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The Straight Grain
Volume 40, Number 1

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING OCTOBER 2. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 3 OCTOBER    WILDLIFE SEMINAR      BAGLEY 131    3:30-4:50 PM
"New World Wolves: Confusion, controversy, and conservation," Dennis Murray, Trent University (Ontario, Canada).

TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER   FISHERIES WORKSHOP   FISH 203   1:30-3:30 PM
Fisheries Think Tank Workshops, "Life Cycle Modeling to Quantify Population Level Effects of Dam Removal on the Klamath River, Oregon," Noble Hendrix, R2 Resource Consultants.

TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER 4   PCC SEMINAR   PHYS-ASTR A102    4-5 PM
Program on Climate Change Seminar, "On the Framing of Global Environmental Issues," Mike Wallace, UW Department of Atmospheric Science.

TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER    BIOLOGY SEMINAR    HITCHCOCK 132    4-5 PM
"Chemical Ecology and Coevolution Underground," Anurag Agrawal, Cornell University.

TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER    ENV INNOVATION PRACTICUM   MGH 389  4-5:50 PM
Foster School of Business Environmental Innovation Practicum, "The Public Policy: Innovation equation," Kirt Montague, energy consultant.

TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER     PEACE CORPS INFO SESSION    PACCAR 291   6-8:30 PM
"The Spirit of Volunteerism: Honoring 50 years of the Peace Corps with internationl volunteer experts."

TUESDAY, 4 OCTOBER  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION   CUH,DOUGLAS   4:30-6:30 PM
Science and Practice of Sustainable Sites Series, "Watering without Waste," David Hilgers, R Miller Construction and Matt Suhadolnik, SvR Design Company.

TUESDAY-THURSDAY, 4-6 OCTOBER   FOREST DENSITY CONF  CORVALLIS, OR
"Density Management in the 21st Century: Westside story." Registration is free.

WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER    ALL-SCHOOL MEETING   ANDERSON 207   3-4 PM
SFR All School Meeting, "Preliminary Report from 2011 Strategic Planning Retreat held on September 27, 2011."

WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER    SALMON BBQ     ANDERSON COURTYARD   4-6 PM
Annual SFR salmon barbecue to welcome all to the new academic year. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Spouses, SO's, partners, children welcome!

WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER   MILLER LIBRARY ART EXHIBIT   UWBG,MILLER LIB
Elisabeth C. Miller Library exhbit, "Trees in Art" Group Exhibit opens.

WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER  BACKYARD HABITAT WKSHP  WOODLAND PK ZOO  7-9  PM
"Attracting Birds to your Backyard," Neil Zimmerman, Seattle Audubon.

WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER    WA BUTTERFLY ASSOC     UWBG,CUH   7-9 PM
"Sphinx Moths of Washington," David Droppers (BS 2009).

THURSDAY, 6 OCTOBER    NWFSC SEMINAR     NWFSC AUD   10:30 AM-1 PM
"Elwha River Dam Removal: Past, present, and future," Sarah Morley, NW Fisheries Science Center.

THURSDAY, 6 OCTOBER   SAFS SEMINAR   102 FISH SCI    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "A General Modeling Framework for Animal Movement and Migration Using Multi-State Random Walks," Brett McClintock, NOAA Fisheries.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Kane 130, 3:30-4:30 p.m., UW President Michael Young's first annual address to the UW community. The event will be webcast live on UWTV.org and rebroadcast on UWTV.
Monday-Friday, October 10-14, 2011, Leavenworth, WA. Western International Forest Disease Work Conference. Participants include faculty Bob Edmonds, affiliate faculty Willis Littke, and alums Holly Kearns (BS 1996), Amy Ramsey-Kroll (MS 2005), and Dave Shaw (PhD 1991).
NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT: Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, 2011, Washington Park Arboretum. 2011 Bioblitz at the Arboretum. RSVP at simsigan@uw.edu206.543.8801.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011, Kane 210, 7-8 p.m., CoENV Annual Dean's Lecture, "Invasive Species: Exonerating crimes to envision a new global future," Julian Olden, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

USDA AWARDS UW $40 MILLION BIOFUELS GRANT WITH RICK GUSTAFSON AS LEAD
The USDA announced on September 28th an award of $40 million to fund UW research in the development of biofuels. The project lead Rick Gustafson will collaborate with multiple public and private partners on an ambitious project emphasizing both the commercialization and sustainability aspects of producing biofuels. SFR collaborators on the grant include the members of the Biofuels and Bioproducts Laboratory. The partners include WSU, with alum Kevin Zobrist (MS 2001, BS 2000) leading an extension education component. The five-year award is one of the two largest biofuels awards announced by USDA. The other large award (also $40 million) is to WSU, and includes UW collaboration, with Ivan Eastin serving as a co-investigator. Tom Hinckley writes, "Rick has put together an incredible team built on existing long-term multi-institutional collaborations that have expanded to include new partners. SFR has long explored ways to take advantage of the region’s woody biomass. Now with Rick’s remarkable leadership, the potential for producing biofuels from them is about to be realized. See UW press release.

