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The Straight Grain
Volume 36, Number 9

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 28. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 29 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   BAGLEY 131   3 PM
"Birds in the City: Investigating influences of urbanization on avian ecology including interactions with human systems, food resources, population dynamics, and community makeup," Dave Oleyar, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER     WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Building Watershed Narratives: The role of design in urban water management," Ken Yocum, UW College of Built Environments.

TUESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER    FOOD/ENVIRONMENT LECTURE   KANE 130  6:30-8 PM
Eating Your Environment Lecture, "The Ecosystem as the Measure: 50 years to perennial sustainability," Wes Jackson, The Land Institute.

TUESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER    AUDUBON CLASS/CROWS     UWBG     7-9 PM
"Crow Behavior and Their Interactions with Humans," Barbara Clucas, UW School of Forest Resources.  Field trips on Saturday 12/5 or 12/11/10. See http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/Classes/ClassSchedule.aspx.

WEDNESDAY, 1 DECEMBER     TREE STORIES    GOOD SHEPHERD CTR    7 PM
"Evening of Seattle Tree Stories."

WEDNESDAY, 1 DECEMBER     NOAA SCIENCE LECTURE   PACIFIC SCI CTR  7-9 PM
NOAA Science in the Pacific Northwest, "Oil Spill in Puget Sound? NOAA's Roles," Gary Shigenaka, NOAA Ocean Service and Perry Gayaldo (SFR alum, PhD 2002, MS 1996), NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center.

THURSDAY, 2 DECEMBER     PHD PROPOSAL    ANDERSON 22    10:30 AM
"Cutting Plane Method for Solving Harvest Scheduling Models with Maximum Clearcut Size Restriction and Its Application to Economic and Ecological Analysis," Nora Konnyu; Committee Chair: Sandor Toth.

THURSDAY, 2 DECEMBER    ESS SEMINAR     JOHNSON 102    3:30-4:30 PM
Earth and Space Sciences Seminar, "Elwha River Restoration: Sediment adaptive management," Tim Randle, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

THURSDAY, 2 DECEMBER    SAFS SEMINAR     102 FISH SCI     4-5 PM
"The River Wolf and the Blue Pearl: Ecology and conservation of endangered salmonids in Mongolia," Olaf Jensen, Rutgers University.  

THURSDAY, 2 DECEMBER    ARTIST RECEPTION    UWBG,MILLER   5-7 PM
Public reception for "From the Ground Up," a display of 30 botany- and horticulture-inspired quilts in the Miller Library through January 23, 2010.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 4-5 DECEMBER   FOOD SECURITY CONFERENCE   UWBG
"Cultivating Community Food Security Conference," co-hosted by UW Botanic Gardens and Washington State University Extension. Sponsored by King Conservation District.  SFR graduate student Katie Murphy will speak on "Soil Study of Urban Planting Strips."

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 4-5 DECEMBER   ARBORETUM FOUNDATION GIFT SALE    WPA
"Gifts and Greens Galore" gift sale to benefit Washington Park Arboretum.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    The Forest Club's annual holiday tree sale is underway; order form must be received by December 5, 2010. Noble Firs (6-8 feet) are available for the low price of $45. Download the order form at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/holidaytreesale2010.pdf. The form must be received by the Forest Club by December 1st. The trees will be cut on December 4th and the pickup date is Sunday, December 5th at the Center for Urban Horticulture.  This is a pre-order sale so please make sure to add
cash or a check when you send in your orders.
    Monday-Thursday, December 6-9, 2010, A Community on Ecosystem Services (ACES) Conference.  See
Participants include Kathy Wolf and alum Bob Deal (MS 1987).
    Mark your calendars for the upcoming School of Forest Resources holiday party, Wednesday, December 8, 2010 starting at 4 p.m in the Forest Club Room. Details to come.
    Thursday, December 9, 2010, online, Pacific Climate Seminar, "Regional Climate Service," Hans von Storch, Institute for Coastal Research and University of Hamburg.  See http://www.pics.uvic.ca/broadcast.php for broadcast information and for webcasts of previous seminars in the series.
    Thursday, December 16, 2010, 7:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Kane, Walker-Ames, half-day orientation to UW's central research support offices, "Creating Successful Research Projects: Navigating the process." Reserve a space at http://www.washington.edu/research/main.php?page=workshop.

SFR WELCOMES VISITING PROFESSOR ANDREW HANSEN
A warm welcome to Visiting Professor Andrew Hansen from Montana State University for academic year 2010-2011; his appointment is sponsored by Jerry Franklin. He received a PhD from the Graduate Program in Ecology, University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Lab, in 1984 and is currently Director of Montana State University’s NEON Initiative, Senior Research Scientist at the Big Sky Institute, and a Professor in the Department of Ecology. He will be working on a book, "Ecosystem energy as a framework for conservation: Tailoring management to local landscapes."

PEACE CORPS DIRECTOR VISITS SFR
During a visit to Seattle and the UW, Director of the Peace Corps Aaron Williams met with students and faculty at Anderson Hall on November 19, 2010. The UW currently has more alumni (101) serving in the Peace Corps than any other university.  SFR has been offering the Peace Corps Masters International (PCMI) program since 2005, under the direction of Professor Ivan Eastin. Seven PCMI students have undertaken their Peace Corps assignments and two more are preparing to go.  Countries where SFR students are working include Cameroon, Ethiopia, Paraguay, Senegal, and Tanzania. SFR and the Peace Corps recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand the PCMI program at SFR to include a new option in Natural Resource Management. The original PCMI option in International Forestry was established in 2005. The new option allows students the opportunity to study in any of the research interest groups within SFR.

GLOBAL HEALTH FELLOWS PRESENT WORKPLANS
As a part of the UW Department of Global Health’s investment in interdisciplinary partnerships across campus, a fellowship led by Tom Hinckley and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science's Richard Fenske is engaging early-career faculty to examine adaptive solutions to the effects of climate change on global health. Eleven faculty fellows, including Soo-Hyung Kim and Josh Lawler presented their work to date at the Consortium of Universities on Global Health annual meeting in September. On November 16, 2010 the fellows hosted a workship at the Waterfront Activities Center at which they presented their workplans, which focus on food and water security issues in Kenya, Indonesia, Peru, and Washington. Soo hopes to contribute a better understanding of the linkages among crop production, climate change, and human health. Josh brings to the project a desire to find adaptive solutions to climate impacts that will provide both for healthy people and healthy ecosystems.

SFR COMPETITIVE FUNDING
    As the new round of Mc-Intire Stennis and other competitive funding opportunities is underway (see memo from Tom Hinckley), see below results of the funding competition that took place last spring and that have finally made their way through the approval process.  The seven projects funded in Spring 2010 are:
    "Techno-economical feasibility of converting sulfite mill residues (red liquor and sludge) for production of high value products (xylitol and glycols) for revitalization of the Cosmopolis sulfite mill." PI Renata Bura and co-investigators Rick Gustafson and Bill McKean.
    "Forest health Rx: Geospatial rapid forest health assessment in heterogeneous forests." PI L. Monika Moskal.
    "Aerial hydraulic redistribution: Water uptake by trees via canopy roots in epiphytic bryophyte mats." PI Soo-Hyung Kim and co-investigator Royce Anderson.
    "Fine-scale resource use by snowshoe hares in the boreal forests of north-central Washington," PI Aaron Wirsing.
    "Coupled interactions between humans and birds in urbanizing forest landscapes: Influences of culture, degree of urbanization, and socio-economic status," PI John Marzluff and co-investigators Stanley Asah, Barbara Clucas, and Sergey Rabotyagov.
    "Assessing the role of harvest intensity in improving forest health and providing biodiversity as an ecosystem service: A comparison of western and eastern Cascade forests," PIs Greg Ettl, Sándor Toth, Eric Turnblom, and Aaron Wirsing.
    "Describing and predicting successional dynamics and conditions in young, managed forest communities in western Washington and Oregon through dynamical systems modeling," and "Understanding mortality patterns in ponderosa pine forests in the southwest U.S. due to structural and compositional changes over the last 100 years," PI Eric Turnblom and co-investigators Jon Bakker and Kevin Ceder.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The latest issue of the Rare Plant Care and Conservation program's semi-annual newsletter, Rare Plant Press, features a successful quest for Phacelia minutissima, a multi-year Howellia aquatilis monitoring project, and a conversation with Washington Natural Heritage Program Botanist Joe Arnett.

ALUMNI NEWS
    Robert McKane (MS 1983) went on to get a PhD at the University of Minnesota. He is an ecologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, OR, where his research focus includes biogeochemistry and plant community ecology.
    David Parent (BS 1983) is a veterinarian in Freeland, WA. He is also a WA-state licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
    Mark Parmelee (MS 1983) is a planner for the AK Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Anchorage, AK.
    Ruth Milner (MS 1986, BS 1983) is a district wildlife biologist for the WA Department of Fish and Wildlife in Arlington, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
In the November 23, 2010 edition of Science Daily, "California's Controlled Fires Boost Biodiversity," reprinted from the Ecological Society of America, features research by alum Karen Webster (MS 2010) and Charles Halpern and quotes Karen.  The article references the Ecosphere Journal article "Long-term vegetation responses to reintroduction and repeated use of fire in mixed-conifer forests of the Sierra Nevada." Ecosphere, 2010; 1 (5): art9 DOI: 10.1890/ES10-00018.1.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 36, Number 8

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 20. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 20 NOVEMBER   VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY   YESLER CREEK  11 AM-3 PM
The UW-REN Capstone and Seattle Green Partnership restoration work party, Yesler Creek Ravine near the Sand Point Metropolitan Market, removal of invasive species. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress for the weather, and bring your own water. Snacks and warm drinks and tools and gloves provided. Location: If driving, park at the Sand Point Metropolitan Market and walk south to the Burke Gilman Trail. To RSVP, or if questions, contact caitling@uw.edu.

SUNDAY, 21 NOVEMBER    PERENNIAL ALLIANCE LECTURE   UWBG    1-2 PM
Northwest Perennial Alliance Lecture, "Planting for Drought Tolerance," David Mason,horticulturalist.

MONDAY, 22 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   BAGLEY 131   3 PM
"Summer Range Attribute Effect on Winter Condition of Mule Deer," John Burk, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER     WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Whither U.S. Ocean Policy?," Dave Fluharty, UW School of Marine Affairs

TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER   ALL-SCHOOL MEETING  ANDERSON 207   2:30-3:30 PM
Prior to the meeting, from 2-2:30 p.m., stop by one of SFR's remodeled labs (WINK 213 and 215; Bloedel 209). Renata Bura and Sharon Doty will be on hand to show you around their labs. The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. The agenda will include updates on: retreat outcomes and updated strategic plan; budgets for current and next biennium; ABB -- a work in progress; student enrollment and curriculum updates; SFR Director's search; SFR name change; 520 and Washington Park Arboretum; endowment payouts; new staff and affiliate and visiting faculty. Treats will be provided!

TUESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER  OCEANS/HUMAN HLTH SEMINAR FISH SCI 108 2:30-3:30 PM
NOAA West Coast Center for Oceans and Human Health Seminar Series, "Environmental/Public Health, Tribal Science, and Academic Partnership Opportunities," Dave Fuller,Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING HOLIDAYS!  TRAVEL SAFELY.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 6:30-8 p.m., Kane 130 UW Lecture Series, Food: Eating Your Environment, "The Ecosystem as the Measure: 50 years to perennial sustainability," Wes Jackson, The Land Institute.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7-9 p.m., UW Botanic Gardens, Audubon Society class, "Crow Behavior and their Interactions with Humans," Barbara Clucas, UW School of Forest Resources.  Field trips on Saturday 12/5 or 12/11/10. See
http://www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/GetInvolved/Classes/ClassSchedule.aspx.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7-9 p.m., Pacific Science Center, NOAA Science in the Pacific Northwest, "Oil Spill in Puget Sound? NOAA's roles," Gary Shigenaka, NOAA Ocean Service and Perry Gayaldo (SFR alum, PhD 2002, MS 1996), NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center.
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Johnson 102, Earth and Space Sciences Seminar, "Elwha River Restoration: Sediment adaptive management," Tim Randle, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Saturday-Sunday, December 4-5, 2010, UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture, "Cultivating Community Food Security Conference." Co-hosted by UW Botanic Gardens and Washington State University Extension. Sponsored by King Conservation District.  See . SFR graduate student Katie Murphy will speak on "Soil Study of Urban Planting Strips."

SFR FACULTY, STAFF ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN MEETINGS
The Washington Forest Protection Association annual meeting was held November 17, 2010 in Olympia, WA; SFR attendees included Bruce Bare, Tom Hinckley, and Brian Boyle.  Brian participated in the agenda session on "Achieving Environmental Conservation through Economic Incentives." Also participating in that session was SFR alum Kaleen Cottingham (BS 1978), Director of WA Recreation and Conservation Office.

FOREST CLUB SALE OF HOLIDAY TREES
The Forest Club's annual holiday tree sale is underway. Noble Firs (6-8 feet) are available for the low price of $45.00.  You can download an order form at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/holidaytreesale2010.pdf. The form must be received by the Forest Club by December 1st. The trees will be cut on December 4th and the pickup date is Sunday, December 5th at the Center for Urban Horticulture.  This is a pre-order sale so please make sure to add cash or a check when you send in your orders. From the Forest
Club, "Every year we strive to make this event better for ourselves and our supporters; we hope that you have a great experience taking part in what has become a great tradition for the club."

CASCADIA FIELD STATION NEWS
Christian Torgersen has co-authored a paper in the November 2010 issue of Freshwater Biology. The paper, "Hydrological Connectivity for Riverine Fish: Measurement Challenges and Research Opportunities."  The state of being connected across space or through time, called connectivity, is an important ecological concept. Fish that migrate long distances, such as many salmon species, are useful organisms for understanding ecological connectivity in large rivers, in part because of their degree of movement and the conditions they experience as they move about. In a review paper, the authors summarize how hydrologic connectivity has been studied for fish in rivers and outline multiple challenges to understanding the role of connectivity in riverine fish ecology.

SFR FOOD BANK DRIVE
Michelle Trudeau writes, "Yesterday, the University District Food bank picked up the donations in Anderson, Winkenwerder, and Bloedel — just in time for Thanksgiving! An update on the contest:
Highest yield: Anderson is leading, Wink and Bloedel aren’t far behind, Merrill needs to make a final run for the wire!
High grade: we are still tabulating but check out the list of needed items below for ideas.
Bill Gates: Winkenwerder is in the lead, closely followed by Merrill.
Items currently needed include canned fruits, canned soups and stews, canned protein (tuna, corned beef hash, chili), peanut butter-especially crunchy, canned vegetables (pasta sauce, peas, olives), cooking oil, soy milk, rice milk, vegetarian items (tofu, canned beans, soups, chili), pasta, rice, baby items (diapers, food, formula, wipes), toiletries (bar soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant), pet food, and paper and plastic grocery bags. Barrels are located in AND 115, Wink 1st Floor near 103, and Bloedel 2nd floor at the copier.  It's also easy to contribute support online (email the confirmation to me, I’ll keep it anonymous)! Thank you all! We've made some folks happy already!"

UPDATES ON SFR COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
Elected Faculty Advisory Committee (EFAC): Frank Greulich and Stanley Asah were elected by faculty vote on October 28, 2010 for a three year term through June 2013. They filled positions vacated by Eric Turnblom and Sandor Toth. Curriculum Committee: Eric Turnblom and Dan Vogt were elected by faculty vote on October 28, 2010 for a two year term through 2012. They filled positions vacated by Jon Bakker and Sergey Rabotyagov. Promotion, Merit, and Tenure Committee: David Ford and Darlene Zabowski were elected by faculty vote on October 28, 2010 for a three year term through 2013. They filled positions vacated by Jerry Franklin and Greg Ettl. Warren Childe and Gabrielle Roesch were appointed as Undergraduate Student and Graduate Student representatives, respectively, to the Curriculum Committee for a one year term through June 2011. They filled positions vacated by Alex Thomas and Kristine Lightner.

UW ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE INVITES STUDENT TEAM APPLICATIONS
Applications for the UW's Environmental Innovation Challenge for prototype funding application are due December 12, 2010. The challenge is looking for student teams with a passion for clean-tech, the smarts to play in the emerging green economy, and the desire to leverage an engineering background to make an impact.

DON'T BE TRICKED INTO RESPONDING TO BOGUS EMAIL REQUESTS
UW Information Technology sends along this always timely reminder: "Should you act on email claiming that your account has expired, so 'click here' to update? No. The UW doesn’t ask for password updates via email. That’s handled in person or by phone. Scam artists prey on your fear to get you to act quickly, without thinking, to can gain access to your account. No contact name and phone number? Another red flag. Bottom line: Don’t reply; don’t click. See Safe and Secure Computing for related tips."

NEW ENDOWMENT SPENDING POLICY WILL PROVIDE INCREASED DISTRIBUTION
The UW Board of Regents recently approved the recommendation of the Finance, Audit, and Facilities Committee to adopt a new spending policy for the Consolidated Endowment Fund (CEF). Since many SFR gift funds, including scholarships, fellowships, and other program support funds are endowed funds, this is good news. The recommended policy replaces the interim spending policy which was approved March 2009. Under the interim policy, program distributions were lowered and then frozen at approximately half that of FY2008 levels. Valuations have improved significantly over the past 18 months and, while not fully restored, the Regents considered it appropriate to increase program support and return to a long term spending policy.

ALUMNI NEWS
You can view a video featuring Gordon Livingston (PhD 1971), who directs the Livi Cytogenetic Biodosimetry Laboratory at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in Oak Ridge, TN, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwt6yU0DA24. Cytogenetic biodosimetry is a proven technique for calculating the radiation doses to those who have been exposed.
Roberta Church (BS 1982) went on to get a law degree from Seattle University and is an attorney in Mineral, WA. She was recently featured in The East County Journal supplement on "Women of East Lewis County 2010."
Colin Hardy (MFR 1983) went on to get a PhD from the University of Montana. He is program manager for the Fire, Fuel, and Smoke Science Program at the Rocky Mountain Research Station’s Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory in Missoula, MT. He has been a research forester with the U.S. Forest Service for almost 25 years.
Jim Dooley (PhD 2000) is co-founder and chief technology officer at Forest Concepts, based in Auburn, WA, which develops and commercializes technical wood products from small diameter timber and works on improving the efficiency of collecting and processing woody biomass for bioenergy, biorefinery, and bio-based products. He also serves as a member of SFR's Visiting Committee. A recently executed sponsored research agreement between Forest Concepts and the UW will support bioenergy research by Rick Gustafson and Renata Bura. The $80,000 grant to UW is a subcontract under Forest Concept's U.S. Department of Energy contract to develop the science that enables specification of wood particles that are optimal for biochemical and thermochemical conversion to liquid transportation fuels.

SFR IN THE NEWS
"'Before this, I would literally put a torch to it': Tour highlights biomass availability" quotes John Calhoun.
"Conservation fund must be preserved" references the Washington Park Arboretum.
For two Audubon Magazine pieces featuring alum Stacey Vigallon (MS 2003), see "Snow patrol"  and "One cute chick: the Western Snowy Plover."
Colin Hardy (MFR 1983) is featured in two pieces about the USFS Missoula Fire Science Lab's 50th Annivesary year: "Missoula Fire Sciences Lab's 50 years of understanding fire behavior on display," and "Missoula Fire Science Lab Celebrates 50 Years." The NBC piece has a video link in which Colin is featured.

KUDOS
Participants in the 2010 Northwest Natural Resources forum send along kudos to Ken Bible and the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, which was one of the Forum hosts. Ken's field trip "provided a unique and fascinating look at forest resources and research, and we greatly appreciate your efforts in making this opportunity available to Forum participants. The on-the-ground and in-the-air presentations by you and your staff were outstanding. The field trip was informative and served as a gentle reminder that a new perspective can be enlightening."

Send in those kudos!

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

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

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 36, Number 7

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 14. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   BAGLEY 131   3 PM
"Coffee Conservation: Insights on how coffee cultivation can aid sustainable development," Martha Groom, UW Bothell and UW Department of Biology.

MONDAY, 15 NOVEMBER    PCC SEMINAR     OSB 425    3:30-4:30 PM
Program on Climate Change Seminar, "Rapid Climate Warming and Ecosystem Response on the West Antarctic Peninsula," Hugh Ducklow, The Ecosystems Center.

TUESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER     WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Shoreline Management Program Update," Geoff Tallent, WA Department of Ecology.

TUESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER    FOOD/ENVIRONMENT LECTURE   KANE 220    6:30 PM
Food: Eating Your Environment Lecture Series, "Collaborative Conservation to Restore America's Wild Food Diversity," Gary Nabhan, University of Arizona.

WEDNESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER  AWRA CONFERENCE      SEATTLE, WA  8 AM-5:15 PM
American Water Resources Association WA State Conference, "Water Rights: Investing in 21st century water management."

WEDNESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER   STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY   EVERETT, WA   3-4:30 PM
"Wildlife Trees: The importance of snags in your neighborhood," Chris Anderson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.  See
http://www.streamkeeper.org/aasf/Nov_Classes.html.

WEDNESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER   ECOLOGICAL URBANISM LECTURE   ARCH 147   6:30 PM
College of Built Environments Urbanism Lecture Series, "Design with Ecological Democracy," Randolph Hester, University of California, Berkeley.

WEDNESDAY, 17 NOVEMBER   PACK FOREST PUBLIC MEETING  EATONVILLE,WA  6 PM
Public meeting to discuss the current state and direction of SFR's C.L. Pack Experimental Forest.  See ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

THURSDAY, 18 NOVEMBER    SAFS GRAD SYMPOSIUM    ANDERSON 207  9 AM-5 PM
21st Annual School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

THURSDAY, 18 NOVEMBER   ECOLOGICAL URBANISM LECTURE   KANE 120  6:30PM
"Urban Ecological Design for Healthy Cities," Howard Frumkin, UW School of Public Health; Randolph Hester, University of California, Berkeley; Chris Reed, Harvard University, and Peter Steinbrueck, Steinbrueck Urban Strategies.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 6:30-8 p.m., Kane 130 UW Lecture Series, Food: Eating Your Environment,"The Ecosystem as the Measure: 50 years to perennial sustainability," Wes Jackson, The Land Institute.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 7-9 p.m., Pacific Science Center, NOAA Science in the Pacific Northwest, "Oil Spill in Puget Sound? NOAA's roles," Gary Shigenaka, NOAA Ocean Service and Perry Gayaldo (SFR alum, (PhD 2002, MS 1996), NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center.
Thursday, December 2, 2010, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Johnson 102, Earth and Space Sciences Seminar, "Elwha River Restoration: Sediment adaptive management," Tim Randle, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Saturday-Sunday, December 4-5, 2010, UW Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture, "Cultivating Community Food Security Conference."

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS
SFR faculty reappointed to the UW graduate faculty include Sally Brown, Charles Halpern, and Affiliate Professor Ken Raedeke; their appointment is for a term of five years.
Clare Ryan has been reappointed Adjunct Professor in the Evans School of Public Affairs for the 2010-2011 academic year.

MORTEN LAURDSEN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED
The Estate of Morten J. Lauridsen, Jr. (BS 1939) has donated $597,000 to establish the Morten J. Lauridsen, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund in SFR. The endowment will provide scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing forest resource science studies, with specific emphasis on principles of sustained yield forest management. Lauridsen ("Mort" to his many UW friends) remained close to his alma mater over the course of his lifetime and his generous charitable bequest capped a lifetime of giving spanning more than a half century.  The scholarship joins the SFR endowment established in 2008, the Morten J. Lauridsen, Jr. Endowed Fund, a discretionary fund to address the "most pressing" SFR needs, as a legacy of Mort's generous and comprehensive support for his alma mater.

SFR RESEARCH GUIDES CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED'S FOREST MANAGEMENT
Dave Peterson sends along a web link on the Cedar River Municipal Watershed's forest restoration program; the watershed supplies 2/3 of Seattle's water. Says Dave, "See the slide show in the lower right detailing the Watershed's new approach to slash management following thinning -- formerly slash was left in place.  The shift in management was guided by SFR alum Morris Johnson's (PhD 2008, MS 2001) dissertation research which quantified fire hazard throughout the watershed and simulated potential fire spread and severity should a fire occur."  Adds Tom Hinckley, "Chris Rayhnam's (BS 2003, MFR 2009) further MFR research demonstrated the value of different slash treatments. This is a great example of rapid, direct, and high-profile application of our research."  Morris is now an ecologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team, Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory, in Seattle; Chris is a Research Scientist jointly working for the WA State Department of Parks and Recreation and SFR's C.L. Pack Experimental Forest.

SFR FACULTY, STAFF, AND ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES
Faculty Josh Lawler and Dave Peterson spoke on "Anticipating Change: Climate Predictions and impacts in the Pacific NW," at the Wild Links working session held in Seattle, WA on October 26-27, 2010.
SFR faculty, staff, and alumni participating in the 6th International Conference on Forest Fire Research, held at the University of Coimbra, Portugal from November 15-18, 2010, include faculty Ernesto Alvarado (PhD 1992), research staff Susan Prichard (PhD 2003, MS 1996), and alums Mark Finney (MS 1986) and Roger Ottmar (MS 1980). The international conference will bring together scientists and practitioners working on different aspects of forest fires in order to encourage the presentation and discussion of recent advances in scientific research and technical development, to present new management methodologies and results from pilot experiments, and to promote international cooperation. Major conference themes are fire prevention, fire climate and weather, fire behaviour, fire ecology, fire management, fire safety, human and institutional factors, and urban-wildland interface.

PUBLIC MEETING ON PACK FOREST
A public meeting to discuss the current state and direction of SFR's C.L. Pack Experimental Forest will be held November 17, 2010 at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest. Director Greg Ettl will give a presentation describing recent activities at Pack Forest, followed by an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Finally, a smaller group of residents will be asked to participate in a focus group to provide feedback regarding future plans for Pack Forest. Come to the main entrance off Highway 7 and then follow the signs to the public meeting. Questions regarding the event can be addressed via email to roescg@uw.edu or phone
360.631.8489.

SUNSETTED BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS
The WA Biodiversity Council reached its sunset date on June 30, 2010. At the Council's final meeting, members discussed options for integrating its projects into the work of partner organizations. Funding remains for staff to work on transitioning these projects until June, 2011. Information about the projects is available at http://www.biodiversity.wa.gov. The projects include:
Biodiversity Conservation Toolbox for Planners. Discussions with partners have determined that the new home for this
resource will be with the WA Department of Commerce, with the transition taking place in early 2011.
Biodiversity Scorecard. This project was compiled by SFR's John Marzluff and Steven Walters. John has also served as a Council member. A working group has been meeting regularly to shape the project’s future.
Conservation Opportunity Framework Maps. Discussions with key partners are determining next steps. One of the key partners is the WA Wildlife Habitat Connectivity Working Group,  which has conducted preliminary outreach to communities and individuals to
learn their thoughts and concerns about wildlife corridors. Members of the working group include SFR alums Jennifer Watkins (BS 2001) of Conservation Northwest and Bill Gaines (PhD 2002), Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest.

USDA SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR VACANCIES ON FORESTRY RESEARCH ADVISORY COUNCIL
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill thirteen vacancies on the Forestry Research Advisory Council. Nominations must be received on or before December 20, 2010. For information online outlining nomination procedures.

ALUMNI NEWS
James Griffith (MS 1972) went on to get a PhD from North Carolina State University.  He is professor of environmental resource conservation at the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil, where his research focuses on environmental restoration, management, and philosophy.
Peggy Leonard (MS 1982) is King County’s biosolids program manager.
Wan Razali bin Wan Mohd (PhD 1986) retired recently after many years as Deputy General Director of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpar.
Patricia Stokowski (PhD 1988) is an associate professor in recreation management and natural resource planning at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

SFR IN THE NEWS
For more coverage of John Marzluff's corvid research, see Chicago Tribune feature "Wicked smart: Crows, those winged icons of Halloween, are so smart … it's scary!."
"Unique Seattle horticultural library has deep roots, celebrates 25 years" features the UW Botanic Gardens Elisabeth C. Miller Library.
"Elwha project expected to blast open nature's door to bountiful fish runs" quotes alum Patrick Crain (BS 1983).
The New York Times article "National Parks reach out to blacks who aren’t visiting" references resaerch of alum Jim Gramann (MS 1978, BS 1975).

KUDOS
Michelle Trudeau sends along kudos to Graham Allan, "for agreeing to teach BSE 211 in Winter quarter, thus generating 500 SCHs!"

Send in those kudos!

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

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



The Straight Grain
Volume 36, Number 6

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING NOVEMBER 7. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 8 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR   BAGLEY 131   3 PM
"Carnivore Use of Avocado Orchards in a Mixed Urban-Agricultural Landscape," Theresa Nogeire, University of California, Santa Barbara.

TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER     WATER SEMINAR    ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Fostering Collaborative Water Solutions," Michael Kern, UW/WSU The Ruckleshaus Center.

TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER   TROPICAL FIRE SEMINAR   ANDERSON 207   10-11 AM
"Coupling of Fire Spread and Surface/Dynamic Vegetation Models for Tropical Ecosystems", Etienne Tourigny, National Institute for Space Reearch, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER    FACULTY MEETING     ANDERSON 22    10:30-11:30 AM
SFR Faculty Meeting.  Agenda and materials will be distributed in advance of the meeting.

TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER  OCEANS/HUMAN HLTH SEMINAR FISH SCI 108 2:30-3:30 PM
NOAA West Coast Center for Oceans and Human Health Seminar Series, "Eyes on Puget Sound: Developing a multi-scale perspective on marine surface water," Brandon Sackmann, WA Department of Ecology.

TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER     RESEARCH COMMONS OPENING   ALLEN LIBRARY  3 PM
UW Libraries grand opening of the new Research Commons. Remarks followed by open house and reception. The UW Libraries Research Commons is intended to meet a new set of student and faculty needs that are emerging with the growth of data-driven research, digital scholarship, and interdisciplinary studies.

TUESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER    FOOD/ENVIRONMENT LECTURE   KANE 220    6:30 PM
Food: Eating Your Environment Lecture Series, "Feeling the Heat: Food and famine in a finite world," Cary Fowler, Global Crop Diversity Trust.

WEDNESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER   NOAA SCIENCE LECTURE   PAC SCI CTR   7-9 PM
"Ocean Acidification: Impacts of the "other CO2 problem" on Puget Sound," Simone Alin, NOAA Research; and Paul McElhany, NOAA Fisheries Service.

WEDNESDAY, 10 NOVEMBER    NHS LECTURE     UWBG, NHS    7:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Living Green: High concept design meets sustainability," Debra Prinzing, interior, architectural, and landscape designer.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 6:30-8 p.m., Kane 130, UW Lecture Series, Food: Eating Your Environment, "Collaborative Conservation to Restore America's Wild Food Diversity," Gary Nabhan, University of Arizona.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 3-4:30 p.m., Everett, WA, Streamkeeper Academy, "Wildlife Trees: The importance of snags in your neighborhood," Chris Anderson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Thursday, November 18, 2010, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Anderson 207, 21st Annual School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

NEW BOOKS BY SFR AUTHORS
"Sustainability Unpacked: Food, Energy, and Water for Resilient Environments and Societies," co-authored by SFR faculty Kristiina Vogt and Dan Vogt, SFR grad student Asep Suntana, SFR affiliate faculty Toral Patel-Weynand, along with other authors Maura Shelton, John Gordon, Cal Mukumoto, and Patricia Roads, was published in October 2010 by Earthscan Publishers. The book discusses the inter-linking and complex elements of sustainability and how they influence and are influenced by our society when it comes to making decisions about resource use.

UWBG CONTRIBUTES TO BLM'S SEEDS OF SUCCESS PROGRAM
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Seeds of Success Program recently received a U.S. Department of Interior award for partnership programs. UW Botanic Gardens' Rare Care and Conservation Program was thanked for its contributions to the program. The Seeds of Success Partnership is a national wildland seed collection network of 39 organizations that have created over 9,000 collections representing more than 3,000 species of wildland native seeds. The collections provide a hedge against native plant loss from climate change and help to ensure that iconic American species and their plant communities are preserved for future generations. The partnership works under the umbrella of the Congressional National Native Plant Materials Development Program.

REQUESTS FOR SABBATICAL LEAVE DUE NOVEMBER 30
Faculty sabbatical leave requests are due by November 30, 2010 to the SFR Interim Director's office in order to meet the CoENV deadline of December 15, 2010. See CoENV policy on Paid Professional Leave.

SURPLUS PICKUP FROM ANDERSON, BLODEL, WINKENWERDER
Sally Morgan writes, "I’m getting ready to do a surplus pickup to try to cut down on the debris on the loading docks (really, it would be better if you didn’t just dump things there – email cfrbldgs@uw.edu when you have things you want to get rid of, and we’ll make arrangements). Please let me know of anything that you would like to have taken away; mark the items with a post-it note 'surplus' and let me know where to find them.  I’m hoping to have everything taken away the week before Thanksgiving."

COENV ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR USE OF COMPUTER CLUSTER NODES
CoENV is currently accepting proposals for use of its allocation of nodes on the eScience Hyak computer cluster. Each of the 11 nodes CoENV has purchased has dual six-core Xeon processors (X5650) with 24 Gbytes of memory and 450 Gbytes of local disk storage. We also have 1.4 TBytes of shared storage.  See information on Hyak online. Proposals should include a statement of the problem to be solved, the benefit of using Hyak, the computer resources currently available outside of Hyak to solve this problem, and the resources needed within CoENV's Hyak allocation. There will be no cost to the user for use of the nodes. Proposals should be no more than one page and will be evaluated on a ongoing basis until the allocation has been filled. Preference will be given to the following:
*Short-term evaluation of Hyak nodes in preparation for a researcher buying their own nodes for installation within the College slot
allocation.
*Projects where there is no current funding.
*Short-term projects where the purchase of a node would be impractical.
Send proposals to Harry Edmon, harry@uw.edu.

ALUMNI NEWS
David Jackson (PhD 1975) is professor emeritus of resource economics and policy at the University of Montana in Missoula, MT.
Steven Sweeney (MS 1978) went on to get a DVM at Washington State University. He is a a wildlife health specialist and senior analyst with the USDA’s APHIS Veterinary Services, Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) in Fort Collins, CO, where he provides leadership and expertise in wildlife/livestock diseases, climate change, and veterinary medicine as a member of CEAH's Global Intelligence and Forecasting Team.
Matthew Carroll (PhD 1984) is a professor of natural resource sociology at Washington State University. His research focuses on the application of sociology to resource-based human communities, the sociology of wildland fire, the sociology of natural resource labor (including non-timber forest products), social assessment in a natural resources context, and collaborative processes in natural resource decision-making.
Richard Rollins (PhD 1985) is a professor of recreation and tourism at Vancouver Island University, where his areas of interest include environmental issues and conservation, outdoor recreation, adventure tourism, ecotourism, national parks, marine protected areas, and international development.
Dachanee Emphandhu (PhD 1992, MS 1984) is an assistant professor at the Department of Conservation, Faculty of Forestry at Kasetsart University, Thailand. She is responsible for teaching and conducting research in nature-based tourism in protected areas and community-based tourism. Her area of expertise is ecotourism, national park management planning, public participation, and conflict management.

SFR IN THE NEWS
"Seattle apple show serves sampling of state's top crop" references the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.
"Mending a monumental mistake against black soldiers" references alum Leslie Hamann (BS 1986).
For a National Geographic piece on alum Steven Amstrup (BS 1972), see "Interview with Polar Bears International Chief Scientist Steven Amstrup."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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