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The Straight Grain
Volume 39, Number 1

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 July 15, 2011.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEKS BEGINNING JUNE 25, JULY 2, AND JULY 9. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 25 JUNE   NW NAT'L PARKS FAMILY DAY  MAGNUSON PK  10 AM-4 PM
Second Annual Northwest National Park Family Day, "Bringing the Parks to the People," hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service.

WEDNESDAY, 6 JULY    NISQUALLY REFUGE LECTURE    NISQUALLY,WA   7-8 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, "Secrets of the Snow Leopard," Tom McCarthy, Panthera and Partners in Wild Cat Conservation.

WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY     AQUATIC WEEDS SYMPOSIUM    WPA   9 AM-3:30 PM
Aquatic Weeds Symposium at the Washington Park Arboretum, "Managing Aquatic Weeds: Challenges and opportunities."

FRIDAY, 15 JULY      STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY   MCCOLLUM PARK    7-8 PM
Streamkeeper Academy, "The Cascade Red Fox: Washington's unique and little-known carnivore," Keith Aubry (PhD 1983), USDA Forest Service.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Saturday, July 30, 2011, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., North Bend, WA, Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Subalpine Ecology," David Chapin, Seattle Public Utilities.

UPDATE ON SFR DIRECTOR SEARCH
    CoENV Dean Lisa Graumlich writes, "Thank you to all of you who participated in the search process for the new Director of SFR during the Spring Quarter.  The Search Committee did a thorough job of reaching out to potential candidates and identifying three candidates each of whom would bring different skills and experiences to the position.
    Based on the deliberations of the SFR faculty and the recommendation of the Search Committee, I have decided to continue the search through the next academic year.  I am very grateful that Interim Director Tom Hinckley has agreed to serve one more year in his role.
    I will appoint a new search committee this summer to begin work in September.  In the meantime, please feel free to forward the names of potential candidates to me."

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The June issue of E-Flora, the e-newsletter of the UW Botanic Gardens, is now online. This issue announces the upcoming July 13, 2011 Aquatic Weeds Symposium to be held at UW Botanic Gardens; provides information on Washington Park Arboretum programs for children and adults, including summer kayak tours in partnership with Agua Verde Paddle Club, and more!

PLANT BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE PLANNED
A conference on "Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America," is currently being planned for March 13-14, 2012 at the UW Botanic Gardens.  The conference will feature papers, both invited and contributed, on climate change effects on plants and plant communities and adaptation strategies, disturbance ecology, plant conservation, reintroduction of rare species, and strategies for implementing conservation, among other topics. Keynote speaker will be Peter Raven, President Emeritus, Missouri Botanical Garden.  The call for abstracts is open until October 28, 2010.  See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/research/PlantBiodiversityConference2012.pdf.

HUSKY CARDS ACTIVATION
As of 6 p.m., Friday, June 24, your new Husky Card will be automatically activated for campus services. Your old card will no longer work upon activation of the new card. Within one hour of activation your new card will work for: Dawg Prints, Parking, CAAMS building access, and Husky Card Account purchases. Library checkout and IMA services will update overnight. From June 27-30, 2011, current U-PASS members can test their new cards on the bus, train, or light rail. Carry your old card with your U-PASS sticker just in case there are technical issues.

SFR IN THE NEWS
  For a reference to the Merill Hall 2001 arson fire, see New York Times review of a documentary about the Earth Liberation Front, "If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front."
    "Latest Invasive Weed Not Following Usual Script," a KUOW News program, cites research by Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria.
  For a UW Daily video featuring Washington Park Arboretum arborist Chris Watson, see "Arborists at the UW Botanic Gardens."

ALUMNI UPDATES
    Eric Forner (BS 2002) is a natural resource engineer for the WA Department of Natural Resources in Duvall, WA.
    Justin Knobel (BS 2002) is a forester with Rayonier Timberlands in Aberdeen, WA.
    Karen Kopper (MS 2002)is a fire ecologist with the USDA National Park Service’s North Cascades National Park.

