UW Retirement Association

March 24, 2021

News & Events – March 24, 2021


What’s the Big Idea Discussion: Surveillance Capitalism: Is your personal information, even your image, permanently compromised for the sake of greater profits in the marketplace? What does the nearly ubiquitous use of our images and our personal information mean for our future? Is there any way of rolling back this particular advance of technology? Does it matter? Your confirmation email will include readings you can explore to prepare for the discussion. Facilitator: Alan Borning, UW professor emeritus of computer science and engineering Date, Time: April 7 at 10:30 a.m. Register: HERE.

Secrets of Seattle’s Ship Canal and Locks: Few engineering projects have shaped Seattle as much as the construction of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and Ship Canal. Nor do many have as many false starts or political shenanigans, and such chaotic history. In this talk, David Williams shares the far-reaching social, economic, and environmental impacts of the canal’s construction and operation. David B. Williams writes about natural history, primarily focusing on geology and how it impacts our lives. Date, Time: April 8 at 1:00 p.m. Register: HERE. 

From your Legislation & Benefits Committee: The state revenue forecast issued on March 17 was about $3 billion higher than expected, although still reflective of Covid-19 impacts. Add to that another $4 billion in funds for various purposes from the federal government, and the State Legislature has a lot of work to do to finalize the FY21-22 State budget! A special session of the State Legislature may even be necessary. Requests previously thought of as impossible may get funded. Visit uw.edu/uwra/category/legislation-benefits-updates for ongoing updates from the committee.


Free apps to guide your outdoor adventures: The City of Seattle offers Seattle Tree Walks, available for iPad and iPhone. The app features Seattle walking routes with numbered trees. Click on a tree to learn more about the species. Available to download in the Apple App Store. Ready to go further afield? WTA Trailblazer is available for iPhone or Android from the Washington Trails Association. Search for trails by name, location, or difficulty; view conditions; get driving directions; and more.