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The Straight Grain
Volume 40, Number 8

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 27. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

MONDAY-SUNDAY, 21-27 NOVEMBER   FALL HARVEST HUNT   WA PARK ARBORETUM
"Fall Harvest Hunt," a self-guided scavenger hunt at the Arboretum, features nine hidden gourds, each one possessing a secret letter. Pick up a clue sheet at the Graham Visitor’s Center to find all nine and crack the secret code. Then come back sometime during regular business hours to redeem your cracked code for a small prize.

MONDAY, 28 NOVEMBER   ENV SCIENCE SEMINAR   UWT, SCI 309   12:30-1:30 PM
"Quantifying Abiotic Organohalogen Formation in Seawater during Exposure to Solar Radiation," Mike Dodd, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

MONDAY, 28 NOVEMBER    PROVOST CANDIDATE    HENRY GALLERY AUD  1-2:45 PM
Members of the UW community are invited to attend a town hall meeting with Dr. Ana Mari Cauce, President Michael Young's preferred candidate for UW provost.

MONDAY, 28 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SEMINAR      BAGLEY 131    3:30-4:50 PM
"The Mysterious Case of the Oregon Spotted Frog (Rana pretiosa): The peculiar amphibian of the Pacific Northwest," Marc Hayes, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

MONDAY, 28 NOVEMBER   SALMON IN THE CITY    SEATTLE REI    4-6 PM
"Salmon in the City," highlighting recent innovations in ecologically sustainable design as well as the latest research on urban stormwater runoff and the fate of salmon.

TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER    WATER SEMINAR   ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Ecosystem Service Assessment of Bioextraction of Nitrogen through Shellfish Aquaculture Harvest," Katharine Wellman, Northern Economics Inc.

TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER    PCC SEMINAR    PHYS-ASTR A102     4-5 PM
Program on Climate Change Seminar, "Health Connections to Climate Change: Case studies in HIV, TB, and malaria," Judd Walson, UW Departments of Global Health, Medicine, and Pediatrics.

TUESDAY, 29 NOVEMBER   ENVIR INNOVATION PRACTICUM   MGH 389  4:30-5:50 PM
Foster School of Business Environmental Innovation Practicum, "Funding Cleantech Innovation," Kirk Van Alstyne, Evolution Capital; and Brad Zenger, Pivotal Investments.

WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER CAPSTONE SYMPOSIUM  ACC 012/FISH 102 1:30-7:30 PM
Program on the Environment's Environmental Studies Capstone Symposium includes posters and oral presentations. SFR faculty serving as advisors include Susan Bolton, Greg Ettl, Dave Peterson, and Kristiina Vogt.

WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER  CARBON CAPTURE SYMPOSIUM   UW TOWER,MEZZ 4-6 PM
"Carbon Capture and Storage: A novel approach to mitigating climate change," Pete McGrail, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Malcolm Wilson, Petroleum Technology Research Centre.

WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER   BENEFITS OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE
Benefits open enrollment is almost over! Any changes or enrollments must be made either online or mailed and postmarked by midnight on Wednesday, November 30, 2011.

THURSDAY, 1 DECEMBER   NWFSC SEMINAR    NWFSC AUD   10:30-11:30 AM
Northwest Fisheries Science Center Seminar, "Abundance, Survival, and Life History of Salmonid Populations in Western Washington," Mara Zimmerman, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife.

THURSDAY, 1 DECEMBER    SAFS SEMINAR     FISH SCI AUD    4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "From Founding Fish to Invasive Species: Contrasting views of American shad in their native and introduced range," Dan Hasselman, UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

FRIDAY, 2 DECEMBER  QUANTITATIVE SCI SEMINAR  FISH SCI 203  12:30-1:30 PM
"Human Impacts to Riverine Thermal Regimes and Biological Consequences: From landscapes to experiments," Ashley Steel (PhD 1999, MS 1993), USDA Forest Service.

