Let’s start with some major kudos for SEFS grad students Clarence Smith and Cody Sifford, who swept the podium—placing first and second, respectively—in the research poster competition at the 2014 American Indian Science and Engineering Society National Conference in Orlando, Fla. Way to represent SEFS and CINTRAFOR!
We also have some conference kudos for SEFS doctoral student Christiana Dietzen, who recently presented a poster, “Effects of Forest Management on Deep Soil Carbon and Nitrogen in a Highly Productive Pacific Northwest Andisol,” at the annual Soil Science Society of America meeting in Long Beach, Calif. It was her first time presenting a poster at a major conference, and it was a great learning experience and opportunity to meet experts in the field. Nice work, Christiana!
In other great news, the College of the Environment announced its technology infrastructure awards for FY15, and we are very pleased to share that SEFS was awarded $30,000 to add projectors to Anderson 22, Wink 103 and 107. In fact, two projectors will be added to 107, which will be split into two teaching areas, each with a projector. These will be incredible upgrades, and special thanks to Professor Greg Ettl and Marc Morrison for getting the proposal and estimates together!
On the other end of the happiness spectrum, we are sad to report that Sandra Hines, who has been a long-time champion of SEFS in the UW News office, has decided to retire after 27 years with the university. Sandra has been a tremendous resource in writing about and promoting our work, and we will miss her support and familiarity with our school—though we of course wish her the absolute best in retirement! With her departure, Michelle Ma (206.543.2580; firstname.lastname@example.org) will be taking over in covering our news at the university level, and we will relay any other changes that result from this transition.
On the all-important caffeine front, the College of the Environment Latte Cart is back for the holiday season and will be in Bloedel Hall from 9 to 11 a.m. next Monday, December 8. So make sure to head to the first floor hallway to get your free lattes and pastries!
REMINDER: Due to water damage in Bloedel Hall, two members of the SEFS IT team have had to move temporarily. You can now find David Guenther in Anderson 107G and Shane Krause in Bloedel 288, and the student lab is closed until further notice (which means no poster printing during this time). We will have updates on repairs as soon as they are available, and please be gentle and understanding with everyone who has been displaced and suffered damage!
The SEFS Visiting Committee met on Tuesday, November 18. Director Tom DeLuca spent a portion of the three-hour meeting providing SEFS updates, and the committee discussed opportunities to be more collaborative, robust and effective. The next meeting will take place in the spring.
Professor David Butman has a new paper coming out in Nature Geoscience, “Increased mobilization of aged carbon to rivers by human disturbance.” The paper explores how through carbon isotopes of organic matter in rivers we can see the impact of land cover disturbance from agriculture and urbanization—specifically, the release of 'old' carbon into the modern carbon cycle, analogous to the burning of fossil fuels. Although it’s a small flux of potentially old carbon, this research suggests that the impact of land use change on global carbon cycling has been underestimated.
A seattlepi.com story on November 19, “UW trick with plants could be answer to cleaning toxics from soil,” features Research Scientist Zareen Khan and Professor Sharon Doty, and the Plant Microbiology Lab was the spotlight feature in the new UW Green Labs Newsletter.
SEFS Research Scientist Kathy Wolf was featured in a November 17 story in The Telegraph, “Top tips for an eco-friendly garden,” and also in a November 25 story in Scientific American, “How People Make Summer Hotter,” about the variation in temperature between cities and the surrounding rural areas—known as the urban heat island effect.
Professor Aaron Wirsing and doctoral students Justin Dellinger and Carolyn Shores were featured in a UW Daily story on November 13, “Washington wolves: After 80-year absence, the pack is back.” A shorter version also appeared in the November 20 print edition.
On November 24, The Herald in Everett, Wash., published a great story about Professor John Marzluff’s newest book, “Book by Seattle author teaches how to coexist with birds.”
The latest issue of Roots, our alumni e-newsletter, went out on Thursday, November 20, and though you’ve probably seen most of the news in various places, we encourage you to take a look and forward the issue to any SEFS alumni you know! We’re always looking to connect with folks our messages might be missing, so we appreciate the help in spreading the word.