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The Straight Grain
Volume 31, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JUNE 27. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 23-27 JUNE APGA CONFERENCE ST LOUIS, MO
American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference, "The Global Garden."

SATURDAY, 27 JUNE EDIBLE GARDEN TOUR SEATTLE,BALLARD 10 AM-3 PM
Groundswell NW, Sustainable Ballard, and P-Patch Trust host the first annual "when times are hard-eat your yard!" Ballard Edible Garden Tour. Starting at the Ballard P-Patch, the self-guided tour features 14 home gardens clustered in North Ballard that feature the multitude of ways landscapes can include vegetables, herbs, and fruits in the garden. 

SATURDAY, 27 JUNE AMPHIBIAN LECTURE BELLEVUE,WA 7 PM
"The Amphibian Extinction Crisis," Kerry Kriger, Save the Frogs, and Marc Hayes, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625-118th Avenue SE, Bellevue, WA 98005. $5.

TUESDAY, 30 JUNE KING CO EXECUTIVE DEBATE SEATTLE,TOWN HALL 7 PM
"King County Executive Debate on Environmental Issues," hosted by WA Conservation Voters, along with other environmental
and housing advocate organizations.

TUESDAY, 30 JUNE UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE RECEIPTS DUE
Turn in your receipts for 2008-2009 for University Bookstore refund.

WEDNESDAY, 1 JULY SFR ICE CREAM SOCIAL ANDERSON 107 3 PM
Interim Director Tom Hinckley invites the SFR community to an ice cream social in his office in Anderson 107.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 7 p.m., Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Summer Lecture Series, The Many Worlds of the Naturalist, "Darwin Becomes a Naturalist," Lyanda Haupt, author and naturalist.
Saturday, July 18, 2009, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, "Olde-Time Picnic in the Arboretum," sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Families are invited to pack a picnic and come to the Crabapple Meadow, just a short walk from the Graham Visitors Center. A limited supply of free hot dogs and ice cream will be available to supplement your picnic. At the meadow, visitors will enjoy an array of old-fashioned entertainments including musical performances and field-day games; a display of vintage autos by members of the Evergreen Chapter of the Model A Ford Club; and fun, educational tours for kids of the Arboretum’s new Pacific Connections Garden. The event will evoke America in the 1930s and transport visitors back to the days when the Arboretum first opened to the public. Event staff will be dressed in period picnic garb, and visitors are invited to do the same. Admission and parking are free.

INTERIM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR SELECTED FOR SCHOOL OF FOREST RESOURCES
Professor Steve West, currently the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will serve as Interim Associate Director of the School of Forest Resources, effective July 1, 2009.

IN MEMORIAM
Friends and family of Virginia Travers, 1963-2008 (MS 2006) will celebrate her life on July 19th. An email from the family to those who would like to attend: "Coming up this July 19th we'll be celebrating Virginia's life as we lay her ashes to rest here in Seattle. She'll be buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, a 1/2 block from where we used to live. Virginia and/or I walked the dogs there virtually every day we lived there. Though they don't allow dogs there for the public anymore, Virginia would find great pleasure in the fact that Skyler will be able to bring Raina there to visit her. Please pass this information on to anyone I may have missed. We look forward to seeing any of you that may be able to make it."

POSTDOC KIM WILLIAMS-GUILLEN BACK TO WORK W/ ADVICE ON TICKS/LYME DISEASE
Postdoc Kim Williams-Guillén, who has been working with Steve West, sends along the following update, with words of advice for those doing fieldwork. "Due to an acute case of lyme disease contracted in the field, I spent most of Winter Quarter and all of Spring Quarter on medical leave. I'd like to let everyone know that barring unforeseen medical problems, I'11 be back on a half-time basis starting in July and am looking forward to our new future as part of the College of the Environment. Thanks to those who kindly expressed their support for me during a difficult period -- stop by and say hello in my old digs at 110A Winkenwerder -- I am very excited to greet any and all starting in July! Based on my experience, I would like to encourage all of us who are working in the field this summer to pay attention to tick bites and look actively for any symptoms of lyme disease; a good description can be found online."