KUDOS
    Kudos to Doug Sprugel who has been elected for a 2-year term as a CoENV Graduate School Faculty Council representative.
    Kudos to Jeff Richey, joint faculty with Oceanography and SFR, who was inducted into the "Academia Brasileira de Ciencias" (the Brazilian National Academy of Sciences) last month.

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 38, Number 12

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 THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 18. Check out the SFR events calendar, http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml, for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 17-19 JUNE  NO CASCADES INSTITUTE   SEDRO WOOLLEY,WA
North Cascades Institute Learning Center field class, "In the Company of Corvids," John Marzluff, UW School of Forest Resources.

SUNDAY, 19 JUNE    ARBORETUM GUIDED WALKS   WPA   11 AM AND 1 PM
Washington Park Arboretum Weekend Walks.

SUNDAY, 19 JUNE    YESLER SWAMP WALK      UNION BAY   1-2 AND 2-3 PM
"Father's Day Walk in the Yesler Swamp." Guided nature tour and fun-filled outing for kids three and up on the edge of a real swamp, co-sponsored by UW Botanic Gardens.

SUNDAY-TUESDAY, 12-21 JUNE   FOREST PRODUCTS CONVENTION    PORTLAND,OR
Forest Products Society's 65th International Convention, "Sustainable Development and the Role of the Forest Products Industry." SFR participants include Jeff Cao, Ivan Eastin, Indroneil Ganguly, Rick Gustafson, Elaine Oneil, and Mihyun Seol.

SATURDAY, 25 JUNE   NW NAT'L PARKS FAMILY DAY  MAGNUSON PK  10 AM-4 PM
Second Annual Northwest National Park Family Day, "Bringing the Parks to the People," hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 7-8 p.m., Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, "Secrets of the Snow Leopard," Tom McCarthy, Panthera and Partners in Wild Cat Conservation.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, Aquatic Weeds Symposium, "Managing Aquatic Weeds: Challenges and opportunities."
Friday, July 15, 2011, 7-8 p.m., McCollum Park, Snohomish County, Streamkeeper Academy Class, "The Cascade Red Fox: Washington's unique and little-known carnivore," Keith Aubry (PhD 1983), USDA Forest Service.
Saturday, July 30, 2011, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., North Bend, WA, Cedar River Watershed Institute, "Subalpine Ecology," David Chapin, Seattle Public Utilities.

SFR WELCOMES ADJUNCT FACULTY AND VISITING SCIENTIST
A warm welcome to newly appointed Adjunct Associate Professor Craig Thomas, UW Evans School of Public Affairs, whose areas of speciality include environmental policy, public management, and collaborative governance.  SFR also welcomes new PhD graduate Jeff Cao as a Visiting Scientist through March 2012.  For a profile of Jeff, see http://www.cintrafor.org/spotlight/spotlight03.shtml.

SFR FACULTY ATTEND MEETINGS,CONFERENCES
Ivan Eastin will attend the "Forests, Markets, Policy, and Practice" - 4th International Conference and Technical Workshops,
held in Shanghai, China on June 22-23, 2011.  Ivan will give a presentation on "Global Trade in Forest Products: Implications for China."

NW ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM ON WATERSHED SERVICES
The June 14-16, 2011 Northwest Environmental Forum, "Forest Watershed Services: Forests for Fish, Forests for Faucets," focused on launching a collaborative initiative to develop and implement a demonstration watershed services market project in 2011-12 to generate useful transaction evidence in response to Washington State Legislative direction in ESHB 2541. The Forum met over two days, with its most diverse assortment of participants to date. Forest landowners, state and federal regulators, conservationists, water utilities and scientists participated, and were joined by Mark Necodom, special advisor to USDA Undersecretary Harris Sherman. The Forum determined to focus on water markets within the Snohomish and Nisqually watersheds. Teams of stakeholders have commited to work on proof of principal for each watershed throughouy the summer.  See
Forum presentations at http://www.nwenvironmentalforum.org/proceedings/forumSpring2011.html.

