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Honors and Awards
Professor Kern Ewing has been awarded the S. Sterling Munro Public Service Teaching Award for his dedication to teaching and his ongoing involvement and leadership in the UW's Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN). The award is given to those who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in community-based instruction and service learning, as well as public service and community projects. Ewing has been on the Forest Resources faculty since 1990, and was instrumental in establishing UW-REN in 1999 as a tri-campus program serving as a regional center to integrate student, faculty and community interests in ecological restoration and conservation.
Professor Bob Edmonds has been chosen for the Western International Forest Disease Work Conference (WIFDWC) 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award. The award was presented at the 2009 conference in Durango, Colo., and honored Edmonds’ work in forest ecology and forest pathology. The WIFDWC was formed in 1953 to provide a forum for information exchange among forest pathologists in western North America.
Professor Bruce Lippke has been named the 2009 Environmental Innovator by the Washington Policy Center (WPC). Each year WPC’s Center for the Environment presents the award to groups or individuals who have helped promote innovative and effective approaches to environmental sustainability. Lippke was honored for his contributions to forest sustainability through his work with the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM), focusing on life-cycle analysis and efforts to improve the efficiency of building materials while improving environmental stewardship.
Assistant Professor Monika Moskal was elected vice president of the Puget Sound Region American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Moskal is one of 13 recently recruited Forest Resources faculty. Her research and teaching supports the Precision Forestry Cooperative and graduate and undergraduate programs in sustainable resource management. Her Remote Sensing and Geospatial Laboratory researches multiscale dynamics of landscape change through the innovative application of remote sensing and geospatial tools.
Miranda Wecker, marine program manager for the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC), was recently appointed chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Wecker worked in the Olympic National Forest before getting two law degrees from the UW, one of them an advanced degree in marine law. She began her position at ONRC in 1995, where one of her major efforts has been the control of the invasive grass spartina in Willapa Bay.
Duane Emmons,’99, forest operations manager for the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, has been awarded a Society of American Foresters (SAF) Presidential Field Forester Award. Emmons' selection recognizes his dedication and contribution to many ongoing forest management projects at Pack Forest. The Award will be presented at the national SAF meeting in October.
Joshua Millspaugh, ‘99, associate professor in the University of Missouri’s School of Natural Resources, has won the 2009 Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes an outstanding faculty member from each participating higher-education institution in the state. It honors effective teaching and advising, service to the university community, commitment to high standards of excellence and success in nurturing student achievement. Millspaugh was also one of two educators in the U.S. to win the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 2008 Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in College and University Teaching Award, the highest honor bestowed by the USDA for university-level achievement. Millspaugh studies animals' habitat selection and their success in those habitats, working with wildlife ranging in size from elephants to salamanders.
Affiliate Professor Martin Raphael of the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station in Olympia, Wash., was recently named a recipient of the agency’s 2009 Wings across the Americas Research and Partnership Award for research on the habitat and ecology of the marbled murrelet. Other partners who were recognized include alums Thomas Bloxton,‘02, also of the PNW Research Station, and Scott Pearson, ’97, of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Hiroaki Ishii, ‘00, an associate professor at Japan’s Kobe University, received the 2008 Progress in Agriculture Award from the Society for Agriculture Science of Japan for his research contributions in conifer tree photosynthesis and carbon sequestration of plantation forests.
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