WOOD TO ENERGY STUDY IN WA NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
The study "Wood to Energy in Washington: Imperatives, opportunities, and obstacles to progress," commissioned by the State Legislature and prepared by CFR's Larry Mason, Richard Gustafson, John Calhoun, Bruce Lippke, and Natalia Raffaeli, is now
completed and the report is available for download. Three download options are provided at http://www.ruraltech.org/pubs/reports/2009/wood_to_energy/index.asp -- a brief executive summary, an extended executive
summary with references to the report sections, and the full 200+ page report. The report is an investigation of the potential for utilization of wood for renewable energy in Washington and represents a synthesis of information and analysis provided from many sources.

COENV'S ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE IS SOLICITING PREPROSALS
The UW College of the Environment's (CoENV) Environmental Institute is soliciting proposals for initial activities that will illustrate the capacity of the UW and its partners to make significant contributions to focused interdisciplinary environmental problems in a timely fashion. Specific goals of the Environmental Institute are to support highly visible and synergistic environmental initiatives that are innovative and timely; have the potential to have a substantial intellectual and/or practical impact; are interdisciplinary within or among the natural, social, and decision sciences and may also involve other professional and scholarly fields at the UW; and engage partners and constituencies outside the UW.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Michelle Slavin (BS 2000) went on to study at American University’s School of International Service. She is a program manager for the National Science Resources Center's State and Urban Initiatives program in Washington, DC.
Megan (Wilson) Stromberg (BS 2000) went on to get an MLA from the UW. She is a landscape designer with WRA, an environmental consulting firm, in San Rafael, CA.
Olivier Trendel (MS 2000) went on to get a PhD at the University of Grenoble (France). He is an assistant professor there in the Ecole de Management.
William Turner, Jr. (PhD 2000) is director of forestry and an owner of Forest Legacy Investments in Seattle, WA. Previously he was with Olympic Resource Management, which managed over 600,000 acres and served as the Western Timberland Manager for Hancock Timber Resource Group.
Ismariah Ahmad (PhD 2001) is a research scientist with the Forestry Research Institute of Malaysia, where she focuses on environmental policy analysis.
Fred “Skip” Swenson (MS/MPA 2007) transfer of development rights programs for the Cascade Land Conservancy in Seattle, WA.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See University Week story on the College of the Environment, "Units concerned with Earth and natural sciences, policy, climate change among those joining new College of the Environment."
.For a Seattle Times Story quoting alum Mike Rowan (BS 1977, see "Major wildfire waiting to happen in WA?."

KUDOS
Kudos to graduate students Laurel James and Jorge Ramos, who are instrumental in the work of the UW SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) Chapter; the chapter has been selected as a recipient of the 2009 Chapter of the Year Award for chapters with 10-19 SACNAS members. All chapter awardees will be recognized at the 2009 National SACNAS Conference in Dallas, TX in October 2009.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 30, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JUNE 20. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 20 JUNE MARINE RESOURCES FORUM ABERDEEN, WA 10 AM-2 PM
The first public forum of the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee will feature marine resources perspectives from the Quinault Indian Nation, the Westport Charter Boat Association, the Surfrider Foundation and others, as well as a talk by David Montgomery, UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences. The event will take place in the Aberdeen Rotary Log Pavilion.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 22-26 JUNE NO. AMERICAN FOREST ECOLOGY WKSHP LOGAN,UT
Seventh North American Forest Ecology Workshop. CFR presenters include Jessica Halofsky and Dave Peterson.

TUESDAY, 23 JUNE AMPHIBIAN EXTINCTION LECTURE SEATTLE,TOWN HALL 7:30 PM
"The Amphibian Extinction Crisis," Kerry Kriger, Save the Frogs. Presented as part of Seattle Science Lectures, with
Pacific Science Center.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 23-27 JUNE APGA CONFERENCE ST LOUIS, MO
American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference, "The Global Garden."

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 7 p.m., Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Summer Lecture Series, The Many Worlds of the
Naturalist, "Darwin Becomes a Naturalist," Lyanda Haupt, author and naturalist.

CFR WELCOMES NEW AFFILIATE FACULTY NATHAN SCHUMAKER AND CHARLES WURSTER
A warm welcome to CFR's two new affiliate faculty members: Nathan Schumaker (PhD 2000) who is an ecologist with the EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Lab in Corvallis OR; and Charles Wurster, Professor Emeritus, SUNY Stony Brook, and founding member of the Environmental Defense Fund. Nathan, sponsored by Josh Lawler, will provide support to CFR and ESRM courses in landscape ecology and wildlife science and will collaborate on grants and other projects. Charles, sponsored by John Marzluff, has been a visiting scientist at the UW for several years and will continue to mentor students and
collaborate with faculty on wildlife conservation.

