Working with community to tackle homelessness

Working with community to tackle homelessness

Wikimedia Commons, Sage Ross, CC 4.0

Seattle’s rapid rise in homelessness, coinciding with increasing costs in housing and living, have brought significant challenges to economically vulnerable populations in the Puget Sound. In spite of a sense of urgency regionally and in many areas of the country, sufficient resources, effective systemic fixes and broad support still have not come together to end homelessness.

As a research and teaching institution, the University of Washington seeks to develop strategies to address the...

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UW professor: Seattle exposed to most ‘chronically high noise levels’ of any city in US

UW professor: Seattle exposed to most ‘chronically high noise levels’ of any city in US

​Wikimedia, Joe Mabel, CC-BY-SA-3.0

How Seattle’s development is impacting your health and, more specifically, your ears is not something being taken into account by city leaders, according to a University of Washington professor. And changing an ordinance that mutes construction’s noise pollution to match other cities from around the country might be a potent elixir, he says.

Eliot Brenowitz, a professor of psychology and biology at UW, co-authored a piece for Crosscut that says...

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Reflections on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change

Reflections on Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change

​Photo by: David de la Cruz

​On November 7th and 8th Urban@UW, in collaboration with the University of Washington’s Climate Impacts Group (CIG), hosted a symposium to begin transdisciplinary conversation on the multifaceted dynamics and consequences of Urban Environmental Justice in a Time of Climate Change (UEJ). Below are some reflections from this event, and a sample of the resources we’ll be sharing from our time together.

Urban environmental justice has been impacting cities...

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First Livable City Year projects underway; kickoff event Oct. 6

First Livable City Year projects underway; kickoff event Oct. 6

Jen Davison, Urban@UW, University of Washington

Not even a week has passed since the start of the quarter, and already a group of University of Washington public health students is deep into discovering the cultural flavor and identity of each neighborhood in a nearby city.

The project is a sizeable challenge: Students will pour over census and public health data, interview residents, photograph neighborhoods and summarize their findings in a report. The end result will help officials in...

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September Recap - News, Big Data, and Monthly Hightlights

September Recap - News, Big Data, and Monthly Hightlights

Cropped image from Flickr user Eric Fischer under CC 2.0.

September is nearly gone, but this was not a very sleepy month. The University of Washington has started the new school year and the past month has seen some tremendous developments for urban thinking and the City of Seattle.

KQED published a piece about urban heat islands and how changes in landcover from hard-scapes and lawns to gardens and natural plantings would yield cumulative cooling effects—but in a surprising way, where day...

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August Sees New Grants, Project Launches, and Original Research and Writing

August Sees New Grants, Project Launches, and Original Research and Writing

Wikimedia Commons and Patrick Rodriguez - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

August was a busy month at the University of Washington and the Seattle region when it comes to urban research, writing, and project launches. Take a look at what’s been happening.

Urban@UW will be running a half-day workshop as part of the Eighth International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016.) Our workshop seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore how we can apply urban data science to the challenges of...

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NEH Awards $179,000 for Urban-Nature Summer Institute at UW

NEH Awards $179,000 for Urban-Nature Summer Institute at UW

Wikimedia Commons and Movez

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded nearly $180,000 for a new summer institute on the urban environment at the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington.

The institute, City/Nature: Urban Environmental Humanities, examines how Western cultures have historically viewed city and nature as separate—and how a more integrative understanding can serve an increasingly urbanized world. It uses Seattle’s complex environmental history as a window into...

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Study: Perceived threats from police officers, black men predict support for policing reforms

Study: Perceived threats from police officers, black men predict support for policing reforms

Wikimedia Commons

At a time of intense national attention on law enforcement and race, a new University of Washington study suggests that racially based fear plays a role in public support for policing reforms.

The research, conducted by UW postdoctoral researcher Allison Skinner and published online July 12 in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychology, used a series of experiments to gauge participants’ level of support for policing reforms in relation to whether they felt threatened by...

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Data Science for Social Good 2016

Data Science for Social Good 2016

This summer we are thrilled to be supporting the eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) program.

Modeled after similar programs at the University of Chicago and Georgia Tech, with elements from eScience’s own Data Science Incubator, sixteen DSSG Student Fellows have been working with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects. This year’s projects specifically focus on Urban Science, aiming to understand...

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Looking ahead to July, Recapping June

Looking ahead to July, Recapping June

Jeffrey Beal (Wikimedia), Public Domain, Impact Hub, USDA Images,

Looking forward into July - Unlikely Allies is coming to Seattle right after July 4th weekend.

Impact Hub Seattle is hosting the Unlikely Allies: Future of Cities Festival in partnership with the Impact Hub Company - the organization that coordinates the network’s 89 locations worldwide. More than 200 delegates from 70 cities will be joining us for this exciting event!

Unlikely Allies is a two-day festival that takes place in...

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Access To Nature In Urban Areas Is Key To Healthier Living

Access To Nature In Urban Areas Is Key To Healthier Living

Public Domain Images

Mental illnesses and mood disorders are more prevalent in urban areas partly due to reduced access to nature, according to a new study.

Researchers probed the rising tension between the critical role of urban areas and these cities’ debilitating aspects that disconnect people from nature – and even raise mental illnesses.

“There’s an enormous amount of disease largely tied to our removal from the natural environment,” warned...

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Q&A: CLPP’s Sam Méndez on Washington’s pot industry and how marijuana is becoming like wine

Q&A: CLPP’s Sam Méndez on Washington’s pot industry and how marijuana is becoming like wine

Jeffrey Beall & Wikimedia Commons

The Cannabis Law and Policy Project, based in the University of Washington School of Law, was formed by professor Sean O’Connor in fall 2014 to be a center for researching regulatory issues around the state’s new legal cannabis industry. The group recently published its first report for the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), which found that the amount of marijuana currently allowed to be grown by state-licensed producers in Washington is...

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Quick Recap: Here’s What Happened in May!

Quick Recap: Here’s What Happened in May!

UW Today, Integrated Design Lab, Flickr, Wikimedia

May saw a lot of wonderful events, visitors, and research coming out of the University of Washington community. Here’s a quick recap:

The CBE PhD Program looked at the future of cities Patricia Romero Lankao visited to talk about the human dimension of climate change Seattle’s “diverse neighborhoods” are actually surprisingly segregated New lighting research and design initiatives are underway for the UW campus Alexes Harris showed the severe handicap of...

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Seismic Neglect: Buildings and Earthquakes

Seismic Neglect: Buildings and Earthquakes

Kevin Galvin, FEMA News Photo Library

Seismic Neglect | In the first part of a continuing series, The Seattle Times examined officials’ neglect of the most vulnerable kind of building: old, brick structures called unreinforced masonry. Here are answers to some common questions about those buildings.

The Northwest is threatened by earthquakes far more destructive than anything Washington state has experienced in modern times, a danger lawmakers have largely disregarded. In the first part of a continuing series, The Seattle Times...

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Get Out of Jail Now, Now Pay Up: Your Fines are Waiting

Get Out of Jail Now, Now Pay Up: Your Fines are Waiting

Wikimedia Commons & Bob Jagendorf

When you’re convicted of a crime in America, it’s not just prison time you may face—there are fines, fees, and other cash penalties, too. And when you get out, they’ll be waiting. Plus interest.

The plight of “Kathie” symbolizes everything that’s wrong with this system, one that heaps a debt burden onto ex-convicts who don’t have the means to pay. Kathie (a pseudonym) was a 4...

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