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May 2006

The Straight Grain
Volume 18, 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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MAY 28. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY, 30 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"Monitoring Streams and Watersheds: Reflections on recent advances and persistent challenges," Loveday Conquest, UW College of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences; Steve Ralph, Stillwater Sciences.

TUESDAY, 30 MAY FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR UWBG,ISAACSON 3:30-4:30 PM
"Will Indigenous Maya Forest Management Give Us New Tools for Restoring and Conserving Tropical Rainforests?" Dr. Steward A.W. Diemont, candidate for assistant professor, natural resource restoration and management position.

WEDNESDAY, 31 MAY PHD DEFENSE AND 22 1 PM
"Late Glacial and Holocene Fire History in the Southcentral Brooks Range, Alaska: Direct and indirect impacts of climatic change on fire regimes," Phil Higuera; adviser: Linda Brubaker.

WEDNESDAY, 31 MAY ENVIR MGMT SYMPOSIUM JOHNSON 102 2:45-4:30 PM
Environmental Management Symposium, featuring Luce Keystone Projects presentations on municipal organics management, sound food, and rethinking the urban marine edge. Reception follows in Allen 485.

WEDNESDAY, 31 MAY QERM SEMINAR MGH 287 3:30 PM
"Analyzing Individual Movement: Interactions with environment and ecological consequences," Eli Gurarie, QERM gradate student.

WEDNESDAY, 31 MAY CARNIVORE PRESENTATION AND 207 7-9 PM
"Coexistence with Carnivores: Experiences in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem," presentation on spring field trip by CFR faculty and students. See UWeek article, "Where wildlife and urban life meet," http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=24544.

THURSDAY, 1 JUNE NWFSC SEMINAR OCEAN TCHNG BLDG 14 11 AM
"Is Density-dependence an Evolvable Property? Deriving a Testable Hypothesis and Reporting on Results in Hand," Joseph Travis, Florida State University

THURSDAY, 1 JUNE DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUES SERIES UWBH,NHS 2-5 PM
"Sustainable Urban Ecosystems: Physical and biological environments." See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Outreach/Denman/denmanspr06.htm.

TUESDAY, 1 JUNE FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR UWBG,ISAACSON 3:30-4:30 PM
"Long-term Dynamics and the Restoration of Herbaceous Understory Vegetation in SW Ponderosa Pine Forests," Dr. Jonathan Bakker, candidate for assistant professor, natural resource restoration and management position.

FRIDAY, 2 JUNE DEAD ELK SOCIETY UWBG,DOUGLAS 5 PM
Come say goodbye to spring quarter and hello to summer! Bring your favorite BBQ items and a receptacle for adult beverages. If you have a grill you would like to share, please contact jafchen@u.washington.edu

SATURDAY-THURSDAY, 3-8 JUNE RESOURCE MGMT SYMPOSIUM VANCOUVER, BC
12th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM, Simon Fraser University, "Social Sciences in Resource Management: Global challenges and responses," See http://www.issrm2006.rem.sfu.ca/.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATE!
Put Monday June 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., AND 207, on your calendar for the retirement party for Linda Brubaker. Details to come, but please plan to attend. We'll have an "open mike" so people can share reminiscences (NOT a roast!) and if you have any photos to share, please bring them. (Or if you have electronic versions, that would be even better -- send them to Sally Morgan, slm@u.washington.edu.

CFR RECOGNITION EVENT
The 5th Annual CFR Recognition Event was held on Thursday, May 25. Festivities included awards, dessert contest, wine tasting, and the famous CFR silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the College of Forest Resources Scholarship Fund. (If you missed the event and the auction and still want to contribute, contact Director of Development Tom Mentele). Fabulous auction items included: several wine tasting events, 9 hours of garden work, an evening sail on Lake Union, homemade cheesecake, membership in the Seattle Dahlia Society and an assortment of dahlia tubers, a sunset kayak tour, an autographed copy of John Marzluff and Tony Angell's "In the Company of Crows," a catered picnic on Rainier Vista, and a San Juan wildlife tour. Staff awards included: administrative staff award, Amanda Davis; outreach staff award, Becky Johnson. Two research staff awards were given -- the first, by nomination, went to Ara Erickson, and the second, for most new resaerch dollars, went to Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria. Finalists for faculty awards were: teaching, Sarah Reichard; research, Jim Agee; and service, Gordon Bradley. Andrew Larson and Maureen Kennedy were awarded the student TA and student RA awards, respectively. The student community participation award went to Erin Hagen. The Richard D. Taber Most Outstanding Senior in Wildlife Science Award went to Heidi Pecoraro. Dean's exemplary awards went to Ivan Eastin, faculty and John Hanby, staff. Sandra Hines, of UW News and Information presented the media award to John Marzluff. The wine tasting, hosted by Bruce Lippke and Steve West was still going strong at 5:30!

NEW PROCESS FOR IDENTIFYING FACULTY CHAIR AND VICE CHAIR
CFR faculty have approved a new process for identifying the Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty as well as the transition plan for use this year. See http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/Chair_ViceChair_Selection.doc. Incoming Chair Gordon Bradley has selected Clare Ryan to serve as Vice Chair for one year. Both appointments take effect June 16, 2006.

CAB ABSTRACTS DATABASE
Carol Green says, "Please check out the CAB Abstracts Database to see if you like the interface and find it useful. CAB Abstracts is a large agriculture database that contains the entire Forest Science Database (TREECD) from 1973 to present as well as covering environmental, soils, horticultural, and water related materials. If we purchase this database, we will cancel our subscription to AGRICOLA and access it via the free version from the National Agriculture Library. We may also cancel our separate subscription to Forest Science. Go to http://www.cabdirect.org/ and click on the blue button labeled Search CAB Direct. No passwords are necessary. For the trial, you can only access the database from an on-campus computer. I am particularly interested in how you like CAB Direct, whether or not you use material earlier than 1973, and whether CAB Abstracts gives you the information you need. The trial lasts until at least June 1st.

CFR IN THE NEDIA
For an article on the black bear recently encountered in the University District, with remarks by John Marzluff, see "Wandering bear won't be the last to visit the big city: much to learn in fatal encounter, say wildlife experts," http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/271243_bearfolo23.html. This week's issue of University Week also has a story about the bear and references two upcoming CFR events featuring wildlife/human encounters -- "Where wildlife and urban life meet," http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=24544.

For yet more on the Dan Donato salvage logging Science article and its repercussions, see "Forestry report draws crowd: Oregon State - College staff and students ask about chances to talk and a confidence vote," http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1148523932279780.xml&coll=7.

Duane Emmons sends the following note: "I saw this Seattle PI story in my inbox this morning regarding the endangered species detection dogs that may be housed here at Pack Forest: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420AP_WST_Endangered_Species_Feces.html. The article states that 'The program's eight resident dog-trainer teams are moving this year from a house in town to tailor-made kennels and housing at Pack Forest, an experimental forestry station and UW conference center that borders on more than 4,000 acres of woods -- an ideal training site.' Although this may eventually be the case we are still in the planning stages at this point. Dr. Wasser is working with the real estate office and capital projects to secure permits from Pierce County in order to begin construction of the dog kennels. They were required to perform a land survey of the proposed site and have contacted the surveyor we recommended but no survey work has been started to date. Dr. Wasser has agreed to the proposed rental charges for staff housing and lease for the kennel site and his staff is working with an architectural student to design the kennels. He is hoping to make this a world-class site and has support from a number of federal agencies. There was even a recent article in the February 2006 National Geographic on related projects in Montana. This should be a good partnership for the Center. As the planning and construction progresses I will let you know more." See also "Hound has a nose for south end of a northbound whale," http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/271110_orcadogs22.html.

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KUDOS
Kudos to all who served on the recognition event subcommittee and to all the helphers throughout the College! Special thanks to wine maestros Bruce Lippke and Steve West, media maestro Matt McLaughlin, and food and auction maestro Sally Morgan!

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 18, Number 8

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MAY 20. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 20 MAY GARB DAY/PACK FOREST 80TH EATONVILLE, WA 9 AM-5 PM
Garb Day and Pack Forest 80th Anniversary Celebration at Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for faculty, staff, and alumni (as well as spouses and friends). Kids (under 13) are free. Additional donations to cover the reduced student cost are more than welcome! Tickets include games and activities, an afternoon barbecue, drinks, vanpool from the Seattle campus (please reserve when you purchase your tickets), and overnight accommodations (both camping and dorm accommodations will be available. For schedule of events, see http://www.packforest.org/events/.

SATURDAY, 20 MAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY MTNS-SOUND GREENWAY 9 AM-3 PM
"Day in the Greenway," Multiple sites and projects, work parties and BBQ picnic, Sponsored by Puget Sound Energy. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/ploneformmailer.2006-01-11.4823924275.

MONDAY, 22 MAY FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 9:30-10:30 AM
"A Precision Forestry Construct for Energy Corridor Management," Darryl Murdock, Senior Scientist, Eastman Kodak, candidate for Assistant Professor - Natural Resource Informatics. Reception follows seminar.

MONDAY, 22 MAY SUSTAINABILITY PRESENTATION ALLEN 485 3-4 PM
"Campus Sustainability" by Freda Pagani, founder and current Director of the Sustainability Office at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Pagani will discuss how UBC began its efforts, lessons it has learned, and the direction of its current sustainability efforts.

