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April 2006

The Straight Grain
Volume 18, Number 5

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 29. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 27-29 APRIL WA WEEKEND UW TRI-CAMPUSES
Washington Weekend is an annual event featuring open houses, class reunions, lectures, tours, live entertainment, Husky sporting events, and more for the campus community and the general public. For more information, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/WAweekend.htm.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY, 29-30 APRIL SPRING PLANT SALE MAGNUSON PK 10 AM
The Arboretum Foundation's "Florabundance, Spring Plant Sale." Perennials, annuals, grasses, shrubs, herbs, ferns, and more. See http://www.arboretumfoundation.org/ for more information.

MONDAY, 1 MAY WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30 PM
"Hibernation in Grizzly Bears and Advances in Human Health," Charles Robbins, Professor, WSU Departments of Zoology and Natural Resource Sciences.

TUESDAY, 2 MAY WATER CENTER SEMINAR 22 ANDERSON 8:30-9:20 AM
"An Estuary on Valium: Implications of large-scale ecosystem changes to salmon recovery," Si Simenstad, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

MONDAY, 1 MAY URBAN ECOLOGY SEMINAR WINK 223 3-4:30 PM
"Challenges in Moving toward Sustainability," Warren Flint, Principal, Five E's Unlimited. For information, see http://www.eeeee.net/.

TUESDAY, 2 MAY CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM
Agenda will be provided in advance of meeting.

TUESDAY, 2 MAY WHIDBEY LYCEUM LECTURE WHIDBEY INSTITUTE 7:30-9 PM
"Fixing Mistakes: The restoration ecology of forests," Martha Groom, Associate Professor, UW Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Lecture in the 2006 Lyceum Series: "Time and the Passage of Trees," sponsored by the Whidbey Institute. Admission $5 per lecture or $25 for the series. See http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org/events.html.

WEDNESDAY, 3 MAY NATURAL HISTORY SEMINAR KINCAID 502 12:30-1:30 PM
"Determinants of Subpopulation Fate in a Wildflower, Clarkia concinna," Martha Groom, Associate Professor, IA&S, UW Bothell.

WEDNESDAY, 3 MAY OCEAN TO STARS LECTURE KANE 120 7 PM
"Restoring the Culture of Nature," Andrew Light, Professor, UW Dept. of Philsophy and Evans School of Public Affairs, Co-sponsored by UWAA and UW Earth Initiative. No charge but register in advance at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=301&Private=N.

THURSDAY, 4 MAY NWFSC SEMINAR OCEAN TCHNG BLDG 14 11 AM
"Effects of an Alien Bivalve on the Hudson River Ecosystem," Dave Strayer, Institute of Ecosystem Studies. See http://www.ecostudies.org/people_sci_strayer.html.

FRIDAY, 5 MAY ATM SCI COLLOQUIUM 75 JOHNSON 3:30-4:30 PM
"Top ten things to Know about CO2 Capture and Storage," David Keith, Professor, University of Calgary. See http://www.ucalgary.ca/~keith/. Co-sponsored with UW Program on Climate Change.

SATURDAY, 6 MAY RHODODENDRON SAFARI FEDERAL WAY, WA 10 AM-12 PM
CFR-UWAA Rhododendron Safari, Tour Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, home to one of the largest rhododendron collections in the world. Tour is free but advance registration required at https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=274&Private=N.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CALENDAR HEADS UP
It's that time again: The CFR annual recognition event is Thursday, May 25th, staring at 3 p.m. in Anderson 207, Forest Club Room. Please start thinking aboiut acknowledging the excellence of the people you work and study with. You'll be getting lots of emails from the people coordinating each award category, as well as some inviting you to particpate in the silent auction, the dessert contest, and the fact sheet contest. Make sure you save time for this always fun occasion! The formal program will be over at 4:30, so that those who have to catch their bus to get home won't miss any of the excitement. For those with more time flexibility, the social aspects will continue until we eat all of the food and take care of all of Bruce Lippke's wine! For information on the recognition event, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/recognition%20event.htm.

RECOGNITION EVENTS NOTICES: TA/RA AWARDS AND SILENT AUCTION
TA/RA Awards: For the CFR recognition event (May 25th, 2006), we would like to recognize the College's outstanding Teaching and Research Assistants and are soliciting nominations for outstandng performance in
these areas. Please address the following points in your nominations -- TAs/RAs who have:
(1) Excelled in their work, whether it be teaching or research
(2) Provided extraordinary service to CFR above and beyond their job descriptions
(3) Demonstrated unusual resourcefulness, initiative, teamwork and problem solving skills.
Email nominations to jaken@u.washington.edu by May 22nd.
Silent Auction: We're doing it again! Back by popular demand, there will be a silent auction at the Recognition Event to benefit the CFR Scholarship Fund. (Is that date on your calendar? May 25, 3-4:30 p.m., in the Forest Club Room. Don't miss it!) For those who haven't particpated before, this is an opportunity to bid on a wonderful assortment of experiences and services (not stuff that you have to figure out where to put, but things that you can do and enjoy). Some of the most popular items will be available to bid on again and some new things. Some of the items are: the Lippkes' rooftop wine tasting; a tour of Okanogan wine country; 6 hours of weeding in the garden of your choice; a chance to learn how to make hand-crafted soap; a wonderful collection of dahlias. But we want MORE! We want to have more fun things to share and raise money for the scholarship fund. Think not what your college can do for you, but what you can do for your college (and have a really good time in the process). Let Sally Morgan know what you would like to contribute, or if you just have some vague ideas, call her at 5-0952 or stop by to figure out how to package what you can offer to provide a new and unique experience for someone else in CFR.

COLLEGE WILL MISS ADRIENNE WHITENER
Adrienne Whitener, who has been a long-time CFR employee, most recently working part-time for the Wind River Canopy Crane Research Facility, will begin working full-time at her other "part-time" job with the UW, starting next week. Her quiet competence will be missed and all in the College wish her the best in her "new" job.

IN MEMORIAM -- EMERITUS PROFESSOR HARVEY ERICKSON
Emeritus Professor Harvey Erickson passed away on April 18, 2006 at the age of 94. He was a long time CFR faculty member -- specializing in wood utilization and technology -- and lived on Whidbey Island. Memorial services are pending. We offer our sympathies to his widow and family.

SEARCH FOR ENVIRONMENTAL/NATURAL RESOURCE ECONMICS FACULTY TO BE RESTARTED
The search for a new faculty member in environmental/natural resource economics did not result in a hire. The search process will be restarted during the coming Summer Quarter. The position will remain as described at http://www.washington.edu/admin/eoo/ads/aa1194-ouf-nov-05.html, but ads will be resubmitting to the Chronicle, and other appropriate journal outlets, in order to attract new outstanding candidates, and a new search committee will be formed. All in the College thank and appreciate the search committee's hard work and due diligence. A large number of applications were thoughtfully reviewed and evaluated. Further, the College is indebted to all who engaged in the interview process.

