Western Division of AFS Student Colloquium Feb. 11-14th

The 2015 WDAFS Student Colloquium will be held at the Bear Lake Training Center in Garden City Utah from February 11th-14th.

More information from the Utah State University AFS:

Why should you come to the WDAFS Student Colloquium?

This is an opportunity to network with fisheries students from across western North America, practice your presentations for upcoming conferences or state chapter meetings, and receive constructive feedback from your peers. We are committed to coordinating a great event, at very little or no cost to students attending.

Important dates:
Initial RSVP (approx # of students attending from your subunit)—November 15, 2014
Abstract submission – January 15, 2015
Final RSVP(# of students attending from your student subunit) – January 25, 2015

Also, check out the flier on the meeting: SK_USU_WDAFSstudentcolloquium2015(29Oct14)

UW work study position with Long Live The Kings

Job Title: Salmon Recovery Assistant
Location: downtown Seattle
Duration: 19 hours/week for the academic year
Duties & Responsibilities:
The position is responsible for working with the project manager to execute a variety of salmon recovery activities:
– Assist with administration and facilitation of a state-wide association of salmon recovery professionals
– Assist with coordination of a biennial conference focused on Salmon Recovery in Washington and Oregon for habitat restoration professionals, hatchery and harvest managers, state and federal agency and tribal staff
– Threatened species recovery research and review
– Assist with an in-stream restoration project scheduled for construction in summer of 2015
– Draft and/or edit meeting summaries, work plans, manuals, agendas, and outreach materials
– Coordinate meetings and logistics
Minimum Qualifications:
Some knowledge of Puget Sound, salmon, threatened & endangered species or other recovery planning efforts.
Some knowledge of or interest in habitat restoration theory or practice.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Proficient with MS Office Suite.
Interest in marine issues, fisheries, public process, habitat restoration, land use/protection or other relevant issues.
Flexible and able to multitask.
Sense of humor.
To apply please send a cover letter and resume to Susan O’Neil at soneil@lltk.org.
For more information:

AFS Annual Meeting Quebec City 2014

Merrill Rudd and Laura Koehn, new AFS UW officers and as well as past president Megsie Siple, presented at the 2014 AFS Annual Meeting in Quebec City, Canada this past August. Special symposium topics included:

See more at AFS 2014
Next year’s annual meeting will be in Portland, Oregon on August 16th-20th, 2015


AFS Western Division is seeking a student representative for 2014-2015

This role is an excellent opportunity to learn more about how WDAFS operates and how AFS can play an important part in your career and studentship.  Here are some facts about being student rep that you should consider:
– You get to participate in monthly WDAFS Excom calls with the WDAFS Executive Committee: chapter presidents, as well as the WDAFS president, VP, president elect, past president, and secretary treasurer.  This is a great way to learn what’s going on in Western Division and gives you insight into how AFS operates.  On these calls, you report to Excom on student interests, and relay issues of student concern to the committee and back to students.
– You get to travel to the WDAFS Excom mid-year meeting and WDAFS annual meeting as a member of Excom…which means WDAFS reimburses you for your travel.  You participate in meeting planning and give a student report at the meeting.  You’ll also communicate any information relevant to students back to WDAFS students.
– You are a non-voting member of Excom, so you get to listen to issues and votes, but are not allowed to vote.  Your opinion and perspective are always welcomed.
– You get to help the hosting university plan the WDAFS Student Colloquium!  2015 is at Utah State, 2016 at Oregon State.
– Send periodic emails to WDAFS students letting them know about scholarships and other opportunities available to WDAFS students.
– You have a travel budget – in addition to being reimbursed for travel to the mid-year and annual meetings, you have funds available that are intended to help you visit a Western Division university and spend time with their student AFS subunit.
– I liked to write a “student interest” piece for the WDAFS newsletter occasionally.  This is optional, but very much appreciated, and fun.  
The student representative is elected for a one-year term, with the option to run for one additional term.  Find out more about being the WDAFS Student Rep here: http://wdafs.org/about-us/bylaws-procedural-manual/#officers.  I’ll be available to help the new student rep get settled into their role and will share all pertinent information with the new rep, of course.
Interested?  Send a one-paragraph biography/letter of interest and a photo to Travis Neebling (travis.neebling@wyo.gov) no later than May 31, 2014 Student reps must be a Western Division graduate or undergraduate student, AFS member in good standing.  Student representative terms begin and end with the AFS Annual Meeting.  Candidates will be voted on via email poll by other student AFS members in good standing.
Please feel free to contact Tracy Wendt (wdafs.student@gmail.com) with questions or for more information.



Career Development Seminar with Dr. Erika Wagner

When: February 21, 2014, 2 pm
Where: Bagley Hall 154 UW Seattle Campus
This quarter’s career development seminar is interdisciplinary to say the least. Dr. Erika Wagner is the founding Executive Director of the XPRIZE Lab at MIT. She is currently Business Development Manager at Blue Origin (an aerospace R&D company devoted to finding reliable, inexpensive ways for humans to go into space), and has worked in bioastronautics and aeronautics in academia and the private sector. She has also served as Science Director and Executive Director of the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Program, a multi-university initiative to investigate the physiological effects of reduced gravity. She has a Master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a PhD in Bioastronautics from the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. On the 21st she will discuss space physiology, commercial spaceflight, and her interdisciplinary career path. Join us for seminar and a post-talk discussion in Bagley Hall 154.

AFSUW Trivia Night

When: February, 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Where: SAFS Lobby

What: A super fun night of fish trivia, friends, and prizes! Hosted by Dr. Adam Hansen. Join us for pizza, beer, and trivia! There are prizes for the winning teams, and val-o-grams for all.Image

WA-BC Chapter Meeting in Vancouver Call for Papers

The WA-BC chapter meeting is in Vancouver, WA 24-27 March http://agm2014.wabc-afs.org/)

The chapter is looking for more student abstracts for undergrads and graduates and travel applications, student volunteer opportunities, and student travel funds(http://agm2014.wabc-afs.org/students/)! They have $500/ea for student awards, which should mostly cover conference fees for students coming from Seattle!