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The Straight Grain
Volume 32, Number 5

In this Issue:
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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING OCTOBER 31. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 31 OCTOBER ARBORETUM SPOOKTACULAR WPA 4-8 PM
Washington Park Arboretum's "October Spooktacular: A family program for parents and children, ages 6-12." Preregistration required/$6 per person. BYOF (Bring Your Own Flashlight).

SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 1-5 NOVEMBER ASA-CSSA-SSSA MEETING PITTSBURGH, PA
"Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Sciences.

SUNDAY-THURSDAY, 1-5 NOVEMBER COASAL/ESTUARINE CONF PORTLAND, OR
Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference, "Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World."

MONDAY, 2 NOVEMBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"Wildlife Tracking, Citizen Science, and Conservation," Dave Moskowitz, Project Manager, Wilderness Awareness School.

MONDAY, 2 NOVEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "Annual Ryegrass Toxicity: Corynetoxin poisoning of livestock by
Rathayibacter toxicus and its nematode vectors," Katie McKeever, Washington State University.

TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Opportunities and Challenges in the World of Wetland and Stream Restoration," Caren Crandell, US Army Corps of Engineers
and UW School of Forest Resoruces; Torrey Luiting, ICF Jones and Stokes; and Stephen Stanley, WA Department of Ecology.

TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER CIG SEMINAR OSB 425 4-5:20 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "Adapting Natural Resource Management to Climate Change: The Olympic Case Study," Jessica
Halofsky, UW School of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"Behavioral, Ecological, Physiological, and Demographic Responses of Elk to Wolves," Scott Creel, Montana State
University.

TUESDAY, 3 NOVEMBER JOHN DANZ LECTURE KANE 130 6:30 PM
"Who Are the New Polluters," Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist. S

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 4-6 NOVEMBER WATER/LAND USE CONFERENCE STEVENSON, WA
"Water and Land Use in the Pacific Northwest: Integrating communities and watersheds."

WEDNESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER WA BUTTERFLY ASSOC UWBG,CUH 7-9 PM
"Enjoying and Protecting Butterflies in Washington," Ann Potter, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

WEDNESDAY, 4 NOVEMBER ENVIRONMENTAL FILM BROADWAY PERF HALL 7-10 PM
Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival; featured film is "Division Street," a look at the impact of roads on
wildlife, wild places, and the human landscape.

THURSDAY, 5 NOVEMBER NOAA SEMINAR NWFSC AUD 11 AM
"Structuring of Cod Populations: A combined ecological and population genetics study," Nils Christian Stenseth, University
of Oslo.

THURSDAY, 5 NOVEMBER ENERGY FUTURES LECTURE PHYS-ASTR 118 12:30-1:30 PM
UW Energy Future Lecture Series, " Wood to Energy in Washington: Imperatives, opportunities, and obstacles," Larry Mason,
UW School of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 5 NOVEMBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Mechanisms and Tempo of Diversification in Cichlid Fishes," Darrin
Hulsey, University of Tennessee.

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER CHEM OCEAN SEMINAR 425 OSB 12:30-1:30 PM
Chemical Oceanography Seminar, "Multi-disciplinary and Multi-stakeholder Watershed Planning: The Skagit Alternative
Futures Project," Sara Jo Breslow, UW Department of Anthropology.

SATURDAY, 7 NOVEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY CUH,UBNA 9-11 AM
Restoration work party in the Union Bay Natural Area. The work party will focus on the 2007 ecological restoration plots
and the SFR alumni board's Centennial Grove. To ensure a great day, please bring a water bottle and some work gloves and
dress for the weather. Any questions, contact Nate Hough-Snee at nwhs@u.washington.edu.

SATURDAY, 7 NOVEMBER GREEN SEATTLE DAY SEATTLE CENTER 10 AM-2 PM
Green Seattle Day, sponsored by the Green Seattle Partnership, a public/private partnership between the City of Seattle
and the Cascade Land Conservancy.

SATURDAY, 7 NOVEMBER STREAMKEEPERS ACADEMY EVERETT, WA 11 AM-NOON
"Eagles," Jeff Guidry, Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday-Wednesday, November 8-11, 2009, Partners in Community Forestry Conference, Portland, OR.
Sunday-Thursday, November 11-12, 2009, Seattle, WA, American Water Resources Association Annual Conference.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009, Bellevue, WA. Living Green Series, "Getting to Know our Feathered Neighbors: Birds in urban areas," John Marzluff, UW School of Forest Resources.
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Physics Astronomy 118, UW Energy Future Lecture Series, "U.S. Department of Agriculture Issues," Raj Shah, USDA.
Friday, November 13, 2009, 3 p.m., The Rogers' (Luke and Heather's) House, 1217 NE 69th St; Seattle, WA 98115. Retirement(??!!) party for Bruce Lippke. RSVP preferred but not required to lwrogers@u.washington.edu.

SFR PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
SFR participants in the October 27-29, 2009 Eastside Forest Health Forum in Spokane, WA sponsored by the NW Environmental Forum included Brian Boyle, Tom Hinckley, Dave Peterson, Sergey Rabotyagov, and Luke Rogers, and alums Bill Gaines (PhD 2002), Richy Harrod (PhD 2003), and Phil Rigdon (BS 1996).
Sarah Reichard gave an invited lecture on "Are Assisted Migrations a Form of Biological Invasion?" at an October 21-22, 2009 symposium on rare plant reintroductions organized by the Center for Plant Conservation in St. Louis, MO. On October 26th she gave a public lecture, "Ecological Impacts of the Knotweed Complex," in Ketchikan, AK, followed by a presentation on the same subject for the Alaska Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plant Management annual conference.
Larry Mason spoke on "Wood to Energy in Washington: Imperatives, opportunities, and obstacles to progress," at the October 22, 2009 annual meeting of the Alaska Forestry Assocation in Ketchikan, AK; and another presentation on wood to energy at the Residual Wood Conference in Richmond, BC on October 29, 2009. See Event Calendar above for Larry's participation in the UW Energy Futures Lecture Series on November 5, 2009.

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
Susan Bolton is co-author of "Floodplain Management A New Approach for a New Era," just published by Island Press. Other authors are Bob Freitag, Frank Westerlund, and J.L.S. Clark. The book outlines a new paradigm for flood management that emphasizes cost-effective, long-term success by integrating physical and biological systems with societal capabilities. It describes present flood management practices, which are often based on dam or levee projects that do not incorporate the latest understandings about river processes. And it suggests that a better solution is to work with the natural tendencies of the river: retreat from the floodplain by preventing future development (and sometimes even removing existing structures); accommodate the effects of floodwaters with building practices; and protect assets with nonstructural measures if possible, and with large structural projects only if absolutely necessary.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR GROUP 10 HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE
David Zuckerman writes, "UW's Health and Safety Committee election time is here. This term, Group 10 (formerly the College of Forest Resources' Health and Safety Committee, and now the College of the Environment's Safety Committee) will consist of one elected member from each of the CoEnv's nine units. Please take this time to solicit SFR nominations (can nominate yourself) and submit them to dzman@u.washington.edu by November 6, 2009. Elected members must be a SFR staff, faculty, or student employee (on payroll). Nominees canNOT be in a managerial position. These include any one of the following five criteria:
*Has manager in title
*Can both hire and terminate employment
*Manages resources
*Has responsibility for planning and directing the work group
*Monitors group work"
For more information on UW Health and Safety Committees, see http://www.ehs.washington.edu/ohssafcom/electguide.pdf.

NOMINATIONS ACCEPTED FOR DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARDS
The nomination period for the 2010 Distinguished Staff Awards is open and and runs through December 15, 2009. Learn more about the Distinguished Staff Awards program, including how to nominate an individual or a team online. Up to five of this year’s nominees will be selected for a cash award of $5,000 presented at the annual University Recognition Ceremony, which also includes presentations of the Distinguished Teaching, Outstanding Public Service, and other UW awards.

ALUMNI UPDATES
James Packman (MS 2004) is a hydrologist and project manager with Taylor Associates, Inc. in Seattle, WA.
Timothy Saunders (BS 2004) is an account manager and horticulturalist for Benchmark Landscape in San Diego, CA, where he recently become the second "Expert" Level Certified Water Manager in the state of California.
Sara Savage (BS 2004) is a fire prevention officer for the USDA Forest Service’s Olympic National Forest.
Amit Saxena (MS 2004) is a PhD candidate in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Institute of Paper Science and Technology program in Atlanta, GA.
Eben Babb (BS 2005) is a fire technician with the USDA Forest Service's Umatilla National Forest in Battleground, WA.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See "Trees mean business: City trees and the retail streetscape" for a Main Street News article by Kathy Wolf.
"Algae bloom killing seabirds mystifies researchers" references ONRC research and Research Analyst Anthony Odell.
See "Pressures of growth heat up 3 Snohomish County Council races,"which mentions candidacy of alum Dave Somers (MS 1995).

KUDOS
Kudos to Jim Lutz and Jerry Franklin, co-authors, among others, of the paper "Climate, lightning ignitions, and fire severity in Yosemite National Park, California," which is International Journal of Wildland Fire's "Feature Paper" forthis month.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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 32, Number 4

In this Issue:
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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING OCTOBER 24. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER SAM SEA LEVEL RISE EXHIBIT OLYMPIC SCULPTURE PK
The Seattle Art Museum has partnered with the UW College of the Environment and Program on Climate Change to create a visual representation of sea level rise on the Olympic Sculpture Park's Z-path and pocket beach. Based on scientific models, the display demonstrates the impact of climate change on future shorelines. On October 24, the International Day of Climate Action, the display closes with a day of service at the Olympic Sculpture Park.

SATURDAY, 24 OCTOBER CLIMATE ACTION DAY EVENTS SEATTLE CENTER 2-5 PM
350 Seattle International Day of Climate Action.

MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER PEBB MEDICAL/DENTAL OPEN ENROLLMENT STARTS
Annual medical and dental open enrollment is October 26 through November 30 this year. Changes take effect on January 1, 2010. A summary of open enrollment changes and quick links is available online. See also information on Benefits Fairs in ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Population Structure and Connectivity in a Fragmented Urban Landscape," Thomas Unfried, UW School of Forest Resources (PhD defense; Committee Chair: John Marzluff).

MONDAY, 26 OCTOBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "Fungal Conservation and Ectomycorrhizal Fungi in the Pacific NW," Ian Saltzman, Washington State University.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 27-28 OCTOBER FOREST PATHOLOGY CONF SAN FRANCISCO,CA
"Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases." Participants include alums Susan Frankel (MS 1991, MFR 1983) and Kent Julin (PhD 1988, MS 1983).

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER ANDERSON REMODEL/INFO MTNG ANDERSON 207 8-9 AM
Denis Martynowych, UW Capital and Space Planning Principal Planner and lead on the Anderson remodel will present information about about the predesign study and selection of architects. All are welcome to attend.

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"U.S. Geological Survey Water Programs in Washington State," Cindi Barton, U.S. Geological Survey.

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER NOAA/UW SEMINAR SERIES NWFFSC AUD 2-3 PM
"Marine Wildlife Diseases and Human Health," Joe Gaydos, UC Davis.

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER CIG SEMINAR OSB 425 4-5:20 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "The Importance/Unimportance of High Resolution Information on Future Regional Climate for
Coping with Climate Change," Linda Mearns, National Center for Atmospheric Research.

TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"The Stories Networks Tell," Carl Bergstrom, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 28-30 OCTOBER SALMONID RECOVERY CONFERENCE MAGNUSON PARK
Pacific Salmonid Recovery Conference,"Science, Policy, Assessment, and Restoration Monitoring."

WEDNESDAY, 28 OCTOBER FOSEP SEMINARY PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
The Forum on Science Ethics and Policy Seminar, "Why Ethics and Climate Change?" Stephen Gardiner, UW Department of Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society.

THURSDAY, 29 OCTOBER NOAA SEMINAR NWFSC AUD 11 AM
"Rebuilding Fish Stocks for Dummies," George Rose, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

THURSDAY, 29 OCTOBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Applied Science for Shellfish Aquaculture Advancement: From new species
development to environmental assessment," Helen Gurney-Smith, Vancouver Island University.

THURSDAY, 29 OCTOBER WPA ANNIVERSARY LECTURE CUH,NHS 7-9 PM
"The Once and Future Arboretum," Scot Medbury (MS 1990), Brooklyn Botanic Garden. SFR faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend, free of charge. The lecture will be preceded by a UW Botanic Gardens open house, starting at 5:30 p.m. -- a great opportunity to see “behind the scenes” at UW Botanic Gardens, learn about student research, get a tour of the greenhouse, talk with faculty in their labs, and more. Light refreshments will be served.

SATURDAY, 31 OCTOBER ARBORETUM SPOOKTACULAR WPA 4-8 PM
Washington Park Arboretum's, "October Spooktacular: A family program for parents and children, ages 6-12." Preregistration required/$6 per person. BYOF (Bring Your Own Flashlight).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday-Thursday, November 1-November 5, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA. 2009 ASA–CSSA–SSSA International Annual Meeting, "Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Sciences."
Sunday-Thursday, November 1-November 5, 2009, Portland, OR, Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference, "Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World."
Tuesday, November 3, 2009, Kane 130, John Danz Lecture, "Who Are the New Polluters," Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009, Broadway Performance Hall, Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival presents "Division Street," a thought-provoking look at the impact of roads on wildlife, wild places, and the human landscape.
Friday, November 13, 2009, 3 p.m., The Rogers' (Luke and Heather's) House, 1217 NE 69th St; Seattle, WA 98115. Retirement(??!!) party for Bruce Lippke. RSVP preferred but not required to lwrogers@u.washington.edu.

COMPUTING AND IT STANDING COMMITTEE APPOINTED
Interim Director Hinckley has appointed a new SFR standing committee, the Computing and IT Committee, to augment the flow of information from faculty, staff, and students to the Director of Computing and IT. Computing issues across SFR may be brought to the committee for discussion and resolution.

SFR PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Bruce Lippke was an invited speaker at the October UN-sponsored workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, "Responding to Climate Change: Wood's Place in a Global Approach to Green Building." His talk in the session on a scientific basis for a shared understanding of and a global approach to Green Building was titled "The Impact of Carbon Accounting on Green Building." The workshop prepared key messages that will be presented at the upcoming UN Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen.
Elaine Oneil was an invited speaker at the October Oregon Forest Industries Council Annual General Meeting in Sunriver, OR.

ESA'S SEEDS PROGRAM ACCEPTING ENROLLMENT IN RESEARCH PROJECTS
Graduate student Jorge Ramos sends along information about an Ecological Society of America's SEEDS program, which matches students with a mentor ecologist. In addition to mentor support, SEEDS offers a strong national peer network and professional development opportunities through a series of webinars and conference calls. ESA’s SEEDS program has an exceptional track record of facilitating mentoring among underrepresented undergraduates who are exploring careers in ecology research. This program, the REU supplemental-SEEDS partnership, is made possible with support from the National Science Foundation. The deadline to enroll in this program is October 31, 2009. For more information and to enroll, see
http://www.esa.org/seeds/research/student_information.php.

NEW RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT USDA
For information on the USDA's new National Institute on Food and Agriculture (NIFA), established in the 2008 Farm Bill to spearhead agricultural research and formed primarily from the existing Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service, see https://www.aplu.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1372.

UW CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
UW President Emmert signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2007. This year, teams of
faculty, staff, and students have been meeting to flesh out this commitment into a series of action steps that the UW
could take to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. For complete text of University Week article on the plan, see
http://uwnews.org/uweek/article.aspx?visitsource=uwkmail&id=52926.

MULTI-FUNCTION XEROXES IN ANDERSON, BLOEDEL, AND WINKENWERDER
Bev Anderson writes, "All replacements and parts have arrived for the new multi-function Xerox machines, and installation bugs have been worked out. Thank you for your patience during this period. Please feel free to start using all the functions of these very powerful machines. General instructions for the four basic functions of copying, printing, scanning, and faxing are posted on the SFR website. More detail is available in the documentation at under the respective model numbers (4250 for the desktop models; ColorQube in AND 115; 7655 for BLD 253 and WNK 104; 5655 for BLD 300 and WNK 200). Additional training sessions with Xerox staff can be arranged over the next few months if there is enough interest. Copy codes are attached to specific budget numbers. As you start using the printing function you may want additional copy codes for your grant work. These are available by emailing sfrcopy@u.washington.edu and usually take only a day or two to arrive. We can also set up protocols so that grant copy codes are a part of new budget start-up; let us know if that is your preference. All copy codes are available on all 9 machines. We can also post on the web answers to frequently asked questions and creative ways people are using these tools. So share your successes along with your problems at sfrcopy@u.washington.edu."

BENEFITS FAIRS START NEXT WEEK:
To assist UW faculty and staff in obtaining information needed to make plan and coverage choices, three annual UW Benefits Fairs will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on October 27, 28, and 29.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Crystal Elliott (MS 2004) is a wetland specialist for Herrera Environmental Consultants, Inc. in Seattle, WA.
Christer Lundstrom (BS 2004) is a landscape ecologist for Green Cross Plant Management in Danbury, CT.
Luke Machtolf (BS 2004) is a forester for Northwest Management, Inc.'s Deer Park, WA office, where he develops and administers timber sales, cruises timber for non-industrial and industrial private landowners, and is involved in prescribed burning and wildland fire fighting.
Christy McDevitt (BS 2004) is a presale forester for the USDA Forest Service’s Deschutes National Forest in Bend, OR.
Julie Minnes (BS 2004) is an applications engineer for Acrowood Corporation, which engineers and manufactures quality machinery for the pulp and paper and wood yard industries, in Everett, WA.
Jennifer Leach (MS 2007, BS 2004) is a wetland specialist with AMEC Earth & Environmental, Inc. in Bothell, WA.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Conference at UM looks at forest biomass as 'game-changer'" for a Missoulian article quoting Elaine O'Neil.
For a Seattle Times article quoting alum Paul Mathews (BS 1974), whose Whistler-based firm, EcoSign, designs ski resorts worldwide, see "From outpost to world host, Whistler is ready for the games."

KUDOS
Michelle Trudeau sends along kudos to to Debra Salas-Haynes for conducting "new-undergraduate orientations" for ESRM and PSE students. The sessions were well run and well received.  Thanks also to all the students who attended."

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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 32, Number 3

In this Issue:
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 online.

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

SUNDAY, 18 OCTOBER MAPLE VIEWING/LECTURE WA PARK ARBORETUM 11 AM-4 PM
Washington Park Arboretum Japanese Garden, Maple Viewing and Lecture; event begins at 11 a.m; lecture on "Maples
Collection in UW Botanical Gardens" by David Zuckerman, UW School of Forest Resources, begins at 3 p.m. in the Tateuchi
Community Room.

MONDAY, 19 OCTOBER GREEN BUILDING WORSKHOP TACOMA,WA 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
"Understanding and Accessing the Market." SFR participants include Ivan Eastin.

MONDAY, 19 OCTOBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"The Rise and Fall of an Adaptive Radiation," Craig Benkman, University of Wyoming.

MONDAY, 19 OCTOBER AQUARIUM LECTURE SERIES SEATTLE AQUARIUM 7:45-9 PM
Seattle Aquarium Speaker Series, "Last Chance: Preserving life on earth," Larry Schweiger, National Wildlife Federation.

MONDAY, 12 OCTOBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "Graduate Education and the Future of the Discipline: It’s not just plant pathology’s problem," James Moyer, North Carolina State University.

TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Reproductive Success of Colonizing Chinook and Coho Salmon," Joseph Anderson, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"Ecomechanics of Wave-swept Rocky Shores: Lessons from a marine menagerie," Emily Carrington, UW Department of Biology.

TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER CIG SEMINAR OSB 425 4-5 PM
Climate Impacts Group Seminar, "The Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts," Dan Vimont, University of Wisconsin.

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER FSC PACIFIC NW FORUM PORTLAND,OR 9 AM-6 PM
Forest Stewardship Council PNW Forum brings together Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest managers, certificate holders, and key stakeholders to discuss global, national, and regional news and trends affecting forest certification, and the roll out of the FSC Pacific Northwest Initiative.

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH SEMINAR MGH 389 1-2:15 PM
"The Importance of Conducting Research Responsibly: What does it Mean?," John Galland, U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services.

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER LIVING GREEN SERIES BELLEVUE, WA 7-9 PM
Bellevue Parks Department Living Green Series, "Identification and Classification of Plants Native to Washington," Ryan Miller, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER CETACEAN SOCIETY LECTURE PHINNEY CTR 7:30 PM
"Tracking Blue and Humpback Whales in the Eastern North Pacific: Insights into movements, abundance, and underwater behavior," John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research.

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER MS PROPOSAL ANDERSON 22 11 AM
"Drivers of Burn Severity Patterns in the North Eastern Cascades," Alina Cansler; Committee Chair: Don McKenzie.

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER NOAA SEMINAR NWFSC SCI CTR 11 AM
"Steelhead and Their Freshwater Habitats South of the Conifers," David Boughton, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER ATM SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR PAA 118 12:30 PM
"Messing with Mother Nature: The natural energy cycle, greenhouse gases, and geoengineering," Thomas Ackerman, UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

THURSDAY, 22 OCTOBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Insights into Connectivity among Marine Populations Using Genetic and Oceanographic Approaches," Heather Galindo, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

FRIDAY, 23 OCTOBER BOOK/CLOTHING/COUPON SWAP ANDERSON 207 12-1 PM
Bring hardbacks and/or paperbacks to trade. Any titles welcome -- fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, reference, crafts, self-help, cookbooks, manuals, music. Gently used women’s, men’s and children’s clothes and shoes as well as outdoor gear. You can trade items or name a price. Chinook Books and Entertainment Books are packed with discounts to places you may never visit, but someone else will. Trade them for something you will use and start saving money.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2009, San Francisco, CA, "Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases." Participants include alums Susan Frankel (MS 1991, MFR 1983) and Kent Julin (PhD 1988, MS 1983).
Wednesday-Friday, October 28-30, 2009, Warren G. Magnuson Park, Pacific Salmonid Recovery Conference,"Science, Policy,
Assessment, and Restoration Monitoring."
Thursday, October 29, 2009, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7-9 p.m., "The Once and Future Arboretum," Scot Medbury, President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (MS 1990). As part of Washington Park Arboretum's 75th Anniversary celebrations, the lecture will reveal how the Arboretum's past continues to shape its future, and points to the ways all urban gardens can better fulfill their roles as places of learning, beauty, and sanctuary.
Saturday, October 31, 2009, Washington Park Arboretum, "October Spooktacular: A family program for parents and children, ages 6 - 12." Preregistration required/$6 per person. BYOF (Bring Your Own Flashlight) For more information, contact Jean Robins, jrobins@u.washington.edu or 206-685-8033.
Friday, November 13, 2009, Retirement(??!!) party for Bruce Lippke. Place: The Rogers' (Luke and Heather) House. Time: 3 p.m. Save the date -– more details to follow ... and is Bruce really retiring? Probably not.

NOTES AND HIGHLLIGHTS/SFR 10TH DAY ENROLLMENT
Michelle Trudeau reports on SFR's 10th day (official census) enrollment counts:
"Our diversity numbers are trending upward, and slightly better than the UW in a few categories;
The percent of women in our total student body (48.7% is the highest ever;
Undergraduate major enrollment is at a ten-year high at 266, up 6.4% from last year;
Undergraduate minors are up 44.7% to 55, the higest ever;
Graduate Enrollment is up 16% to a five year high at 180;
We granted 63 BS degrees last year, and still went up in overall BS numbers;
Our overall enrollment is nearing our 20-year high of 1997."

SEARCH COMMITTEE APPOINTED FOR DEAN OF COENV
Tom Hinckley writes, "A committee has been assembled for the search for a Dean of the College of the Environment. The chair is Matt O'Donnell, Dean of the College of Engineering. As your representative, my goal is to have both an open door policy and to have frequent discussions with all of you as this process moves forward. At a minimum you can expect an immediate report following each scheduled meeting of the committee. Think of model people for such a position -- this will help me craft a vision of the type of person we would be most interested in."
Committee membership is:
Matthew O’Donnell, Dean, College of Engineering, Chair
Marina Alberti, Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning
David Armstrong, Professor and Director, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Joel Baker, Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, UW Tacoma
Connie Bourassa-Shaw, Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Foster School of Business
Toby Bradshaw, Professor, Department of Biology
Sara Curran, Associate Professor of International Studies and Public Affairs, Associate Director, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology
Dale Durran, Professor and Chair, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
David Eaton, Associate Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Stephanie Harrington, Assistant Dean, Planning and Initiatives, College of the Environment
Tom Hinckley, Professor and Interim Director, School of Forest Resources
Judith Howard, Divisional Dean of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Professor, Department of Sociology
Thomas Leschine, Professor and Director, School of Marine Affairs
Russell McDuff, Professor and Director, School of Oceanography
Marilyn Montgomery, Assistant Dean of Advancement, College of the Environment
Colin Moseley, Director, UW Foundation Board, College of the Environment Advisory Board, Chairman, Green Diamond Resource Company
Julia Parrish, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Director, Program on the Environment
Daniel Schwartz, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
Maggie Walker, Director, UW Foundation Board, College of the Environment Advisory Board
Robert Winglee, Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
ASUW Representative, to be determined
GPSS Representative, to be determined

WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE RESEARCH FACILITY NEWS
Ken Bible writes, "The World Forestry Center gave the Wind River Canopy Crane two web cameras. I installed one on the crane tower and the other at the Trout Creek restoration site. Soon we should have microclimate, soil chamber, and tower eddy flux carbon near-real-time data viewable on the crane web site."

SFR PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS, CONFERENCES
Kathy Wolf gave a talk on "Urban Ecology: The social, economic, and environmental benefits of trees in cities," at the City Club of Portland, OR's Friday Forum on October 16, 2009.
Ivan Eastin will give a talk at the October 19th Green Building Materials Workshop in Tacoma, WA. He will present information about the use of certified wood by home builders and deck builders based on surveys of the two industry sectors and discuss current use and future outlook for certified wood in structural and nonstructural applications.

SFR RESEARCH NEWSLETTER ONLINE
The October 2009 issue of the SFR Research Newsletter is now available online. Sally Morgan writes of this inaugural edition: "This will be a regular monthly emailing that captures research proposals submitted and funding awarded, as well as funding opportunities. Ordinarily, there will only be a single month's activity, but for this issue, we have included everything from July 1 to September 30, 2009. I hope you will find it enlightening -– the breadth of activities and productivity across our unit is really commendable. Note too, that co-PIs are listed where there are co-PIs, in an attempt to capture at least a sense of the collaborative nature of the work we are doing. Expect this offering to grow and evolve over time. Suggestions, leads on unusual funding opportunities, and comments are all welcomed."

NOXIOUS WEED/INVASIVE PLANT ONLINE MAPPING TOOL
The Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest is one of several sponsors of the Noxious Weed/Invasive Plant Online Mapping Tool developed by David Giblin, UW Burke Museum Herbarium Collections Manager and SFR alum (MS 1997). See this new tool online.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTOR AWARD
The 2010 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award is accepting nominations through 5 p.m. PST, December 4,
2009. The Graduate School, with assistance from the UW President’s Office, sponsors this annual award to recognize
outstanding mentoring of graduate students by faculty. A single award will be given, accompanied by a stipend of $5,000.
The award will be presented at the Annual University Recognition Ceremony in June 2010 in conjunction with other UW-wide
awards.

EXPLORE THE HEAVENS AT THE UW PLANETARIUM
A free UW Professional and Organizational Development course on October 30, 12-1 p.m, offered by the UW Planetarium will
help answer the questions: How big is the universe? What is it made of? How many stars are there? Are there other planets
out there like earth? The planetarium dome immerses you in the night sky, allowing you to see the motions of the stars and
planets as we discuss everything from solar weather to the constellations and the stories behind them.

RIDE IN THE RAIN
The 7th annual UW Commuter Services sponsored bicycle commute challenge, Ride in the Rain, will run from November 1st through the 30th. Sign up as a team or individual rider and track your weekly bicycle commute trips for a chance to win dozens of fabulous prizes and the coveted "Soaked to the Gills" traveling trophy! Whether you ride or not, don't miss Willie Weir, adventure cyclist, storyteller extraordinaire, and self-described "cycling fool." Willie will present "A Frugal Cyclist's Guide to Commuting (and the Universe)" on October 21st at 6:30 p.m. in Architecture 147.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Patrick Adam (BS 2004) went on to get an MS from the UW’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. He is currently a
PhD student in environmental science at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.
Ilia Ash (BS 2004) went on to get a master’s degree in sports administration from Seattle University. She is on the coaching staff of Loyola Marymount University’s rowing team in Los Angeles, CA.
Jennifer Brickey (MS 2004) is a botanist with the USDA Forest Service’s Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Sparks, NV.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Chicago area news story on Kathy Wolf's research, see "Money, and lots of good stuff, really does grow on trees."
For a Seattle PI story featuring PhD student Kate Kurtz, see "A forest and a 'carbon sink' grow on Vashon."
An article in the Daily World (Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, WA) features alum Steve Trudell (PhD 2004), "Weekendis all about ’shrooms."

KUDOS
Kudos to Sally Brown, who was just elected as a fellow in the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). According to SSSA
bylaws, only 0.3% of members are elected to this society-wide position, which is the highest honor awarded to SSSA members
and truly a mark of exceptional achievement and contribution to the field of soil science. See SSSA news release.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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 32, Number 2

In this Issue:
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 online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING OCTOBER 10. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY CUH, UBNA 10 AM-NOON
Join volunteers to tackle invading vines along the Wahkiakum path just east of UW's parking lot E-5. Help continue the decades-long restoration project to create a native forest and meadow environment at the Union Bay Natural Area. For more information and to sign up, contact David Zuckerman at dzman@uw.edu or Len Nelson at Lnelson1248@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, 11 OCTOBER CROWS ON CBC TV 9 PM
Premier of "A Murder of Crows," a one-hour documentary that includes John Marzluff; film offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the inner life of one of the most intelligent, playful, and mischievous species on the planet -- the common crow. Repeats Thursday October 15, 2009 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBC Newsworld.

MONDAY, 12 OCTOBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Citizen science, sea ducks, and surfactants," Julia Parrish, UW Program on the Environment and School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

MONDAY, 12 OCTOBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "Ancient Parasites Threatening Modern Agriculture," Dan Villamor, Washington
State University.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 13-15 OCTOBER DRY FOREST WORKSHOP REDMOND,OR
"Creating Stand-Level Prescriptions to Integrate Ecological and Fuel Management Objectives for Dry Forests of the Eastern Cascade Range."

TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Visualizing Marine Models: Puget Sound in motion," Peter Oppenheimer, UW Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"Moving Parts: Traffic and signaling control cell adhesion in arabidopsis flowers," Sarah Liljegren, University of North Carolina.

TUESDAY, 13 OCTOBER UW PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS KANE 130 3:30 P.M.
UW President's Annual Address to the UW Community. The address will be webcast live on UWTV.org and rebroadcast on UWTV.

WEDNESDAY, 14 OCTOBER NHS LECTURE UWBG,CUH 7:15-9:15 PM
NW Horticultural Society Lecture Series, "What is a Garden?," Brooks Garcia.

THURSDAY, 15 OCTOBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "The Marine Initiative of the Natural Capital Project: Connecting the dots for marine spatial planning," Anne Guerry, Stanford University.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Sunday, October 18, 2009, Washington Park Arboretum Japanese Garden, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Maple Viewing and Lecture; 3 p.m.
lecture on "Maples Collection in UW Botanical Gardens" by David Zuckerman, UW School of Forest Resources, is in the Tateuchi Community Room.
Monday, October 19, 2009, Green Building Materials Workshop, "Understanding and Accessing the Market," Tacoma, WA, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SFR participants include Ivan Eastin.
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2009, San Francisco, CA, "Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases." See . Participants include alums Susan Frankel (MS 1991, MFR 1983) and Kent Julin (PhD 1988, MS 1983).
Thursday, October 29, 2009, UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7-9 p.m., "The Once and Future Arboretum," Scot Medbury, President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (MS 1990). As part of Washington Park Arboretum's 75th Anniversary celebrations, the lecture will reveal how the Arboretum's past continues to shape its future, and points to the ways all urban gardens can better fulfill their roles as places of learning, beauty, and sanctuary.

ANNOUNCEMENT RE: NOMINATIONS FOR BRUCE BARE ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP
Interim Director Tom Hinckley has announced the procedures for submitting a nomination for the Bare Endowed Professorship
The B. Bruce Bare Endowed Professorship in Forest Resources was established this year with the goal of enhancing the UW's ability to attract and retain distinguished faculty in the School of Forest Resources involved in sustainable forest and natural resource management, with a particular emphasis on the integration of natural and human elements inherent in such systems.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, SEPTEMBER 2009
"Integration of Fuels, Fires, and Vegetation Software Tools to Improve Assessments of Landscape-scale Fire Hazard"; PI: Ernesto Alvarado, sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $500,004.
"Compositional Analysis along an Elevational Gradient in the Eastern Cascades"; PI: Jon Bakker; sponsor: The Nature Conservancy; amount: $24,934.
"Building a Web-based Interface to the Restoration Silviculture Iniative"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $43,007.
"Developing a Management Plan for the Long Island Unit of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $48,018.
"Tax Policy Alternatives to Promote Forest Land (re)Investment"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $89,597.
"Nitrogen Fixation in Poplar: Increased efficiency of bioenergy crop production"; PI: Sharon Doty; sponsor: National Science Foundation; amount: $350,000.
"Competitiveness in International Forest Products"; PI: Ivan Eastin; sponsor: USDA CSREES; amount: $184,954.
"Calculation of Carbon Budgets in Shaded Tsuga Heterophylla and Abies Amabilis"; PI: David Ford; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $49,446.
"Knotweed Biocontrol"; PI: Fritzi Grevstad; sponsor: WA Department of Agriculture; amount: $28,955.
"Climate Impacts on Burn Severity"; PI: Charlie Halpern; sponsor: US Geological Survey; amount: $57,000.
"Effects of Fire Management on Carbon Sequestration in Sequoia Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks"; PI: Tom Hinckley; sponsor: National Park Service; amount: $56,400.
"Spatial analysis of recreational impacts in Mount Rainier National Park"; PI: Monika Moskal; sponsor; National Park Service, amount: $7,000.
"Urban Natural Resources Stewardship: Geospatial data assessment and management"; PI: Monika Moskal; sponsor: USDA;
amount: $30,000.
"Rare Plant Monitoring"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: US Fish and Wildlife Service; amount: $44,396.
"Asian Markets for Renewable Wood Pellet and Biomass Energy"; PI: Joe Roos; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $35,000.
"Human Well-being Benefits of Urban Forests: Completion of a research assessment, and summary"; PI: Kathy Wolf; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $25,000.
"Green Cities for Good Health: Sharing the science about human health and well-being"; PI: Kathy Wolf; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $50,000.
"Development of a Modified Forest Reclamation Approach to Establish Coniferous Forest Plantations in the Pacific NW"; PI: Darlene Zabowski; sponsor; USDI; amount: $184,233.

SFR FACULTY, STAFF, AND ALUMS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES
Jerry Franklin will present a talk on "The Scientific Basis for the Habitat Conservation Strategy in the Recovery Plan, with Emphasis on Stand-scale Management Objectives," at next week's Dry Forests Workshop in Redmond,OR.
.Kathy Wolf will present a talk on "The Science of Trees and Human Health and Well-Being: Packaging research for the urban forestry community," at the upcoming Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Portland, OR. Also presenting are alums Mark Mead, Seattle City Forester (BS 1987) and Ara Erickson, Cascade Land Conservancy (MS 2004).

NORTH AMERICAN SOILS CONFERENCE 50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Rob Harrison writes, "The 50-year anniversary issue of the North American Forest Soils Conference is now published. Though I don't know everyone involved who has ever been part of the UW or CFR/SFR, I count six of the 22 contributions (27%) in these proceedings of the North American Forest Soils Conference as coming from current or alumni Huskies. SFR's late Professor Emeritus Stan Gessel was one of the original founders of the conference, and it is worthy of acknowledgement that the UW CFR/SFR contribution to the field of forest soils is still unparalleled and the legacy of Stan Gessel's contributions continues. The 25th anniversary of the Stand Management Cooperative is next year, and if it was kept under the same name, the 40th anniversary of the Regional Forest Nutrition Research Project (RFNRP), which Stan started, would be this year. Every day I work on something that traces back to Stan's efforts. I've certainly not been able to follow up on every opportunity that early work provided, but some of the work wouldn't have been possible without Stan's early efforts. For instance, SFR grad student Paul Footen's paper in this issue used stands established during the RFNRP, as early as 1969."

RARE CARE VOLUNTEERS MAKE SIGNIFICANT RARE PLANT FIND
From the October 2009 issue of the UW Botanic Gardens e-newsletter Eflora,
"Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation volunteers Paul Slichter, Ellen Kuhlmann, and Barry Wendling documented Potentilla drummondii ssp. breweri in Kittitas County this summer. Their find is significant, since all Washington Natural Heritage Program database records for this cinquefoil are historical, with documented sightings ranging from 1899-1956. Plus, WNHP had no record of this species from Kittitas County. The 2009 report, resulting from Slichter's familiarity with the species from sightings in his home state of Oregon, expands the knowledge of Washington's rare plant populations and reveals one of the advantages of a citizen monitoring program."

UW NOTED IN "GREEN COLLEGE" RATINGS
The Sustainable Endowments Institute has just released its annual report card tracking green initiatives at 332 schools in the U.S. and Canada. Twenty-six schools received the highest grade, an A-, including the UW, which is noted for the number of commuters who use environmentally conscious methods of transportation.

CHANGE IN MAIL DELIVERY TO "ONCE-A-DAY"
Sally Morgan writes, "We have been notified that Mailing Services is ceasing twice-daily mail service to SFR to the once-a-day campus standard. Beginning Monday, October 19, 2009, mail will be delivered and picked up only in the morning, at 8:30 a.m. If you need to get something in the mail later in the day, see the map of late pick up drop boxes. We are approximately equidistant from boxes at the South Campus Center, Chem Library, and Mechanical Engineering."

UW DAILY SEEKS FACULTY COLUMNISTS
Allen Wagner, The Daily's opinion editor for Fall 2009, writes, "We are planning a quarter-long Guest Professor Columnist feature that will run either once or twice a week and are looking for faculty to express their voice. We feel that the UW's educators have a lot of expertise and experience in many fields and have a lot to say to students that would otherwise not get said in classes or lectures. Columns can be about important developments in your field or they can be used to give advice to students. Keeping in mind these columns will mainly be for an undergraduate audience, please keep most technical details to a minimum. The columns should be about 600 words. If you are interested, contact opinion@dailyuw."

ALUMNI UPDATES
Paul Schulte (PhD 1985) is Associate Professor in the University of Nevada Las Vegas’ School of Life Sciences, where his research focuses on plant physiology and the transport of water through plants.
Grace Sparks (PhD 2003) is a biology instructor at Seattle Central Community College.
Kuntinee Suvarnakich (PhD 2003) is a member of the Faculty of Science in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, in the pulp and paper technology graduate program.
Jeff Wale (BS 2003) is a project manager with Cornerstone Geotechnical, Inc. in Woodinville, WA.
Quan Wang (BS 2003) is an electrical quality assurance specialist for the City of Seattle, WA.
Traci Weber (BS 2003) is a scientific instructional technician with the UW’s Office of Animal Welfare.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
Josh Lawler's climate impacts research was recently highlighted in a Google Earth/Google.org presentation narrated by Al Gore. His species turnover data shows up ever-so-briefly at about 2min 20sec into the video.
See University Week article, "Stimulus money funds studies of ocean surface waves, fire prevention, and more," which references Ernesto Alvarado's wildland fire science research.

KUDOS

Kudos to Ernesto Alvarado and Michelle Trudeau, who will represent the College of the Environment on the the UW's
Diversity Council. Note: web page does not yet include updated membership.

Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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 32, Number 1

In this Issue:
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 online.

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

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER-4 OCTOBER SAF CONVENTION ORLANDO, FL
Society of American Foresters National Convention, "Opportunities in a Forested World." Participants include Dave Briggs, Andrew Cooke, Jerry Franklin, Bruce Lippke, Larry Mason, Jim McCarter, Elaine Oneil, Luke Rogers, and Clare Ryan, and alums Michael Andreu (PhD 2005), Robert Deal (MS 1987), Jim Dooley (PhD 2000), Edie Sonne Hall (PhD 2005, MS 2001), Dale Johnson (PhD 1975, BS 1969), Rapeepan Kantavichai (MS 2009), Mauren McDonough (PhD 1980), David Shaw (PhD 1991), Steve Stinson (MS 2000), Eric Sucre (MS 2005), Helga Van Miegroet (PhD 1986, MS 1980), Jerry Williams, MS 1978), among others.

SUNDAY-MONDAY, 4-5 OCTOBER ARBORETUM BULB SALE WPA,GRAHAM VISITOR CTR
Fall Bulb and Plant Sale at the Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum.

MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER PUGET SOUTH SOUND CONF NISQUALLY,WA 8 AM-4 PM
Storming the South Sound Conference, "Environmental Sustainability Education," Nisqually Wildlife Refuge.

MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR SMITH 120 3:30-5 PM
"A Bird's Eye View of the Aftermath of Severe Wildfire: Celebration or wake?," Richard Hutto, University of Montana.

MONDAY, 5 OCTOBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology Seminar Videoconference, "Epidemiology and Management of Hop Downy Mildew," Jingying Zhang, Washington State University.

TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR ANDERSON 223 8:30-9:20 AM
"Reclaiming the Water and Reclaimed Water's Past," Steve Hirschey and Mark Buscher, King County, WA.

TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER CIG FORECASTS FOR 2010 HOTEL DECA 9 AM-4:15 PM
UW Climate Impacts Group Climate and Water Resource Forecasts for the 2010 Water Year.

TUESDAY, 6 OCTOBER BIOLOGY SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A102 4 PM
"The Paradox of Pathogen Virulence," Benjamin Kerr, UW Department of Biology.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 6-7 OCTOBER WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL LEAVENWORTH,WA
Biodiversity Council meeting -- open to the public and includes discussions on the Governor’s natural resource reform initiative and the Council’s role in advancing the habitat connectivity initiative. See draft agenda.

WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER SFR ALL-SCHOOL MEETING ANDERSON 207 3-4 PM
Autumn Quarter all-School meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER SFR SALMON BARBECUE WINK-AND-BLO CTYRD 4-6 PM
Bring a side dish, appetizer, or dessert to share. Spouses, significant others, and children welcome!

WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
National Walk to School Day and UW Commuter Services is celebrating by sponsoring UWalk, a one-day UW walk-in event. UWalk
leaders have registered to meet walking groups from their neighborhoods to walk to campus together. See
http://uwcommute.com/uwalk to learn more about UWalk and register to walk with a group. Also, bring your lunch and join Seattle Department of Transportation in Gerberding 142, 12-1 p.m., to discuss Seattle's Pedestrian Master Plan.

WEDNESDAY, 7 OCTOBER LIVING GREEN SERIES BELLEVUE, WA 7-9 PM
Bellevue Parks Department Living Green Series, "Home Energy Audit."

THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER NOAA SEMINAR NW FISHERIES SCI CTR 11 AM
"Ocean Acidification of the Northeastern Pacific Coastal Waters and Puget Sound,"Richard Feely, NOAA.

THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER SAFS SEMINAR FISH SCI 102 4-5 PM
School of Fishery and Aquatic Sciences Seminar, "Genetic Adaptation to Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Iron Stress in Marine Cyanobacteria," Adam Martiny, University of California Irvine.

THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY EVERETT, WA 7-8:30 PM
"Living with Wildlife in the City," Christopher Anderson, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY, 8-11 OCTOBER AESS ANNUAL MEETING MADISON, WI
Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting, "Environment: The indisciplinary challenge."

FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER UW READS THE CONSTITUTION SUZALLO 12-1:30 PM
UW Libraries Government Publications holds the fourth annual "UW Reads the Constitution" in Suzzallo Library, third floor
landing at the top of the Grand Staircase. Anyone can stop by to listen to all or part of the U.S. Constitution as it is read aloud by 100 UW student, faculty, and staff volunteers. Constitution-readings are promoted nationwide by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia: .

FRIDAY, 9 OCTOBER ATM SCI SEMINAR JOHNSN 75 3:30-4:50 PM
"Wildfires and Weather: What you don't know can kill you," Brian Potter, USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory.

SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY EVERETT, WA 10 AM-12:30 PM
"Bats!", Barbara Ogaard, Sarvey Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
October 13, 2009, Kane 130, 3:30 p.m., UW President's Annual Address to the UW Community. The address will be webcast live on UWTV.org and rebroadcast on UWTV.
Monday, October 19, 2009, Green Building Materials Workshop, "Understanding and Accessing the Market," Tacoma, WA, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. SFR participants include Ivan Eastin.
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 27-28, 2009, San Francisco, CA, "Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases." See . Participants include alums Susan Frankel (MS 1991, MFR 1983) and Kent Julin (PhD 1988, MS 1983).

SFR FACULTY AND STAFF PARTICIPATE IN TOURS, MEETINGS
Jerry Franklin, along with Norm Johnson of Oregon State University, has arranged forest tours for hundreds of natural resource graduate and undergraduate students for the past 15 years. During a recent 2-week field school covering eastern Oregon forests, they visited Fremont-Winema National Forest in Klamath Falls, OR. See USFS press release.
Elaine Oneil spoke on "Forest Biomass: Making the most out of scarce natural resources," at the September 22-24, 2009 Plum Creek Conference on Forests and Energy at the University of Montana.

ENROLLMENTS UP!
Michelle Trudeau reports the good news that enrollments for Fall 2009 are up. "First day numbers are always lower than census day (10th day), but even so, we have some great news! Our graduate major enrollment is at 164, the highest since 2003; our undergraduate major enrollment is 261, a 10-year high, with 196 in ESRM alone; and our undergraduate minor enrollment is the highest ever at 50 minors. Congratulations to everyone for making our programs successful."

FALL 09 ISSUE OF SFR-UWAA E-NEWS
We are pleased to announce the Fall 2009 issue of the School of Forest Resources/UWAA E-news. The E-newsletter is a cooperative project of the School and the UW Alumni Association and is sent to alumni and donors with valid email addresses. The newsletter fulfills a strategic objective developed at the 2008 All-College strategic planning meeting, "Develop and distribute an external e-newsletter featuring the breadth of CFR activities." This objective was one of several under the three year goal, "Create a positive public image, both on and off campus." The newsletter is produced at least twice yearly. Your input on potential alumni profiles and stories about SFR research, teaching, and outreach that help create a positive image for our School is welcome! If you'd also like to take a look at our first issue (Winter 2009), see
http://www.washington.edu/alumni/partnerships/cfr/200901/index.html.

CENTER NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
For Fall 2009 issues of the Olympic Natural Resources and Stand Management Cooperative newsletters, see
http://www.onrc.washington.edu/educationoutreach/Newsletters/2009/SeptOct2009.pdf and
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/research.smc/newsletter/3rdqtr_2009.pdf.

COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT CALENDAR LISTSERVE
CoEnv will begin distribution of the environmentally-related events listserv formerly managed by PoE. If you were one of the subscribers to the PoE calendar, you will continue to receive the weekly updates. You can subscribe (or unsubscribe) online. The calendar will highlight CoEnv and department/school/program events as well as a handful of other UW and external events that may be of interest. The email distribution list is used judiciously and only for the weekly distribution of the upcoming calendar of events and a few special announcements throughout the year.

UW LIBRARIES SEEKS FEEDBACK ON CANCELLATIONS
Sciences References Coordinator Maureen Nolan writes, "Last spring I advised you that an anticipated cut to the University Libraries materials budget would require a review of our journal, database, and other subscriptions with the aim of reducing our continuing obligations by up to $2 million annually. We are now nearing the end of this review and have linked a list of proposed cancellations to the Libraries Serials and Electronic Resources Review website. The list, which is accessible to the UW community via NetId login, includes all the titles being considered for cancellation by the UW Seattle campus libraries, excluding Health Sciences. There is also a link to proposed Health Sciences cancellations. The list can be sorted in title or broad disciplinary
order, and it is searchable by title. There is a feedback mechanism where you may comment on titles you feel are essential or desirable to keep. The deadline for feedback is October 10, 2009. Thank you for your help in this important task. If you have any questions about the 2009 Serials and Electronic Resources Review, feel free to contact me directly at nolan@u.washington.edu."

ALUMNI UPDATES
James Burchfield (MFR 1986) has been serving as the Interim Dean of University of Montana's College of Forestry and Conservation while Dean Perry Brown has a two-year assignment as the Interim Associate Provost of Graduate Studies.
Paul Alaback (BS 1976) has retired as professor of forestry at Montana after 15 years of service to the College of Forestry and Conservation.
Russell Foisy, Jr. (BS 2003) is an engineer with JRR Engineering in Lynnwood, WA.
Colin Forsyth (BS 2003) is an assistant engineer with Swanson Hydrology + Geomorphology in Portland, OR.
Clare Foster (BS 2003) teaches middle school in Anchorage, AK.
Luciana Ingaramo (MS 2003) is a researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria (INTA) Agricultural Experiment Station in Concordia, Argentina.
Lynne McWhorter (BS 2003) is an environmental scientist for the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 in Seattle, WA.
Gretchen Muller (MS 2003) is an environmental outreach program manager with the City of Seattle. She previously was an education assistant for the National Wildlife Federation. She also plays on the Seattle Riot Ultimate Frisbee Team.
Pablo Reed (BS 2003) is a Master of Environmental Management student at Yale University in New Haven, CT.
Carrie Lee (MS 2007) writes to express her well wishes to SFR in the new College of the Environment and relays that the Seattle office of the Stockholm Environment Institute, where she is a staff scientist, "is doing more and more forestry related work as forest and ag mitigation are increasingly looked to as having large mitigation opportunity, lots of work on carbon offsets and thinking about indirect land use effects of increasing biofuels production."

SFR IN THE MEDIA
For an obituary of Robert Seidl, fomer Affiliate Professor, see Seattle Times, "Robert Seidl, leader in timber industry."
For more on John Marzluff's crow research see Q13Fox News video "Study finds that crows can remember your face so don't
make them mad, they're watching you," and "A Murder of Crows," a profile of a film to premier on CBC television on October 11, 2009.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
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) http://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