SATURDAY, 3 DECEMBER     VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY  EVERETT,WA   10 AM-2 PM
People for Puget Sound Union Slough Native Planting Work Party. Volunteers will assist with planting native trees and shrubs at Union Slough saltmarsh restoration site in Everett.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Physics-Astronomy A102, 4-5 p.m., Program on Climate Change Seminar, "Water and Climate from the Perspective of a Forest Ecologist's Trek in Nepal," Tom Hinckley, UW School of Forest Resources.
    Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Seattle, Town Hall, 7:30-9 p.m, Soundings Series, "The Case for a Carbon Tax," Shi-Ling Hsu, University of British Columbia.
    Wednesday, December 7, 2011, Duwamish Longhouse, 6-8:30 p.m., Annual Sustainable Community Outstanding Leadership Awards Celebration, a fundraiser honoring regional leaders and innovators.
    Friday, December 9, 2011, Wallace PoE Commons, 2-3 p.m., PoE's Sustainability Studio Student Project Presentations, "Getting Here Green: Student research on transportation and sustainability at the UW."
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011, Portland, OR, 8:30-4 p.m., Workshop on Forest Export Markets, "Opportunities in China, Japan, and Korea." SFR participants include Visiting Scientist Jeff Cao (PhD 2011).

HOLIDAY TREES TO SUPPORT STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS!
Forest Club officers write, "It is that time of year to begin thinking about the holidays!  We in the Forest Club have already started to do our part by once again organizing our annual tree sale. We are again offering 6-8 ft Noble Firs for the low price of $45.  This year the trees are going to be cut on December 3rd and the pickup date is Sunday December 4th. This is is a pre-order sale, so please make sure to add cash or a check when you send in your order form. Every year we strive to make this event better for your and our club, and we hope that you have a great experience in taking part in what has become a great tradition; your continuing support is the backbone that keeps the Forest Club going year after year. Again, thank you and happy holidays!"

VISITING COMMITTEE MEETING
The SFR Visiting Committee met at SFR on Tuesday, November 22nd. Announcements included the resignation of member Gene Duvernoy, who will now serve on the CoENV Advisory Board. Director Tom Hinckley reported on the SFR Strategic Planning Retreat, SFR enrollment increases, School name and curriculum name changes, hiring of BSE faculty member Fernando Resende, status of the director search, an ONRC update, budget cut woes, upcoming retirements (Dave Briggs and Tom Hinckley) and new SMC/PFC Director.  Rick Gustafson and Ivan Eastin gave presentations on the UW and WSU biofuels funding from the USDA, and Sarah Reichard, gave a status update as new Director of UW Botanic Gardens. The meeting concluded with a discussioin on "defining the graduate for 2016-2020. What experiences, background, skills will be needed for the work place?"

WSU FACT SHEETS
    Alum Kevin Zobrist (MS 2001, BS 2001) writes to say that he enjoyes receving the Straight Grain and to share a a new series of WSU Extension fact sheets that may be of interest to the SFR community:
    "Forestry Education and Assistance for Washington Forest Landowners," "Assessing Tree Health," "Seasonal Foliage Loss in Pacific Northwest Conifer Trees," "Recognizing Sapsucker Damage to Your Trees," "Your Forest Stewardship Plan,"and "Tree Topping: A Practice to Avoid."

UW ZIMRIDE PROGRAM
Sandra Archibald, Chair of the UW Enviromental Stewardship Advisory Committee, writes to endorse the UW Zimride program, a student-led initiative that helps facilitate ride-sharing to and from the Seattle campus. "Working with UW Commuter Services to implement this program, students, faculty, and staff have access to an online private network that makes it easy to coordinate carpooling while reducing our campus carbon footprint. UW students, faculty and staff can log on using their UW NetID, and can follow the program on Twitter: @UWZimride. UW Zimride remains the most successful university launch in the history of the service, and just celebrated its 5,000th registered user. The program has saved an estimated 9.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions! This innovative program continues to support our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability at the UW.  If you have any questions about the UW Zimride program, please contact Commuter Services at prkissue@uw.edu."

SFR IN THE MEDIA
  The Seattle Times article, "State scrambles to fight massive tree die-offs," quotes Jerry Franklin and David Peterson.
  The current issue of The Western Forester focuses on forestry and green building and includes articles by Bruce Lippke and Elaine Oneil, "An overview of what green building means to forestry," and alums Edie Sonne Hall (PhD 2005, MS 2001) and Cassie Phillips (BS 1976), "The good news about green building," as well as a memorial tribute to alum Mike Lazara (MS 1949).

