Dyeing to Try It

In the last issue, we wrote about the new science camp that Isabel Carrera Zamanillo launched this August. To help out with teaching different subjects, Isabel recruited several folks from SEFS to serve as guest scientists for a day, and among the volunteers was Kurt Haunreiter, who manages the Paper and Bioresource Science Center in Bloedel Hall. So last Thursday, August 18, Kurt and several undergrad assistants—including BSE major and UW Student TAPPI President Maika Bui (above right)—welcomed the students into the paper lab. The day’s objective was to introduce students to the art and science of paper making through the hand-made paper process. Each camper got to dip a mould into a vat of dyed pulp, press and couch the wet paper onto a blotter, and then dry the paper in one of our speed dryers. Great stuff! (Also, below in “Blog Bits,” you can read about the lesson SEFS doctoral student Catherine Kuhn led on August 8!).



New Faculty Intro: Phil Levin

Michelle Ma at UW News published a great Q&A with new faculty member Phil Levin, who started in July in a joint position as a Professor of Practice with SEFS and lead scientist with The Nature Conservancy in Washington.


Summer Campers Have Fun Exploring Biogeochemistry

Two weeks ago, SEFS doctoral student Catherine Kuhn led the Mission Earth Scout One science camp for the day as a guest scientist, and she taught a lesson about the freshwater carbon cycle—including an afternoon of field sampling along Ravenna Creek!


August Plant Profile: Dierama pulcherrimum

Learn all about angel’s fishing rod in this fun piece by UW Botanic Gardens Curator Ray Larson. The profile went out in the latest issue of eFlora, which, if you aren't already a subscriber, is a wonderful source of news about the Center for Urban Horticulture, Washington Park Arboretum and elsewhere in the UW Botanic Gardens community.


Geohackweek: Five Days of Geospatial Workshops

From November 14 to 18, the University of Washington’s eScience Institute will be hosting Geohackweek, and you are invited to take part in wide-ranging tutorials, data exploration, software development and community networking—all focused on open source tools to analyze and visualize geospatial data. Learn more and apply to attend by September 15.


Sept. 5, 2016:

Labor Day Holiday

Sept. 21, 2016:

SEFS Annual Retreat

Sept. 28, 2016:

Fall Quarter Begins

Oct. 5, 2016:

Salmon BBQ, 4-6 p.m., Anderson Courtyard



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In case you missed the news last week, we were sad to learn that Sally Morgan, one of our longest-tenured staff members, will be retiring from SEFS this October. Sally has been part of our community for nearly 20 years, and we wish her the absolute best in her next adventures. Please join us in thanking her for her many years of service!

As Sally departs, though, we’re very pleased to announce a couple new additions to our staff, starting with Greg Olsen, who joined our IT Team last week! Greg comes to us from UW’s Parking Services group, where he earned rave reviews for excellent customer service and support, and we are very excited to have him here. Also, the newest member of our Financial Services Team is Laurine Knott, who has worked in UW Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and at Harborview, and brings great experience in a variety of areas, including travel, various fiscal tasks and payroll. Welcome, Greg and Laurine!

In other great news, Sarah Reichard reports that—after a mere 30 years—the Center for Urban Horticulture will finally be served by a bus stop! The #78 bus runs between campus and Children’s Hospital, and though it only runs on weekdays, the addition of this stop across the street from CUH will be a tremendous help to students, staff, faculty and visitors.



Nothing new to report.



Wildlife Seminar: Done until the fall.

SEFS Senior Seminar: Done until the fall.

SEFS Seminar Series: Done until the fall.



Professor Sándor Tóth is a coauthor on three new publications currently in press, including “A Model for Managing Edge Effects in Harvest scheduling Using Spatial Optimization,” coming out in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research; “Multi-objective optimization to evaluate tradeoffs among forest ecosystem services following fire hazard reduction in the Deschutes National Forest, USA,” coming out in Ecosystem Services; and “Combining Spatiotemporal Corridor Design for Reindeer Migration with Harvest Scheduling in Northern Sweden,” also in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research.



On August 18, Michelle Ma at UW News published a fantastic Q&A with Professor Sally Brown, “From White House to Tacoma, WA, urban agriculture is growing.”

On August 6, Lynda Mapes wrote a great story in the Seattle Times that features UW Botanic Gardens Horticulturist (and incoming SEFS grad student) Ryan Garrison, “From mountain forests to city parks, trees are stressed and dying.”

Also, on August 9, SGB Media published a nice piece about our Fiddleheads Forest School, “The Magic of No Walls,” that features Kit Harrington, Sarah Heller and Joanna Wright.



A recent news story at UC Davis, “Drought Slows Growth of Douglas Fir Trees Across the West," highlights Christina Restaino (’14, Ph.D.)—now a postdoctoral researcher in the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy—and SEFS Affiliate Professor David Peterson. The article explores research from a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “Increased water deficit decreases Douglas fir growth throughout western US forests.” Christina is the lead author on the paper.