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March 2009

The Straight Grain
Volume 29, 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 MARCH 28. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 28 MARCH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY NORTH BEND,WA 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
"Willow Tree Planting in the Cedar River Municipal Watershed," sponsored by Friends of the Cedar River Watershed.

SATURDAY, 28 MARCH VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY MIMA MOUNDS 10 AM-3 PM
Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve Spring Work Days, sponsored by WA Department of Natural Resources. Bring work gloves and help clear the prairie of scotch broom. Afternoon tour included.

MONDAY, 30 MARCH WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYSICS-ASTR A118 3:30 PM
"Satellite Tracking of Albatrosses: Inter-specific differences in distribution and marine habitat use and the influence of aerodynamics," Robert Suryan, Oregon State University.

MONDAY, 30 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
"Practical and Creative Landscape Design," Kim Rooney, Landscape Architect.

TUESDAY, 31 MARCH WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Effects of Development on Coho Salmon and Implications for Stream Habitat Restoration, Robert Bilby," Weyerhaeuser Company.

TUESDAY, 31 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION HITCHCOCK 246 12-1 PM
"Plant Identification," David Giblin, UW Herbarium Collections Manager.

TUESDAY, 31 MARCH CIG SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Groups Seminar, "Climate Change and the Freshwater Life-history of Pacific Salmon," Gordon Reeves, USDA Forest Service.

TUESDAY,31 MARCH FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-3:30 PM
Candidate for research faculty position in wildland fire science seminar, "Characterizing Wildfire at the Landscape Scale," Nicole Vaillant, USDA Forest Service. Reception follows.

TUESDAY, 31 MARCH BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYSICS-ASTR A102 4 PM
Biology Department Seminar, "Photographic Natural History Tour of a Year in Namibia," Jennifer Ruesink, Associate Professor, and Alan Trimble, Lecturer, UW Department of Biology.

TUESDAY, 31 MARCH WHIDBEY INST LECTURE SERIES WHIDBEY IS,WA 7:30-9 PM
Whidbey Institute Lyceum 2009, "Healthy Humans, Healthy Environment, Health Economy," Kate Davies, Antioch University.

WEDNESDAY, 1 APRIL WA BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION UWBG,CUH 7-9 PM
"How to Run a Butterly 'Big Year'," Robert Pyle (MS 1973), naturalist and author.

THURSDAY, 2 APRIL NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM
"Downscaling Climate Change Effects on Mountain Streams and Fishes: A view from the Interior West," Dan Isaak, USDA Forest
Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

TUESDAY,31 MARCH FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-3:30 PM
Candidate for research faculty position in wildland fire science seminar, "From Micro to Global Scales: Understanding the role of biomass combustion and wildland fires to assess the environmental impacts of Megacities," Ernesto Alvarado, UW College of Forest Resources. Reception follows.

THURSDAY, 2 APRIL SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
Aquatic and Fishery Science Seminar, "Synthesis of 13 Years of Resarch on the Genetics and Life History of Wild and Hatchery Steelhead," Todd Seamons, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

THURSDAY, 2 APRIL PUGET SOUND VIDEO REI,SEATTLE 7-9 PM
"Underwater Neighborhoods," John Williams, underwater videographer, sponsored by People for Puget Sound.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 2-4 APRIL SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE SEATTLE UNIV
Seattle University Conference, "Working Collaboratively for Sustainability."

SATURDAY, 4 APRIL CENTENNIAL GROVE WORK PARTY UWBG,UBNA 9 AM-3 PM
"CFR Centennial Grove Day of Service"; alumni, faculty, staff, students, and friends invited to help maintain the Centennial Grove in the Union Bay Natural Area.

SATURDAY, 4 APRIL MILLER LIBRARY BOOK SALE UWBG,MERRILL 9 AM-3 PM
Elisabeth C. Miller Library Annual Garden Lovers' Book Sale. Proceeds are used to buy new books and journals for the library.

SATURDAY, 4 APRIL UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION WPA,GRAHAM 1-2:30 PM
"The Pinetum: An unexplored treasure," Janine Anderson, landscape designer.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7-9 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium. Join CFR alum Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) for a fun look at his trip to China to collect plants for the Washington Park Arboretum's new Pacific Connections Garden. The presentation is the first in a series of special programs honoring the Arboretum's 75th anniversary.
Saturday, April 11, 2009, Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitors Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., "Early Bloomers Plant Sale" to benefit the Arboretum. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org or call 206.325.4510.
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, Earth Day at the Arboretum. All students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families are invited to join UW Botanic Gardens, Student Conservation Association, and Seattle Parks for a day of fun projects at the Washington Park Arboretum. Get your hands dirty for a cause removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and improving the Arboretum in a range of projects for all ages and abilities. To sign up, contact Kristin Mitchell, kmitchell@thesca.org or 206.324.4649.
April 17-19, 2009, Vancouver, BC, "Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems Graduate Student Conference," hosted by the University
of British Columbia.
April 20-23, 2009, Lewiston, ID, 33rd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium, "Branching Out: Opportunities to enhance management of tribal forests." Participants from the College include Ivan Eastin and Larry Mason. Alumni presenters include Faline Haven (BS 1995), Don Motanic (BS 1978), and Roger Ottmar (MS 1980).

REPORT RELEASED ON FOREST LAND RETENTION
The College has released a report, "Retention of High-Valued Forest Lands at Risk of Conversion to Non-Forest Uses in Washington State." The report responds to a 2007 legislative allocation to the College and its Northwest Environmental Forum for a report recommending actions to retain highest-valued forest lands at risk of conversion to non-forest uses. Dean Bruce Bare, bare@u.washington,edu, Forum Director Brian Boyle, bboyle@u.washington.edu, and Principal Investigator Gordon Bradley, gbradley@u.washington.edu, have provided the following executive summary and invite your comments on the full report. Rapid Loss of Productive Forest Lands. The problem we face is remarkably similar to that 75 years ago when, in the midst of the Great Depression, a UW report identified the rapid loss of productive forest land as a key problem then facing the state.  In contrast to 1934, tomorrow’s threat to Washington’s forests is triggered by fragmentation of the state’s most productive forests, changes in forest ownerships, and insufficient incentives for forestland owners to manage their lands for a full range of ecological services. Nearly 972,000 acres of private forestland in western Washington are threatened with conversion. The potential risk of conversion is highest in the Puget Sound region, but will affect communities in all regions of the state. Forest conversion will also eliminate opportunities to leverage forest carbon to address climate change and will negatively affect biodiversity, fisheries resources, and open spaces.
Proposed Solutions. The report examines other states’ efforts and proposes that a successful strategy to support the future of working forests must improve the value of both the timber resource and non-timber resources, such as carbon and biodiversity, and prevent forest fragmentation. The report proposes a "supply curve" under which landowners would accept compensation to combine working forest retention and ecosystem service-enhancing forest management. To respond, public or conservation organizations must specify the terms of a "demand curve" to meet the supply in order to capture the public values that are otherwise lost with forest conversion. Such a commitment by the State of Washington will also afford public forestlands' the ability to provide more protection of critical resources. Despite the current economy and housing down-market, this should be viewed as a time to take action, given that Washington’s population will continue to grow. Smaller land ownerships around the Puget and other growth corridors are most threatened by regulatory and growth pressures and are also the least-compensated within the meager programs that are available.  Just as it was recognized in 1934, a time of drastic downturn is also a time of opportunity.
Collaborative Effort. The report would not be possible without the efforts of the Family Forest Foundation and the Washington Farm Forestry Association, who garnered funds for the Washington State Forestland Database. Now, the College has examined the state’s 23 million acres of public and private forestland -- industrial, tribal, and non-industrial -- and the impacts of conversion on communities, processing infrastructure, and highly-productive lower elevation riparian areas.

SAF TRIBAL FORESTRY PANEL NOW AVAILABLE ON STREAMING VIDEO
The 2008 National SAF Meeting in Reno featured a panel on tribal forestry with Gary Morishima (PhD 1979, BS 1969) as the
moderator. The Rural Technology Initiative (RTI)has contracted with the Intertribal Timber Council to create streaming videos
of the presentations. Three of the six presentations were made by College alumni: Don Motanic, (BS 1978), Phil Rigdon (BS
1996), and RTI's Larry Mason (MS 1999, BS 1977). The program is now available for viewing online.

BIODIVERSITY UPDATE FROM WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL
The Washington Biodiversity Council provides periodic updates on species diversity. Here is one on the status of U.S. bird populations: "Interior Issues Status of U.S. Bird Populations, see http://www.stateofthebirds.org:
Bad news: The Department of Interior released the first ever comprehensive report on bird populations in the U.S, showing that nearly a third of the nation's 800 bird species are endangered, threatened, or in significant decline due to habitat loss, invasive species, and other threats.
Good news: At the same time, the report highlights examples, including many species of waterfowl, where habitat restoration and conservation have reversed previous declines.
The report, "The U.S. State of the Birds," synthesizes data from three long-running bird censuses conducted by thousands of citizen scientists and professional biologists.

