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November 2007

The Straight Grain
Volume 24, Number 9

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 26. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR SIEG 134 3:30-5 PM
"Lead, Health, and the Environment: Old problem and 21st century challenge," Mark Pokras, Tufts University.

MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLD 292 4-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference, "Genetic Resistance to Soil-borne Pathogens in Pea," Clare Coyne, USDA-ARS, Washington State University.

MONDAY, 26 NOVEMBER SCIENCE ON TAP 3RD PLACE BOOKS,RAVENNA 7 PM
Science on Tap Lecture Series, "What Is the Worst that Could Happen from Global Warming: And when?," Peter Ward, UW Departments of Earth and Space Sciences and Biology.

TUESDAY, 27 NOVEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM
"Buffer Strips and Tree Windthrow: Problem or habitat enhancement?," Doug Martin, Martin Environmental.

TUESDAY, 27 NOVEMBER Y2Y SEMINAR BURKE MUSEUM 7-8:50 PM
Yellowstone to Yukon Freedom to Roam Seminar Series, "Thou are Thy Brother's Keeper: Exploring cumulative impacts on communities," John Cross, Southern Alberta Land Trust Society board member and rancher; Roland Willson, Chief of the West Moberly Band of British Columbia.

WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER NWFSC OPEN HOUSE MUSEUM OF HIST&IND 8 AM-5 PM
NW Fisheries Science Center Watershed Program Open House..

WEDNESDAY, 28 NOVEMBER EHUF SEMINAR UWBG,CUH,DOUGLAS 3-3:50 PM
Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry Seminar, "Invasive Species in California," Janneke Hille Ris Lambers, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 28-29 NOVEMBER CLEAN ENERGY FORUM PORTLAND,OR
Pacific Coast Clean Energy R&D Forum, "Innovation and Collaboration for a Secure Energy Future."

THURSDAY, 29 NOVEMBER NWFSC SEMINAR NWSFC AUD 11 AM
"Potential for Hybridization between an Invasive Seagrass Species and Its Native Congener," Jennifer Rhode, University of North Carolina, Asheville..

THURSDAY, 29 NOVEMBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4 PM
"Understanding Mixing and Migration in Marine and Anadromous Fishes: Implications for conservation and management," Jessica Miller, Oregon State University."

FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER UW GEOSPATIAL CLUB AND 207 12:30 PM
First meeting of new CFR student club, affiliated with the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Club's
activities include GIS, remote sensing, and GPS technology.

FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER ARBORETUM BOOK LAUNCH WPA, GRAHAM 5-7:30 PM
Book launch party for "The Wild within: Wetlands of the Washington Park Arboretum." Published by the Wetland Alliance, the book features stunning images of wetland birds, animals, plants, and scenery. The photography is accompanied by essays; authors include Dan Evans and Dale Chihuly. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Arboretum Foundation.

FRIDAY, 30 NOVEMBER ORDER DEADLINE/FOREST CLUB HOLIDAY TREE
Order your holiday tree to benefit the College's student Forest Club. You can drop off order forms with payment at Student Services in Anderson 130 or mail to the Forest Club address on the form. The Club is selling organically grown, 6-8 foot Noble firs as a Forest Club fundraiser. The trees are grown without pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer, and the land on which they are grown is on a power right-of-way, meaning it is otherwise unusable. Order deadline is Friday, November 30th. Trees will be available for pickup on Sunday, December 2nd from 8 am-3 pm at UWBG's Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street in Seattle.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Annual CFR Holiday Party, Thursday, December 6, 2007, 4-6:30 p.m., Anderson 207. Writes Sally Morgan, "Please plan to be there and bring your spouse/significant other and children. And of course, we want you to bring a wonderful tasty treat to share. If you are in the first half of the alphabet, bring a sweet; if you are in the second half, bring a savory. (Unless your absolute most special dish is in the other category -- you can switch if you want; I won't keep track!) If you need crackers, chips, or other things to go with your contribution, let me know. The Dean has agreed to help with those little essentials. He is also sponsoring the big essential -- the beverages! Bruce Lippke and Steve West have been planning our refreshment entertainment and I think we have something excellent to look forward to. Once again, we are going to have the opportunity to vote on our favorite foods, so you might think about that as you plan what you're bringing. There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in both categories (prizes selected by Lippke/West -- gotta love it!) Also, we're doing a toy drive again -- bring a new, unwrapped toy, game, book, or gift card. And while you're thinking about helping those who don't have as much as we do, did you know there is a food barrel for the University Food Bank in the Student Services Office? And last but not least -- I need some volunteers: people to help roast chestnuts (yes, roasting 'em over an open fire! So I need a fire person, too) and people to help with set-up, to keep track of the ballots for the food contest, and a clean-up crew. If you have any questions or think of something I've left out, let me know at slm@u.washington.edu."