ALUMNI UPDATES
    IN MEMORIAM, Kenton Miller (MS 1963, BS 1962), one of SFR's 2006 Distinguished Alumni, died in May. Kenton had a long and varied career in conservation, working on all continents, including Antarctica, and was a recognized leader in park and protected areas management. He served as director general of IUCN-The World Conservation Union from 1983 through 1988. As an officer of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and with support from the Rockefeller Brothers' Fund and the United Nations Development Program, he headed FAO's Latin American Program on Wildland Management. He developed and taught graduate programs in parks and wildland management in Costa Rica and at the University of Michigan.  He authored the first text on park planning for the Spanish-speaking world, and introduced internationally the concepts of and developed the tools for managing wildlands by bioregions and categories of land use.  He played a significant role in the design and implementation of three World Park Congresses. In 2005 he received the Bruno H. Schubert Environment Prize for his lifetime achievements in conservation, particularly his pioneering work in protected area development and management.
    Justin Aldrich (BS 2008) is TAD (that's the "through air drying" process) manufacturing engineer at Georgia-Pacific in Clatskanie, OR.
    Miguel Amat y Leon (BS 2008).  Amat y Leon is a recreation planner for the USDA Forest Service’s Umpqua National Forest in Roseburg, OR.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 40, Number 7

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 19. Check out the SFR events calendar,
http://www.cfr.washington.edu/aboutTheSchool/publicCalendar.shtml, for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 19 NOVEMBER     FILM SCREENING   GRAND ILLUSION   1-3 PM
"Arid Lands," screened at Seattle's Grand Illusion Cinema and presented by the Hanford Challenge, explores the contamination of and restoration efforts for the Hanford Nuclear Site in Eastern Washington. A Q&A session with Tom Carpenter, Hanford Challenge, follows the film.

MONDAY, 21 NOVEMBER   ENV SCIENCE SEMINAR   UWT, SCI 309   12:30-1:30 PM
"Area Wide Groundwater Contamination: Downtown Tacoma and UWT campus," Mary Coleman, WA Department of Ecology.

MONDAY, 21 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SEMINAR      BAGLEY 131    3:30-4:50 PM
"Prey, Parasites, and Predators: Understanding ecology for conservation," Nyeema Harris, USDA Forest Service.

MONDAY-SUNDAY, 21-27 NOVEMBER   FALL HARVEST HUNT   WA PARK ARBORETUM
"Fall Harvest Hunt," a self-guided scavenger hunt at the Arboretum, features nine hidden gourds, each one possessing a secret letter. Pick up a clue sheet at the Graham Visitor’s Center to find all nine and crack the secret code. Then come back sometime during regular business hours to redeem your cracked code for a small prize.

TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER    WATER SEMINAR   ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Food Web Modeling in Puget Sound: Pushing the limits, and the limits pushing back," Chris Harvey, NW Fisheries Science Center.

TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER    PHD PROPOSAL   ANDERSON 22  1 PM
"The Role of Diazotrophic Endophytes in Increased Efficiency of Bioenergy Crop Production: Growth promotion effects of the endophytes isolated from Populus trichocarpa," Jenny Knoth; committee chair: Sharon Doty.

TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER  OCEANS/HUMAN HLTH SEMINAR   NOAA AUD  2:30-3:30 PM
Oceans and Human Health Seminar, "Looking Closer to Home: Microbial ecology studies in Puget Sound," Linda Rhodes, NW Fisheries Science Center.

TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER    PCC SEMINAR    PHYS-ASTR A102     4-5 PM
Program on Climate Change Seminar, "Health Connections to Climate Change: Case studies in HIV, TB, and malaria," Judd Walson, UW Departments of Global Health, Medicine, and Pediatrics.

TUESDAY, 22 NOVEMBER   ENVIR INNOVATION PRACTICUM   MGH 389  4:30-5:50 PM
Foster School of Business Environmental Innovation Practicum, "Electricity: Re-powering prosperity," Peter Christensen, Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory.

WEDNESDAY, 23 NOVEMBER    PHD DEFENSE     HLTH SCI D209    11 AM
Department of Biology PhD defense, "March of the Magellanics," Eric Wagner; committee chair:  Dee Boersma.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY, 24-25 NOVEMBER  THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
Travel safely!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Monday, November 28, 2011, REI Seattle, 4-6 p.m., "Salmon in the City," highlighting recent innovations in ecologically sustainable design as well as the latest research on urban stormwater runoff and the fate of salmon.
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011, ACC 012 and FISH 102, 1:30-7:30 p.m., Program on the Environment's Environmental Studies Capstone Symposium includes posters and oral presentations. SFR faculty serving as advisors include Susan Bolton, Greg Ettl, Dave Peterson, and Kristiina Vogt.
    Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Physics-Astronomy A102, Program on Climate Change Seminar, "Water and Climate from the Perspective of a Forest Ecologist's Trek in Nepal," Tom Hinckley, UW School of Forest Resources.

IN MEMORIAM
Professor Emeritus Ben Bryant,’48, passed away on Monday, November 14th. Details about a service will be coming in the near future. Remembrances and cards may be sent in care of his daughter, Elisabeth Bryant at 749 N 76th Street, Seattle, WA 98103. Ben devoted energy after retirement in trying to preserve forests in developing countries by promoting an alternative to firewood. He founded a nonprofit agency promoting a simple technology that he developed to make fuel briquettes from agricultural residues and fibrous municipal and industrial wastes. Tom Hinckley reminisces, "Several of you remember when Professor Bryant was on the faculty and then became a loyal emeritus. I can remember when I was a graduate student and was warned that Professor Bryant often came to any graduate student's general exam and asked a question about the complete derivation of the equations that go into an ANOVA analysis -- as a physiologist who dealt with sample sizes of one, talk about terror! After retirement, Ben continued to be a regular presence at the School and at associated alumni/friends events."

DONATE TO SFR FALL FOOD DRIVE!
    Now through December 10th, SFR will be raising food and funds for the University District Food Bank, our local community food bank serving six zip codes around UW-Seattle. Writes Michelle Trudeau, "We'll be collecting food by SFR Seattle building, with donation barrels/boxes in Anderson, Winkenwerder, Merrill and Bloedel. Your donation will be anonymous, but scored by building. To write a check or make a cash contribution, please contact Michelle Trudeau, michtru@uw.edu. Donations are tax deductible!
    Accolades will be given to the buildings with the most donations in the following categories:
    *Highest yield--to the building with the most full barrels (yes, I’m hoping for more than one each, folks!)
    *High grade--to the building that donates the most priority items from the food bank wish list, http://www.udistrictfoodbank.org, and/or the most from the top five needs this fall: canned fruit (all varieties), rice/soy milk, soups/stews, toiletries, and breakfast cereal.
    *Bill Gates--to the building making the largest combined cash food bank donation.
    Donation cans are now in place near the refrigerators in Bloedel 253, Winkenwerder 103, and Anderson 115, and in the Merrill lobby. By placing your food donation into the can in a given building, you're crediting the building within which you reside"

GIS DAY AT THE UW
SFR participation in the November 16th GIS Day at the UW included lightning five-minutes videos (taped by Matt McLaughlin) by Jeff
Richardson {PhD 2011, MS 2008), post-doctoral Research Associate in L. Monika Moskal's lab, who gave a talk on using lasers (LiDAR) for ecological research, "A Laser of Love," and by Research Scientist Luke Rogers, "The Biofuels Bandwagon." Also participating were graduate student Justin Kirsch, who entered a poster in the student poster competition, and the UW Geospatial Club's establishment of five permanent geocaches on the UW campus (spearheaded by graduate student Meghan Halabisky in collaboratioin with the CoEnv) on the UW campus to commemorate the first UW GIS Day.

PACK FOREST VISTED BY THIRD GRADE STUDENTS
Thirty-four third grade students from Charles Wright Academy, along with their teachers and chaperons, visited the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest on October 28th to learn about forest ecology and forest products. Trevor Walter (SFR MS student) and forest ecologist Chris Raynham led two groups through the managed forest trail and the adjoining forested wetland. After lunch, the group toured the old growth. Carie Colsen, one of the third grade teachers, noted: "Our third graders study the Nisqually River Watershed all year, starting at the glacier at Mt. Rainier and traveling down the watershed to the delta at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. They will have had about three weeks of forest study under their belts when we come to Pack Forest, and we will continue to study forests afterward." This is the 11th year that the group has visited Pack Forest as part of its studies.

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
PhD student Jason Scullion writes to share the first journal publication from his master's research in Mexico, "Evaluating the environmental impact of payments for ecosystem services in Coatepec (Mexico) using remote sensing and on-site interviews."

FREE MICROSOFT PRODUCT TRAINING
Microsoft IT academy is offering training at no cost for UW students, faculty, and staff. Enhance your skills using Microsoft Access, Excel, .NET, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Visio, and many more Microsoft products through UW-provided (so no cost to you) access to the Microsoft IT Academy Online Learning Program, through October 2012. In addition to hundreds of video-based Microsoft E-Learning courses, you can access the Microsoft Digital Literacy program to learn basic computer skills. See
http://www.washington.edu/itconnect/skill/academy/.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
    "Biofuel flights are off the ground, but can the industry get enough?," a KING-TV news spot, references the recent grants to the UW (Rick Gustafson, lead) and WSU (Ivan Eastin, co-PI) to develop the wood-waste biomass industry.
    "LINES Ballet: dance, glorious dance," a Seattle Times review, references alum Meredith Webster (BS 2003).

ALUMNI UPDATES
    Alexander Friend (PhD 1988) is acting station director of the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station.  He was previously a budget coordinator in the Deputy Chief's Office in Washington, DC.
    Morea Christenson (BS 2005) will display hand-crafted, botanically themed jewelry in the UW Botanic Gardens' Elisabeth C. Miller Library December 1-23, 2011. (Also displayed will be ceramics by SFR grad student Katie Murphy).
    Rony Thi (BS 2010) is the Americorps stewardship coordinator for the Capitol LandTrust in Olympia, WA.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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

 


The Straight Grain
Volume 40, Number 6

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 12. Check out the SFR events calendar for a complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER   SUSTAINABLE SEATTLE LECTURE  KANE 210 7-9 PM
Sustainable Seattle presents "The End of an Economy Based on Consumption," Paul Gilding and John DeGraff, environmental writers and activists.

SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY, 13-16 NOVEMBER   ENTOMOLOGICAL SOC MEETING  RENO,NV
Entomological Society of American Annual Meeting. SFR participants include graduate student Lisa Hannon. See ANNOUNCEMENTS below and http://www.entsoc.org/entomology2011.

MONDAY-THURSDAY, 14-17 NOVEMBER   FIRE ECOLOGY CONF   TALLAHASSEE, FL
"Exploring the Mega-fire Reality:  A forest ecology and management conference."  Invited speakers include alums Jamie Barbour (PhD 1990, MS 1983) and Jerry williams (MS 1979).

MONDAY, 14 NOVEMBER   ENV SCIENCE SEMINAR   UWT, SCI 309   12:30-1:30 PM
"Can We Find a Place for Waste? The politics of locating radioactive waste disposal in the U.S.," Daniel Sherman, University of Puget Sound.

MONDAY, 14 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SEMINAR      BAGLEY 131    3:30-4:50 PM
"Correcting Distance Measurement Error from Vessel Surveys: Abundance estimation of harbor porpoise in Puget Sound," Luciana Santos, UW School of Forest Resources.

MONDAY, 14 NOVEMBER   PEACE CORPS INFO SESSION  GOWEN 201  5-6 PM
UW-hosted Peace Corps information session; learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.

TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER    WATER SEMINAR   ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"The Nitrogen Contribution of Onsite Septic Systems Nitrogen to the Hood Canal Estuary," Mike Brett, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER    BIOLOGY SEMINAR    HITCHCOCK 132    4 PM
"The Hormone in the Middle: Integrative behavior as learned from an adaptable songbird," Ellen Ketterson, University of Indiana.

TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER    MINDLIN LECTURE    KANE 120   6:30-7:30 PM
Fall 2011 Mindlin Lecture, "Future Climate: The perspective from extreme climates of the past," Paul Hoffman, Harvard University Emeritus.

WEDNESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER   WFPA ANNUAL MEETNG  OLYMPIA, WA  9 AM-4:30 PM
Washington Forest Protection Association Annual Meeting.

WEDNESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER     UW GIS DAY   ALLEN LIBRARY   10 AM-5 PM
The UW Geospatial Student Club is helping to coordinate UW GIS Day, hosted by UW Libraries; Dean Graumlich is the keynote speaker. Event includes lighting talks, a student poster competition, and a geocaching event.

WEDNESDAY, 16 NOVEMBER  LIGHT RAIL OPEN HOUSE  NEPTUNE THEATRE  6-8:30 PM
North Link Light Rail open house on the planned Brooklyn Station.

THURSDAY, 17 NOVEMBER  SAFS GRAD STUDENT SYMPOSIUM  AND 207  9 AM-5 PM
UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

FRIDAY, 18  NOVEMBER  QUANT SCI SEMINAR FISH SCI 203 12:30-1:30 PM
Quantitative Sciences Seminar, "A Spatially-Explicit Individual-Based Foraging Model for Central Place Foragers," Charlotte Boyd, UW Schoolof Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, NOAA Montlake Auditorium, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Oceans and Human Health Seminar, "Looking Closer to Home: Microbial ecology studies in Puget Sound," Linda Rhodes, NW Fisheries Science Center.

SFR STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN CONFERENCES
Graduate student Lisa Hannon (advisor: Sarah Reichard) will be presenting a poster at the Entomological Society of American Annual Meeting in Reno, NV, November 13-16, 2011; her presentation is titled: "Effects of Elevation and Proximity to Forest Fragments on Hymenoptera Diversity and Production Yield in a Costa Rican Coffee Agro-ecosystem."

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
A recent publication on plant response to climate change includes Soo Kim as a co-author.  He writes, "We studied what the impact of future climate change will be on the bloom dates of flowering cherries (Yoshino and Kwanzan) in Tidal Basin, DC and the timing of DC's cherry festival. These two cultivars are also the same ones we have in our campus (Quad: Yoshino, Rainer vista: Kwanzan), and we used some of the campus data in the paper as well." See "Predicting the Timing of Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC and Mid-Atlantic States in Response to Climate Change."
Rick Gustafson, Bruce Lippke, and Elaine Oneil are among co-authors of an article in the journal, Forests; see "Sustainable Biofuel Contributions to Carbon Mitigation and Energy Independence."
An article by Christian Torgersen and co-authors, originally published in 2002, has been reprinted as the lead paper in a new "Topics in BioScience" series about River Structure and Function. The authors suggest that a continuous view of the river is needed to understand how physical and biological processes interact and support stream fishes and their habitats. See "Landscapes to Riverscapes: Bridging the gap between research and conservation of stream fishes."
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NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
The Autumn 2011 issue of CINTRAFOR News, the newsletter of the Center for International Trade in Forest Products, is now online. This issue has information on the Vietnamese and Japanese forest products markets.

BIOBLITZ 2011 DEBRIEF
Patrick Mulligan, education supervisor for the Arboretum, provides a "debrief" on the recent bioblitz.  One highlight, he reports, "was the discovery of a stinkhorn fungus just off of Azalea Way.  The stinkhorns are a group of fungi that produce a smelly, slimy substance designed to attract flies.  The fly visits the source of the smell (a combination of gym socks and rotting fish), is covered in the spore-laden slime which later dries while the fly is in flight and in this way is dispersed far and wide.  Seed dispersal is a key concept discussed in our Plants 101 & 201 fieldtrips, but when we talk about spore producers like ferns and mosses, we typically teach that surface moisture is the only method of dispersal.  Stinkhorns obviously evolved a different approach every bit as advanced as the seed producers who rely on animals to get around.  I will never again sell these fascinating forest dwellers short, they are anything but primitive."  Read Patrick's complete post.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See UW press release "Carbon mitigation strategy uses wood for buildings first, bioenergy second," referencing research paper on which Rick Gustafson, Bruce Lippke, and Elaine Oneil were among co-authors.
"Climate change, beetle may doom rugged pine," a recent Seattle Times article, quotes alum Connie Mehmel (MS 2002).
"Youth program plants seeds for success," references the UW Botanic Gardens.

