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The Straight Grain for June 29, 2012
Volume 43, Number 1

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 30. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 30 JUNE    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  LK SAMMAMISH   9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway invasives removal in Timberlake Park on Lake Sammamish.

SATURDAY, 30 JUNE  ONSERVATION PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT  BURKE MUS 10 AM-5 PM
Join the Burke Museum as the winning photographs of the International Conservation Photography Awards are revealed at the 2012 ICP Awards Opening Day.

SUNDAY, 1 JULY     VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    YESLER SWAMP  10 AM-12 PM
Friends of Yesler Swamp plant restoration work party.

SUNDAY, 1 JULY     ARBORETUM GUIDED WALK    WPA, GRAHAM   1-2 PM
Guided tour of the Washington Park Arboretum;  meet at Graham Visitors Center.

MONDAY, 2 JULY    MASTER GARDENER CLINIC   UWBG,CUH   4-8 PM
King County Master Gardener clinic for answers to gardening questions and diagnosis of plant problems by trained volunteers. Plant identification is also provided by UWBG's Hyde Herbarium manager. Consultations are free and offered first come, first served.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Sunday-Friday, July 8-13, 2012, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012 IUFRO Conference, Divsion 5, Forest Products.  SEFS participants include Greg Ettl, Svetlana Kushch, and Sándor Toth.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Olympia, WA, 12-1 p.m., Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our heritage and our future, "Living with a Legend," includes a viewing of "Green Fire; Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time," Estella Leopold, Emeritus, UW Department of Biology.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Everett, WA, 7-8:30 p.m., Streamkeeper Academy, "Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans," John Marzluff, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
    Thursday-Friday, July 12-13, 2012, W.H. Gates Hall, 2012 Climate Change Conference.  Plenary speakers include alum Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006). Participants also include faculty and alums CoENV Dean Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985), Carrie Lee (MS 2007), and John Takekawa (BS 1979).

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, MAY-JUNE 2012
    "Coordination of Protocol Reviews for Long-term Monitoring in the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service"; PI: Jon Bakker; sponsor USDI National Park Service; amount: $35,379.
    "Integrated Observation-based Carbon Monitoring for Wooded Ecosystems in Washington, Oregon, and California"; PI: Jerry Franklin; sponsor: Oregon State University; amount: $146,909.
    "Meadow Restoration in the Oregon Cascades: Long-term responses to tree removal and fire"; PI: Charles Halpern; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $45,000.
    "2012 Forestry Forum"; PI: Tom Hinckley; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $10,000.
    "Center for Tropical Forestry Workshop 2012"; PI: Tom Hinckley; sponsor: Harvard University; amount: $17,818.
    "Does Anti-Predator Behavior Modify Indirect Effects of Top Predators?"; PI: Aaron Wirsing; sponsor: National Science Foundation; amount: $264,697.

STUDENT VIDEO CONTEST AWARDS!
    The winners of the 2012 SEFS Student Video Contest have finalized their videos and awards have been made.  The student competition was created to enhance SEFS’s image and increase public awareness of its contributions to the state of Washington and beyond.
    First prize, of $500, was awarded to Center for Sustainable Forestry Research Assistants and master's degree students Paul Fischer, Rhiannon Fox, and Kate Galligan McBurney for their lighthearted and informative video highlighting education, research, and public engagement at Pack Forest.  Paul is pursuing a joint SEFS/Public Affairs degree studying management practices affecting forest carbon sequestration and the potential for forest carbon offsets; Rhiannon is studying the effect of seasonal variation, moisture, weather events, and temperature on transpiration and water use of western redcedar, western hemlock, and
Douglas-fir at Pack Forest, and Kate is focusing on the spatial and temporal distribution of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities on red alder in western Washington.
    Second prize, of $250, was awarded to Program on the Environment undergraduate Sienna Hiebert for her video on forest forensics. Hiebert is pursuing an ESRM minor in SEFS, as well as a minor in quantitative science. Her video highlights her ESRM forest ecology coursework.
    Third prize, of $100, was awarded to PhD candidate Lloyd Nackley for his video on a bioenergy and ecological restoration research project, highlighting an innovative collaboration between UW researchers and the Yakima Tribe.  View the videos at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/spotlight.shtml.

