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Honors and Awards
Emeritus Professor Richard Taber has been awarded the 2008 Aldo Leopold Memorial Award at the Wildlife Society’s annual meeting in Miami. The highest honor bestowed by the society, it is a lifetime achievement award given to those whose careers have made a difference to the cause of wildlife conservation. Taber, who actually worked with Aldo Leopold as a graduate student, taught at the College of Forest Resources from 1968 until his retirement in 1985, and originated CFR’s wildlife science program. The author of more than 90 papers, he has been consulted on international wildlife issues in Pakistan, Chile and Eastern Europe. With Neil Payne, he wrote the book Wildlife, Conservation, and Human Welfare: A United States and Canadian Perspective, a work that looks at the continuing evolution of the relationship between people and wild creatures.
Royce Anderson, who transferred to the UW from Bellevue Community College, was one of two undergraduate UW President's Medalists in 2008. He graduated in June with distinction with a B.S. in forest resources. Now enrolled in the college’s master of science program, Anderson, 31, returned to higher education after working in the forest fighting fires, planting trees and working on ecological restoration. He returned to school to become, in his words, "a more educated steward of the forest." As a UW student, he decided that he wanted to contribute to understanding the "forest as a system" by pursuing an advanced degree.Anderson has received numerous honors and awards, including the Xi Sigma Pi student research grant, the Northwest Scientific Association student research grant, the J.H. Bloedel Scholarship, the George and Marge Stenzel Scholarship, and was winner of the Charles Pack Essay Contest. He has appreciated being part of small groups in his research and field trips within the college. "I often learn as much from a week in the woods as I do from a quarter in the classroom," he says. "It is a perfect example of how valuable outside-the-classroom learning can be." For a fascinating look at what Anderson has learned in the woods, see The Nature Conservancy Web story about worms (yes, worms!) in trees, Worms found high in Northwest forests.
A project initiated by Research Associate Professor Sally Brown won UW researchers a first-place National Clean Water Recognition Award for 2008. The idea was to use some of the nearly 115,000 tons of biosolids produced annually in King County treatment plants to fertilize canola in the Yakima, Wash. area. (Biosolids are the solid organic matter recovered from municipal wastewater treatment that's often used as a fertilizer.) The canola would then be used to produce biofuel for Metro Transit buses. Partnering with the UW on the project were Natural Selection Farms in Sunnyside, Wash., and Metro Transit. Metro Transit officials say they expect to have 2 million gallons of homegrown biodiesel annually, enough to help power buses for nearly a year.The Clean Water Act Recognition Awards program, sponsored by EPA's Office of Wastewater Management, recognizes advances in waste treatment and pollution abatement programs. The program gave out 15 first-place awards in categories ranging from outstanding operations and maintenance to storm water management. The UW award was for the category of exemplary biosolids management, research and innovation.
Michael Geisen, '96, a seventh-grade science teacher from Prineville, Ore., was named the National Teacher of the Year at an April 2008 ceremony at the White House. Geisen, a former forester who came to teaching only seven years ago, is known for his eclectic style in the classroom. He uses music and other creative means to get his students excited about science. See articles about the award in The Oregonian: "At the top of his class" and "National Teacher of the Year Michael Geisen honored at White House."
Professor Don Hanley was recently elected a Fellow in the Society of American Foresters (SAF), an award that honors outstanding contributions to SAF and to forestry education and research. Hanley holds concurrent faculty positions at the UW and Washington State University as professor and extension forester. He is currently working to develop an educational program that will help non-industrial private forest landowners to productively and sustainably steward their resources. SAF is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the U.S. It was founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot and is the world's largest professional society for foresters.
Professor David Peterson, a U.S. Forest Service scientist for the agency’s Pacific Northwest Research Station, was among UW faculty awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with former Vice President Al Gore for work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.Professor Susan Bolton, as faculty mentor for the UW Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), was among the honored recipients of the Humanitarian Award of Year, awarded by EWB’s national office. For a story about the chapter’s award winning project in Yanayo, Bolivia, see University Week, "Engineers Without Borders hosts conference."
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