UWBG WILL HAVE BOOTH AT THIS WEEKEND'S FREMONT FAIR
Stop by and say hello to UW Botanic Gardens volunteers and staff this weekend at the UW Botanic Gardens Fremont Fair booth at Canal Park for fun games, and activities. Visit the fair on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Fair benefits programs of Solid Ground; all donations received during this free event fund programs that provide shelter, food, advocacy, and support for low-income families and individuals throughout Seattle and King County. Please consider cycling, riding the bus, or organizing a carpool to reach the fair.

BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVE CFR TRANSFER INTO COENV
The UW Board of Regents, at its June 11, 2009 meeting, approved the transfer of CFR into the College of the Environment as
the School of Forest Resources.

PROVOST WISE AND INTERIM DEAN HARTMAN ANNOUNCE SFR INTERIM DIRECTOR
Provost Wise and Interim Dean Hartman write, "We are pleased to report that Professor Tom Hinckley will become Interim Director of the School of Forest Resources effective July 1, 2009, when Forest Resources joins the College of the Environment, pending approval by the Board of Regents. During this search, many of you told us -- on the search committee's comment site, in individual emails, and through meetings with the committee -- that you believed Tom would be very effective at leading the community through this critical transition. We also received comments that Tom's skills as teacher and researcher will enable him to inspire by example; that he has demonstrated administrative ability, both at the college and director level; and that his personal qualities are right for this time. We had a truly excellent slate of candidates, all with unique gifts. The candidates, the committee, and those who offered their views are all to be commended and thanked for the process and content of this search."

CFR SPRING/SUMMER 2009 NEWSLETTER ON LINE
As part of the College's and the UW's ongoing efforts in environmental sustainability and in light of today's economic realities, the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of the CFR News is published online only. Featured articles focus on carnivore conservation, mapping forest fuels, and the UW-UBC silviculture challenge.

WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL WEBSITE FEATURES FORESTLAND DATABASE
The home page of the Washington Biodiversity Council is currently focusing on working lands and features links to a number of recent resources as well as a profile of a Northwest Certified Forestry member. One of the featured links is the CFR project, the Washington Forestland Database. CFR representation on the Council includes Professor John Marzluff and Affiliate Assistant Professor Rob Fimbel (WA State Parks and Recreation) and alums Mike Mosman (BS 1978) (Port Blakely Tree Farms), and Clay Sprague (BS 1986) (WA Department of Natural Resources).

REALIGNMENT OF CFR RESEARCH CENTERS
Dean Bare has announced decisions regarding realignment of CFR research centers. He writes, "See memo describing my
decisions with respect to the report on CFR's Research Centers submitted by Associate Dean Bob Edmonds in late February
2009. The report was produced by the Ad Hoc Committee for Review of College of Forest Resources Centers. I wish to thank the Committee for their due diligence and hard work which, is now completed."

ACTING DEAN ASSIGNMENTS THROUGH END OF JUNE
Acting Dean assignments through the end of June 2009 are:
June 19 and June 29-30: Associate Dean Edmonds
June 22 – 26: Associate Dean West

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT EMMERT ON REVISED STATE BUDGET FORECAST
UW President Emmert's message on June 18, 2009 regarding the updated Washington State revenue forecast can be viewed
online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Mark Ralston (MS 1979) went on to get an MPH from Harvard and an MD from the UW; he is also a Captain in the U.S. Navy. A specialist in pediatric emergency medicine, he was previously the director of the Children's Emergency Unit in the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. He now practices in the Department of Pediatrics at the Naval Hospital in Oak Harbor, WA.
David Tillman (PhD 1980, MS 1978) was the chief fuels and combustion engineer at Foster Wheeler North America Corp. He now an independent consultant with over 30 years experience in the energy industry, focusing on fuels and combustion issues. He has been instrumental in developing cofiring technologies applied to both biomass and petroleum coke. He lives in Easton, PA.
Isabel McClure (MS 2000) is an environmental engineer with King County, WA’s Solid Waste Division.
Diana Olson (MS 2000) is the project manager for the USFS/University of Idaho program, The Fire Research And Management
Exchange System (FRAMES), which is a systematic method of exchanging information and transferring technology among wildland fire researchers, managers, and other stakeholders.