MILLER LIBRARY NEWS
This summer the Elisabeth C. Miller Library will replace its card-based circulation system with an automated, web-based system. Library users will be able to access the catalog online to see if a book is checked out, and it it is, when it is due to be returned.  Users will also be able to place holds and renew library materials online. See http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"Mount Vernon's Booshoot: Growing bamboo for the loo" quotes Bill McKean.
"Forest officials work to keep deadly fungus from Wyoming bats" quotes alum Chris Servheen (MS 1975).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Henry (Hank) Helm (BS 1959) is Executive Director of the Bainbridge Island Historical Society. After graduating from the UW, Hank spent 33 years at the Industrial Pump Sales Company in Poulsbo, WA as salesman, sales manager, president, and finally, consultant. He was hired by the Society in 2006 as administrative assistant and bookkeeper, and in 2008 became Executive Director. He has lived on Bainbridge Island since 1969 and has served on the Bainbridge Island Park District Board of Directors and on the Bainbridge Island School District Board. He is also a director of the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial Association and the Rhododendron Species Foundation.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS in the News" or use this link: http://www.sefs.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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/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
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 for June 22, 2012
Volume 43, Number 1

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 24. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY  22-24 JUNE    BUTTERFLY CONFERENCE   OROVILLE, WA
Washington Butterfly Association 2012 Annual Conference. Keynote speech, "Butterflies and Plants: A cozy coevolutionary relationship," Dana Visalli, Methow Biodiversity Project.

THURSDAY, 28 JUNE   OCEAN ACIDIFICATION TALK  FHL COMMONS  TIME TBA
Friday Harbor Laboratories event in association with the Paul Illg Distinguishd Lectureship, "Ecosystem Effects of Ocean Acidification," Jason Hall-Spencer, Plymouth University.

THURSDAY, 28 JUNE   PRAIRIE HABITAT WORKSHOP  TENINO, WA   5-7 PM
"You and Your Prairie Workshop," an interactive workshop on rare Washington prairie habitats and wildlife including wolves, hosted by Thurston Conservation District, Wolf Haven, Center for Natural Lands Management, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Sunday-Friday, July 8-13, 2012, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012 IUFRO Conference, Divsion 5, Forest Products.  SEFS participants include Greg Ettl, Svetlana Kushch, and Sándor Toth.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Olympia, WA, 12-1 p.m., Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our heritage and our future, "Living with a Legend," includes a viewing of "Green Fire; Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time," Estella Leopold, Emeritus, UW Department of Biology.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Everett, WA, 7-8:30 p.m., Streamkeeper Academy, "Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans," John Marzluff, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

SEFS FACULTY AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS,CONFERENCES
Renata Bura and Shannon Ewanick attended the 34th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals  in New Orleans, LA from April 30-May 3, 2012, where they each presented a poster and took in a number of talks about lignocellulosic biofuels and chemicals. These included presentations on pretreatment, enzymatic hydrolysis, fermentation, and analytical techniques.  Writes Shannon, "The symposium was an excellent opportunity to network with fellow researchers from around the world and to stay updated on the latest research, and I'm grateful for travel support from the SEFS Student Travel Fund."

NEWSLETTERS ON-LINE
The June 2012 issue of E-flora, the UW Botanic Gardens e-newsletter is now online.This issue includes news about upcoming public engagement activities, a plant profile, and a summary of a longer article writen by Patrick Mulligan about UWBG collaboration with a sister organization, the Vladivostok Botanical Garden Institute in Vladivostok, Russia.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY -- ALPINE LAKES WEED WATCHERS PROGRAM
Invasive non-native plants are a major threat to biodiversity in our national forests. Without early detection and eradication, weeds like yellow archangel, orange hawkweed, and Himalayan blackberry can quickly crowd native species. Uncontrolled, weeds like oxeye daisy can monopolize alpine meadows, English ivy will cover forest canopies, and Japanese knotweed will choke creek side vegetation. With trailheads within short driving distance from major metropolitan areas, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is one of the most popular destinations in Western Washington for backcountry enthusiasts. You can help detect and prevent major invasive plant infestations while enjoying hikes throughout the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area. For more information and to get involved, see
http://www.mountaineers.org/weedwatchers/.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"Peru battles the golden curse of Madre de Dios," a piece in the weekly Journal, Nature, features research by PhD student
Jason Scullion.
Two recent pieces cover the aftermath of the 2001 arson fire at Merrill Hall; see Seattle Weekly, "Justin Solondz torches a movement," and Seattle Times, "Last to be sentenced in UW horticulture center arson given 4 years in prison."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Roger (Jerry) Reid (BS 1958) is the founder and owner of Reid Real Estate in Bremerton, WA. He also runs a 3rd-generation family-owned and managed Christmas tree farm, Alpine U-Cut.
Walter Apolo (MS 1988) coordinates a research program on conservation and ecosysem services in the University of Loja, Ecuador's Center for the Study and Development of Amazonia.
(James) Matthew Clark (PhD 1988) is director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of University Programs in Washington, DC.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS in the News" or use this link:
http://www.sefs.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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/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
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 for June 15, 2012
Volume 42, Number 12

