Xi Sigma Pi Rewind...

We pulled this photo from the Pack Forest Archives (courtesy of the old RTI Image Archive—thanks!). Taken in the fall of 1932, this shot captures several new pledges to Xi Sigma Pi, the forestry honor society founded at UW in 1908. It’s a bit hard to make out, but among the props and gags these pledges are wearing is the slogan, “Everybody loses when timber burns.” A note on another photo from this set indicates that two of the pledges (the other is off-screen, thanks to a regrettable crop we had to make for space) are from India, which is a fun reminder that even back in 1932 we were training foresters around the world!



The Bear Essentials

In a study led by Professors Tom Quinn and Aaron Wirsing, researchers are monitoring brown bear behavior along salmon-spawning streams in Alaska through remote cameras and collecting hair samples for DNA analysis.


Keeping the Emerald City Green

This fall, the UW Botanic Gardens is partnering with the city of Seattle for the “Trees for Neighborhoods” project, which will distribute more than 1,000 trees to Seattle residents in October and November.


A Winning Wager

Professor Sergey Rabotyagov recently won a friendly wager with a colleague to see whose model would more accurately predict the size of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone for 2013. And what was the prize for his precision?


Fall Planting Party

If the impending start of Fall Quarter has you fired up and extra motivated to get your hands dirty, you can channel that energy on Saturday, September 28, at a volunteer work party with our friends at Conservation Northwest!


Sept. 18, 2013:

SEFS Fall Retreat!

Sept. 19, 2013:

Grad Student Orientation

Oct. 2, 2013:


April 27, 2014:

SEFS Spring Gathering



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Big kudos to Lisa Nordlund, who took the lead and earned $1,500 toward student event funding for next academic year by helping with freshman registration this past summer. Nice work, Lisa!

On a very different note, we are sad to announce the departure of SEFS Administrator Beverly Anderson. Her steady leadership has helped steer us through some of our most tumultuous years, and she has earned an honored place in SEFS history. She will be missed, and we wish her the best in her next adventures.


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Professor Sally Brown is quoted extensively in a feature in the latest issue of Soil Horizons (Vol. 54, No. 5), a publication of the Soil Science Society of America (“Is the Soil in My Backyard Safe? Looking at the Problem of Lead-Contaminated Soils in Urban Areas”).

Professor John Marzluff’s crow work was also featured a couple times recently, including in Scientific American (“Crows Show Off Their Social Skills”) and on New Hampshire Public Radio (“Crow Hunting in America”).


If those first whiffs of fall have been intoxicating to you, then make sure to sign up for a full-on autumn immersion when Professor Emeritus Tom Hinckley leads one of his famous alumni hikes into the Methow Valley the first weekend of October!