NATIVE PLANT APPRECIATION WEEK -- EVENTS AT UWBG
Governor Gregoire has proclaimed April 30th through May 6th, 2006 as Native Plant Appreciation Week in Washington as a celebration of the amazing diversity of Washington's over 3,000 native plant species that inhabit deserts, rain forests, high alpine environments, river valleys, and even backyard landscapes. Native plant ecosystems are critical to sustaining our native wildlife and the quality of Washington's environment. The Native Plant Appreciation Week inspires citizens through diverse activities and events to learn more about native plant species and their habitats and how to protect them. The public can participate in everything from talks, walks, hikes, garden tours, and visits to our natural areas to active involvement in habitat restoration projects. Native Plant Appreciation Week is an opportunity for governmental agencies, non-profit groups and environmental organizations to highlight their work in protecting native plant species and restoring native plant habitats. The public can learn about the many projects and hard work that enhances their area. For Native Plant Appreciation Week events at UW Botanic Gardens, including guided tours of Duck Bay, Foster Island, and the Arboretum's upland forest and native plant knoll, as well as opportunities to learn about restoration projects in the Union Bay Natural Area and a research project on controlling invasive nonnative reed canarygrass, see http://depts.washington.edu/wpa/files/NPAW-UWBG.pdf.

NEWS FROM COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT: BUILDING PRIVATE SUPPORT FOR CFR
Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Tom Mentele, writes, "Our March Report of Contributions shows that this year is the best year in our capital campaign, and is currently the 3rd best year in our 99 year history. If we finish up strong in this last quarter of the fiscal year, we may hit 2nd best, and there is an outside chance we'll break the record. About 55% of the support comes from alumni, 35% from corporations and foundations, and the rest comes from friends, faculty, students, and staff. Faculty and staff, both current and retired, can still receive up to $10,000 in matching money for student oriented endowments. Contact Nancy Davis at 5-6606 or ned2000@u.washington.edu to learn more.

MATCHING FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FROM UW AND HEC BOARD
The Dean's Office is pleased to report that the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations, and the Graduate School have awarded the College two of six new UW-wide HEC Board matching offers. Donors who support Sustainable Resource Science Fellows or Bio-Resource Science Fellows with a pledge of $100,000 over five years will qualify for a state match. Two years ago, the College received a similar HECB award, resulting in the creation of a Paper Science and Engineering Professorship by the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. Applications for the two new fellowship matches were strategically fashioned around the science described in current faculty searches, so they can be broadly applied to support fellowships in a variety of academic areas. Donor interest appears to be high. For more information about these fellowship matching opportunities, contact Tom Mentele at 3-9505 or tmentele@u.washington.edu.

COLLEGE IS AWARDED STUDENT TECHNOLOGY FEE FUNDING AWARDS
IT Director Marc Morrison reports that the College has been awarded the following funding from the Student Technology Fee:
(1)$46,980 for field computers for student research, see http://techfee.washington.edu/proposals/2006-037-1; proposal by Jerry Franklin and Andrew Larson. Computing technology designed to collect, display, and preliminarily analyze data in the field will make student research more efficient and cost effective, and allow for collection of additional and higher quality data, yielding more conclusive research results. Funding is for 10 hand-held computers equipped with peripheral GPS receiver cards and wireless cards, and 5 rugged laptop computers. The equipment is specifically engineered to withstand the rugged outdoor conditions in which environmental and natural resource field research is conducted.
(2) $1,930 for computing resources for portable photosynthesis measurement, see http://techfee.washington.edu/proposals/2006-085-1; proposal submitted by David Ford and Katie Grieve. Students in CFR, Department of Biology, and the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management Interdisciplinary graduate program requested a laptop computer to control portable photosynthesis equipment. This will significantly increase the effectiveness with which this equipment can be used in the field, greenhouse, and controlled environments
(3) $64,122 for computer upgrades for CFR student lab, see http://techfee.washington.edu/proposals/2006-101-1; proposal submitted by Marc Morrison. CFR recevied funding to replace its 20 existing computers in the Bloedel computer lab. The new lab will hold 15 PCs with wireless. Current equipment is over three years old and past warranty.
(4) $20,437, computing resources for the soil pedology lab, see http://techfee.washington.edu/proposals/2006-106-1; proposal submitted by Darlene Zabowski and Kenneth Peer. The funding will purchase 4 general access lab workstations to provide adequate computer resources for the growing soil chemistry and soil ecology student community. In addition, two weather proof laptops primarily to be used in the field but also for use in CFR soil labs and for the many guest lectures and public presentations that the lab's graduate students are requested to make. These resources include a GPS unit, a scanner, and software,

NEW NEWSLETTERS AVAILABLE ON LINE
For the Spring issue of the CFR News, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/news_pubs/CFRNL/06-spring.pdf. For the March/April issue of the ONRC newsletter, see http://www.onrc.washington.edu/facility/ArchiveNewsletters/2006/MarApr2006.pdf. And the April 2006
issue of the U-Commute newsletter is now available at http://www.washington.edu/upass/ucommute/2006_APR/Images/2006_APR.pdf.

RECYCLING AVAILABLE FOR "TECHNO-TRASH"
Do you ever wonder what to do with that CD you just burned that refuses to work? Do you have a stack of old floppy disks (remember ??) or zip disks that will never be used again? Hate the thought of throwing all that plastic in the garbage? CFR has recently acquired 3 Technotrash Cans in order to recycle and properly dispose of our growing collection of damaged or outdated media. You can dispose of old media, damaged media, cell phones, chargers, etc. without all of that plastic and non-biodegradable material ending up in the landfill. Each can holds up to 70 lbs. Technotrash Cans are located in WINK 104, AND 115, and BLD 292. Now is the time for spring cleaning, so get rid of your outdated and useless media! More information is available at www.greendisk.com or for more information see http://www.greendisk.com/pdf/TTCDataSheet.pdf. Also Feel free to email Angel Ratliff with questions or comments.

AD HOC ESRM RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE FINAL REPORT
The Ad Hoc ESRM Recruitment Committee has completed its assignment and submitted its final report. The report is avilable at http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/studentrecruit2.html. Comments to Dean Bare are welcome; implementation of report recommendations will occur very soon, so any comments you wish to offer should be done in a timely manner.

UW LIBRARIES NEWS
Carol Green reports:
Starting May 12, 2006 the UW Libraries will change from an End of Quarter due date for materials checked out to faculty or graduate students to a rolling 12 week check out period. This means that you will always have a 12-week loan period on all materials (it won't get shorter as the quarter progresses). You will be able to renew material at any time in the quarter and you will be reminded of approaching due dates. All 12-week loans will have unlimited renewals unless a hold has been place on them. Most library materials can be renewed in person, by phone or online at http://catalog.lib.washington.edu/patroninfo/.
If you are interested in using images in your classes, take a look at the image databanks listed below that are being considered for purchase by the UW Libraries. The Corbis databank under the 'general' category has a number of images under the search term "logging." UW Libraries needs your help evaluating these online databases that will deliver a variety of images (photographs, paintings, sculpture, architecture, and more) and some sound bites to your desktop. The image databases currently under review have been separated into two categories - general interest and fine arts. To access the general interest image databases, visit: http://www.lib.washington.edu/suzref/trials/. To access the arts image databases, visit: http://www.lib.washington.edu/suzref/trials/arts/. Please take time to explore the databases in one or both categories before May 26, 2006. The feedback that you provide via the evaluation forms will help UW Libraries to determine which resources best meet the needs of UW faculty, students, and staff.

STUDENTS RECEIVE SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES SCHOLARSHIPS
The selection committee for the Sierra Pacific Foundation scholarship chose CFR undergraduates Joshua Misenar and Daisuke Sakuma to receive $1,000 awards next fall. Says Sierra Pacific's Dan Maw, "Over the last several years I have hired College of Forest Resources students for my summer inventory crew and have been very impressed with their work, character, and education. My goal is to continue to hire CFR students for summer jobs and full-time positions. Also, with SPI recently acquiring timberland, operating one sawmill, and building another in Washington, it makes even more sense to look UW's way for forestry students. Therefore, our offer of an annual $1,000 scholarship from the Sierra Pacific Foundation to a CFR student who is interested in private forestry and accepts a Sierra Pacific Industries summer job."