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 15. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 16 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES  BAINBRIDGE IS  4:30-5:30 PM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Therapeutic Design Adaptations for the Home Garden," Mark Epstein, Hafs-Epstein Landscape Architecture.

SUNDAY, 17 JUNE  BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES  BAINBRIDGE IS  4:30-5:30 PM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Art in Nature: The therapeutic effects of nature photography: A personal story, Charles Needle, photographer and writer.

SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 17-21 JUNE   RESOURCE MGMT SYMPOSIUM  EDMONGTON,AB
International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, "Linking the North and the South: Responding to environmental change." A keynote speaker is alum Gary Machlis (MS 1975, BS 1973).

MONDAY, 18 JUNE    NATURE WRITING SERIES  BELLINGHAM,WA   7 PM
Nature of Writing Series, "Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans," John Marzluff, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences; and Tony Angell, artist and
illustrator.

TUESDAY, 19 JUNE  BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES  BAINBRIDGE IS  10-11 AM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Leave No Child Inside, The new movement to reconnect children and nature," Martin LeBlanc, Islandwood.

WEDNESDAY, 20 JUNE   NATURE OF WRITING SERIES  BELLINGHAM, WA   7 PM
The Nature of Writing Series, "Arctic Voices," Subhankar Banerjee, nature photographer and writer.

THURSDAY, 21 JUNE   NATURE OF WRITING SERIES  BELLINGHAM, WA   7 PM
The Nature of Writing Series,"When Women Were Birds," Terry Tempest Willams, naturalist and writer.  

FRIDAY-SUNDAY  22-24 JUNE    BUTTERFLY CONFERENCE   OROVILLE, WA
Washington Butterfly Association 2012 Annual Conference. Keynote speech, "Butterflies and Plants: A cozy coevolutionary relationship," Dana Visalli, Methow Biodiversity Project.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Sunday-Friday, July 8-13, 2012, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012 IUFRO Conference, Divsion 5, Forest Products.  SEFS participants include Greg Ettl, Svetlana Kushch, and Sándor Toth.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Olympia, WA, 12-1 p.m., Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our heritage and our future, "Living with a Legend," includes a viewing of "Green Fire; Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time," Estella Leopold, Emeritus, UW Department of Biology.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Everett, WA, 7-8:30 p.m., Streamkeeper Academy, "Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans," John Marzluff, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

TRANSITIONS
Interim Director Tom Hinckley writes, "Beginning, 6/16/2012, Steve West will serve as SEFS Interim Director until the arrival of the new permanent director. In addtion, I have asked Bruce Bare to be Acting Director of the Institute of Forest Resources (by legislation, the Director is the head) so that we can get a head start on feedback and progress in developing a report for the State Legislature. Bruce has been provided with resources so that he can contract elements of the report to faculty and staff. Expect to hear more when Bruce returns the end of July. I've also appointed David Ford Director of ONRC from June 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. David has assumed the challenge of leading ONRC to a a new and more diverse integration with appropriate UW units. David is working with others on and off campus to make these changes. A nagging and remaining issue -- we still do not have an instructor for ESRM 201. It has been an incredibly rich experience since I first walked into Anderson Hall in late September 1966."