KUDOS
Kudos from Debra Salas-Haynes to Sharon Doty, Marc Morrison, and Cecilia Paul for joining Michelle, Amanda, and Debra in cleaning up the areas around the CFR buildings right before graduation. Says Debra, "We pulled lots of weeds, swept, and collected garbage so the space looked great for graduates and their families at Friday’s Graduation Celebration!"
Michelle Trudeau sends kudos to all who attended and helped with our graduation celebration. She says "We could not have done it without the help of our volunteers -- Beverly Anderson, Clara Burnett, Debbie Confer, Margery Cooper, Ramona Hickey, Sally Morgan, Cecilia Paul, and Nevada Smith, just to name a few.  And, of course, my biggest thanks goes out to Amanda Davis and Debra Salas-Haynes—GREAT JOB!"
Kudos to PhD candidate Asep Suntana, who is the lead author on an article, "Bio-methanol Potential in Indonesia: Forest biomass as a source of bio-energy that reduces carbon emissions," currently in press in Applied Energy, but abstract now available online . Co-authors include Eric Turnblom and Kristiina Vogt.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm



The Straight Grain
Volume 30, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JUNE 13. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 13. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 13 JUNE UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 10 AM-1 PM
"Introduction to Botanical Watercolor," Louise Smith, botanical artist. For registration information, see
http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/events.php.

SATURDAY, 13 JUNE UW COMMENCENT HUSKY STADIUM 1:30 PM
UW Commencement Ceremony. The doors will open at noon and the student and faculty procession, with all of its brilliant purple and gold pageantry, will begin at 1:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, 14 JUNE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY MT RAINIER NAT'L PARK 8:30 AM
Washington Trails Association Work Party. Mt. Rainier National Park's Glacier Basin Trail sustained extensive damage during the storms of November 2006. Work parties help rebuild the trail, moving the trail away from the river and on to the hillside. Tasks are varied and can include clearing the trail corridor, removing organic material, and grubbing through roots and other material to establish a solid bench.

MONDAY, 15 JUNE MS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1 PM
"Urbanization and Picea sitchensis: A case study of change over time and space in Swamp Creek Watershed," Justina Harris;
Committee Chair, Susan Bolton.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 15-19 JUNE WATER GOVERNANCE TRAINING CORVALLIS, OR
"Water Governance and Conflict Management," Oregon State University.

WEDNESDAY, 17 JUNE CETACEAN SOCIETY LECT PHINNEY NEIGHBORHD CTR 7:30 PM
"The Whale Trail: A grand vision to mark fifteen key whale-watching spots on Washington's inland and seacoast shores,"
Donna Sandstrom and Kelsey Moreno, Whale Trail Project.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 17-21 JUNE RESTORATION INSTITUTE VICTORIA, BC
"Advanced Training in Ecological Restoration." See http://www.uvcs.uvic.ca/eco/.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 18-19 JUNE ECOSYSTEM MARKETS CONF PORTLAND,OR
"Ecosystem Markets Conference."

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Monday-Friday, June 22-26, 2009, Logan, UT, Seventh North American Forest Ecology Workshop. CFR participants include Jessica Halofsky and Dave Peterson.
Tuesday-Saturday, June 23-27, 2009, St. Louis, MO, American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference, "The Global Garden."