PNW CLIMATE CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
The Second Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference has been scheduled for September 13-14, 2011; it will take place on the UW campus in Kane Hall. The conference, sponsored by Pacific Northwest research institutions and federal and state government agencies, aims to stimulate a place-based (rather than discipline-based) exchange of information about emerging climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science in the PNW. The conference will also include time for presentation of emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to climate impacts and adaptation. Abstracts relating to PNW climate variability and change may be submitted through July 7, 2011.

ONLINE JOURNALS SEEK FORESTRY RESEACH MANUSCRIPTS
Maureen Nolan, Forest Resources Librarian, writes, "Open access publisher BioMed Central has announced that its peer-reviewed online journals BMC Ecology and Carbon Balance and Management are co-publishing a thematic series entitled 'Forests: Looking to the Future' to showcase the latest forestry research and published content in both journals. Manuscripts on topics ranging from carbon cycling and climate change, to deforestation and long term reforestation strategies will be considered for the series. Original research, reviews, database, methodology, and software articles that address these topics are welcome. The series will be presented on its own dedicated web page. The deadline for submissions is August 14, 2011. Manuscripts can be submitted to one of these journals using their respective online submission systems. This thematic series promises to be an interesting and timely collection to coincide with the UN Year of Forests."

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Plant Life: UW Botanic Gardens grows its own" featuring Sarah Reichard.
"Angry crow" stories quoting John Marzluff include "'He came hopping right out, then dive-bombed me'," and "Real life 'Angry Birds' take Everett police by storm." And for another crow story referencing John's research, see "Baby crows on the verge! Bets anyone, on when they'll fledge?."
A Seattle Times story, "Study of 800-year-old tree rings backs global warming," features research by a team including SFR alums CoENV Dean Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985) and Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006). Jeremy is also quoted in research featured in "Snowpack declines in Northern Rockies, Upper Columbia region 'almost unprecedented' in last 800 years, study says."
The June issue of Columns has a feature on SFR alum Charles Wick (PhD 1979, MS 1973); see "Saving the honeybee."
Stories covering the guilty plea in the Merrill Hall 2001 arson include KUOW's "Accused eco-saboteur changes plea to guilty in UW arson case" and the Seattle Times article, "California violin teacher pleads guilty to 2001 UW arson."

ALUMNI UPDATES
John Dragavon (MS 1978) teaches chemistry and environmental science at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, WA.
Martha Spencer (BS 1984) is a forest road engineer in the Seattle Public Utilities Watershed Management Division.
Paul Banko (PhD 1988) is a wildlife biologist with the U.S.Geological Survey's Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center field station at Hawaii National Park. His main research interest is the conservation biology of Hawaiian birds.

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 38, Number 11

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 THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 11. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 11 JUNE CANOPY CONNECTIONS OPEN HOUSE & WALK SEATTLE 2:30 PM
Open house and neighborhood walk to celebrate the urban forest in Southeast Seattle and the neighborhood of Columbia City. Open house: 2:30-4 p.m. Neighborhood walk: 4 p.m.  See
http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=LLRWOi3kTHk%3d&tabid=567.

MONDAY, 13 JUNE    PHD GENERAL EXAM         ANDERSON 22    9 AM
"Quantifying Stand-level Heterogeneity for Multi-scale Management in the Eastern Washington Cascades: Redefining the stand," Derek Churchill; Committee Chair: Jerry Franklin.

TUESDAY, 14 JUNE   COSEE/ WA SEA GRANT WORKSHOP  FISH SCI   10 AM-4:30 PM
"Improving Your Broader Impacts," workshop hosted by Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) Ocean Learning Communities and Washington Sea Grant. Topics include science communication, citizen science, and program evaluation.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 14-16 JUNE    CAFS MEETING   SEATTLE,WA
Center for Advanced Forestry Systems, "2011 Industrial Advisory Board Annual Meeting." SFR participants include David Briggs, Rapeepan Kantavichai, Kim Littke. L. Monika Moskal, and L. Guang Zheng.  SFR is sponsoring an optional field trip for meeting participants.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 15-16 JUNE    NW ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM    UWBG
Northwest Environmental Forum session on "Forest Watershed Services: Forests for fish, forests for faucets."