THOMAS HINCKLEY STUDENT SUPPORT FUND
Bruce Bare writes, "Our thanks to outging Interim Director Tom Hinckley for his outstanding contributions to the UW, CFR, and SFR/SEFS over the 46 years that he has been at the UW. He did just about everything that any one person could be asked to do -- leadership in guiding the rebuilding of Merrill Hall, serving as acting Dean of CFR, chairing the Ecosystems Science Division, serving as Director of CUH, and serving on countless UW and School administrative committees. But perhaps most lasting is the
positive effect he had on many undergraduate and graduate students who took his many classes and worked with him on research projects. His love of the outdoors was infectious as he led numerous field trips around the world.
I wish to take this opportunity to point out that a fund has been created to honor Tom, the Thomas Hinckley Student Fund in Environmental and Forest Sciences. As we know, SEFS coursework frequently has a strong field component, providing a critical connection between concepts in the classroom and the real world. Tom's view, that much of the most transformative learning occurs on field trips, was his inspiration for the use of this fund. His hope is that it will be used to fund experiences student travel, fieldwork, and other fees that cannot be covered through tuition assistance and other funding sources. Please consider honoring Tom's many years of leadership and service to SEFS through a gift to the Hinckley Fund. Tom and Arline will match contributions so your gift will immediately double in value through this matching opportunity. Please contact Caroline Rosevear at rosevear@uw.edu or 206.221.0562 fordetails. Or, you can make a gift online. Thanks again, Tom, for the tremendous contribution you have made while at the School and best wishes."

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The Spring/Summer 2012 SEFS News is now available online; This issue has articles about research on Western Hemisphere mammals and climate change, wildlife science research and education in the field, SEFS and online teaching, faculty news, alumni news, and more.

WESTERN MYCORRHIZAL GATHERING AT PACK FOREST
The Western Mycorrhizal Gathering was hosted by alum and affiliate faculty Erica Cline (PhD 2004), UW Tacoma, on May 18-21, 2012 at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. The group is comprised of mycologists whose research is focused on a certain type of fungi called mycorrhizas, that has a positive symbiotic relationship with plant roots, where they gather nutrients important for plant growth in exchange for sugars or food from the tree. The scientists who attend the gathering are generally from California, Oregon, Washington, and BC, though others have attended from other parts of the country. The meeting consists of a day of talks, mainly by undergraduate and graduate students to gather feedback about their current research, followed by a mushroom foraging event with table identifications.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
The New York times book review, "The Games Crows Play, and Other Winged Tales," features John Marzluff.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Vicki Christiansen (BS 1983) was named the USDA Forest Service's Associate Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry in Washington, DC, effective June 3rd. Vicki was previously Assistant Director for Fire and Aviation Management at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., and most recently has been Acting Regional Forester in the Northern Region.
Eric Carter (BS 1990) went on to get a law degree at Lewis and Clark College and is an attorney in private practice in Portland, OR.
Scott Bodien (BS 1999) is a GIS analyst for the City of Charlotte, NC.

KUDOS
Kudos to Lloyd Nackley, whose poster-video entitled "Bioenergy that supports ecological restoration" was recently given a community choice award by the National Science Foundation IGERT program's poster-video competition. Associated with Lloyd's project are current or former SEFS students Everett Isaac, Jeff Richardson, and Steve Ridgon.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS in the News" or use this link:
http://www.sefs.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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/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
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 for June 8, 2012
Volume 42, Number 11

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JUNE 9. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 9 JUNE   NATURE OF WRITING SERIES  BELLINGHAM, WA   7 PM
The Nature of Writing Series, "The Republic of Nature," Mark Fiege, Colorado State University.

SUNDAY, 10 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES   BAINBRIDGE IS  2-3 PM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "The Restorative Power of Plants," Patty Cassidy, horticultural therapist.

SUNDAY-MONDAY, 10-11 JUNE  MENSURATION/FOREST ECON MTG  NEWPORT,OR
Western Mensurationists/Western Forest Economists Meeting.  SEFS participants include Sandor Toth. Also participating are alums Bruce Manley (PhD 1981) and Claire Montgomery (PhD 1990, MFR 1986).

TUESDAY, 12 JUNE     TACOMA SCIENCE CAFE     TACOMA,SWISS PUB   6:30 PM
"Two Dams and the Beach: Coastal response to the Elwha Dam removal," Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant.

