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The Straight Grain for May 25, 2012
Volume 42, Number 9

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING MAY 27. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY, 29 MAY WATER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM "Reinventing the
Toilet: What role for scientists?,"  Doulaye Kone, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

TUESDAY, 29 MAY LAW SCHOOL FORUM WGH 138 3:30-6 PM
"Courts, Claims, and Culture: A forum on indigenous title to marine resources."

TUESDAY, 29 MAY COENV FORUM FISH SCI 203 4-5 PM
CoENV Public Forum, "Conversations on Defining Diversity: Accommodation is more than just a word."

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 29-30 MAY SEFS DIRECTOR CANDIDATE VISITS
SEFS Director candidate Tom DeLuca will return to UW campus to meet with various stakeholders.  See ANNOUNCEMENTS, below, for details re: open meeting times for SEFS faculty to meet with candidate DeLuca.

WEDNESDAY, 30 MAY THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 11 AM
"Reconstructing Mass Balance of South Cascade Glacier Based on Tree-ring Records," Kailey Marcinkowski; committee chair: Greg Ettl.

WEDNESDAY, 30 MAY MEH PRESENTATION CUH,ISSACSON 12 PM
"Generating Revenue for Community Development Projects by Introducing Melipona spp. Bee to Pollinate Vanilla planifolia," Katherine Asselin; committee chair: Kern Ewing.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 30 MAY-1 JUNE EDRA CONFERENCE SEATTLE,WA
Environmental Design Research Association Conference. SEFS participants include Kathy Wolf.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Reference Points and the Ecosystem Approach: New concepts for old tools and old tools for new concepts," Jake Rice, Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY     THESIS PROPOSAL   ANDERSON 207     1 PM
"Forecasting the Influence of Climate Change on Terrestrial Biodiversity in Protected Areas of the Pacific Northwest," Jesse Langdon; committee chair: Josh Lawler.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY POE PRESENTATIONS WALLACE COMMONS 1:30 PM
Spring 2012 ENVIR 480/Sustainability Studio class presentations.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Landscape genetics: "Insights into Ecology and Evolution of Pacific Northwestern Amphibians," Andrew Storfer, WA State University.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY UW-REN CAPSTONE SYMPOSIUM CUH,DOUGLAS 6-8 PM
UW Restoration Ecology Network Capstone Symposium.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY YELLOWSTONE PRESENTATIONS ANDERSON 207 7-9 PM
"Yellowstone Field Trip student presentations." Enjoy delicious granola bars as you learn how elk adjust their vigilance to the threat of wolves, where wolves kill coyotes, and how wolves facilitate the ravens of Yellowstone.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 31 MAY-1 JUNE SEFS DIRECTOR CANDIDATE VISIT
SEFS Director candidate Gary Machlis will return to UW campus to meet with various stakeholders.  See ANNOUNCEMENTS, below, for details re: open meeting times for SEFS faculty to meet with candidate Machlis.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY    THESIS DEFENSE     BLOEDEL 292      10 AM
"Fire History of the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve in Western México, Brooke Cassell; committee chair: Ernesto Alvarado.

THURSDAY, 31 MAY     THESIS DEFENSE    BLD 292      1:30 PM
"Framing Global Climate Change in the 24-hour News Cycle: 2007-2009," Karyn Boenker; committee chair: Clare Ryan.

FRIDAY, 1 JUNE     THESIS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 306   10 AM
"Ecologists and Organizers: Participatory research for shared understanding and adaptive capacity in the Green Seattle Partnership," Justin Hellier; committee chair: Gordon Bradley.

FRIDAY, 1 JUNE THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 22 11 AM
"Coastal Cutthroat Trout in Headwater Stream Networks: Distribution and abundance in space and time," Jason Walter; commitee chair: Christian Torgersen.

FRIDAY, 1 JUNE QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 12:30-1:30 PM
"Estimating Uncertainty in Rockfish Stock Assessments," Daniel Hively, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

FRIDAY, 1 JUNE UG CAPSTONE POSTER SESSION AND 207 2:30-4:20 PM
ESRM Capstone Poster Session. Please support our students by taking a few moments to drop by and see their work. Topics include: "Reptiles on Orcas Island," "The Trees and Shrubs of the Wind River Forest Dynamics Plot"; "A Comparative Study of Late-successional Plant Strategies in the Yosemite and Wind River Forest Dynamics Plots"; "Spatial Analysis of Bark Beetle Mortalities in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot"; "Carex Inops Germination and Flowering Trials"; "Conversion to a Paperless and More Distance Learning Capable SEFS"; "Meridian Park Orchard Restoration Plan"; "Self-guided Interpretive Tour of UW's Native Trees"; "Environmental Enrichment for Captive Komodo Dragons"; and "To Read or Not to Read."

SATURDAY, 2 JUNE     CONSERVATION REMIX   SEATTLE,TOWN HALL  10 AM- 5 PM
Conservation Remix, hosted by UW Professors Emeriti Estella Leopold and Gordon Orians.

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

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Wednesday, June 6, 2012, UWBG, CUH, 7 p.m., Washington Butterfly Asociation, "Butterflies of China," Robert Pyle (MS 1973).
    Wednesday, June 6, 2012, Bainbridge Island, Bloedel Reserve, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Bloedel Reserve Nature and Well Being Series, "Designing Forest Settings with Human Preferences and Well-Being in Mind," Gordon Bradley, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
    Friday, June 8, 2012, Kane 120 and And-Wink-Blo Courtyard, 2 p.m. SEFS Graduation Celebration. Keynote speech by Bob Edmonds.
    Sunday-Monday, June 10-11, 2012, Newport, OR, Western Mensurationists/Western Forest Economists Meeting.  SEF participants include Sandor Toth. Also participating are alums Bruce Manley (PhD 1981)and Claire Montgomery (PhD 1990, MFR 1986).
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Tacoma, Swiss Pub, 6:30 p.m., Tacoma Science Cafe, "Two Dams and the Beach: Coastal response to the Elwha Dam removal," Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant.
    Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Kane 120, 7:30-9:30 p.m., "Conversations about Our Changing Planet: Observations, models, and implications."

DIRECTOR SEARCH UPDATE
    The Dean’s office has scheduled three open meetings for SEFS faculty with SEFS Director candidates Tom DeLuca and Gary Machlis; see schedule below. All faculty are encouraged to attend. Dr. DeLuca’s first meeting (10-11 a.m., Tuesday 5/29) conflicts with the SEFS faculty meeting. If this is the ONLY time you can meet with Dr. DeLuca, please do, if not, please attend the faculty meeting if you can. All meetings will be held in Winkenwerder 103
    Tom DeLuca, Tuesday May 29, 10-11 a.m.  (Facilitator Jerry Franklin) and 1:30-2:30pm (Facilitator Jim Fridley)
    Tom DeLuca, Wednesday May 30, 10-11 a.m.  (Facilitator Sarah Reichard)
    Gary Machlis, Thursday May 31, 10-11a.m. (Facilitator John Marzluff)
    Gary Machlis, Friday June 1, 11-12 p.m. (Facilitator Sarah Reichard) and 3-4pm (Facilitator Jim Fridley)

SEFS 11TH ANNUAL RECOGNITION EVENT
    The School's 11th Annual Recognition Event was held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Festivities included awards, the famous SEFS silent auction, with proceeds to benefit scholarships, and recognition of and a reception for faculty retiring this year (Bob Edmonds, Tom Hinckley, and Peter Schiess).   Awards bestowed included: administrative staff award to Laura Davis; outreach
staff award to Pat Saunders; and two research staff awards -- the first, for highest direct research expenditures, to Jim Lutz; and the second, for highest indirect cost recovery, to Luke Rogers.
    Winners of  faculty awards were: teaching, Darlene Zabowski; SCH production, Rob Harrison; and service, Greg Ettl.  Six faculty research awards were given, in categories for teaching and research/WOT faculty. Winners included Ernesto Alvarado (research/WOT faculty direct expenditures); Rick Gustafson (teaching faculty direct expenditures and indirect cost recovery); Greg Ettl (research/WOT faculty indirect cost recovery); Josh Lawler (teaching faculty graduate student support); and Ernesto Alvarado (research/WOT faculty graduate student support).
    Shannon Ewanick and Drew Zwart were awarded the student TA and student RA awards, respectively. The student community participation award went to Kathleen "KT" Kelleher.  Robin Christine McArdel received Tthe Taber Wildlife Science Award,  Ilana Calvert received the John Wott Studen Support Award, and Lindsey Hamilton received the Muller Student Support Award.   Director’s awards went to Sharon Doty, for exemplary student mentoring, Bob Gara, for career excellence in teaching; ONRC staff Deric Kettel, Ellen Matheny, and Teresa Santman; and graduate studenta Jacob Sheppard and Laure Peelle.  The fifth annual external colleague award went to Sandra Hines, UW News and Information. Sandra presented the media/public relations award to Rick Gustafson.
    Fabulous auction items included: several wine tasting events, 9 hours of garden work, a champagne sail, a home-baked "Prince William's wedding cake," tickets to Intiman Theatre, autographed copies of faculty books, a salmon fishing excursion in Puget Sound; a collection of CFR memorabilia (heavy bidding for the CFR belt buckle!); a baby quilt gift basket, and more!

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
    "Seattle's First Hill: Carriage rides and early fortunes" references the history behind the generous funding by Agenes Anderson for the construction of Anderson Hall; for corrections to article's photo caption, see http://pauldorpat.com/.
    See "Blanket Is CO2See== Absorber, Fertilizer, and Kiln," which features graduate students Derek Churchill and Jenny Knoth.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Alec Jackson (BS 1956) is a fly tier and hook designer who lives in Bothell, WA. See "Alec Jacksn, the man behind the hooks."

KUDOS
Dan Vogt sends along kudos to Stephan Gmur, who was selected out of a group of students who submitted presentations to compete for the Richard “Dick” Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition and Award at the Washington State Chapter of The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (WAURISA), held at Tacoma, WA, on May 7-9, 2012. Of students who were selected to compete for the Dick Thomas Award, Stephan won 2nd place. His presentation was entitled "Rating Tropical Ecosystems for Biofuel Potential using GIS and Remote Sensing' using data he gathered from work in Indonesia with Asep Suntana, Kristiina Vogt, and Daniel Vogt. He was presented with an Award Certificate, one year membership in WAURISA, free registration for the 2013 Washington GIS Conference, and $300. He said he will use that $300 to help pay for page charges for a paper submitted from his MS research. Stephan won 1st place for that award in 2010."

Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 42, Number 8

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING MAY 19. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 17-20 MAY  LEAVENWORTH BIRD FEST   LEAVENWORTH, WA
"Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest." Keynote speaker is David Craig, Willamette University.

SATURDAY, 19 MAY     SOIL LECTURE    SPOKANE, WA    4-5 PM
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Lecture Series, "Toward a Sustainable Future," John Reganold, Washington State University.

MONDAY, 21 MAY  WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR  PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"The Cooperative Research Units Program: Aldo Leopold, 'Ding' Darling, and beyond," Christian Grue. Leader, UW Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

TUESDAY, 22 MAY      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Nile River Issues," Alex Baron, UW School of Law.

WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY   UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   WPA   10:30 AM-12 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Azalea Way History Tour," John Wott, Emeritus, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY     ALL-SCHOOL MEETING   ANDERSON 207   2:30 PM
SEFS All-School meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY   RECOGNITION EVENT AND RECEPTION   AND 207  3 PM
SEFS Annual Recognition Event. Recognition Event will be followed by a reception honoring the faculty who are retiring this year, Tom Hinckley (June 15, 2012), Bob Edmonds (September 15, 2012), and Peter Schiess (December 31, 2012). Catered festive food and beverages for this reception in lieu of the traditional dessert contest and wine tasting. However, the annual silent auction to raise money for SEFS scholarship funds will be open for business throughout the reception.

WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY      ATM SCI LECTURE    KANE 210   7:30 PM
"Learning while Burning: Energy, economy, and environment," Richard Alley, The Pennsylvania State University.

THURSDAY, 24 MAY   THESIS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 306    10 AM
"Effects of Dam Removal on Fish Movement in Cijiawan River, Taiwan," Chia-Hsiu Chen; committee chair: Susan Bolton.

THURSDAY, 24 MAY   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUDITORIUM    11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Linking Swimming Performance to Population Processes in Coastal Fishes," Todd Anderson, San Diego State University.

THURSDAY, 24 MAY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "The Global Nautilus Fishery: Sustainable or in free-fall?," Peter Ward, UW Department of Earth and Space Sciences.

FRIDAY, 25 MAY    THESIS DEFENSE   ANDERSON 207    9 AM
"Resident Participation in River Restoration: Preferences, attitudes, and behaviors case study of Cedar River Watershed, Washington,"  Yu-Chi Huang: committee chair: Gordon Bradley.

FRIDAY, 25 MAY      THESIS DEFNSE     ANDERSON 22     10 AM
"National to Local: A pre and post assessment of the Fuel Characteristic Classification System for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes," Laurel James; committee chair: Tom Hinckley.

FRIDAY, 26 MAY    QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Hydrology, Habitat, and the Value of Information for Piping Plovers on the Missouri River," Kate Buenau, Pacific NW National Laboratory.

FRIDAY, 26 MAY       MEH PRESENTATION       CUH,DOUGLAS     2 PM
"Union Bay Natural Area-SR 520 Mitigation Project: Implementation plan and znalysis of necessary staffing levels," Blake Schnebly; committee chair: Kern Ewing.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Tuesday, May 29, 2012, FISH SCI 203, 4-5 p.m., CoENV Public Forum,
"Conversations on Defining Diversity: Accommodation is more than just a
word." See
http://engage.washington.edu/site/MessageViewer?em_id=82124.0&dlv_id=85924.
Thursday, May 31, 2012, Wallace Research Commons, 1:30 p.m., Spring 2012 ENVIR 480/Sustainability Studio class presentations.
Thursday, May 31, 2012, CUH, Douglas, 6-8 p.m., UW Restoration Ecology Network Capstone Symposium.  See http://depts.washington.edu/uwren/ and ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.
Thursday, May 31, 2012, Anderson 207, 7-9 p.m. "Yellowstone Field Trip student presentations." Enjoy delicious granola bars as you learn how elk adjust their vigilance to the threat of wolves, where wolves kill coyotes, and how wolves facilitate the ravens of Yellowstone.
Sunday-Monday, June 10-11, 2012, Newport, OR, Western Mensurationists/Western Forest Economists Meeting.  SEF participants include Sándor Tóth. Also participating are alums Bruce Manley (PhD 1981)and Claire Montgomery (PhD 1990, MFR 1986).
Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Tacoma, Swiss Pub, 6:30 p.m., Tacoma Science Cafe, "Two Dams and the Beach: Coastal response to the Elwha Dam removal," Ian Miller, Washington Sea Grant.
Saturday, June 2, 2012, Seattle Town Hall, 10 a.m-5 p.m., Conservation Remix, hosted by UW Professors Emeriti Estella Leopold and Gordon Orians.
Saturday, June 2, 2012, Bainbridge Island, Bloedel Reserve, 12-1 p.m., "Nature Contact and Human Health: Is the evidence in?," Howard Frumkin, UW School of Public Health.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012, UWBG, CUH, 7 p.m., Washington Butterfly Asociation, "Butterflies of China," Robert Pyle (MS 1973).

DIRECTOR SEARCH UPDATE
Dean Lisa Graumlich writes: "The high quality of the SEFS Director candidates has made my decision more difficult than I had anticipated. I have invited two of the candidates back to campus to meet with the Dean's senior staff, the CoENV leadership, and other key partners on and off campus. I trust that you will participate in discussions with the two candidates and continue to share with me your assessment of their potential to be successful as Director of SEFS. The dates of the campus visits are:
* Tom Deluca: May 29-30
* Gary Machlis: May 31-June 1
Thank you in advance for working with me to host the two candidates during a hectic time of the academic year. My assistant, Jeanne Bridgman, will be working with me to arrange their schedules. I will set up several open sessions for SEFS faculty to meet with the candidates."

RECOGNITION EVENT -- NOMINATE COLLEAGUES, DONATE TO SILENT AUCTION !
The SEFS Annual Recognition Event is just a few days away -- Wednesday, May 23rd, 3 p.m.  This is a last reminder to acknowledge the contributions of your staff, student, and external colleagues -- nominations will be accepted until 8 a.m. Monday morning, May 21, to give those of you who've been putting this off a little extra weekend time! And a reminder to contribute something to the event's silent auction to benefit SEFS scholarship funds. We have an interesting assortment of donations to date
-- books, an insiderâ??s tour of the Arboretum, salmon fishing in Puget Sound, champagne cruise, organizing and garden services, a private crafting class for you and your friends, theater tickets, and more!  See
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/tools/recognitionEvent.shtml for instructions on how to nominate a staff or student colleague. Contact Sally Morgan, slm@u.washington.edu, for information on the silent auction. Hope to see you all at the event!

UW RESTORATION ECOLOGY NETWORK CAPSTONE SYMPOSIUM
The 13th Annual UW Restoration Ecology Capstone Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, May 31, 2012, 6-8 p.m. at UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture. Multidisciplinary student teams from the three UW campuses spent eight months working to restore damaged ecosystems for community-based clients across the Puget Sound region. Symposium will celebrate the completion of these collaborative projects and examine the innovative, science-based approaches developed and used by the students. These projects continue an award-winning capstone program, involving over 450 students, 36 community partners, and 76 restoration projects across the last 13 years. Enjoy refreshments and appetizers as students present posters and share the results of this extraordinary, culminating experience.  All are welcome! See http://depts.washington.edu/uwren/.

THE SCHOOL'S FIRST HONORARY ALUMNUS, CHARLES COWAN
The most recent issue of Forest History Today, the publication of the Forest History Society, has a biographical article on the UW Foresters Alumni Association's first "honorary alumnus," Charles Steven Cowan. Born on Vancouver Island, BC, Cowan was educated in forestry and engineering in Great Britain. The UWFAA made Cowan its first honorary alumnus in 1950 in recognition of his many achievements in the prevention of forest fires and the improvement of forestry practices. Cowan was an active member of the Society of American Foresters and a fellow in that organization. He was secretary-treasurer of the Washington State Forestry Association from 1928 until 1958. He was also treasurer of the Western Forestry and Conservation Association from 1928 until 1958, and helped to organize and promote the Keep Washington Green Association. After retiring in 1958, he worked for six years as a consulting forester in Kirkland, Washington. He died on May 15, 1969.

LIDAR RESEARCH IN THE WASHINGTON PARK ARBORETUM
Did you know that the Washington Park Arboretum often serves as a research site for SEFS researchers? Recently, researchers have been using the Arboretum to study LiDAR and its applications. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a method of airborne laser scanning that can be used as a tool to inventory and manage forests. See UW Botanic Gardens website for links to research papers.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
Among further coverage of the Schloss, Lawler, Nunez article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is "What animals will win the climate change race?," in the Toronto Globe and Mail.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Cory Winnie (BS 1981) is a fire management officer for the USDI Bureau of Indian Affairs in Portland, OR.

KUDOS
Kudos to Greg Ettl whose appointment as Associate Professor With Tenure has just been approved. This appointment, along with the promotions of faculty members Jon Bakker, Renata Bura, and Soo Kim, to Associate Professor, previously announced, will be effective September 16, 2012.

Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 42, Number 7

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING MAY 12. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 12 MAY   CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED CLASS   N BEND,WA   9 AM-4 PM
"Quiet Water: Exploring wetland ecology," Clay Antieau (MS 1985).


SATURDAY, 12 MAY   UW FARM FUNDRAISER   UNIV HTS CTR   5:30-9:30 PM
UW Farm fundraiser to support the continued development of the new site near the Center for Urban Horticulture; includes dinner, silent auction, square dancing, and live music.  See

MONDAY, 14 MAY    URBAN FOREST SYMPOSIUM   UWBG,CUH   9 AM-4 PM
Urban Forest Symposium.

MONDAY, 14 MAY    PHD GENERAL EXAM     ANDERSON 22    1:30 PM
"Examining Variability in Douglas-fir Growth at a Continental Scale," Christina Lyons-Tinsley; committee chair: Greg Ettl.

MONDAY, 14 MAY     CLIMATE CHANGE TALK   WALLACE 12  12-1:30 PM
"Climate Change and Global Diversity," David Schimel, NEON, Inc.

MONDAY, 14 MAY  WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR  PHYS-ASTR 118  3:30-4:50 PM
"Partitioning Impacts on the Recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales," Jessica Lundin, UW Department of Biology.

MONDAY, 14 MAY   FOREST CARBON SEMINAR   ANDERSON 207   3:30-4:30 PM
"Can We Have Our Forest Carbon and Use It Too?," Tom Gower (PhD 1987), University of Wisconsin, Madison.

TUESDAY, 15 MAY      WATER SEMINAR     ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Household Water Treatment Trajectory: Africa to Cascade Designs," Matt Stevenson, Cascade Designs, Inc.

TUESDAY, 15 MAY    DENMAN FORESTRY ISSUES   UWBG,NHS   1-5:30 PM
Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Role of Forests and Forest Products in Carbon Mitigation and Energy Independence."

TUESDAY, 15 MAY   ATM SCI SEMINAR    ATG 310C      3:30 PM
"Data Assimilation Approach to Studying Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Feedbacks," David Schimel, NEON, Inc.

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, 15-18 MAY    SER/AFS CONFEFRENCE   VICTORIA, BC
Society for Ecological Restoration British Columbia and NW Chapters and Washington/British Columbia Chapter of American Fisheries Society Conference, "Beyond Borders." Cara Nelson (PhD 2004) is a plenary speaker and presenters include graduate students Lindsey Hamilton and Rodney Pond.

WEDNESDAY 16 MAY  CUGOS SPRING FLING   ANDERSON 207  9-4:45 PM
Cascadia Users of Geospatial Open Source (CUGOS) 2nd Annual Spring Fling to learn about OS GIS (tools and real workflows). Includes training and semi-structured hack sessions.

WEDNESDAY, 16 MAY    PHD DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22        12 PM
"The Effects of Geocentric Properties on Soil Water and Nitrogen and Douglas-fir Growth and Fertilizer Response in the Pacific Northwest," Kim Littke: committee chair: Rob Harrison.

THURSDAY, 17 MAY   NWFSC SEMINAR   NWFSC AUDITORIUM    11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Resource Rents, Inframarginal Rents and the Transition to Property Rights in a Common Pool Resource," Chris Costello, University of California, Santa Barbara.

THURSDAY, 17 MAY   ACADEMIC BOOK PUBLISHING    OUGL 220   3-4:30 PM
Join UW Press editor Lorri Hagman for an overview of academic book publishing and a discussion of such topics as how successful books differ from dissertations; what presses do, how editors work with authors, and what they expect of them; how to identify and approach an academic press; and emerging topics like e-books and open access. Presentation is targeted at UW graduate students, but other interested members of the UW community are welcome. The session will be recorded for those who are interested but unable to attend. Sign up at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/tjewell/168194.

THURSDAY, 17 MAY      SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI 102     4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Diel Migration, Trophic Interactions, and the Movement of Nutrients in the Deep Waters of Lake Superior," Thomas Hrabik, University of Minnesota.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 17-20 MAY  LEAVENWORTH BIRD FEST   LEAVENWORTH, WA
"Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest." Keynote speaker is David Craig, Willamette University.

FRIDAY, 18 MAY    QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Hierarchical Models for Multiple-observer Animal Transect Surveys," Paul Conn, NOAA National Marine Mammal Laboratory.

FRIDAY, 18 MAY   UW UNDERGAD RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM   MGH   12-5:30 PM
UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.  See also ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

FRIDAY, 18 MAY     MS DEFENSE    ANDERSON 22     1 PM
"The Effect of Armillaria Root Disease on Forest Structure and Potential Fire Behavior in an Eastern Washington Ponderosa Pine Forest," Nathan Johnson; committee chair: Bob Edmonds.

SATURDAY, 19 MAY     SOIL LECTURE    SPOKANE, WA    4-5 PM
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil Lecture Series, "Toward a Sustainable Future,"
John Reganold, Washington State University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Anderson 207, 2:30-5 p.m., All-School meeting followed by 2012 Recognition Event.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, UWBG, Washington Park Arboretum, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Azalea Way History Tour," John Wott, Emeritus, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Kane 210, 7:30 p.m., Department of Atmospheric Sciences Lecture, "Learning while Burning: Energy, economy, and environment," Richard Alley, The Pennsylvania State University.
Thursday, May 31, 2012, Wallace Research Commons, 1:30 p.m. Spring 2012 ENVIR 480/Sustainability Studio class presentations.
Saturday, June 2, 2012, Seattle Town Hall, 10 a.m-5 p.m., Conservation Remix hosted by UW Professors Emeriti Estella Leopold and Gordon Orians.

SEFS PARTICIPATES IN UW UNDERGRAD RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
SEFS participants presenting posters at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, scheduled for May 18, 2012, include undergrads Korena Mafune, Hannah Morrison, Michael Naegel, Josefina Narvaja, Ila Palmquist, David Roman, Pamela Shumate, Aby Takonahara, and Dan Schafer; and faculty, post doc, or grad student mentors Stanley Asah, Jon Bakker, Sharon Doty, Zareen Khan, Jenny Knoth, Soo Kim, Josh Lawler, John Marzluff, and Dorothy Paun.

VANDALS DESTROY PLANTS IN ARBORETUM'S PACIFIC CONNECTIONS GARDEN
Significant vandalism recently occurred in the Gateway to Chile section of the Washington Park Arboretum's Pacific Connections garden.  The vandals, using a hatchet or machete, destroyed three Chilean wine palms, two monkey puzzle trees, and three Gunnera tinctoria. The damage estimate is around $43,000. This is the second time plants in the Gateway to Chile display have been targeted. A year ago, members of a local fraternity house damaged plants from the garden in order to harvest decorations for their "jungle party." So far, it’s unclear who caused the recent damage. Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Arboretum Foundation, and UW Botanic Gardens ask anyone with information about the crime to contact the Seattle Police Department’s East Burglary Unit at 206-684-4300. The vandalism was widely reported in the local media. Sarah Reichard reports that a private donor has stepped forward with funding to replace the plants that were destroyed.

NEWS FROM CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY AT PACK FOREST
SEFS and Green River Community College forestry students joined together for two combined chainsaw training classes held the last two weekends in April. The students met at Green River on Saturday for classroom work and bucking practice in the field. Sundays were spent mostly in the field at Pack Forest engaged in felling practice at the New Forestry clear cut stand. Participating SEFS students were Matt Davis, Hunter Decker, Cassie Gamm, Emily Fales, Paul Fischer, Rhiannon Fox, Sean Jeronimo, Morgan
Jones, Hyunju Lee, Jack Mazzacavallo, Kate Galligan McBurney, and Eric Snoozy. Green River faculty member and SEFS alum Dick Hopkins provided the instruction. For more Pack Forest news, check out Pack's Facebook page.

UW GRAD STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE #SCIFUND CHALLENGE
SEFS graduate student Karyn Boenker writes, "Have you heard about the #SciFund Challenge? It's a crowdfunding competition for scientists all over the world. Right now, four UW participants are in the thick of their campaigns." Karyn is raising funds for a documentary-style research project about public perceptions regarding peak oil and energy in Hawai’i. Support your fellow scientists by spreading the word. See also  http://rkthb.co/7525.

UW ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE
The UW Environmental Stewardship Committee writes, "As we reach the end of the 2012 academic year, the Committee would like to thank you for making the UW a leader in sustainability and achieving the goals of our Climate Action Plan. Together we have made the UW a role model, receiving recognition from the Sierra Club Magazine (#1 Cool School) and the Princeton Review (Green Honor Roll). We are committed to continuing our sustainability leadership, working toward the carbon-smart goals set by the Climate Action Plan. We have already reduced carbon emissions by 35,000 metric tons (equivalent to taking 6,860 passenger vehicles off the road). We've built more energy-efficient buildings, improved how we operate them, and changed the ways we commute to and from campus. Please join us in working to ensure that the UW remains a leader in sustainability. Be informed:
*Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability at the UW
*The UW's Climate Action Plan
*Try the new Red Square waste compactors
*Get to and from campus sustainably:  May is Bike to Campus Month!
*Join a green team
*Find more green ideas here at http://green.washington.edu/green-office-how-to and http://green.washington.edu/pledge."

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"Energy industry works to recycle hydro-fracking waste water" in American Recycler, quotes Kristiina Vogt.
For coverage of recent vandalism in the Washington Park Arboretum, see "Parks: Vandals target Arboretum, destroy newly planted trees."
For more coverage of the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot study, see "Mammoth trees, champs of the ecosystem."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Brian Scheuch (BS 1955) is the principal of BCS Consulting in La Conner, WA and a board member of the North Cascades Institute and the La Conner Parks Commission.
Eyvind Thor(bjornsen) (MS 1956, BS 1954) went on to get a PhD at the University of North Carolina. He is the owner of Valhalla Tree Farm in Knoxville,TN and is an emeritus professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he was the first project leader of that university’s Tree Improvement Program.

KUDOS

Send in those kudos!

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

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



The Straight Grain
Volume 42, Number 6

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING MAY 6. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 7 MAY WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR 118 3:30-4:50 PM
"Natural History Museums in the 21st Century: Cataloguing biodiversity through genetic resource collections," Sharon Birks, UW Burke Museum.

TUESDAY, 8 MAY WATER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"The Water-Energy-Food Nexus," Susan Bolton, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

TUESDAY, 8 MAY FACULTY MEETING ANDERSON 22 10:30-11:30 AM
SEFS faculty meeting. Agenda and materials distributed in advance of the meeting.

TUESDAY, 8 MAY THESIS DEFENSE ANDERSON 207 12 PM
"Risk to Long-term Site Productivity Due to Whole-tree Harvesting in the Coastal Pacific Northwest," Austin Himes, committee chair: Rob Harrison.

TUESDAY, 8 MAY TACOMA SCIENCE CAFE SWISS PUB,TACOMA 6:30 PM
"Preserving Asia's Wild Cats," Karen Povey, Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.

TUESDAY, 8 MAY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH,ISAACSON 7-8:30 PM
"Plants for Hedges and Screens," Pat Roome, landscape designer and horticulturalist.

WEDNESDAY, 9 MAY NHS LECTURE UWBG,CUH 7:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Soul Gardening," Jenks Farmer (MS 1993).

THURSDAY, 10 MAY NWFSC SEMINAR NWFSC AUDITORIUM 11 AM
NW Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Nature of, by, and for the People?," Mary Ruckelshaus, Natural Capital Project.

THURSDAY, 10 MAY STARKER LECTURE CORVALLIS,OR 3:30-5 PM
Starker Lecture Series: Watershed Moments, "Land Use, Climate Change, Water, and Other Ecosystem Services: Connecting science to users, policies, and programs," Kathleen Farley, San Diego State University.

THURSDAY, 10 MAY SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Frontloading of Science for Improved Natural Resource and Ecosystem Management: A pipe dream or path for the future?," Usha Varanasi, recently retired Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service NW Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 10 MAY UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION HITCHCOCK 246 6-9 PM
"Lichens in Our Midst," Katherine Glew, UW Herbarium and Burke Museum.

THURSDAY, 10 MAY STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY EVERETT,WA 7-8:30 PM
"Lynx and Showshoe Hare," Aaron Wirsing, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

FRIDAY, 11 MAY QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 12:30-1:30 PM
"Environmental Drivers of Survival in Chinook Salmon of the Sacramento River, California," Curry Cunningham, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

FRIDAY, 11 MAY STUDENT RESEARCH REVIEW UWBG,MILLER 5-7 PM
Reception for student UWBG research review. Posters will be on display throughout May.

SATURDAY, 12 MAY CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED CLASS N BEND,WA 9 AM-4 PM
"Quiet Water: Exploring wetland ecology," Clay Antieau (MS 1985).

SATURDAY, 12 MAY UW FARM FUNDRAISER UNIV HTS CTR 5:30-9:30 PM
UW Farm fundraiser to support the continued development of the new site near the Center for Urban Horticulture; includes dinner, silent auction, square dancing, and live music.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Monday, May 14, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 2012 Urban Forest Symposium.
Monday, May 14, 2012, Anderson 207, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Forest Carbon Seminar, "Can We Have Our Forest Carbon and Use It Too?," Tom Gower (PhD 1987), University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens, NHS, 1-5:30 p.m., Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Role of Forests and Forest Products in Carbon Mitigationand Energy Independence."
Tuesday-Friday, May 15-18, 2012, Victoria, BC. Society for Ecological Restoration British Columbia and NW Chapters and Washington/British Columbia Chapter of American Fisheries Society Conference, "Beyond Borders." Cara Nelson (PhD 2004) is a plenary speaker and presenters include graduate students Lindsey Hamilton and Rodney Pond.
May 17-20, 2012, Leavenworth, WA, "Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest." Keynote speaker is David Craig, Willamette University.
Friday, May 18, 2012, Mary Gates Hall, 12-5:30 p.m., UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, Anderson 207, 2:30-5 p.m., All-School meeting followed by 2012 Recognition Event.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 7:30 p.m., Kane 210, Department of Atmospheric Sciences Lecture, "Learning while Burning: Energy, economy, and environment," Richard Alley, The Pennsylvania State University.

DAVID BRIGGS ENDOWED STUDENT SUPPORT FUND
The David Briggs Endowed Student Support Fund in Forest Management has now been fully invested by the UW and will be available for SEFS use in January 2013. The fund honors the career of Professor Emeritus David Briggs; primary donors to the fund were members of the Stand Management Cooperative (SMC) who wished to honor Dave's 15 years as SMC Director, a position he assumed in 1996. As director, he ws a leader and advocate for the planning and evaluation of pioneering stand management strategies, applied technology like remote sensing, and bringing these strategies and tools to bear on sustainable decision-making for the forestry sector. One of Dave's priorities was to atract, train, and graduate students who will become future leaders in their fields. To honor his belief that "turning out top-level students is the best form of technology transfer," this fund will assist undergraduates and graduates students in forest management with tuition and other costs, with a preference for students
involved with the SMC.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, JANUARY-APRIL 2012
"Analysis of Vegetation Effects on Levees"; PI: Susan Bolton; Sponsor: King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks-Water and Land Resources Division; amount: $89,449.
"DNR Snoqualmie Corridor Recreation Planning"; PI: Gordon Bradley; sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources; amount: $49,365.
"Mountains to Sound Greenway"; PI: Sally Brown; sponsor: King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks; amount: $39,992.
"Life Cycle Analysis Updates for Solid Wood Products"; PI: Ivan Eastin; sponsor: Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials; amount: $16,250.
"Postdoc Participation in Mapping Quantity and Value of Ecosystem Services from U.S. Department of Defense Installations"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: Stanford University; amount: $177,457.
"Protecting the Ecological Stage: Applying and testing a Land Facet-based Approach to Conservation Planning in a Changing Climate"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: Yale University; amount: $85,946.
"Using Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tools to Plan for Climate Adaptation: Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative case studies"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; amount; $95,000.
"Using Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Tools to Plan for Climate Change Adaptation: North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative case studies"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; amount: $93,957.
"Web-based Tools for Assissing Climate-induced Species Range Shifts"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: Environment Canada; $35,000.
"2012 Washington State Parcel Database"; PI: Luke Rogers; sponsor: WA Department of Health; amount: $100,000.
"Integrated 'All Lands' Approach to Public Land Use Planning: A case study of Prince William Sound"; PI: Clare Ryan; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $29,001.
"Measuring Watershed and Climate Impacts of the 'Environmental Stewardship' Footprint: A framework for the Green-Duwamish Watershed"; PI: Clare Ryan; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $50,001.
"Washington Outer Coast NET MAP Data Compilation and Mapping and Committee Support"; PI: Miranda Wecker; sponsor: Clallam County: amount: $11,554.
Also see the SEFS Research Newsletter detailing awards and proposals for January–March, 2012, at
http://www.sefs.washington.edu/research/researchNewsletter/January_March_2012.pdf.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The most recent issue of the Rare Plant Press, the newsletter of the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program, is now online.
This issue includes an article by alum Julie Combs (PhD 2011, MS 2005) on australagus (milk-vetch, locoweed), a description of two new Rare Care projects, and recognition of a volunteer who consistently contributes more than 100 hours of service during a
field season!

ROADMAP FOR IDENTIFYING COLDWATER REFUGES IN PNW RIVERS
Christian Torgersen, along with two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-authors have published "Roadmap for Identifying Coldwater Refuges in Pacific Northwest Rivers." In aquatic ecology, the term "thermal refuge" refers to a cold or warm area in which organisms are protected from unfavorable water temperatures. Since the release of EPA guidance for temperature water quality standards in 2003, Oregon and Washington have adopted the standards for waters designated to protect coldwater salmonids. The publication provides a summary of the current science and is intended to assist Pacific Northwest states, tribes, and local groups to implement the water quality temperature standards for protecting and restoring coldwater habitats for
salmonids.

ODWALLA "PLANT A TREE" VIDEO COMPETITION
From a May 4 UW News and Information "UW Today" feature by Sandra Hines: "The almost-silent-movie 'The Artist' recently won ive Oscars. The producer and stars of a video mimicking that movie-making style hope to win $10,000 to fight invasive plants and provide wildlife habitat on the UW campus. The film is a finalist in a contest where the top 10 vote getters each receive $10,000 for tree-planting projects from Odwalla Inc. The Restore the Montlake Cut project would use trees to shade out invasive plants, according to Hillary Burgess, UW graduate student in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and a staff member for UW Grounds Management. The video is among the 20 posted on the Plant a Tree website, Voting ends May 31. The video stars Burgess, Teos Bisbee, a UW undergraduate and chair of the outdoor committee for Students Expressing Environmental Dedication, or SEED; Steve Kryszko, a gardener for UW Grounds Management; Lee Harrison-Smith, a local arborist; and Noca, the dog. It was produced by Jennifer Leach, a SEFS alumnus. Two other Seattle-area projects are also among the finalists.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
The UW story, "Handful of heavyweight trees per acre are forest champs," features work by researchers in SEFS' Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot study, including grad student James Freund and alums Jim Lutz (PhD 2008, MS 2005) and Mark
Swanson (PhD 2007, BS 1999). The work is also reported in The Oregonian article, "Yosemite study shows size (of big trees) matters." Results of the study were recently published online (Jim Lutz, CoENV Research Scientist, is the lead author) on PLoS ONE.
The curremt issue of the Western Forester focuses on forestry education and has an article by Bruce Bare and Tom Hinckley; see "University of Washington terrestrial natural resources program."
"Migratory birds: They bring the songs of spring" quotes John Marzluff.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Jay Singh (PhD 2001) is headed to Tokyo at the end of June to be the head of the USAID office in the U.S. embassy that focuses on donor coordination and engagement. He is currently a conflict specialist for USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation in Washington, DC, for which he has served in Kenya, Djibouti, Afghanistan, and, most recently, South Sudan.
Thomas Smarr (MFR 2001) is a horticulturalist/educator for The Garden Concierge, a residential landscape company in Boston. He previously was Superintendent of Horticulture for Boston's Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

KUDOS
Kudos to Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society for their pancake breakfast to honor staff work; it was an inspired idea and a great success. Promoting a fraternal spirit is among the organization’s objectives, and XSP scored big through the medium of pancakes.
UW President Young recently provided an update on the recent state legislative session that resulted in no budget cuts to the UW and increased flexibility in a number of areas; he expressed his gratitude for this and for the support from a variety of sources in the business community, alumni, faculty, students, and staff, including Jim Fridley, Faculty Legislative Representative, who he commended for his time and effectiveness in Olympia.
Kudos to the SEFS prize winners in the recent UW/UBC International Forestry Symposium in Vancouver: first prize winner for an SEFS presentation was Jake Grossman, "Smallholder Eucalyptus Plantation Forestry in Eastern Paraguay: A case study of silvicultural, economic, and environmental context"; second prize winner was Daisuke Sasatani, "Construction Professionals' Environmental Perceptions of Lumber, Concrete, and Steel in Japan and China"; first prize winner for an SEFS poster was Laurel James, "A Pre- and Post-Aassessment of Fuel Characteristic Classification System Landscape Variables for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes: National to local"; second prize winner was Yoshihiko Aga, "Forest and Forestry Revitalization Plan: A new initiative for revitalizing forests and forestry by the Japanese government."
Kathy Heuring, who has left ONRC for a hospital job in Forks, sends kudos to the SEFS IT staff, who, she says, she "misses like crazy" for always being "so on top of things" -- apparently setting a gold standard that IT staff elsewhere can't live up to!
Kudos to the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program, which got a special mentionin an award recently received by the WA Natural Heritage Program at a recent NatureServe national conference. The award, for scientific and technological achievement, recognized the program's outstanding and innovative efforts to collect and deliver natural heritage data to effect local and statewide conservation, and specifically mentioned the program's ongoing relationship with Rare Care.

Send in those kudos!

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

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

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