CFR WEB ADVISORY COMMITTEE UPDATES MEMBERSHIP
For several months, an ad hoc CFR web advisory committee has been working to complete a set of assigned tasks. Given the importance of presenting a high quality presence for the College on the web, as well as building reliable and effective interfaces between the web and administrative data bases, the ad hoc committee will be continued with the following charge:
To take the lead on the strategic goal related to the College's public image (on and off campus) utilizing the web
To periodically review the site's web content and suggest recommendations to the Dean's Office
To streamline the internal functioning of the College through administrative web pages and web tools
To prioritize any changes determined to be important in reflecting the dynamic nature of the College, and ensure that the web site portrays the College in the most attractive manner for prospective students, researchers, donors, and the general public
Membership in the committee is: Amanda Davis, Jon Diemer (Chair), Meghan Halabisky (graduate), Marc Morrison, Monika Moskal, Cecilia Paul, Dan Rikard (undergraduate), and Steve West.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Norman Ando (BS 1974) retired from the USDA Forest Service in January 2007 with 30+ years of service; he was most recently a natural resource specialist and "river manager" with the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho. He and his wife, Marie, are members of the Lost Trail Ski Patrol and are avid white water rafters.
Adela Backiel (BS 1974) went on to get an MPA from the UW. She recently retired as USDA’s director of sustainable development. In this position, she chaired the USDA Council on Sustainable Development, and led, developed, and coordinated policies and programs in sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, and sustainable rural communities. She served as USDA deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment from 1993-95, and as natural resources policy specialist from 1983-1993. She began her career with the USDA Forest Service in 1974 as a soil scientist on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska; from 1980-1983, she was a forester in the national headquarters office in Washington, DC.
Michael Carlson (MS 1974) is a research geneticist with the BC Ministry of Forests and Range Research Branch, based at Kalamalka Forestry Centre in Vernon, BC.
Clay Sprague (MFR 1986) has been promoted to deputy supervisor for uplands with the WA Department of Natural Resources. He has nearly 30 years experience working for WA-DNR. See http://www.dnr.wa.gov/RecreationEducation/News/Pages/nr09_045.aspx.
David Werntz (MS 1996) is the science and conservation director for Conservation Northwest in Bellingham, WA. He is also an expert at calling spotted owls!

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See Puget Sound Business Journal article "Forest Concepts makes environmentally friendly products that protect earth after forest fires," which features alums Kenneth Chisolm (BS 1974) and Jim Dooley (PhD 2000).
See "A Garden For All: Questions answered" for a West Seattle Herald story on the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

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



The Straight Grain
Volume 29, 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 MARCH 22. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 22 MARCH WOLF HAVEN LECTURE SERIES GRAND MOUND,WA 2-4 PM
"Bears of the World in Your Backyard," Julie Hopkins, Insight Wildlife Management.

WEDNESDAY, 25 MARCH SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS SERIES TOWN HALL 6:30-8:30 PM
Seeking Sustainable Solutions: Linking our health, our environment, our economy, our communities, "Climate Change and Water: Local perspectives on a global problem," Philip Mote, UW Climate Impacts Group ; and Steve Malloch, National Wildlife Federation.

WEDNESDAY, 25 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Ornamental Vines," Joan Helbacka, Master Gardener.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 25-28 MARCH NW SCIENTIFIC ASSOC UW CAMPUS LOCATIONS
NW Scientific Association and Northwest Lichenologists Annual Meeting, "The Pacific Northwest in a Changing Environment."
Participants from the College include Jon Bakker, Laura Blume, John Calhoun, Eva Dettweiler-Robinson, Matt Davies, Sharon Doty, Jerry Franklin, Dean Glawe, Rick Gustafson, Jessica Halofsky, Charles Halpern, Ryan Haugo, Van Kane, Josh Lawler, Bruce Lippke, Jim Lutz, Christina Lyons-Tinsley, Larry Mason, Rachel Mitchell, Elaine Oneil, Dave Peterson, Natalia Raffaeli, Christian
Torgersen; and many alums including Connie Harrington (PhD 1984), Jim Helfield (PhD 2001), Peter Homann (PhD 1988), Karen Kopper (MS 2002), Robin Lesher (PhD 2005), Donald McKenzie (PhD 1998, MS 1994), Cara Nelson (PhD 2004), Joe Rocchio (MS 1998), and Deborah Smith (PhD 2006), among others.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Saturday, April 4th, 2009, Union Bay Bay Natural Area, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. "CFR Centennial Grove Day of Service"; see
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheCollege/alumni.shtml.
Saturday, April 4th, 2009, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, Miller Library, Annual Garden Lovers' Book Sale. Proceeds are used
to buy new books and journals for the library.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7-9 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium. Join CFR alum Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) for a fun look at his trip to China to
collect plants for the Washington Park Arboretum's new Pacific Connections Garden. The presentation is the first in a series of
special programs honoring the Arboretum's 75th anniversary.
Saturday, April 11, 2009, Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitors Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., "Early Bloomers Plant Sale" to benefit the Arboretum.
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, Earth Day at the Arboretum. All students, staff, faculty, alumni and their families are invited to join UW Botanic Gardens, Student Conservation Association, and Seattle Parks for a day of
fun projects at the Washington Park Arboretum. Get your hands dirty for a cause removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and improving the Arboretum in a range of projects for all ages and abilities. To sign up, contact Kristin Mitchell, kmitchell@thesca.org or 206.324.4649.
April 20-23, 2009, Lewiston, ID, 33rd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium, "Branching Out: Opportunities to enhance management of tribal forests." Participants from the College include Ivan Eastin and Larry Mason. Alumni presenters include Faline Haven (BS 1995), Don Motanic (BS 1978), and Roger Ottmar (MS 1980).

URBAN FORESTRY SYMPOSIUM PLANNED FOR MAY 11
UW Botanic Gardens and Plant Amnesty are sponsoring an urban forestry symposium at UW Botanic Gardens on May 11, 2009, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The symposium will cover urban forest management challenges and solutions; topics include communicating the value of trees, trees and climate change, protecting trees during construction projects, and tree risk assessment. Speakers include:
• Paul Ries, Oregon Department of Forestry, keynote speaker, "If Green Is The New Gold, Why Aren't We All Rich?"
• Kathy Wolf, UW College of Forest Resources, "The Social and Economic Value of Trees
• Soo Hyung Kim, UW College of Forest Resources, "Ecosystem Services of Urban Trees and Climate Change"
• Tom Cook, Oregon State University, "Killing Trees with Good Intentions"
• Brian Gilles, Gilles Consulting, "Tree Risk Assessment for The Non-Arborist"
The symposium is intended for management-level professionals, on-the-ground technical staff, and community organizations.
Register before May 1, $50, or $40 for nonprofits! Registration fees after May 1st are $65, $55 for non-profits. Lunch is an additional $10, and must be ordered by May 1st. A limited number of scholarships are available for students and non-profits.

DENMAN PROGRAM ON PACIFIC NORTHWEST FORESTRY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 14
The May 14, 2009 Denman Forestry Series program "The Future of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest," has been finalized. The event
will take place at UW Botanic Gardens, NHS Hall; stay tuned for details regarding time. Speakers will include Bruce Bare on "History of Forestry in the Pacific Northwest," Ivan Eastin, "Northwest Forest Products: The continuing need," Jerry Franklin, "Ecosystem Services and Environmental Concerns," Gordon Bradley, "Population Increase and Forest Conversion," Jim Lutz, "Global Climate Change," Steve West, "Wildlife Management in Pacific Northwest Forests," Bruce Lippke, "Wood products, Biofuels, and Carbon Sequestration," John Perez-Garcia, "Changing Land Base and Ownership Patterns," Grett Ettl, "Managing Forests for Multiple Purposes: Certification vs. regulation," and Dave Briggs, "New Precision Tools for Forest Management."

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The Winter Quarter CFR News, which includes the FY08 Annual Report to donors is now avilable online. Contents include articles on the Pacific Connections Garden, the Washington Land Parcel Database, a profile of Assistant Professor Sergey Rabotyagov, and alumni and College news and hightlights.

UWTV REPORT ON COLLEGE'S PROGRAMS
UWTV has prepared its 2008 annual report as well as a report for each unit participating in producing programs. During 2008, UWTV worked with College faculty and staff to develop four new programs. The College now has 49 programs scheduled on UWTV, some of which are available on streaming video. In 2008, these programs were aired on UWTV 491 times and accessed online more than 96,000 times. The Denman Forestry Issues series was very popular last year, attracting more than 80,000 online views. For the full report, see http://www.uwtv.org/mailings/annualreport2008/pdf/cfr.pdf.

COLLEGE THANKFUL FOR CONTINUED DONOR GENEROSITY
Dean Bare writes, "Through February 2009, support from our friends and alumni has resulted in gifts in excess of $1.7 million to the College during the current fiscal year. This is slightly ahead of last year's giving and comes despite a decline in the wealth of many of our supporters. The UW, as a whole is down from last year but has raised over $210 million through February 2009. As with the entire UW, the number of donors to the College has markedly declined since last year. And, the rate of participation of our alumni is also down considerably -- although not as much as in some other UW schools and colleges. Clearly, the national economic crisis is having its impact on private support for the College and the UW. We remain thankful for our donors' continued confidence in our programs and the value they provide to society."