SFR STRATEGIC PLANNING MEETING RECAP
Tom Hinckley writes, "Yesterday approximately 70 SFR students, faculty, and staff participated in the School's annual strategic planning retreat. A longstanding tradition in which all members of the community are equal partners in the process, the retreat provides a focused opportunity to develop goals and action items for the coming year. This year's retreat focused on transition issues arising from new budget models and organizational structures. The transition issue papers that were discussed
can be found online. In addition to the discussion of transition issues, CoEnv Dean Graumlich introduced Professor Bruce Balick, UW Department of Astronomy, who will chair the SFR Director Search Committee that is currently being appointed and charged.
Important announcements made at the retreat include:
*Retreat outcomes will be presented at an all-School meeting scheduled for next Tuesday,October 5th, 3-4 p.m., in Anderson 207, just prior to our annual Fall Salmon Barbecue. We hope to see you all at both events!
*Professor Balick has invited all members of the community to review an initial draft of the Director job position description. The document available online. Please email your comments and suggestions to Dr. Balick c/o cece@u.washington.edu."

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS AUGUST 2011
"Regional Native Seed Project"; PI: Jon Bakker; sponsor: Center for Natural Lands Management; amount: $8,000.
"Cultural Landscape Inventory of the Chulitna River-Sixmile Lake Area"; PI: Douglas Deur; sponsor: USDI National Park Service; amount: $19,000.
"Developing the International Marketing Capacity of Native American Tribes"; PI: Ivan Eastin; sponsor: U.S. Department of Commerce; amount: $176,423.
"Relationship between Fire History and Forest Structure at Crater Lake National Park Using LiDAR"; PI: Jerry Franklin; sponsor: USDI National Park Service; amount: $48,512.
"Wind River Canopy Crane Decommissioning"; PI: Tom Hinckley; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $72,645.
"Modeling Particle Film Effect on Photosynthesis"; PI: Soo-Hyung Kim; sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture; amount: $10,000.
"2011 USFS Seed Collection"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $9,000.
"2011 USFS Seed Collection: UW Plant Biodiversity Conference"; PI: Sarah Reichard; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $5,000.
"Oregon LiDAR Processing"; PI: Luke Rogers; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $30,000.
"Stewardship Mapping Geocoding for the Seattle Green Cities Research Alliance": PI: Kathy Wolf; sponsor: USDA Forest Service; amount: $46,000.
The September Research Newsletter, detailing awards and proposal from the month of August, is available online.

WSU BUDGET CUTS AND CONSOLIDATIONS
For information on Washington State University's 2011 restructuring plans, that include the creation of a School for the Environment, which will include the Department of Natural Resource Sciences, as well as library consolidations similar to those occurring at the UW several years ago, see http://from.wsu.edu/president/2011/09-28/message.html.

UW LIBRARIES PILOT PROGRAM
From UW Libraries, Maureen Nolan writes, "I want to alert you to a new pilot program available for faculty and staff from the Libraries. The UW Libraries will now pull material from our shelves, check it out to you, and send it to your department via campus mail. Summit and Interlibrary Loan materials can also be sent to your department. To place a request: *Request an item through the library catalog and select "Send to Fac-Staff UW Mailbox" as your pickup location.
*Items must be sent to a valid campus box number. Check your campus box number in your library account. If the address is not correct you will need to change your address by accessing the Employee Self-Service web site. It may take a week or so for our information to be updated.
*Please be mindful of your department's capacity to process and secure material that you request.
For more information, see http://www.lib.washington.edu/services/borrow/dept-delivery.

SFR-IT NOTICES
Marc Morrison sends along the following notices from the SFR IT staff:
"*We have updated the helpdesk email address to sfrhelp@uw.edu to reflect the current school name (although soon to change again!). Please remember to send all IT requests to this new address rather than IT individual staff address. Also, as we have restarted our IT internship program again we have created an email address of sfrintrn@uw.edu.
*When you called the help desk phone line at 206.616.7365 it used to call a pager and notify us of a message left.  Now when you call and leave a message it sends an email to SFRHelp creating a help ticket.  This will help speedup resolutions to request calls.
*A Smartboard has been installed in WFS 107. This is the same as the unit on the third floor of Anderson. Faculty will not have to borrow a projector or laptop anymore for WFS 107."

SFR IN THE MEDIA
Coverage of the USDA biofuels grant, in addition to the press release linked in ANNOUNCEMENTS, above, include Seattle Times articles, "UW, WSU to get $80M to develop biofuels," and "Environmentalists cast doubts on biofuel plans," as well as widespread press and broadcast coverage.
See the UW's The Daily article about the Biodiesel Cooperative Group, "From fries to freighters," which references grad student Shannon Ewanick.
"Port-sanctioned study sees job loss if Wild Olympics plan goes through," references ONRC's Jason Cross.
Alum Noah Greenwald (MS 1997) is quoted in "More at-risk plants, animals to get protection." 

ALUMNI UPDATES
Kathleen DeMaria (MEH 2010) is the coordinator for the Grant Park Community Garden in Spokane, WA.
Scot Rastelli (BS 2010) is a master’s student in the UW’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

KUDOS
The Arboretum Foundation's Paige Miller sends along kudos to all who helped out in the Foundation's collaboration with the United Way Day of Caring at the Arboretum; helpers included UWBG's Kyle Henegar and David Zuckerman.

Send in those kudos!

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

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

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 39, Number 12

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

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

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  NORTH BEND,WA  9 AM-3 PM
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Little Si.

SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER      PLANT SALE    WPA     10 AM-2 P.
FallAbundance Plant Sale. All proceeds benefit Washington Park Arboretum.

MONDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER    BIOLOGY SEMINAR  HITCHCOCK 320   12 PM
"Viburnum Diversity and Evolution," Michael Donaghue, Yale University.

TUESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER  SFR PLANNING RETREAT  MOUNTAINEERS CTR 8 AM-4 PM
SFR's Annual Strategic Planning retreat.  

TUESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER     FLU SHOT CLINIC   SUZALLO 102   9:30 AM-3 PM
All UW faculty and staff with Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) medical plan coverage are eligible to participate. No appointment is necessary. Bring the following items so your insurance can be billed at no cost to you: your photo ID; your health insurance card; and a completed claim form -- download and print online.

TUESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER   GRAD SCHOOL LECTURE    KANE 130     6:30-8 PM
UW Graduate School Public Lecture, "Our Common Future: Sustainable development in a deteriorating world," Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change and former Prime Minister of Norway. See
http://engage.washington.edu/site/Calendar?id=103642&view=Detail.

TUESDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION  CUH,DOUGLAS  6:30-8:30 PM
"Science and Practice of Sustainable Sites: Practical implementation of soil protection," Jim Berger, Port Blakely Communities; David McDonald, Seattle Public Utilities; and Howard Stern, design consultant.

WEDNESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER  STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FAIR  ODEGAARD    12-4 PM
UW Student Technology Fair" Tech 4 U," hosted by UW-IT at Odegaard Undergraduate Library, 2nd floor.

THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER   SAFS SEMINAR   102 FISH SCI    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "Conservation Technology, Bycatch, and Making a Difference with Science," Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins, UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday-Thursday, October 4-6, 2011, Corvallis, OR, Forest Density Conference, "Density Management in the 21st Century: Westside story." Registration is free.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 4-6 p.m, courtyard behind Anderson, 2011 SFR Salmon BBQ.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011, UW Botanic Gardens Elisabeth C. Miller Library, "Trees in Art" Group Exhibit.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Kane 130, UW President Michael Young's first annual address to the UW community. The event will be webcast live on UWTV.org and rebroadcast on UWTV.
Monday-Friday, October 10-14, 2011, Leavenworth, WA. Western International Forest Disease Work Conference.  Participants include faculty Bob Edmonds, affiliate faculty Willis Littke, and alums Holly Kearns (BS 1996), Amy Ramsey-Kroll (MS 2005), and Dave Shaw (PhD 1991).
NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT: Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, 2011, Washington Park Arboretum. 2011 Bioblitz at the Arboretum. RSVP at simsigan@uw.edu206.543.8801.

WIND RIVER CANOPY CRANE NEWS
Ken Bible writes, "Hello all, The Wind River canopy crane is to be dismantled the week of October 3rd to 7th. The tower will remain and the program will go forward as the Wind River Field Station sans canopy access via the gondola. Next week Matt and I will be powering off and removing or otherwise securing sensors and support infrastructure on the tower and in the shack at the base of the tower. This will create an interruption in data collection, but it is necessary in our efforts to keep equipment as safe as possible while the crane service company is doing their work. If you have special instructions for your particular installation please let me know ASAP. We do anticipate a full restart the week of October 10th."

JOHN MANDZAK MEMORIAL
For all who may have known John Mandzak (PhD 1987, MS 1982), his family has written a beautiful remembrance of John that was published in the Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune, The family hope that many of you who knew John will be able to join the
celebration at Smokey Mountain Pizza in Moscow, ID on Monday, September 26, 2011, from 4-6 p.m.

NIFA RFP FOR APPPLICATIONS IN CLIMATE HCHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE BIOENERGY
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture has released this year's call for applications in the fields of Climate Change and Sustainable Bioenergy. See, http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/12_bioenergy.pdf and http://www.csrees.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/12_climate.pdf.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See "Pilot project in Oregon forest gets first lease," referencing Jerry Franklin.
"Elwha: Revegetation involves hundreds of thousands of plantings" references research of alum Joshua Chenoweth (MS 2007).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Ashley Steel (PhD 1999, MS 1993) is the station statistician for the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific NW Research Station in Seattle, WA. She was previously a research biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center.
Jenna Scholz is a scientist with Cardno ENTRIX, an environmental and natural resource management consultancy, in Seattle, WA.
Karen Black-Jenkins (MS 2003) is director of the Savannah Tree Foundation, in Savannah, GA. She writes, "In late August I received the nicest thank you card after I made a small donation to the SFR Scholarship Fund, which so generously funded my graduate studies. I graduated in 2003, having studied forest products marketing with Ivan Eastin. Since January 2011 I've worked full time as the director of the Savannah Tree Foundation, a small ans wonderful non-profit serving to protect, preserve, and plant trees across Savannah and Chatham County, GA. I am thrilled to be working in the forest products field. I always enjoy getting the UW Alumni magazine and the updates from SFR. The students, faculty, and staff at UW/SFR are doing amazing things!"

KUDOS
Kudos to Josh Lawler, grad student Michael Case and affiliate faculty Evan Girvetz, all part of a team awarded a USDI 2011 Partners in Conservation Award by the Secretary of the Interior for co-authoring of "Scanning the Conservation Horizon: A guide to climate change vulnerability assessment." See
http://www.fws.gov/home/feature/2011/pdf/PICawardnewsbulletinfinal.pdf.
Kudos to Sharon Doty, Zareen Khan, Jun Won Kang, Keum Young Lee, David Roman, and Jenny Knoth, who attended the 8th International Phytotechnology Society Conference, September 13-16, 2011, in Portland OR. Jun Won Kang, Keum Young Lee, David Roman, and Zareen Khan presented posters. Sharon Doty and Jenny Knoth gave oral presentations of their research activities. Keum Young Lee won first prize for the graduate student poster competition. Jenny Knoth won first prize for the graduate student oral presentation competition. Good Job Doty Lab!!"

Send in those kudos!

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

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

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 39, Number 11

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

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

MONDAY-WEDNESDAY, 19-21 SEPTEMBER    FOREST CONFERENCE    PORTLAND, OR
"Who Will Own the Forest?." Participants include alum Scott Marshall (MS 2000).

TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER  BEACON FOOD FOREST EVENT  SEATTLE,WA  6:30-8:30 PM
Celebration of final design for Beacon Food Forest.

THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER    SFR NEW GRAD STUDENT ORIENTATION
Save the date for SFR New Graduate Student Orientation, with a reception at UWBG’s NHS Hall in the afternoon. Details to come shortly!

THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER  FOREST PRODUCTS FORUM  PORTLAND, OR  8:30 AM-4 PM
Forest Products Forum.

THURSDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER   WILDLIFE GARDEN CLASS    WOODLAND PK ZOO  7-9 PM
"Wildlife Garden Design and Management," Allen Howard, Zoo horticulturalist. See http://www.zoo.org/backyardhabitat.

SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  NORTH BEND,WA  9 AM-3 PM
Celebrate National Public Lands Day at Little Si.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Kane 130, 6:30-8 p.m., 2011-12 UW Graduate School Public Lecture, "Our Common Future: Sustainable development in a deteriorating world," Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change and former Prime Minister of Norway.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, The Mountaineers Club, SFR Strategic Planning Retreat. To find out more, respond to the Catalyst survey. For planning purposes we ask that you fill out the survey as soon as possible!
Sunday, September 25, 2011, Washington Park Arboretum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., FallAbundance Plant Sale. All proceeds benefit Washington Park Arboretum. 
Tuesday-Thursday, October 4-6, 2011, Corvallis, OR, Forest density conference, "Density Management in the 21st Century: Westside story." Registration is free.
NEW DATE FOR THIS EVENT: Friday-Saturday, October 21-22, 2011, Washington Park Arboretum. 2011 Bioblitz at the Arboretum.  During the second annual bioblitz at the Washington Park Arboretum,students, community members, and professionals are invited to participate in teams with a goal of cataloging every living thing. Each team will be assigned a 2- to 3-hour shift, location, taxa group and specialist. A "bioblitz" is a biological scavenger hunt that aims to inventory all the various organisms living in a given area -– the “blitz” part signifies that this inventory is taken within a short period of time. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP at simsigan@uw.edu206.543.8801.

TREES IN ART EXHIBIT OPENS AT MILLER LIBRARY
The "Trees in Art" Group Exhibit opens October 5, 2011 at UW Botanic Garden's Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Four Northwest artists -– Jacqui Beck, Donna Leavitt, Cheryl A. Richey, and Elizabeth Reed Smith -– create a range of realistic and abstract renderings of trees and share an interest in exploring and understanding their unifying symbolism. Learn more about the artists at their collective website. The exhibit at the Miller Library runs October 5th through November 23rd.

EMAIL ETIQUETTE TIP
Sally Morgan sends along the following suggestion to help us deal with our ever-increasing volume of email messages. She writes, "I'd like to suggest that we aim for greater clarity in our email communications. We all receive emails that are long strings of responses on an issue -– it's the easiest, quickest way to deal with a question that needs input from one or more other people. But frequently, the point gets missed because none of us want to read the entire thread to sort out what the issues are. Please
keep those great long emails; they provide the history and backup you may need for future work. But when seeking input from others, try summarizing the situation, ask your question, and send that instead -- it may take you a few minutes more, but you will have a quicker response and grateful readers."

NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY IS SEPTEMBER 24TH
For the more than 175,000 Americans who will pitch in on National Public Lands Day 2011, it can mean a free weekend to visit National Parks. The National Environmental Education Foundation’s National Public Lands Day will be a fee-free day to visit parks. Held this year on September 24, 2011, National Public Lands Day is the largest one-day volunteer event in support of public lands. More than 2,000 sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia will host a wide array of activities. The volunteer efforts will equal more than $15 million in improvements.  See more information at
http://www.publiclandsday.org/newsroom/releases/national-public-lands-day-2011-declared-fee-free-day-national-parks,
and for events in Washington state, see http://www.publiclandsday.org/npld-sites/search?state=Washington.

UBC DEVELOPING MASTERS IN FORESTRY PROGRAM
UBC is planning a Master of Sustainable Forest Management program to provide students with a bachelor’s degree in ecology, physical geography, environmental sciences, forestry or allied disciplines, opportunities for advanced scholarship and professional growth in natural resource management principles and practice. It prepares students for careers as forestry professionals in North America and overseas, and sets the stage for life-long learning. The program is designed so that graduates will meet the academic standards administered by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board (CFAB), as required for admission to the provincial professional forestry associations that are members of the Canadian Federation of Professional Forestry Associations (CFPFA). For more information, see http://www.forestry.ubc.ca/Default.aspx?alias=www.forestry.ubc.ca/msflm.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Erin Donley (MS 2010) is a restoration ecologist with the Pacific NW National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, WA.
Katherine (Murray) Klett (MS 2010) is a post masters research associate with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, WA, focusing on aquatic habitat, groundwater/surface water interaction, and water quality projects.
Jennifer LaHaela (BS 2010) is a master’s student in forest ecology and management at the University of Freiburg in Freiburg, Germany.
Kristen Omori (BS 2010) is a biological fisheries technican for the U.S. Geological Survey in Seattle, WA.

KUDOS
Bev Anderson sends along kudos to Sally Morgan for providng a useful email etiquette tip (see in announcements, above).  The suggestion will be added to the email etiquette tips on the SFR website.

Send in those kudos!

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

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

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 39, Number 10

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

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

SATURDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  TUKWILA,WA   9 AM-NOON
Duwamish Hill Preserve bog garden volunteer planting.
 
SATURDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  SQUAK VALLEY PARK 9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway Invasive Removal Project.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 13-14 SEPTEMBER  FIELD TECH WKSHOP   PORTLAND,OR
Field Technology, Remote Sensing, and Mapping in Forestry and Natural Resources Workshop.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, 13-14 SEPTEMBER   PNW CLIMATE CONFERENCE   KANE HALL
Second Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference.  SFR faculty, staff, and alum participants include Lisa Graumlich, Soo Hyung-Kim, Chris Lauver, Jeremy Littell, Rob Norheim, and Sergey Rabotyagov.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 14-16 SEPTEMBER    PCC INSTITUTE    FRIDAY HARBOR, WA
UW Program on Climate Change Summer Institute, "The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate."

THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER    MILLER LECTURE   MEANY HALL    7 PM
Elisabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture, "Parks, Plants, and People," Lynden Miller, public garden designer and Director of Central Park Conservatory Garden. For a free ticket, contact info@millergarden.org.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 15-16 SEPTEMBER   ELWHA RIVER SYMPOSIUM  PT ANGELES,WA
Elwha River Science Symposium.  Participants as poster or oral presentation authors include faculty Kern Ewing and Christian Torgersen, affiliate faculty Steve Acker, and alums Tim Beechie (PhD 1998), Josh Chenoweth (MS 2007), Holly Coe (MS 2001), James Helfield (PhD 2001), and Peter Homann (PhD 1988).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Seattle, WA, Jefferson Community Center, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Celebration of final design for Beacon Food Forest.
Thursday, September 22, 2011, Save the date for SFR New Graduate Student Orientation, with a reception at UWBG’s NHS Hall in the afternoon. Details to come shortly!
Thursday, September 22, 2011, Woodland Park Zoo, 7-9 p.m., "Wildlife Garden Design and Management," Allen Howard, zoo horticulturalist.
Friday-Saturday, September 23-24, 2011, Washington Park Arboretum, 2011 Bioblitz at the Arboretum.  During the second annual bioblitz at the Washington Park Arboretum,students, community members, and professionals are invited to participate in teams with a goal of cataloging every living thing. Each team will be assigned a 2- to 3-hour shift, location, taxa group and specialist. A "bioblitz" is a biological scavenger hunt that aims to inventory all the various organisms living in a given area -– the “blitz” part signifies that this inventory is taken within a short period of time. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP at simsigan@uw.edu206.543.8801.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, The Mountaineers Club, SFR Strategic Planning Retreat. To find out more, respond to the Catalyst survey. For planning purposes we ask that you fill out the survey as soon as possible!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Kane 130, 6:30-8 p.m., 2011-12 UW Graduate School Public Lecture, "Our Common Future: Sustainable development in a deteriorating world," Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change and former Prime Minister of Norway.

NEW SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS JULY 2011
"Source and Sinks: Elucidating mechanisms, documenting patterns, and forecasting impacts," PI: Josh Lawler; sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense-Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program; amount: $258,022.
"Ecology and Conservation of the Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus) in the North Cascades," PI: Steve West; sponsor: City of Seattle-Seattle City Light; amount: $31,420.

STAND MANAGEMENT COOPERATIVE NEWS
The Stand Management Cooperative (SMC) Fall Meeting will be held on September 20, 2011 at the Hotel Deca in Seattle.  The agenda includes discussion of budgets, strategic plan feedback, votes on dues and SMC director search, and a silviculture project report, among other items. The video from the April 19, 2011 SMC workshop, "What is the growth, yield, and quality of Douglas-fir stands planted at different spacings and what is the effect of thinning and pruning?," is now available online. The workshop summarizes performance of the Douglas-fir installations and provides forest managers with results on how growth, yield, and quality of these installations have developed with or without thinning or pruning treatments. The objective is to provide information and tools they can use to assist in making management decisions.

SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES NIFA FUNDING LEVELS
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which includes funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NIFA funding levels approved by the Senate remained largely unchanged from their FY 2011 enacted levels. Research funded includes funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative ($266 million), the Hatch Act ($236 million), and the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry program ($33 million) among other appropriations. See
http://appropriations.senate.gov/news.cfm?method=news.view&id=8af3a7f2-4f62-4dab-ba9f-108744d63c58.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See the You Tube video, "Dr. John Marzluff radiotags a raven."
The Center for International Forestry Research's forest blog recently commented on the work of alum Jeannette Gurung (MS 1985) at "Organizations working with REDD+ forget women."

ALUMNI UPDATES
In Memoriam: Howard Heiner (MS 1973) died in April in Ashland, OR. Last year he wrote SFR, "My degree helped me in my work overseas teaching forestry in Chile and forestry projects in Somalia and Nicaragua. It was also helpful in Washington, DC working as a special forestry advisor to the State Department during the Earth Summit (1991-92) and related United Nation's forestry projects. (1993-96)." He served as a United Methodist missionary, teaching forestry in Bolivia, Chile, and Nicaragua, and was the director of a refugee camp in Somalia. He was awarded the 2006 Sir William Schlich Memorial Award by the Society of American Foresters.
In Memoriam: John Mandzak (PhD 1987, MS 1982) died on September 2nd in Lewiston, ID. John worked in forest nutrition for Boise Cascade, Champion International, and Potlatch Corporation. Steve Daley-Laursen of the University of Idaho passed along this information, "John was a longtime friend and colleague of many in the forestry and forest science professions in the NW. He had university and industry experience and was very active in all the forestry cooperatives between universities and industry. Besides all this, he was a gentle, bright, and engaging soul. Sad loss for many of us."
Patrick Clune (BS 2010) is an MS student at the University of Maine in Orono, analyzing data from the Commercial Thinning Research Network to produce 10 year results for the university’s Cooperative Forestry Research Unit.
Ziyu Ma (MS 2010) writes that he recently was on a Russian icebreaker cruising the Arctic Ocean, serving as naturalist and Chinese translator for the English-speaking expedition team and Chinese tourists. He says "I saw lots of polar bears, walruses, and arctic poppies!" He spent his junior year for an undergraduate degree at Sichuan University at the UW in the UW–Sichuan University junior year exchange program, during which he worked with Charlie Halpern.  He then returned for his MS, for which he
investigated the role of direct and diffuse light on photosynthesis, carbon balance, and growth of understory western hemlock and Pacific silver fir.  This research, undertaken on the Olympic Peninsula, demonstrated a much stronger reliance on diffuse vs. direct light by these understory species.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SFR faculty, staff, students, and alumni, go to the SFR homepage for "SFR in the News" or use this link: http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/inTheNews/index.shtml.
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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS
Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://www.biology.washington.edu/news/events
College of the Environment
http://myuw.washington.edu/cal/showMain.rdo?date=20091125&viewType=weekView&calendar=coenv
Earth and Space Sciences
http://earthweb.ess.washington.edu/dwp/news+events/events.php
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO)
http://www.jisao.washington.edu/seminars_list.html
Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NFSC)
http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/events/monster.cfm
NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/home/seminars/index.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/news/events.html
Quaternary Research Center (QRC) http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.html


The Straight Grain
Volume 39, Number 9

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 3. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THURSDAY-THURSDAY, 1-8 SEPTEMBER AMERICAN FISHERIES SOC MTNG SEATTLE,WA
American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, "New Frontiers in Fisheries Management and Ecology: Leading the way in a changing world."  See Participants include SFR faculty Christian Torgersen, grad students Aimee Fullerton and Jeremy Cram; adjunct faculty Glen Vanblaricom; affiliate faculty Robert Bilby, Peter Bisson, Peter Kiffney, and Douglas Martin; and alums Tim Beechie (PhD 1998), Lee Benda (BS 1981), James Helfield (PhD 2001), Ashley Steel (PhD 1999, MS 1993), and Brian Sugden (MS 1992, BS 1990).

THURSDAY-TUESDAY, 8-28 SEPTEMBER  UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION
Thursday-Tuesday, September 8-27, 2011, 7-9:30 p.m. UW Botanic Gardens Public Education, "Landscape Design," Nancy Tom, environmental horticuluralist. Six-part class on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

SATURDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  SQUAK VALLEY PARK 9 AM-3 PM
Mountains to Sound Greenway Invasive Removal Project.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday-Wednesday, September 13-14, 2011, UW Kane Hall, Second Annual Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference.  SFR faculty, staff, and alum participants include Lisa Graumlich, Soo Hyung-Kim, Chris Lauver, Jeremy Littell, Rob Norheim, and Sergey Rabotyagov. See
Wednesday-Friday, September 14-16, 2011, Friday Harbor, WA, UW Program on Climate Change Summer Institute, "The Water Cycle in a Changing Climate."
Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7 p.m., UW Meany Hall, Elisabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture, "Parks, Plants, and People," Lynden Miller, public garden designer and Director of Central Park Conservatory Garden. For a free ticket, contact info@millergarden.org.
Thursday-Friday, September 15-16, 2011, Port Angeles, WA, Elwha River Science Symposium.
Friday-Saturday, September 23-24, 2011, Washington Park Arboretum, 2011 Bioblitz at the Arboretum.  During the second annual bioblitz at the Washington Park Arboretum,students, community members, and professionals are invited to participate in teams with a goal of cataloging every living thing. Each team will be assigned a 2- to 3-hour shift, location, taxa group and specialist. A "bioblitz" is a biological scavenger hunt that aims to inventory all the various organisms living in a given area -– the “blitz” part signifies that this inventory is taken within a short period of time. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP at simsigan@uw.edu206.543.8801.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, The Mountaineers Club, SFR Strategic Planning Retreat. To find out more, respond to the Catalyst survey. For planning purposes we ask that you fill out the survey as soon as possible!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Kane 130, 6:30-8 p.m., 2011-12 UW Graduate School Public Lecture, "Our Common Future: Sustainable development in a deteriorating world," Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change and former Prime Minister of Norway.

CONTRATULATIONS TO NEW PARENTS!
At 11 p.m. Wednesday night Indroneil and Sharmilla Ganguly became parents to a 7 pound 11 ounce baby girl. Please join us in congratulating them as they move into this new phase of their lives. We have a card available for you to sign in 123 Anderson (see Clara) and we are also collecting small donations if you are so disposed.

SFR FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENTS, AND ALUMS ATTEND MEETINGS/CONFERENCES
Participating in the 8th North American Forest Ecology Workshop in Roanoke Virginia, June 19-23, 2011 were faculty Dave Briggs, Rob Harrison, Dave Peterson, and Eric Turnblom; Research Associate Van Kane; affiliate faculty Don McKenzie, grad student Derek Churchill; staff Jessica Halofsky and Stephanie Hart; and alums Jeff Hatten (PhD 2007), Morris Johnson (PhD 2008, MS 2001), Andrew Larson (PhD 2009, BS 2003), Roger Ottmar (MS 1980), Crystal Raymond (PhD 2010, MS 2004), Brian Strahm (PhD 2006), and Eric Sucre (MS 2005).
Participants (either as paper authors/presenters/poster authors/ moderators) in the upcoming Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting, "International Year of Forests: Linking global, regional, and local solutions," November 2-6, 2011 in Honolulu, HI, include faculty Stanley Asah, Jon Bakker, Greg Ettl, John Perez-Garcia, and Eric Turnblom; emeritus faculty Bruce Lippke; affiliate faculty Robert Deal (MS 1987); students Kevin Ceder, Paul Fischer, Rapeepan Kantavichai, Michelle King, Maria Petrova, and Alicia Robbins; staff Jeff Comnick, Jim McCarter, Elaine Oneil, and Kathy Wolf; and alums Jean Daniels (PhD 2007), Faline Haven (BS 1995), Linda Heath (PhD 1989), Sylvia Kantor (MS 1994), Mark Mead (BS 1987), Donald Motanic (BS 1978), Kevin O'Hara (PhD 1987), Guy Robertson (PhD 1999), Eric Sucre (MS 2005), Wayne Swank (PhD 1972, MS 1960), and Jeremy Wilson (PhD 1998).  Also attending and organizing the event's SFR alumni reception is Professor and Dean Emeritus Bruce Bare.

NEWSLETTERS ON LINE
The latest issue of the Stand Management Cooperative newsletter is now available online. This issue has information on SMC's fall meeting, a summary of the recent National Science Foundation sponsored Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS) meeting that SMC hosted in Seattle, and an article on characteristics and value of lumber from the trees and logs taken from Type II installations as part of the AGENDA 2020 project that did the field, milling, and lab testing work in 2007-09.

SOCIETY FOR ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION NW LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATIOIN
The NW chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration has launched a new publishing initiative, Restoration Highlights, to present timely information about restoration activities and research within the region. For information about publishing your restoration-based contributions in the following categories: restoration updates; student offerings; and case study summaries, see The first issue, July 11, 2011, features an article on the Elwha Dam removal project. The article references the work of alums James Helfield (PhD 2001) and Josh Chenoweth (MS 2007).

PROFESSIONAL STAFF ORGANIZATION PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROGRAM
The Professional Staff Organization supports PSO members’ professional development via professional development grants of up to $500 for groups of professional staff members (e.g., staff associations, school or department staff, or other informal professional staff groups). Grants provide support for on- or off-campus classes, programs, or speakers that contribute to the professional development of a group of UW professional staff members. Fore more information, see
http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/grants/.

SFR IN THE NEWS
See Toronto Globe and Mail article, "Wolves could restore Canada’s threatened lynx: scientists say." Aaron Wirsing is a co-author on the research article referenced.
A recent post to the Summit County (Colorado) Citizens Voice, "Intensive thinning needed to restore some western forests," features a research paper by USDA Forest Service research staff Morris Johnson (PhD 2008, MS 2001), Maureen Kennedy, and Professor Dave Peterson.
An article in the East Oregonian, "Changes sweep over logging industry giants," quotes Jerry Franklin.
More on grizzly bears: see Seattle Times article "Michigan hiker killed by grizzly in Yellowstone," and New York Times article "Grizzlies return, with strings attached," both referencing alum Chris Servheen (MS 1975).

ALUMNI UPDATES
Guy Robertson (PhD 1999) is National Sustainability program lead for the USDA Forest Service in Arlington, VA.
Catherine Gockel (MS/MPA 2011), a Presidential Management Fellow working at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Region 10 (Seattle) in the Office of Water and Watersheds, writes to let us know that she is first author on a new publication in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Society, 'Debt-for-Nature Swaps in Action: Two case studies in Peru.' The research is the result of a Fulbright to Peru.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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

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