CFR GRADUATION CELEBRATION 2009
Students, faculty, staff, colleagues, family, and friends of the 2009 graduating class joined in a celebration on Friday, June 12, 2009, to bestow on the College’s graduates well-deserved, hard-earned recognition and support. The diversity of careers that this class has chosen to undertake is remarkable. Employers range from city, county, and private companies to state and national parks and forests as well as tribal agencies. Some students have chosen to work as consultants, for non-profit private organizations, or start their own businesses. Some will work as scientists or environmental specialists while others will work as forest managers or horticultural landscape designers. Others will become engineers working to solve problems in the pulp and paper industries as well as the evolving bio-products and bio-fuels industries. Some will become faculty members at universities across the nation. And some will pursue graduate studies at the College or at other universities.
Featured speakers at the ceremony included Tom Hanson ('72), Board member and President of the CFR Alumni Association. Tom has been employed by International Forestry Consultants, Inc.(INFO) for 38 years and has been a principal since 1978; he is currently majority stockholder and president. The company manages 55,000 acres of forestlands in Western Washington for non-resident owners, developing and implementing forest management plans, including long range planning, budgeting, financial accounting, and general administration. Emeritus Professor Jim Agee gave the keynote speech; he received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and came to CFR first as a Research Professor for the National Park Service Cooperative Studies Unit. He later joined the teaching faculty, and was the chair of the Division of Forest Resources Management. As a core undergraduate and graduate teaching faculty for many years, he taught forest and fire ecology as well as wildlife habitat and silviculture. He has published many books, his most recent being "Steward's Fork: A Sustainable Future for the Klamath Mountains," where he provides a multidimensional perspective on the region and asks: how can we most effectively steward this spectacular landscape toward a sustainable future? Elected undergraduate student speaker Rachel Miller is graduating with a major in Environmental Science and Resource Management; elected graduate student speaker Andrew Larson recently completed a PhD under the guidance of Jerry Franklin, with a dissertation entitled "Rates, Causes, and Correlates of Tree Mortality in Old growth Forest of the Western Cascade Range." Andrew will join the faculty at the University of Montana.
The class of 2008-2009 includes graduates from last autumn through this summer. Women comprise about half of the total
receiving either graduate or undergraduate degrees from the College. The UW also allows undergraduate students to receive two degrees from two different Colleges by earning 225 credits. In the Class of 2008-2009, 12 students received double degrees, partnering with Chemical Engineering; Community, Environment, and Planning; and Environmental Studies. Students can also receive minors in various programs throughout the UW by completing a minimum of 25 credits. Nine CFR students also completed UW minors from programs including American Indian Studies, Applied Math, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Environmental Studies, Forest Management, Quantitative Science, Landscape Architecture, and Streamside Studies. Sixty-seven students graduated from the College with BS in Forest Resources degree, 21 MS degrees, three Master of Forest Resources degrees, one Master of Environmental Horticulture degree, and nine PhD degrees.
Following the formal ceremony in Kane Hall, cake and punched were served under festive tents in the Anderson-Bloedel-Winkenwerder Courtyard.

IN MEMORIAM
Jon Johnson, CFR affiliate faculty from WSU-Puyallup, passed away this week. Jon was the director of the short rotation hardwood program for Washington State University. The family has requested that people do not send flowers; however, Kari (Jon's wife) would be grateful to hear from anyone who knew him.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, MARCH-MAY 2009
"Wildland Fuel and Fire Management in a Changing Climate"; PI: Ernesto Alvarad-Celestino; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $457,856.
"Large Plot Network Site at Yosemite National Park"; PI: Jerry Franklin; sponsor Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute; amount: $6,063.
"Southwest Climate Change Assessment"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: The Nature Conservancy; amount: $18,670.
"Rare Plant Care Conservation Program Plant Monitoring"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $15,000.
"2009 USFS Seeds Collection"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $9,000.
"Carbon Trading and the Potential Impact on the Tongass National Forest"; PI: Joe Roos; Sponsor: University of Alaska, Fairbanks; amount: $30,000.
"National Science Foundation Post-Doc Award-Kim Williams"; PI: Steve West; sponsor: National Science Foundation; amount: $5,000.
"Inferring Limitations on the Invasive Seagrass Zostera Japonica from Environmental Characteristics and LiDAR-Derived Topography"; PI: Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria; sponsor: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; amount: $20,000.

INTERIM DEAN DENNIS HARTMAN WELCOMES FOREST RESOURCES TO COENV
Interim College of the Environment (CoENV) Dean Dennis Hartman sends a welcome message to the College of Forest Resources community; CFR will become the School of Forest Resources in the CoENV on July 1, 2009. For the text of Dr. Hartman's message, see . Another message from Interim Dean Hartman outlines the role of CFR Dean Bruce Bare as advisor to the CoEnv.

CFR FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES, MEETINGS
Bruce Lippke participated in the WA Hardwoods Commission’s annual meeting on June 10, 2009 in Olympia, WA. His presentation in the section on The Future of Hardwoods was entitled "Changing Paradigms: Are you ready with your carbon story?," which discussed how hardwoods are used and how their use impacts carbon at every stage from regeneration to final use. Also participating in the meeting was CFR alum Connie Harrington ('84) of the USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station.
Christian Torgersen and co-authors from the UW and NOAA Northwest Fisheries will present information about linking habitat characteristics to Chinook salmon spawning distribution at the Yakima Basin Science and Management Conference in Ellensburg, WA on June 17-18, 2009. The presence of hatchery-raised Chinook salmon in the upper Yakima River basin has raised questions about the interbreeding of wild and hatchery fish. The authors compared spawning patterns of hatchery and wild Chinook and identified habitat variables. Preliminary results suggest that desirable factors include gravel substrate, proximity to deep water and cover, and downwelling zones above riffle crests
Josh Lawler spoke at a June 1-3, 2009 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Conservation Leadership Forum in Sheperdstown, WV to develop a national strategy for managing fish and wildlife in a changing climate.