STUDENT REPORT ON SOILS SCIENCE CONFERENCE
Soil Science graduate student Paul Footen attended the recent Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) conference that was part of the joint conference of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), American Society of Agronomy (ASA), and Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) that took place in New Orleans, LA, November 4-8, 2007. Paul's attendance at the conference was partially underwritten by the Dean's Office through the Lockwood Endowment for Program Enhancement. Paul reports, "This quarter I attended the Soil Science Society of America's national convention and presented my research on the long-term effects of nitrogen fertilization on Douglas-fir plantations in the Pacific Northwest. I completed this research in Winter 2007 as part of an undergraduate research project at the College. The conference was an extremely educational and enriching experience. I was able to network with professionals and academics in the field of soil science. I attended poster and oral presentations by other graduate students and had the opportunity to present my own research to a panel of my peers. The opportunity to present was very beneficial because of the excellent feedback and suggestions I received about my research methods and poster layout. Presenting my research in front of my peers and colleagues was an invaluable experience. See link to the project abstract; I will be uploading my poster to the conference site in the very near future."

TAPPI HOLIDAY PAPER FUNDRAISER
UW Student TAPPI president Cody Hargrove writes, "It's that time of year again, and the UW Student TAPPI Chapter is putting on its holiday paper fundraiser. For those not familiar with TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), we are an organization of students majoring in paper science and engineering. Each year, we make make paper in the pilot lab in the basement of Bloedel to be sold as a fundraiser to help students attend conferences. This year, we will be sending about 15 students to Dallas, TX to attend the TAPPI Papermakers and Coating Conference. A little background about the paper: The paper is 100 percent non-wood; 70 percent of the fiber comes from arundo donax, a giant reed native to the Nile Delta region in Egypt, and the other 30 percent comes from Washington-grown wheat straw. The paper is handmade by students on the pilot papermachine in Bloedel 14. The fern that has been added to the paper is plumosa. The paper is sold in two packets: Packet A: five cards and five 8.5"x11" sheets ($10); Packet B: five cards only ($5). If you would like to see samples, they are on display in Anderson 116 (Student and Academic Services). If you are interested in purchasing, email me at or call 509.671.7170."

GRADUATE STUDENTS FIRST FUNDRAISER
Graduate students Lindsay Malone and Glenda Singleton thank those who donated to Graduate Students First Fund at the recent Dead Elk event. For some background on the fundraiser: UW Sociology Professor and former Graduate School\ Associate Dean Bob Crutchfield has rallied a team of 100 faculty, staff, student, and alumni runners and walkers to complete the 2007 Seattle Half Marathon. The team aims to raise fellowship funds and build public awareness of the vital faculty-student partnerships that generate discovery and innovation on our campus every day. Some team members will complete the half marathon (13.1 miles), and some will complete the full marathon (26.2 miles). They all will push themselves to the limit to win\ support for UW graduate students. The team's goal is to raise $100,000 in gifts and pledges to the Graduate Students First Challenge Fund, triggering a 50% match from the UW Students First Initiative. The fund will provide need-based fellowships to graduate students in all disciplines, ensuring talented scholars can reach their potential regardless of economic background. Help this dedicated team meet their $100,000 goal! Make a gift online today.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2008 GRADUATE SCHOOL MEDAL
UW Vice Provost and Graduate School Dean Suzanne Ortega invites nominations for the 2008 Graduate School Medal. The Medal includes a $10,000 fellowship to be awarded to a PhD, DMA, or EdD candidate who displays an exemplary commitment to both the UW and its larger community. The Graduate School Medal recognizes the scholar-citizen "whose academic expertise and social awareness are integrated in a way that demonstrates active civic engagement and a capacity to promote political, cultural, and social change. The Medal recipient(s) will be announced at the annual Fellowship Reception honoring national graduate fellowship awardees. The Medal is funded from the UW Graduate Fellowship Fund, which is supported primarily by annual gifts from alumni and friends of the UW. One or two medals will be awarded each year. See website for information about the award and nomination process.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Tom McShane (BS '79) is currently affiliated with the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University as the principal investigator of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation-supported Advancing Conservation in a Social Context research initiative. Previously, he was senior conservation advisor to WWF International with responsibility for conservation and development projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
John Takekawa (BS '79) went on to get an MS at the University of Idaho and a PhD at Iowa State. He is currently USGS Research Wildlife Biologist at the agency's San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station, which he established in 1995 under the Western Ecological Research Center, co-located with the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Linda Heath (PhD '89) is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service's Northern Research Station in Durham, NH. Her research focus is carbon storage and flux between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere for all forested ecosystems of the U.S. under an array of changing atmospheric and socioeconomic conditions.
Michelle Salemi (MS '99) is a laborataory staff member of the UC-Davis Genome Center Proteomics Core Facility, where she does mass spectrometery on proteins and peptides.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Rain Forest Rhapsody" for a Seattle PI article quoting alum Bob Van Pelt (PhD '95). For more on poplar phytoremediation research, see "Genetically Modified Plants Aid Toxic Clean Ups" and a page on the Living on Earth's website, "Emerging science notes/Poplars." For a reference (about bears!) to David Mabberley's and Barrie Juniper's "The Story of the Apple", see New York Times story, "The Curious Cook: Stalking the placid apple's untamed kin."