ATTENTION XI SIGMA PI MEMBERS:
The 2006 new member initiation is May 11, 2006 at 3 p.m., in the Forest Club Room. All student and faculty are invited to join in welcoming the new members. The cost is $10, which includes food and drinks. Please RVSP with payment by May 1st either to the box outside Darlene Zabowski's office (Bloedel 204) or mail it to: Xi Sigma Pi, UW College of Forest Resources, Box 352100, Seattle, WA 98195. Make checks payable to Xi Sigma Pi.

CHARLES L. PACK ESSAY COMPETITION
The Charles L. Pack Essay Competition, with a prize of $500, is now accepting submissions. The award was established in 1923 by Charles Lathrop Pack to provide CFR students with a means to "express themselves to the public and write about forestry in a way that affects or interests the public." Juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in CFR during Spring Quarter 2006 who have not yet received a graduate-level degree from any institution, are eligible. Each paper will be considered according to the class-year of the author; undergrads and grads will compete separately. Students should select a topic that addresses the role and definition of sustainable forestry in a rapidly urbanizing and globalizing world. Essays must also address the question of what role a research forest (such as Pack Forest) can play in the development of sustainable forestry. Essays must be original and written for a public that is educated but lacking in-depth knowledge of natural resource issues. Essays should emphasize a strong public communications element. Entries should be typed, double-spaced (single-sided only), and may not exceed 2,000 words. Entries should include a cover page with student name and title of the essay. Student must be the sole author of their papers (no joint authors) and must personally (not faculty) submit papers for competition consideration. A judging committee will assess the originality of thought, organization, mastery of subject, objectivity, clarity, forcefulness of writing, literary merit, and conciseness. The committee will reserve the right to withhold the prize if no entry meets\ acceptable standards. The committee may also award more than one prize for outstanding entries if funds permit. Submissions are\ due May 26, 2006 in CFR Student and Academic Services, Anderson 116/130. Questions? Contact Alicia Robbins at astr@u.washington.edu.

CFR IN THE NEDIA
For another summary of the Dan Donato, salvage logging Science article see latest issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, "How a Graduate Student Kindled a Firestorm in Forestry Research" at http://www.uwnews.org/dailyclipsarchive/2006/April/26/23960.pdf.

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KUDOS

Kudos to all the alumni, faculty, student, and staff volunteers who worked so hard to make last week's Arbor Day Fair a huge success. The words of a fair attendee say it best, "I recently attended your Arbor Day Fair with my second grade daughter and her classroom from View Ridge Elementary in Seattle. I thought the event was fantastic! The students really enjoyed it and it was very well organized." Please contact the CFRAA board, see http://www.washington.edu/alumni/clubs/cfraa.html, for information on how you can participate in Arbor Day Fair 2007!

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 18, Number 4

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 24. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 24 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-3:30 PM
"Enhanced Phytoremediation and Biofuel Production using Transgenic Plants and Symbiotic Microorganisms," Sharon Doty, Research Assistant Professor, UW CFR; candidate for Assistant Professor, Bioresource Science. Reception follows.

MONDAY, 24 APRIL CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE KANE 120 7 PM
"Solving the Carbon and Climate Problem with Technology Available Today," Stephen Pacala, Professor Princeton University. See http://depts.washington.edu/uwpcc/ourprog/Pacala_lecture.html.

TUESDAY, 24 APRIL WATER CENTER SEMINAR 22 ANDERSON 8:30-9:20 AM
The Water Center Seminar, "Elwha and Glines Canyon Dam Removals: Nearshore restoration of the central Strait of Juan de Fuca," Anne Shaffer, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

TUESDAY, 25 APRIL CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM
Agenda will be provided in advance of meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 25 APRIL UW TEACHING/LEARNING SYMPOSIUM MGH COMMONS 3-4:30 PM
Opportunities to interact with UW instructors who are actively engaged in examining teaching and learning in their disciplines. Graduate students John Withey, Dave Oleyar, and Adrienne Greve will be presenting "An Experiment in Interdisciplinary Team Teaching: Urban Ecology." See http://depts.washington.edu/sotl/2006/Symposium.html.

TUESDAY, 25 APRIL WHIDBEY LYCEUM LECTURE WHIDBEY INSTITUTE 7:30-9 PM
"A Necessary Foundation: The Role of soils in the ecology of forests," Darlene Zabowski, UW CFR, Lecture in the 2006 Lyceum Series: "Time and the Passage of Trees," sponsored by the Whidbey Institute. Admission $5 per lecture or $25 for the series. See http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org/events.html.

TUESDAY, 25 APRIL GLOBAL WARMING UNIV TEMPLE CHURCH 7:30-9 PM
"Conversations on Global Warming," featuring Richard Gammon, Professor, UW Department of Chemistry and School of Oceanography; Stephen Gardiner, Assistant Professor, UW Department of Philosophy. Location: University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd Street.

WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL PSO SPRING MEETING KANE, WALKER-AMES 11:30 AM-1 PM
Spring meeting of Professional Staff Organization, with guest speaker Steve Charvat, Director of UW Emergency Management.

WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL NATURAL HISTORY SEMINAR KINCAID 502 12:30-1:30 PM
"Cowbrid Parasitism," Josh Tewksbury, Assistant Professor, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY, 26 APRIL WOOD SHOP TRAINING BLOEDEL WOOD SHOP 1 PM
Wood Shop training class, Alex Montgomery.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY, 26-27 APRIL FORESTRY SYMPOSIUM DENVER, CO
National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry Symposium, "Forest Disturbance, Management, and Biodiversity," For information on agenda and registration, see http://ncseonline.org/NCSSF/cms.cfm?id=777.

THURSDAY, 27 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 207 10:30-11:30 AM
"Dissecting Genetic Variation of Endogenous Plant Rhythms," Samuel Hazen, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research Institute; candidate for Assistant Professor-Bioresource Science. Seminar topic TBA. Reception follows.

THURSDAY, 27 APRIL ARTISTS ON NATURE KANE 220 7 PM
Join NW artists and writers Tony Angell, William Dietrich, Philip Govedare, Nettie Jackson, and Art Wolfe as they share personal reflections on their connection with nature and how it continues to inspire their work. Sponsored by the UW Program on the Environment.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY, 27-28 APRIL WA WEEKEND UW TRI-CAMPUSES
Washington Weekend is an annual event featuring open houses, class reunions, lectures, tours, live entertainment, Husky sporting events, and more for the campus community and the general public. For more information, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/WAweekend.htm.

FRIDAY, 28 APRIL PSE SEMINAR WINK 201 1:30 PM
"Creativity and a New Business A Real Balancing Act," William M. Reif.

FRIDAY, 28 APRIL UW COMMUNITY CELEBRATION MEANY LOBBY 4-5 PM
President Emmert and Provost Wise invite the UW community to the first annual UW Community Celebration to kick off Washington Weekend. RSVP at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/weekend/2006community_celebration.html by Friday, April 21, 2006.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

CALENDAR HEADS UP
Save the date for the following two events:
CFR Rhododendron Safari, co-sponsored with the UW Alumni Association. See https://ealumni.washington.edu/events/EventView.asp?ID=274&Private=N.
It's that time again: The CFR annual recognition event is Thursday, May 25th, staring at 3 p.m. in Anderson 207, Forest Club Room. Please start thinking aboiut acknowledging the excellence of the people you work and study with. You'll be getting lots of emails from the people coordinating each award category, as well as some inviting you to particpate in the silent auction, the dessert contest, and the fact sheet contest. Make sure you save time for this always fun occasion! The formal program will be over at 4:30, so that those who have to catch their bus to get home won't miss any of the excitement. For those with more time flexibility, the social aspects will continue until we eat all of the food and take care of all of Bruce Lippke's wine! For information on the recognition event, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/recognition%20event.htm.