POLICY FOR GRANTS AND CONTRACT INDIRECT COSTS
Dean Bare writes, "Effective immediately, the policy for grants and contracts originating in Forest Resources is to seek the maximum indirect costs allowed by including all allowable expenses in the indirect cost calculation."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Mattia Boscolo (BS 2000) is a project manager for The Mid Puget Sound Fisheries Enhancement Group in Seattle, WA, a non-profit organization that works with communities to maximize self-sustaining salmon populations.
Jeffrey Bradley (MS 2000) is the collections manager for the UW Burke Museum’s mamalogy collection.
Kirsten Brennan (MS 2000) is a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Kenmare, ND, where her research focuses on piping plover alkali lake habitat. She previously worked as the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge biologist.
Angela Cahill (BS 2000) is the Ecosystem Services Section webmaster for the WA Department of Natural Resources in Olympia, WA.
Mark Cullington (MS 2000) is company-wide biosolids leader and Pacific Northwest regional recycled water sector leader with Kennedy/Jenks Consultants in Portland, OR.
Shelley Hall (MS 2000) is chief of resource management for the National Park Service’s Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, AK.
William Keeton (PhD 2000), http://www.uvm.edu/envnr/wkeeton/, is associate professor of forest ecology and forestry at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT.
Hyun-Seok Kim (MS 2000) is a PhD student in Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, where he is researching carbon and water balance of forests under elevated CO2 conditions.

KUDOS
Kudos to concurrent Evans School and CFR MS student Catherine Kilbane, who has just had a paper accepted by Ecology and Society. The paper is entitled, "Integrating Conservation and Development in the Peruvian Amazon" and is the product of her work on a Fulbright to Peru. Dr. Leslie Gray of Santa Clara University is the coauthor.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 30, 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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING JUNE 6. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 6 JUNE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY RENTON/MAPLE VALLEY 10 AM-2 PM
Join Friends of the Cedar River Watershed and REI for a day of streamside habitat restoration at Cavanaugh Pond. Project will clear invasive weeds and spread fabric to prepare a site for a fall tree-planting project. To sign up, email sarah@cedarriver.org.

SATURDAY, 6 JUNE UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 10 AM-1 PM
"Introduction to Botanical Watercolor," Louise Smith, botanical artist.

SATURDAY, 6 JUNE CELEBRATING WILDLFOWERS OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PK 12-4 PM
Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program and Seattle Art Museum's 8th annual "Celebrating Wildflowers."

MONDAY, 8 JUNE MS DEFENSE UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 9 AM
"The Response of Two Perennial, C3, Rhizomatous Grasses to Elevated Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen Fertilization," Hannah
Kinmonth-Schultz; Committee Chair: Soo-Hyung Kim.

MONDAY, 8 JUNE MS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 1:30 PM
"Effect of Silviculture and Climates on Annual Specific Gravity of a 55 Year-old Douglas-fir Stand in Western Washington,"
Rapeepan Kantavichai; Committee Chair: David Briggs.

MONDAY, 8 JUNE GTTL STUDIES CONFERENCE KANE 225 2:30-6:30 PM
15th Annual Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics Studies Conference, "Competitive Catalysts: Balancing recovery,
infrastructure, trade, and sustainability."

TUESDAY, 9 JUNE MS PROPOSAL ANDERSON 207 11:30 AM
"Longitudinal Distribution of Fine Sediment Infiltration into Chinook Salmon Redds," Ryan Klett; Committee Chair: Christian
Torgersen.

WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE WINK-AND-BLO COURTYARD CLEANUP 3:30 PM
Join Student Services in sprucing up the grounds of CFR! Graduation is next Friday and our buildings and grounds should look their best for students and their families. Work includes bit of trash pickup, sweeping, and a little unofficial light weeding if needed. Join us in the courtyard and bring a pair of light work gloves and a grocery/plastic bag for easy cleanup. If you aren’t the outdoor type but would still like to help, feel free to look around indoors for things to straighten, consider posting new posters, refresh your flier supplies, and dust off any nearby displays that families and students might stop by to see.

WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE NHS LECTURE SERIES UWBG,CUH 7:15-9:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "Success with Succulents," Saxon Holt.

FRIDAY, 12 JUNE CFR GRADUATION CELEBRATION KANE 120/AND 2-5 PM
CFR Graduation Celebration.

SATURDAY, 13 JUNE UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 10 AM-1 PM
"Introduction to Botanical Watercolor," Louise Smith, botanical artist. F

SATURDAY, 13 JUNE UW COMMENCENT HUSKY STADIUM 1:30 PM
UW Commencement Ceremony. The doors will open at noon and the student and faculty procession, with all of its brilliant
purple and gold pageantry, will begin at 1:30 p.m.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday-Sunday, June 17-21, 2009, Victoria, BC, Restoration Institute, "Advanced Training in Ecological Restoration."
Thursday-Friday, June 18-19, 2009, Portland, OR, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., "Ecosystem Markets Conference."
Monday-Friday, June 22-26, 2009, Logan, UT, Seventh North American Forest Ecology Workshop. CFR participants include Jessica Halofsky and Dave Peterson.
Tuesday-Saturday, June 23-27, 2009, St. Louis, MO, American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference, "The Global Garden."

UW PRESIDENT EMMERT DECISION ON CFR AS SCHOOL IN COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT
Dean Bare writes, "President Emmert has announced that he intends to transition the CFR into the School of Forest Resources
within the College of the Environment effective July 1, 2009. His message to the Board of Regents is available online. The President notes the long and productive history of our College, its position as Washington’s premier natural resources educational and research institution, our strong tradition of excellence, and our focus on critical environmental and natural resources issues of both regional and global importance. We expect the new School to play a pivotal role in the new College of the Environment."

KERN EWING FEATURED IN UNIVERSITY WEEK ARTICLE
"Finding ways to make a rambling corner lot in Laurelhurst more inviting for birds and neighbors. Removing a 10-foot wall of blackberries in order to reclaim a streamside area for native plants in the UW Botanic Gardens. Turning a Tacoma gravel pit into a forage area attractive to elk and other wildlife. These are just a few of the projects tackled by teams of five and six students as part of a UW-community partnership project in restoration ecology that has completed 50 such projects in the last 10 years. One of the leaders, Kern Ewing, has been named winner of this year's S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award." ... to read the rest of the University Week story, published June 5, 2009, see http://uwnews.org/uweek/awards2009/profile.asp?id=49936.

AMERICAN RECOVERy AND INVESTMENT ACT GRANT-FUNDED POSITIONS
Be a part of President Obama’s economic stimulus plan by applying for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant-funded positions that are becoming available at the UW. The ARRA Employment Team hosted a series of virtual career fairs for UW’s graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent grads with an interest in research-related positions in a broad range of fields from the liberal arts to the life, physical, and social sciences. These web chats have been archived -- learn more about topics already discussed. More information regarding ARRA positions at the UW will be posted here as it becomes available. Check back often. See also, the Office of Research's ARRA web page .

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For another story on Jerry Franklin and Jim Lutz's Yosemite big trees research, see BBC Earth News for "Yosemite's giant trees disappear."
See "ClimateWizard tool takes world's temperature," a Seattle Times story featuring Josh Lawler and Evan Girvetz.
An article in the June 2009 UW columns Magazine, "Global Warming, Local Consequences," references research by Stuart Strand on carbon sequestration, and refers to Science article on tree mortality in the western U.S. co-authored by Jerry Franklin.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Reidar Tennesen (BS 1977) is a flight engineer for Atlas Airlines, a global airfreight corporation. He lives in Palmer, AK.
Lewis Jacobsen (BS 1978) went on to get a degree in architecture from Columbia University. He practices architecture in New York City.
Ismail Abdulmalek (BS 1978) went on to get an MS from the University of British Columbia. He is a lecturer in forest engineering in the Faculty of Forestry at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kathleen Ablott (BS 1978) went on to get an MEd from the UW. She is a second-grade teacher at Adams Elementary School in Seattle, WA.
Alison Agness (BS 2000) went on to get a master’s from the UW’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She is a fish biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Protected Resources Division in Seattle.
Christopher Ashley (PhD 2007, MS 2002, BS 2000) is a research scientist with the biopharmaceutical company Oculus Innovative Sciences in Petaluma, CA.

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm