We have some redwood-sized kudos for Professors Sergey Rabotyagov and Aaron Wirsing, who have both been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure. Congratulations, Sergey and Aaron!
Coming up on April 4 and 5 is the annual Elisabeth C. Miller Library Garden Lovers’ Book Sale. It’s the biggest event of the year and an important fundraiser for the library, so check out the event details and see if you have any plant-related books to donate to the sale!
Guest Seminar: This coming Friday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in AND 22, we are pleased to welcome Fred Swanson, an emeritus research geologist with the U.S. Forest Service, for a talk, “Volcano Ecology: Lessons from Recent Eruptions of Mount St. Helens (eruption began 1980), Chaiten (2008), and Cordon-Caulle Puyehue (2011) (southern Chile).” Swanson has been a long-time researcher at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research site and at Mount St. Helens. Come join him on Friday!
Don’t forget to send in word of new publications involving you or your students!
Sandra Hines at UW News and Information put together a great story about Professor Ivan Eastin and CINTRAFOR successfully lobbying to have local Douglas-fir included as part of a homebuilding subsidy program in Japan: “UW helps protect $30 million to $40 million in U.S. wood exports to Japan.”
In other fun news, we caught wind of a story in The Islands’ Sounder on January 30, “Rain Shadow Consulting Opens,” that featured two of our alumni, Carson and Samantha Sprenger. The company they founded, Rain Shadow Consulting, aims to provide forestry and habitat restoration services throughout the San Juan Islands!
A reminder that the SEFS Alumni Group will be holding a meeting tomorrow, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in Anderson 22. Contact Jessica Farmer if you’d like to call into the meeting, and learn about other ways you can get involved.
We’re excited, as well, to announce the launch of our revamped alumni e-newsletter, Roots, which went out for the first time last Thursday. It’s produced jointly by SEFS and the SEFS Alumni Group, and will be mailed three times a year. Check out the first issue, and spread the word to other alumni!