UW News

April 1, 2013

News Digest: Built “ecologies” lecture April 4, cybersecurity competition winner, autism awareness lectures

Example of HOK designBuilt “ecologies,” resource integration subject of lecture April 4
Approaches in built environments that model, mimic and incorporate natural systems is the subject of this year’s Sustaining Our World Lecture, sponsored by the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the College of the Environment.

The lecture from 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4, in Kane 210 is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested.

Speaking on the subject of “Built Ecologies: Regionalism and Resource Integration in the Built World” will be Thomas Knittel, vice president and project designer with HOK, a design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with offices in Seattle and 23 other cities.

Drawing on research and project examples from Brazil and Haiti to China, he will discuss how new design strategies and solutions, to be more resilient, must be integrated with sustainably produced regional resources—and how design informed by nature provides insights, from the nano to the macro, toward building a sustainable future locally and globally.

UW wins sixth consecutive regional cybersecurity competition
The University of Washington has won the 2013 Pacific Rim Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, extending its undefeated streak to all six years of the competition.

In competition March 23-24 at Highline Community College, teams of students defended a fictional computer network against attacks conducted by security industry professionals. The event helps students develop teamwork and project management skills and is part of the curriculum for the UW’s Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

A dozen teams competed this year, including one from UW Bothell, which finished in fourth place. Students on the UW Seattle team were from the Informatics Program at the UW Information School and the Computer Science and Engineering Department. The national competition will be April 19-21 in San Antonio, Texas.

Adult, child hands2013 Autism Awareness Month: Public events in Seattle and Tacoma
The UW Autism Center will host a series of public lectures throughout April, which is Autism Awareness Month. The free lectures, to be held in Seattle and Tacoma, include:

  • “Making Friends: Supporting Peer Interactions for Students with ASD,” April 3 in Tacoma
  • “Ask the Experts: A Multidisciplinary Panel Discussion,” April 4 in Seattle
  • “Off to College? The Needs of Students with ASD after High School,” April 16 in Tacoma
  • “All I Really Need is an iPad, Right? Myths and Realities of iPads for Families of Individuals with ASD,” April 18 in Seattle and April 30 in Tacoma
  • “Get your Zzzzzz’s! Strategies for Addressing Sleep Problems in Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum,” April 25 in Seattle

More lectures are on the full schedule, along with the times and locations. To register, call 1-877-408-UWAC or email uwautism@uw.edu.