KUDOS
Kudos to Assistant Professor Christian Torgersen, Research Landscape Ecologist at the USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center (FRESC), Cascadia Field Station, who has been promoted to the next research grade by the USGS Research Grade Evaluation Panel. The evaluation cited "the tremendous energy [he] is putting into resurrecting the Cascadia Field Station and FRESC's on-site ties to the University of Washington" and his "originality and creativity adapting some of the concepts of terrestrial landscape ecology to river ecology," among other accomplishments.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 24, Number 8

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 18. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY, 18 NOVEMBER RESTORATION WK PARTY UNION BAY NATURAL AREA 10 AM-2 PM
Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA) provides important habitat on UW's Union Bay campus, providing a great place to see wildlife. Join UBNA staff and Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society in helping to restore it. Project includes weeding, planting, and mulching, so bring gloves if you have them. Snacks, hot drinks, water, and tools are supplied. Meet at the west entrance to UBNA (near E5 parking lot). Questions? Contact Alaine, asomm@u.washington.edu.

MONDAY, 19 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SCIENCE SEMINAR SIEG 134 3:30-5 PM
"Hunting as a Rite of Passage," Randall Eaton, conservation author and lecturer.

TUESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM
"Wetland Restoration: Practical approaches for dealing with thorny problems," Kern Ewing, UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 20 NOVEMBER CLIMATE CHANGE SEMINAR OSB 425 3:30 PM
"Hubbert's Peak: The coal question and climate change," David Rutledge, CalTech.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center has scheduled its annual Watershed Program Open House for November 28, 2007. Among participants are CFR affiliate faculty Peter Kiffney and CFR alum Ashley Steel (MS '93, PhD 99), both of NOAA. RSVP to nwfsc.watershed.program@noaa.gov.

GET YOUR HOLIDAY TREE FROM THE FOREST CLUB!
Order your holiday tree to benefit the College's student Forest Club. You can drop off order forms with payment at Student Services in Anderson 130 or mail to the Forest Club address on the form. The Club is selling organically grown, 6-8 foot Noble firs as a Forest Club fundraiser. The trees are grown without pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizer, and the land on which they are grown is on a power right-of-way, meaning it is otherwise unusable. Order deadline is Friday, November 30th. Trees will be available for pickup on Sunday, December 2nd from 8 am-3 pm at UWBG's Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street in Seattle.

FALL 2007 RARE CARE NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ON LINE
See the latest issue of Rare Plant Press, the newsletter of the Rare Plant Care and Conservation program at UWBG. This issue includes Rare Care volunteer recruiting information: "Who do you know who might make a good rare plant monitor? Transportation and plant ID skills are necessary. Applications are now being accepted for 2008. See http://courses.washington.edu/rarecare/RarePlantMonitoring.htm. No need to wait until 2008 to help with seed cleaning and germination testing -- help us prepare this year's collections for storage in the Miller Seed Vault. For more information, contact Rare Care at 206.616.0780 or rarecare@u.washington.edu."

SUSTAINABLE WASTE MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY -- BROWN AND HENRY LLC
The Autumn 2007 issue of UW TechTransfer's newsletter "Ingenuity," notes a "Know-How" commercial license to Brown and Henry LLC, "which will sublicense its composting toilet technology to both for-profit and non-profit companies in addition to providing training and consulting on sustainable solutions to waste management problems." Principals are Research Associate Professor Sally Brown and UW Bothell's Chuck Henry. See project website.

ALUMNI UPDATES
John Sacklin (BS '77) is Chief of Planning and Compliance, Yellowstone National Park.
Edward Udd (BS '79) went on to get an MS at the University of Nevada and a PhD at Michigan State. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism at Radford University in Radford Virginia.
Colleen Ponto (BS '81) earned her doctorate in educational leadership at Seattle University and is a member of the core faculty of SU's graduate program in Designing and Leading Organizational Change.
Sterling Miller (MS '70, PhD '80) is a senior wildlife biologist with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) in Missoula, MT. Prior to joining NWF, he worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 21 years as a bear research biologist
Lucy Hutrya (BS '98) completed her PhD at Harvard University this year. She is back at the UW, currently serving as research scientist and laboratory manager for the Urban Ecology Research Lab, UW Department of Urban Design and Planning. For her doctorate she did research in the Brazilian Amazon, combining ground-based vegetation measurements, tower-based eddy covariance measurements, remote sensing data, and models to study the carbon exchange dynamics, forest structure, and resilience of primary tropical rainforests.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
See the Fall 2007 issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin for "Pacific Northwest New Zealand Plant Palette" by alum Scot Medbury (MS '99), currently President of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

KUDOS
Kudos to alum Roger Rosenblatt (MFR '03), currently Professor and Vice Chair of the UW Department of Family Medicine, who recently received the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility's (WPSR) 2007 Malcolm Peterson Award. He was nominated for the award by medical students active in the student chapter of WPSR, an organization started in 1980 to address the threat of nuclear war and that also works on environmental, violence prevention, and social justice issues. See University Week article.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 24, Number 7

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 11. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM
"Framing Water Issues for Discourse and Resolution," Martha Bean, Collaborative Focus.

TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER DENMAN FORESTRY SERIES UWBG,CUH 2-5 PM
Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Biofuels and Bioenergy."

TUESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER Y2Y SEMINAR BURKE MUSEUM 7-8:50 PM
Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam Seminar Series, "Conservation as if People Mattered," Lloyd McGee, Vaagen Brothers Timber Company; Tim Coleman and Jasmine Minbashian, Conservation Northwest. For more about the series topics and speakers, see http://courses.washington.edu/y2y/index.html.

WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER PROVOST TOWN MEETING JOHNSON 102 3:30 PM
All members of the UW community are invited and encouraged to attend Provost Wise's upcoming Town Meeting. It will also be broadcast live at http://www.washington.edu/. The meeting is an opportunity to learn about new initiatives taking place on UW campuses and to ask questions and express your views. At this meeting, the Provost will share more about the progress made with Campus and Student Safety initiatives and the innovations surrounding the College of the Environment, as well as other topics.

WEDNESDAY, 14 NOVEMBER NHS LECTURE UWBG,CUH 7:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "Bloedel Reserve: Pacific Northwest treasure," Richard Brown, Executive Director, Bloedel Reserve.

THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER SALMON RECOVERY BELLINGHAM,WA 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association Annual Conference, "Salmon Recovery in the Human Landscape: Working towards coexistence." Location is St Luke's Community Health Education Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225.

THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER CIG SEMINAR JISAO CONFERENCE RM 1:30-3:30 PM
Climate Impact Groups Seminar, Topic TBA, Josh Lawler, UW College of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 15 NOVEMBER SAF SEMINAR FISH SCI AUD 4 PM
"Human Impacts on Wildlife Populations at Risk: Integrated conservation approaches," Rebecca Lewison, San Diego State University.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 15-16 NOVEMBER SAFETY WORKSHOPS UW CAMPUS LOCATIONS
CIDR and Graduate School sponsored workshops led by UW Advisory Council on Violence Prevention and other campus organizations. "Addressing Faculty and TA Questions about Safety and Our Students." First workshop is November 15, 3 p.m. in Kane, Walker Ames Room. As a followup, or for those unable to attend on the 15th, on Friday the 16th, there will be two workshops, one at 9:30-11 a.m., the second at 1:30-3 p.m. both in Chemistry Library 021. Space is limited. RSVP, indicating the workshop time and providing your name and UW department.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
The Water Center has scheduled its Annual Review of Research for Tuesday, February 14, 2008. Watch Annual Review web page for schedule updates as they occur.

IN MEMORIAM -- COLLEGE LOSES GREAT FRIEND WITH PASSING OF DICK DENMAN
Dean Bare writes, "It is with great sadness that I report the passing of W. Richard 'Dick' Denman, Jr. at about 9 pm, November 6, 2007. Our prayers go out to his widow Mary Ellen, their children, and grand children. Tom Mentele and I last visited with Dick and Mary Ellen on October 17 in their home. We had a wonderful conversation about the College and engaged Dick for over two hours. He was comfortable although weakened by his cancer. We are deeply appreciative of the financial support provided by Dick and Mary Ellen. The Denmans created endowments to support a chair in bioresource science, a professorship in sustainable resource science, a professorship in pulp and paper science, a student excellence fund, a paper science scholarship, and a charitable remainder unit trust. Beyond this financial support, Dick was a special friend who provided much counsel and advice to us on a variety of topics. He was constantly helping us promote our programs and especially the transformation of our paper science program into a bioresource program. We will miss him dearly -- both professionally and, more importantly, as a wonderful friend.

BIOTECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE UP AND STREAMIKNG
The CFR Research and Technology Showcase, held in conjunction with the College's Centennial Gala Weekend, is now streaming from the RTI website.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN OCTOBER 2007
"Carbon Credits for Restoration"; PI: Sally Brown; sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency; amount: $2,200.
"Climate Change and Conservation Planning"; PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: The Nature Conservancy; amount: $139,815.
"Forest Practices Board Wildlife Assessment"; PI: Bruce Lippke; sponsor: WA Department of Natural Resources; amount: $110,000.
"International Shipping for Alaskan Sawmills"; PI: Joe Roos; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $30,000.
"Eastern Gray Squirrel Ecology and Interactions with Western Gray Squirrels in the South Puget Sound Region"; PI: Steve West; sponsor: WA Department of Fish and Wildlife; amount: $77,827.
"Western Gray Squirrel: Measure distribution, abundance, and habitat use in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Washington"; PI: Steve West; sponsor: USDI US Geological Survey; amount: $69,291.

EMPLOYER CONTACTS WANTED
The Office of Student and Academic Services is helping to coordinate the UW's Environmental Career Fair, scheduled for January 2008. Organizations that have current or future career positions and paid internships will be on campus to recruit UW students as potential employees or interns. The fair is open to all UW students and alumni, no fee or registration for students is required. See Career Fair web page for current list of participating employers. If you have additional employer contacts, please pass them along to Michelle Trudeau. Organizations or agencies that have multiple open positions would be the most beneficial at this time; However, feel free to pass along any names for the database.

CAMPUS SAFETY AND COMMUNICATION INITIATIVES
UW President Mark Emmert writes, "A number of initiatives regarding campus safety and communication have been undertaken since the events of last spring. Previously, I updated you on the establishment of the SafeCampus office and the 685-SAFE phone number (352-SAFE in Bothell and 692-SAFE in Tacoma) to call for assistance, guidance. and advice on any matter relating to your or others' safety on campus. I encourage you to visit the SafeCampus web site at for more information. One of the initiatives addressed improvements to our communications in the event of a crisis or emergency. This resulted in a new Crisis Communication Plan, which has now been posted to the UW's Emergency Management page. One element of the plan is a new way of communicating rapidly to a large number of people through text and voice messaging on mobile phones. We are calling this service UW Alert. It requires individuals who wish to receive an emergency message to register their cell phone numbers. I encourage you to do so. This is one of the methods we have of ensuring that people in our community are aware of what is happening in a crisis or emergency and what they should do. Phone numbers listed in the registry will be kept confidential. Please visit the Emergency Management page noted above and click on the UW Alert icon to sign up. This is one step you can take to help us become a safer and more informed campus."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For two articles on the College's centennial, see Seattle Times editorial, "Anniversaries in the forest," and a University Week article, "100 years and counting: Forest Resources celebrates centennial with research showcase, gala."
The October 2007 issue of the Society of American Foresters publication, The Forestry Source, has an article, "Online Videos Take the Web's Forestry Offerings to the Next Level," featuring Web-based technolgies to inform forestry professionals -- cited is work done in this area by CFR's Rural Technology Intitiative, North Carolina State University, and Black Hills National Forest. Don Hanley is quoted. Those with SAF memberships can access the article online.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Janita Gurung (MS '98) is currently a PhD candidate in Kathmandu University's Department of Environmental Science. After graduating from the College, she worked for the World Wildlife Fund in Nepal. She is also the general manager of Crystal Mountain Treks, a family-run adventure tour operator based in Kathmandu that specializes in trips in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, and Bhutan.
Christopher Licata (MS, '04) writes in, "I just started a PhD program at the University of Denver working under Robert Sanford. I am in the Biology program and my degree is titled 'ecology and biodiversity.' My research will focus on charcoal in forest soils in fire-dominated ecosystems."

KUDOS
Kudos to all who helped make the Centennial Gala weekend a success. Tom Mentele writes: "What a team effort! Nancy and Ramona really worked extremely hard on the events, especially in the days and hours leading up to the gala. Wendy also pitched in. We also had some very essential volunteer help from Cecilia, Ara, Debbie, Carrie, and Marc. Bruce and Barbara Lippke and Kyle Funakoshi of the UWAA were also key players behind the scene as the night unfolded. Bob Dick did a great job of hosting the evening, and the Dean and Roger made excellent remarks. The awards were well done, and the band and dancing was a lot of fun (cheers to Sally and Margery who helped get things revved up on the dance floor!)."

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 24, Number 6

In this Issue:
Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 3. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 3 NOVEMBER ARBORETUM AUTUMN TOUR WPA, GRAHAM 9:30 AM-12 PM
"Fabulous Shades of Autumn" walking tour will cover identification, culture, and natural history of 20 trees and shrubs, using the preeminent Pacific Northwest woody plant collection as the classroom. Tour Leader: Randall Hitchin, Living Collection Manager and Registrar at UWBG Washington Park Arboretum. Preregister (required) online.

SATURDAY, 3 NOVEMBER CENTENNIAL SHOWCASE ANDERSON 207 2-4 PM
"Biofuels and Bioenergy," Renata Bura, Sharon Doty, Rick Gustafson, Kevin Hodgson, Larry Mason, Bill McKean, and L. Monika Moskal. See Centennial web page for presentation topics.

SATURDAY, 3 NOVEMBER CENTENNIAL BANQUET UW,DON JAMES CTR 5-9 PM
Keynote Speaker: Roger Hoesterey, '80, Vice President and Northwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Director, The Trust for Public Land. Immediately following the keynote address, CFRAA President Bob Dick Jr., '74 and board members will present an award ceremony. Cost: UWAA Members $55, Non-members $70, Students/Faculty/Staff $70. Registration for the Gala includes complimentary valet parking, two drink tickets, appetizers, and a plated dinner of either beef, chicken, or vegetarian. Register online or call the UWAA at 206-543-0540 or 1-800-AUW-ALUM.

SUNDAY-THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 4-8 ASA,CSSA,SSSA MEETING NEW ORLEANS, LA
American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America International Annual Meetings..

SUNDAY 4, NOVEMBER ARBORETUM SUNDAY WALK WPA, GRAHAM 1 PM
Free weekend walks are offered the first and third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. January through November. The 60 to 90 minute walks, led by trained Arboretum guides, focus on seasonal interest in the Arboretum, native plants, or Foster Island ecology. Walks depart from the Graham Visitors Center. Dress for the weather, tours will take place rain or shine!

MONDAY, 5 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SIEG 134 3:30-5 PM
"American and Canadian Management Approaches to Threatened Old-growth Nesting Marbled Murrelets," David Lank, Simon Fraser University.

MONDAY, 5 NOVEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLD 292 4-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference, "Evaluating the Efficacy of Organic Seed and Drench Treatments for Control of Soilborne Seedling Blight and Damping-off Pathogens of Spinach," Jaime Cummings, Washington State Universityy.

MONDAY, 5 NOVEMBER FOSEP SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 4 PM
"Poets, Prisoners, and Preachers as Partners in Science Outreach: The Research Ambassador Program," Nalini Nadkarni, The Evergreen State College.

TUESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30 AM
"Effects of Changing Climate on Freshwater Ecosystems of the West Coast," Daniel Schindler, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences..

TUESDAY, 6 NOVEMBER Y2Y SEMINAR BURKE MUSEUM 7-8:50 PM
Yellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam Seminar Series,"Nature Knows No Borders but Legal Frameworks Do," Charles Chester, conservation consultant. For more about the series topics and speakers, see http://courses.washington.edu/y2y/index.html.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 6-7 NOVEMBER OREGON FOREST CONFERENCE CORVALLIS,OR
"At the Crossroads: Sustaining Oregon's frests in a rapidly changing world," See . Ara Erickson and John Perez-Garcia are CFR participants in this conference.

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, 6-9 NOVEMBER SALMONID RECOVERY SEATTLE MOUNTAINEERS
Pacific Salmonid Recovery Conference.

WEDNESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER CIG SEMINAR PARRINGTON 309 12-1:15 PM
"Toward Effective Climate Change Communication: Understanding, engagement, and action," Susi Moser, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

WEDNESDAY, 7 NOVEMBER CMU FACULTY COLLOQUIUM CMU 126 3:30-5 PM
"At the Frontiers of Science: The rhetoric of exploration and exploitation in contemporary public discourse about science," Leah Ceccarelli, UW Department of Communication.

FRIDAY, 9 NOVEMBER UW POSTDOC ASSOC SYMPOSIUM HOGNESS,HLTH SCI 1-5 PM
UW Postdoctoral Association 3rd Annual Research Symposium.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Tuesday, November 13, 2007, Denman Forestry Issues Series, "Bioenergy and Biofuels," UWBG,CUH, NHS, 1-5 p.m. RSVP to ematheny@u.washington.edu. Speakers include CFR faculty and staff Bruce Bare, Renata Bura, Sharon Doty, Rick Gustafson, Larry Mason, and Kristiina Vogt; UW College of Engineering faculty Joyce Cooper and Phil Malte; WSU faculty Shulin Chen and Craig Frear; Tim Stearns from the WA State Council on Trade and Economic Development; and Jake Eaton, GreenWood Resources.

CINTRAFOR ANNOUNCES 2008 FOREST SECTOR MODELING CONFERENCE
Resuming a past tradition, the IUFRO Forest Sector Modeling Working Party WP 6.11 (originally part of the IIASA Forest Sector Project) is planning a conference in Seattle, November 17-20, 2008. The meeting will offer new and old researchers interested in forest sector modeling (FSM) the opportunity to catch up with developments from around the world. Sponsors include IUFRO, CINTRAFOR, EFI (European Forest Institute), IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), the U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon State University. The conference will mix plenary, concurrent sessions, focused panel discussions, and input from key FSM users in forestry, forest industry, and policy planning. Plenary sessions will feature invited speakers, notable in forest sector modeling, with reviews of state-of-the-art FSM applications in major forest sector regions. The organizing committee is soliciting speakers for the concurrent sessions to present the latest modeling developments and policy applications. Of particular interest are speakers who might address: short-term versus long-term modeling issues, use of econometric results as input to FSMs, opportunities for integrating models across sectors, integrating forest sector and biological system models, treatment of uncertainty in FSMs, incorporating wood-based bio-energy models in FSMs, and application of FSMs in policy analysis including GHG mitigation.

SUSTAINABLE SITES INITIATIVE STANDARDS AND GUIDLINES
The Sustainable Sites Initiative is developing national, voluntary standards and guidelines for sustainable land development and management practices as well as metrics to assess site performance and a rating system to recognize achievement. Kathy Wolf, a member of the initiative's development team who is contributing input on the human dimensions of urban nature experience, writes, "The initiative is a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the United States Botanic Garden, and a diverse group of national stakeholder organizations. The U.S. Green Building Council, a major stakeholder in the initiative, has committed to incorporating these guidelines and standards into the future evolution of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. The initiative is in the process of developing the Standards and Guidelines for Sustainable Sites - a compilation of current research, technology, and practices to provide technical guidance and performance benchmarks. A draft Standards and Guidelines for Sustainable Sites is now available online for comment. The report is the first step in development of a LEED-like certification for urban landscape. Comment on the report will be accepted until early January, 2008."

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY TREE TOUR
Myrl Beck, professor emeritus at Western Washington University (WWU) in Bellingham, stopped by the Dean's Office this week to express his appreciation for the UW's Brockman Memorial Tree Tour, http://www.washington.edu/home/treetour/. He and other volunteers are working on a tree tour for the WWU campus and invite us to check out their web site and to visit the WWU campus.

REVIEWERS NEEDED FOR CSREES-NRI REVIEW PANEL
Mike Kelly, the NAUFRP (National Association of University Forest Resources Programs) Research Chair encourages faculty to get involved in review panel service for the USDA CSREES NRI Competitive Grants Program. The program is charged with funding research, education, and extension activities to address key problems of national and regional importance in biological, environmental, physical, and social sciences relevant to agriculture, food, the environment, and communities on a peer-reviewed, competitive basis. To address these problems, NRI advances scientific knowledge in support of agriculture, forestry, and related topics. The program also supports the integration of research, education, and extension to generate, translate, and transfer new technology and knowledge into practical applications focused on solving problems of national importance. Mike writes "I know that somehave written NRI off as a source of funding and may not want to support the process by providing review services. We must set past experiences aside and reengage if we are going to have a better chance at funding. It will be especially helpful if senior faculty with well established records participate so that they bring a level of credibility to the panel that will be useful to our cause. Likewise, panel service is an excellent learning experience for junior faculty and will in most cases help them to understand how the panel works and therefore how to better communicate with the panel through their proposals." See NRI funding reviewer information.

BUFFON SYMPOSIUM DECLARATION
UWBG Director David Mabberley draws our attention to a declaration approved at a recent symposium, "Natural History Museums and Institutions in the 21st century: Impact on our common future." The symposium was held in October in Paris on the 300th anniversary of the birth of Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, naturalist, mathematician, biologist, cosmologist, and founder of the French National Museum of Natural History. The meeting gathered about 200 participants, including representatives from 93 natural history institutions from 36 countries and four continents. The meeting ended with the approval of a concluding message, called now the "Buffon Declaration," intended for worldwide diffusion, mainly to policymakers, but also to the scientific community.

USDA FOREST SERVICE REPORTS ON CERTIFICATION STUDIES
The U.S. Forest Service recently issued a press release reporting on the pilot studies using SFI and FSC on Federal Lands. The report documents the study in which third-party auditors evaluated current forest management practices on five study national forest units with standards set by two certification programs, SFI and FSC. The report summarizes and discusses the five third-party evaluations and captures lessons learned through a review of participant experiences.

