Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid ...

… of not dressing up and then getting heckled for your lack of Halloween spirit! On the bright side, Anderson Hall was crawling with fun costumes last Thursday, from witches and spiders to pirates, tigers and a lost little Nemo. Joanna Medina kicked off the festivities by stocking the Anderson kitchen with homemade cupcakes, cookies, donuts and candy, and then Laura Davis brought the creepiest green finger cookies we've ever seen—complete with pistachio shells for nails. We've since heard reports of folks waking up with panic sweats all weekend. Terrifying stuff. Nice work, everyone!



Forest Fires and Fireside Chats

This past September, 20 students spent two weeks exploring the forests of central and southern Oregon as part of an intensive field course with Professor Jerry Franklin. Dave Herman, a SEFS grad student along for the trip, shared some of his wonderful photos to help us put together a gallery—which has some vintage shots of Professor Franklin!


Emeritus Spotlight: Dave Manuwal

After 41 years as part of the SEFS community, Professor Emeritus Dave Manuwal is officially retired and no longer teaches, but you’ll find his indelible fingerprints all over this school and the history of the wildlife program. Read more about his incredible career!


Explore the Gardens of Cuba!

What would you say to a 10-day tour of Cuba's gardens, national parks, organic farms and forests, as well as the legendary history, music and dancing of Havana? If your pulse just raced a little at the thought of it, then join Professor Sarah Reichard this winter for a Cuban adventure from February 20 to March 3!


Society of American Foresters National Convention

The SEFS contingent at the 2013 convention in Charleston, S.C., included several professors, Director Tom DeLuca, graduate student Ben Roe and graduate advisor Amanda Davis, who organized our information booth and helped put on a small alumni reception.


Nov. 4, 2013:

Wildlife Science Seminar, 3:30-4:20 p.m., Bagley Hall, Room 131

Nov. 5, 2013:

SEFS Seminar Series, 3:30-4:20 p.m., AND 223

Dec. 4, 2013:

SEFS Holiday Party, 4-6 p.m., Forest Club Room

Dec. 13, 2013:

End of Fall Quarter!



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Major kudos to Marc Morrison, who dropped what he was doing the other day to lug a 200-pound centrifuge from Anderson to Bloedel to help out a couple grad students. This is NOT an invitation to call on Marc the next time you have a brutally heavy load that needs lifting/toting. It is, however, a great time to recognize his selfless, backbreaking act!

We have some other kudos, as well, for Professor Aaron Wirsing, who gave a lecture for “General Studies 197/297: Exploring Environmental Majors at the UW,” on Friday, Oct. 18. The course is a great recruiting tool for our programs, and Professor Wirsing’s enthusiasm was greatly appreciated—and had the students very engaged.

Don’t forget to join us for Week 6 of the SEFS Seminar Series tomorrow (Tuesday) from 3:30-4:20 p.m. in Anderson 223. We’re excited for Professor Stanley Asah’s talk, “Inciting Organizational Ambidexterity in the Forest Service: Community-Agency Interactions, Personality and Perceived Organizational Obstruction in Fire Management.” And since it’s the first Tuesday of the month, we’ll also have a casual reception afterward—co-sponsored by the Dead Elk Society—from 4:30-5:30 in the Forest Club Room!

In other news, the Northwest Environmental Forum met at the Center for Urban Horticulture on October 29 and 30. Check out the itinerary (PDF) for a full listing of presenters and topics covered at the 2013 forum, “Washington's Working Forests of 2040: Intersecting Natural Capital with Private Capital.”

Also, for the wordsmiths out there: Grist, a nonprofit environmental news website based here in Seattle, is launching a new editorial fellowship program. They are looking to hire three recent graduates—whether early-career journalists or other interested writers—to join the Grist team for six-month periods. The fellowships would begin February 2014, and applications are due November 15. Take a look at the full program description and see if that sounds like an interesting possibility for you or someone you know.


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Professor Jerry Franklin was featured in a story posted October 23 in the Yakima Herald, “Can New Energy Operations Make Forest Restoration Affordable?”

Gardening with Ciscoe,” a Seattle television and radio show in which Ciscoe Morris doles out garden advice, filmed a segment at the recently opened New Zealand Forest in the Washington Park Arboretum. The show aired locally a few times, including this past Saturday, Nov. 2, on KING 5 (10 a.m.) and KONG 16 (1:30 p.m.). Professor Sarah Reichard did a separate radio interview with Morris last week about the new signage and trails at the Arboretum.


At the SAF National Convention two weeks ago in Charleston, S.C., Paul Wagner (B.S. Forest Management, 1980) was given the SAF Field Forester Award for District 1. Congratulations, Paul!