WEDNESDAY, 13 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES  BAINBRIDGE IS  10-11 AM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series"Healing Garden Designs," Dan Winterbottom, UW School of Landscape Architecture.

WEDNESDAY, 13 JUNE   SEATTLE SCI FESTIVAL LECTURE  KANE 120  7:30-9:30 PM
"Conversations about Our Changing Planet: Observations, models, and implications."

THURSDAY, 13 JUNE    NHS LECTURE    UWBG,CUH   7:15-8:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lectures, "Hydrangeas: What, how, wow," Nita Jo Rountree, garden designer.

THURSDAY, 14 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES  BAINBRIDGE IS  2-3 PM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, " Landscaping for Privacy: Innovative ways to turn your outdoor space into a peaceful retreat," Marty Wingate, garden writer and designer.

THURSDAY, 15 JUNE   BARN BEACH RESERVE LECTURE  LEAVENWORTH, WA  7-9 PM
"The Tyee and Rat-Hatchery Fires: Rare event or harbinger of things to come?," Paul Hessburg, Washington State University, and John Marshall, nature photographer.

SATURDAY, 14 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES  BAINBRIDGE IS  4:30-5:30 PM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Therapeutic Design Adaptations for the Home Garden," Mark Epstein, Hafs-Epstein Landscape Architecture.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Sunday, June 17, 2012, Bainbridge Island, WA, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Art in Nature: The therapeutic effects of nature photography -- a personal story, Charles Needle, photographer and writer.
Sunday-Thursday, June 17-21, 2012, Edmonton, AB, International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, "Linking the North and the South: Responding to environmental change." A keynote speaker is alum Gary Machlis (MS 1975, BS 1973). 
Monday, June 18, 2012, Bellingham, WA, 7 p.m., Nature of Writing Series, "Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans," John Marzluff, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences; and Tony Angell, artist and illustrator.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Bainbridge Island, WA, 10-11 a.m., Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Leave No Child Inside, The new movement to reconnect children and nature," Martin LeBlanc, Islandwood.

SEFS DIRECTOR SEARCH UPDATE
Dean Lisa Graumlich writes: "I am very pleased to share the good news that I am negotiating with Professor Tom DeLuca to become the Director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.  Tom is currently the National Environmental Research Council (NERC)-University Joint Chair in Environmental Sciences in the School of the Environment, Natural Resources, and Geography at Bangor University, Wales.  In that role, he also serves as the head of the forestry group, 'champion' for the University (Treborth) Botanic Garden, and holds the administrative post of Environment Leader for Pontio Innovation, a project focused on developing interdisciplinary research at Bangor University. Prior positions reflect his interest in the intersection of fundamental
and applied forest sciences.  Earlier in his career he was an assistant professor of forest soils at the University of Montana and was promoted to Full Professor in 2003. In 2006 he left his tenured faculty position to become Senior Forest Ecologist with The Wilderness Society in order to combine science and policy in an applied setting.  Tom has an active research program spanning a variety of topics across temperate, boreal, maritime. and polar settings from micro- to landscape scale. Primary areas of interest include the influence of disturbance on N and C cycling in prairie, forest, and tundra ecosystems, fire ecology, and restoration ecology. I am very grateful to all of you who participated in the search process.  The SEFS Director Search Committee did a great job of recruiting and vetting a strong pool of candidates.  SEFS faculty, staff, and students engaged with the candidates during their visits to campus.  I know that all of the candidates came away newly impressed with the strengths of SEFS! I also want to express my deep appreciation to Interim Director Tom Hinckley who did a magnificent job of leading SEFS during the transition from CFR to SFR to SEFS.  Thanks also to Professor Steve West who has agreed to serve as Interim Director until the new Director arrives
at the UW. anticiapted in September, as we begin the new academic year. In the interim, he can be reached via email at tomas.deluca5@gmail.com or Skype at thdeluca."

SEFS GRADUATION CELEBRATION!
SEFS celebrated its graduating class of 2012 on Friday, June 8th, beginning with a formal program in Kane Hall and followed by an informal reception in the Anderson courtyard. Bachelor of Science in Forest Resources degrees were awarded to 97 students, Master of Science degrees were awarded to 30 students, 6 students deceived Master of Forest Resources (Forest Management) degrees, 4 Master of Environmental Horticulture degrees were awarded, and 15 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, Professor (soon-to-be Emeritus) Bob Edmonds (PhD 1971, MS 1968);  Ara Erickson (MS 2004), President of the Forest Resources Alumni Association; graduate student Brooke Cassell, who recently completed her MS research on "Fire History of the Sierra de Manantlan Biosphere Reserve in Western Mexico"; and elected undergraduate Marshelle Slayton, a graduating senior majoring in PSE. After the formal ceremony, faculty, staff, students, and families and friends gathered in the courtyard to celebrate with cameraderie, cake, and lemonade -- rain squall notwithstandng!

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS OF SPRING DENMAN NOW ONLINE
Powerpoint presentations from the Spring 2012 Denman Forestry Issues program on "Role of Forests and Forest Products in Carbon Mitigation and Energy Independence," are now available online. For the UWTV streaming video of this program, which will be available soon, check back at http://www.uwtv.org/video/index.aspx?id=17393626.

PRESENTATION ON UWRP CHANGES
Bev Anderson writes, "Changes to UWRP require UWRP members to pay some attention to what’s happening with their retirement funds. Fidelity has been charged with handling the transition, and a Fidelity representative will be here on Monday, June 25, at 9 a.m. in Anderson 22 to explain the investment option changes, key dates, and new services available. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions. After the presentation, expected to last one hour, the Fidelity representative will be here all day for one-on-one meetings (45 minutes each), which I will schedule for you. Please let me know, bja@u.washington.edu, if:
*You plan to attend the 1-hour presentation beginning at 9 a.m., and/or
*You wish to have a one-on-one meeting scheduled."

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"'Gifts of the Crow': New book by Seattle authors about brainy birds" and "Gifts of the crow" both feature John Marzluff's and Tony Angell's new book.
"People push ban to end 'leafblower mania'" features alum Gretchen Biggs (MS 1990).

ALUMNI UPDATES
(Norris) Todd Bell (BS 1990) is the business development manager for PCE Pacific, a provider of process control products and services, in Anchorage, AK.
Gretchen Biggs (MS 1990) went on to get a law degree and is an environmental activist and attorney in Greenwich, CT, where she is founder of the organization Citizens Against Leaf Blower Mania (CALM).  She was previously the founder, executive director, and full-time managing attorney of the nonprofit Animal Law Center in Boulder, CO.

KUDOS
Kudos to graduate student Hillary Burgess, who worked on the Odwalla Grant video contest Montlake Cut restoration video entry; she, writes: "Thanks to all who voted for our video and helped spread the word about the Odwalla Grant.  I wanted to share with you the good news that we finished in the top ten and secured $10,000 toward planting native trees on the Montlake Cut!"  See the top ten videos at https://cocacola.promo.eprize.com/odwallapat/.

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS in the News" or use this link: http://www.sefs.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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/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
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 for June 1, 2012
Volume 42, Number 10

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences 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 2. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 30 MAY-2 JUNE   EDRA CONFERENCE   SEATTLE,WA
Environmental Design Research Association Conference. SEFS participants include Kathy Wolf.

SATURDAY, 2 JUNE     CONSERVATION REMIX   SEATTLE,TOWN HALL  10 AM- 5 PM
Conservation Remix, a one-day event packed with revolutionary ideas for a greener future, hosted by UW Professors Emeriti Estella Leopold and Gordon Orians.

SATURDAY, 2 JUNE      SCIENCE EXPO DAY   SEATTLE CENTER   10 AM-6 PM
Science EXPO Day at the Seattle Center includes more than a dozen UW departments and teams sharing interactive experiments, games, and hands-on displays at this free family-friendly event.

SATURDAY, 2 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES   BAINBRIDGE IS   12-1 PM
"Nature Contact and Human Health: Is the evidence in?," Howard Frumkin, UW School of Public Health.

MONDAY, 4 JUNE   PCMI FINAL PRESENTATION   ANDERSON 22   12 PM
Peace Corps Master's International presentation, "Smallholder Eucalyptus Plantation Forestry in Eastern Paraguay: A case study of silvicultural, economic, and environmental context," Jake Grossman.

MONDAY, 4 JUNE   MEH PRESENTATION    CUH,DOUGLAS    1 PM
"Des Moines Creek Regional Detention Facility:  A case study of climate change impacts on wetlands," Heather Khan; committee co-chairs:  Kern Ewing and Jim Fridley.

MONDAY, 4 JUNE   DISSERTATION DEFENSE    CUH,ISAACSON   2 PM
"Consequences of Agroforestry Management on Understory Vegetation in Uruguay," Laura Six; committee chair: Jon Bakker.

TUESDAY, 5 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURES   BAINBRIDGE IS   10 AM
"Prentice Bloedel’s Quest," Sally Schauman, emeritus, UW Department of Landscape Architecture.

TUESDAY, 5 JUNE     GENERAL EXAM     ANDERSON 22    10:30 AM
"Frequency and Severity of a Mixed-severity Fire Regime: The Douglas-fir/Ponderosa pine forests of Stehekin, Washington, USA," Karen Kopper; committee chair: Ernesto Alvarado.

WEDNESDAY, 6 JUNE  WA BUTTERLY ASSOCIATION   UWBG,CUH   7 PM
"Butterflies of China," Robert Pyle (MS 1973).

WEDNESDAY, 6 JUNE   BLOEDEL RESERVE LECTURE    BAINBRIDGE,WA  7:30-8:30 PM
Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Designing Forest Settings with Human Preferences and Well-Being in Mind," Gordon Bradley, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

THURSDAY, 7 JUNE     NWFSC SEMINAR      NWFSC AUDITORIUM     11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Forensic Science at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center," Piper Schwenke, NW Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 7 JUNE  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ANDERSON COURTYARD   3:30 PM
Join Student Services on June 7th to spruce up the grounds of SEFS! Graduation is Friday the 8th and buildings and grounds should look their best for graduating students and their families. Includes trash pickup, sweeping, and a little light weeding if needed. Meet in the courtyard at 3:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, 8 JUNE       SEFS GRADUATION CELEBRATION  KANE 120    2 PM
SEFS Graduation Celebration; formal ceremony with keynote speech by Bob Edmonds, followed by cake and punch in the Anderson Courtyard.

SATURDAY, 9 JUNE   NATURE OF WRITING SERIES  BELLINGHAM, WA   7 PM
The Nature of Writing Series,"The Republic of Nature," Mark Fiege, Colorado State University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Sunday-Monday, June 10-11, 2012, Newport, OR, Western Mensurationists/Western Forest Economists Meeting.  SEf participants include Sandor Toth. Also participating are alums Bruce Manley (PhD 1981)and Claire Montgomery (PhD 1990, MFR 1986).
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Tacoma, Swiss Pub, 6:30 p.m., Tacoma Science Cafe, "Two Dams and the Beach: Coastal response to the Elwha Dam removal," Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Kane 120, 7:30-9:30 p.m., "Conversations about Our Changing Planet: Observations, models, and implications."
Thursday, June 14, 2012, Leavenworth, WA, Barn Beach Reserve, 7-9 p.m., "The Tyee and Rat-Hatchery Fires: Rare event or harbinger of things to come?," Paul Hessburg, Washington State University, and John Marshall, nature photographer.

STREAMING VIDEO FROM SPRING 2012 NW ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM NOW ONLINE
Streaming video of the Spring 2012 Northwest Environmental Forum session on "Water: A fundamental forest environmental service," is now online This session focused on an assessment of applicable scientific literature to help develop a scientifically-sound knowledge base to support payment programs for water quality, water quantity, and the timing of water flow from private forest land. Two key geographic watersheds, Snohomish and Nisqually, emerged from the June 2011 Forum breakout group discussions, and were the primary focus of the 2012 Forum. Participant exchange at the Forum also focused on transactional progress within the two watersheds, and how to best catalyze water service market transactions within these two initial watersheds through the rest of 2012.