WEB PAGE ON RCEP PROCESS
Dean Bare has established a new web page to display information related to the pending College RCEP process initiated by the Provost under Section 26-41(C) of the Faculty Handbook. The page will be updated periodically. Dean Bare writes, "In recent emails related to the pending RCEP, the Provost refers to selected information about our College that dates back to 2001. If you wish to review a more complete history of the College since 2001, you can visit a web page that contains additional communications arranged in chronological order, http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/archive.html. One of these memos describes the 2003 RCEP related to our curricula transformations."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Eugene Schwilke (BS 1996) is a toxicologist with AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis, IN; he is also completing a PhD in forensic toxicology at the University of Maryland in collaboration with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. He previously worked for the WA State Toxicology Lab. The majority of his research is based in cannabinoids.
Brooks Stanfield (BS 1996) went on to get an MS from Oregon State University. He is the Brownfields Grant Manager for EPA Region 10 (covering Oregon, Washington, and Idaho).
Paige Stringer (BS 1996) went on to get a master’s in sports and recreation management from the University of San Francisco. She works in marketing and public relations for Xola Business Consulting Services for the adventure travel industry and is an associate with the Adventure Travel Trade Association in Seattle, WA.
Nui Tateyama (BS 1996) went on to get a master’s of environmental studies from Evergreen State College. She teaches international languages at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bellevue, WA.
Bianca Perla (PhD 2008) is the co-author of a book just published by Harvard University Press, "Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society," which synthesizes the results of a long-running study of Gunnison’s prairie dogs (Cynomys gunnisoni), one of the keystone species of the short-grass prairie ecosystem.

KUDOS
Kudos to Kern Ewing who has been awarded the UW's S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award for his dedication to teaching and his ongoing involvement and leadership in the UW's Restoration Ecology Network. The award is given to those who
have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in community-based instruction and service learning, as well as public service and
community projects.
Kudos to Monika Moskal, who has been appointed Chair of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing's Publications Committee; this is a two year appointment.
Kudos to graduate student Laurel James (remote sensing and geospatial analysis) who was just awarded the 2009 Truman D.
Picard Scholarship from the Intertribal Timber Council.
Kudos to all who helped make the 6th Annual Graduate Student Symposium a resounding success. The organizing committee says kudos in particular to "Dean Bare for his generous financial support, Bob Edmonds, Amanda Davis, CFR faculty members who attended and contributed, particularly Kristiina Vogt, and everyone who attended or presented. There were many excellent and
interesting presentations, as was reflected in the audience comment cards. Awarding a winner was a difficult choice, in light of so many great showings. Our congratulations go out to all the winners, and to everyone who participated -- well done!" Winners were: 1st place: Jason Walters, $100 gift certificate to REI; 2nd place: Eric Delvin, $50 gift certificate to University Bookstore; and 1st place poster winner, Keum Young Lee, with a $25 gift certificate to Trader Joe's. Honorable mentions were awarded to Aaron Reusch, Jake Grossman.
Kudos to the CFR Silviculture Challenge Team who won the 2009 challenge against UBC: Jed Bryce, Paul Craven, Andy Ellingson, Kim Littke, Doug Marconi, Phil Monsanto, Rohan Theobald, and Matt Weintraub; and to their faculty advisors Greg Ettl and David Ford.

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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 29, 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 MARCH 14. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 14 MARCH NHS PLANT SALE 9 AM UWBG,CUH
Northwest Horticultural Society's Spring Ephemerals and Companion Plants Sale.

SUNDAY, 15 MARCH PACIFIC CONNECTIONS WALK WPA, GRAHAM 1 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Arboretum Guided Walks, Pacific Connections Garden. No advanced registration required. Meet at Graham Visitors Center.

MONDAY, 16 MARCH UWBG PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION UWBG,GRAHAM 9 AM-2:30 PM
"Pruning Shrubs," David Zuckerman, UW Botanic Gardens, and Bess Bronstein, Certified Arborist.

MONDAY-SATURDAY, 16-11 MARCH WILDLIFE/NAT RES CONFERENCE LEXINGTON,VA
North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, "Refining the Relevance of Resource Management." CFR presenters include Josh Lawler.

TUESDAY, 17 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION HITCHCOCK 246 12-1 PM
"Plant Identification," David Giblin, UW Herbarium Collections Manager.

WEDNESDAY, 18 MARCH ADAPTIVE MGMT CONFERENCE OLYMPIA,WA 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
WA Forest Practices Adaptive Management Annual Science Conference.