ALUMNI UPDATES
Yoav Bar-Ness (BS 2001) sends greetings from the "springtime NW deserts of tropical Australia."  He writes, "I'm aiming to use the (wonderful) education from CFR and experiences since to start a Field Institute in Tasmania. This type of project, I hope, will straddle academic and outreach science. It seems, at this current stage, that there is a great need for that sort of bridge to be built."
Meredith Webster (BS 2003), a principal dancer with San Francisco's Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, will be performing with the company when it visits Meany Hall November 17th-19th.  See http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/alonzo-king-lines-ballet-to-perform-at-meany.
Christine Sprunger (BS 2010) is a PhD student in crop and soil science at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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


The Straight Grain
Volume 40, Number 5

Events
Announcements
Kudos
Forestry in the News
Links to other departments

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

EVENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 6. Check out the SFR events calendar for a
complete list of upcoming seminars, conferences, lectures, and other public events.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, 2-6 NOVEMBER   SAF CONVENTION    HONOLULU, HI
Society of American Foresters National Convention, "International Year of Forests: Linking global, regional, and local solutions."

SATURDAY-THURSDAY, 5-10 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SOC CONF. WAIKOLOA,HI
The Wildlife Society Annual Conference.

MONDAY, 7 NOVEMBER   ENV SCIENCE SEMINAR    UWT, SCI 309    12:30-1:30 PM
"Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in Puget Sound," Cheryl Greengrove, UW Tacoma. See

MONDAY, 7 NOVEMBER    WILDLIFE SEMINAR      BAGLEY 131    3:30-4:50 PM
"An Analysis of Invasive Plant Dispersal Vectors: Prioritizing areas for treatment prior to dam removal on the Elwha River," Andrea Woodward, U.S. Geological Survey.

TUESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER    WATER SEMINAR   ANDERSON 223   8:30-9:20 AM
"Eyes Over Puget Sound: How and why we report present surface water conditions in Puget Sound on multiple scales," Christopher Krembs, WA Department of Ecology.

TUESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER    FACULTY MEETING    ANDERSON 22  10:30-11:30 AM
SFR faculty meeting.  Agenda and materials sent in advance of the meeeting.

TUESDAY, 8 NOVEMBER    PCC SEMINAR      PHYS-ASTR A102     4-5 PM
"Climatic Trends in Major U.S. Urban Areas: Implications on energy and stormwater infrastructure demands," Vamil Mishra, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

WEDNESDAY, 9 NOVEMBER   SEA GRANT SYMPOSIUM   UWBG,CUH  12:30-6 PM
Washington Sea Grant Symposium on Ocean Acidification.

WEDNESDAY, 9 NEVEMBER   NHS LECTURE   UWBG,CUH   7:15 PM
Northwest Horticultural Society Lecture, "Container Confidential," Wendy Welch, garden designer.  

THURSDAY, 10 NOVEMBER    SAFS SEMINAR    FISH SCI 102   4-5 PM
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Seminar, "The Invisible Biodiversity -- Noticed by Few, Needed by All: Problems and possibilities in communicating conservation genetics to policymakers," Linda Laikre, University of Stockholm.

FRIDAY, 11 NOVEMBER   TOWN HALL SOUNDINGS    TOWN HALL,SEATTLE  6-7:30 PM
"The Tragic Demise of Mangroves," Kennedy Warne, natural history writer. Mangrove saltwater forests are indispensable as natural storm barriers, home to exotic creatures, and a source of food and livelihood for millions of coastal dwellers. But now they are being destroyed to make way for shrimp farming and other development.

FRIDAY, 11 NOVEMBER    BARN BEACH RESERVE LECTURE  LEAVENWORTH,WA   7-9 PM
Barn Beach Reserve Lecture Series, "Dog Days, Raven Nights," John Marzluff, UW School of Forest Resources.

SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER   SUSTAINABLE SEATTLE LECTURE  KANE 210 7-9 PM
Sustainable Seattle presents "The End of an Economy Based on Consumption," Paul Gilding and John DeGraff, environmental writers and activists.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A CALENDAR HEADS UP FOR
    Sunday-Wednesday, November 13-16, 2011, Reno, NV, Entomological Society of American Annual Meeting.
    Monday-Thursday, November 14-17, 2011, Tallahassee, FL, "Exploring the Mega-fire Reality:  A forest ecology and management conference."  Invited speakers include alums Jamie Barbour (PhD 1990, MS 1983) and Jerry williams (MS 1979).
    Monday, November 14, 2011, Gowen 201, 5-6 p.m., UW hosted Peace Corps information session; learn about volunteer experiences, have your questions answered, and gain tips to guide you through the application process.
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011, Kane 120, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Fall 2011 Mindlin Lecture, "Future Climate: The perspective from extreme climates of the past," Paul Hoffman, Harvard University Emeritus.
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Olympia, WA, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Washington Forest Protection Association Annual Meeting.
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Allen Library Research Commons, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., UW GIS day. The UW Geospatial Student Club is helping to coordinate the event hosted by UW Libraries; Dean Graumlich is the keynote speaker. Event includes lighting talks, a student poster competition, and a geocaching event.
    Thursday, November 17, 2011, Anderson 207, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., SAFS Graduate Student Symposium.

SFR WELCOMES THERESA NOGEIRE AND JEFF RICHARDSON
A warm welcome to two new Postdoctoral Research Associates, Theresa Nogeire, who will be working with Josh Lawler, and Jeffrey Richardson (PhD 2010, MS 2008), who will be working with L. Monika Moskal.

FACULTY PUBLICATIONS
A new publication, "A Riverscape Perspective of Pacific Salmonids and Aquatic Habitats Prior to Large-scale Dam Removal in the Elwha River, Washington, USA," in Fisheries Management and Ecology, includes Christian Torgersen among co-authors.  The paper describes fish co-occurrence patterns, abundance, and density of salmonids, and the major habitat features throughout the river during summer flows in 2007-2008. Once removal of two dams is completed in 2014, scientists will assess restoration of fish populations along the 70 miles of pristine spawning and rearing habitat in the Elwha River and its tributaries.

NEWSLETTERS ONLINE
    The Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program's Fall/Winter 2011/2012 issue
of the Rare Plant Press is now online.
    CoEnv's latest "Insider" newsletter is now online.This issue reports the USDA's $40 million research award led by Rick
Gustafson and the School's name change to SEFS, among other stories.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR UW'S ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE AND PSO AWARDS
    Nominations are now being accepted for the UW's annual Awards of Excellence that honor outstanding teachers, staff, librarians, mentors, and those engaged in leadership and public service. Awards are administered by a variety of
groups on campus. See http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/nominations-sought-for-awards-of-excellence
for a brief description of each award and instructions on how to submit a nomination.
    Nominations are also open for the ProStaff Award sponsored by the Professional Staff Organization. Any current professional staff member working at the UW's three campuses or UW Medicine is eligible. Nominations for Fall Quarter awards are due by November 15th. See http://depts.washington.edu/psoweb/development/awards/.

USFS CHIEF'S SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Nominations are being accepted for the U.S. Forest Service's Chief's Scholars Program. The program is a leadership development program aimed at enhancing diversity within the U.S. Forest Service.

BALLET TO TO ELECT HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE
The ballot to elect a member to the College of the Environment Health and Saftey Committee is now open. SFR faculty and staff can access the ballot at https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/snoozye/148574. The ballot closes on November 9, 2011 at 5 p.m.

SFR IN THE MEDIA
See two videos produced for a research project led by Kathy Wolf, "Green cities, good health"  and "Urban forest health benefits."


ALUMNI UPDATES
Dave Eastman (MS 1974) writes after receiving Tom Hinckley's "welcome to fall" email, "Every once in a while, I receive the SFR’s newsletter from the UW. This institution can be a bit of an odd place, because it willingly takes on subjects and faculty some other college might see as 'fringe' matters. I know, because I was considered in such regard at the time, having become quite the 'radical environmental grad student' of the mid-seventies! But, that often painful process is how newly advancing concepts get some traction and eventually become absorbed in an undergraduate curriculum." Dave lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he writes a weekly column and hosts a weekly radio show. Owner of "Country Ecology," a business specializing in enhancing bird habitat, he also writes for birding magazines.

KUDOS
Send in those kudos!

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

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

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