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SEPTEMBER 2008

The Straight Grain
Volume 28, 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 College of Forest Resources community. Please submit notices for THE STRAIGHT GRAIN to Cecilia Paul (cece@u.washington.edu), by 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Back issues of the STRAIGHT GRAIN are available online.

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 27. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY-SATURDAY, 22-27 SEPTEMBER YELLOWSTONE CONFERENCE JACKSON HOLE,WY
9th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, "The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and beyond."

SUNDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER FOREST FESTIVAL PT GAMBLE,WA 10 AM-5 PM
Kitsap Peninsula Forest Festival, exhibits and demonstrations about forestry, fish, wildlife, water quality, and recreation.

MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30 AM
College of Forest Resources Faculty Meeting.

MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER WILDLIFE SEMINAR SMITH 1:30 3:30-5 PM
"Using Behavior to Predict the Consequences of Large Predator Loss," Aaron Wirsing, UW College of Forest Resources.

MONDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference seminar, "Roles for Plasmodesmata and Blast Interfacial Complexes during Biotrophic Invasion of Rice Cells by the Blast Fungus," Barbara Valent, Kansas State University.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER-2 OCTOBER CARBON WORKSHOP CORVALLIS,OR
"Carbon Management in Forests: Principles, policies, and practices."

TUESDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER WATER CENTER SEMINAR AND 223 8:30-9:20 PM
"Puget Sound 'Above the Fold' -- A reporter's perspective," Robert McClure, Environmental Reporter, Seattle P-I.

TUESDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER STUDENT CHAPTER,SACNAS AND 207 11 AM-1 PM
Meeting of UW Student Chapter, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.

WEDNESDAY, 1 OCTOBER URBAN HORTICULTURE SEMINAR UWBG,DOUGLAS 3-3:50 PM
"The Symbiotic Tango: How plants and fungi survive stress and expand habitat range via symbiosis," Regina Redman, UW College of Forest Resources.

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER NWFSC SEMINAR SERIES NOAA,NWFSC AUD 11 AM
Northwest Fisheries Science Center Seminar,"Ecosystem-based Management: It's up to us now," William Ruckelshaus, Puget Sound Partnership.

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER SAFS YOUNG INVESTIGATORS FISH SCI AUD 4 PM
Young Investigators in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "The Behavioral Responses of Native Tadpoles to Introduced Predators", Martin Schlaepfer, SUNY.

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER UW SAF/FOREST CLUB MOVIE AND207 6:30 PM
UW Student Chapter, Society of American Foresters and CFR Forest Club Movie Night.

THURSDAY, 2 OCTOBER CINTRAFOR BOARD MEETING AND 2-6:30 PM
Center for International Trade in Forest Products Board Meeting.

SATURDAY, 4 OCTOBER SER STUDENT GUILD EVENT MCCARTY HALL 10 AM-2 PM
The UW Student Guild, Society for Ecological Restoration will hold a work party at a new restoration site on the UW campus, near
McCarty Hall (north end of campus), grubbing ivy and blackberry. Contact Lloyd Nackley, Restoration Project Chair,
nackll@u.washington.edu, with questions.

SATURDAY, 4 OCTOBER TIM BROWN MEMORIAL AND 207 11 AM-5 PM
Memorial for CFR alum Tim Brown (MS '02, BS '99).

SATURDAY, 4 OCTOBER UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION UBNA 3 PM
UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Walking Tour and Insect Safari," Kern Ewing, UW College of Forest Resources and Sharon Collman, WSU Snohomish County Extension.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Wednesday, October 8, 2008, WINK-AND-BLO Courtyard,4-6:30 p.m., CFR Annual Welcome Back From Summer Salmon Barbeque. Mark it on your calendars, tell your students, remind your spouse and kids, and plan to be there! The RTI crew (Matt McLaughlin, Luke Rogers, and the newly-added Andrew Cooke) are in charge of the salmon again, and the rest of us are in charge of each bringing something tasty to share.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008, Kane 130, 3:30 p.m., UW President Mark Emmert's Annual Address to the UW Community, followed by a reception in the Walker Ames Room. A live broadcast will also be available.

CFR LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Jon Diemer, CFR Webmaster and Chair of the Web Advisory Committee writes, "After many months of hard work we have launched the new, redesigned CFR website, http://www.sfr.washington.edu. It has truly been a team effort, and everyone on the Web Advisory Committee deserves congratulations for this accomplishment. They are: Josh Hegarty, Jim Lutz, Tracy Mehlin, Marc Morrison, Monika Moskal, Jeff Panza, Cecilia Paul, Alice Piccola, Michelle Trudeau, and Steve West. Over the next few weeks we will be tying up loose ends.  While we are aware of most issues we need to address, in a project of this scope there will certainly be some problems we’ve overlooked; please don’t hesitate to report any problems you notice, or ask any questions you might have, by emailing cfrweb@u.washington.edu. Thanks for your patience during this period of transition." Several website features, including CFR in the News and the Room Reservation calendars are temporarily linked to the old site while the new calendar system is finalized. If you need to make a room reservation for Anderson 22 or 207 or Bloedel 292, the reservation web pabes can be accessed at "CFR Tools" (extreme right of home page top menu bar, and then at "Meeting Rooms."