WEDNESDAY, 18 MARCH ESRM 502 PRESENTATIONS AND 22 9-10:20 AM
ESRM 502, Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology, student presentations: "Stand Structure and Fire Severity in Managed Dry Forests of the Eastside Cascade Range, Washington,"Christina Lyons-Tinsley; "Analysis of Post-fire Tree Mortality in a
Mixed-severity Fire Regime in Stehekin, WA," Karen Kopper; "Shrub Community Response to Upland Harvest in the Western Cascades, Washington," Laura Six; "Initial Response of Conifer Seedlings to Changes in Ground Condition within Canopy Gaps," Kelsey Ketcheson; "Changes in Plant Community Composition after Fire in Sagebrush Steppe Invaded by Cheatgrass," Eva Dettweiler-Robinson, "Native Prairie Plantings for Restoration of South Puget Sound Prairies," Eric Delvin; "Climate, Competition, and Tree Distributions in the Pacific Northwest: Investigating range limit determinants in Abies amabilis on Mount Rainier," Ailene Kane; and "Effects of Grazing on Small Mammal Communities in Oregon," Katy Stuart.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Wednesday-Saturday, March 25-28, 2009, Seattle, WA, NW Scientific Association and Northwest Lichenologists Annual Meeting,
"The Pacific Northwest in a Changing Environment."
Saturday, April 4th, 2009, Union Bay Bay Natural Area, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. "CFR Centennial Grove Day of Service."
Saturday, April 4th, 2009, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, Miller Library, Annual Garden Lovers' Book Sale. Proceeds are used
to buy new books and journals for the library.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7-9 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium. Join CFR alum Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) for a fun look at his trip to China to
collect plants for the Washington Park Arboretum's new Pacific Connections Garden. The presentation is the first in a series of special programs honoring the Arboretum's 75th anniversary.
Saturday, April 18, 2009, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum, Earth Day at the Arboretum. All students, staff, faculty,
alumni and their families are invited to join UW Botanic Gardens, Student Conservation Association, and Seattle Parks for a day of
fun projects at the Washington Park Arboretum. Get your hands dirty for a cause removing non-native invasive plants, mulching, and improving the Arboretum in a range of projects for all ages and abilities. Bring the whole family for children's activities, leaf
rubbings, and more. To sign up, contact Kristin Mitchell, kmitchell@thesca.org or 206.324.4649.

COLLEGE TEAM WINS SILVICULTURE CHALLENGE FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW!
The College’s student team won the Silviculture Challenge against the University of British Columbia (UBC) School of Forestry’s team for the second year in a row. The challenge, held last week at Friday Harbor Labs, asked the teams to produce the essential
components of a management plan for the forested portion of the Friday Harbor Laboratories Preserve, taking into consideration the ecological vision statement for the Preserve and whether or not it is realistic, how forest management operations could be funded, and how the management plan will be accepted by stakeholders. The Silviculture Challenge was instituted in 2007, with the location alternating between Washington and BC; it provides a real life problem to encourage students to work in teams for an effective solution and to foster collegial contact between students from UBC and UW. Watch for list of team members in next week's Straight Grain kudos!

COLLEGE FACULTY AND STAFF PRESENT AT MEETINGS
Presentations in March by RTI's Larry Mason include: "Biomass in Washington State; Promises and Reality," at the Inland Empire Society of American Forests Meeting n Colville, WA; two presentations to the WA Contract Loggers Association Annual Meeting, "The Washington Log Truck Industry: Cost and Safety Analysis," and "Barriers to Utilization of Wood for Energy in Washington"; and a Logger's Training Workshop, on "Forest Biomass, Timber Markets, and Infrastructure Declines: Insights for PNW Loggers?" sponsored by WSU Extension in Colville, WA.
Josh Lawler will speak on "Vulnerability Assessments for Managing Wildlife in a Changing Climate" at next week's North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Lexington, VA.
Gordon Bradley will speak on "Managing Aesthetics in a Changing Landscape: Certification, corporations, and new demands," at a
Visual Resource Management Conference on April 20-22, 2009, in Abbotsford, BC.

ALL-COLLEGE MEETING ON BUDGET REDUCTIONS
Dean Bare writes, "I wish to thank all of you who attended the March 11th all-College meeting to discuss the proposal for reducing the College's state budget in FY 2010. To promote wider distribution, I have posted my powerpoint presentation on the College's
budget information web page at http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/cfrbudget2009.html. The link to the presentation is towards towards the bottom of the page. We recognize that this is a very difficult time for the UW and the College, but the excellent work of our Budget Analysis Committee and our Elected Faculty Council have provided sound advice that has helped shape the budget
reduction plan. If you have any additional comments or suggestions, please send them to me at bare@u.washington.edu."

COLLEGE WILL MISS MARIVIC JIMENEZ
Best wishes from the College to grants manager Marivic Jimenez, as she moves to another unit at the UW. While we are pleased that she found a new position that furthers her professional aspirations, we are sorry to lose her services. We have greatly enjoyed
working with Marivic over the past four and a-half years and appreciate the excellent service that she provided our staff and faculty. We wish her all the best in the coming months and years!

UW FY08 RESEARCH REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE
The UW's Annual Report of Awards and Expenditures for Fiscal Year 2008 is now online and available for download.

NEW OUT OF STATE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Consistent with Governor Gregoire's directive dated August 4, Senate Bill 5460 (ESSB 5460) was passed February 18, 2009 to restrict out-of-state travel and/or training. Office of Financal Management subsection 10.00.20, travel policy, was updated to
provide exceptions to the restriction on out-of-state travel and/or training.

