We’ll kick things off with some major kudos for Professors Susan Bolton and Ben Spencer, who were just awarded $100,000 from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to expand their fog water/garden project in Peru!
We also have some great kudos for Professor Kristiina Vogt, who received some wonderful feedback from one of her students this quarter in ESRM 101: “As we are finishing up the quarter, I started to realize that this class was one of the most interesting and engaging classes that I took at UW. I just wanted to thank you that I finally found something that I am really interested in studying. I originally had a thought of majoring in general biology, but I think I am really interested in minoring in ESRM as well. I didn't really have a chance to interact with you this quarter, but I do want to thank you for such a great class! I am curious if you are teaching or planning to teach any higher level classes? Once again, thank you and I hope you have a great summer.” Nice work, Kristiina!
We have three new hires to report, starting with the promotion of Chris Watson to serve as assistant manager of horticulture at the Washington Park Arboretum! Watson began his new duties on June 1, and he’s taking on a range of responsibilities, from supervising six permanent gardeners; to managing day-to-day operations of the Horticulture & Arboriculture Program at the Arboretum; to full management of the Integrated Pest Management Program; to daily oversight of the mitigation at the Union Bay Natural Area and the Arboretum Loop Trail, along with the Yesler Swamp Boardwalk project; to a host of others roles. He will still be reporting to David Zuckerman. Congratulations, Chris!
Next, we’re very pleased to welcome Leta Kao as a new fiscal specialist to bolster our financial services team in Anderson Hall! Kao joins us from the UW Medical Oncology Unit, and her first day was last Monday, June 8.
Finally, next month Maureen Black will be joining our school as the new rental manager for the UW Botanic Gardens. Black brings more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations, as well as executive-level experience in the hospitality industry, most recently with Argosy Cruises and Tillicum Village. Her first day will be July 1. Welcome, all!
KEEP SAVING THE DATE: The annual SEFS retreat has been set for Wednesday, September 23, at the Center for Urban Horticulture. More details will be available later this summer, but in the meantime please go ahead and block off that day!
No news to report.
No weekly seminars scheduled for the summer.
SEFS Director Tom DeLuca, with doctoral student Melissa Pingree as one of the co-authors, has a new paper out in Soil Biology and Biochemistry, “A novel rhizosphere trait-based approach to evaluating soil phosphorus availability across complex landscapes.”
He also co-authored a new chapter in a book this year, Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology (Chapter 15: “Bio-char effects on soil nutrient transformation”).
Professor Sharon Doty’s research with N-fixation in poplars caught the eye of the Poplar and Willow Council of Canada, which put together a nice blurb on their website, “Poplars fix nitrogen in leaves,” that links to the longer piece in Science.
SEFS alumna Andrea Watts co-authored a great piece in the June 2015 issue of Seattle Business magazine, “Cross-laminated Timber: the Future of Building?” Among the researchers she interviewed for the piece was SEFS Director Tom DeLuca.