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The Straight Grain
Volume 42, 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.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK MARCH 31. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 28-31 MARCH  NW SCIENTIFIC ASSOC   BOISE, ID
NW Scientfic Association Meeting, "Networking Science: Communication, collaboration, and conservation in a time of change."  Speakers include alums Dan Gavin (PhD 2000, MS 1997) and Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997).

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, 30 MARCH-1 APRIL PAWS ON SCIENCE/HUSKY WKND SEATTLE CTR
Event brings researchers and scientists from the UW, together with children and families, for three days of engaging and exciting discovery. SEFS participation includes displays and exhibits on forest canopy science by David Ford's lab and endophytes and phytoremediaton by Sharon Doty's lab.  See http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Research-Weekends/paws-on-science and
ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

SATURDAY, 31 MARCH   FUTURE OF ASIA'S CITIES  ASIAN ART MUSEUM 9:30-11 AM
The Future of Asia's Cities: Design, Environment, Health, "Designed Ecologies: Built solutions to urban environmental issues," Kongjian Yu, Peking University.

SATURDAY, 31 MARCH   HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP   CITY PEOPLE'S    10-111 AM
Free workshop at City People's Garden Store on "Winning Combinations: Spring," Professor Emeritus Walt Bubelis, Edmonds Community College. See

MONDAY, 2 APRIL   WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR   PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"The Predator’s Dilemma: Investigating seabird foraging ecology," Charlotte Boyd, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

MONDAY-TUESDAY, 2-3 APRIL   DIRECTOR CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
SEFS Director candidate Gary Machlis.

TUESDAY, 3 APRIL      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Ending the Water and Sanitation Crises in the 21st Century," Phil Thompson, Seattle University.

WEDNESDAY, 4 APRIL   PHD FINAL EXAM    ANDERSON 22    1 PM
"Bioremediation of Trichloroethylene (TCE): Analysis of the plant genetic response to TCE and characterization of a novel TCE-degrading endophyte," Jun Won Kang; committee chair: Sharon Doty.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUDITORIUM    11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Marine Protected Areas and Fisheries Management: What do we know from theory and the field?," Ray Hilborn, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL    STARKER LECTURE SERIES  CORVALLIS,OR   3:30-T PM
Starker Lecture Series: Watershed Moments, "Forest Watershed Research: Management under the microscope," George Brown, Emeritus, University of Oregon; and George Ice, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Marine Protected Areas for Sea Turtle Conservation: Do they work by default and in perpetuity?," Ronel Nei, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL   WA NATIVE PLANT SOC    UWBG,CUH    7 PM
Central Puget Sound Chapter, WA Native Plant Society meeting, "The Future of Northwest Forests," Jerry Franklin, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL    SOUND CONVERSATIONS   SEATTLE AQUARIUM   7-8 PM
Sound Conversations with Jeff Renner, "What Can Sea Otters Tell Us about the Ocean?,"  James Bodkin, USGS Alaska Science Center.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 5-6 APRIL   DIRECTOR CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
SEFS Director candidate Thomas DeLuca.

FRIDAY, 6 APRIL   THESIS DEFENSE   ANDERSON 22   10 AM
"Citizen Involvement in Bureaucratic Environmental Decision-making: Communicative action in Forest Service NEPA projects," Daniel Brody, committee chair: Clare Ryan.

FRIDAY, 6 APRIL    QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
Quantitative Sciences Seminar, "Traffic Rules for Herds, Flocks, and Schools," Jim Anderson, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

SATURDAY, 7 APRIL    GARDEN LOVERS BOOKALE  UWBG,CUH  9 AM-3 PM
Garden Lovers Book Sale. Proceeds benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library. See

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Sunday, April 8, 2012, UW campus, 2-4 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "UW Campus Tree Tour," Arthur Lee Jacobson.
    Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Swiss Pub, 6:30 p.m., Tacoma Science Cafe, "Climate Change and the Arctic Ocean," Mike Steele, UW Polar Science Center.
    Tuesday-Wednesday, April 10-11, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Dean Glawe.
    Thursday-Friday, April 12-13, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Edward Kirby.
    Saturday, April 14, 2012, Washington Park Arboretum, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Conservation Association's Earth Day Volunteer opportunity at the UW Botanic Gardens Washington Park Arboretum.

SEFS PARTICIPATES IN "PAWS ON SCIENCE" AT SEATTLE CENTER
SEFS participants in "Paws on Science," a collaboration of tbe Pacific Science Center and the UW at the Seattle Center on Friday-Saturday, March 30-31, 2012, included exhibits and interactive displays by students in Sharon Doty's and David Ford's labs.  Sharon writes: "We have a table on Friday and Saturday. I'm bringing microbes on plates, plants, a poster, some craft supplies (make your own microbe), colored solutions used for quantifying phytohormone production by endophytes, and a framed photo changer that shows pictures of our fluorescently-labeled microbes within plants, poplar, and willow in their native environment, the effects of the endophytes on various crop plants and grasses, and phytoremediation experiments.  I'll be there the whole time plus a bunch of my students will be rotating through in shifts of a few hours." David Ford writes, "SEFS students Amita Banerjee and Shawn Behling, along with QUERM and Biology colleagues, will be hosting a demonstration by the Canopy Dynamics Lab. Trees have been erected as a mini-forest, and a little walkway erected so that students can get their heads among the branches. There is a 'canopy passport'that they get stamped!  And they measure light." Many UW scientists present displays and hands-on activities at this even.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The current issue of the Stand Management Cooperative's (SMC) newsletter is now online. This issue has remarks from new SMC/PFC director Greg Ettl and a featured article, "The Carryover Effect: Assessments of the Continued Effects of Nitrogen Fertilization of a Previous Stand on the Productivity of a Subsequent Douglas-fir Stand in the Pacific Northwest," by Paul Footen, Bob Gonyea, Bert Hasselberg, Gage Wagoner, Brian Strahm, Royce Anderson, Natalie Schmidt, Dave Briggs, Eric Turnblom and Rob Harrison.

2012 UW WATER SYMPOSIUM
The UW's annual Water Symposium is scheduled for April 18, 2012, at the UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture. The all-day symposium will include a poster session and social hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Bob Edmonds will be the lead speaker in the session on "Land Use and Water."

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
The UW's announcement of the 2012 Commencement speaker, EPA's Lisa Jackson, includes a reference to the $40 million USDA grant to biofuels research.
The Wall Street Journal article, "Scouting the world for killer ski slopes," features alum Paul Mathews (BS 1974).
"Man giving nature a helping hand in laying a new Elwha carpet," references research by alum Joshua Chenoweth (MS 2007).

ALUMNI UPDATES
David Bingaman (BS 1974) is the natural resources director for the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, WA.

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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html

The Straight Grain
Volume 41, 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.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

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

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 22-24 MARCH  EDUCATION CONFERENCE   FT. COLLINS,CO
Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, "Teaching and Learning Innovations in Natural Resource Fields."

MONDAY, 26 MARCH     BIOLOGY SEMINAR   HCK 132     12-1 PM
"Keystone Species and Molecules of Keystone Significance," Richard Zimmer, UCLA.

MONDAY, 26 MARCH    WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR   PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"K-12 Science Education, Citizen Science, and Biodiversity Protection: Transcending paralysis of analysis along the path to extinction," Margaret Tudor, Co-Executive Director, Pacific Education Institute; Karen Dvornich, Director, Nature Mapping Foundation; and Christian Grue, Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

TUESDAY, 27 MARCH      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Water: A global crisis," Sesh Velamoor, Foundation For the Future.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 28-31 MARCH  NW SCIENTIFIC ASSOC   BOISE, ID
NW Scientfic Association Meeting, "Networking Science: Communication, collaboration, and conservation in a time of change." Speakers include alums Dan Gavin (PhD 2000, MS 1997) and Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997).

THURSDAY, 29 MARCH  ENVIRONMENTAL HLTH SEMINAR  HSB T-435  12:30-1:20 PM
UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Seminar, "Water Quality in Washington State: Staying current for clean water?," Robert Duff, WA Department of Ecology.

THURSDAY, 29 MARCH    UW ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE  SEATTLE CENTER 2-7 PM
UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. The Challenge was created to encourage multidisciplinary student teams to tackle some of our most pressing environmental problems and come up with working solutions that have an entrepreneurial application.

THURSDAY, 29 MARCH      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Oyster Restoration in the Chesapeake Bay: It's as much about the shell as it is the shellfish," Roger Mann, Virginia Institute of Marine Science.

FRIDAY, 30 MARCH    BARN BEACH RESERVE LECTURE  LEAVENWORTH, WA  7-8 PM Barn
Beach Reserve Lecture Series, "Shadows in the Forest: Gray Wolves in Washington State," Gus Bekker, wildlife biologist.

SATURDAY, 31 MARCH   FUTURE OF ASIA'S CITIES  ASIAN ART MUSEUM 9:30-11 AM
The Future of Asia's Cities: Design, Environment, Health, "Designed Ecologies: Built solutions to urban environmental issues," Kongjian Yu, Peking University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Monday-Tuesday, April 2-3, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Gary Machlis.
Thursday, April 5, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens CUH, Central Puget Sound Chapter, WA Native Plant Society meeting, "The Future of Northwest Forests," Jerry Franklin, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Thursday-Friday, April 5-6, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Thomas DeLuca.
Saturday, April 7, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Garden Lovers Booksale. Proceeds benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.
Sunday, April 8, 2012, UW campus, 2-4 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "UW Campus Tree Tour," Arthur Lee Jacobson.
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 10-11, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Dean Glawe.
Thursday-Friday, April 12-13, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Edward Kirby.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Corvallis, OR, Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, "Initiatives and Insights: Fostering a new forestry future." Keynote speakers include alum Brent Davies (MS 1997).

ADJUNCT FACULTY APPOINTMENT
Assistant Professor Fernando Resende has been appointed an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Chemical Engineering.

NATIVE CAREER PLANNING DAY AT ONRC
The Olympic Natural Resources Center welcomed about 100 native American youth, young adults, and tribal educational leaders from all of the tribal nations from the west end and east end of the Olympic Peninsula (Makah, Quileute, Hoh, Quinault, Lower Elwha, Jamestown S’Kallam) for a UW Native American Career Planning Day on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.  Representatives from 10 UW units traveled to Forks to provide information about applying to the UW, available financial aid, and a wide variety of career
possibilities.

UW-REN CAPSTONE PROFILE
The UW's Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN), administered by SEFS, offers a senior capstone experience in which students of different academic backgrounds work together to complete a local restoration project. Students learn how to plan, design, install, and monitor a restoration project while working in teams. The capstone spans three academic quarters begining in the fall. Clients in the community, including local governments, utilities, non-profits, and private firms, submit requests for proposals to UW-REN concerning restoration problems or opportunities. The faculty then work with the client to create a mutually acceptable project.
One of the 2011-2012 capstone projects involves Richmond Beach Saltwater Park, a 40-acre property owned by the City of Shoreline, WA. The majority of the park is maintained as native habitat and it is used by the community for recreation and access to Puget Sound. This restoration project builds on previous years' efforts to restore coastal dune habitat. The capstone team's goals include removing invasive species, stabilizing steep slopes, and installing site appropriate native plants while maintaining a view corridor. Check out the blog created by the student team to learn more about their restoration efforts and to join them for a community volunteer work party.

WORLD FORESTRY DAY 2012
In 1971, the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture gave birth to the idea that we should designate one day around the world to celebrate the world's forest and all that they offer for "protection, production, and recreation." The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation agreed that this could help grow public awareness of forests around the world and officially made March 21st of each year "World Forestry Day." In honor of the day, the Pinchot Institute, with partners ShadeFund , The Conservation Fund, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Forest Guild, and Dovetail Partners put together a list of 24 ways that forestry improves our lives.  

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
See "Wild art: Photographer Art Wolfe returns to the wild parts of the UW campus to find stunning images" for images of UW Botanic Gardens Washington Park Arboretum and Union Bay Natural Area.
"Tribal youths to gather for career day at University of Washington" reports on the UW Native American Career Planning Day held at Olympic Natural Resources Center.
The KUOW program, "University of Washington researchers remember 2001 arson attack,"  reports on the Merill Hall arson fire.
For more coverage of Soo-Hyung Kim's research, see "Planning to visit the cherry blossoms? Err on the earlier side," a PBS Newshour report.

ALUMNI UPDATES
John Hungate (BS 1985) is a process engineer with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. in Lake Oswego, OR.
Carlen (Vogel) Carney (BS 1985) was recently elected to the Teton County, WY School District #1 Board of Education, where she serves as treasurer and as a state legislature liaison. She is also an officer for the Teton Village Fire District and the Wilson Elementary PTO, and is a third-generation Wyoming resident, whose grandparents arrived in Cody in 1908.

KUDOS
Bryant Elementary School volunteer coordinator Ann Marie Patterson sends along kudos to graduate students Hillary Burgess, Christina Lyons Tinsley, and Natasha Stavros for providing mentorship to Bryant students.  She writes, "Our students greatly benefited from exposure to adult mentors who are planning to pursue a career in the sciences. UW mentors provided expertise in the scientific process and served as inspiring role models for our students." Christina has been a mentor for more than four years.
The Bryant Science Fair is March 29, 2012, from 7-8 p.m. in the Bryant Cafeteria, and the school extends the invitation to SEFS to come see all the amazing projects for 2012.

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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 41, 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.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING MARCH 18. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY, 20 MARCH   VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    MCCARTY HALL  10 AM-4 PM
Society for Ecological Restoration UW Student Guild day of restoration, removing invasive weeds such as ivy, blackberry, and holly; planting native plant species; and spreading mulch. Meet at the entrance to the restoration site, across from McCarty Hall and behind the tennis courts.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH   CLIMATE CHANGE TALK   UW BURKE MUSEUM   7 PM
"Four Decades of Climate Change: A rare look at seabirds and polar bears in a warming world," George Divoky, biologist.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    CUH,DOUGLAS   7-8:30 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Orchard Mason Bees," Missy Anderson, King County Master Gardener.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH   SEATTLE SCIENCE LECTURE   TOWN HALL  7:30-9 PM
"The Forest Unseen," David George Haskell, Sewanee, the University of the South.

WEDNESDAY, 21 MARCH    SCIENCE SPEAKER SERIES  TOWN HALL  8:15-9:15 PM
Engage: Science Speaker Series, "Your Favorite Riverside Landscape: Why it matters to scientists," Kelly Huang, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences,

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 22-24 MARCH  EDUCATION CONFERENCE   FT. COLLINS,CO
Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, "Teaching and Learning Innovations in Natural Resource Fields."  

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Thursday, March 29, 2012, Seattle Center Exhibition Center, 2-7 p.m., UW Environmental Innovation Challenge. The Challenge was created to encourage multidisciplinary student teams to tackle some of our most pressing environmental problems and come up with working solutions that have an entrepreneurial application. See Wednesday-Saturday, March 28-31, 2012, Boise ID, NW Scientfic Association Meeting, "Networking Science: Communication, collaboration, and conservation in a time of change."  See
http://www.northwestscience.org/2012meeting. Speakers include alums Dan Gavin (PhD 2000, MS 1997) and Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997).
Monday-Tuesday, April 2-3, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Gary Machlis.
Thursday-Friday, April 5-6, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Thomas DeLuca.
Saturday, April 7, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Garden Lovers Booksale. Proceeds benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.
Tuesday-Wednesday, April 10-11, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Dean Glawe.
Thursday-Friday, April 12-13, 2012, SEFS Director candidate Edward Kirby.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Corvallis, OR, Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, "Initiatives and Insights: Fostering a new forestry future." Keynote speakers include alum Brent Davies (MS 1997).

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The Winter 2012 SEFS News is now available online. This issue has articles about one alum's journey from the UW's Brockman
Tree Tour to the forests of India, research on planning for the WA DNR's Snoqualmie Recreation Area, news about the 2012 Silviculture Challenge, faculty news, alumni news, and more.

SEFS FACULTY PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Jerry Franklin will speak on "The Future of Northwest Forests," at the April 5, 2012 meeting of the Central Puget Sound Chapter, WA Native Plant Society. See Susan Bolton will moderate a plenary session entitled "Global Health and the Environment," at the upcoming April 27-29 9th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference at the UW.

SEFS WELCOMES VISITING PROFESSOR
A warm welcome to Visiting Professor Guenther Krieger Filho from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, who will be here through June working with Ernesto Alvarado and with Ruddy Mell from the USFS PNW on integration of ecologically based fuel characterization and physical models, development of a physics-based model for understory fire propagation, and designing field experiments to test the model in the Amazon forest.

NORTHWEST ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM
The Northwest Environmental Forum will convene a session on "Water: A Fundamental Forest Environmental Service" on Monday, April 16, 2012, at UW Botanic Gardens. The session will focus on an assessment of applicable literature within the larger objective of a scientifically sound knowledge base supporting market or quasi-market payment programs for water quality, water quantity, and the timing of water flow on private forestland. Two key geographic watersheds, Snohomish and Nisqually, that emerged from June 2011 Forum breakout group discussions, will be highlighted.

BLOG POSTS FROM UW BOTANIC GARDENS CUBA TOUR
Sarah Reichard has begun posting her blog from the recent Cuba tour she led that visited botanic gardens and their scientists and staff, Zapata National Park (part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), and urban farmers in Havana to learn how they make the most of every square inch they farm, among other highlights. Follow the tour online.

CHANGES IN SCHOLARSHIP/FELLOWSHIP RECRUITMENT PROCEDURES
Tom Hinckley writes, "The SEFS Scholarship and Financial Aid Committee has recommended changes in procedures for graduate recruitment fellowships and undergraduate recruitment and continuing scholarship allocations. These were discussed by the Committee and by the Director’s Council. I have approved these changes, which are posted online."

UW LIBRARIES AND GRADUATE SCHOOL LIGHTNING TALKS
Maureen Nolan writes, "The UW Libraries Research Commons, in partnership with the Graduate School, is planning a Research Commons Lightning Talks event on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4-5:30 p.m. on the ground floor of Allen Library South. The event will feature 10 short presentations (5 minutes each) by graduate students researching topics related to the theme of
sustainability. This will be a fun, informal event that will allow grad students to share their research across disciplines, make connections, and build presentation skills. The event will be open to all UW students, faculty, and staff. Are you a graduate student doing sustainability related research? Submit a short proposal at http://commons.lib.washington.edu/lightningtalks.  Contact
nolan@u.washington.edu if you have questions."

WA DNR RELEASES 2011 ANNUAL REPORT
The Washington Department of Natural Resources has released its 2011 annual report.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
A Washington Post article, "Could cherry blossoms one day be blooming in winter?," quotes Soo Hyung-Kim.
"Sentencing Friday for firebomb maker in 2001 UW arson" and "A cell door closes on UW's 2001 arson after a laudable pursuit of justice" references 2001 arson at the UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture.
"State DNR biomass report says slash extraction won’t hurt forests" reports research performed by SEFS researchers.

ALUMNI UPDATES
John Seward (MFR 1985) is a geotechnical specialist for the Oregon Department of Forestry in Roseburg, OR.
David Seesholtz (BS 1985) is a research liaison with the USDA Forest Service in Boise, ID, and lead on the "NEPA for the 21st Century at USDA Forest Service" initiative.

KUDOS
Kudos to Ila Palmquist, who is a recipient of a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for Spring Quarter 2012. Ila is working on a wildlife sciences research project with John Marzluff, "How do crows perceive danger? A PET study of the crow brain." Recipients of the Mary Gates Research Scholarship are chosen through an essay competition that discusses the motivations for getting involved in a research project, what progress will be made, and how the work contributes to the student's education and development of future plans. Recipients present their work at the Undergraduate Research Program’s annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium in May.
Tom Hinckley sends kudos to "Sarah Reichard for her leadership on this week's 'Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World' symposium, and to the many staff, faculty, and students who made this event run very smoothly. There were keynote talks by Peter Raven and Josh Lawler and 55 presentations in eight oral presentation sessions; see
There were over 150 participates from Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Montana, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan."

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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 41, 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 MARCH 10. Check out the SEFS events calendar, for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 10 MARCH    SECRETS OF SOIL LECTURE   SPOKANE, WA   4-5 PM
NW Museum of Art and Culture presents Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Lecture Series, "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic," Estella Leopold, Emeritus, UW Department of Biology.

MONDAY, 12 MARCH   ESRM CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS  AND 22  10:30 AM-12 PM
Capstone presentations by ESRM undergraduates include "Using Animal-borne Cameras to Explore Social Foraging and Vigilance of Mule Deer in the North Cascades"; "Embracing the Fierce Green Fire: The wolf renaissance in Twentieth-century North America;" and "Differences in Soil and Foliar Ca and N in Douglas-fir Forests throughout the Pacific Northwest."

TUESDAY, 13 MARCH    FACULTY MEETING   ANDERSON 22   10:30-11:30 AM
SEFS faculty meeting.  Agenda and materials distributed in advance of the meeting.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 13-14 MARCH   BIODIVERSITY CONFERENCE   UWBG,CUH
Plant Biodiversity Conference, "Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A view from NW North America." Peter Raven, Director Emeritus of the Missouri Botanic Garden and well-known plant conservation biologist, is the first day's keynote speaker (Tuesday) at 9:15; a limited number of spaces are available for this lecture, rsvp to Sarah Reichard, reichard@u.washington.edu. Josh Lawler, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences is the second day's keynote speaker; spaces also available.

WEDNESDAY, 14 MARCH    CFR 502 PRESENTATIONS   ANDERSON 22   8:30-10:20 AM
Presentations by students in CFR 502, Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology, include: "Effects of Flowering Phenology on Pollinator-mediated Interactions between Native and Exotic Forbs"; "Environmental Controls on Woody Plant Establishment in the Hydrologically Restored Tidal Freshwater Wetlands of the Nisqually River Delta"; "Marine Mammal Occurrence and Environmental Variability in the Beaufort Sea using Passive Acoustics"; "West Coast Transient Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Occurrence in the Salish Sea: A multivariate approach"; "Influence of Armillaria Root Disease and Environmental Factors in Determining Plant Community Composition at Various Canopy Levels in an Eastern Washington Ponderosa Pine Forest"; "Influence of Soil Moisture on Alnus rubra Ectomycorrhizal Fungal Community Distribution"; "Analysis of Understory Species Composition at a Surface Coalmine Reclamation Site in Western Washington"; "How Carbon Dioxide and Drought Influence the Growth of Giant Reed (Arundo donax )"; and "What's the Buzz? An initial analysis of spatial variation of hymenoptera families in a tropical coffee agroecosystem."

WEDNESDAY, 14 MARCH   PHD GENERAL EXAM     ANDERSON 22    1 PM
"Optimizing Forestry Management in Consideration of Environmental Regulations, Economic Reality, and Ecosystem Services," Svetlana Kushch; committee chair: Sándor Tóth.

WEDNESDAY, 14 MARCH       NHS LECTURE      UWBG,CUH   7:15-8:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Gourmet Gardening: Growing your own groceries," Will Galloway, garden writer.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 14-15 MARCH   NWFSC SYMPOSIUM  NOAA,SAND POINT
NW Fisheries Science Center Symposium.

THURSDAY, 15 MARCH    STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY   EVERETT, WA   7-8:30 PM
"Cougars!," Brian Kertson (PhD 2010), WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Tuesday, March 20, 2012, UW McCarty Hall, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spring Break Volunteer Opportunity. The Society for Ecological Restoration UW Student Guild day of restoration removing invasive weeds such as ivy, blackberry, and holly; planting native plant species; and spreading mulch. Meet at the entrance to the restoration site, across from McCarty Hall and behind the tennis courts.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, UW Burke Museum, 7 p.m., "Four Decades of Climate Change: A rare look at seabirds and polar bears in a warming world," George Divoky, biologist.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Seattle Town Hall, 8:15-9:15 p.m., Engage: Science Speaker Series, "Your Favorite Riverside Landscape: Why it matters to scientists," Kelly Huang, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Seattle Town Hall, 7:30-9 p.m., Seattle Science Lectures, "The Forest Unseen," David George Haskell, Sewanee, the University of the South.
Wednesday-Saturday, March 28-31, 2012, Boise ID, NW Scientfic Association Meeting, "Networking Science: Communication, collaboration, and conservation in a time of change." Speakers include alum Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997).
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Corvallis, OR, Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, "Initiatives and Insights: Fostering a new forestry future." Keynote speakers include alum Brent Davies (MS 1997).

VIST DATES FOR DIRECTOR CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED
Bruce Balick and Tom Hinckley write, "On behalf of the Director Search Committee and the SEFS Director's Office, we are pleased to announce the interview dates for the four finalists for the position of Director:
April 2-3       Dr. Gary Machlis
April 5-6       Dr. Thomas DeLuca
April 10-11     Dr. Dean Glawe
April 12-13     Dr. Edward Kirby
Each finalist will give a public presentation at 3:30 p.m. on the first day of the respective visits. Please mark your calendars.  Meetings with faculty, students, staff, and outside stakeholders are in the planning stages.  We'll keep you informed as the interview details are finalized.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The Winter 2012 Newsletter of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products (CINTRAFOR) is now online at
This issue contains an article about the Future Forestry Leaders Graduate Student Symposium held at the University of British Columbia that includes abstracs of the SEFS student research presented.  The issue also lists CINTRAFOR publications, including new working papers and special papers.

SEFS SERVICE ON USDA PEER REVIEW PANEL
Stanley Asah will be serving on a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) peer-review panel that will evaluate applications submitted to the Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge Area, Socioeconomic Impacts of Biofuels on Rural Communities Program.  The peer-review panel is scheduled for Thursday-Friday, April 5-6, 2012.

NEWS FROM CASCADIA FIELD STATION
Christian Torgesen sends along publication news from the USGS Cascadia field station; he is co-author on a paper in a new book,Gravel Bed Rivers: Processes, Tools, Environments. Topics include uncertainty in fish-habitat relationships, problems with
density as a measure of abundance, and benefits of addressing salmonid response at multiple scales. A reprint of the paper, "Incorporating Spatial Context into the Analysis of Salmonid-habitat Relations," can be requested at
http://fresc.usgs.gov/products/RequestReprint.aspx?ProductNumber=2541.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS STAFF MAINTAIN HEALTH OF ARBORETUM'S FLOWERING CHERRIES
UW Botanic Gardens staff member David Zuckerman writes on the UWBG news page, "Most visitors experiencing the beauty of our historic Azalea Way flowering cherries from now through May probably have no idea of how intensive maintaining their health and prolonging their longevity truly is for the UW Botanic Gardens horticulture staff. Just ask our Integrated Pest manager, Ryan Garrison. Ryan with staff support, spends many a day throughout the year monitoring and controlling the numerous diseases and
insect pests ...."

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"WSU professor's database selected as standard reference" features research by Dean Glawe.
"Biosolids hit the fan" quotes Sally Brown.
"Future foresters face off: In competition, UW and Canadian students get a real-world lesson" features the UW-UBC Silviculture Challenge (the winner of the challenge was UW SEFS, see kudos below!)

ALUMNI UPDATES
Eldridge Gockerell (BS 1951) worked for the WA Department of Natural Resources for 33 years, managing the Olympic Peninsula region in Forks, WA until his retirement to Sequim in 1982.  He was a World War II aviator who just recently received his wings "67 years late."

KUDOS
Kudos to the winning SEFS student contingent in the UW-UBC Silviculture Challenge -- Hunter Decker, Paul Fischer, Rachel Larsen, John Simeone, Eric Snoozy, and Andrea Watts; and to the faculty leadership provided by Greg Ettl and David Ford.  Tom Hinckley writes to the team, "I was particularly impressed by the terrain and weather features that you had to deal with. The collaboration with the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Darrington District, especially Phyllis Reed (MS 1983); Peter Forbes, North Puget Sound Chapter of the Society of American Foresters; the Darrington Area Business Association; and the Darrington Library was also a very impressive outcome of your work. Competing with students from UBC was likely also a great experience."
Tom Hinckley sends along kudos to Alina Niklison who organized the recent SEFS Sustaining our World lecture by Eric Dinerstein (MS 1979, PhD 1983), as well as the dinner following the lecture. Kudos also to Steve West who orchestrated the remarks at the dinner. Tom writes, "Steve's humor, introductions, and guidance of faculty and student presentations of their areas of interest led to one guest saying to me -- 'You have a really impressive bunch of colleagues and students.' Other guests commented on what a wonderful time they had and what a successful evening it was."
Kudos to all involved in the recent Graduate Student Symposium. Diana Pietri,Chair of the GSS Committee and Committee members Julianne Baroody, Karyn Boenker, Daniel Brody, Ellen Frohning, Lauren Grand, Kelly Huang, Maria Sandercock, and Natasha Stavros organized and conducted a very successful event, which included a keynote panel with speakers Ara Erickson (MS 2004), formerly of Forterra and presently with Weyerhaeuser; Mack Hogans (MS 1974), formerly Vice-President of Weyerhaeuser and currently CEO of M.L. Hogans LLC, Consulting; and Professor Vivek Shandas, Portland State University.
Paul Ehlen, member of the QSCI 381 class, sends along kudos to the course TA Daisuke Sasatani: "Daisuke is doing a fabulous job. His answers to questions are clear and detailed. He is willing to take all the time necessary to write a lengthy explanation if necessary. Though he can be stern (which is good, I think) he is also very friendly and flexible. He has allowed me to take most of my exams during his office hour and I really appreciate that. Finally, when I've gone to his office hour with questions, he enthusiastically engages me in thinking through the problems and solving them together. He is a natural teacher and his knowledge and enthusiasm for statistics are infectious. I never really thought twice about taking a statistics class but I'm really enjoying it and the things I'm learning are enriching my world-view."

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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 41, Number 9

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 MARCH 4. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 5 MARCH   WA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY   YAKIMA, WA    12-1 PM
"Restoring Garry Oak in Central Washington: Enhancing seedling performance in a semiarid environment," Jim Evans, The Nature Conservancy.

MONDAY, 5 MARCH    DISSERTATION PROPOSAL   ANDERSON 22   2 PM
"The Influence of Epiphytes and Canopy Soil in the Cycling of C and N in an Old-growth Temperate Rainforest in Olympic National Park, Washington," Camila Tejo Haristoy; committee co-chairs Nalini Nadkarni and Darlene Zabowski.

MONDAY, 5 MARCH    WILDFIRE SEMINAR    ANDERSON 207    3-4 PM
"Bringing Wildfire Simulations to the Field: Geospatial tools to assist fire managers," Joaquin Ramirez, Universidad de Leon, Spain.

MONDAY, 5 MARCH   WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   PACCAR 192   3:30-4:50 PM
"Are the Effects of Primary Productivity on Songbird Populations Altered in an Urbanizing Landscape?," Ben Shryock, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

TUESDAY, 6 MARCH   WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Effects of Comtemporary Forest Practices on Headwater Stream Temperature and Sediment Export," Bill Ehinger, WA Department of Ecology.

TUESDAY, 6 MARCH   OCEANS/HUMAN HLTH SEMINAR   FISH 108   2:30-3:30 PM
"Environmental Algal Toxin Surveillance, Exposure Assessment, and Diagnostic Tools for Detecting Chronic Disease," Kathi Lefebvre, NOAA Fisheries Service.

TUESDAY, 6 MARCH   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    HITCHCOCK 244  6:30-8:30 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Plant Identification Series," David Giblin, UW Herbarium and Burke Museum. 6-part series meets 3/6, 13, 20, 17, April 3 and 10.

WEDNESDAY, 7 MARCH   DAWG DAYS IN DESERT  RANCHO MIRAGE,CA  11:30 AM-2 PM
Dawg Days in the Desert CoENV Lunch and Learn, "Off the Menu: How prey animals avoid becoming a predator's lunch," Aaron Wirsing, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

THURSDAY, 8 MARCH    STARKER LECTURE SERIES   CORVALLIS,OR  3:30-5 PM
Starker Lecture Series: Watershed Moments, "The Clean Water Act: Fundamentals and effects on forestry," Jay O'Laughlin, University of Idaho.

THURSDAY,  8 MARCH     SAFS SEMINAR      FSH SCI AUD    4:30 PM
Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries, "New Frontiers in Fisheries Management: The Australian approach," Keith Sainsbury, University of Tasmania.

FRIDAY, 9 MARCH    NHS PLANT SALE     UWBG,CUH   9 AM-4 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society plant sale to benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

FRIDAY, 9 MARCH    SILVICULTURE SEMINAR    ANDERSON 22    2:30-4:20 PM
"Ecophysiology Applications in Hemlock Forest Management Decision Making," Al Mitchel, Canadian Forest Service.

SATURDAY, 10 MARCH    SECRETS OF SOIL LECTURE   SPOKANE, WA   4-5 PM
NW Museum of Art and Culture presents Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Lecture Series, "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold's Land Ethic," Estella Leopold, Emeritus, UW Department of Biology.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Tuesday-Wednesday, March 13-14, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, Plant Biodiversity Conference, "Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America."
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7:15-8:15 p.m.,
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Gourmet Gardening: Growing your own groceries," Will Galloway, garden writer. See
Wednesday-Thursday, March 14-15, 2012, NOAA Sand Point, NW Fisheries Science Center Symposium.
Wednesday-Saturday, March 28-31, 2012, Boise ID, NW Scientfic Association Meeting, "Networking Science: Communication, collaboration, and conservation in a time of change."  Speakers include alum Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997).
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Corvallis, OR, Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium, "Initiatives and Insights: Fostering a new forestry future." Keynote speakers include alum Brent Davies (MS 1997).

FINALIST CANDIDATES FOR SEFS DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED
Director Search Committee Chair Bruce Balick writes, "On behalf of the committee, it is my pleasure to present a list of four highly qualified candidates for the position of Director of SEFS.  The candidates are:
Dr. Thomas DeLuca, Professor and National Environmental Research Council (NERC)-University Joint Chair in Environmental Sciences, School of Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University, Wales, and Adjunct Professor, University of Montana
Dr. Dean Glawe, Professor, Plant Pathology, Washington State University; Professor (without tenure) University of Washington
Dr. Edward Kirby, Professor of Plant Biology, Rutgers University, Newark
Dr. Gary Machlis, Science Advisor to Director, National Park Service, and Professor of Conservation, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho.
The candidates are being invited to for campus interviews with faculty, staff, students, alumni, your outside partners, the search committee, and Dean Graumlich shortly after spring quarter begins. We are committed to keeping everyone informed as the process evolves.  Visit schedules and agendas will be published on the SEFS website as they are developed, along with a short bio and a CV for each candidate.
The bottom line is this: the best fit of candidates to the position is now yours to consider.  We have done our best to make your choice both pleasant and difficult, and we wish you well. The ball now moves from our court into yours. The on-campus interviews are the most important remaining step leading to the selection of the next Director of SEFS. Everyone in SEFS plays a vital role: that of mutual recruitment.  That is, bear in mind that all of the finalists are currently in excellent professional positions that they have worked hard to attain. Their decision to take a new position here will not be tautological or
without complications. As you can easily appreciate, your engagement and enthusiasm throughout the interviews matters enormously to the candidates—as well as to SEFS, the DSC, and the Dean.  I urge your active participation for many reasons, not least of which is that we all want the next director to arrive feeling like a welcome member of the School.
I'm very glad that everyone's hard work is within reach of reward.  I look forward to meeting many of you as the candidates visit the campus in April."

