Saying goodbye to long-time colleagues and friends is never easy, and we hope Anita Smith knows how much she will be missed in these halls. Yet sad as we are to see her go, we take solace in knowing she’s moving on to a tremendous opportunity with General Internal Medicine, and we wish her the absolute best!
Another great installment of Evening Talks at ONRC is coming up this Friday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Olympic Natural Resources Center. Mike Tetreau will be giving the talk, “Chasing the Ice Worm in Tibet.” The event is open to the public, and you are invited to bring your favorite snack to share! Contact Ellen Matheny with any questions about the talk or speaker series.
Last Wednesday, March 5, Professor Aaron Wirsing gave a talk at the annual meeting of the Northwest Section of the Wildlife Society in Boise, Idaho. The talk, “The rise of animal-borne video systems as tools for wildlife research,” was part of a plenary session titled, “The Rise of Technology in Wildlife Science: Transforming Wildlife Conservation in the 21st Century.”
We have some kudos for Clara Burnett, who supplied a few “emergency mugs” for the Anderson Hall kitchen last week to help with a coffee cup shortage. Nothing grips this school with panic more than a crisis threatening our caffeine intake, so thank you to Clara for helping everyone keep the coffee flowing!
And don’t forget that the annual Elisabeth C. Miller Library Garden Lovers’ Book Sale is coming up on April 4 and 5. 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!
Professor Jon Bakker, who will be returning from sabbatical shortly, is part of the Nutrient Network, a global research cooperative that has a paper being published in Nature this week: “Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation.”
Bakker was a coauthor on a separate paper in Nature a few weeks ago, “Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands.” Great work, Jon!
SEFS has several authors—including Professors Stevan Harrell and Tom Hinckley, as well as Lauren Urgenson and Julie Combs—on a study published in Human Ecology this February: “Traditional Livelihoods, Conservation and Meadow Ecology in Jiuzhaigou National Park, Sichuan, China.”
There’s a great story in the Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine from February 23 about Professor Sarah Reichard and her husband, and how their large, wild and weedy garden in Crown Hill has proven to be both retreat and testing ground: “On the wild side: Down a ravine, treasures are found, natives thrive and creatures call.”
In other fun gardening news, Riz Reyes, one of our award-winning gardeners at the UW Botanic Gardens, was featured in a piece from The New York Times on March 5: “Scratching a Niche.”
We also came across a neat piece in ARCADE about Winkenwerder Hall, “A Surprising Richness of Order.”
The SEFS Alumni Group and Xi Sigma Pi are organizing a career mentoring event for students on Wednesday, April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Forest Club Room. Event details and ways to get involved are still being finalized, and we’ll have more information soon. You can contact the SEFS Alumni Group with any questions in the meantime.