THURSDAY, 16 JUNE     WATER CONFERENCE    VANCOUVER,WA   8:30 AM-5PM
Water Solutions Conference, "Innovations in Water Management."

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 17-19 JUNE  NO CASCADES INSTITUTE   SEDRO WOOLLEY,WA
North Cascades Institute Learning Center field class, "In the Company of Corvids," John Marzluff, UW School of Forest Resources.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday, June 19, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens, Yesler Swamp, 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., "Father's Day Walk in the Yesler Swamp." Guided nature tour and fun-filled outing for kids three and up on the edge of a real swamp.
Sunday-Tuesday, June 19-21, 2011, Portland, OR, Forest Products Society's 65th International Convention, "Sustainable Development and the Role of the Forest Products Industry." SFR participants include Jeff Cao, Ivan Eastin, Indroneil Ganguly, Rick Gustafson, Elaine Oneil, and Mihyun Seol.

SFR GRADUATION CELEBRATION!
SFR celebrated its graduating class of 2011 on Friday, June 10th, beginning with a formal program in Kane Hall and followed by an informal reception in WNK-AND-BLO courtyard. Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources degrees were awarded to 68 students, Master of Science degrees were awarded to 33 students, 3 students deceived Master of Forest Resources (Forest Management) degrees, 4 Master of Environmental Horticulture degrees were awarded, and 16 Doctor of Philosophy degrees were conferred.
This class has chosen to undertake a wide diversity of careers. Students' 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 or private organizations. 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 paper industry as well as the evolving bio-products and bio-fuels industries. Some will become faculty members at universities across the nation. And some have chosen to continue their education by going on to graduate school.
Speakers included the keynote speaker, Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985), inaugural Dean of the UW College of the Environment;  Ara Erickson (MS 2004), President of the Forest Resources Alumni Association; graduate student Tristan Nunez, who recently completed his MS research on "Identifying Conservation Corridors along Climate Gradients to Facilitate Ecological Movements in Response to Climate Change"; and elected undergraduate Warren Childe, a graduating senior majoring in ESRM. After the formal ceremony, faculty, staff, students, and families and friends gathered in the Forest Resources courtyard to celebrate with cameraderie, cake and punch.

FOLLOW THE MCKEAN'S BSE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP BIKE TRIP!
In case you haven't heard about Professor Bill and Carol McKean’s latest adventure, thw WPFF is sharing updates from Carol's blog as Bill and Carol trek across the country by bicycle from North Carolina to Washington. Carol’s blog link and Bill’s candid updates are at http://depts.washington.edu/wppf/McKean_Bike_Trip.html. SFR thanks Carol and Bill for helping raise BSE student scholarship funds and wishes them safe traveling.

SFR IN THE NEWS
"Beating sunburn -- when you can't move into the shade" quotes Soo Kim and Sarah Reichard.
Stories about the removal of the Wind River Canopy Crane jib and gondola include a KUOW piece "Construction crane used for research in old-growth forest runs out of funding" and a story and video from The Columbian, "Wind River Canopy Crane ends its journey above the trees" and "Wind River Canopy Crane closes."
Sarah Reichard's new book, The Conscientious Gardener, was reviewed in last Sunday's New York Times Book Review. See
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/05/books/review/book-review-summer-gardening-roundup.html?_r=1&hp.
See Seattle Times article, "Woman expected to plead guilty in 2001 UW arson," referencing the 2001 firebombing of Merrill Hall.
King 5 and Ciscoe Morris visit the garden of the UW President's residence, Hillcrest.  See
http://www.king5.com/on-tv/gardening/A-visit-to-Hillcrest-garden-110912874.html, which features Hillcrest gardener and alum Ray Larson (MS 2005).
A February 2011 story in the neighborhood blog Magnolia Voice, "Discovery Park cougar roams free; tracking collar gone," features Brian Kertson (PhD 2010) giving an update about the fate of the cougar that spent time in the Magnolia area in the fall of 2009.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Hazel DelaCruz (BS 2001) is an engineering technician for the City of Shoreline, WA’s Department of Public Works.
Brian Kertson (PhD 2010) is a wildlife biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Boise, ID.
Catherine Gockel (MS/MPA 2011) has been selected as a Presidential Management Fellow, working at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Region 10 (Seattle) in the Office of Water and Watersheds. Says Clare Ryan, her MS committee chair, "Presidential Management Fellowships are highly competitive two-year post-graduate fellowships with a federal agency. This year 850 finalists were selected from a field of more than 9,100 top graduate students. Fellows are selected for their exceptional leadership qualities, and agencies groom them to be future leaders. Fellows have the opportunity to rotate to other agencies, are eligible for accelerated promotion potential, receive 160 hours of formal classroom training (on leadership, management, policy, and other topics), and can receive an immediate appointment to a position in the competitive or excepted service."

KUDOS
Tom Hinckley sends kudos to all who helped make the SFR 2011 graduation celebration a success: "Today SFR celebrated the 2011 graduation of its undergraduate and graduate students.  The room in Kane was full and the ceremony was crisp, engaging, fun, and thoughtful.  Dean Lisa Graumlich was the keynote speaker, Tristen Nunez ("Dr. Who") was graduate student spokesperson, Warren Childe was the undergraduate student spokesperson, and Ara Erickson spoke for the Alumni Association -– all spoke eloquently and passionately. Afterwards most participants came to the reception held in the courtyard and many lingered beyond 5 p.m. No event occurs without an incredible amount of behind (and on) the scenes work.  I owe the following individuals thanks for their work to make this successful -- Michelle Trudeau, Amanda Davis, and Lisa Nordlund, staff of the Student and Academic Services Office; they were both the catalyst and the core of the event. The faculty who participated in the formal event: David Ford, Rick Gustafson, Clare Ryan, and Steve West. The legion of volunteers who helped in set-up, serving, and cleanup: David Campbell, Jan Cranfield, Laura Davis, Sharon Doty, Shelley Evans, Lynne Hendrix, Marc Morrison, Megan O’Shea, Cecilia Paul, Anita Smith, and Alex Thomas. The faculty and staff who attended the event: Jon Bakker, Bruce Bare, Gordon Bradley,
Sally Brown, Clara Burnett, Bob Edmonds, Kern Ewing, Jim Fridley, Michelle Hall, Rob Harrison, Josh Lawler, Jim Lutz, John Marzluff, L. Monika Moskal, Alina Niklison, John Perez-Garcia, Sarah Reichard, Dan Vogt, and Kristiina Vogt.  I think in the years that I have participated that this was the best attended graduation ceremony. Finally, a devoted group of alumni attended and helped: Pat Cummings, Ben Harrison, and Alan Randall. Thank you!  This was a very successful closure to the academic year.

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 38, Number 10

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 THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 4. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 4 JUNE    BURKE MUSEUM WOLF EXHIBIT  BURKE MUS  10 AM-4 PM
"Wolves and Wild Lands in the 21st Century," a new exhibit examining human-wolf interactions in light of recent history and the economic and cultural factors shaping wolves' future.

SUNDAY, 5 JUNE    ARBORETUM GUIDED WALKS   WPA   11 AM AND 1 PM
Washington Park Arboretum Weekend Walks.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE     THESIS PROPOSAL     WINKENWERDER 103    9 AM
"Forest Carbon Accreditation for Improved Forest Management Practices under CAR, VCS, and ACR Accounting Standards in Western Washington," Paul Fischer; Committee Chair: Greg Ettl.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE     DISSERTATION PROPOSAL     UWBG,DOUGLAS    10 AM
"Stress Physiology of Phytophthora-canker Pathogens in Landscape Trees: Impacts, mechanisms, and mitigation strategies," Drew Zwart; Committee Chair: Soo-Hyung Kim.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE     MEH PROJECT PRESENTATION      UWBG,DOUGLAS     3 PM
"Floral Report Card: A national K-12 climate change education initiative Linking the University of Washington Botanic Gardens to local schools and community through climate change gardens," Allison McCarthy; Committee Chair: Soo-Hyung Kim.

MONDAY, 6 JUNE   THESIS PROPOSAL  ANDERSON 22    3 PM
"Influence of Soil Moisture on Alnus rubra Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Community Distribution throughout a Growing Season," Kate Galligan: Committee Chair: Greg Ettl.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE   THESIS PROPOSAL   ANDERSON 22    9 AM
"A Harvest Optimization Model Incorporating Ecosystem Services and Community Participation in the Restoration of Chilean Native Forests," Trevor Walter; Committee Chair: Greg Ettl.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE   DISSERTATION PROPOSAL    BLD 292   9 AM
"Forest Service and Stakeholder Conceptualizations of NEPA: Conflicting views of purpose," Ashley Lunde; Committee Chair: Clare Ryan.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE    PHD DEFENSE   ANDERSON 22     12 PM
"Quantitative Assessment of Problematic Forest Structure in Eastern Washington and Oregon," Jeff Richarson: Committee Chair: L. Monika Moskal.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE    ARBORETUM PUBLIC MEETING     WPA, GRAHAM    12-1 PM
Washington Park Arboretum Public Meeting, "North Entry and Multi-Use Trail projects."

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE      THESIS DEFENSE     BLD 292     1:30 PM
"Water Reload Location Optimization in Helicopter Firefighting Based on Average Flight Slope and Distance," Lihan Yu; Committee Chair: Frank Greulich.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE     MEH PROJECT PRESENTATION    UWBG,DOUGLAS   3 PM
"Vegetation Assessment and Vegetation Management Plan for Salmon Creek Ravine, a 90-acre Forested Green Space in Burien, WA," Jenny Buening, Committee Chair: Kern Ewing.

WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE    NHS LECTURE      UWBG,CUH     7:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Work in Process: Insights into evolving designs," Sarah Price, horticulturalist and landscape designer.

THURSDAY, 9 JUNE    THESIS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 304/306   10 AM
Preparing for Rising tides: A case study of coastal hazard risk perceptions and support for sea level rise adaptation in Washington," Hilary Papendick; Committee Chair: John Perez-Garcia.

THURSDAY, 9 JUNE    DISSERTATION PROPOSAL   ANDERSON 22    12:30 PM
"The Influence of Multiple Scales of Topography on the Distribution and Interactions of a Native and an Introduced Seagrass," Michael Hannam; Committee Co-Chairs: Kern Ewing and Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria.

THURSDAY, 9 JUNE    BIOLOGY LECTURE    HITCHCOCK 32   12:30-2 PM
"Tanoak Dreamtime: Safeguarding a native nut tree," Frederica Bowcutt, The Evergreen State College.

THURSDAY, 9 JUNE    UW AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE   MEANY HALL AUD    3:30 PM
UW Awards of Excellence Ceremony.

THURSDAY, 9 JUNE   EVENING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT    SEATTLE   5:30-9 PM
"King County Conservation Voters' Evening for the Environment."

FRIDAY, 10 JUNE     THESIS PROPOSAL    ANDERSON 306   11 AM
"Adaptive Management in the Green Seattle Partnership: Science, community collaboration, and urban ecological restoration," Justin Hellier; Committee Chair: Gordon Bradley.

FRIDAY, 10 JUNE    SFR GRADUATION  KANE 120/SFR COURTYARD  2:30-5 PM
SFR Graduation Celebration. The formal program is from 2-3:30 p.m. in Kane 120, followed by a cake and punch reception in the courtyard.

SATURDAY, 11 JUNE    UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    CUH,DOUGLAS   10 AM-5 PM
"Field Sketching," Suzanne Ferris, botanical artist.