WASHINGTON PULP AND PAPER FOUNDATION NEWS
WPPF announces new leadership -- The College welcomes Tom Wolford who will join the Foundation on July 1, 2006 as Executive Director following current Executive Director John Hanby's retirement. Tom brings exceptional experience (Graphic Packaging International most recent; previously VP, Technology for Georgia-Pacific, then James River, Crown Zellerbach, and Dow Chemical). Tom earned his PhD at UC, Davis. Says John, "We know Tom well; he is a former President of the Foundation and has served in officer positions."
WPPF's annual conference is scheduled for May 24th, noon through evening banquet. For information and registration form, contact wppf@u.washington.edu or 206.543.7554. Highlights of the conference will include:
* Biorefinery. Lori Perine, Executive Director Agenda 2020, AF&PA
* Biorefinery Proposal at Potlatch Corporation, Arkansas
* Matt Steuerwalt, Bioenergy Program Coordinator, State of Washington
* Marcia Patton-Mallory, Biomass and Bioenergy Coordinator, USDA Forest Service

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY NEWS
The Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest recently underwent a successful surveillance audit of its forest operations under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative's 2005-2009 West Coast Standards. This annual audit examined both office and field practices and found no major or minor nonconformances to the SFI standard. The auditor did report two notable practices during his visit. The forest's road work under its Road Maintenance and Abandonment Plan (RMAP) were found to exceed state requirements and the forest's invasive weed control program was exemplary in the eyes of the auditor. Watch for the next issue of the Center's newsletter for additional details.

UG LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARDS
Carol Green reminds faculty that "It's not too late for your students to apply for a Library Research Award for Undergraduates. Up to six awards will be given for $750-$1,000. Application deadline is May 22, 2006. Students need to e-mail the Library Award Task force to initiate the process. Requirements and submission information are at http://www.lib.washington.edu/researchaward/. For more information, students may attend one of two additional orientations sessions: (1) Thursday, April 20, 2006 at 9:45-10:15 a.m.; and (2) Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 3:45-4:15 p.m. Both sessions are in the Allen Auditorium on the ground floor of Allen Library North. Orientations are not required, but are helpful. Please encourage your students to apply."

NEW CFR WOOD SHOP POLICY
Cooperation in ensuring the safety of shop activities is a shared responsibility of CFR administration and regular users of the wood shop. Continued operation of the shop is contingent upon a safe working environment and compliance with this policy. The wood shop space in Bloedel is open to use by CFR students, staff, and faculty in the context of their study/job requirements. Shop facilities are state property and may not be used for personal projects. For recently revised CFR Wood Shop policy, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/internal/Facstaff/WoodShopUse%20Policy.htm.

NEW POLICY ON PACKAGE DELIVERY TO CFR
Beginning this past week, all packages to individuals will be delivered directly to the addressee's building. Please change the delivery address with your vendors to whichever building you are in, rather than 110 Bloedel (Loading Dock). Also, watch for the bright florescent stickers that will be attached to all packages and please remember to: Always...
o Review your packing slip
o Sign and date it
o Send to Financial Services for distribution to the budget file.
Computer packages only will be left in the Bloedel Cage and remain the responsibility of CFRIT, not the individual.

NEW COMMITTEE FORMED TO ASSESS UW ORGANIZATION
Provost Wise has appointed a committee to assess the UW's current organization of colleges and schools. The committee will be co-chaired by Professors Tom Daniel and Kathleen Woodward. Says Provost Wise, "We are undertaking this exploration to learn whether the current organization of our colleges and schools best serves learning experiences for our undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. We also wish to ask whether our configuration best serves the growth of interdisciplinary research collaborations and takes advantage of evolving programmatic interactions. This analysis complements the review of the undergraduate experience and the leadership, community, and values initiative (LCVI). The committee is being formed, in consultation with the Faculty Senate, to gather information and opinions of the UW community about its organization. We will ask the committee to employ multiple approaches, similar the those used in the LCVI survey.I hope you will participate in this important work as you are contacted by the committee."

CFR IN THE NEDIA
The research work with undergraduate students from the UW by Steve Harrell (Anthropology), Dick Olmstead (Biology), and Tom Hinckley (Forest Resources)in Yangjuan and vicinity, and the work of the UW-Sichuan exchange program in general, is featured in UW President Mark Emmert's recent op-editorial in the Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2002936543_emmert18.html.Two CFR undergraduates, Phil Chi (currently MS student in CFR) and Victoria Poling, participated in this as did current undergraduate, Riz Reyes, and entering PhD Student, Joanne Ho.
For University Week story on "Newsmakers: Your peers in the news," see http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=23838. Jerry Franklin, CFR Professor of forest ecology, was quoted in two recent Associated Press articles about whether to remove dead trees from forest areas after a fire, a process called "salvage logging."
And CFR appears in the Friday, April 21 edition of The Daily on front page: "Earth Week on a Small Scale," http://www.thedaily.washington.edu/, and in an article on CFR students Phu Van and Filip Tkaczyk and their wildlife science project that is monitoring the invasive species nutria in the Union Bay Natural Area, "Invasive rodents could hurt ecosystem," http://www.thedaily.washington.edu/index.php?storyID=16133. The nutria article is currently featured on the UW's home page.

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KUDOS
Kudos to Center for Sustainable Forestry's Alvin Sharpe for receiving a "notable practice" during the Pack Forest SFI audit for road maintenance that far exceeds state "Forest and Fish" requirements. Kudos also to Bruce Stamper and Dakota Vogel for receiving a "notable practice" during the SFI audit for their work on the forest's invasive weeds program.

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi


The Straight Grain
Volume 18, Number 3

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 15. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 15 APRIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY ISSAQUAH CREEK 9 AM-3 PM
Issaquah Creek Invasive Removal, Mountains to Sound Greenway. Sign up at http://www.mtsgreenway.org/Volunteer/signup.htm.

SATURDAY, 15 APRIL GARDEN BOOK SALE UWBG, MILLER LIB 9 AM-3 PM
Hundreds of gardening and landscape design books! Come search for treasures and stock your shelves! Proceeds from the book sale will augment the Miller Library book budget. For more information, call the Miller Library at 206.543.0415.

MONDAY, 17 APRIL DISSERTATION PROPOSAL AND 22 10 AM
"Vegetation, the Built Environment and Physical Activity," Jenna Tilt; adviser: Gordon Bradley.

MONDAY, 17 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 22 2:30-3:30 PM
"Systematic Modification of Monolignol Pathway Gene Expression for Improved Lignocellulose Utilization," Fang Chen, Research Scientist, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK; candidate for Assistant Professor-Bioresource Science. Reception follows.

MONDAY, 17 APRIL WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30 PM
"Effects of Agriculture and Cougar Hunting on Cougar-Deer-Human Interactions," Professor Robert Wielgus, WSU Department of Natural Resources Sciences.

