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The Straight Grain for August 10, 2012
Volume 43, Number 5

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental
and Forest Sciences 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.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR AUGUST 2012. Check out the SEFS events calendar,
http://www.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml, for a
complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other
public events.

WEDNESDAY, 15 AUGUST    THESIS DEFENSE   ANDERSON 22   1:30 PM
"Irrigation with Reclaimed Water: Implications for subsurface recharge,"
Rebecca Singer; committee chair: Sally Brown.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 20-24 AUGUST   ELWHA RIVER SYMPOSIUM  PT ANGELES,WA
Elwha River Science Symposium.  See
http://elwharesearchconsortium.wildapricot.org/.

WEDNESDAY, 22 AUGUST  NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE LECTURE  7-8 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our Heritage
and Our Future, "A Look at Our Migratory Swallows," Frances Wood, author
and naturalist.  See
http://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147491785.

SATURDAY, 25 AUGUST CEDAR RIVER WATERSHED TOUR NORTH BEND,WA 9 AM-4 PM
Cedar River Watershed Public Education, "Among Ancients: Exploring
old-growth forest ecology," Clay Antieau (MS 1985), Seattle Public
Utilities.  See
http://www.seattle.gov/util/groups/public/@spu/@conservation/documents/webcontent/01_016258.pdf#page=14.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY, 29-31 AUGUST  TRAD KNOWLEDGE/ECOSYSTEMS   SKAMANIA,WA
Traditional Knowledge and Healthy Ecosystems Summit.  See
http://snoqualmietksummit2012.eventbrite.com/.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Saturday, September 8, 2012, North Bend, WA, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cedar River
Watershed Public Education, "Hidden Connections: Habitat restoration in
the upper watershed," Rolf Gersonde, Seattle Publlic Utilities.  See
http://www.seattle.gov/util/groups/public/@spu/@conservation/documents/webcontent/01_016258.pdf#page=14.
    Saturday, September 16, 2012, North Bend, WA, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cedar
Rivershed Watershed Public Education, "Water for Fish and People: Habitat
restoration in the lower watershed, Rolf Gersonde, Seattle Publlic
Utilities. See
http://www.seattle.gov/util/groups/public/@spu/@conservation/documents/webcontent/01_016258.pdf#page=14.
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture,
UW Botanic Gardens, CUH, 7:15-8:15 p.m. "The Pleasure Garden," Jeffrey
Bale, garden designer.  See http://www.northwesthort.org/lectures.html.
    Thursday-Sunday, October 11-14, 2012, Seattle, WA, SACNAS Conference.
See http://sacnas.org/news/sacnas-seattle-2012.
    Wednesday-Sunday, 2012, Spokane, WA, Society of American Foresters
National Convention, "Resilient Forests."  See
http://www.safnet.org/natcon12/index.cfm.

STAFF RETIREMENTS AND TRANSITIONS
    Jean Robins and Cecilia Paul, both long-time employees of the
College/School during its tenure and transitions from CFR to SFR to SEFS
have announced retiremement plans.  Jean, who retired officially as of
July 31st, served as UW Botanic Gardens' adult public education programs
coordinator and registrar. Cecilia, who will retire officially on August
15, 2012 has worked for SEFS in various capacities, first for the
Institute of Forest Resources, and then in the Dean's/Director's Office,
most recently as communications director.
    Jan Cranfield, budget/fiscal analyst, in the Financial Services Office,
has accepted a new position with the UW; her last day at SEFS will be
August 15, 2012.
    Best wishes to all in life's transitions!

STRAIGHT GRAIN CHANGES
This is the last edition of the Straight Grain from your current editor,
who is retiring this month.  Thanks to all of you who have sent news and
event items over the past years. Stay tuned for news about future SEFS
communications channels. In the interim, an email address will be set up
so that you can continue to forward newsworthy items of interest to the
SEFS community.  Thanks again!

GIS MAPPING FOR THE ARBORETUM
Sarah Reichard reports that the Institute for Museum and Library Services
will be funding a proposal to map the Arboretum using Geographic
Information System technology and to integrate this new spatial database
with the existing BG-Base.  This will also be available over the internet.
Writes Sarah, "What this will mean is that in a couple of years you will
be able locate plants in the Arboretum quickly and accurately, and you
will also be able to locate data on their origin and other information. We
will also be bringing the horticulture and herbarium databases into
BG-Base. In other words, we are joining the 21st century for both
management and visitor access to the collection. It can also serve as a
platform for other innovative technology."

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
    "Op-ed: How we can fight ocean acidification, protect marine life."
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/opinion/2018878193_guestoceanacidificationlisagraumlich09xml.html,"
is authored by Lisa Graumlich.
    "Naturalist Angell to keynote land trust gala,"
http://www.theolympian.com/2012/08/10/2207760/naturalist-angell-to-keynote-land.html?storylink=weekendnav#storylink=cpy,
references research by John Marzluff.
    "Rabbits ravage seabird populations on Destruction Island,
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018850249_destruction05m.html,
quotes alum Scott Pearson (PhD 1997).

ALUMNI UPDATES
    John Willits, Jr. (MS 1961), a member of the Peninsula College faculty
from 1968-1995, has been a North Olympic Land Trust board member since
1994. He has served as the chairman of the Land Trust’s conservation
committee for all but a few months over the last 18 years.
    Carol Gavareski (MS 1972) is a science instructor at Bellingham
Technical College.
    William "Bill" Derry (MS 1973, BS 1972) is president of People for
Puget Sound's Board of Directors. He retired from a career in
environmental management in 2010 (his most recent position was vice
president at CH2M HILL). He is also an active musician performing solo or
with the Bill Derry Band, http://www.billderrymusic.com/about.htm.
    Harry Bell (MS 1974) was named Washington State SAF Forester of the
Year at the recent annual meeting of the Washington SAF chapter.
    Anna Skrobecki (BS 1977) is Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company's
senior vice president for factory and power plant operations, Puunene, HI.
She recently was operations vice president at Wausau Paper in Wisconsin
and has also worked for Weyerhaeuser and James River Corp.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff,
students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS in the News" or
use this link:
http://www.sefs.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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/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
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 for August 3, 2012
Volume 43, Number 4

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

The STRAIGHT GRAIN is a weekly newsletter for the School of Environmental
and Forest Sciences 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.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/straightGrain/index.shtml.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEKS BEGINNING AUGUST 5, 2012. Check out the SEFS events
calendar,
http://www.sefs.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml, for a
complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other
public events.

SUNDAY-FRIDAY, 5-10 AUGUST   ESA ANNUAL MEETING    PORTLAND, OR
Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Jerry Franklin is a keynote
speaker. Other SEFS participants include Jon Bakker, Kevin Cedar, Jeff
Comnick, Greg Ettl, Paul Fischer, Deanne Greaves, Van Kane, Soo Kim, Nora
Konnyu, Theresa Nogeire, Sergey Rabotyagov, Regina Redman, Doug Sprugel.
Camila Tejo, Sandor Toth, Chad Wilsey, Aaron Wirsing, and Darlene
Zabowski, among others. Incoming SEFS Director Tom DeLuca will also be
attending the meeting. See http://www.esa.org/portland/index.php.

TUESDAY, 7 AUGUST    VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY    WPA     9 AM-12 PM
Arboretum Foundation Azalea Way Work party.  See ANNOUNCEMENTS, below.

WEDNESDAY, 8 AUGUST   NISQUALLY REFUGE LECTURE   NISQUALLY,WA   7-8 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our Heritage
and Our Future, "Climate Change and Impacts in the Pacific Northwest,"
Ingrid Tohver, UW Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and
Oceans. See http://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147491785.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
Monday-Thursday, August 20-24, 2012, Port Angeles, WA, Elwha River
Science Symposium.  See http://elwharesearchconsortium.wildapricot.org/.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 7-8 p.m., Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture
Series, Revealing Nature: Our Heritage and Our Future, "A Look at Our
Migratory Swallows," Frances Wood, author and naturalist.  See
http://www.fws.gov/nwrs/threecolumn.aspx?id=2147491785.
Saturday, August 25, 2012, North Bend, WA, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cedar River
Watershed Public Education, "Among Ancients: Exploring old-growth forest
ecology," Clay Antieau (MS 1985), Seattle Public Utilities.  See
http://www.seattle.gov/util/groups/public/@spu/@conservation/documents/webcontent/01_016258.pdf#page=14.
Wednesday-Friday, August 29-31, 2012, Skamania, WA, Traditional
Knowledge and Healthy Ecosystems Summit.  See
http://snoqualmietksummit2012.eventbrite.com/.

ARBORETUM SEEKS AZALEA WAY VOLUNTEERS
The Arboretum Foundation, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and UW Botanic
Gardens are launching a new volunteer initiative to help maintain Azalea
Way, an historic component of Washington Park Arboretum's original Olmsted
design. Flanked by a spectacular array of azaleas, rhododendrons, and
other flowering shrubs and trees, Azalea Way runs for about two thirds of
a mile from the Graham Visitors Center to the Japanese Garden and is one
of the Arboretum’s most popular and enduring attractions.
The new Azalea Way Garden Stewards program is modeled on the Pacific
Connections Garden Stewards program, which has resulted in the recruitment
of close to 30 volunteer gardeners to help maintain the new eco-geographic
displays at the south end of the Arboretum. Like the Pacific Connections
Garden Stewards, the Azalea Way Garden Stewards will provide volunteer
support to salaried Arboretum staff in caring for Azalea Way. The work
will consist primarily of weeding, mulching, and edging with hand tools,
as well as some planting of native groundcovers. Stewards will receive
special training from Arboretum staff and benefit from enrichment
activities such as lectures and instructional tours hosted by plant
experts within the Arboretum’s extended family.
Volunteers should have some previous gardening experience and commit to
working 24 hours over the period of March to November. To launch the new
initiative, a work party is scheduled on Azalea Way on Tuesday, August 7,
from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information or to sign up, email or phone
Rhonda Bush, RhondaBush@comcast.net206.941.2550.

BLOEDEL 110 RENOVATION UNDERWAY
Bev Anderson writes, "The renovation of Bloedel 110 is about to begin in
earnest. Other spaces involved are the paper lab in the basement, Bloedel
214, Bloedel 314, and the roof. Starting Monday, July 30, work began on
the upper floors in order to be completed before school starts in the
fall. The entire project will extend from now through December. For that
period of time the Bloedel loading dock will be off-limits except for
special needs arranged in advance. If something large simply must come
through that space, please notify me in plenty of time so that I can make
arrangements with the contractors. I will try to keep you informed as the
work progresses. Please let me know if you have questions/concerns."

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
"Forest management proposed on county park land,"
http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/jul/14/forest-management-proposed-on-county-park-land/,
references research by Jerry Franklin.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Grant Munro (MS 1972, BS 1970) owns Munro LLC, a wholesale timber broker
in Port Angeles, WA.  See recent Kitsap Sun article, "Logs destined for
China stacking up on Port Angeles waterfront,"
http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20110711/news/307119994/logs-destined-for-china-stacking-up-on-port-angeles-waterfront.

KUDOS
Kudos to faculty receving good student evaluations for Spring 2012. Writes
Interim Director Steve West, "Evalutions of instruction were generally
good this spring. Seven faculty received adjusted median scores for
combined items 1-4 of 4.5 or higher: Renata Bura, Bob Edmonds, Kern Ewing,
Tom Hinckley, John Marzluff, Sara Reichard, and Steve West. Four faculty
also received marks equal or higher than 4.5 for graduate instruction:
Jerry Franklin, Soo Kim, Aaron Wirsing, and Darlene Zabowski. Congrats to
all."

Send in those kudos!

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FORESTRY IN THE NEWS For recent articles featuring SEFS faculty, staff,
students, and alumni, go to the SEFS homepage for "SEFS in the News" or
use this link:
http://www.sefs.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://coenv.washington.edu/news/calendar.shtml
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://jisao.washington.edu/education-outreach/events/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
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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