Health Infrastructure in Burma, Technology and Your Civil Liberties & Scientific Updates on Global Warming

Burma/ Myanmar’s Health Infrastructure: The Evolving Context for Foreign Engagement

Burma flagSponsored by the National Bureau of Asian Research

Please join us for an interactive roundtable breakfast

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | 9:00-10:00 a.m.

(Breakfast available from 8:30 a.m.)

George F. Russell Hall 1414 NE 42nd Street, Suite 300 | Seattle, WA 98105

Please join us on May 22 for an interactive roundtable breakfast discussion with Benjamin Shobert, Founder and Managing Director of Rubicon Strategy Group. Benjamin recently conducted a healthcare survey in two major cities in Myanmar. From 1962-2010, Myanmar was a closed country under military rule. Once Asia’s wealthiest nation, it is now one of its poorest, despite having abundant natural resources.

Key discussion points:

  • What does Myanmar’s health system look like now, and how is it changing in the context of such dynamic political changes?
  • How “open” is the country in reality, and how is that openness making an impact on the health system?
  • Do sound distribution channels for pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and diagnostics exist? What about regulation for medical products?
  • What domestic and foreign private players currently have a footprint in the system? How might that footprint shift in the near and long term?
  • Would the country’s health system benefit from engagement from more multinational companies?

For more info please click here. Please RSVP to Cindy Elder at celder@nbr.org to reserve your seat.

Big Data vs. Privacy: Technology and Your Civil Liberties 

ACLU digitalThursday, May 23rd, Room 138, 3:30-4:40PM

The ACLU at UW and TechLaw invite you to a discussion on the impacts of Big Data and how it is affecting our civil liberties and the law. Has Big Data gone too far? Are concerns about privacy stifling innovation? How does the law grasp Big Data?

Join us on May 23, 2013 at 3:30pm-4:40pm in William Gates Hall Room 138 with distinguished speakers Jim Adler, former Chief Privacy Officer at Intelius, UW Professor Ryan Calo, and ACLU of Washington Board Member and Privacy Counsel Doug Klunder, to discuss these issues and to take your questions. Assistant Dean Michele Storms will moderate the panel. Appetizers will be provided.  Questions, please contact John Adam Marlow, marlowj@uw.edu.

UW Colloquium: Update on Global Warming

Impacts_of_Global_WarmingThursday, May 30, 3:50pm

Physics/Astronomy Auditorium A102, UW Seattle Campus

Presented by Cecilia Bitz, Associate Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department, an Affiliate Physicist for the Polar Science Center, and part of the Program on Climate Change, all at University of Washington.

Climate scientists have overwhelmingly agreed that global warming is unequivocal. Professor Bitz will present the latest evidence from observations detailing the warming and related climate change since pre-industrial times and compare it to proxy climatic records of the past few hundred thousand years. The talk will include a description of the scientific basis for natural and anthropogenic mechanism of climate change. Finally, she will discuss the reliability of global climate models and their response to past climate forcing and future emissions scenarios.