ALUMNI UPDATES
David Overhulser (PhD 1980, MS 1973) is principal entomologist for the OR Department of Forestry in Salem, OR.
Alexander Kamola (MFR 1988) owns Green River Forestry Services, Inc. in Auburn, WA. He is a member of the King County, WA
Rural Forestry Commission.
Sylvia Kantor (MS 1994) is an extension educator with WSU-King County Extension in Renton, WA, where she is currently working
on ways to improve community food systems, food access, farm viability, and community development.
Steven McKay (MS 1996) is a doctoral candidate in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Horticulture. working on deciphering the genetics of fruit texture traits in apple.
James Paul (MS 1996) became Chief of the OR Department of Forestry's Private Forests Division in May 2008. He has worked for
the Department since 1996. He previously served as the statewide operations manager for state forests, helped lead the Private
Forests Program with policy and interagency coordination, and served as hydrologist from 1999-2004.

KUDOS
Kudos to CFR's IT staff for their work in rebuilding the network file services over the few past days. From Dean Bare, "On behalf of the entire College community I wish to acknowledge the time and effort the IT staff have expended. While these have been challenging days, we all appreciate the excellent services that we have come to rely on day after day. Thus, when service is
interrupted due to equipment failure, it is almost impossible to function in the manner to which we are accustomed. We take solace in the fact that our IT staff are available to remedy such problems on a 24-7 basis." And adds CFR-IT Director Marc Morrison, "A big thanks to Brad who moved in and worked over 48 hours straight bringing things back online. Kudos to Shane who helped place toothpicks in Brad's eyelids and kept him semi-conscious and to Luke Rogers for his calming nature and helpful advice."
Kudos from Barbara Selemon to UB Botanic Gardens web developer Meg Mathews for the Garden's Facebook page with its Flickr
collection of images. Says Barbara, "What a wonderful set of photos from a different perspective! Kudos to this idea of showcasing the UW Botanic Gardens from the visitors viewpoint."
Kudos to MS student Michael Hannam, who received a $60,000 NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System Graduate Research Fellowship, for research using terrestrial LiDAR to investigate micro-topography in relation to invasive sea grasses. Michael is advised by Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria at Friday Harbor Labs and works in Monika Moskal's Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis Lab

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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 29, Number 9

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 MARCH 8. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 9 MARCH NW FOREST SOILS COUNCIL VANCOUVER,WA 9 AM-4 PM
NW Forest Soils Council Meeting, "Forest Practices and Ecosystem Processes Affecting Soil Carbon Storage and Organic Matter Turnover."

MONDAY, 9 MARCH FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
CFR faculty meeting.

MONDAY, 9 MARCH WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR GOWEN 301 3:30-5 PM
"Response of Seabirds to Four Decades of Increasing Temperatures in the Alaska Arctic," George Divoky, University of
Alaska-Fairbanks.

TUESDAY, 10 MARCH WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Puget Sound Action Agenda: Protecting and restoring the Puget Sound ecosystem by 2020," David Dicks, The Puget Sound Partnership.

TUESDAY, 10 MARCH WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL OLYMPIA, WA 9 AM
The meeting is open to the public. Agenda emphasizes information sharing and discussion in three of the Biodiversity Conservation Strategy’s action areas, Land Use and Local Government, Education and Outreach, and Science and Information.

TUESDAY, 10 MARCH UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATGION HITCHCOCK 246 12-1 PM
"Plant Identification," David Giblin, UW Herbarium Collections Manager.

TUESDAY, 10 MARCH SEADOC SOCIETY LECTURE ORCAS IS, WA 7-8 PM
"Stellar Sea Lions: Grizzly bears of the sea," Steve Jeffries, WA Department of Fish & Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 10 MARCH CIG SEMINAR MGH 258 1:30-3 PM
"Ocean Acidification in Temperate Systems: From kelp to management," Terri Klinger, UW School of Marine Affairs.

WEDNESDAY, 11 MARCH ESRM 502 PRESENTATIONS AND 22 9-10:20 AM
Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology student presentations: "Bird-habitat Relationships in a Second-growth Nothofagus
glauca Forest in South Central Chile," Jorge Tomasevic; "Microarthropod Distribution in Canopy Soils of a Sitka Spruce," Royce
Anderson; "Rapid Assessment of Environmental and Human Use Gradients: Guided walks as transects," Keala Hagman; "The Influence of Elevation, Aspect, and Soil Drainage on Tree Species Abundance in the Prospect Hill Tract of Harvard Forest," Lydia Putnicki; "Seed Rain and Environmental Controls on Tree Colonization in Early Successional Communities," Marcela Bustamante-Sanchez; and "There's No Such Thing as Fire Severity," Matt Davies.

WEDNESDAY, 11 MARCH ALL-COLLEGE MEETING/BUDGET ANDERSON 207 2-3 PM
CFR All-College meeeting to discuss budget issues.

WEDNESDAY, 11 MARCH NHS LECTURE UWBG,CUH 7:15-9:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "Mediterranean Garden Style in the Pacific Northwest: Theory, aesthetics, and plant
palette," Tom Fischer.

THURSDAY, 12 MARCH SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Effects of Stream Drying on Fish Refuge Use and Species Persistence:
Forecasting effects of global climate change," Daniel Magoulick, Arkansas Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Uhit at University
of Arkansas.

FRIDAY, 13 MARCH SILVICULTURE SEMINAR ANDERSON 22 2:30-4:20 PM
"A Targeted Critique of the Washington State Forest Practices Act."

FRIDAY 13, MARCH PROVOST BUDGET TALKS UW CLUB 3:30-5 PM
Faculty and staff are invited to join Provost Phyllis Wise for drop-in conversations at the UW Club about the status of the state
budget and the UW's plans for dealing with it.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR
Monday-Saturday, March 16-21, 2009, Lexington, VA, 74th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, "Refining the Relevance of Resource Management."
Wednesday, March 18, 2009, Olympia, WA, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., WA Forest Practices Adaptive Management Annual Science Conference.
Wednesday-Saturday, March 25-28, 2009, Seattle, WA, NW Scientific Association and Northwest Lichenologists Annual Meeting, "The Pacific Northwest in a Changing Environment."
Saturday, April 4th, 2009, Union Bay Bay Natural Area, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. "CFR Centennial Grove Day of Service."
Saturday, April 4th, 2009, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., CUH, Miller Library, Annual Garden Lovers' Book Sale. Proceeds are used to buy new
books and journals for the library.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7-9 p.m., UW Tower Auditorium. Join CFR alum Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) for a fun look at his trip to China to
collect plants for the Washington Park Arboretum's new Pacific Connections Garden. The presentation is the first in a series of
special programs honoring the Arboretum's 75th anniversary.

NEW AFFILIATE FACULTY APPOINTMENT
Chris Lauver, the new co-Leader of the PNW Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, has been appointed Affiliate Assistant Professor, effective February 2009.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, FEBRUARY 2009
"Plant Urban Response Network: A global network of plant stress research in response to urbanization and climate change"; PI: Soo Kim; sponsor: Worldwide Universities Network; amount: $20,000.
"Consortium for Reseach on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM)"; PI: Larry Mason; sponsor: CORRIM; amount: $50,000.
"Center for Plant Conservation National Park Service Project"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: Center for Plant Conservation; amount: $1,050.
"Seeds of Success 2009"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: Center for Plant Conservation; amount: $29,680.
"WA Department of Health Parcel Database Development Phase II; PI: Luke Rogers; sponsor: WA Department of Health; amount: $120,000.

REPORT OF CFR CENTERS REVIEW COMMITTEE AVAILABLE ON LINE
The Ad Hoc CFR Centers Review Committee has completed its charge; the committee report is available on line.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The latest issue of the Olympic Natural Resources Center newsletter, ONRC Update features an article by Research
Analyst Anthony Odell on monitoring harmful algae blooms along the Pacific Coast. For the 1st Quarter 2009 newsletter from the
Stand Management Cooperative, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/newsletter/1stqtr2009.pdf.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Wayne Mayer (MS 1994) went on to get a PhD at Duke University. A conservation biologist who has primarily worked in the American tropics, he has done consulting, coordinating, and designing conservation, environmental education, and ecotourism
projects. He is also a freelance writer whose credits include Mountain Living, National Geographic, Adventure Magazine, and Wildlife Conservation.
Constance McDermott (MS 1994) went on to get a PhD at the University of British Columbia. She is an associate research scientist and program director of the Yale Program on Forest Policy and Governance at Yale University.
David Lebo (MS 1996) is the westside zone botanist for USDA Forest Services's Mt. Hood National Forest. He is a specialist in
lichens, bryophytes, and fungi and has conducted field surveys throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Robin (McKennon) Thaler (BS 1996) is principal of MAYFLY: A civil engineering-based company located in Seattle, WA. Her
professional background ranges from civil engineering and site development to green infrastructure and watershed planning.
Janet Millard (BS 1996) is a wildlife biologist for the USDA Forest Service’s Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Leavenworth, WA.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle PI article quoting alum Dean Yoshina (BS 1987), see "Protected trees turned to firewood: Poachers ply illegal trade in national forests."
See "Single-issue chair commissioner adjusts to Fish and Wildlife duties" for an article on ONRC Marine Program Manager Miranda Wecker.
For an article quoting Ivan Eastin, see "Ore., Wash. lumber exports up in 2008."
See "Edmonds resident helps IBD sufferers gain access to restrooms" for an article featuring CFR staff member Lois Fink.

KUDOS
Kudos to Miranda Wecker, who was recently appointed chair of the WA Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Kudos to Sharon Doty and Monika Moskal, who were nominated by their students for the Marsha Landolt Distinguished Graduate
Mentor Award.
Kudos to alum Hiroaki Ishii (PHD 2000), who received the 2008 Progress in Agriculture Award from the Society for Agriculture Science of Japan for his research contribution in confifer tree photosynthesis and carbon sequestration of plantation forests.

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