MONDAY, 17 APRIL GLOBAL ECOLOGY/HLTH LECTURE UW CAMPUS 7 PM
"Global Ecology and Environmental Health Issues," Roger Rosenblatt, Professor and Vice Chair, UW Department of Family Medicine, MFR in Forest Resources. For registration information and lecture location, see http://www.extension.washington.edu/ext/special/globalhealth/default.asp#intro.

MONDAY-FRIDAY, APRIL 17-21 UW EARTH DAY EVENTS UW CAMPUS
For activitiess on the UW campus sponsored by the UW Earth Club see http://students.washington.edu/uwearth/mainpage.html. Activities include a campus clean-up, a global teleconference, and an earth week fair.

TUESDAY, 18 APRIL MS THESIS DEFENSE AND 207 8 AM
"The Ecological Consequences of Japanese Knotweed Invasion into Riparian Forests," Lauren Urgenson; adviser: Sarah Reichard.

TUESDAY, 18 APRIL TWC SEMINAR 22 ANDERSON 8:30-9:20 AM
The Water Center Seminar, "Environmental Justice and the Pursuit of Science," Dan Peplow, Suriname Indigenous Health Fund and UW College of Forest Resources.

TUESDAY, 18 APRIL ONRC RESEARCH REVIEW HUB 106b 9 AM-3 PM
Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) is presenting its first Annual Review of Research in which principal investigators will present information on nine of ONRC's current research projects in both forestry and marine sciences. See agenda at http://www.onrc.washington.edu. Contact Ellen Matheny at 206.685.9477 Ext 228 or ematheny@u.washington.edu for additional information. No reservations required; snacks will be served.

TUESDAY, 18 APRIL CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM
Agenda will be provided in advance of meeting.

TUESDAY 18 APRIL WHIDBEY LYCEUM LECTURE WHIDBEY INSTITUTE 7:30-9 PM
"Complex Relationships: Birds and fungi in the ecology of forests," Daniel Varland, Rayonier Corp. Lecture in the 2006 Lyceum Series: "Time and the Passage of Trees," sponsored by the Whidbey Institute. Admission $5 per lecture or $25 for the series. See http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org/events.html.

WEDNESDAY, 19 APRIL NATURAL HISTORY SEMINAR KINCAID 502 12:30-1:30 PM
"The Unnatural History of Invasive Plants," Associate Professor Sarah Reichard, UW College of Forest Resources.

WEDNESDAY, 19 APRIL PoE/ANTHRO LECTURE MGH 258 3:30 PM
"Ecological Man and the Laponia World Heritage Site," Hugh Beach, Professor of Anthropology at Uppsala University, Sweden.

WEDNESDAY, 19 APRIL CLIMATE CHANGE LECTURE UW MED SO LK UNION 6:30 PM
"Climate Change in the Pacific NW: Science and policy convergence zone," Amy Snover, UW Climate Impacts Group Research Scientist.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 19-20 APRIL ARBOR DAY FAIR AND,WNK,BLO COURTYARD
2006 Arbor Day Fair, sponsored by College of Forest Resources Alumni Association and College of Forest Resources. For information, see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/People/Alumni/ADF/Index.html.

THURSDAY, 20 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR AND 207 10:30-11:30 AM
Laigen Lim, Research Associate Professor, College of Natural Resources, North Carolina State University; candidate for Assistant Professor-Bioresource Science. Seminar topic TBA. Reception follows.

THURSDAY, 20 APRIL UW TOWN MEETING KANE 120 4-5 PM
Join Provost Phyllis Wise for a "Town Meeting" conversation to exchange ideas about future UW direction and priorities. Provost Wise will discuss several current initiatives undertaken since her Town Meeting in the fall, including the creation of a shared UW vision. The Town meeting will be available via streaming video on UWIN.

THURSDAY, 20 APRIL URBAN ECOLOGY SEMINAR AND 223 4:30 PM
"Community Land Trusts: A critical tool for building strong communities," Sheldon Cooper, Executive Director, Homestead Community Land Trust. See http://www.homesteadclt.org/.

THURSDAY, 20 APRIL UWBG PUBLIC EDUCATION CUH, DOUGLAS 7-8:30 PM
"Small Fruit and Fruit Trees," Larry Davis, Master Gardner. Fee: $12.00; pre-register at http://depts.washington.edu/urbhort/html/education/register.html.

FRIDAY, 21 APRIL PSE SEMINAR WINK 201 1:30 PM
"Technical Communication," Karen Kasonic, Lecturer, College of Engineering Technical Communication.

SATURDAY, 22 APRIL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY UWBG, WPA 9 AM-2 PM
Service project at Washington Park Arboretum, sponsored by Student Conservation Association. Come out and make a difference this Earth Day by helping local restoration efforts. For registration and assignments, meet at Graham Visitors Center. For more information, contact Kristine Robson at (206)324-4649 ext.29 or krobson@theSCA.org.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR UW COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise invite the UW community to the first annual UW Community Celebration, Friday, April 28, 4-5 p.m. in the lobby of Meany Hall. This event kicks off Washington Weekend and represents the community-building efforts of the Leadership, Community and Values Initiative (LCVI). This inaugural reception will be a festive and social occasion to celebrate the role we each play in fostering a sense of community and to express appreciation to colleagues who contribute to a healthy and dynamic work environment. A web site has been created to help you acknowledge your colleagues and share how much you value one another. You can send your appreciation and words of recognition to those who make the UW a great place to work and learn at www.uwfoundation.org/kudos. All tributes will be displayed at celebration. Register at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/weekend/2006community_celebration.html. RSVP by Friday, April 21, 2006. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

COLLEGE WELCOMES INDULUS "ANDY" MUIZNIEKS
A warm welcome to Research Technologist Indulis "Andy" Muiznieks, who is transferring employment from the School of Medicine to CFR, under the supervision of Stuart Strand. His location will remain at he field site near Tacoma, WA.

SAF ACCREDITATION SITE VISIT
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) accreditation site visit for the new MFR in Forest Management concluded on Thursday. Site visitors Dean Perry Brown of the University of Montana School of Forestry and Conservation, Dean Richard Kluender of the University of Arkansas- Monticello School of Forestry, and Terry Clark, SAF's Associate Director of Science and Education, presented a preliminary report during the exit meeting on Thursday morning. The visiting team does not make the recommendation for accreditation, but is a fact-finding team that prepares a report for an SAF Committee that ultimately makes the determination. In their concluding comments, the visiting team praised CFR for the following points: (1)
innovative and creative approaches to forestry education; (2) strong faculty; (3) high quality students; (4) good support for faculty and students; (5) institutional support for the College and its programs; and (6) very possibly, an 5th year program that is the "wave of the future." To review the site visit self-study, agenda, and the concluding summary report, see http://staff.washington.edu/arake/saf/on_site_visit/index.htm. See also "Kudos" below. Some relevant facts about SAF accreditation: (1) A minimum of 44 of the 166 Certified Foresters in Washington are CFR graduates; (2) Along with 11 other programs, UW was one of the first accredited programs in 1935 -- there are now 50 U.S. institutions with accredited programs; (3) if our new MFR is accredited, it would join the following U.S. graduate-level accredited programs:
o Oregon State University: Master of Forestry
o Duke: Master of Forestry
o University of Michigan: MS
o Michigan Technological University: MF
o University of Maine: MF
o Yale University: MF
o Auburn University: MF

CARBON STORAGE PRESENTATIONS
Bruce Lippke reports on recent presentations he has given on carbon storage: at Virginia Tech he taught a class and gave a public presentation "Improving Environmental Performance in Structures by Using Wood also Optimizes Carbon Storage from Forests"; he also talked to faculty in many departments on the environmental performance of wood used in construction. At the California Forestry Association's Annual meeting he presented "Carbon Sequestration and California's Forests," and at the California Licensed Foresters Annual meeting, "Comparing Carbon in Managed vs. Unmanaged Forests."

FOREST FUTURES STUDY TECHNICAL ADVISORY TEAM MEETS
Investigators for the Forest Futures study Task #1, "An update of the 1992 timber supply study for Washington State," held a first Technical Advisory Team meeting in March. RTI staff sketched out the methodology being used to develop projections for the state's future timber harvest, forest structure and habitat suitability, carbon stored, fire and insect risk, and other forest metrics. The advisory team volunteered to help characterize many operational details, such as the level of management intensity by different owner groups in each region. For information see http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Research/WAForestFutures.htm.

RED ALDER SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE ON LINE
In March an international symposium on red alder was held at the UWBG, CUH. Sponsored by SMC, RTI, and WSU Extension, the symposium brought together regional experts to critically examine the economic, ecological, and social values of red alder. More than 180 people attended. The proceedings have been completed and are now available on line at http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/22325.

CFR PARTICIPATES IN BIOENERGY CONFERENCES AND PROJECTS
CFR faculty and staff, including John Calhoun, Bob Edmonds, Rick Gustafson, and Larry Mason were among those attending conferences in March and April on the topics of bioenergy and biomass. The National Bioenergy and Wood Products Conference, in Denver, CO, provided a forum to share information and to address institutional, internal, and external barriers to successful use of forest and woodland biomass for energy and small diameter wood products; Larry Mason gave a presentation on "Forest Fuels Reductions and Biomass-to-Energy: Market and non-market value analysis indicates public benefits are inderestimated." See conference presentations at: http://nationalbiomassconference.org/index.htm. The Coastal Bio-Energy Forum, hosted by ONRC, brought together experts and leaders from Washington's coastal communities to discuss the opportunities and obstacles for biomass-to-energy development and provided preliminary results of a feasibility study examining the siting in Forks, WA of a combined heat and power facility to be fueled by sawmill waste. All presentations will be available on streaming video from links at the ONRC and RTI web sites within the next week. Larry Mason, RTI, and Associate Professor Joyce Cooper, UW Department of Mechanical Engineering, were invited in April as the two UW members of the interdisciplinary technical advisory team for Forest Biomass Energy Life Cycle Assessment Project at the University of California, Davis. This multi-year research project will model the environmental, economic, and social costs and benefits of using biomass from forest thinning projects to generate electricity. Phase one will consider a 2.7 million acre multi-ownership landscape in Northern California.

ESRM STUDENT NEWS
Leslie Henry, who will graduate with an ESRM major this year, recently recieved an internship with the Chicago Botanic Garden in collaboration with BLM and NPS; all interns in the program also have the opportunity to compete for a 5-month trip to Western Australia.
Chris Whitson ('05 ESRM graduate) was just hired as a Resource Forester-Silviculture at Port Blakely Tree Farms.

NEW CFR SPACE POLICY
With the arrival of new faculty hires, space needs around the College will become more acute. In anticipation, the CFR Resources Committee has updated the College's Space Allocation Guidelines and recommends their adoption. See http://www.cfr.washington.edu/Facilities/SpacePolicies.htm. The CFR Resources Committee has also developed a longer term office/lab allocation schedule for additional new faculty as they join the College. Because of the uncertainty over their exact arrival dates, distribution of this schedule will be deferred until more certain information is available.

POLICIES AND SERVICES FOR UW UNDERGRADUATES REORGANIZED
This year the Offices of the Provost and President commissioned three overlapping reports to recommend best practices for undergraduate education and student life at UW's Seattle campus. In response to these reports and in order to best implement their recommendations and provide coordinated campus-wide leadership for undergraduate academic affairs and undergraduate student life, Executive Vice Provost Ana Mari Cauce will serve as the focal point for policies and services affecting undergraduate students throughout the UW Seattle campus. Dr. Cauce has been extensively involved in undergraduate education at the UW, having served as Director of the UW Honors Program and Chair of the Department of American Ethnic Studies and the Department of Psychology. A member of the Teaching Academy, Dr. Cauce received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999. As part of this reorganization, the Office of Student Affairs will move into the Provost's office under the newly created position of Vice Provost for Student Life. The Office of Undergraduate Education, already within the Provost's office, will be led by the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Both will report to Dr. Cauce. Position descriptions for internal searches for the Vice Provost for Student Life and the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs will be posted by April 17. Send nominations and applications for either position to Ana Mari Cauce at
cauce@u.washington.edu.

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For recent media stories involving CFR, see: Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine's cover story about the CUH fire, "Trial By Fire: A radical few are testing the rules of environmental engagement," http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw04162006/coverstory.html.
A Seattle PI story on the invasive species, nutria, "Bucktoothed rodent joins region's invasive species," featuring Filip Tkaczyk and Phu Van, CFR undergraduates, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/266695_nutria14.html.
A Seattle Times story in the Business/Technology section, "Apple co-founder speaks to UW students,"
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2002929495_wozniak14.html.
A University Week story on the ONRC research review, " Olympic Natural Resources Center brings research review to campus," http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=23719.

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KUDOS

Kudos to all to helped plan and execute the SAF accreditation site visit:
From Dean Bare: "I wish to extend my thanks and appreciation to the staff, faculty, and students who helped plan and execute the SAF accreditation review of the MFR (Forest Management) curriculum. A complete list of the Committee who helped organized the site visit is available at: http://staff.washington.edu/arake/saf/committee/index.htm. Many people contributed
to the success of the site visit, but I wish to extend special thanks to Ara Erickson, Gordon Bradley, and Jim Agee for leading this effort for the College. We all owe them a debt of gratitude for the time and effort they expended on our behalf. All indications are that the Review Team was favorably impressed with the MFR proposal and left with a very positive feeling about the on-going transformation of our College. We will learn the final decision of the SAF in early December and I will pass it along when it becomes known."
From Gordon Bradley, " Thank you all for all the great work on the SAF accreditation project. Things went very well from beginning to end. The self-study was an excellent document and all of the arrangements for and during the visit were superb. It was a great team effort and all of your contributions were essential. As you all heard during the exit interview, the review team Chair, Perry Brown, said that this was the most organized and nicely presented site visit he has ever been on...and I suspect that he has been on a few. So all of your efforts were not only appreciated by me and Dean Bare, but by the SAF review team as well. Thanks again for a great job!"

Kudos to UW Publications Services designers John Linse and Jo Ann Sire, colleagues of CFR for many years; to UW Publictions Services printing staff; and to the Dean's Office staff who worked on the project, for the recent award presented for the CFR stationery developed last year. The International Publishing Management Association and In-Plant Graphics magazine recognized three Publications Services projects as winners in the In-Print(R) 2006 competition. The In-Print competition showcases excellence in print quality produced by an In-Plant (non commercial) printing facility. Says UW Publication Services, "Congratulations to the talented designers and press operators who go the extra mile to create superior quality projects. Thanks also to the clients who continue to entrust us with their publications needs -- we promise to keep delivering the very best." To view samples of the winners' work, click here: http://www.washington.edu/admin/pubserv/updates/.

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 18, Number 2

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

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

EVENTS FOR WEEK BEGINNING APRIL 10. Check out the CFR events calendar at http://www.cfr.washington.edu/events/ for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY, 10 APRIL WILDLIFE SCI SEMINAR PHYS-ASTR A118 3:30 PM
"Harbor Seals in Washington's Hood Canal: Predator and prey," Josh London, PhD candidate, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

MONDAY, 10 APRIL COFS/SEATTLE AQUARIUM LECTURE KANE 130 7 PM
"Tails of the Ocean and Other Whale Stories." Glenn VanBlaricom, Associate Professor, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Sponsored by COFS in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium; open to the public at no charge but registration is requested at http://www.cofs.washington.edu/ or by calling Theresa Rasmussen at 206.616.6692.

MONDAY 10 APRIL SUSTAINABLE GROWTH LECTURE BENAROYA HALL 7:30 PM
"An Evening with Jaime Lerner"; presentation on sustainable growth from a global perspective, featuring Jaime Lerner, former Mayor of Curitiba and Governor of Parana State, Brazil. Sponsored by GGLO, LLC. See http://www.seattle.gov/dclu/news/20060314a.asp.

TUESDAY, 11 APRIL TWC SEMINAR 22 ANDERSON 8:30-9:20 AM
The Water Center Seminar, "Stormwater and Salmon: Assessing the ecological impacts of non-point source pollution," Nat Scholz, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries.

TUESDAY, 11 APRIL CFR FACULTY MEETING AND 22 10:30-11:30 AM
Agenda will be provided in advance of meeting.

TUESDAY 11 APRIL WHIDBEY LYCEUM LECTURE WHIDBEY INSTITUTE 7:30-9 PM
"The Ecology of Forests in a Changing Climate," Professor David Peterson, USDA Forest Service and UW College of Forest Resources. Lecture in the 2006 Lyceum Series: "Time and the Passage of Trees," sponsored by the Whidbey Institute. Admission $5 per lecture or $25 for the series. See http://www.whidbeyinstitute.org/events.html.

WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL COASTAL RIVERS CONSORTIUM MOHAI 8:30 AM-5PM
Coastal Rivers Reserch Consortium Conference, " Stewardship and Restoration of Coastal Rivers." For information and registration, see http://www.fish.washington.edu/research/crrc/.

WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL NATURAL HISTORY SEMINAR KINCAID 502 12:30-1:30 PM
"Migrant Birds in the Arctic," Professor John Wingfield, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY, 12 APRIL USFS DOCUMENTARY KCTS TV 9-11 PM
"The Greatest Good," U.S. Forest Service documentary. See http://www.kcts.org/seriesdetail.asp?N1=TGGD.

THURSDAY, 13 APRIL SAF EXIT INTERVIEW AND 22 10:30-11:15 AM
All staff, students, and faculty are encouraged to attend the exit interview with the SAF on-site review team.

THURSDAY, 13 APRIL NWFSC SEMINAR OCEAN TEACHING BLDG 14 11 AM
"Riparian Vegetation Dynamics in Space and Time: Can we distinguish natural and anthropogenic sources of variability over broader scales?", Sarah Gergel, UBC Department of Forest Sciences

THURSDAY 13 APRIL UBC FORUM UBC, VANCOUVER BC 2-3 PM
BC Forum Distinguished Lecture Series in Forest Economics and Policy, "The Political Economy of Protected Area Performance: A framework for evaluation," Robert Deacon, University of California, Department of Economics. See http://www.bc-forum.org/lectureseries060413.htm.

THURSDAY, 13 APRIL HEALTH SCI T747 Health Sciences 2-4 PM
Provost Wise has formed the Information Systems Future Task Force Committee, http://depts.washington.edu/isfuture/index.shtml, which has been charged to develop a broad 5-10 year vision for the future of UW information systems. A sub committee will be conducting focus groups and
would like to invite you. Register by following the catalyst link at https://catalysttools.washington.edu/tools/survey/?sid=20542&owner=jgarcia.

THURSDAY, 13 APRIL FACULTY CANDIDATE SEMINAR UWBG,ISAACSON 3:30-4:30 PM
"Forest Conservation, Management, and Restoration in the PNW: Implications for east- and west-side plant communities," Cara Nelson, PhD, Research Scientist, UW College of Forest Resources, candidate for natural resource restoration and managment faculty position. Reception follows.

THURSDAY, 13 APRIL SEATTLE SCIENCE LECTURE TOWN HALL 7:30-8:30 PM "Weather Makers," Tim Flannery. See http://www.townhallseattle.org/sArticles.cfm?aId=58.

FRIDAY 14 APRIL BOOK SALE PREVIEW PARTY UWBG,MILLER LIBRARY 5-8 PM
Garden Lovers Book Sale preview party, hosted by the Northwest Horticultural Society; admission benefits the NHS Miller Library Endowment Fund. Tickets can be purchased at the Miller Library.

SATURDAY, 15 APRIL GARDEN BOOK SALE UWBG, MILLER LIBRARY 9 AM-3 PM
Hundreds of gardening and landscape design books! Come search for treasures and stock your shelves! Proceeds from the book sale will augment the Miller Library book budget. For more information, please call the Miller Library at 206.543.0415.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEAD'S UP FOR ONRC AND PACK FOREST EVENTS
ONRC is presenting its first Annual Review of Research on Tuesday, April 18th in the HUB. The principal investigators will present information on nine current research projects in forestry and marine sciences. The program is posted at http://www.onrc.washington.edu. Contact Ellen Matheny at 5-9477 Ext 228 or ematheny@u.washington.edu for additional information. No reservation required; snacks will be served.
Mark your calendars! On May 20th, a joint Garb Day and Pack Forest 80th Anniversary celebration will be held at Pack Forest. Tickets are $10 for students, $15 for faculty, staff, and alumni (as well as spouses and friends; children (under 13) free. Additional donations to cover the reduced student cost are more than welcome! Tickets include games and activities, an afternoon barbecue, drinks, vanpool (please reserve when you purchase your tickets) from the Seattle campus and overnight accommodations at Pack (both camping and dorm accommodations will be available; please reserve when you purchase your tickets). Tickets are available at the Student Services office in Anderson.

SAF ACCREDITATION SITE VISIT
The College welcomes the members of the SAF Accreditation Visiting Team who will be here on April 11-13. Team members are Perry Brown, Dean, University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, http://www.forestry.umt.edu/personnel/faculty/pbrown/; Richard Kluender, Dean, University of Arkansas-Monticello School of Forest Resources, http://www.afrc.uamont.edu/kluender/; and Terry Clark, SAF Associate Director of Science and Education, http://www.enviroeducation.com/interviews/terry-clark/. The College community is encouraged to review the self-evaluation prepared by the SAF accreditation review committee, http://staff.washington.edu/arake/saf/self_evaluation/index.htm, and to participate in the on-site visit, http://staff.washington.edu/arake/saf/on_site_visit/index.htm. Feedback from faculty, staff, and students will be an extremely important part of the accreditation process.

NEW GRANTS FUNDED IN MARCH 2006
Funded amount = $58,718
"Biological Soil Crusts in the Subalpine and Alpine Zones of Three National Parks"; sponsor: Royalty Research Fund; PI: Tom Hinckley
"Fire Science Application: Assessing Information Dissemination and Use"; sponsor: Royalty Research Fund; PI: Clare Ryan

CFR WELCOMES KAORI ITO AND ROBERT VAN PELT
A warm welcome to new Visiting Scientist Kaori Ito, a Japanese exchange visitor who will be working with Frank Greulich through March 2007. A warm welcome also to new Affiliate Assistant Professor Robert Van Pelt (CFR alum, '91, '95).

