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The Straight Grain
Volume 34, Number 10

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

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

TUESDAY, 1 JUNE     WATER CENTER SEMINAR     MGH 389   8:30-9:20 AM
"Assessing Green Roofs for Stormwater Management in Western Washington," William Taylor, Taylor Associates, Inc.

TUESDAY, 1 JUNE     CIG SEMINAR     ACC 120    1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Groups Seminar, "GIS-based Tools to Link Climate Change to River Systems," Dan Miller, Earth Systems Institute.

TUESDAY, 1 JUNE    MS PROPOSAL DEFENSE     ANDERSON 22    2 PM
"Post-burn Fire Hazard in Mixed Severity Fire Regimes in the Cascade Range," Jessica Hudec; Committee Chair: Dave Peterson.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY, 1-5 JUNE   APGA CONFERENCE   ATLANTA, GA
"The Garden Canvas: The colors of success." SFR participants include Sarah Reichard and alum Thomas Smarr (MFR 2001).

WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE    MS DEFENSE      ANDERSON 22     9:30 AM
"Strategic Planning for Water Rights Acquisitions in the Central Columbia Basin: An assessment of regional streamflow response to climate change," Erin Donley; Committee Chair: Bob Naiman.

WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE    MEH DEFENSE    CUH,ISAACSON   2:30 PM
"Horticultural Practices in Restoration Projects: A systematic review," Kathleen DeMaria; Committee Chair: Linda Chalker-Scott.

WEDNESDAY, 2 JUNE     WA BUTTERFLY ASSOCIATION   UWBG,CUH   7 PM
"Color Vision and Color Blindness," Gary Bernard, UW Department of Electrical Engineering.  See
http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabaws/meetings.htm and http://uwnews.org/uweek/article.aspx?id=55214

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE     MS DEFENSE       ANDERSON 306    1 PM
"Connecting Landscapes to Fish Diversity in Alaska," Michael Wiedmer; Committee Chair: Christian Torgersen.

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE     NWFSC SEMINAR       NWFSC CENTER   11 AM
"The Reproductive Behavior and Breeding Success of Hatchery and Wild Spring Chinook Salmon Spawning in an Artificial Stream," Steve Schroder, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE    ESRM CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS   AND 207  2-4 PM
"Comparing Paired Scores from the Overall Benthic Index of Biotic Integrity of Twenty Stream Sites Located in the Lake Washington/ Cedar/ Sammamish Watershed," Douglas Marconi; "Vigilance in Wild Horses," Lindsey Kirschman; "Environmental Correlates of Tree Species Distribution in Old Growth Pines lambertiana Abies conolor Forests," Molly Barth; "Habitat Analysis of Kill Sites by Cougars in Western Washington," Sean Williams; "Discovery Park Amphibian Survey Group," Kristin Bergstrom, John Ethier, Kevin Hagglund, Brittany Middleton, Kirsten Randolph, and Dan Rikard; and "Composition of Cheek Pouch Contents and Body Condition of Perognathus parvus in the Northern Columbia Basin of Eastern Washington," Kristen Richardson.

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE     SAFS SEMINAR    FISH SCI 102   4-5 PM
"Mean Trophic Levels in Catches and Ecosystems," Trevor Branch, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE   ENERGY FUTURE LECTURE   KANE 130   6:30 PM
"Renewable Energy Landscapes," Daniel Schwartz, UW Department of Chemical Engineering. (Talk will focus on the UW Bioenergy IGERT).

THURSDAY, 3 JUNE    NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY    CUH,NHS   7 PM
"Restoration Research at the UW," Ryan Haugo, David Hays, and Lauren Urgenson, UW School of Forest Resources.\

FRIDAY, 4 JUNE      ESRM CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS   AND 22  12:30-3 PM
"A Case Study on the DEMO Project 10 Years After Harvest," Bruce Benson; "Analysis of the Relationship between Age and Diameter at Breast Height of Garry Oak, Quercus garryana, In Washington State, Scott Batiuk; "English Holly and the Forest," Andrea Watts; "Changes in Habitat Use and Occupancy of Pileated Woodpeckers, Dryocopus pileatus, in Urbanized Seattle, Washington," Frank Stevick; "The City Surrounding: How We Access Greenspace in the Urban Environment," David Armes; "Across the Urban to Rural Gradient: Effects of Location and Income On Environmental Participation," Diana Rayo; "Direct Water Use Conservation in Residential Houses of Seattle,"Alex Win; "Brockman Tree Tour, Carly Thornburg.

FRIDAY, 4 JUNE      THESIS DEFENSE       UWBG,DOUGLAS     1 PM
"Variations in Types of Major Funding Partnerships in College and University Gardens," Jessica Farmer: Committee Chair: Sarah Reichard.

FRIDAY, 4 JUNE   PHD PROPOSAL DEFENSE      ANDERSON 207     1 PM
"Assessing Forest Structure in the Intermountain West," Jeff Richardson; Committee Chair: Monika Moskal.

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION    UWBG,CUH   9 AM-4 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Mastering Your Digital Camera," Jennifer Leach, photographer and environmental consultant.  See http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION  HITCHCOCK 246   10 AM-1 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Lichens: A closer look," Katherine Glew, UW Burke Museum.  See
http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/classes.shtml.

SATURDAY, 5 JUNE    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   TIGER MTN   9 AM
Mountains to Sound Greenway, Nationals Trails Day volunteer opportunity. Volunteers will build an elevated trail surface, improve trail tread and improve drainage.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Monday-Thursday, June 6-10, 2010, Blue River, OR, Mountain Climate Research Conference.  SFR participants include Dave Peterson.
Friday, June 11, 2010, SFR graduation celebration, 2-3:30 p.m., Kane 120, with cake and punch reception following in the SFR courtyard. Students, see graduation FAQ and a link to the UW Commencement web page at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/academicPrograms/graduation.shtml.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 p.m., Woodinville, WA, Molbaks seminar and book signing, "Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses," Adrian Bloom, Bressingham Nursery. Ticket proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens Youth Education Program at the Arboretum.

SFR ALUM NAMED DEAN OF COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Lisa Graumlich (PHD 1985), a scientist known internationally for research on climate and ecosystems -– and who has a track record of getting wide-ranging groups of experts to focus on environmental issues -– has been named the inaugural dean of the UW’s College of the Environment, now in its first academic year. See UW News and Information press release.

