Coming Up! 2nd NIAC Workshop on Urban Science & Engineering

Coming Up! 2nd NIAC Workshop on Urban Science & Engineering

February 2-3, 2016 NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture University of Washington

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Charles Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory/University of Chicago, Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data Dr. Paul Waddell, University of California, Berkeley Professor of City & Regional Planning

Cities house more than 70% of the U.S. population; provide essential services...

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Leaders Gather at UW to Define Vision for Smart Communities

Leaders Gather at UW to Define Vision for Smart Communities

Smart city leaders from around the world are gathering at UW’s Seattle campus for a two-day workshop called the “NSF Visioning Workshop on Smart and Connected Communities Research and Education” to discuss the future of smart and connected communities on January 13-14, 2016. The UW Department of Electrical Engineering is organizing and hosting the workshop, on behalf of the National Science Foundation, with the goal of facilitating dialogue between stakeholders, including municipalities, states,...

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Research Spotlight: An Octopus’ Garden in the Urban Underwater Environment

Research Spotlight: An Octopus’ Garden in the Urban Underwater Environment
Research Spotlight: An Octopus’ Garden in the Urban Underwater Environment

Eliza is a Ph.D. candidate in the UW Department of Biology and a graduate fellow in the IGERT Program on Ocean Change. She studies urban marine ecosystems under the guidance of Dr. Ken Sebens. If you like what you read below, check out her blog at www.urbanmarineecology.org.

In 1955, Columbia Pictures released the thriller It Came From Beneath The Sea, in which an enormous octopus begins terrorizing the good citizens...

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What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

What motivates people to walk and bike? It varies by income

Lower- and middle-income King County residents who live in denser neighborhoods — with stores, libraries and other destinations within easy reach — are more likely to walk or bike, according to new University of Washington research.

But neighborhood density didn’t motivate higher-income residents to leave their cars at home, the transportation engineers found. Of the environmental factors they studied, the only one that significantly influenced how frequently that group walked or...

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Re-Imaging Urban Scholarship: Differencing the Data

Re-Imaging Urban Scholarship: Differencing the Data

Winter Quarter 2016 | HUM 597E | 1 credit, C/NC

Instructor:Thaisa Way (Landscape Architecture)

Meeting Dates:

Friday, January 15, 12-1:20 pm (Startup Hall) Friday, January 29, 12-1:20 pm (Henry Art Gallery) Tuesday, February 2, and Wednesday, February 3 (Participation encouraged as feasible, Center for Urban Horticulture) Thursday, February 4, 9-10:20 am (eScience Institute, Physics/Astronomy Tower) Thursday, February 25, 6-7:30 pm (Communications 120) Friday, February 26, 12-1:20 pm (Communications 202)

This microseminar explores how we might re-read cities by...

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UW/Seattle MetroLab Partnership

UW/Seattle MetroLab Partnership

Have you been wondering what exactly is going to happen with the Seattle / UW partnership under the MetroLab initiative?

The three “named” projects from Seattle will be the Array of Things partnership with Chicago, Private data sharing with the Tech Policy Lab, and a smart grid study of the relationship between temperature and power organized by UW’s Electrical Engineering department.

Check back for progress on these and other...

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Weekly Recap 12/12-12/18

Weekly Recap 12/12-12/18

A few of the highlights in Urban news for the past week:

195 nations reached a landmark accord that will, for the first time, commit nearly every country to lowering planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions to help stave off the most drastic effects of climate change http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/13/world/europe/climate-change-accord-paris.html UW announces new Master of Science in Data Science for professionals program https://www.washington.edu/news/2015/12/14/uw-board-of-regents-approves-new-master-of-science-in-data-science-for-professionals/ San Diego Vows...

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SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities

SPH Faculty Tap into New UW Effort to Create More Livable Cities

A new University of Washington initiative is thinking “upstream” when it comes to creating safer, healthier and more livable cities.

Urban@UW aims to bring together UW faculty, staff and students from different disciplines with city decision-makers and citizens to wrestle with urban issues such as housing and poverty, growth and transportation, and food and economic disparity. The program is funded by the UW Office of Research.

Organizers held...

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UW project focuses on fines and fees that create ‘prisoners of debt’

UW project focuses on fines and fees that create ‘prisoners of debt’

Criminals are meant to pay their debts to society through sentencing, but a different type of court-imposed debt can tie them to the criminal justice system for life and impact their ability to move forward with their lives.

Though debtors’ prisons were eliminated in the United States almost two centuries ago, a modern-day version exists in the dizzyingly complex system of fines and fees levied against people as they move through the...

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Weekly Recap 11/30 - 12/4

Weekly Recap 11/30 - 12/4

In case you’ve been sleeping for the past week, here are some of the urban news highlights:

#COP21 Kicked off in Paris and cities took center stage Newsweek Article >

Environmental Historian Christof Mauch came to UW and gave a lecture: ‘How Vulnerable Is Our World? Environmental Sustainability and Lessons from the Past’ Seattle Times Preview >

The work of our own Steering Committee member, Joshua Blumenstock...

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University of Washington receives gold sustainability rating from STARS

University of Washington receives gold sustainability rating from STARS

The University of Washington is among the most sustainable schools in North America, according to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

The UW submitted its most recent self-reported assessment this fall and received a gold rating, with a score of 77.47 percent. The UW’s score is the best among Pac-12 universities which have submitted a STARS report, and the third-highest of the 252 currently rated schools.

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Focusing on Race & Advancing Equity

Focusing on Race & Advancing Equity

“I challenge all of us — students, faculty and staff, and my leadership team — to own both our personal responsibility for the culture of our campus, and the institutional challenges we need to address to combat the racism, both individual and institutional, that persists here and throughout our society.”

In April 2015, President Ana Mari Cauce called the University of Washington to action and invited us all to share in...

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Weekly Recap 11/16-11/20

Weekly Recap 11/16-11/20
​UW releases new report on climate change in the Puget Sound. View story on UW Today > Students from the UW School of Public Health tackle heath care challenges facing people without homes. Video on King 5 News > UW College of the Environment posted last week’s lecture from John Vidale, “A tale of three Seattle temblors: One big, one deep, and one direct hit” . View Dr. Vidale’s Lecture Here > UW...

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New report outlines Puget Sound region’s future under climate change

New report outlines Puget Sound region’s future under climate change

The Puget Sound watershed — the area west of the Cascades Mountains that stretches from the state capitol up to the Canadian border — is warming. It also faces rising seas, heavier downpours, larger and more frequent floods, more sediment in its rivers, less snow, and hotter, drier summer streams.

A new report by the University of Washington synthesizes all the relevant research about the future of the Puget Sound region to...

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UW initiative aims to tackle city, region’s most pressing urban issues

UW initiative aims to tackle city, region’s most pressing urban issues

When Thaisa Way put a call out last spring to see if University of Washington faculty members working on urban issues wanted to join forces, she wasn’t sure what the response would be.

“There were a lot of people who said, ‘You’re not going to get anyone to show up,‘” said Way, a UW associate professor of landscape architecture.

But more than 80 people representing 12...

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