MONDAY, 22 MAY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30 PM
"Raven Population Dynamics, Movements, Predatory Behavior, and Gene Flow," William Webb, PhD candidate, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 23 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"Washington Water: A public resource - who is using it and what is it costing you, them, and the environment?" Shirley Waters Nixon, Center for Environmental Law and Policy.

WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY URBAN ECOLOGY LECTURE MGH 258 10-11:30 AM
"When Sidewalks Speak: Harnessing the power of narrative for urban ecological purposes," Rachel May, Syracuse University. For more information about Dr. Ray, see http://enspire.syr.edu/rmay.html.

WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY NATURAL HISTORY SEMINAR KINCAID A023D 12:30-1:30 PM
"On the wild side: The evolutionary ecology of ethanol production and alcoholism" with Doug Levey, Professor, University of Florida.

WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY WPPF ANNUAL MEETING AND 207 3 PM
The afternoon session on biomass of the WPPF Annual meeting is open to CFR faculty, staff, and students. Speakers include Lori Perine of the Agenda 2020 program, Matt Steuerwalt from the State of Washington, and Marcia Patton-Mallory from USFS. Please RSVP to Joy Louie at wppf@u.washington.edu. Register also if you would like to attend the noon luncheon or evening banquet.

WEDNESDAY, 24 MAY QERM SEMINAR MGH 287 3:30 PM
"Spatial Modeling and Methodologies of Pacific Northwest Sciurid," Derek McClure, QERM graduate student.

WEDNESDAY 24 MAY OPEN MEETING ON UW REORGANIZATION JHN 102 3:30 PM
The first of two open meetings to gather input for the recently apointed UW College/School Organization Committee. The committee has established a website at http://depts.washington.edu/csoc that contains information about the membership of the committee, email contacts, and topics of interest.

THURSDAY, 25 MAY NWFSC SEMINAR OCEAN TCHNG BLDG 14 11 AM
"Global Climate Change and Drought in the West", Kevin Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

THURSDAY, 25 MAY CFR RECOGNITION EVENT AND 207 3:30 PM
CFR Annual Recognition Event. For information on nominating a colleague for a staff award or a graduate student for a TA/RA award (due date has been extended to May 22nd) or for the scoop on the dessert contest and the silent auction, see
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/recognition%20event.htm. Make sure you save time for this always fun occasion!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATES!
"Coexistence with Carnivores," a public presentation on May 31st, 7-9 p.m. in AND 207, will give you an opportunity to see what students and faculty learned on their March 2006 trip to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Put Monday June 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m., AND 207, on your calendar for the retirement party for Linda Brubaker. Details to come, but please plan to attend. We'll have an "open mike" so people can share reminiscences (NOT a roast!) and if you have any photos to share, please bring them. (Or if you have electronic versions, that would be even better -- send them to Sally Morgan, slm@u.washington.edu.

LAST MINUTE REMINDERS - RECOGNITION EVENT
There is still time to nominate a CFR colleague for a staff award or a CFR graduate student for a TA/RA award. See details at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/recognition%20event.htm. There is also still time to donate an item for the silent auction. What will you be bidding on -- the sea kayaking or the San Juans boat trip? the exotic collection of dahlia tubers or the garden laborers? the eBay sales training/consultation? Or maybe one of the ever-popular wine-tasting events. These are just some of the offerings we have received from people who are stepping up to the plate to contribute their expertise and interests to benefit the CFR Scholarship Fund. Of course we'd like to see more things. If there is something that you have been thinking about, but aren't sure quite how to present it, email Sally Morgan at slm@u.washington.edu.

CFR WELCOMES ELIZABETH LOUDON AND ROBERT VAN PELT
A warm welcome to Elizabeth Loudon, who has assumed duties this week as UWBG's education and outreach manager. Elizabeth has over 15 years of professional experience in environmental education and outreach management. Most recently, she worked for King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, serving as a grants coordinator, project program manager, and communications specialist. She has developed educational programs for the Carkeek Environmental Education Center, and served as project coordinator for the Washington Toxics Coalition. She brings strong management, grant writing, communications, and educational programming experience to this position. We also extend a warm welcome to new Affiliate Assistant Professor Robert Van Pelt, a CFR alum (PhD, '95). (You can
listen to an NPR story on Bob at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1539095.)

FACULTY CANDIDATE AT CFR NEXT WEEK
Dr. Darryl G. Murdock, candidate for Assistant Professor - Natural Resource Informatics, will be visiting CFR on Monday-Tuesday (May 22-23) of next week. Dr. Murdock received his PhD from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He is currently Senior Scientist with ITT SSD/Eastman Kodak. All seminars by candidates for the natural resource informatics postion will become available on video and can be checked out from Amanda in Bloedel 292.

INFORMATION ON FACULTY HIRES AND PROFESSIONAL STAFF MERIT SALARY INCREASES
Dean Bare provided information during the week on faculty hires and professional staff merit salary increases. For a discussion on how the College's new faculty hires will impact its financial resources with regard to supporting TAs and other non-tenured teaching faculty, see memorandum at http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/tafunds.html. And for an update on plans for implementing the 2006 merit salary increase for CFR's professional staff, see http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/sal2006.html.

DEVELOPMENT UPDATE
Development and Alumni Relations Director Tom Mentele reports on the College's campaign fundraising: "Our campaign total for all gifts is $15,270,914, or 86.3% of goal. So far Fiscal Year 2006 is or best year in the campaign, and I am proud to report that in April we surpassed the 1998 total, and 2006 is now our 2nd best in College history. This year about 50% of our support is derived from our alumni base, 22% from corporations, and the balance from foundations and friends."

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE AND THEMES FOR UPCOMING WESTERN FORESTER
For faculty, staff, or students interested in writing an article for the "Western Forester," the due dates and themes for the upcoming issues have been announced. The "Western Forester" is the official publication of the Society of American Foresters. It is issued bi-monthly by the Oregon and Washington State Societies of American Foresters and is produced by the SAF Northwest Office. The publication promotes a timely exchange of quality resource management information among foresters, resource managers and those in related disciplines. Each issue focuses on a specific theme in addition to including other articles of interest to foresters. Upcoming issues will cover the Healthy Forests Initiative, biomass, community forestry, ecological solutions: business and stewardship, environmental education, and invasive species management. For article due dates and publication schedule see http://www.forestry.org/wf/index.php.

STEVENS WAY CONSTRUCTION MAY CHANGE YOUR ROUTE THIS SUMMER
A reminder that Stevens Way will be closed June 12 through August 18, 2006. New pavement roadway and pedestrian walkways will be installed from Pend Oreille Road (by Padelford) to approximately the Art Building and that section of Stevens Way will be closed to motorists and pedestrians. Many bus routes that usually operate on Stevens Way will be altered during the construction. Metro buses 205, 272, 277 and 373 and all Community Transit buses will be rerouted off campus and will use stops on 15th Avenue NE and on NE Pacific Street as their main pick-up and drop-off locations. Metro Routes 31, 65, 75, 76, 68 and 372 will not change. Questions about the project can be directed to Ivan Turner at 1-4382.

CFR IN THE NEDIA
For yet more on the Dan Donato salvage logging Science article and its repercussions, see Oregonian article, "Report faults OSU forestry dean, urges reforms," at http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1148007324196790.xml&coll=7.
In the March/April issue of Western Forester, http://www.forestry.org/pdf/april06.pdf, see articles by RTI staff: on page 10, "Who Owns Washington's Working Forestland?", by Ara Erickson, and on page 14, "Who Owns Washington's Forestlands? A spatial database for analyzing land-use patterns and trends," by Luke Rogers.
And for another story on John Marzluff's crow research, see "Killing not effective solution to problem of crows," at
http://www.theolympian.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006605130313.

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KUDOS
Kudos to Development staff Nancy Davis and Lori Grobman and Student Services staff Jeff Aken, Debra Salas-Haynes, and Michelle Trudeau for organizing the annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, May 17 in Kane Hall. The yearly event provides an opportunity to honor the College's student scholarship recipients and to thank our generous benefactors who contribute so much to student success. Luncheon guests were treated to a lively and informative talk by PhD candidate Daniela Shebitz, who spoke about her research on native beargrass on the Olympic Peninsula and its social and ecological importance. Shannon Eldredge, who attended the luncheon as guest of CFR alum and benefactor John Sawyer ('50) -- writes to say "What a terrific presentation!"

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 18, Number 7

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MAY 15. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 15 MAY FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 9:30-10:30 AM
"Estimating Leaf and Canopy Parameters, Improving Estimation of APAR for Photosynthesis and Phenology Monitoring of Forests using Daily MODIS Data," Qingyuan Zhang, PhD candidate, University of New Hampshire; candidate for Assistant Professor - Natural Resource Informatics. Reception follows seminar.

MONDAY 15 MAY PHD DEFENSE AND 22 1:30-3:30 PM
"Developing a Continuous Bisulfite Postsulfonation Process for the Black Liquor from Soda Pulping of Wheat Straw," Jingliang Mao; Advisory committee chair: Bill McKean.

MONDAY, 15 MAY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30 PM
"Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Population Structure and Dispersal in a Fragmented Urban Landscape," Thomas Unfried, College of Forest Resources Wildlife Science Group.

TUESDAY, 16 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:20 AM
"Headwater Stream Chemistry in Western Washington: Studies over the past 20 years," Bob Edmonds, Professor, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 16 MAY CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM
Agenda will be provided in advance of meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 17 MAY NATURAL HISTORY SEMINAR KINCAID A023D 12:30-1:30 PM
"Natural History of Eelgrass in the Chesapeake Bay," Jennifer Rhode, Assistant Professor, Georgia College and State University

WEDNESDAY, 17 MAY OCEAN TO STARS LECTURE KANE 120 7 PM
"Baselines, Bad Memories, and Indian Tribes: Environmental law in the terrorist era," William Rogers, Professor, UW Law School, co-sponsored by UWAA and UW Earth Initiative. No charge, but register in advance at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=301&Private=N.

THURSDAY, 18 MAY MS THESIS DEFENSE AND 22 10:30 AM
"Vegetation Responses to Conifer Encroachment in a Dry, Montane Meadow: A chronosequence approach," Ryan Haugo; advisory committee chair: Charlie Halpern.

THURSDAY, 18 MAY NWFSC SEMINAR OCEAN TCHNG BLDG 14 11 AM
"Conservation Genetics: Examples from salmon, wolves, and topminnows," Phil Hedrick, Arizona State University.

TUESDAY, 18 MAY FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR UWBG,DOUGLAS 3:30-4:30 PM
"If You Don't Know, Ask: Improving research in invasive species managment with the inclusion of local knowledge," David Bart, post-doctoral fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison; candidate for Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Restoration and Management. Reception follows seminar.

TUESDAY, 18 MAY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UWBG,DOULAS 7-8:30 PM
"Spring Propagation," Kay Gordon, Master Gardener. Registration required at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

FRIDAY, 19 MAY UW UG RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM MGH 12-5 PM
The UW's Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (for 2006 agenda, see http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/symp/index.html) includes poster and presentation sessions by students from all academic disciplines and all three UW campuses, plus invited guests. ESRM student participation includes a presentation by Riz Reyes and posters by Tamra Dickson, Windy Madden, and Melanie Welch.

FRIDAY, 19 MAY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI SEMINAR AND 207 3:30 PM
Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series, final seminar of academic year featuring Scot Medbury, CEO, Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Followed by reception. For series brochure and to RSVP see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/People/Alumni/distalumseminarseries.htm.

SATURDAY, 20 MAY GARB DAY/PACK FOREST 80TH EATONVILLE, WA 9 AM-5 PM
Garb Day and Pack Forest 80th Anniversary Celebration at Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Tickets (available from the Student Services Office, Anderson 130) cost $10 for students, $15 for faculty, staff, and alumni (as well as spouses and friends). Kids (under 13) are free. Additional donations to cover the reduced student cost are more than welcome! Tickets include games and activities, an afternoon barbecue, drinks, vanpool from the Seattle campus (please reserve when you purchase your tickets), and overnight accommodations (both camping and dorm accommodations will be available. Please reserve when you purchase your tickets). For more information, see http://www.packforest.org/events/.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATES!
A reminder to save the date for the CFR Annual Recognition Event on Thursday, May 25th at 3:30 p.m. in Anderson 207. For information on nominating a colleague for a staff award or a graduate student for a TA/RA award (due date May 22nd), for entering a fact sheet in the fact sheet competition (due date May 17th), or for the scoop on the dessert contest and the silent auction, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/recognition%20event.htm. Make sure you save time for this always fun occasion!

"Coexistence with Carnivores," a public presentation on May 31st, 7-9 p.m. in 207 Anderson, will give you an opportunity to see what students and faculty learned on their March 2006 trip to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. To better understand the human-carnivore dynamic, three CFR faculty (Gordon Bradley, Dave Manuwal, and John Marzluff) led 16 students to the Yellowstone National Park area of Montana and Wyoming during spring break. See http://courses.washington.edu/vseminar/ynpsyl.htm. Students and faculty learned about the uneasy truce between humans and predators such as the gray wolf, coyote, grizzly bear, and cougar. The class interacted with private citizens and professional wildlife biologists from the state of Montana and the National Park Service to try to understand the issues with managing large carnivores where humans exert an ever-increasing influence on land use.

FACULTY CANDIDATES AT CFR NEXT WEEK
Qingyua Zhang, candidate for the natural resource informatics position will be visiting CFR on Monday-Tuesday (May 15-16) of next week. Dr. Zhang recently completed his PhD in Natural Resource and Environmental Studies at the University of New Hampshire. His background is in mathematics; his research within the Complex Systems Research Center Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space is focused on improving estimation of gross primary productivity of terrestrial ecosystems. All seminars by candidates for the natural resource informatics postion will become available on video and can be checked out from Amanda in Bloedel 292. On Thursday-Friday (May 18-19), David Bart, candidate for the natural resources restoration and management postion will be visiting CFR. Dr. Bart is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has conducted conservation and restoration research in Ecuadorian mangroves, Newfoundland fisheries, New Jersey tidal marshes, fresh water wetlands in Costa Rica, anad sedge-meadow wetlands in Wisconsin, focusing on human causation of invasions, the use of local knowledge in ecological research, wetland plant diversity, and feedbacks between plant invasions and changes in ecosystem properties.

XI SIGMA PI INITIATION
Xi Sigma Pi's 99th annual initiation took place on Thursday, May 11, in the Forest Club Room in Anderson. Xi Sigma Pi, the forestry honor society, was founded at the UW on November 24, 1908. The objectives of Xi Sigma Pi are to secure and maintain a high standard of scholarship in forestry education, to work for the improvement of the forestry profession, and to promote a fraternal spirit among those engaged in activities related to the forest. Says Rob Harrison, "The society existed as a local honor society until 1915 when a new constitution creating an executive council was adopted. The original chapter at the UW was designated Alpha. With the advent of Beta at Michigan State University in 1916 and Gamma at the University of Maine in 1917, the society spanned the continent. Xi Sigma Pi has been fairly active over the last few years, with a current textbook recycling program and a scholarship program that has distributed several thousand dollars to CFR students based primarily on need."

BIOENERGY FORUM AVAILABLE ON STREAMING VIDEO
Proceedings of a recent bioenergy forum sponsored by the Columbia-Pacific Resource Conservation and Economic Development District, the North Olympic Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council, ONRC, and RTI, are now available in streaming video at http://www.ruraltech.org/video/2006/bioenergy_forum/index.asp. The forum brought together experts and leaders from Washington's coastal communities to discuss the opportunities and obstacles for biomass-to-energy development.

CFRAA E-NEWSLETTER
Check out the latest CFRAA e-newsletter at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/clubs/cfraa/200605/index.html.

PROFESSIONAL STAFF ORGANIZATION ELECTION
A ballot for electing the new members of the Professional Staff Organization Board of Directors is available at https://catalysttools.washington.edu/tools/survey/?sid=20047&owner=cyoung.You may vote until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 19, 2006. You will need a UW NetID to have access to the ballot. If you have questions about the ballot, please contact PSO Election Committee at prostaff@u.washington.edu.

CFR IN THE NEDIA
Media coverage of CFR this week included coverage of Wednesday's indictment for the Merrill Hall arson fires; see "Indictment lists arson at UW" attacks on cropland," http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2002988683_uwindict12m.html, and "3 accused in 2001 UW arson," http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/269946_arson12.html. For a story on the Washington Park Arboretum's holly garden, see "Holly's folly: New Arboretum design isolates invasive species while giving others room to grow," http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=24254. And for a story on John Marzluff's crow research, see "Professor finds that crows ace his test," http://www.uwnews.org/dailyclipsarchive/2006/May/8/24206.pdf.

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KUDOS

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 18, Number 6

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 at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/straight_grain/index.htm.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MAY 6. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 6 MAY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH CREEK 9 AM-3 PM
"Invasive Removal at Issaquah Creek," Mountains to Sound Greenway. Volunteers will work at Emily Darst Park to search out and destroy Himalayan blackberries and other weeds. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/volunteer/events/ploneformmailer.2006-01-11.4823924275 and check out Mountains to Sound new website at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/.

SATURDAY, 6 MAY CELEBRATING WILDFLOWERS WOODLAND PARK ZOO 9:30 AM-3PM
In 1991 the Celebrating Wildflowers program was initiated in the Pacific Northwest "to promote conservation and appreciation of wildflowers and their habitats." In 2002, UWBG's Rare Care assumed the leadership role in this annual event at Woodland Park Zoo, Family Farm, South Gate, N 50th and Fremont Ave N, in Seattle. See http://www.zoo.org/wildflowers/wildflowers.html.

SATURDAY, 6 MAY RHODODENDRON SAFARI FEDERAL WAY, WA 10 AM-12 PM
CFR-UWAA Rhododendron Safari, Tour Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, home to one of the largest rhododendron collections in the world. Tour is free but advance registration required at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=274&Private=N.

MONDAY, 8 MAY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30 PM
"Molecular Techniques for Separating White-footed Mice and Deer Mice in Western Washington," Michael Kroeger, MS candidate, UW CFR Wildlife Science.

MONDAY 8 MAY WATER IN URBAN DESIGN SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 5:30-7 PM "Celebrrating Water in Urban Design," Dieter Grau, landscape architect, Atelier Dreiseitl, Oberlingen, Germany. See http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Sustainable_Building/COS_004334.asp#individual.

TUESDAY, 9 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR AND 22 8:30-9:20 AM "Incorporating Climate Change Impacts into Water Resource Planning: An example in King County," Richard Palmer, UW College of Engineering.

TUESDAY, 9 MAY CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM
Agenda will be provided in advance of meeting.

TUESDAY, 9 MAY FACULY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-3:30 PM
"From Community and Landscape Patterns of Plant Distributions to Conservation Planning, Juliann Eve Aukema, Smith Fellow, North Carolina State University/International Institute of Tropical Forestry; candidate for Assistant Professor - Quantitative Landscape Scientist. Reception follows seminar.

TUESDAY, 9 MAY WHIDBEY LYCEUM LECTURE WHIDBEY INSTITUTE 7:30-9 PM
"Preserving the Forests of Whidbey Island: Past, present, and future," Sue Ellen White, writer and editor; and Pat Powell, executive director, Whidbey-Camano Land Trust. Lecture in the 2006 Lyceum Series: "Time and the Passage of Trees," sponsored by the Whidbey Institute. Admission $5 per lecture or $25 for the series. See http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org/events.html.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY NATURAL HISTORY SEMINAR KINCAID 502 12:30-1:30 PM
"Organization for Tropical Studies," Elizabeth Losos, president and CEO of the Organization for Tropical Studies.

WEDNESDAY, 10 MAY OCEAN TO STARS LECTURE KANE 120 7 PM
"The Rebirth of Environmentalism as Pragmatic, Adaptive Management," Bryan Norton, Professor of Philosophy, Georgia Institute of Technology, Co-sponsored by UWAA and UW Earth Initiative. No charge, but register in advance at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=301&Private=N.

THURSDAY, 11 MAY NWFSC SEMINAR OCEAN TCHNG BLDG 14 11 AM
"Contrasting Effects of Anthropogenic vs. Natural Disturbances on the Flow of Resources between Streams and Riparian Zones," Colden Baxter, Idaho State University.

TUESDAY, 11 MAY FACULY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-3:30 PM
Title TBA, Joshua J. Lawler, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Nature Conservancy David H. Smith Fellows Program, Dept. of Zoology Oregon State University. Reception follows seminar.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

SAVE THE DATES!
The last seminar in the Distinguished Alumni Seminar Series for this academic year is scheduled for May 19th. For information and to RSVP, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/People/Alumni/distalumseminarseries.htm. The speaker is Scot D. Medbury ('90), President and CEO of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Scot was recently named one of the top 100 museum professionals of the past century by the American Association of Museums. Announced at the 2006 AAM annual meeting in Boston on April 27th, the Honor Roll acknowledges 100 museum professionals active during last century, including 63 people living today. These individuals were selected for their "outstanding leadership and notable service to the community of museum professionals and their communities." Medbury is recognized particularly as a champion of botanic gardens, where over a nearly thirty-year career he has worked to innovate, improve, and expand upon how botanic gardens in the United States serve the public.
Coexistence with Carnivores," - A public presentation on May 31st, 7-9 p.m. in 207 Anderson will give you an opportunity to
see what students and faculty learned on their March 2006 trip to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. To better understand the human-carnivore dynamic, three CFR faculty (Gordon Bradley, Dave Manuwal, and John Marzluff) led 16 students to the Yellowstone National Park area of Montana and Wyoming during spring break. See http://courses.washington.edu/vseminar/ynpsyl.htm. Students and faculty learned about the uneasy truce between humans and predators such as the gray wolf, coyote, grizzly bear, and cougar. The class interacted with private citizens and professional wildlife biologists from the state of Montana and the National Park Service to try to understand the issues with managing large carnivores where humans exert an ever-increasing influence on land use.

CANDIDATES FOR QUANTITATIVE LANDSCAPE SCIENCE AT CFR NEXT WEEK
Two candidates for the quantitative landscape scientist position will visit CFR next week. On May 9-10, Juliann Aukema, Research Associate, University of Arizona, and David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow, North Carolina State and
International Institute of Tropical Forestry, will be visiting the College. Her research interests lie in spatial patterns, processes, and mechanisms underlying species interactions (including humans) and species distributions, and in applied conservation. She draws on the fields of landscape and spatial ecology, conservation biology, plant community ecology, and epidemiology, using the tools of GIS and spatial and multivariate analysis. On May 11-12, Dr. Joshua J. Lawler, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Nature Conservancy David H. Smith Fellows Program, Dept. of Zoology, Oregon State University, will be visiting. His early interest in habitat wildlife interactions has led to interest in the interplay of human activities and ecological systems at large spatial scales. He is also interested in the challenges posed by climate and land-use change for land and resource management. His work has included the development of spatially-explicit population models and modeling current species distributions, and projecting future distributions using future climate scenarios.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH FOR APRIL 2006
Funded amount = $160,748
"PNW-CESU Planning-USDI Minerals Management Service," Sponsor: USDI Minerals Management Service; PI: Gordon Bradley.
"Optimizing Willow for Enhanced Phytoremediation and Biofuel Production," sponsor: Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research; PI: Sharon Doty
"Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)," sponsor National Science Foundation; PI: Tom Hinckley "Japanese Market for Alaska Forest Products," University of Alaska; PI: Joe Roos.
"Tree Thinning Instruction," sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources; PI: Peter Schiess
"Engineering Transgenic Plants for the Sustained Containment and In-situ Treatment of Energetic Materials," US Army Corps of Engineers; PI: Stuart Strand