IN MEMORIAM, ORIN SOEST (1926-2012)
Tom Hinckley writes, "This has been a difficult three month period as the School has lost two of its great friends: in December, Jack Corkery; and now in mid-February, Orin Soest.  As interim and then Director of the Center for Urban Horticulture (1999-2004) and now as interim Director of the School, I got to know Orin and Althea, his spouse, very well.  That friendship continued between the two periods of being an administrator. We have many friends who give gifts generously to the School; Jack and Orin gave a lot more to the School -- they are greatly missed. See obituary in the Peninsula Daily News and  public announcement by UWBG, below:
"Orin Hazen Soest, a dear friend and a UW Laureate Donor, passed away peacefully on February 14th of this year.  For the past 15 years, the generosity of Orin and Althea, his wife of 59 years, has graced the UW Botanic Gardens and its many visitors with the colorful and ever-changing Orin & Althea Soest Herbaceous Display Garden at the Center for Urban Horticulture.  Dedicated in 1998, the garden was originally envisioned by a graduate student for her thesis project to show how plants grow in differing soils, light exposure, and watering regimes.  However, it was the Soests who made this beloved garden come to life.  Their annual gifts and a bequest for perpetuity have provided for the garden’s initial construction, its ongoing maintenance,  and for special features like the lovely central stone fountain.
The Soests also created an endowment to help support in perpetuity the Director’s position at UW Botanic Gardens.  Their generosity will live on beyond them to be enjoyed by generations to come. Orin will be remembered for his dry wit, gentle smile, and the twinkle in his eye.  His and Ally’s regular visits always warmed the hearts of the UW Botanic Gardens staff. Orin had a gift of looking at the lay of the land and creating a space that was both functional and beautiful.  We are told he always advised his family to “leave a place better than you found it.”  He has lived out this philosophy with the garden that bears his name, a cherished gift to the University and the community of Seattle that provides beauty, educational opportunities, and a place that sustains the human spirit. The family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the Orin and Althea Soest Herbaceous Display Garden Fund at the University of Washington. You can give online or by mail to College of the Environment Advancement Staff, Box 355055, 3718 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105."

WELCOME NEWCOMER TO THE SEFS COMMUNITY
Michelle Trudeau writes, "Lisa Nordlund, our undergraduate adviser, had her baby boy this week. He weighed 7lbs 15oz, and all are doing well. Congratulations to Lisa, her husband Dennis, and his sister Ellie!"

RESEARCH COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
Soo-Hyung Kim is a member of a UW research team collaboratinig with the University of Nairobi, Kenya on climate change and managing its impact on health and the environment, see http://www.uonbi.ac.ke/node/369. In a previous collaboratio, Susan Bolton was a member of a 2010 research team working with health sciences faculty in the University of Nairobi.

STUDENT CAPSTONE ON UNION BAY NATURAL AREA HABITAT RESTORATION
A seven-student, multidisciplinary team is partnering with Friends of Yesler Swamp to restore a portion of the Union Bay Natural Area to native Puget Sound forest. The site was highly disturbed and much of it was dominated by invasive plant species, specifically Himalayan blackberry. This team is part of the UW-Restoration Ecology Network's Restoration Capstone Sequence, one of three ESRM course sequences offered by SEFS that enables ESRM students to fulfill their undergraduate requirements.  See story on the Yesker Swamp restoration project.

DAVID BRIGGS STUDENT SUPPORT FUND FULLY ENDOWED
To honor Emeritus Professor David Briggs' many contributions, a general student support fund was created to assist an undergraduate or graduate student involved with SMC with tuition costs. This named fund honors Dave and provides much-needed tuition dollars to students who will become the next generation of leaders in forest management. Through the generosity of donors, the fund is now fully endowed at the student support fund level of $25,000.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The February 2012 issue of e-Flora, the e-newsletter of the UW Botanic Gardens is now online. This issue has a spotlight on SEFS graduate student Ilana Calvert, information on upcoming classes and events, and much more.  Check out the link to the Arboretum Foundation's website featuring the award-winning “Birdsong” display from the Arboretum Foundation and Seattle Audubon. The website now has profiles of the plants and birds featured in the exhibit, and you can click on the bird photos to hear their songs.

TWO UW AWARDS COMING UP: UG LIBRARY RESEARCH AND HUSKY GREEN AWARDS
The Library Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students for excellent research and scholarship that demonstrates creative use of scholarly materials and library resources. Students may submit any research project they've completed between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. In addition, they are asked to submit a short reflective essay about the research process. The deadline is Monday, May 14, 2012; winners receive $1,000.  For detailed information see
The Husky Green Award, sponsored by the UW Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Office, recognizes UW peers who have shown leadership, initiative, and dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainability at the UW. Nominate someone you know; submission deadline is March 30, 2012.

PNW RESEARCH STATION ANNUAL REPORT
The USDA Forest Service PNW Research Station annual report for 2011 is now
available online.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"Interim forester takes over in U.S. Forest Service's Northern Region" features alum Vicki Christiansen (BS 1983).
"Ethanol's future bright" features alum Erik Anderson (MS 1987, BS 1984).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Ara Erickson (MS 2004) has accepted a position at Weyerhaeuser Company as Sustainability Manager, helping the company implement sustainable economic, social, and environmental strategies. Ara's current position is Green Cities Director for Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy).

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://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html

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