SFR 9TH ANNUAL RECOGNITION EVENT
The 9th Annual SFR Recognition Event was held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010. Festivities included awards, dessert contest, wine tasting, and the famous SFR silent auction, with proceeds to benefit the School of Forest Resources Scholarship Fund. (If you missed the event and the auction and still want to contribute, contact Director of Development Tom Mentele, tmentele@u.washington.edu. Fabulous auction items included: several wine tasting events, 9 hours of garden work, an evening sail on Lake Union, home-baked cupcakes and shortbread, tickets to Seattle theaters, autographed copies of faculty books, snowshoes, and more. Staff awards included: administrative staff award to David Campbell; outreach staff award to David Zuckerman; and two research staff awards -- the first, by nomination, to Larry Mason and the second, for most new research dollars, to Luke Rogers. Finalists for faculty awards were: teaching, Jerry Franklin; SCH production, Rob Harrison; and service, Sarah Reichard.  Six faculty research awards were given, in categories for teaching and research/WOT faculty. Winners included Ernesto Alvarado (research faculty direct expenditures, Dave Briggs (teaching faculty direct expenditures and indirect cost recovery), Sally Brown (research faculty indirect cost recovery), Jon Bakker (teaching faculty graduate student support), and Greg Ettl (WOT) faculty graduate student support.  James Freund and Nate Hough-Snee were awarded the student TA and student RA awards,
respectively. Student community participation awards went to Bruce Benson and Jason Sharp and the Taber Wildlife Science Award went to Sean Williams. Alexander Thomas won the Pack Essay Award for his paper "Hidden Providers: Forest ecosystem services of the Pacific Northwest." Director’s exemplary awards went to Steve West, faculty, Debbie Livingstone, staff, and Laurel James and Jorge Ramos, graduate students. The fourth annual external colleague award went to alum Ara Erickson (MS 2004). Sandra Hines, of UW News and Information, named Jim Lutz the winner of the media/public relations award. And last but not least, Shawna Behling was voted the winner of the dessert contest for her fabulous "reimagining of tiramisu" -- you had to see it!

BIOBLITZ DISCOVERIES
Thanks to UWBG's Jennifer Youngman for the following update on last weekend's "Bioblitz at the Arboretum. "Sarah Reichard thanks Patrick Mulligan and the many in-house folks and the more than 100 citizen scientists age 7 years old and up that helped with last weekend’s BioBlitz in the Arboretum. Sarah reports these discoveries:
· A potentially rare native stinging ant around Foster island (need more information to clarify)
· A potentially rare Amanita (mushroom species) rarely seen on the west coast on Foster Island (Joe Ammirati, UW Biology Department is testing it to confirm the species)
· A few surprise plants on Foster Island including Lonicera periclymenum (an ornamental vine native to Eurasia and not known to be invasive here) scrambling over plants, and Parthenocissisus quinquenervia, native to eastern US. These species will be investigated to see if they are potential new invaders for the region.
· A really healthy population of giant Northwestern salamanders in both ponds in the Woodland Garden, as well as long toed salamanders off Foster Island
· A raccoon latrine in the western redcedar stump across from the Graham Visitors Center
· Our barred owls eat mostly Norway rats (go owls!)

SFR FACULTY AND STAFF PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS CONFERENCES
The Elisabeth C. Miller Library staff hosted a weeklong annual meeting, May 18-22, 2010, for the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. SFR speakers included Sandra Lier, along with SFR alums Dan Hinkley (MS 1985) and Ray Larson (MS 2005).  

COUNCIL OF WESTERN STATE FORESTERS RELEASES CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT
The Council of Western State Foresters (CWSF) recently released a report on recommendations and guidance for addressing climate change. The report provides recommendations on national government policies and programs to maximize the positive role of western forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The CWSF contends that any successful Climate Change and Energy Bill must contain provisions for forestry offsets, recognize benefits of low-carbon energy from forest biomass and address the diverse interests of forest landowners who provide multiple environmental values from forestry while addressing climate change.

ALUMNI NEWS
Vicki Christiansen (BS 1983) has been named Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation for the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC. Vicki is currently the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry. Prior to that she served as the Washington State Forester where she had a 26 year career with Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). She started as a wildland fire fighter while still in college and held many different positions at Washington DNR with a strong emphasis in operations. Her first permanent position was as a forester responsible for the reforestation of trust
Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985) was named first dean of the UW's College of the Environment.  See ANNOUNCEMENTS, above; and news links, below.
Cheryl Leach (BS 1996) is co-owner of Platinum RE/MAX Services, a real estate brokerage in Silverdale, WA.  She previously worked for the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See University Week article, "UW, tribal partnership to develop Pacific Northwest bioenergy," which references or quotes Tom Hinckley, Laurel James, L. Monika Moskal, Don Motanic (BS 1978), John Perez-Garcia, Phil Rigdon (BS 1996), and Steve Rigdon.
Matt Davies is refenced in an Othello Outlook article, "Nature reserve recovers after multiple fires." 
See "Fluff is survival tactic for a tough species: cottonwood," a Seattle Times article featuring Emeritus Professor Reinhard Stettler.
For press on the appointment of Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985) as the new CoEnv Dean, see "Environment college at UW names dean" and "University of Washington environmental school names first dean."

KUDOS
Kudos to Jon Bakker and Kristiina Vogt, nominated for the UW's Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to the education and guidance of graduate students. Kudos to Jon Bakker, Sharon Doty, and Bob Edmonds, nominated for UW Distinguished Teaching Award.
Kudos to Justin Hellier a concurrent MS/MPS student, who has been awarded a Huckabay Teaching Fellowship for use during the 2010-11 academic year.

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 34, Number 9

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MAY 22. Check out the SFR events calendar  for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MAY 7-28, 2010    UWBG STUDENT RESEARCH REVIEW     CUH,MILLER LIBRARY
Wonder what goes on in the labs of Merrill Hall or in the study plots sprinkled throughout Union Bay Natural Area? Find out at the annual UWBG graduate student research poster display May 7–28, 2010 in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 21-22 MAY   BIOBLITZ AT WPA    WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
BioBlitz at the Washington Park Arboretum.

MONDAY, 24 MAY     PHD DEFENSE   ANDERSON 22    3 PM
"Real Options Analysis of Price Risk in Forestry Investments," Stanislav Petrasek; Committee Chair: John Perez-Garcia.

MONDAY, 24 MAY   WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102   3:30 PM
"Amphibian Reproduction within Stormwater Ponds in King County, Washington," Amy Yahnke, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 25 MAY     WATER CENTER SEMINAR     MGH 389   8:30-9:20 AM
"From Sea to Sand: The social, political, and environmental consequences of the desiccated Aral Sea," Brett Walton, Circle of Blue Water News.

TUESDAY, 25 MAY     URBAN FOREST SYMPOSIUM    UWBG,CUH   9 AM-4 PM
"Urban Forest Symposium: Saving trees."

TUESDAY, 25 MAY    PHD DEFENSE     WINKENWERDER 105    1 PM
"The Urbanization of Second Growth Forests in the Pacific Northwest: Land-Use change, fragmentation, and policy implications," Lin Robinson; Committee Chair: Clare Ryan.

TUESDAY, 25 MAY     CIG SEMINAR     ACC 120    1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Groups Seminar, "Mechanisms Linking Urban Patterns to Carbon Dynamics: Hypotheses, observations, and future scenarios," Marina Alberti, UW College of Built Environments.

WEDNESDAY, 26 MAY     ALL-SCHOOL MEETING    ANDERSON 207    2 PM
SFR all-School meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 26 MAY      RECOGNITION EVENT    ANDERSON 207   2:45 PM
SFR Annual Recognition Event. See information about submitting nominations, and information about the dessert contest and silent auction at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/recognitionEvent.shtml.

THURSDAY, 27 MAY   WPPF CONFERENCE   ANDERSON,BLOEDEL,UW CLUB  9 AM-8 PM
Washington Pulp and Paper Conference, "Biomass Conversion: Impacting Pacific Northwest fiber supply."

THURSDAY, 27 MAY      MS DEFENSE      WINKENWERDER 105   10 AM
"Conservation Easements as a Strategy to Retain Washington's Working Forests: An economic analysis of small forest landowner preferences using spatially-explicit data," Sonja Lin; Committee Chair: Sergey Rabotyagov.

THURSDAY, 27 MAY     NWFSC SEMINAR       NWFSC CENTER   11 AM
"The Value of Stream Temperature Forecasts: An application to salmonid management in the Pacific Northwest," Richard Adams, Oregon State University.

THURSDAY, 27 MAY     MS DEFENSE      ANDERSON 22      1 PM
"Stakeholder Input in Puget Sound Nearshore Restoration: An application of the Advocacy Coalition Framework," Rachel Lipsky; Committee Chair: Clare Ryan.

THURSDAY, 27 MAY     SAFS SEMINAR    FISH SCI 102   4-5 PM
"Mean Trophic Levels in Catches and Ecosystems," Trevor Branch, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
June 1-5, 2010, Atlanta, GA, American Public Garden Association
Conference, "The Garden Canvas: The colors of success."  See SFR participants include Sarah Reichard and alum Thomas Smarr (MFR 2001).
Monday-Thursday, June 6-10, 2010, Blue River, OR, Mountain Climate Research Conference.  SFR participants include Dave Peterson.
Friday, June 11, 2010, SFR graduation celebration, 2-3:30 p.m., Kane 120, with cake and punch reception following in the SFR courtyard. Students, see graduation FAQ and a link to the UW Commencement web page at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/academicPrograms/graduation.shtml.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 p.m., Woodinville, WA, Molbaks seminar and book signing, "Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses," Adrian Bloom, Bressingham Nursery. Ticket proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens Youth Education Program at the Arboretum.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, APRIL 2010
"Recruiting Future Forestry Leaders and Scientists from Underrepresented Communities"; PI: Ernesto Alvarado; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $100,000.
"Western Forest Initiative: Yellowstone Forest Dynamics Plot and Wind River Canopy Crane Forest Dynamics Plot"; PI: Tom Hinckley; sponsor Smithsonian Institution; amount: $79,967.
"Climate Sensitivity Database for Species in the North Coast and Cascades Network"; PI: Josh Lawler, sponsor: USDI National Park Service; amount: $99,649.
"Nationwide Program to Improve Integration and Application of Wildland Fire Science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Tribal Communities"; PI: Larry Mason; sponsor: USDI Bureau of Land Management; amount: $37,536.
"Korean Niche Market for Alaska Forest Products"; PI: Joe Roos; sponsor: University of Alaska, Fairbanks; amount: $40,000. See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/SFRPublic/Research/researchResults.aspx?ID=313.
"ECOSEL Experimental Auction in New Zealand": PI: Sandor Toth; sponsor: SCION; amount: $30,730.16.
"Using Snowshoe Hare Responses to Forest Stand Structure and Fragramentation to Guide Lynx Recovery in Washington": PI: Aaron Wirsing; sponsor: Royalty Research Fund; amount: $39,073.

BUDGET CUTS 2010-2010
Interim Director Hinckley writes: "We have finally been informed of the nature of our budget cuts and the instructional revenue (two sources) that has been returned to us as a result of our instructional activities.  The information we have is still not specific enough to actually make the cuts official; this lack of information comes from the top as decisions are still uncertain about how much benefits will count.  Here is the situation.
The budget reduction is 4% or about $239,000 that must be permanently removed from our state allocation.  At the same time, we have been given two pots of money.  One is similar to the temporary money given last year and is $143,000. This will be the last time we see this one year, temporary allocation.  It is based on student credit hours generated at the 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500 course levels. The second source is approximately $113,000 and represents the first allocation to SFR using the new ABB model.
We are currently reviewing data and talking to Center directors.  As soon as decisions are made we will speak to affected units and people individually.
Although this cut is less than we expected, we anticipate a much larger cut next biennium (and the anticipated tuition increase will be much smaller and thus will not compensate as much).  We are thinking strategically about how we will take the present and future cuts, invest the revenue that has been returned to us, and position ourselves for the future as the new budget process (ABB) is fully implemented. I know these budget issues have been on our minds for months now; now having the reduction, although lower than anticipated, does not make this process any easier.  I will keep you informed as best I can."

SFR FACULTY AND STAFF PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS CONFERENCES
Ernesto Alvarado will present at the May 26, 2010 University of Aveiro (Portugal) conference, "Forest Fire Research: Beyond burnt area statistics." Ernesto's presentation is "Fire in the Amazon." Also presenting will be alum Roger Ottmar (MS 1980). The workshop is organized by the university's Center for Environmental and Marine Studies to foster collaboration among national
and internationals experts, and, in particular, multidisciplinary research approaches to wildfire prevention and suppression, and mitigation of their effects under current and future climate conditions.
On June 11, 2010 Sarah Reichard will give a talk at the Chicago Botanic Garden's "Assisted Plant Migration Symposium."  Assisted plant migration is a controversial topic: When fragmentation limits migration potential of plants or when natural migration and adaptation rates are outstripped by the pace of climate change, some conservation biologists propose purposeful, human-mediated migration, known as "assisted migration" or "managed relocation," as a way to prevent extinction. Sarah will speak on "Is Managed Relocation another Pathway for Biological Invasions?"
Sarah Reichard and Kern Ewing are giving papers at 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, "Addressing Global Change: A new agenda for botanic gardens," in Dublin, Ireland,  June 13-18, 2010; alum Scot Medbury (MS 1990), will also speak at the
conference.
Christian Torgersen and Anne Weekes will participate in the 2010 joint meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography and the North American Benthological Society, "Aquatic Sciences: Global changes from the center to the edge,"  in Santa Fe, NM on June 6-11, 2011.  Christian will present preliminary information about patterns in stream chemistry across the Hubbard Brook Valley (NH) that may be associated with interactions between landscape, geology, and groundwater processes; he will also co-author a presentation that evaluates the current and historical variability in fish communities along rivers in the Czech Republic and its application as an index of river health. Anne will present information about variation in streamflow that may be best explained by glacial actions.

UW'S CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY FUND
The new Campus Sustainability Fund will support projects by students, faculty, and staff. A new pool of nearly $340,000, created through the sustained work of student activists, will fund student, faculty and staff projects that help make the UW more sustainable.  See the University Week article.

INFORMATION FOR WORK STUDY EMPLOYERS
In the 2010-11 year, there are significant reductions in the amount of Federal and State Work Study funds available to students.  With this reduction in funding and required state legislative eligibility changes, there will be the following adjustments to the Work Study program as of July 1, 2010:
.The UW department/employer share of Work Study student earnings will increase to 30%, from the current 25% share, for both the Federal and State programs.
.Non-resident students can no longer be paid with State Work Study funds. It is anticipated that most of the currently employed non-resident students in State Work Study positions can be switched to the Federal Work Study program, thus mitigating the impact to students and departments.
These changes will enable the Work Study office to serve the maximum number of eligible students and allow for continuity for currently participating students and departments. Contact the Work Study office, workstdy@uw.edu, with questions regarding these changes.

ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICAN SPONSORS STUDENT AWARDS AND CONTESTS
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) Student Section sponsors a number of awards and contests, including a photo and film contest, travel awards, and awards for academic excellence for young women, student research in ecology, and eco-service. If you are planning to attend the 95th annual conference of the Ecological Society of America (Pittsburgh, PA), see http://www.esa.org/pittsburgh/student_awards.php for information on these awards.

CORNELL LAB OF ORNITHOLOGY YARDMAP NETWORK
In partnership with the American Community Gardening Association, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a new Citizen Science project called The YardMap Network. This project invites the public to map their yards and community gardens, sharing the habitat-types and conservation practices happening in yards and green spaces. Gardeners and birders can participate in a survey to provide feedback about the project. The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete and all answers will be confidential.  Survey respondents are eligible for a drawing to win one of two $200 gift certificates for Amazon.com. If you have any questions about this survey, contact researcher Tammy Messick at 410.956.5144 or messick@ilinet.org.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Denny Hill (MS 1992) is a business analyst for The Campbell Group in Portland, OR, where he is responsible for detailed economic modeling and leading development and documentation of long-term management plans.
Hui-Sheng Lu (PhD 1992) is a research hydrologist with the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute’s watershed management division in Tapei, Taiwan.
Martin Mauney (BS 1992) is a forester with the WA Department of Natural Resources in Elensburg, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
Lots of Mount St. Helens anniversary coverage:  See Scientific American article, "11 surprising natural lessons from Mount St. Helens," and The Columbian's "Visitors gather to remember May 18," both quoting Jerry Franklin. For other articles quoting Jerry Franklin, Tom Hinckley and alum Peter Frenzen (BS 198O), see "Mount St. Helens still recovering 30 years later,"
"Eruption shaped modern ecological, forestry practices," and "Species by species, a habitat takes shape."
The University Week article, "Coming together: 2010 Tribal Leadership Summit on May 14," references MS student Laurel James.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 34, Number 8

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

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

MAY 7-28, 2010    UWBG STUDENT RESEARCH REVIEW     CUH,MILLER LIBRARY
Wonder what goes on in the labs of Merrill Hall or in the study plots sprinkled throughout Union Bay Natural Area? Find out at the annual UWBG graduate student research poster display May 7–28, 2010 in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 15 MAY  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   LAKE UNION/PORTAGE BAY 8 AM-2 PM
Puget Soundkeeper's 8th Annual Lake Union and Portage Bay Sweep. Over 200 volunteers in kayaks, row boats, and motorized craft remove 2-3 tons of trash annually from Lake Union and Portage Bay. Volunteers are treated to a picnic lunch provided by event sponsors and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

SATURDAY, 15 MAY CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED INST NORTH BEND,WA 9 AM-4 PM
"Wetlands of the Cedar River Watershed," Clay Antieau (MS 1985).

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 15-16 MAY    GARB DAY AT PACK    EATONVILLE,WA
Garb Day at Pack Forest, sponsored by SFR students' Forest Club. Buy your tickets now at SFR Student Services, $10 before May 1st; $15 after May 1st. Free transportation included in ticket price. Activities include salmon bake, live music, games, and prizes.

MONDAY, 17 MAY   WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102   3:30 PM
"Reducing the Consumption of Out-migrating Salmon Smolts by Common Terns at the Mouth of the Columbia River," Daniel Roby, Oregon State University.

MONDAY, 17 MAY    BIOFUELS CANDIDATE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 207  3:30-5 PM
Synthesis of Liquid Fuels and Useful Chemicals from Renewable Resources," Lars Grabow, Technical University of Denmark. Reception follows.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, 17-21  MAY    FORESTRY EDUC SYMPOSIUM    VANCOUVER, BC
International Symposium on Forestry Education.  SFR participants include alum Glenn Galloway (PhD 1991).

TUESDAY, 18 MAY     WATER CENTER SEMINAR   MGH 389   8:30-9:20 AM
"Monitoring Glaciated Mountain Headwaters," Anne Weekes (PhD 2009), USGS Cascadia Field Station.

TUESDAY, 18 MAY    FACULTY MEETING    ANDERSON 22   10:30-11:30 AM
SFR faculty meeting.  Agenda and materials emailed in advance of meeting.

TUESDAY, 18 MAY    MT.ST.HELENS LECTURE    PORTLAND,OR   12-1 PM
Illahee Lecture Series, Power and Change: "The Power of Nature: Mount St. Helens, 1980-2010," Jerry Franklin, UW School of Forest Resources; Ursula Le Guin, author; and Gary Snyder, poet.
 
TUESDAY, 18 MAY    DENMAN FORESTRY SERIES   UWBG,NHS   1-5 PM
Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Forests and the Health of Puget Sound." SFR participants include Bob Edmonds, Rob Harrison, and Tom Hinckley; alums Steve Stinson (MS 2000) and Tim Quinn (PhD 1992); and affiliates Bob Bilby and Peter Bisson.

TUESDAY, 18 MAY     CIG SEMINAR     ACC 120    1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Groups Seminar, "One Theory to Rule them All: The cultural cognitive approach to public opinion on everything from abortion to nanotechnology," John Gastil, UW Department of Communication.

TUESDAY, 18 MAY     BIOLOGY SEMINAR    PHYS/ASTRO A102        4 PM
"What Ails Caribou in the Alberta Oil Sands, Wolves or Intense Human Activity?", Sam Wasser, UW Department of Biology.

TUESDAY, 18  MAY    MT.ST.HELENS ANNIVERSARY    BURKE MUSEUM   7 PM
The Burke Museum will mark the 30th anniversary of the biggest geological event in the Pacific Northwest of our lifetime -– the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens –- with an evening of talks, displays, food, and drink. View displays of plants and animals collected from the blast zone for research, hear what scientists learned from the eruption itself, and learn about the stunning return of life to the blast zone. See http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/event/sthelens/.

TUESDAY, 18 MAY     WILDLAND FIRE LECTURE    OKANOGAN, WA   7-9 PM
"Fire in our Future: Sustaining wildlands and communities," Jim Agee, UW School of Forest Resources.  Sponsored by the Okanogan Valley Lands Council.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 18-20 MAY    RECREATION RESOURCE SYMPOSIUM   PORTLAND,OR
River Management Society and National Association of Recreation Resource Planners Symposium, "Bridging Conservation and Recreation."

WEDNESDAY, 19 MAY     EWB MEETING     ANDERSON 207    6-9 PM
Joint meeting of the UW chapter of Engineers without Borders, the professional Seattle Chapter and the Seattle University chapter. See http://students.washington.edu/ewbuw/.

THURSDAY, 20  MAY     NWFSC SEMINAR     NWFSC CENTER     11 AM
"Indirect Effects of Fishing on Predators and their Prey," Chris Stallings, Florida State University.

THURSDAY, 20 MAY    BIOFUELS CANDIDATE SEMINAR    ANDERSON 22   3:30-5 PM
Seminar title TBA, Gregg Beckham, National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Bioenergy Center.  Reception follows

THURSDAY, 20 MAY   OCEAN SCIENCE PRESENTATION     OCEAN SHORES,WA   12-1 PM
"20,000 Gigabits under the Sea: Next-generation ocean science off the Washington and Oregon Coasts," John Delaney, UW School of Oceanography.

THURSDAY, 20 MAY     SAFS SEMINAR    FISH SCI 102   4-5 PM
"One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!," Steve Martell, University of British Columbia.

THURSDAY, 20 MAY     ENERGY FUTURE LECTURE     KANE 130    6:30 PM
Energy Future Lecture Series, "The Potential of Micro-algae for the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts," Stephen Mayfield, University of California, San Diego.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 20-22 MAY  SUSTAINABILITY/HUMANITIES CONF  PORTLAND,OR
"Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the humanities."

THURSDAY, 20 MAY    STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY      EVERETT, WA   7-8:30 PM
"In the Company of Crows and Ravens," John Marzluff, UW School of Forest Resources.  See http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/May_Classes.html

FRIDAY, 21 MAY         BIKE TO WORK DAY          ALL DAY
Mark your calendars! Next Friday, May 21st is "Bike to Work Day." By riding on Bike to Work Day you help generate political momentum for the creation of more safe, convenient bicycle facilities.  See more in ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

FRIDAY, 21 MAY    UW UG RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM   MGH    12-5 PM
UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. SFR mentors include faculty Gordon Bradley, Sharon Doty, Rick Gustafson, Rob Harrison, Soo Kim, Josh Lawler, Jim Lutz, Dorothy Paun, Aaron Wirsing, and Darlene Zabowski; staff Zareen Khan; and grad students Michael Case, Hong Lin, and Drew Zwart. Student presenters include Rory Biesanz, Sabrina Burkhardt, David Armes, Alana Lautensleger, Tess Paganelli, Jason Sharp, and Christine Sprunger.

FRIDAY, 21 MAY       MS DEFENSE       ANDERSON 207     2-3 PM
"The Political Ecology of Payments for Ecosystem Services Programs: A case study of Coatepec, Mexico," Jason Scullion; committee chair: Kristiina Vogt.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 21-22 MAY   BIOBLITZ AT WPA    WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
BioBlitz at the Washington Park Arboretum.

SATURDAY, 22 MAY   FRAA SERVICE DAY AND MEETING    CUH,UBNA
"Centennial Grove Service Day and FRAA Meeting," followed by pizza and a brief FRAA meeting to discuss award nominees for FRAA fall event. Contact Caroline Rosevear, rosevear@u.washington.edu, for details.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, "Urban Forest Symposium: Saving trees."
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2-4:30 p.m., 207 Anderson, SFR all-School meeting and Annual Recognition Event. Start thinking about acknowledging the excellence of the people with whom you work and study. Faculty members will be honored for their teaching, research, and service accomplishments and staff, students, and external partners will be recognized via a nomination process.
June 1-5, 2010, Atlanta, GA, American Public Garden Association
Conference, "The Garden Canvas: The colors of success."  See SFR participants include Sarah Reichard and alum Thomas Smarr (MFR 2001).
Monday-Thursday, June 6-10, 2010, Blue River, OR, Mountain Climate Research Conference.  SFR participants include Dave Peterson.
Friday, June 11, 2010, SFR graduation celebration, 2-3:30 p.m., Kane 120, with cake and punch reception following in the SFR courtyard. Students, see graduation FAQ and a link to the UW Commencement web page at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/academicPrograms/graduation.shtml.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 p.m., Woodinville, WA, Molbaks seminar and book signing, "Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses," Adrian Bloom, Bressingham Nursery. Ticket proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens Youth Education Program at the Arboretum.

SFR FACULTY VOTE ON NAME CHANGE FOR THE SCHOOL
Interim Director Hinckley writes, "As a result of the September 23rd, 2009 SFR retreat and strategic planning event, a process to consider a name change for the School was ranked the most important thing to accomplish over the next year.  A committee under the leadership of Jim Agee polled faculty, staff, students, friends, and alumni and submitted a report in January 2010. Additional polls and discussion among the faculty occurred over the next three months.  Updates and opportunites for feedback occurred at monthly SFR Alumni Association meetings. Following discussion at the April 20, 2010 Faculty Meeting, the SFR Faculty approved a process by which an alternative name for the School might be chosen. The process was as follows: The faculty were asked to vote for one name from a list of five names as an alternative to the name "School of Forest Resources."  The alternative names were determined by these methods: 1) the most recently hired pool of faculty met and determined two names for consideration -- "School of Natural Resources" and "School of Ecology, Society, and Bioresources"; 2) SFR students were polled and the top two names they chose by ballot were "School of Natural Resources" and "School of Ecology and Natural Resources"; and 3) Two names emerged from mid- to late-career faculty and these were: "School of Ecology, Society, and Natural Resources" and "School of Environmental and Forest Sciences."  The top vote getter of the five names was "School of Environmental and Forest Sciences" and this name was then voted on against the current name, "School of Forest Resources" in a completely separate vote. The vote results were "School of Environmental and Forest Sciences" = 25 and "School of Forest Resources" = 12, out of 49 eligible-to-vote faculty; this represents a voting majority. "School of Environmental and Forest Sciences" is the name that will be forwarded to the required UW bodies for approval. The original idea of a name change was first raised approximately 15 years ago –- this has not been a hasty process!"

SHARON DOTY APPOINTED TO UW'S MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY PROGRAM
Sharon Doty has been appointed to the UW's Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program, an interdisciplinary research program that includes scientists from across the UW and from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Also participating are the Institute for Systems Biology and the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute.  This appointment will give Sharon an added ability for collaboration and graduate student recruitment and interaction.

AMY LAMBERT ART PROJECT AT PRESIDIO
PhD student Amy Lambert’s "Pollen Balls Project" will be part of the first site-based art exhibit conceived for a national park. "Presidio Habitats" features works by 11 artists from around the world. Amy is installing her piece this week at the Presidio of San Francisco (part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area) and will attend the opening and public celebration this Sunday, May 16th.

SFR FACULTY AND STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
L. Monika Moskal moderated and presented in a session on "Forest Fire Fuel Monitoring with LiDAR" at the Annual Meeting of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), in San Diego, CA on April 28th, 2010. She also chaired the ASPRS Publications Committee meeting and attended the Division Directors and Mobile Mapping meetings as the Vice President of the Puget Sound Region. Jeff Richardson also presented his research entitled: "Assessing Forest Structure with Aerial LiDAR in Two Complex Forests."
Sarah Reichard will be presenting at the upcoming American Public Garden Association Conference in Atlanta, GA.  She will be moderating a session on "Creating Noah's Ark: Saving the seeds of native and rare species in public gardens."

WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE WILL BECOME PART OF USFS CLIMATE TOWER NETWORK
Ken Bible writes, "The Wind River Canopy Crane will be included in the US Forest Service's Climate Tower Network. USFS presently supports intensive climate and carbon cycle research at more than a dozen sites where ecological and meteorological measurements are taken from towers extending above the forest canopy. As part of a successful national initiative, the canopy crane program will enter the network in an effort to increase monitoring at Experimental Forests. Precision and accuracy of basic
long-term climate measurements (temperature and precipitation) at the crane will be increased to the level of NOAA’s US Climate Research Network, and state-of-the-art carbon dioxide/carbon isotope analyzers will be installed to monitor atmospheric CO2 levels. This initiative will last approximately three years, after which research infrastructure improvements will continue to be available for decades to come. ."

SHARE YOUR MILLER LIBRARY MEMORIES
In June 2010 the Elisabeth C. Miller Library will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Help recognize this milestone by sharing your stories and memories of the last 25 years. See Library's web page for memories submitted by Rebecca Alexander, Tracy Mehlin, Brian Thompson, and others.

IN MEMORIAM, ROBERT CHERVENAK, WINKENWERDER HALL ARCHITECT
Robert Chervenak, Winkenwerder Hall archittect, passed away on May 9, 2010. Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Chervenak graduated from the UW School of Architecture in 1951. Following his service in World War II, he was employed by a variety of architectural firms in Seattle and Tacoma. In 1955, he formed a partnership with fellow UW graduates Austin Grant and Ross Copeland. Together, the firm of Grant, Copeland & Chervenak made a significant impact on the built environment in the Seattle area. The firm specialized in religious structures and designed a number of award winning churches. In 1966, the firm received a National AIA Merit Award for their design of the Hugo Winkenwerder Forest Science Laboratory at the UW, a heavy timber, multi-story building celebration of wood construction.

REMINDER, WPPF CONFERENCE INVITES FACULTY AND STAFF ATTENDANCE
The Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation's Annual Conference on May 27, 2010 invites attendance by SFR faculty and staff. Contact Joy Louie, joylouie@u.washington.edu, for faculty/staff registration information. The conference, "Biomass Conversion: Impacting Pacific Northwest Fiber Supply" will feature Tom Hinckley as the luncheon speaker and WA State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark as the banquet guest.  Writes Joy, "Please join us for this day full of reconnecting, highlighting the work of our PSE students, and looking ahead together at the future of our industry. Please come to all, or parts, of the day’s events. If you are joining us for a meal, please RSVP/register by May 17th -– this will help in giving an accurate headcount to catering."

UW LIBRARIES SURVEY RESPONSES REQUESTED
Maureen Nolan writes, "On April 20th, Betsy Wilson, Dean of University Libraries, sent a message to faculty inviting them to help the Libraries by completing a Web-based library survey. The Libraries has conducted this survey every three years since 1992 and the feedback we receive is used heavily to inform program and collection development. During these difficult fiscal times, it is vital that the Libraries hear from you about your priorities for services and collections. More than 1,000 UW faculty have submitted the survey. I thank those of you who have already done so and encourage others to complete the survey. It is important that we get a
good response from the School of Forest Resources so that your views are well-represented. We know your time is valuable and that's why we survey faculty only once every three years. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and your anonymous and confidential response goes directly to the Office of Educational Assessment. See http://depts.washington.edu/oeasurv/libuse/flf2010.html for survey."

BIKE TO WORK DAY IS FRIDAY,  MAY 21ST!
Most cities in our region do not know how many cyclists use their roads because they do not count them. Cascade Bicycle Club wants to see official bicycle counts become commonplace around Puget Sound. But until then, the number tallied each year on Bike to Work Day has become the default indicator of our community's growing size and strength. By riding on Bike to Work Day you help generate political momentum for the creation of more safe, convenient bicycle facilities. For event website, see
http://www.cbcef.org/btw/btw_day.html.

NAUFRP WORKING TO INCREASE FEDERAL FORESTRY FUNDING
The National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) Executive Committee has been working to increase the level of funding going to forestry and forest-related projects through USDA NIFA competitive grants programs for research, education, and outreach, particularly the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). Executive Committee members have:
Visited regularly with NIFA/AFRI administrators and national program leaders, asking them to help ensure that at least 10% of AFRI funds go to forestry and forestry-related projects, and encouraging them to select forest scientists from NAUFRP institutions to serve on proposal review panels. A searchable database of NAUFRP scientists who are willing and able to serve in specific discipline areas is at http://www.naufrp.org/app/index.asp.  There are currently nearly 200 enrolled self-enrolled individuals and more are encouraged.
Encouraged forest scientists at NAUFRP institutions to continue to submit high quality proposals for funding through AFRI and other competitive grants programs. To help encourage more submissions, a new page at the NAUFRP website features "Competitive Grants Success Stories."  Additional examples (one-pagers) for posting (pdf or Word files, please) are encouraged and can be sent to bullardsh@sfasu.edu.

ALUMNI UPDATES
John Garcia (MS 1974) is founder and principal of Garcia and Associates (GANDA),  a natural and cultural resources consulting firm based in San Anselmo, CA. The firm has seven offices in four states.
Teri Ard (BS 1991) went on to get an MS and PhD at Georgia Tech.  She is the environmental health and safety manager for Wheelabrator Shasta Energy Company in Anderson, CA. She previously worked in a similar position for Weyerhaeuser Company and for Stockton Pacific Enerprises.
Chadburn Daniels (BS 1991) went on to get a BS in computer science at Eastern Washington University.  He is a software engineer with ComTech AHA in Moscow, ID.
Niraj Agarwal (PhD 1993, MS 1991) is principal of an innovation consultant business, Synthesis 360,  in the greater Boston area. He previously worked for Clariant Chemicals and in printing and software for X-Write.
Lucy (Edmonds) Cameron (MS 2005) lives near Danbury, IA, where she and her family operate a small farm, Thistles and Clover,
and sell naturally raised eggs, chicken, and grassfed beef at local farmers’ markets.
Nicole Hackman (MS 2009) is working as a campaign manager for the Sheep Mountain Alliance, a grassroots citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment in the Telluride Region and Southwest Colorado. She is working on its campaign against uranium mining and the proposed Piñon Ridge Mill in Paradox Valley.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For a PI blog about the upcoming Bioblitz at the Washington Park Arboretum, see "Who else lives in Seattle? 'Bioblitz' coming May 21." Karen Dvornich is quoted.
See "Douglas fir killings, who would do such a thing?," a Green River Community College newsletter article featuring alum Dick
Hopkins (BS 1972).
A March 31 Australian Broadcasting Corporation post, "Rare agreements in Bushfire Commission," references the work of two alums:  Richard Sneeuwjagt (MS 1974), who is senior planning officer for Western Australia’s Department of Environment and Conservation, Fire Management Services Branch in Perth, Australia; and Jerry Williams (MS 1978), retired from the USDA Forest Service, where he was the national director of fire aviation and management. In 1999, he co-led development of a national strategy designed to protect communities, watersheds, and species at risk in fire-adapted ecosystems. The strategy became a basis for the National Fire Plan.

KUDOS
Kudos to Aundrea Penaloza and Marcia Rosenquist, ESRM undergraduates who have been chosen to recieve the College of the Environment's Del Rio Scholarship.  The scholarship is part of the UW's "Students First" program.
Kudos to the Hyde Herbarium at UW Botanic Gardens, which recently reached a milestone -- the stamping of specimen number 20,000!
Rob Harrison sends along kudos to Brian Strahm (PhD 2006), an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, for his continued collaboration with SFR research. "Brian is co-PI on a $200K cooperative NSF Center for Advanced Forest Systems grant that will greatly augment SFR's Stand Management Cooperative's new forest fertilization studies. The huge study (>60 sites in the PNW) should provide definitive assessment on the fate of applied N in a wide variety of intensively-managed forest ecosystems. Brian originated the primary idea for the grant, which will provide labeled N-15 fertilizer and analyses for the cooperative project to similar studies at Virginia Tech, NC State University, Purdue University, and the UW."

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 34, Number 7

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul, cece@u.washington.edu, by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING MAY 8. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MAY 7-28, 2010    UWBG STUDENT RESEARCH REVIEW     CUH,MILLER LIBRARY
Wonder what goes on in the labs of Merrill Hall or in the study plots sprinkled throughout Union Bay Natural Area? Find out at the annual UWBG graduate student research poster display May 7–28, 2010 in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 8 MAY      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    CUH PARKING LOT   10 AM-NOON
Yesler Swamp Trail work party. Meet at the trailhead east of CUH’s large parking lot. See http://yeslerswamptrail.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/may-8-work-day-at-yesler-swamp/.

SUNDAY, 9 MAY     MOTHER'S DAY EVENTS     WPA   1-4 pm
The Arboretum Foundation presents Mother’s Day at the Arboretum, including guided tours of Azalea Way and the wetlands, a self-guided family hike with interactive cues, and craft activities. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org/events_programs/events_programs.cfm#mother.

MONDAY, 10 MAY   WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102   3:30 PM
"Conservation of Northern Spotted Owls: The interface between science, policy, and politics," Robert Anthony, Oregon State University.

TUESDAY, 11 MAY     WATER CENTER SEMINAR   MGH 389   8:30-9:20 AM
"Moving beyond Minimum Treatment: King County's Brightwater Project," Stan Hummel, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks.

TUESDAY, 11 MAY     CIG SEMINAR     ACC 120    1:30-3 PM
Climate Impact Groups Seminar, "Glacial History of Climate Change in Skagit Valley, Washington," Jon Reidel, North Cascades National Park. S

TUESDAY, 11 MAY     BIOLOGY SEMINAR    PHYS/ASTRO A102        4 PM
"Evolution and Creationism: The Mexican case," Antonio Lazcano, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 11-13 MAY    TRIBAL RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKSHOP   HUB
Tribal Renewable Energy Research Workshop. See See http://depts.washington.edu/bioenrgy/. SFR participants include Everett
Isaac (MS 1999, BS 1996), Laurel James, Larry Mason (MS 1999, BS 1997), and Phil Rigdon, and alums Steve Rigdon (BS 2001) and Don Motanic (BS 1978).

WEDNESDAY, 17 MAY   NHS LECTURE    UWBG,CUH     7:15 PM
"The World of Pearl: Topiary as art," Pearl Fryar, garden artist.  See http://www.northwesthort.org/lectures.html and
http://www.fryarstopiaries.com/subtemp.asp?cat=1&id=1.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 12-14 MAY     WA SAF MEETING    LACONNER, WA
WA Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, "Opportunities and Challenges in Uncertain Times." SFR participants include Ivan Eastin, Gret Ettl, Elaine Oneil, Kristiina Vogt, and alums Ann Burns (BS 1971), Bruce Larson (PhD 1982), Ralph Riley (BS 1981), and Gary Ritchie (PhD 1971, MS 1966).

THURSDAY, 13  MAY     NWFSC SEMINAR     NWFSC CENTER     11 AM
"Policy and Practice of Genetic Management in Large Marine Stock Enhancement Programs: The case of the red drum in Florida," Michael Tringali, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

THURSDAY, 13 MAY     SAFS SEMINAR    FISH SCI 102   4-5 PM
"Linking Habitat Quality to the Dynamics of Marine Species and Ecosystems," Jameal Samhouri, Northwest Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 13 MAY     ENERGY FUTURE LECTURE     KANE 130    6:30 PM
Energy Future Lecture Series, "Carbon Management: Energy security and the future of nuclear energy," Steven Aumeier, Idaho National Laboratory.

FRIDAY, 14 MAY    MS DEFENSE       ANDERSON 22   9:30 AM
"Effects of Prescribed Fire on Understory Vegetation in Mixed-Conifer Forests of the Southern Sierra Nevada, California," Karen Webster; committee chair: Charlie Halpern.

SATURDAY, 15 MAY  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   LAKE UNION/PORTAGE BAY 8 AM-2 PM
Puget Soundkeeper's 8th Annual Lake Union and Portage Bay Sweep. Over 200 volunteers in kayaks, row boats, and motorized craft remove 2-3 tons of trash annually from Lake Union and Portage Bay. Volunteers are treated to a picnic lunch provided by event sponsors and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.

SATURDAY, 15 MAY  CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED INST  NORTH BEND,WA  9 AM-4 PM
"Wetlands of the Cedar River Watershed," Clay Antieau (MS 1985).

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 15-16 MAY    GARB DAY AT PACK    EATONVILLE,WA
Garb Day at Pack Forest, sponsored by SFR students' Forest Club. Buy your tickets now at SFR Student Services, $10 before May 1st; $15 after May 1st. Free transportation included in ticket price. Activities include salmon bake, live music, games, and prizes.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 12-1 p.m., Portland, OR, Illahee Lecture Series, Power and Change: "The Power of Nature: Mount St. Helens, 1980-2010," Jerry Franklin, UW School of Forest Resources; Ursula Le Guin, author; and Gary Snyder, poet.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 1-5 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Forests and the Health of Puget Sound."
Friday, May 21, 2010, 12 a.m.-5 p.m., Mary Gates Hall, UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Saturday, May 22, 2010, "Centennial Grove Service Day and FRAA Meeting," followed by pizza and a brief FRAA meeting to discuss award nominees for FRAA fall event. Stay tuned for details.
Friday-Saturday, May 21-22, 2010, BioBlitz at the Washington Park Arboretum.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 2:30-4:30 p.m., 207 Anderson, SFR Annual Recognition Event.
Friday, June 11, 2010, SFR graduation celebration, 2-3:30 p.m., Kane 120, with cake and punch reception following in the SFR courtyard. Students, see graduation FAQ and a link to the UW Commencement web page at
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/academicPrograms/graduation.shtml.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010, 7-8 p.m., Woodinville, WA, Molbaks seminar and book signing, "Bloom's Best Perennials and Grasses," Adrian Bloom, Bressingham Nursery. Ticket proceeds benefit UW Botanic Gardens Youth Education Program at the Arboretum.

SFR WELCOMES VISITING PROFESSOR JOHANN KOEPELL
A warm welcome to SFR Visiting Professor Johann Koeppel, from the Berlin Institute of Technology's School of Planning, Building, and Environment, where he is head of the Environmental Assessment and Policy Research Group. His research interests include examination of policies for sustainable renewable energy in Germany and Europe. He first came to Seattle as part of the Urban Ecology faculty and student exchange in 2002, again in 2005, and has collaborated with Clare Ryan and several graduate students over the years. He will be in residence at SFR on a Fulbright Award until October 2010, and plans to conduct a comparative analysis of German and U.S. energy policies. On May 21, 2010 he will speak at the College of Built Environment’s Spring Quarter Research Seminar (12–1:30 p.m., Gould 208J) on "Urban Climate and Heat Stress in Mid-Latitude Cities in View of Climate Change."

SFR RECOGNITION EVENT, HONOR YOUR COLLEAGES, EAT DESSERT, AND MORE!
It's spring -- the flowers are blooming, the pollen is flying -- that must mean it's time for the annual SFR Recognition event! The 2010 SFR annual recognition event will be Wednesday, May 26th, starting at 2:30 p.m. in Anderson 207, Forest Club Room. The fun starts with the dessert contest (life is short -- eat dessert first) and auction preview. The formal program will follow, followed by more desserts, wine tasting, and the silent auction. Please start thinking about acknowledging the excellence of the people with whom you work and study. Faculty members will be honored for their teaching, research and service accomplishments and staff, students, and external partners will be recognized via a nomination process.  See information about submitting nominations, and information about the dessert contest and silent auction at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/recognitionEvent.shtml.

RFP FOR MCINTIRE-STENNIS COOPERATIVE FORESTRY RESEARCH FUNDING
SFR's New Research Group is pleased to solicit proposals on behalf of the 2010 McIntire-Stennis Act funding to SFR. See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/sfrTools/committees/NewResearchRFP.pdf for text of the RFP. The document has all the details, but, writes John Marzluff, committee Chair, "Here are a few important things to consider. We have approximately $130,000 to award and are soliciting proposals from all SFR faculty of up to $35,000. Proposals must address the goals of the M-S program at http://www.naufrp.org/pdf/M-S%20Plan.pdf and should short (3-5 pages, see template in document). We are looking for a fast turnaround and ask for proposals to be submitted by 5 p.m. on May 21, 2010, so that awards can be made and used for research this summer through September 2011. We look forward to reading your ideas and wish you the best of luck. Any questions can be directed to John Marzluff (Chair), or any committee member (Jon Bakker, Bob Edmonds, Tom Hinckley, Bruce Lippke, Sally Morgan, Dave Peterson)."

WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE NOW A PHENOCAM SITE
The canopy crane is now an active phenocam site, part of a U.S. and Canadian monitoring network that will provide continuous "near" remote sensing of changes in canopy state over time for public webpage viewing in addition to sharing of imagery and data products with site PIs. Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how these are influenced by seasonal environmental changes. Phenological events such as leaf emergence and senescence exert a direct control on both spatial and temporal patterns of carbon, water, nutrient, and energy cycling throughout all ecosystems on Earth. For more information see http://www.usanpn.org/files/shared/Benton_et_al_ESAposter_PhenoCam_Network.pdf and http://klima.sr.unh.edu/info.html. And, says Ken Bible, "See the near-real time feed at http://205.162.201.245/. The camera is facing north; Howe Ridge is on the center horizon."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Scott Senter (BS 1977) is a recreation specialist with the Bureau of Land Management in Klamath Falls, OR.
Benjamin Brigham (BS 2004) went on to get a Master of Marine Affairs from the UW.  He is the owner of Autoferret.com in Bellingham, WA, a meta-search engine for vehicles and a subsidiary of Viverrae, LLC, a developer of web technologies with commercial application for social media.
Heidi Pecoraro (BS 2006) is a PhD student in microbiology, immunology, and pathology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
Regan (Smith) Nelson (MS 2007) works for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Oceans Program in Washington, DC.  She writes: "I've been dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to monitor the ongoing oil spill resulting from the explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig. I join a small team of folks from NRDC (my employer). Our purpose is to obtain a first-hand account of the spill, and to try to understand what the environmental and public health effects will be in the short-term (and long-term if possible).  I expect to be there for at least one week, and will work to call attention to what we are learning in hopes that a clear record of the impacts emerges, which will inform the work of NRDC, and hopefully others, in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. I'll be blogging daily (maybe more), and posting video and photos.  My first blog, with links to NRDC's flickr, facebook and twitter accounts, can be found at: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rnelson/join_nrdc_experts_as_they_docu.html If you'd like to follow me through-out the week, I'll be blogging at: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/gulfspill.php

SFR IN THE NEWS
See UW News and Information press releases on the upcoming Washington Park
Arboretum BioBlitz, "Scrutinize arboretum's plants, critters, crawlies as part of city's first bioblitz,"  and on UW Mount St. Helens
expers, "UW experts list: Lessons from Mount St. Helens being applied today."  Included in the experts are Jerry Franklin, Tom Hinckley, and alum Mark Swanson (PhD 2006, BS 1997).

KUDOS
Kudos to faculty members Josh Lawler, who has been promoted to Associate Professor, and Sarah Reichard, who has been promoted to Professor, both effective September 16, 2010.
Tom Hinckley sends along kudos to a former SFR collaborator, Reinhart Ceulemans, who has received a Honoris Causa Doctor from Gregor-Mendel University in Brno, the Czech Republic.  Adds Tom, "Reinhart came to the UW in 1987 from the University of Antwerp to work with Reini Stettler, Jud Isebrands, Elizabeth Van Volkenburg, Barb Smit, and me on the biology of native black cottonwood and its hybrids with eastern cottonwood. Reinhart and his family lived in Seattle for two years, and he returned frequently thereafter to work on projects including water loss in Pacific silver fir in the Cedar River Watershed and the book edited by Reini on the biology of Populus. During his time at CFR he was senior or junior author with graduate students and faculty on 12 refereed papers, numerous proceedings and abstracts, and four book chapters.  It was during one of these projects that Reinhart met Jan Cermak, a faculty member from the Gregor-Mendel University. As a result of this meeting, Jan and Reinhart established several major joint projects in Europe. Both of these individuals illustrate the extraordinary world of opportunities associated with international collaborations."

Send in those kudos!
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