UW GRADUATE SCHOOL WANTS TO KNOW ABOUT OUR ALUMNI ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The UW Graduate School invites us to tell us about the accomplishments of our graduate students and graduate alumni. They write, "We are eager to share their success stories and any news that can help us communicate to our constituents the importance of graduate education and its benefits to society. We're keeping a database of accomplishments to draw upon in a variety of ways as we showca e and promote achievements. For your convenience, we now offer you a web form to convey information to the Graduate School. Or, feel free to share your news directly with our new Communications Director, George Martinez, at 206-685-6793 or gam6@u.washington.edu."

IT'S NOMINATION TIME FOR THE UW'S ANNUAL AWARDS
Nominations are now being solicited for the UW's annual awards, which honor outstanding teachers, staff, mentors, and those engaged in leadership and public service. In some cases, teams or departments may be nominated as well as individuals. Nomination deadlines range from December to February. For more information, see University Week article.

STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE PROPOSALS ARE DUE IN JANUARY
The Student Technology Fee Committee (STFC) will begin accepting proposals for the 2007-2008 cycle on October 29, 2007, and the deadline for submitting proposals for the 2007-2008 cycle is January 7, 2008. There may be a second "revise-and-resubmit" round, for proposals which were not fully funded in the first round. No new proposals are accepted in the second round. The Student Technology Fee was established to help supplement the availability of technology to UW students and to provide opportunities for innovative facilities and projects that require capital investment. Each year the STF Committee solicits a wide spectrum of student technology proposals from campus units for projects that meet the demonstrated technology needs of students and allow them to further their education and research goals. The Student Technology Fee supplements UW or external funding of technology for student use. Money from the technology fee is not to be used to fund items that should properly be funded by legislative or administrative funds. Awards made under this proposal are intended to be one-time sources of funding. Proposals should not be contingent upon subsequent years of funding. For information on the proposal process, contact IT Director Marc Morrison at mmorriso@u.washington.edu. Also see the STFC website.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR CFR'S HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
The UW has established Organizational Health and Safety Committees. Each of the organizational group committees look at the accident/incident reports pertinent to their areas for evaluation and resolution of any on going health and safety issues. The College may ask the committee to review and advise on health and safety related issues in addition to UW requirements. Currently, Group 10 (CFR) meets on a monthly basis. Three members are appointed by the Dean; those members are: Margie Cooper, Kevin Hodgson, and Steve West. Four members are elected from and by employees of CFR (faculty, staff, students), and are up for re-election this year. The two year terms begin January 1, 2008. The positions to be filled are currently held by: Neal Bonham, Sharon Doty, Ara Erickson, and David Zuckerman. Please submit nominations by November 16th (e mail preferred). You can nominate yourself as well as those already holding positions or anyone else in the\ College, other than those who are appointed to the committee by the Dean. Send nominations to margiec@u.washington.edu, elections will immediately follow.

NEW SCHEDULE FOR WINDOWS UPDATES
Brad Coston writes, "We are changing the schedule for Windows Updates to accommodate researchers who run processes overnight. Until now updates have been scheduled to install at 3 a.m. on any day of the week they come out. From now on updates will only be installed at 3 a.m. on Thursdays. This will allow those needing to run processes overnight four business days a week to do so. If you have any questions please contact me or email cfrhelp@u.washington.edu."

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For more on recent phytoremediation research, see KUOW radio interview with Stuart Strand, "Poplar Eats Pollution."
For a Kitsap Sun article on urban wildlife quoting CFR graduate student Stan Rullman, see "A town meeting over wild coyotes."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Gretchen Nicholas (BS '83) was recently named by the Washington State Society of American Foresters as the 2007 State Forester of the Year. Gretchen is a WA Department of Natural Resources senior manager. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service and dedication to the forestry profession. See news release announcing the award. The award recognized her accomplishments, including statewide green certification of DNR-managed forested state trust lands in 2006 under her leadership, and leading a team of scientists and technical experts to develop a definition for old-growth forest stands on state trust lands.
Judy Hooper (PhD '89) is a USDA Agricultural Research Service chemist doing honey bee research at the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, AZ.
Douglas Steinberg (MS '90) has recently accepted the postiion of Country Director for Save the Children's unified presence in Angola. He previously was a senior program officer with the Lemelson Foundation in Portland, OR, and worked for many years in the international arena as a field representative for CARE in Niger, Mali, and Bangladesh, and then served as the CARE country director in Niger and Angola.

KUDOS
Kudos to Nancy Davis, Michelle Trudeau, and all CFR staff for work undertaken as part of the SAF Annual Convention. Writes Dean Bare, "I was impressed by how smoothly everything came together. The alumni social was a very successful event and the CFR booth was well designed and staffed and represented the College very well. I also wish to thank all of the students, staff, and faculty who attended and helped represent the College."

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
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
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm