ENV H 439/539 One Health: Human and Animal Health in a Changing Environment

What is One Health? Ebola, MERS, SARS and other new diseases from wild and domestic animals are emerging as a result of agriculture intensification, habitat loss, and climate change. “One Health” is a transdisciplinary systems concept connecting human, animal, and environmental health to address emerging disease challenges. Wildlife and domestic animals, like the “canary in the coal mine,” can provide early warning of environmental hazards.

In ENV H 439/539, students will explore the One Health concept, through a case based approach. Topics include emerging zoonotic infectious diseases transmitted between humans and animals, animals as sentinels of environmental hazards, the human-animal bond, and the comparison of spontaneous diseases between human and animals. Includes two optional field trips.

  • MW 9:00am – 10:20 am, Spring 2017
  • 3 credits
  • HSB T31
  • Prerequisite: BIOL 180 or equivalent. Interested students who have not completed BIOL 180 can email ehug@uw.edu for an entry code.
  • Instructor: Peter Rabinowitz, peterr7@uw.edu

Engineering Washington: Sustainable Water in a Wet Region- Applications Due 2/15

This year, the University of Washington Freshwater Initiative is offering a unique “study abroad” to the Olympic Peninsula during Summer B term. The value of water is recognized world-wide. Even in wet regions, such as the Pacific Northwest, it is important to apply sustainable strategies that recognize the inter-connections among water resource, drinking water, and wastewater. It is additionally important to recognize that culture plays a large role in ensuring that decisions match the needs of local communities.

This class is NOT taught on campus! Studying away from campus for 1 month in a small group setting, this course will examine the intersection of the water engineering sectors and local decision-making, with a focus on environmental implications of the climate change predictions for temperate rain forest and wet forest regions. The Pacific Northwest will be used as a learning “laboratory”. Students will engage with water professionals and decision makers from public utilities, regional engineering firms, tribal nations, and local/regional government, while simultaneously learning about the technical solutions to water challenges. The intersections among these groups and their view of the water sector will be examined at differing scales (state, city and small town) and from multiple cultural perspectives.  Continue reading

SPR 2017 ME 498/598 Sensitivity Propagation and Uncertainty Quantification

The use of math models is a major component of engineering design. And almost all designs are based upon simulations. Structural mechanics usually utilize a finite element methodology, thermal-fluid analysis is often based on a finite volume approach, while finite difference numerical approximations can be used for differential equations. The simulations require input parameters that represent constitutive models, material properties, boundary conditions, initial conditions, geometry and often other approximations that influence the model.

Two major questions about simulation are: 1) how sensitive is the model to specific parameters and which parameters affect the desired output from the model, 2) if the inputs are uncertain (e.g., material properties, heat transfer correlations, turbulence models) how does this uncertainty affect the final result.  Continue reading

Winter & Spring 2017: SOC WL 591 Grant Writing Seminar

This is the first of two, inter-related seminars on grant writing that will be offered in Winter 2017 and Spring 2017. Enrollment in both sections of the seminar is encouraged but not required. The goal of the first seminar is to provide doctoral students with basic fund acquisition, grant proposal writing and review skills such that by the conclusion of the course they will produce the foundation sections of a quality application, participate in a mock review of their colleagues’ applications. The seminar will also prepare students for the Spring seminar, which will cover the remaining grant application sections. Continue reading

Winter 2017: URBDP 598B – Current Topics in Transportation Planning and Policy

This course introduces students to a range of current topics in urban transportation planning and policy, highlighting contemporary ideas and practices for improving spatial accessibility in metropolitan areas while promoting social equity and environmental sustainability. This course is designed for both students who specialize in transportation and students who are interested in exploring this subject area.

Winter 2017: URBDP 480 – Planning as a Profession

URBDP 480 Planning as a Profession

  • Fridays 12:00 – 1:20
  • 1 credit
  • Email E. David Blum at blumedw@uw.edu with questions

This course provides an opportunity for students to meet and interact with professional planners as well as hear first-hand the experiences of post graduation, current projects, and lessons learned in between. Guest speakers of various planning fields have worked in both private and public sectors all around Washington, out of state, and in different countries. Students will be able to discover skills needed for each represented planning field while exploring possible career paths.

Winter 2017: ARCH 598A Architecture, Engineering, Construction Seminar & ARCH 598B Performative Design Practices

ARCH 598A Architecture, Engineering, Construction Seminar

  • 3 credits
  • Monday 1:30 -5:20PM
  • Instructor: Mehlika Inanici
  • For more information contact Mehlika Inanici, inanici@uw.edu.

Achieving high performance and sustainable buildings is possible by performing simultaneous and iterative evaluations of design alternatives, starting from very early stages. This way, evaluations are done prior to making significant design decisions that impact the performance of the building.  In this class, graduate students work as consultants to Integrated Design Studio (Arch/CM 404). The studio tackles the design of a high performing elementary school project. As a consultant, you team up with undergraduate students who take the studio, and your role will be to perform solar, lighting, and thermal simulations and to provide consultancy on the high performance aspects of the design.

Students taking this class are required to take Arch 598B, Performative Design Practices (see information below). You will learn parametric modeling techniques and performance evaluation tools in Arch 598B, and you will apply them on a project in Arch 598A. The class mimics the complex processes of building design and construction, where a team of building professionals work on a single project to evaluate the design proposals in terms of building performance, sustainability, cost, constructability, structure, and value as part of the design process.  Continue reading

Two Landscape Architecture Courses Offered Winter 2017

L ARCH 553 Modern History of Landscape Architecture & LArch 561 Experience of Place

L ARCH 553 Modern History of Landscape Architecture

What makes a good urban landscape? A great public park? An inspiring work of landscape art? This course will explore the history of designing and creating gardens and landscapes in diverse cultures and places as the profession and practice of landscape architecture has become a leading field in the design and creation of newly imagined city spaces and places.  We will begin in the 19th century with Central Park in New York City, one of the first public parks designed for the public, and work our way up to the Post-Industrial parks and landscapes of the late 20th century. We will study small gardens that inspire the poet and large nature preserves, as well as city plazas, corporate roof gardens and the neighborhood park.

  • TTh 9:00-10:20, GLD 322 & F 9:00-10:20 GLD 100
  • Prof. Thaisa Way
  • (5) credits, SLN#: 16283

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Course Announcement: Water and Security in the Middle East : JSIS A 493 and JSIS A 593

Course Announcement: Water and Security in the Middle East    
Fall 2016 Course in International Studies
Water and Security in the Middle East    
JSIS A 493 and JSIS A 593
5 credits 

This course will take an interdisciplinary approach, beginning with an overview of the scientific and hydrological factors that are critical to understanding the subject. By studying three major river basins in the Middle East, students will explore the historic, geographic, political, environmental and legal factors that lead to conflict or cooperation. Since global climate change will likely affect fundamental drivers of the hydrological cycle, climate change will have a large impact on water resources and water resource managers. The instructor has traveled widely in the region and has published a book on “Strategic Water in Iraq.” Continue reading

ENGR 598A: Preparing for Academic Careers in Engineering

ENGR 598A will explore academic careers in engineering including what graduate students should know as they contemplate their next career steps. Invited speakers share their own personal experience, followed by a group discussion of a topic theme. Relevant readings may also be assigned for group discussion. Topics covered may include: hiring criteria for faculty positions, building a successful application package, writing your first proposal, types of academic institutions (community colleges, R1, or 4-year colleges), how to negotiate two body problems, how to gain teaching experience and write a teaching statement, what to expect from the tenure process, and non-university research careers.

Registration is limited to 30 graduate students (only engineering and bioengineering majors). Engineering postdocs are welcome to attend and do not need to register.

  • Meeting time: Tuesdays 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm
  • Location: LOW 205
  • Type (credit): 1 credit (c/nc)
  • Instructor: Eve Riskin
  • SLN: 14533