ONRC REVIEW OF RESEARCH AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE
The Annual Review of ONRC Research is now available at www.onrc.washington.edu. You can view each presentation in its entirety along with associated PowerPoint slides. ONRC says, "Many thanks to Matt McLaughlin of RTI for recording the event and to RTI for hosting the streaming video files on its website. For questions, contact Ellen Matheny 206.685.9477, Ext 228, ematheny@u.washington.edu.

CFR PARTICIPATES IN WESTERN FOREST ECONOMISTS MEETING
CFR faculty, staff, and students attending the 41st annual meeting of the Western Forest Economists in Welches, OR on May 1-3, included faculty Bruce Lippke, staff Jeff Comnick, Luke Rogers, and Kevin Zobrist, and graduate students J. Kent Barr, Justina Harris and Hideaki Kuboti. Bruce Lippke hosted the opening evening session, presenting a talk on "Investing in the Avoidance of Future Costs by Reducing Fire Risk: Do Economists Not Get It?" He also provided a paper on, "Forest Fuels Reductions and Biomass: To energy or fossil intensive products?" Other papers presented included: Kevin Zobrist on "The Economic Impacts of Stream Typing Rules on Different Owner Groups"; J. Kent Barr on "Attributes of WDNR Timber Sales in Western Washington, Showing the Degree to which Stumpage Sales Prices were Reduced by the Diversity in Grades and Species"; Hideaki Kubota on "Projections of World Wide Pulp Production"; Justina Harris on "Ownership Patterns of Riparian Functions: Economic implications of protection strategies"; and Luke Rogers, a poster on just completed research characterizing land conversions. Bruce Lippke also presented a paper co-authored by Jeffrey Comnick on "Carbon and Fire Risk: Characterizing the Interaction of Treatments and Fire on Carbon.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF RARE PLANTS
Check out the UWBG's Rare Plant Care and Conservation's interactive web page at http://courses.washington.edu/rarecare/InteractivePage.htm. The Rare Care Program is dedicated to conserving Washington's native rare plants through methods including ex situ conservation, rare plant monitoring, reintroduction, and education. On the interactive website you can try to match names of rare plants with their pictures. To see if you're right, roll your mouse below each picture. Then scroll down this page to learn more about these rare plants of Washington.

NEW UW LIBRARIES-CFR LIAISON TO ASSUME DUTIES IN JULY
Carol Green writes: " As many of you know, I will be completing three years of post-retirement reemployment with the UW Libraries in June of this year. Fortunately, Maureen Nolan has been selected to take over as the Libraries liaison with the College as of July 1st. Maureen is currently the Natural Sciences and Friday Harbor Librarian based at the Natural Sciences Library. Maureen's responsibilities at Friday Harbor Library are primarily during Summer Quarter, which will leave her free to provide library and liaison services to the College during Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters, as well as some of the time in the Summer as needed. I will be bringing Maureen to a Faculty Meeting soon, and will introduce her around the College at that time. I know she will provide good service to you all. She has also worked at the Fisheries Oceanography Library and is very familiar with natural resources issues and materials. She has not finalized her schedule as yet, but will be spending time in the College starting in Autumn quarter and will be available for orientations, consultations, and class presentations. I hope you will make her welcome!"

CFR IN THE NEDIA
More on nutrias ... " Nutrias nibbling? Nope, it's those biting beavers," See http://www.uwnews.org/dailyclipsarchive/2006/May/1/24045.pdf.

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KUDOS

Kudos to alum Dan Hinkley ('85), recently awarded one of the American Horticultural Society's (AHS) Great American Gardeners Awards for 2006.

Kudos to Sarah Reichard, who received the American Public Garden Association's 2006 Professional Citation Award. This award is given to a mid-career professional "who has made significant achievements in public horticulture and has shown great skills, innovation, and potential."

Kudos to Kevin Zobrist, who was recently elected president of the Western Forest Economists for 2006-2007.

Send in those kudos!

 

 

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi