November 2001

The Straight Grain
Volume 8 Issue 2

Table of Contents

Calendar
Dean's Office

Center for Urban Horticulture

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CUH Open House--Monday, November 19th, @ 7:00 in NHS Hall. Designers with the Architectural firm Miller Hull Partnership of Seattle will explain the pre-design phase and seek comments from the neighborhood and campus community.

The regular STAFF MEETING with the Dean will take place next Tuesday, 11/20, 10:30 - 11:30, in room 22. (more info below)

Wednesday, November 28th Reinhard F. Stettler, Professor Emeritus--CFR, deliver a lecture titled "The Wild and the Tame; Plant domestication: The Case of Forest Fire" in NHS Hall at CUH. Refreshments at 6:30, lecture at 7:00 coffee, cookies, and discussion after. (More info below under CUH)

Thursday, November 29th, Hans-Erik Andersen will present his dissertaion proposal: "Using high-level machine vision and stochastic geometry models to analyze forest structure from airborne laser scanner data" in Anderson 107a @ 11:00am.

Friday, November 30th, Deadline to order Christmas Trees from the Forest Club (more info below)

December 4th and 5th, Toby Bradshaw will present "Forest Biotechnology Research: Its Present Status and Future Applications" at "Biotech Branches Out: A Look at the Opportunities and Impacts of Forest Biotechnology" a two day conference in Atlanta. More info at www.PewAgBiotech.org

Don't forget! UW Computing will be turning off support for insecure file transfer services (FTP) on December 26th. More information available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/computing/.

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SAF MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
The students of the College of Forest Resources have a marvelous opportunity to win a cash prize from the National Society of American Foresters for up to $10,000! All they have to do is get more new members than any other student chapter across the US. They have until December 31st to gather new members for the competition.
All of us can help:
1. CFR students who conduct membership drive activities should be encouraged and/or assisted by the CFR community. This could come in the form of special meetings, or asking for class time to make short presentations.
2. Support students in their efforts to raise funds to pay for student memberships such as selling T-shirts, hats, etc.
3. Anyone from our college (alums, faculty, staff) can join SAF and if the UW is listed on the application, the students will get credit for the new member. Already 18 new student members have been credited to UW since October 1. They are undergrads and grads and come from all academic disciplines within the college. When the students win the prize they will be able to do things like take more field trips, fund new student organizations like the International Society of Tropical Foresters, or The Aldo Leopold Society (wildlife), and others. What a great opportunity for these worthy students. For more information: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/outreach/internal/SAF-3500.htm

TOY 'N JOY HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE
As we have done in the past, there will be a toy and gift drive at the Holiday party (December 14, at 3:30 in the Forest Club Room -- plan to be there!) This is to benefit the Salvation Army. Each year, the Salvation Army hosts "Toy 'n Joy" shops that provide new toys and gift items to children from families living below the poverty level. Last year, every child in more than 3,000 families received gifts selected by their parents. So as you start your shopping, think about those who are less fortunate -- for specific suggestions, see your division secretary or check the bulletin board in the mail room, where a list is posted. If you can't make it to the party, bring your donations (new and not giftwrapped) to Sally Morgan in Anderson 107 no later than 12/14. (This is, of course, fully tax deductible.) And while we're on the subject of charitable donations, next week marks the conclusion of the Combined Fund Drive on campus -- it's not too late to participate.

FOREST CLUB HOLIDAY TREE SALE
Trees will be offered for $35 to all who have pre-ordered, on Friday, Dec. 7th, from 4-8 p.m. These, as always, are fresh, full Noble and Balsam Firs, cut that morning. Average height is 6 feet, but they can be cut to size at pickup. Parking and loading will be in the C-10 parking lot behind Anderson & Bloedel Halls. Orders need to be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 30th. For information contact Dave Bok at dbok@u.washington.edu or Michelle Trudeau at 206-606-1533 who will forward your questions.

STAFF MEETING SCHEDULE
The regular staff/dean's meeting will take place next Tuesday, 11/20, 10:30 - 11:30, in room 22. Make a note that these meetings are every month, generally on the 3rd Tuesday (although December's will be the 3rd Monday). The dates are: 12/17, 1/15, 2/20, 3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19. All of them are 10:30 - 11:30 and all staff members are encouraged to attend. The agenda this month will include a discussion of the progress on the Operational Review Team recommendations with regard to personnel, appointment processes, financial services, and workplace quality issues, and an overview of changes taking place in the College on the academic and financial fronts.

"Coffee fer 2-bits! Just like when I was a kid!"
Seattles Best Coffee is now available in Anderson 107, at a reduced price of $.25/cup of $2.00/carafe. 6th Avenue Bistro is the blend being served -- it was a clear favorite in the taste testing held several weeks ago. In addition, Seattle's Best is "fair trade," 97% organically grown.

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THE WILD AND THE TAME
Plant domestication: The case of forest trees Reinhard F. Stettler Professor Emeritus, Ecosystem Sciences, College of Forest Resources, UW Ten thousand years of plant domestication have enabled agriculture to feed the world from a fraction of its land. Can the same principles be applied to forest trees, and if so, with what expected results? Is this economically sensible and ecologically justifiable, given the multiple functions forests are to serve? If so, what genetic diversity is available in trees, and how does it lend itself to conventional approaches such as selective breeding, hybridization, and cloning? What are the tradeoffs between production and protection functions? How promising are the new molecular tools, and what may be the risks in applying them to forest trees? These and other questions will be addressed in an effort to broaden the biological understanding of our dominant vegetation and its key components. The lecture will be held on Wednesday, November 28 in NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Refreshments will be offered at 6:30, with the lecture commencing at 7:00. There will be a discussion period following the lecture, and coffee and cookies will be available.

Adam Nance
Administrative Coordinator
College of Forest Resources
107 Anderson Hall
Box 352100
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206)543-2731
byron@u.washington.edu


The Straight Grain
Volume 8 Issue 2

Table of Contents

Calendar
Dean's Office
Continuing Education and Outreach

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Just in case you work in a cave and you haven't noticed your coworkers getting excited over the three day weekend: DON'T FORGET! Monday is a holiday. As they say at closing time, "You don't have to stay home but you can't come here!" :^)

December 4th and 5th, Toby Bradshaw will present "Forest Biotechnology Research: Its Present Status and Future Applications" at "Biotech Branches Out: A Look at the Opportunities and Impacts of Forest Biotechnology" a two day conference in Atlanta. More info at www.PewAgBiotech.org

Don't forget! UW Computing will be turning off support for insecure file transfer services (FTP) on December 26th. More information available at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/computing/.

*****Dean's Office*****
FALL 2001 SHOWCASE
The Fall 2001 Showcase took place last Friday to a standing-room-only crowd of alums, faculty, staff and students. The posters and oral presentations were very professional and fascinating. Congratulations to the Washington Park Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture on a terrific show!

*****Kudos from the Dean's Office!*****
The Editor's Choice column in last week's Science (19 Oct 2001) highlights work by CFR grad student Jim Helfield and Professor Bob Naiman on the importance of salmon-derived nutrients in riparian forests. They found that at least 1/5 of the nitrogen in needles from Sitka spruce trees near streams came from oceanic sources, and that growth rates of trees near spawning streams were significantly higher than those near similar streams without salmon. The work was published in the September issue of Ecology. The Editor's Choice section of Science highlights research published in other journals that is thought by Science editors to be of interest to the broader readership of Science. Congratulations, Jim and Bob!

*****Continuing Education and Outreach*****
ENRICHMENT NEWS
The CFR hosted a brown-bag seminar on Thursday, November 8th moderated by Dr. David Thorud, Dean Emeritus of the CFR. His guests were Dr. Fred Campbell, Dean Emeritus for Undergraduate Education, and Carolyn Bush of the UW Government Relations office. Their presentations were quite revealing. The assembled brown-baggers asked terrific questions that spawn even more conversation. Thanks Dr. Thorud for bringing this topic to the college.

OUTREACH NEWS
The next Denman Forestry Issues Program is set for January 16, 2002. The topic will be conservation easements and land trusts. Anyone wishing to contribute in some say to the content, or have ideas for speakers, please contact Kelley Duffield (5-1606 or duffield@u.washington.edu). The program will be filmed by UWTV and will air on the Research Channel in January. Studio audience is free, however RSVP will be required.

SAF-3500
The national Society of American Foresters will award a cash prize to the student chapter with the most increase in membership between now and December 31, 2001. Anyone can join (not just students) and if they list UW on the membership form, the students get credit. The prize is worth at least $3500 and can increase to $10,000 by the end of the year. All of the CFR community will be asked to participate. The students will decide how they wish to spend or invest the prize money when they win in January!


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