IN THE GOOD NEWS DEPARTMENT
Tom Hinckley writes, "A number of real positives have occurred in the last couple of days:
Great participation in the visits of the two finalists for the Director position.
Lots of interesting and well-done capstone projects: just three that I attended this afternoon: capstone presentations in Anderson 22, Restoration Ecology Network capstones in the Douglas head house and four group/capstone presentations associated with the Yellowstone Spring Quarter class in the Forest Club Room.
David Ford has accepted the position of Director of the Olympic Natural Resource Center. David is working with faculty, staff, and stakeholders to revitalize ONRC to increase its diversity of outreach to the Olympic Peninsula via a wide-ranging portfolio of different types of engagement, increase the terrestrial, aquatic, and marine academic and learning connections and opportunities, and to improve its linkages to tribes, DNR and,  DNR-OESF, and the USFS, among others.
Sharon Doty (PI) and Soo Kim (co-PI) were just awarded a 4-year, $700,000 USDA/NIFA grant in the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Program.
Susan Bolton is a co-author on a recently accepted paper in the Journal of Public Health regarding her work in Kenya with IUCN, IPPF, and the University of Nairobi on the linkages between the health of the environment and HIV/AIDS. The other authors are Anna Talman, recent MPH from UW, and Judd Walson, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Health."
And coming in later via an email from Patick Mulligan:  Patrick has had an article published in the American Association of Public Gardens quarterly magazine that summarizes the UW Botanic Gardens' partnership with the Vladivostock Botanic Gardens.

SEFS STUDENTS, ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION CONFERENCE
SEFS graduate students and alumni participated in the May 14-18, 2012 Society for Ecological Restoration NW/British Columbia and the American Fisheries Society WA and BC chapters joint conference "Restoration 2012: Beyond Borders"  at the University of Victoria, Victoria BC. Grad student participant Rodney Pond writes, "The theme was explored through plenary talks, presentations, workshops, and field trips that considered how the nature of ecosystem restoration and management requires collaboration across disciplinary, cultural, ecological, political, and geographic borders. This is especially relevant for collective stewardship of our 'mega-watershed,' the Salish Sea, which spans the U.S., Canada, and First Nations territories from deep coastal waters to mountain peaks." Several SEFS students and alumni attended and presented at the conference, including Cara Nelson (PhD 2004), now on the faculty at the University of Montana, who gave a plenary presentation on the importance of coordination between resource managers and research scientists. Current SEFS graduate student Lindsey Hamilton won the student award for best poster for her research proposal, "Distribution of Culturally Significant Bracken Fern after Prescribed Fire in Skokomish Savanna Restoration Project." Other alumni attending the conference were Alaine Sommargren (MS 2008), who was on the conference planning committee, and now manages the City of Mercer Island's restoration program and Eric Gilmore (MS 2008), who manages the City of Shoreline's stormwater program. Rodney, who was also a member of the the conference planning committee, presented a poster on part of his current PhD research, "Directing Riparian Forest Succession through Soil Surface Manipulation".

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"Biosolids give-away: Use becomes matter of choice" links to a video presentation by Sally Brown.
"Wolverines breed, raise young in North Cascades" features research by alum Keith Aubry (PhD 1983).

ALUMNI UPDATES
In Memoriam: Theodore Smith, 1929-2012 (BS 1956), who served the State of Alaska for most of his life, starting with the Alaska Pulp Co. in Sitka. In 1960, he was hired as an inventory forester for the state and moved to Anchorage. He advanced to area forester in 1961, and was promoted to parks and recreation officer in 1963. In 1967, he was named chief of Parks and Recreation, and promoted to director of the Division of Parks in 1970. In 1974, he was elected to the State House of Representatives, where the chaired the Labor and Management Committee and served as vice chair of the Resources Committee and chair of the House Majority Caucus. He sponsored bills to create nine state parks, including Nancy Lakes State Recreation Area and Chugach State Park, of which he was most proud. In 1976, he was appointed Director of Land and Water Management, and held this position until his retirement in 1982.
Raymond Graber (BS 1957) and his spouse are owners of Old SheepMeadows Nursery  in Alfred, ME, where they specialize in old rose varieties. He was a plant ecologist with the USDA Forest Service's Northeastern Forest Experiment Station at the University of
New Hampshire until his retirement 25+ years ago. See "Alfred couple celebrates 25 years of rose growing."
Eric Gilmore (MS 2008) is a surface water technician for the City of Shoreline, WA, managing the city's stormwater program.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS 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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/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
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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