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
A correction to last week's Straight Grain: Aaron Wirsing is a new Assistant Professsor of Wildlife Science; his office is in Winkenwerder 101, stop by and say hello! A warm welcome to to permanent staff member (formerly hourly) at the UW Botanic Gardens, Bryan Pilkington.

(LOW STRESS?) JOBS WITH HIGH POTENTIAL
Sandor Toth sends along a web link entitled "Relax: Find a Low-Stress Job with High Potential" that includes foresters and conservation scientists in this category. Article says "Foresters and conservation professionals typically work outdoors in seasonal activities (think: putting out forest fires and maintaining recreational facilities). They also select and mark trees for thinning or logging, manage forest protection activities and patrol park areas to prevent damage. Least stressful aspects of the job ... are the low level of competition, rarely dealing with unpleasant or angry people, and the lack of time pressures which are normally embedded in higher maintenance occupations. Average earnings were $54,970." We're all trying to figure out how putting out forest fires is a low stress activity with lack of time pressures!

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The latest issue of the UW Botanic Gardens newsletter, Camas Quarterly, is now available online. This issue has articles on the Pacific Connections Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum, children's programs in the Arboretum, UW Botanic Gardens public and professional education course listings, and more.

UW EXPLORATION SEMINARS
Exploration Seminars are month-long, global study experiences that take place during the Summer and early Fall. These intensive
learning opportunities are jointly sponsored by the UW College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Programs and
Exchanges. Exploration Seminars offer in-depth treatments of particular themes or lines of inquiry, generally at the 300- to
400-level, that place learning in a global context. They offer you and your students the chance to study a topic intensively
within a learning community. Although Exploration Seminars have traditionally been developed as international study abroad
programs, travel experiences within the U.S. will also be considered and are encouraged. In 2009, as many as 50 Exploration
Seminars will be offered, all funded on a self-sustaining basis, each with 15-20 students. Faculty from all UW disciplines and
from all three campuses are encouraged to apply to develop and direct these programs.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO READ THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
Forest Resources librarian Maureen Nolan writes, "For the third year in a row, the Suzzallo-Allen Library will be the site of a
campus-wide, 75-minute public reading of the U.S. Constitution. The public reading is a simple yet inspirational act. UW
Libraries need 100 readers (each person reads about five sentences) and a big crowd to listen. We would be honored if members of the CFR community were involved as readers or attendees. Please help us spread the word to students, faculty, and staff in every department and job family. You need not stay for the entire event and can come and go as you wish.
WHAT: UW Reads the U.S. Constitution WHEN: Friday, October 10, 2008, 12:00 - 1:15pm
WHERE: Outside the Suzzallo Library Main Reading Room (3rd Floor, Suzzallo Library)
QUESTIONS: E-mail Government Publications, govpub@u.washington.edu, or call Cass Hartnett, U.S. Documents
Librarian, 206-685-3130.

SURVEY FROM STATE AUDITOR FOR UW STAFF
In accordance with RCW 43.88.090 (2), (3) and (4), and the requirements of Senate Bill 6220 (1994), establishing the Washington
State Quality Award program, the State Auditor's Office must conduct a survey of all state employees to assess the effectiveness
of the whistleblower program. The Auditor's Office has hired Faith Trimble, FLT Consulting, and Stuart Elway, Elway Research, to
conduct this survey. You can access the survey online . Your response to the survey will be anonymous. Thank you for taking the time to assist the State Auditor's Office with the completion of this survey.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Donald Turton (MS 1982) went on to get a PhD at Oklahoma State University, where he is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. His research investigates the effects of forest management on the quantity (low, peak, and flood flows) and quality (sediment, nutrients, chemical, and biological properties) of water from forest watersheds.
Meredith Webster (BS 2003) is a dancer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet in San Francisco, CA. The LINES Ballet will be peforming at Meany Hall, November 20-22, 2008.
Marianne Elliott (PhD '05, MS '99) has joined the Sudden Oak Death Research and Extension group at Washington State University's Puyallup Research and Extension Center. She will serve as the Extension Coordinator for WSU's statewide Sudden Oak Death Education Program and assist in a number of ongoing P. ramorum research studies. Previously, Marianne was a Visiting Fellow at the Canadian Forest Service's Pacific Forestry Center in Victoria, BC, where she evaluated control agents and determined factors affecting the pathogenicity and host range of P. ramorum.
Amy Yambor (BS 2005) is the operations manager for American Tree Farm System, a program of the American Forest Foundation in Washington, DC.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle Times article on the Pacific Connections Garden grand opening, see "Pacific Connections Garden's first phase unveiled," in which Randall Hitchin, UW Botanic Gardens staff member, is quoted.

KUDOS
Kudos to CFR faculty and staff from Dean Bare for "drawing such a large number of students into courses in our College. We have
many classes filled to capacity and our 'intro' classes are enrolling very large numbers (e.g. 502 in ESRM 100; 129 in PSE 211; 119 in ESRM 455; 144 in ESRM 150; 87 in ESRM 429; 87 in QSCI 381C; 70 in ESRM 320; and 65 in ESRM 201).  This is testament to the quality of instruction and relevance of the subject matter we offer. First day undergraduate enrollment by major in our College
shows a 10.6% increase from last autumn including a 15.4% increase in ESRM and a 6.8% increase in PSE. CFR minors increased 16.7% from last autumn. If these major enrollments hold through the 10th day – we will have experienced another year of double digit increases. This success goes to the hard work of our staff and faculty. Thanks to everyone who helped in these successes."
Kudos from Michelle Trudeau and Amanda Davis to all who helped with graduate student orientation: Debra Salas-Haynes and Clara Burnett for assisting with the set up and coffee runs; our presenters in the morning sessions: Bruce Bare, Gordon Bradley, Dave Briggs, Ivan Eastin, Bob Edmonds, Vince Gallucci, Brianna Keller, Bruce Lippke, Larry Mason, Maureen Nolan, and Sarah Reichard; our fantastic graduate students who drove vans to Pack Forest and participated in the research panel: Justin Howell, Rodney Pond, Jorge Ramos, and Chad Wilsey; Marc Morrison and Shane Krause for IT presentation and keg monitoring; faculty members participating in the research panel at Pack Forest: Bruce Bare, Gordon Bradley, Bob Edmonds, Greg Ettl, John Perez-Garcia, and Clare Ryan. An extra special thanks to Greg Ettl for also driving a van and giving us a wonderful tour of Pack Forest in the morning. I appreciate the time and effort each of you put into making this a successful event. And finally, a thanks to our new graduate students chose UW and make a great addition to CFR!" Michelle Trudeau would also like to thank Amanda Davis for coordinating the whole event. "She did a great job of making our new cohort feel welcome and helping them to understand the intricacies of graduate school (or at least to know who to ask!). Thanks also to Debra Salas-Haynes for coordinating an undergraduate orientation and recruitment event on Tuesday, Sept 23rd. It was attended by about 30 potential and new CFR students."

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR inthe News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheCollege/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/poeevents.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


 

The Straight Grain
Volume 27, Number 11

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

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

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

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 17-20 SEPTEMBER WATER MGMT CONFERENCE PORTLAND,OR
"Managing Water in a Climate Changing World: Implications for irrigation, drainage, and flood control."

SATURDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH, WA 9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway, native plant nursery restoration project, (half-day option available).

SATURDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER PACIFIC CONNECTIONS OPENING WPA, 11 AM-3 PM
Pacific Connections Garden Grand Opening; activities, tours, and more. See also ANNOUNCEMENTS, below, for more details.

MONDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference seminar, "Conservation and Use of Crop Genetic Diversity to Control Pests and Diseases in Support of Sustainable Agriculture," Tim Murray, WSU.

MONDAY-SATURDAY, 22-27 SEPTEMBER YELLOWSTONE CONFERENCE JACKSON HOLE,WY
9th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, "The '88 Fires: Yellowstone and beyond."

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 24-25 SEPTEMBER WA BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL OLYMPIA,WA
Washington Biodiversity Council Annual Meeting.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 25-26 SEPTEMBER APGA WORKSHOP AMES,IA
American Public Gardens Association Workshop, "Digging In: The essentials of the design process."

FRIDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER RIVER CTR CONFERENCE MISSOULA, MT 9 AM-4:30 PM
The River Center Conference 2008, "Managing and Restoring Human-Manipulated Large River Ecosystems."

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 8:30-9:20 a.m., The Water Center Seminar, "Puget Sound 'Above the Fold' -- A reporter's
perspective," Robert McClure, Environmental Reporter, Seattle P-I.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008, WINK-AND-BLO Courtyard,4-6:30 p.m., CFR Annual Welcome Back From Summer Salmon Barbeque. Mark it on your calendars, tell your students, remind your spouse and kids, and plan to be there! The RTI crew (Matt McLaughlin, Luke Rogers, and the newly-added Andrew Cooke) are in charge of the salmon again, and the rest of us are in charge of each bringing something tasty to share.

COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
A warm welcome to new faculty beginning this academic year: Aaron Wirsing, Associate Professsor of Wildlife Science; postdoc
Research Associates Jim Lutz (recent CFR PhD graduate who will be working with Jerry Franklin) and Barbara Clucas (who will be
working with John Marzluff), and Affiliate Associate Professsor Toral Patel-Weynand of the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, VA. A
warm welcome also to new permanent staff members Chris Watson and Doug Schmitt at the UW Botanic Gardens. Chris will be working as an arborist at the Washington Park Arboretum and Doug Schmitt will be working in the Union Bay Natural Area and the display gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Doug graduated with a Masters in Environmental Horticulture in 2007 and has been working for UW Botanic Gardens for three years as an hourly employee. And postdoc Research Associate Zareen Khan sends along good news, "I have been blessed with a baby boy on the 22 of August. We named him Zohaan Narayanan. Right now I am on leave and enjoying introducing my son to the world. I will be back October end."

IN MEMORIAM, FREDERICK MACDONALD ('08)
Debra Salas-Haynes sends along the sad news that Fred MacDonald, who recently graduated with a BS in Forest Resources in the ESRM major, passed away in August. "Fred stopped by often in Student Services and we really enjoyed talking and working with him. He started his program in 2005 and we got to know him even prior to that time, as a prospective transfer student. He was excited about changing careers after receiving his degree with an ESRM major, and we were stunned to learn of his passing. Our heartfelt condolences have been extended to his family and his wife has given us permission to share this information with the College. We would be willing to pass along any additional notes from any friends or acquaintances that would like to do so. Please send them to Debra at dtsh@u.washington.edu."

RESULTS OF STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT ANNOUNCED
Dean Bare writes, "I wish to thank each of you who attended and participated in the College's strategic planning retreat on
September 16, 2008. The day was filled with energy and excitement as we discussed the many issues and opportunities that lie
before us over the coming months and years. I was especially pleased with the large turnout of faculty, staff, and students who
attended. As you know, one of the principal purposes of the retreat was to develop an updated set of strategic goals and
performance metrics that we can use to monitor our progress towards goal achievement over the next three years (2008-2011). I am pleased to report that we, as a group, successfully achieved this goal. Our College Planning Committee met on September 17th to continue the discussion and to establish specific objectives for each of our six goals. I ask that each of you read the two
documents linked below and to send me any comments that you care to offer. The two documents are to be viewed as the official
record of the retreat as developed by those in attendance." See http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/UW%20College%20of%20Forest%20Resources%20%20SP%20%209-16-08.pdf and
http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/UW%20College%20of%20Forest%20Resources%20Objectives%209-08.pdf.

PACIFIC CONNECTIONS GARDEN OPENING CELEBRATION
The opening celebration for the first phase of the new Pacific Connections Garden takes place on Saturday, September 20, 2008, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Washington Park Arboretum. Mayor Greg Nickels, University of Washington Provost Phyllis Wise, and Duwamish Tribal Chair Cecile Hansen will lead a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Activities for all ages will include guided tours of the new exhibit, regional music from Chile and Australia, the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team, a plant-themed scavenger hunt, Native American storytelling, games from the Burke Museum, audio tours, and more. All activities are free and open to the public. Scheduled events are:
11 a.m. Native American Drumming
11:30 a.m. Dedication/Ribbon Cutting
Noon: Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team
12:15 p.m. Garden Tour
12:30 p.m. Sin Fronteras performs music of Chile and Latin American
1:15 p.m. Beverly Setzer plays the Australian didgeridoo'
1:15 p.m. Garden Tour
1:30 p.m. Storyteller Roger Fernandez shares Native American tales
2:15 p.m. Garden Tour
2:30 p.m. Tanz Chalmers spins yarns from New Zealand
Basket-weaving demonstrations by Karen Reed, children's games and activities, and garden tours will take place throughout the
event.
Parking for the event is limited; consider using public transportation or coming by bike or on foot.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Jane Kertis (MS 1986) is an ecologist with the USDA Forest Services’ Siuslaw National Forest in Corvallis, OR.
Rande McCabe (BS 1987) is a forestry consultant doing business as Alpine Land Information Services, Inc.in Redding, CA.
Nicole Amato (BS 1994) is an ecologist for the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific NW Regional Office in Portland, OR.
Jewel Bennett (PhD 1994) is an endangered species wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Fairbanks, AK. She
recently led a survey team in Barrow, AK tracking the endangered bird populations of Steller's and Spectacled Eiders.See a San
Francisco Exploratorium webcast on her project, She was previously branch chief of the agency’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepardstown, WV.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
"Ciscoe's To-Do List" in a recent Seattle P-I column recommends Saturday's grand opening of the new Pacific Connections Garden at Washington Park Arboretum.
Debbie Livingstone is featured in the UW Women's Center Fall 2008 catalog as a "Re-Entry Sudent Spotlight."

KUDOS
Michelle Trudeau sends along kudos to Jon Bakker for "pro-actively adding time for major recruiting to his syllabus and promoting our Environmental Opportunities Fair in ESRM 362. It is much appreciated!"

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR inthe News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheCollege/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/poeevents.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 27, Number 10

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 13. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 12-13 SEPTEMBER NHS PLANT SALE SEATTLE, MAGNUSON PK
NW Horticultural Society Fall Plant Sale, 12-6:30 p.m. Friday; 9-3 p.m. Saturday.

SATURDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER ARTCTIC WINGS OPENS UW, BURKE MUSEUM
Arctic Wings: The Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a show of work by wildlife photographers runs September 13-December 31 2008, at the UW Burke Museum. The images tell the international story of the thousands of migratory birds from across six continents that depend on the politically contested Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for survival each year.

SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY, 14-17 SEPTEMBER CLIMATE CHANGE INSTITUTE FRIDAY HBR,WA
Friday Harbor Laboratories, San Juan Island, UW Program on Climate Change Summer Institute/FHL Centennial Symposium, "How Does Ocean Circulation Matter for Climate Change?"

MONDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference seminar, "Fungi in History and Follklore: Mushrooms, yeasts, molds, and mildews in the lives and stories of our distant past," Frank Dugan, USDA Agricultural Research Services.

TUESDAY, 16 SEPTEMBER STRATEGIC PLAN RETREAT HUB W BALLROOM 8 AM-4 PM
College Strategic Planning Retreat. For more information, see ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 16-17 SEPTEMBER SMC FALL MEETING KAMILCHE, WA
Stand Management Cooperative's 2008 Annual Fall Meeting.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 16-18 SEPTEMBER RESTORATION CONFERENCE LOGAN, UT
Restoring the West Conference 2008, "Frontiers in Aspen Restoration."

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, 17-20 SEPTEMBER WATER MGMT CONFERENCE PORTLAND,OR
"Managing Water in a Climate Changing World: Implications for irrigation, drainage, and flood control."

SATURDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER PACIFIC CONNECTIONS OPENING WPA, 11 AM-3 PM
Pacific Connections Garden Grand Opening; activities, tours, and more.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 8:30-9:20 a.m., The Water Center Seminar, "Puget Sound 'Above the Fold' -- A reporter's perspective," Robert McClure, Environmental Reporter, Seattle P-I.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008, WINK-AND-BLO Courtyard,4-6:30 p.m., CFR Annual Welcome Back From Summer Salmon Barbeque. Mark it on your calendars, tell your students, remind your spouse and kids, and plan to be there! The RTI crew (Matt McLaughlin, Luke Rogers, and the newly-added Andrew Cooke) are in charge of the salmon again, and the rest of us are in charge of each bringing something tasty to share.

COLLEGE'S STRATEGIC PLANNING RETREAT SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Over a number of planning cycles since 1996, the College has laid out long-range plans to identify areas of need and opportunity for CFR in a forward and proactive fashion. It is an approach that has enhanced the way CFR addresses challenges and opportunities as academics and leaders in natural resources. This past year was the final year in the 2005-2008 plan, hence the need to look ahead to reestablish goals and identify objectives for the next three years. With all the changes under discussion within the UW and the uncertainties in the financial outlook for the State of Washington, it is especially important to take a proactive approach. The strategic planning retreat will be September 16th in the HUB West Ballroom and will be led by a professional facilitator. The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and the meeting will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided and the day's activities will conclude by 4 p.m. See retreat agenda and latest progress update on our 2003-2008 plan. RSVP to Sally Morgan.

NEW FACULTY BOOK
Jerry Franklin is a co-author of the recently published (July 2008) "Salvage Logging and Its Ecological Consequences"; other co-authors are David Lindenmayer and Philip Burton.

UW BOTANIC GARDENS CELEBRATES TAKE A CHILD OUTSIDE WEEK
It's nighttime at the Arboretum, but the park isn't sleeping! UW Botanic Gardens will hold its first "Park in the Dark" event as part of national Take a Child Outside Week. The family program will take place daily from Thursday, September 25th, to Saturday, September 27th, 2008, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Park in the Dark is free and open to the public. Managed by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Take A Child Outside Week helps break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world by arming parents, teachers, and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities. The goal of the week is to to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live, and a burgeoning enthusiasm for its exploration. At Park in the Dark, children will play games about nighttime animal adaptations, using their five senses to experience the Arboretum in a whole new light. Activities are designed for families with children ages 4-12, and space is limited. To register, contact Jean Robins at 206.685.8033.

SAFECAMPUS PUBLIC INFORMATION CAMPAIGN
Raising awareness of how violence can enter our community and making sure people know how and when to report concerns of violence are key to keeping our campuses safe. To this end, SafeCampus will launch a comprehensive public information campaign at the start of Autumn Quarter. The campaign runs through spring of 2010 and focuses on publicizing violence prevention and response resources, policies, and training opportunities on the three UW campuses. The President’s Advisory Committee on Violence Prevention has retained the tagline from the 2007 violence prevention posters, "Preventing Violence is Everyone’s Responsibility," pairing it with a new creative direction focusing on how our community is interconnected and supportive. Throughout the campaign, each sector of the campus community will see customized materials with audience-specific resources. The campaign kicks off with the launch of enhanced SafeCampus websites. See UW Seattle SafeCampus website.

AVOID FIELD TRIP LIABILITY USING RISK MANAGMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
Lois Fink writes, "The best and most obvious way to avoid field trip liability is to avoid accidents. Good safety practices are the most effective means of liability prevention. However, many UW field research and educational activities involve risks that UW personnel cannot control, even with the most prudent planning and management. For example, weather or political conditions may cause unforeseen hazards. UW personnel or others may make mistakes. Machinery may fail or vendors may renege on promised transportation or lodging. Risk management before and during a trip can help turn such potentially contentious, expensive 'crises' into more manageable 'situations.' Before and during a field trip, the sponsoring department has a duty to know as much as reasonably possible about the field trip conditions and service vendors. It also has a duty to inform students of any risks in advance, so students can make informed decisions about whether or not to participate. Should a student require emergency medical treatment as a result of accident or illness arising during the field trip, consent for treatment may be necessary if the student is unable to communicate his or her consent. If this occurs, and a consent form has been signed by the student, faculty can communicate this to emergency medical personnel. Before going on any field trips, please have all students participating in field trips complete the UW’s Acknowledgment of Risk and Consent for Treatment for Adult Field Trip Participants. Should you have any minors (students under the age of 18) participating in your field trips, their participation poses another set of concerns and there is a separate form for their participation. If you anticipate having minor students participating in your field trips, let us know and we will provide you with the correct form; the students' parent needs to sign on behalf of their minor student. At the conclusion of the field trip, please turn in the completed, signed consent forms to the Chair’s office. The Records Retention on this form is six years. Following these procedures insures protection for everyone concerned." See also the UW's Risk Management Guide for Field Trip Organizers.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Russell Plaeger (MS 1982) is the coordinator for the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council in Sandy, OR. He has implemented numerous habitat restoration projects, developed the council’s education programs, and has been instrumental in working with the Portland Water Bureau to develop a 50-year Habitat Conservation Plan for the city’s Bull Run water supply operations.
Roland DeGouvenain (MS 1986) went on to get a PhD at the University of Connecticut. He is an assistant professor of biology at Rhode Island College in Providence, RI, where his research focuses on population evolutionary ecology, fire ecology, and tropical forest ecology. He previously worked as a botanist for the USDI Bureau of Land Management in California.
Brenda Wiard (MS 1987) owns and manages 2NeatBooks, a book store in Salida, CO specializing in out-of-print geology, mineralogy, hydrology, and paleontology books and journals from around the world.
Ishtiaq Ahmad (MS 1988) is the conservator of forests for wildlife for Bangladesh’s Forest Department. He is also currently a PhD Student in the University of Minnesota’s conservation biology program, where he is researching the habitat of the Bengal Tiger in the mangrove forest of the Sundarban.
Gerardo Segura-Warnholtz (PhD 1991, MS 1987) is the World Bank team leader for forestry, sustainable agriculture, and rural development projects in Honduras and Paraguay. He is also the team leader for the Nicaragua and Honduras Corazon Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Project.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a Seattle Weekly article on John Marzluff's crow research, see the Seattle Weekly, "The crow: One man's pest Is another's scientific fetish."
.Elizabeth Louden and David Zuckerman talked about the new Pacific Connections Garden and its upcoming grand opening on a recent Ciscoe Morris KIRO radio show. (Elizabeth has an audio file if anyone wants to hear it). There is also currently a link on Ciscoe's home page about Pacific Connections.
See the Washington Forest Protection Association's website, for a presentation by Larry Mason on using woody biomass to create renewable energy.

KUDOS

Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfr2/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm


The Straight Grain
Volume 27, Number 9

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEKS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 8. Check out the CFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 8 SEPTEMBER PLANT PATHOLOGY SEMINAR BLOEDEL 292 4:10-5 PM
WSU Plant Pathology videoconference seminar, "Mycoparasitism Studies of Trichoderma hamatum and Stachybotrys elegans, Sahar Eid, WSU.

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, 8-10 SEPTEMBER FOREST SUMMIT PORTLAND, OR
World Forestry Center Summit, "Who Will Own the Forest."

FRIDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER AMPHIBIAN/REPTILE LECTURE LEAVENWORTH,WA 7-9 PM
Barn Beach Reserve Lecture Series, "Amphibians and Reptiles of Central Washington," David Darda, Central Washington University.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, 12-13 SEPTEMBER NHS PLANT SALE SEATTLE, MAGNUSON PK
NW Horticultural Society Fall Plant Sale, 12-6:30 p.m. Friday; 9-3 p.m. Saturday.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR:
Sunday-Wednesday, September 14-17, 2008 Friday Harbor Laboratories, San Juan Island, UW Program on Climate Change Summer Institute/FHL Centennial Symposium, "How Does Ocean Circulation Matter for Climate Change?"
Tuesday, September 16, 2008, HUB West Ballroom, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Annual College Strategic Planning Retreat, HUB West Ballroom. Stay tuned for details.
Tuesday-Wednesday, September 16-17, 2008, Little Creek Casino and Resort, Kamilche, WA, Stand Management Cooperative’s 2008 Annual Fall Meeting.
Saturday, September 20, 2008, Washington Park Arboretum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m, celebrate the opening of the new Pacific Connections Garden featuring horticultural displays from five Pacific Rim countries. Fun for the whole family, with activities, tours, and more. Watch for transportation and event details at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS, AUGUST 2008
"Calibrating the Windthrow Triangle for Riparian Management in Western Washington"; PI: John Calhoun; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $73,602.
"Research on Ecology, Dynamics, and Management of Mountain Meadows in The Oregon Cascades"; PI: Charles Halpern; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $42,000.
"Development of LIDAR-driven Forest Inventory Protocol"; PI: L. Monika Moskal; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $55,240.
"Support for UW's IUFRO Forest Sector Modeling Conference"; PI: John Perez-Garcia; sponsor: USDA Forest Service: amount: $7,500.
"Integrated Assessment of Land-cover and Land-use Changes in the Central U.S.: Linking economic, climate, and biophysical models"; PI: Sergey Rabotyagov; sponsor: Iowa State University/USDA; amount: $14,950.
"Urban Forest Benefits"; PI: Kathleen Wolf; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $20,000.

UPDATE ON UW BOTANIC GARDENS DIRECTOR SEARCH
Dean Bare reports on the progress of the search for Director of the UW Botanic Gardens, "As you know, our faculty search committee brought four excellent candidates to campus in spring quarter. Following a faculty vote, the names of acceptable candidates were given to me. Discussions with candidate Professor Meg Lowman began in mid-June, but after extended discussions over two months, we were unable to agree on terms of employment. Discussions continue with another acceptable candidate."

BOB EDMONDS INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE WATER CENTER
Dean Bare reports, "The Water Center Director Professor Anne Steinemann has announced her intention to resign her directorship and return to her role as faculty in the College of Engineering. We have, regrettably, accepted her decision and wish to thank her for the years of service she provided to the Center. Over the summer we met twice with the Center's advisory board to discuss this and other issues. They have suggested several ways that the Center can continue to play a critical role in the discovery and transfer of new knowledge related to the stewardship and management of water resources. I have asked Associate Dean Bob Edmonds to assume the interim directorship of the Center effective September 24, 2008 and he has accepted. Staff members Debbie Livingstone and Dan Ribeiro remain with the Center to assist Dr. Edmonds."

"NON-TRAD GRADS" PUBLISH IN ESA JOURNAL
See the September 2008 issue of the Ecological Society of America journal, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment for a "Fresh Perspectives" feature article by recent alums/graduate students Jim Lutz, Jim Freund, Keala Hagmann, Van Kane, and Andrew Larson, all of Jerry Franklin's forest ecology lab. The article is entitled, "Mid-career graduate students in ecology," and discusses "characteristics of midcareer ecology graduate students, differences in their educational needs, strengths they bring to ecology programs, and strategies for integrating mid career students with their traditional student colleagues." A response by Jerry Franklin is also featured.

IN MEMORIAM, WILLIAM GRISWOLD, LONG TIME SUPPORTER OF THE ARBORETUM.
John Wott sends along the news that William (Bill) Griswold, long-time supporter of the Washington Park Arboretum, has died at the age of 99. Says John, "Bill was instrumental in the 1950's-1970's helping to install and find plants for many of the rhododendron plantings in Arboretum. He served on many horticultural boards and when I arrived in the early 1980s, he was still very involved in International Plant Propagators, Nursery Association, and Arboretum functions. His three daughters maintain the Griswold Nursery in Kirkland, WA, and also have a big booth at the Arboretum Spring Plant Sale."

ARBORETUM FALL BULB AND PLANT SALE
Start planning next year’s garden at the Arboretum Foundation’s Fall Bulb and Plant Sale -- hundreds of spring-blooming bulb selections and companion plants will be available on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Washington Park Arboretum’s Graham Visitors Center. New sale day added: It will continue on Monday, October 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so that shoppers who miss the weekend sale have another opportunity to buy their bulbs. Bulb selections include narcissus, tulips, crocus, alliums, cyclamen, and more. Gardeners will find rare, unusual, and heirloom varieties, plus many garden favorites, and bulbs for forcing indoors. Approximately 15 specialty nurseries will sell perennials, shrubs, and other plants, along with bulb accessories. Parking and admission are free; the sale benefits Washington Park Arboretum. A complete bulb catalog is available online.

RECYCLING NOTES
Sally Morgan sends along the following notes on recycling for occupants of Anderson, Bloedel, and Winkenwerder: "Do NOT overfill the paper recycling 'Baggits' -- they hold about 150 pounds full, but no one should be carrying those around. For the sake of our custodians, don't put more than 35 pounds in any single bag. Remember, we no longer need to sort paper types -- everything can go in any color of bag. Some locations already have the new smaller bag, but full implementation of those will take a while. We're doing really well with composting, thanks to everyone who cares and is participating. We are trying to switch all of the supplies in the Dean's office over to compostable; at this point, all that CANNOT be put in the compost bin is the disposable cutlery. Within the next few months we will have used up the backstock and will go fully to compostables. Anyone who wants to participate without coming all the way to Anderson can keep a composting container in their space (the collection point is beside the dumpster in the back lot; custodians don't remove compostable from individual offices except as trash.) Batteries, cds, cell phones, and other electronic media can be disposed of at the collection point in the Anderson mail room. (Batteries can also be taken to the hallway outside Bloedel 110). Toner cartridges can be put in the boxes next to the electronic media recycling bin in Anderson OR in the storage cabinet across from the battery box in Bloedel. Unpainted wood scraps can be placed in the wood collection carrier at the Bloedel loading dock. Thanks for participating, everyone!"

NEW STAFF ATTENDANCE AND LEAVE POLICY
The updated audit-required CFR staff attendance and leave policy containing information and links pertaining to staff time and leave management is now available online. This is primarily a reference, but it also includes an action item involving required documentation of leave use that needs immediate attention. Use of accrued leave, including compensatory time, must be requested in advance and approved in writing by the employee’s supervisor. Email requests and approvals, which document dates and addressees, are CFR’s preferred method of documenting the advance written approval, which is an audit requirement. These emails are then to be printed and attached to the monthly Work-Leave Report that serves as supporting documentation for official leave balances. Units that cannot use email may develop their own systems as long as the requirement of documented advance written request and approval attached to Work-Leave Reports is met. This requirement applies also to the use of unexpected sick leave. Upon returning to work, employees must email their supervisor to summarize the sick leave taken and attach this email to the monthly work-leave report. This requirement is effective with September Work-Leave Reports. Any September 2008 and following reports submitted without documentation will be returned to the supervisor.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Paul Surek (BS 1980) served as the parks superintendant for the City of Tukwila, WA for several years. He is currently a commissioner for the City of Sumner (WA) Parks Commission.
Todd Thorn (BS 1982) is a manager with the Colville Confederated Tribes Environmental Trust Program in Nespelem, WA. He also serves as board president and chairs the Land Protection Committee for the Okanagon Valley Land Council. His work focuses on watershed health.
Wan Razali (PhD 1986) is the deputy director general of Malaysia’s Forest Research Institute.
Deborah Lev (MS 1987) is a natural resources planner for the Portland Parks and Recreation Department in Portland, OR.
Dennis Chambreau (MS 2004, BS 1979) is a noxious weed control specialist for King County, WA.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For two local media stories referencing the UW Botanic Gardens, see "With fab flowers and great bark to boot, crape myrtles heat things up," and "The Grounded Gardener: New ideas let the water-wise reign."

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!
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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS
For recent articles featuring CFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the CFR homepage for "CFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/cfr2/news_pubs/cfr_news.htm.

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/index.html?sdiv=news&navID=34
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC) http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
NOAA Fisheries Oceanography Coordinated Investigations (PMEL/FOCI) lhttp://www.pmel.noaa.gov/foci/FOCI_seminars.html
Program on the Environment (POE) http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/poe_events.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.htm