INTERVIEW FOR UWBG EDUCATION AND OUTREACH MANAGER
Two interviews for the vacant Education and Outreach Manager position will be held next week -- all are invited to attend: Elizabeth Loudon will interview on Monday, April 10 at 9 a.m. in Douglas Classroom and Peter Gulsrud will interview on April 11 at 3 p.m. in Douglas Classroom. Resumes of both candidates are available for review in the Miller Library.

SUMMARY METRICS OF UW SCHOOLS AND COLLEG ES
Dean Bare recently prepared a summary spreadsheet using several metrics that allow comparison of CFR with 15 other schools and colleges on the UWS campus. See http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/cfrprofile2004-05.xls.

FOLLOWUP ON CFR ADMINSTRATION MEETING WITH UW PROVOST WISE
Members of the College administration met with Provost Wise and her staff in mid-February to discuss elements of the College's strategic plan and the resources needed to facilitate its accomplishment. The information presented to the Provost is available for review and comment at http://faculty.washington.edu/bare/collegeupdate2006.html. Dean Bare will be meeting with Provost Wise in mid-April and appreciates any comments you care to share prior to that meeting.

LATEST ISSUE OF US-CHINA BUILD NEWSLETTER
The US-China Build Program, a non-profit program to promote exports of building materials and related services to China, is pleased to announce the latest issue of its newsletter, available online at:
http://www.uschinabuild.org/FocalPoint/Issue18China_FP_2006February.pdf. US-China Build is a program of the Evergreen Building Products Association, a non-profit trade association. US-China Build is the result of a grant from the Department of Commerce. For more information, visit the USCB website at http://www.uschinabuild.org.

NEW RULES FOR USING CFR WOODSHOP
Do you want to use the tools in the CFR Woodshop? If so: (1) Users must work in tandem (buddy teams) on all projects, and (2) Users must receive training (provided by CFR) before being added to the User List. Alex Montgomery is holding a Woodshop Tools Training Class on Friday, April 14th from 10 am-noon. Questions, or to reserve training, contact Margery Cooper at margiec@cfr.washington.edu.

UW COMMUNITY CELEBRATION PLANNED
President Mark Emmert and Provost Phyllis Wise invite the UW community to the first annual UW Community Celebration, Friday, April 28, 4-5 p.m. in the lobby of Meany Hall. This event kicks off Washington Weekend and represents the community-building efforts of the Leadership, Community and Values Initiative (LCVI). This inaugural reception will be a festive and social occasion to celebrate the role we each play in fostering a sense of community and to express appreciation to colleagues who contribute to a healthy and dynamic work environment. A web site has been created to help you acknowledge your colleagues and share how much you value one another. Is there someone you would like to thank an extraordinary staff or faculty member in your unit, someone who keeps your work area clean or who maintains the beauty of our campuses? You can send your appreciation and words of recognition to those who make the UW a great place to work and learn by going to http://www.uwfoundation.org/kudos. All tributes will be displayed at the UW Community Celebration.To register for event, go to: http://www.washington.edu/alumni/weekend/2006community_celebration.html. Please RSVP by Friday, April 21, 2006. Light appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

LIBRARY RESEARCH AWARDS FOR STUDENTS
Carol Green reminds faculty, "Please encourage your students to apply for a Library Research Award. The awards are for $1,000. For more information see http://www.lib.washington.edu/researchaward or attend one of the following information sessions in Allen Auditorium, ground floor, Allen Library North (ask at the Allen Information desk.): Wednesday April 12, 2:45-3:15p.m.; Thursday April 20, 9:45-10:15 a.m.; Wednesday April 26, 3:45-4:15 p.m. The deadline for submissions (May 22 at 5 p.m.) is just under 7 weeks away!"

INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION SURVEY
The Vice Provost for Global Affairs is conducting a brief survey of faculty and professional staff to get a better sense of the international activity, linkages, interests, and needs of the UW. It is part of a comprehensive effort to benchmark our global presence and impact and to identify international resources and opportunities. The data will be used to further develop and shape the international dimension of the UW to meet the 21st century needs of faculty, students, and communities. Information collected will also be used to further develop a centralized database providing fellow colleagues and students a glimpse of the wide range of activity, geographic location, and field areas in which UW faculty are engaged. To ensure that your work, programs, and interests are represented, complete the survey at https://catalysttools.washington.edu/tools/survey/?sid=14457&owner=mlcenter by April 17th. (approx. 15 min).

CFR IN THE MEDIA
For a full-page article in this week's issue of University Week on the CFR recycling contest, see "A sustainable idea: Forest resources team promotes composting in home college and beyond,"
http://uwnews.org/uweek/uweekarticle.asp?articleID=23543.
For information on the USFS documentary, "The Greatest Good," which will be aired next week on KCTS TV, see http://www.thenewstribune.com/adventure/story/5642001p-5064024c.html. The movie uses scenic photography, rarely seen archival footage and photos, and interviews to explore the 100 year history of the service. It includes footage from Mount St. Helens, southern Washingtons Wind River Experimental Forest and the Olympic, Gifford Pinchot and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests. Also included are interviews with Professor Jerry Franklin and Cassie Phillips, Vice President, forest and product sustainability, Weyerhaeuser Company and CFR alum, Visiting Committee member, and Chair, CFR Volunteer Campaign Committee.

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KUDOS

Kudos to Professor Linda Brubaker for being one of the top four persons nominated for the 2006 Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award. For this, she received Honorable Mention and will be listed on the Graduate School's website, in letters to nominees and administrators, and in future Graduate School publications. Kudos also to Professor John Perez-Garcia who was nominated for the same award. We commend him for his recognition as a mentor and thank him for the contributions he makes to graduate education of our students.

UWBG Director David Mabberley sends along the following kudo to Iain Robertson, Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture and CFR Adjunct Asociate Professor, for his work on the Holly Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum: "Thanks for all the work you have put into the design so far, particularly bearing in mind the challenges of the site and the unknowns in the plant specimens themselves. What you have come up with not only meets our requirements as stewards of this world-class collection, but also provides an elegant, interesting, and humorous display which I believe to be not only distinguished but highly original. On top of this there is the exciting possibility of working with SPU on water issues, again largely due to your initiative. This rides very well with the ethos of our College. Thank you for working so closely with us throughout: the final outcome is going to be a great credit to UW and another of your gems in UWBG."

And another kudo from Professor Mabberley to David Zuckerman and Lou Stubecki of the WPA staff: "I walked UWBG from Madison Street to Merrill Hall this morning (to be recommended if you have an hour on a fine day!) and diverted to look at the chinquapin you have planted at the pylon: it looks good. Many thanks! In fact I encourage everyone to inspect the 'NorthWestiness' planting made by UWBG and Seattle Parks around the pylon which is on Lake Washington Boulevard at the north entrance to WPA. Soon it will be joined by a formal Washington Park Arboretum entry stone -- a second one will be near the Madison Street entry), making a fitting and respectful 'portal' sign to the world-class collection in our care."

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

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WEBSITES FOR SEMINARS IN RELATED DEPARTMENTS

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
http://www.fish.washington.edu/news/fishline/fishline.html
Biology http://protist.biology.washington.edu/bio2/news/seminars/
Earth and Space Sciences http://www.geology.washington.edu/Program/Seminars/
Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) http://tao.atmos.washington.edu/seminars/
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/seminar.html
Program on the Environment (POE)
http://depts.washington.edu/poeweb/happening/calendar.cgi
Quaternary Research Center (QRC)
http://depts.washington.edu/qrc/events.cgi