched garden beds, and restored trails in the Washington Park Arboretum last month in a daylong event involving the Student Conservation Association. The association's Conservation Leadership Corps for high school students, which in Seattle involves students attending West Seattle, Ballard, Garfield, or Franklin high schools, worked with the UW and City of Seattle on the event.

UPDATE ON CFR FACULTY SEARCHES
Presently, four active faculty searches are underway. Each of these positions may be reviewed at: http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/.
The four positions focus on: remote sensing and biospatial analysis, plant sciences, natural products chemistry, and director of the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Three of the positions are tenure-track and one is WOT. The positions are expected to be filled in Autumn 2006. Also in Autumn Quarter, a search will be initiated for a second tenure-track faculty position supported on Precision Forestry Cooperative funds. This position will complement one of the four position searches (remote sensing and biospatial analysis) presently underway. In addition, by Autumn Auarter Dr. Christian Torgerson (quantitative landscape ecology) will relocate to the UW from Corvallis to assume his USGS position in the College. And, pending the outcome of the recent faculty vote and finalization of a MOU between the UW and WSU, Dr. Dean Glawe from the WSU Department of Plant Pathology will also join CFR. Four additional entry-level tenure track positions have been requested from the Provost in the form of "bridge" positions to be "repaid" from future faculty retirements. A brief description of these four positions may be reviewed at: http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/bridgefaculty.html.

OPPORTUNITIES AT HYDE HERBARIUM
Sarah Reichard reminds those doing plant-related field work or who have graduate students doing such field work about the resources available at the Hyde Herbarium, http://depts.washington.edu/hydeherb/. Says Sarah, "It is an excellent idea to collect voucher specimens of the plants you observe or work with. This will allow you to document the accuracy of your work. The Hyde Herbarium has presses you can check out and the resulting specimens you produce (we can help you with that too) can be stored in our climate controlled collection space. Also, Wendy Descamp can help students improve their keying skills while identifying plants from their research. If a student is having trouble working through Hitchcock and Cronquist's keys, Wendy will set them up with a microscope and keys, then work with them to move through the key. For questions,contact Wendy at wdescamp@u.washington.edu or me at reichard@u.washington.edu.

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KUDOS

Kudos to the Student and Academic Services team -- Jeff Aken,Debra Salas-Haynes, and Michelle Trudeau -- for the hard work and effort to make the CFR graduation celebration run smoothly, resulting in a memorable event for our graduating students, their friends and families, and the College community.

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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 14, Number 10

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 JUNE 4. 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, 4 JUNE JOHN WOTT CELEBRATION WPA,GRAHAM VISITORS CTR 2-5 PM
"Planting the Future while Celebrating the Past: A Celebration of John Wott's Directorship of the Washington Park Arboretum." Note that optional giving opportunities in honor of John include: Supporting students engaged
in research and learning experiences in plant collections and curation at WPA (a new Wott endowment) and the Arboretum General or the Arboretum Tree Fund. For information contact Development Director Tom Mentele, tmentele@u.washington.edu.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE RESEARCH TRAINING SESSION ANDERSON 22 9-9:30 AM
The Office of Research Information Services (ORIS) presents the first of two half hour training sessions for the newly launched eApprovals for Grants & Contracts. See also June 9.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE MASTERS THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 11:30 AM
" Environmental Fate of Lignosulfonates in Soil," Natalia Raffaeli, paper science and engineering; Advisor: Bob Northey.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE MERRILL HALL BLD TOUR CUH, MERRILL 7 PM
Elisabeth C. Miller Library and Merrill Hall Green Building Tour. For more information, phone 206-543-0415.

TUESDAY, 7 JUNE PHD PROPOSAL ANDERSON 22 3 PM
" Prescribed Fire Effects on Soil Organic Matter Content: Pools, Form, and Function," Jeff Hatten, forest soils; Advisor: Darlene Zabowski.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE MASTERS THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 10 AM
" Conservation of the Juan Fernandez firecrown: Characterization of nesting habitat," Erin Hagen, wildlife science; Advisor: Dave Manuwal.

THURSDAY, 9 JUNE RESEARCH TRAINING SESSION ANDERSON 22 9-9:30 AM
The Office of Research Information Services (ORIS) presents the second of two, half hour training sessions for the newly launched eApprovals for Grants & Contracts.

FRIDAY, 10 JUNE CFR GRADUATION KANE 120 2-3:30 PM
Followed by punch and cake reception in Anderson. Contact Student Services at jaken@u.washington.edu for more information.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CFR RECOGNITION EVENT
The 4th Annual CFR Recognition Event was held on Friday, June 3. Festivities included awards, a dessert contest, a wine tasting, and the famous CFR silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the College of Forest Resources Scholarship Fund. (If you missed the event and the auction and still want to contribute, contact Director of Development Tom Mentele, tmentele@u.washington.edu). Fabulous auction items included: dance lessons to help you survive the summer wedding party season; a selection of important ecological texts, including a valuable autographed edition by an important and well-known author; a day cruise on a 37' yacht; a collection of dahlia tubers, planted in your yard, several wine tasting events and tours; and color posters designed by CWWS' Dan Ribeiro. Staff awards included: administrative staff award, Sue Nicol, outreach staff award, Megan O'Shea. Two research staff awards were given,the first, by nomination, went to Kevin Zobrist, and the second, for most new research dollars, went to Hans-Erik Andersen. Finalists for faculty awards were: teaching, Bob Gara; research, Charlie Halpern; and service, Bruce Lippke. Mitchell Almaguer-Bay and Bob Gitzen were awarded the student TA and student RA awards, respectively. Student Community participation awards were given to graduate student symposium particpants who had the most popular streaming videos -- Amy Ramsey, Garret Liles, and to Adam Mouton for coordinating the streaming video production. (In case you haven't checked them out, 21 presentations from the Graduate Student Symposium are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfrgss/gss_streaming.htm. An Undergraduate Library Research honorable mention went to Amy Miller and the Richard D. Taber Most Outstanding Senior in Wildlife Science Award went to Carrie Spradlin. Dean's exemplary awards went to John Wott, faculty; John Calhoun, staff; and Mark Swanson, student. Sandra Hines, of UW News and Information presented the media award to Dave Peterson. The wine tasting, hosted by Bruce Lippke and Steve West was still going strong at 5:30!

DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUE SERIES A SUCCESS
A crowed of nearly 50 attended the Denman Forestry Issues Series on Thursday, June 2nd to hear speakers discuss "The Changing Northwest Forest: Keeping the landscape green." See agenda and list of speakers at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Outreach/Denman/denmanspr05.htm

GIFT FUND GIVES HELPS GRADUATE STUDENTS ATTEND CONFERENCES
Dan Perrakis, PhD student in forest ecology, and Mihyun Seol, PhD student in sustainable resource management, recently received Dean's Office discretionary gift funding to help pay for expenses incurred in attending conferences. Dan will give a talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting on June 14th, in Ashland, OR; he will be presenting in a Symposium on Resource Preservation and Research at Crater Lake National Park. Mihyun will be presenting a poster at the 59th International Forest Products Society International Convention, June 19-22, in Quebec, Canada.

CFR STAFF PRESENT REPORT AT FORKS, WA
Larry Mason and John Calhoun presented a recently finished report entitled " Options for Cedar Mill Waste Utilization and Disposal In Western Clallam and Jefferson Counties" (Mason, Calhoun, and Lippke) to government officials and the public at City Hall in Forks. Report findings conclude that Forks is uniquely positioned, because of its remoteness and inexpensive access to abundant shingle and sawmill waste (hog fuel), to be a priority site for development of a biomass-to-energy project to offset fossil fuel use and reduce green house emissions. See report at http://www.ruraltech.org/pubs/working/cedar_mill/cedar_mill.pdf.

HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF URBAN FORESTRY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Kathy Wolf reports on recent outreach activities in her research on the human dimensions of urban forestry. This research program is funded by grants, largely from the USDA Forest Service and is concerned with public values and perceptions of urban trees and natural systems, with implications for natural resource policy, planning, and management. Research focus areas in the past year have been trees and consumer environments in small towns, youth benefits from urban nature work/ service, and trees and safety risk in urban transportation corridors. The contracts include an obligation to do extensive outreach and technology transfer. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.envmind/. Thomson ISI chose the website for inclusion in Current Web Contents (http://www.isinet.com/products/cap/ccc/cwc/), a value-added section of Current Contents Connect; the site is also featured as one of the UW's Cool Links at http://www.washington.edu/research/atuw/cool_links.html. The research has produced a number of fact sheets all downloadable as PDF files from the website. Titles added this year include: Trees in Small City Business Districts: Comparing Resident and Visitor Response - Fact Sheet 16 (pdf 160 K); Trees on Main Street: Influences on Retail and Shopping Behavior - Fact Sheet 17 (pdf 104 K); Trees in Urban Streetscapes: Research on Traffic Safety and Crash Risk- Fact Sheet 18 (pdf 120K).

NEWS FROM THE WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE
Annie Hamilton reports, "The Canopy Crane facility has been the focus for many educational visits so far this spring. A few notables included an LTER scientist delegation from Korea. What a great visit they had -- regardless of the rain storm we experienced! Another visit was from the ICAN group out of Olympia; their special guest was Dr. Christoph Leuschner from Germany. A new project at Wind River this spring was with an educational outreach program linking high school students with the National Science Foundation GK-12 Rural Science Education Program (RSEP) at Oregon State University, an attempt to enrich high school science curricula. The project focused on canopy endophytes. During the site visit they used HOBO H8 data loggers to collect microclimate data to help determine patterns of canopy endophytes. It was very exciting for us to host a youth science class with a 'hands on' variation to the educational experience. A reminder that the WRCCRF annual Research and Related Activities Workshop will be held on July 15th, 2005. Please attend and help us christen the Research Interaction Center! See our web site for more details at http://depts.washington.edu/wrccrf."

EFC HAS NEW OFFICERS
The College's Elected Faculty Council met on June 2nd and elected officers and an alternate for the upcoming academic year. A quorum of three members was present. All votes were unanimous in favor. The new officers are: Chair, Jay Johnson; Vice-Chair, Frank Greulich; and members, Dorothy Paun, Sarah Reichard, and Dan Vogt. Sharon Doty was selected as an alternate by draw, and the choice was voted on by the Council. She will attend meetings and vote whenever anther member is absent. The incoming EFC will be effective September 16, 2005, so the current EFC will remain active through the summer for emergency issues that may arise.

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KUDOS

Kudos to ESRM undergraduate Amy Miller who won an Honorable Mention in the Library Research Award for Undergraduates for her paper "Factors influencing height to diameter ratios in understory Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) of Ft. Lewis, Washington: growth patterns, morphology, and response to release." The award is $100.00 and a certificate.

Kudos to EHUF undergraduate Rizanino (Riz) Reyes, currently spending an undergraduate year abroad studying in Sichuan, China, who has been named a UW Mary Gates Scholar. Riz has been doing an independant study of the flora of Sichuan. He has had several expeditions, including one with CFR alum and Heronswood Nursery co-founder Dan Hinkley soon after he arrived in China last fall. He has collected a number of plants in seed and cuttings, which he has sent back to CUH and made some very interesting collections that will probably end up in the Arboretum. He has also been vouchering collections with herbarium specimens which will soon be available for study in the Hyde Herbarium.

Kudos to graduate studens Wendy Gibble (BIOL 180) and Katie Barndt (BIOL 220) who were among recent winners of the UW Biology Department's Crary Prize, given by faculty nomination, to the outstanding TAs/ (Wendy) and BIOL 220 (Katie).

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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