AUT18: BIOEN 498/599 Models in Systems Biology

Autumn 2018: Bioen 498 / 599 (4 credits) Models in Systems Biology Computational Systems Biology for Medical Applications

  • WF 1:30-2:50, Location BNS 203
  • Hands-on Modeling Lab: M 2.30-4.20pm: OUG 136
  • Prof. Herbert Sauro

The topic of this course is the application of modeling to problems in biomedicine with a focus on Systems Biology. Examples will be taken from cancer, sleeping sickness and drug metabolism. The course will begin with a two-week introduction to modeling followed by topics that include model selection, workflows, model fitting, ensemble modeling, sensitivity analysis and well as case studies illustrating good and bad models. As part of the course, students will play the modeling game that will run throughout the term and form the basis of the final presentations. Invited speakers from industry, both locally and the Bay area, will give real-life applications of modeling in systems biology.

Who should take this course: The course is applicable to students who are interested in the growing field of systems biology in industry and academia and the use of new machine learning techniques.

Prerequisites: Ability to handle basic algebra and calculus and at least one computer language. MATH 124 or 134 or equivalent. Basic programming in either Matlab, Octave, or Python (Preferably Python). In addition, it its recommended that students will have taken BIO 180 and 200 or equivalent.

Textbook: Required readings, instructors’ lecture notes and videos, all posted electronically on class web site. Textbook: Pathway Modeling for Systems Biology, Sauro (2018) – available free online.

AUT18: URBDP 480 Planning as a Profession

This course provides an opportunity for students to meet and interact with professional planners. You will hear first-hand the experiences of post graduation, current projects, and lessons learned in the process. Guest speakers have worked in both the private and public sectors in Washington and across the world. Students will be able to discover the skills needed for each representative field of planning while exploring possible career paths.

  • 1 Credit
  • Fridays 12-1:20
  • Gould 110
  • Questions? Email David Blum at

CET 585 in Autumn Quarter

CEE graduate students:

Transportation faculty, Professor Jeff Ban is forwarding the revised course description (below) for his class CET 585. He says, this graduate level class will also be appropriate for some undergraduate seniors. 

Autumn 2018:  CET 585

CET 585 Analytic Methods in Transportation II will be offered in Autumn 2018 by Prof. Jeff Ban (T/Th: 8:30 am – 9:50 am, SLN 12085). The course has been completed redesigned, although it has not been updated on the online description. Graduate students and interested seniors are encouraged to register.

The course will focus on optimization methods and applications in civil engineering systems especially in transportation systems. The course will consist of three major parts: (i) theory/method: basic concepts and algorithms of network flow and linear/nonlinear optimization; (ii) tools: Matlab/Python toolboxes to solve optimization problems; (iii) applications in civil engineering systems especially data analytics methods that deal with emerging data in transportation and other civil engineering disciplines. The redesigned course can better equip students with needed optimization skills that are in great demand (especially when dealing with “big data”) in transportation and other civil engineering disciplines.

If you have difficulty registering, please submit online  CEE add code request form.

Apply Now! Grand Challenges Impact Lab: India – WIN19 Study Abroad

Do you want to work on developing solutions that can make a difference, with the real world as your classroom? 

Applications are now being accepted for Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India Study Abroad

In Winter Quarter 2019, UW Study Abroad will be offering Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): Indiaas a 15-credit course.

  • Study global GRAND CHALLENGES
  • Work hands-on to learn IMPACT INNOVATION
  • Design impact VENTURE SOLUTIONS
  • Pitch your idea for SEED FUNDING

Grand Challenges are the big problems facing humanity – things like food security, clean water, and climate change. The Grand Challenge Impact Lab (GCIL): India is a new UW study abroad experience that empowers students to learn about Grand Challenges and propose and test solutions to them. The program offers an active, hands-on learning laboratory and is open to graduate and undergraduate junior and senior students from any department.

Attend an information session to learn more: 

  • Thursday, April 26 at 3:30-4:30pm, in More Hall 110
  • Tuesday, May 1 at 3:30-4:30pm, in Raitt Hall 229
  • Friday, May 4 at 12:30-1:30pm, in More Hall 110
  • Monday, May 7 at 12-1pm, in Anderson Hall 22

Apply now!  Application Deadline is May 15.

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For more information about GCIL India, visit

Spring 2018: CET 583 Transportation Energy & Sustainability

This spring will be a special edition of CET 583: Transportation Energy & Sustainability. As part of the UW’s Livable City Year program, we will be working with the City of Tacoma and Tacoma Power to develop an infrastructure strategy for electric vehicles in Tacoma. This class is open to seniors.

We will still have the usual great content focused on understanding the technical potential and relevant policies for advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, new mobility services, and more. And as always, we welcome and value the contributions of students from a wide range of disciplines.

Questions? Contact Don MacKenzie

New Diversity & Justice course, GRDSCH 640

The Graduate School is pleased to announce a new course for the Spring quarter entitled: “Engaging with Microaggressions & Macroassaults- Equity in Praxis.

We invite graduate students, faculty, and staff from all disciplines to participate in this interdisciplinary course which seeks to equip participants to critically engage with microaggressions and macroassaults- both the everyday insults and hostilities as well as the structural, large-scale policies and practices that perpetuate the oppression of marginalized populations. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s notion of praxis (the intersection of reflection and action), the course will work to empower participants to address, interrupt, and confront these forces in their personal and professional lives.

  • GRDSCH 640 A
  • SLN: 21645
  • 1 credit CR/NC
  • Tuesdays, 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM
  • Odegaard Library Active Learning Classroom (ACL) 141
  • Instructors: Gino Aisenberg, PhD, MSW & Saejin Kwak Tanguay, M.Ed.

Faculty and staff can email to join the course.

ESS 520: Applications in Geographic Information Systems for the Earth Sciences

ESS 520: Applications in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the Earth Sciences
Winter 2018
MWF 1:30-3:20, 4 credits

This course provides a survey of intermediate applied uses of GIS in the earth sciences. It builds upon skills and topics covered in introductory GIS courses for the earth sciences. We will examine and experiment with more detailed, complex analytic techniques using examples from the peer-reviewed literature. This will provide greater insight into how GIS analysis is put into practice in earth science research. Topics include the following: digitizing from DEM’s, imagery and/or scanned maps and creating geodatabases; geologic/geomorphic mapping using production-level standards; interpreting terrain characteristics using hypsometric, curvature and morphometric analysis; using hydrologic flow patterns for river bank modeling; floodplain mapping and analysis; measuring and understanding implications of rainfall patterns; landslide forecasting and analysis; and analyzing other geomorphologic phenomena.
Geospatial statistics, including interpolation methods and detection of scale dependence in geospatial phenomena, will also be covered.

Intro-level GIS (e.g., ESS 420) required. For more information, contact Steven Walters,
Senior Lecturer in ESS,

Winter 2018: ARCH 534

ARCH 534: Green Technology

  • Dean Heerwagen (
  • 3 credits
  • TTH 5:30-6:50pm

Designing green buildings involves finding ways to increase the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials; reduce the impact of built space on occupant health and on the surrounding environment; and enable efficient operation across the complete building life cycle (i.e., through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal.)

The class will describe methods to:

  • achieve minimal energy consumption for building operation
  • employ alternative renewable energy sources
  • enhance the indoor environmental quality of buildings
  • foster the efficient use of water and the handling of wastewater
  • use materials and other resources efficiently
  • work toward LEED certification and/or Living Building Challenge compliance for building projects

Buerk Center’s Environmental Innovation Practicum

Environmental Innovation Practicum

  • Open to all majors| 2 credits, Tuesdays 4-5:50 p.m.| Autumn Quarter
  • ENTRE 443/543, ENGR 498A, ENVIR 495 (Soon to be ENGR 443, ENVIR 443)

Each weekly seminar instructed by Deb Hagen-Lukens will help students discover how to create solutions to environmental problems. Students will form inter-disciplinary teams and create project-based solutions while receiving coaching by environmental professionals or entrepreneurs. Excellent preparation for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. Recommended for juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Questions? E-mail Lauren Brohawn at

AUT17: Sustainable Planning, Design and Development Strategies for TOD

BE 405/505 Studio | Fall 2017 (6 credits)

BE 498/598 Seminar | Fall 2017 (3 credits)

In 2024 light rail service will connect Kent/Des Moines to Seattle and beyond. This studio and embedded seminar course will envision the transformation of what is now a low density, auto dependent condition into a vibrant, walkable, mixed use and sustainable community catalyzed by light rail.

As Seattle’s housing costs rise an increasing number of residents are migrating to suburban locations with lower housing costs. These residents do not seek the suburban dream of the mid twentieth century. Instead, they seek vibrant, walkable and sustainable mixed use communities with lower housing costs and less reliance on the automobile. Light rail offers the potential to provide such opportunities in the form of urban satellite communties surrounding Seattle. Kent/Des Moines is ideally positioned to become such a community. The designated station location is within easy walking distance of the King County Metro Rapid Ride Line on Highway 99, Highline College and surrounding commercial uses.  Continue reading