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The Straight Grain for July 13, 2012
Volume 43, Number 3

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.

THE STRAIGHT GRAIN WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK; THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE STRAIGHT GRAIN WILL BE AUGUST 3rd.

EVENTS FOR THE WEEKS BEGINNING JULY 15, 22, AND 29th. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

TUESDAY, 17 JULY     PHD DEFENSE     ANDERSON 207    11 AM
"Ecophysiology as a Tool for Evaluating Invasive Plant-based Bioenergies: Physiological and ecological case-studies of Arundo donax and Elaeagnus angustifolia," Lloyd Nackley; committee co-chairs: Soo-Hyung Kim and Kristiina Vogt.

WEDNESDAY, 18 JULY    LECTURE SERIES   NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE  7 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our heritage and our future, "A Year With Wolves," Helen Thayer, photographer and explorer.
 
WEDNESDAY, 18 JULY    STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY   EVERETT, WA  7 PM
"Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans," John Marzluff, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

WEDNESDAY, 25 JULY    LECTURE SERIES   NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE  7 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our heritage and our future, "Wildflowers of Mt. Rainier," David Giblin (MS 1997), UW Burke Museum.

SUNDAY, 29 JULY    BAT DETECTOR WALK    BELLEVUE,WA   7:30-9:30 PM
City of Bellevue-sponsored Walk at Kelsey Creek Farms with a Bat Locator. Experience the sights and sounds of bats at work. All ages are welcome.

WEDNESDAY, 1 AUGUST    LECTURE SERIES   NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE  7 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our heritage and our future, "The Buzz about Bees," Rob Sandelin, Sky Valley Education Center.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
    Saturday, August 4, 2012, North Bend, WA, Cedar River Watershed Public Education, "Among Ancients: Exploring old-growth forest ecology," Clay Antieu (MS 1985), City of Seattle Public Utilities.
    Sunday-Friday, August 5-10, 2012, 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.
    Monday-Thursday, August 20-24, 2012, Port Angeles, WA, Elwha River Science Symposium.
    Wednesday-Friday, August 29-31, 2012, Skamania, WA, Traditional Knowledge and Healthy Ecosystems Summit.

CENTER FOR TROPICAL FOREST SCIENCE WORKSHOP AT SEFS
Ellen Matheny writes, "From July 18- August 3, 2012 SEFS will welcome to Anderson, Bloedel, and Winkenwerder Halls 53 scientists engaged in the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute's Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) 2012 Workshop. The workshop is the second of five annual analytical workshops for students and scientists who are engaged in the global CTFS network. See http://www.ctfs.si.edu/ for information on the network.  These scientists hail from all over the world so, if you meet someone new in our hallways, give them the UW welcome and let them know who you are. They will be very engaged in their work together while on our campus, but are also interested in activities in common at SEFS. I am coordinating the event with Jim Lutz who is a PI on two of the global network plots (Wind River, Yosemite). Contact me for more info at ematheny@uw.edu."

KEEP SEFS BUILDINGS SECURE!
Sally Morgan writes, "It's summer, campus is much more deserted, and the incidence of break-ins is up. In this past week, one lab in Bloedel was opened twice (once with a crowbar); 2 computers, a flat screen monitor, and a scale were lost. However, the equipment that had been marked with ID numbers, including things with considerable value, were left behind. UW Police says that's typical -– petty thieves can’t get rid of things that are prominently marked. Protect your lab and your work: MARK YOUR EQUIPMENT! Rob Harrison has an engraving pen that he will loan -– just let him know. Also, please be extra careful in the warm weather to close windows and doors (especially those facing the Burke Gilman Trail) when you leave at the end of the day."

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
    A Crosscut article "Forest fires: Let 'em burn?" features research by Lisa Graumlich and Dave Peterson.
    "Seattle steam plant assailed as producer of 'dirty heat' despite green credentials" quotes Rick Gustafson.
    Alum Chris Servheen (MS 1975) is quoted in the New York Times article, "Bears' taste for chicken sets up collision course."

ALUMNI UPDATES
    Lorraine Brooks (MS 2007, BS 2001) is an assistant extension agent at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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 July 6, 2012
Volume 43, Number 2

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 WEEK BEGINNING JULY 8. Check out the SEFS events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SUNDAY-FRIDAY, 8-13 JULY   IUFRO CONFERENCE     LISBON, PORTUGAL
2012 IUFRO Conference, Divsion 5, Forest Products.  SEFS participants include Greg Ettl, Svetlana Kushch, and Sándor Toth.

WEDNESDAY, 11 JULY    LECTURE SERIES   NISQUALLY WILDLIFE REFUGE  7 PM
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Lecture Series, Revealing Nature: Our heritage and our future, "Living with a Legend," includes a viewing of "Green Fire; Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time," Estella Leopold, Emeritus, UW Department of Biology.

WEDNESDAY, 11 JULY    STREAMKEEPER ACADEMY   EVERETT, WA  7-8:30 PM
"Gifts of the Crow: How perception, emotion, and thought allow smart birds to behave like humans," John Marzluff, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 12-13 JULY    CLIMATE CHANGE CONFEFRENCE   WH GATES
2012 Climate Change Conference.  Plenary speakers include alum Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006). Participants also include faculty and alums CoENV Dean Lisa Graumlich (PhD 1985), Carrie Lee (MS 2007), and John Takekawa (BS 1979).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR ...
  Saturday, August 4, 2012, North Bend, WA, Cedar River Watershed Public Education, "Among Ancients: Exploring old-growth forest ecology," Clay Antieu (MS 1985), City of Seattle Public Utilities.
    Sunday-Friday, August 5-10, 2012, 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.

MESSAGE FROM NEWLY APPOINTED SEFS DIRECTOR THOMAS DELUCA
Tom Deluca writes, "I am writing you a quick note to personally announce that I have formally, and happily, accepted the position of Director of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. I am just now waiting for confirmation from the Board of Regents. I cannot tell you how pleased I am to have been awarded this position. I am really looking forward to getting started.
I will be moving to Seattle in September, but will make a trip to the area in early August for a conference in Portland. After the conference I will come up to Seattle to search for housing. Any leads or suggestions on decent unfurnished rental properties (starting in September), or perhaps houses for sale, would be appreciated.
During the next two months, I plan to tie up loose ends here in Wales and intend to further familiarize myself with various programs, issues, and activities within SEFS, CoEnv, and the UW. Please feel free to send along information that you feel would be valuable or interesting in advance of my arrival.
Thanks for your support and confidence leading up to this date. I look forward to working with you all in the near future."

FACULTY AND STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
SEFS Emeritus Professor Bob Gara, graduate student Joshua Kubo, Professor Susan Bolton, and Affiliate Assistant Professor Christian Torgersen, were among co-authors on a journal article in Insect Conservation and Divesity, "Aquatic insect assemblages associated with subalpine stream segment types in relict glaciated headwaters." The research results indicated that in high-elevation headwater streams, aquatic habitats and organisms are sensitive to geohydrology. Stream-segment types showed different surface-water and groundwater characteristics, and insect communities, including rare and sensitive species, were different among segment types.

SEFS FACULTY TO PARTICIPATE IN WALDO FIRE RESEARCH
Ernesto Alvarado will join a team of scientists from the USFS Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the Waldo Fire in Colorado Springs, CO. The team will deploy in the field a rapid assessment protocol developed by NIST to evaluate fire behavior and effects of topographic features, structure construction, and defensive actions on structure losses in the ongoing Waldo Fire. Similar assessments were conducted in the wildland/urban interface fires of 2011 in Amarillo, TX and San Diego, CA. Results of these assessments will be used to expand areas of joint research among the UW, USFS, and NIST. The Waldo Fire has burned 18,247 acres and 346 homes have been lost.

WA DNR PROPOSES FOREST HEALTH HAZARD WARNING
Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has roposed a "forest health hazard warning" under Washington State law in order to get a jump on deteriorating forest conditions. Citing concerns for catastrophic wildfire, the Commissioner took action to implement and expand recommendations from a nine-member technical advisory committee.  See WA Department of Natural Resources press release.

SEFS IN THE MEDIA
Alum Jeremy Littell (PhD 2006), research scientist with the UW Climate Impacts Group, is a guest on the KUOW Weekday program, "Wildfires; Paying For College"

ALUMNI UPDATES
Thomas Maness (PhD 1989) has been appointed to the Oregon State University Cheryl Ramberg and Allyn C. Ford Deanship of Forestry and as Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory, effective August 1, 2012. His current position is as a Professor in the University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry.  See
http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/07/thomas_maness_chosen_as_dean_o.html.

KUDOS
Kudos to Sergey Rabotyagov, who has been selected as the UW's nominee to the New York Academy of Sciences program to support attendance at the 2012 Science and Technology in Society Forum in Kyoto, Japan this October.

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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