Grad Student Symposium!

This Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, you are invited to attend the 14th Annual Graduate Student Symposium (GSS). This year’s theme is “Your Science Narrative,” and the morning kicks off with a four-person keynote panel and workshop exploring science communication. After that, the day is broken into a series of short grad student talks—with an undergrad poster session during lunch—that culminate in a Dead Elk party to round out the night. The GSS is a tremendous showcase of graduate student research, and we encourage you to take a look at the full schedule and join us for as much of the day as you can!



SEFS to Host Wood ID Workshop

This week, CINTRAFOR is co-hosting a two-day workshop, “Development and Scaling of Innovative Technologies for Wood Identification.” Held in the Forest Club Room on February 28 and March 1, the workshop will explore the methodologies and challenges of the taxonomic and provenance (origin) identification of wood and forest products.


Garden Lovers' Book Sale: April 7 & 8

Mark your calendars for a chance to shop an impressive selection of thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany and landscape design books at the 12th annual Elisabeth C. Miller Library Garden Lovers’ Book Sale!


Today (2/27): Xi Sigma Pi Résumé Workshop

All students, grad and undergrad, are invited to sharpen their résumés in the Forest Club Room this afternoon from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Whether you’re applying for summer internships, full-time jobs or graduate programs, it never hurts to give your résumé some fine-tuning!


This Wednesday (3/1): Student Brown Bag Lunch in AND 22

There’s no agenda or formal structure for this casual lunch series; it’s simply a chance to relax and hang out with your fellow students (faculty and staff are welcome, too!). We usually hold the lunch in the Forest Club Room, but we are moving to Anderson 22 this week because of the Wood ID Workshop. Also, what you bring for lunch is up to you, but we might have some treats!


March 2-5, 2017:

SEFS Prospective Grad Student Weekend

March 3, 2017:

Graduate Student Symposium, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., AND 207

March 3, 2017:

Dead Elk Party, 5:30 p.m. - ??, AND 207

April 4, 2017:

Sustaining Our World Lecture, Time TBD



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We have to start with some herculean kudos to all of our IFSA students, who organized and carried out an amazing international event last week with the Canadian-American Regional Meeting. Seriously, on top of all of their class schedules and other obligations, these dynamos hosted more than 30 students from other universities in the United States and Canada for more than a week of activities—including overnight trips to Pack Forest and the Olympic Natural Resources Center, a faculty dinner, Pecha Kucha night and Forester's Ball. (A few also found time, miraculously, to post hearts and heart-warming messages around the school on Valentine’s Day. From our unscientific survey, we saw scores of appreciative people stopping to read and take pics). Brilliantly done, all of you!

On a related note, kudos to Lisa Nordlund, who proctored a tree physiology exam for one of the visiting CARM students!

We’ll finish with some big-time kudos, as well, for SEFS master's student Cole Gross, who organized another super-successful career fair last Tuesday! Early returns from employers are extremely positive—same from attending students—and we hope the Society of American Foresters - UW Student Chapter keeps buildling on this highly valuable tradition. (No rest for Cole, either, as he is also the lead organizer for this Friday’s Graduate Student Symposium!)

In other news, John Tylczak, who has hosted a photography exhibition in the Forest Club Room the past three Octobers (drawing from his Views from the Northwoods collection), has another show underway at the Polson Museum in Hoquiam, Wash. The Daily World in Aberdeen did a nice write-up about it.

In case you missed the latest PNW CESU Cooperative Ventures February newsletter, they have some great funding opportunities in it that might be of interest to folks. Check it out!

On March 27 and 28, the nonprofit Software Carpentry will be holding a two-day workshop at the eScience Data Science Studio. The workshop will focus on software tools to make researchers more effective, allowing them to automate research tasks, automatically track their research over time, and use programming to accelerate their research, and make it more reproducible. In the workshop, there will be two parallel tracks: one focusing on the programming language R, and the other on Python. Learn more!

Also on March 27, you are invited to attend a workshop in Washington, D.C., “A Century of Wildland Fire Research: How Can We Apply What We’ve Learned,” hosted by the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. Held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST at the National Academy of Sciences, the half-day workshop is also available by webcast, so you can register online or contact Raymond Chappetta for more information.



SEFS master’s student Jessica Hernandez invites you to register for the “Living Breath Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium,” coming up May 5 to 6 at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House on campus. The cost for adults is $20 for one day or $35 for two, and all students can attend for free. Register today!



Nothing new to report.



Wildlife Seminar: Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m., Smith 120

ESRM 429 Seminar: Tuesdays, 8:30-9:20 a.m., AND 223



SEFS doctoral student Matthew Aghai is a coauthor on a paper in Plant Ecology, “Improving restoration success through research-driven initiatives: case studies targeting Pinus pinea reforestation stock development in Lebanon.”

Professor Steve Harrell is a coauthor on a paper in Geoforum, “Dual-function forests in the returning farmland to forest program and the flexibility of environmental policy in China.”



On Saturday, February 18, BBC’s CrowdScience radio program ran a cool segment, “Why are Cats Loners?” that features Professor Aaron Wirsing. Aaron chimes in around minute 15 on the costs and benefits of sociality and solitary hunting in large predators, and especially felid predators. Give it a listen (the cat pic alone is worth your click)!

On February 22, Michelle Ma at UW News wrote a great story about new research involving Professor Bernard Bormann and the Olympic Natural Resources Center, “Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula to test innovations in forest management.”



We recently reconnected with Steve Butterworth (’67, B.S; ’71, M.S.), who worked 42 years with the National Park Service and has spent the past six years with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

That update, and many others, went out in our most recent alumni newsletter, Roots. You’ve probably seen just about everything in there, but it’s a delightful digest of what’s been happening here the past few months if you wanted to take a peek!