UW OSHER lifelong learning


Blockchain and Bitcoin 101

Instructor: Zachary Nelson

Date: Friday, January 10, 17, 24, 31

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $45


Description: In 2017 with the price of Bitcoin reaching almost $20,000 and shortly after crashing, mainstream media from around the world began to focus on blockchain technology. However, bitcoin was just the beginning. There are now hundreds of applications of blockchain and thousands of cryptocurrencies. This class hopes to address basic questions around the story of bitcoins creation, how the technology works, and how blockchain and cryptocurrency is being used around the world. No technical experience necessary, bring your questions! Open to anyone who is curious to learn.


Instructor: Zachary Nelson is the Co-Founder and President of the Blockchain Society at the University of Washington. He mined his first bitcoin in 2011, and has been a leading thought leader in the blockchain ecosystem since the formation of the industry and he has been featured in numerous news outlets. He has worked at blockchain companies such as Ripple, Loyalcoin, and founded the NPO Blockchain NW. He also co-founded the BlockchainNW blockchain hackathon and has taught about blockchain technology at MIT, NYU, CMU, Oregon, UW and many more. Zachary is a senior at the University of Washington, double majoring in media & communications and global studies.

Garden Pruning

Instructor: Christina Pfeiffer

Date: Wednesday, February 5, 19 (Dates course will not meet: Feb 12)

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $35

Description: This two session course covers topics:

How to Prune…so you don't have to prune so often

Pruning Spring Blooming Shrubs for Optimal Bloom and Year-round Beauty

Pruning of Trees and Shrubs through the Seasons

How to Prune the Overgrown Garden

Instructor: Christina is a horticulture writer, educator and consultant with 40 years experience in landscape management and arboriculture. Sustainable and efficient landscape techniques are a special area of interest and expertise. In addition to her private practice, she is a part-time consulting associate with Urban Forestry Services, Inc. She led landscape management efforts at the Holden Arboretum and Washington Park Arboretum. A frequent speaker for local horticulture groups and public programs as well as the NW Flower and Garden Show, she has also taught at local community colleges and at the University of Washington. She holds degrees in horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington, and is an ISA Certified Arborist®.

Contemporary Ethics 1 *Live Stream Only

Date: Friday, February 21, 28, March 6, 13, 20

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cost: $50

**David Smith will be teaching this course remotely. You can view the live stream at Rosehill Community Center, live stream from home or watch recordings of .

Description: An overview of moral theories in circulation today, including relativism, divine command theory, egoism, utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue theory, and application of those theories to the issues of abortion, capital punishment, war, and end of life ethics (suicide, termination of life support, physician-aided dying, and euthanasia).

Instructor: Dr. David E. Smith grew up in the world of fundamentalist Christianity. As an adult, he gradually moved away from that perspective and became a religious progressive/skeptic. After earning an M.A. in philosophy of religion, he received a second M.A. and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly a full-time philosophy and religious studies faculty member at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA, he now teaches for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington and offers workshops and seminars in religion and philosophy through Beliefs and Ethics Seminars, which he founded. He has published in these areas as well. In 2019 and 2020 he will be lecturing on civil discourse for Humanities Washington. His mission is to empower people to think for themselves about things that matter.

2019 Winter Lunch and Learns - Free!!

*Please feel free to bring a sack lunch and eat during the presentation.

As Real as Real: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Our Society and Culture

Speaker: Muhammad Ahmad

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM**

Description: Join Professor Ahmad to learn about how Artificial Intelligence is already being employed to make decisions at society level e.g., save lives, generate art, influence elections, create mass hysteria, unravel mysteries by translating dead languages, and more.

Speaker: Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad is Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Washington and research data scientist at KenSci, a Seattle based company specializing in AI in healthcare. He has worked in AI and machine learning for more than a decade. Present work involves modeling deterioration of pediatric populations in ICU, accountability of AI systems and personality emulation. Past work includes modeling human behavior in video games, predicting adverse events in patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, analysis of criminal networks etc. On a broader level he is interested in the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve high impact problems and improve the human condition.

The Pacific Northwest: Beautiful Scenery but Scary Geology

Speaker: Stanley Chernicoff

Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM**

Description: We live in a beautiful place. But the natural factors that create the beauty of the Pacific Northwest are the very same factors that make life here a geologically scary proposition. Powerful earthquakes, massive volcanic eruptions, killer landslides and tsunami – each of these frightening Earth-shaping forces can strike our region at any moment. What causes these forces? Can we predict them? Can we prepare for them? We’ll explore each of these Earth-shattering events and assess their dangers to ourselves, our friends, and our families.

Speaker: Stan Chernicoff has brought geology alive to roughly 45,000 bright and curious students during his 30-year teaching career at UW. He was the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000 and the 2005 James Clowes Award for the enhancement of academic learning communities on campus. A 38-year Seattle resident – Stan has been studying the geology of the Pacific Northwest since 1980 after arriving here from the University of Minnesota with his newly minted PhD in Glacial and Quaternary Geomorphology. He is deeply committed to sharing his knowledge of the Northwest’s ever-present geological dangers with his Seattle neighbors so that they may both appreciate and prepare for the myriad geologic hazards in this special corner of the world. Onrushing climate change is one of the most significant of these dangers.

Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest

Speaker: Linda Khandro, MAT

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM**

Description: We see extreme weather elsewhere and think, "It can't happen here;" we see colder temperatures and think, "There's no global warming;" we see data and graphs of climate models and think, "That's JUST a model." This presentation of images, videos, graphs (yes, we need a few) and best of all, the good work from around the world and in our own backyards may just change your mind.

This 1-hour talk will focus on the critical subject of the climate crisis and is open to all, including non-scientists, skeptics, and the "I'm just confused!"

Speaker: Linda M. Khandro, MAT, is a geologist, with over 25 years teaching college earth and space sciences in the Seattle area: astronomy, astrobiology, environmental science, geology, meteorology, and oceanography. She recently trained with the Climate Reality Project (CRP) as a member of the Leadership Corps, and is qualified to use the materials provided for public education by the CRP. As a college instructor, she is a highly experienced lecturer, using a variety of materials in her slide show presentations with data, imagery, videos, and a healthy dose of humor!

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