SATURDAY, 11 JUNE  CANOPY CONNECTIONS OPEN HOUSE & WALK SEATTLE  2:30 PM
Open house and neighborhood walk to celebrate the urban forest in Southeast Seattle and the neighborhood of Columbia City. Open house: 2:30-4 p.m. Neighborhood walk: 4 p.m.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday-Thursday, June 14-16, 2011, Seattle, WA, Center for Advanced Forestry Systems, "2011 Industrial Advisory Board Annual Meeting."
Sunday-Tuesday, June 19-21, 2011, Portland, OR, Forest Products Society's 65th International Convention, "Sustainable Development and the Role of the Forest Products Industry." SFR participants include Jeff Cao, Ivan Eastin, Indroneil Ganguly, Rick Gustafson, Elaine Oneil, and Mihyun Seol.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS APRIL 2011
"Development of Willow Transformation Protocols"; PI: Sharon Doty; sponsor: Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc.; amount: $30,000.
"National Arboretum Collections"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture; amount: $7,000.
The research newsletter for May 2011, detailing awards and submission for April 2011, is now available online. Writes Sally Morgan, "You will also find news concerning new UW procedures for closing out budgets. Some of you have already seen the emails mentioned; this will help explain why you got the email and what you can expect to see going forward. Interestingly, the new procedures created enough extra confusion and pushback that there were revisions within two days -– OSP and GCA are finding many creative ways of dealing with the budget cutbacks, but they are also listening to our concerns."

BIODIVERSITY SCORECARD FINDS NEW HOME
The WA Biodiversity Project  has been winding down due to budget cuts and will close its offices on June 30th. The project's Biodiversity Council members include SFR's John Marzluff, affiliate faculty Rob Fimbel, and alums Mike Mosman (BS 1978) and Clay Sprague (MFR 1986). Council staff have been working diligently to find new "homes" for its ongoing projects.  One project, the Biodiversity Scorecard, involved John Marzluff and former SFR staff member Steven Walter, who wrote a technical report for the project. The Washington Natural Heritage Program has agreed to provide the organizational memory and a home for the scorecard.

CHECK OUT THE NEW ONLINE UW CAMPUS MAP
Finding your way around the UW just got easier! Check out the new features of the new UW campus map  created using Google Maps; features include directions, improved search, and much more.

ALUMNI NEWS
Lorraine Brooks (MS 2007, BS 2001) is an extension associate with Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension in New York City, where she works on urban forestry and agriculture projects.
Sandra Clinton (PhD 2001) is an assistant professor in the University of North Carolina's Biology Department in Charlotte, NC, where her research interests focus on stream and river ecology.
Sabrina Burkhardt (BS 2010) is a master’s student in the University of British Columbia's Department of Wood Science, in Vancouver, BC.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See the PNW Research Station's Science Findings April/May 2011 issue, which features an article by alum Keith Aubry (PhD 1983), "Tracing the Fox Family Tree: The North American red fox has a diverse ancestry forged during successive ice ages."
Ellen Matheny reports that Olympic Peninsula local newspapers featured the 15th annual ONRC Nature Day, "...an opportunity for kindergarten children from Forks Elementary Schools and the Quileute Tribal School to visit ONRC and investigate scientific topics with regional experts. Community volunteers from WA DNR, Rayonier, Forks Library, and Clallam County, and ONRC staff worked side-by-side to create experiences in nature that particiants enjoy and remember for years to come," reports Ellen.

KUDOS
Ernesto Alvarado sends along kudos to SFR graduate students Laurel James and Spusmen Wilder, who have both been awarded the Truman D. Picard Scholarship and the Washington Indian Gaming Association Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year.  The Truman D. Picard Scholarship is sponsored by the Inter-Tribal Timber Council and is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a degree in a natural resource related field. The Washington Indian Gaming Association is a non-profit organization of tribal leaders in the state providing a scholarship program for tribal members pursuing higher education degrees. This program is designed to promote tribal self-sufficiency by providing scholarships for Native American students in Washington seeking to advance their own self-sufficiency and broaden their personal and professional potential through higher education.
Ellen Matheny sends kudos to Teresa Santman, who has organized the ONRC Nature Days event over the past 15 years. "This event is well-received by our community and an important experience to engage our youngest learners. Kudos to Theresa for leading an exceptionally well-organized day, full of good content."

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

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