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Seattle Campus News | April 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Seattle Urban Trek Recap

On Saturday April 27th, the Northeastern University – Seattle campus sponsored a checkpoint at the Seattle Sports Commission’s first occurrence of their annual urban race adventure, the Seattle Urban Trek.  Braving the urban environment and the natural elements, 38 teams of 3 participants competed in a 7-10 mile race around the downtown Seattle area stopping at various checkpoints and local landmarks to complete physical and mental challenges along the way.  Challenges included obstacle courses, relay races, and artistic re-creations.  Safeco Field, Chihuly Garden and Glass, and the Seattle Great Wheel were some of the other checkpoints on the race course.

The Seattle campus sponsored a checkpoint for the race at the downtown location of the Seattle Public Library.  The Seattle team and Seattle University student volunteers had racers answer library trivia and take a picture while re-enacting a pose from famous sport movies.  The movies included RockyThe Karate Kid Old School, and Jerry McGuire.  The Seattle team enjoyed cheering the racers on and evaluating their performances.  


Seattle Campus News | April 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Dr. Lackaye Hosts ALIGN Information Sessions

The Seattle campus was pleased to host Dr. Bryan Lackaye from the College of Computer and Information Science from the Boston campus this week.  Dr. Lackaye was on campus and in Seattle to promote Northeastern University – Seattle’s new Computer Science ALIGN program, which is slotted to begin this fall.  
The ALIGN program (An Accelerated Link to Industry through Graduate education and the Northeastern Network) is a Master’s of Science in Computer Science program developed for those with a non-computer science degree (for example, those with a STEM-degree or who possess a strong mathematical or analytical background) who would like to move into the computer science field.  
Students that enroll in the ALIGN program will:
  • Embark on a life-changing journey to earn their MS in Computer Science and gain relevant work experience at our graduate campus in Seattle.
  • Build analytical and problem-solving skills through a custom curriculum created to link student’s undergraduate foundation to their graduate studies.
  • Have access to co-op and employment opportunities at companies that lead the industry, including Amazon, Microsoft, Microsoft Game Studio, F5, Hulu, Google, Big Fish, and others.
Dr. Lackaye held one session on the Seattle campus and two sessions on the University of Washington campus.  For more information about the ALIGN program, click here

Seattle Campus News | April 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

April 17th “Games For Good” Speaker Series Recording

Thank you to the Seattle Channel for recording this event!

Read our recap on this event here.

Seattle Campus News | April 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

April 17th Local Leaders Global Impact Speaker Series Recap

Left to Right: Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr, Jeff Pobst, Jason Robar, John Williamson, Tayloe Washburn

The Interactive Media Video Gaming industry is a major economic engine in the Puget Sound region, driving over $9 billion in revenue each year.  While 5 years ago Washington State had 150 companies in this sector, in 2013 there are almost 400, and it continues to grow.  Northeastern is a national leader among universities with experts both in the Game Analytics side, as well as in the Game Design field.  Dr. Magy Seif El-Nasr is Northeastern’s Director of Game Educational Programs and Research, and has conducted award-winning research focused on enhancing game designs by developing tools and methods for evaluating and adapting game experiences.  On her visit to Seattle last week, she met with leaders at Microsoft and Amazon Gaming groups, visited faculty at the University of Washington, and met with leaders at Popcap, and Big Fish.
We hosted a Speaker Series event at our Seattle campus last week which brought together Professor Saif El-Nasr and three local Gaming Company CEOs, to discuss ways to move games beyond the entertainment and casual area and help us as a society improve training in education and health care areas.  177 million Americans now play video games, and children under 18 play an average of 2.1 hours per day.  We must as a society find ways to channel some of this energy and time into education, health care, and other areas that benefit our community.  The challenge is to get the funding at the front end to develop fun and engaging games in, for example, helping kids learn algebra, engaging middle school kids into STEM fields, or promoting citizens to engage more in wellness and personalized medicine approaches.
Our seminar discussion confirmed that it is unlikely that the large commercial gaming companies will soon switch their resources from the entertainment and recessional games that drive their bottom line.  But our discussion, attended by over 60 people, made it clear there is strong interest in exploring a possible regional initiative to promote good games for education.  To move beyond existing products in this field and reach far more kids in an effective way will require funding from foundations and philanthropists, combined with a core of STEM leaders and advocates, and a few interested and capable game developers.
Dean Washburn and Professor Seif El-Nasr invite the general public and companies interested in this initiative to contact them, and will be reaching out to those who have already expressed interest to see if we can bring this vision into a real project that makes a difference.

Media Coverage | April 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Northeastern University Seattle featured in Northwest Economic Insight April 2013

Northeastern University–Seattle joined the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County because of the organization’s vast knowledge of the Pacific Northwest’s business landscape and culture. The university’s commitment to enhance our region’s ability to meet growing and changing educational and business needs is a great asset to dozens of local companies in the community. “We recognized very quickly that Northeastern is taking an innovative approach to what they do,” said Jeff Marcell, head of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County. “We have amazing companies in our community that are leading their industries. But the reality is we still don’t have enough talent. The battle is, how do you attract as much talent as possible and how do you grow that from within. Northeastern helps us do both.”

Read the entire article here.

Media Coverage | April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

The evoLLLution: Truly Networked for Life: Expanding a Local University Nationally

Boston-based Northeastern University is establishing its national brand by setting up satellite campuses in Seattle and Charlotte, North Carolina. To do this, it has partnered with local industries to provide professional development opportunities for students in all three cities.

By Angela Walmsley / Associate Dean, Northeastern University – Seattle 

Northeastern University is a top-tier, global, research university, recognized as a leader in experiential learning. While our undergraduate programs remain on the home campus in Boston, we have recently opened campuses focused on professional graduate programs in two strategic locations domestically: Charlotte, North Carolina and Seattle.

The Northeastern University-Seattle campus opened in January 2013 in the South Lake Union area of Seattle. After years of extensive research, Seattle was chosen because Northeastern felt it could contribute to the community by offering programs aligned with local industry needs. The campus offers 28 graduate degree programs — four doctorate and 24 master degree programs — designed for working professionals in high-demand areas such as science and technology, healthcare and leadership and management. All programs are offered in either an online or a hybrid format (a mixture of online and on-ground programming). In addition, in-class sessions are held in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate a working professional’s schedule. Stu­dents also ben­efit from the men­toring and exper­tise of Northeastern’s world-class faculty.

The experiential learning elements Northeastern University is known for have been integrated into Northeastern University-Seattle’s programming as well. This learning integrates theory with practice; connecting course content directly to a problem-solving environment in the workplace. Students are encouraged to choose projects in their workplace that can be studied and discussed in their professional graduate degree program. Students also have the option to participate in the cooperative education options, providing them a chance to work during their course of study if they are not already employed.

Northeastern University is excited to be the first private research university in Seattle and is excited to offer some of the leading-edge degree programs to the Seattle community. Being Northeastern in the Northwest has created some geographical questions and jokes, but Northeastern University–Seattle has been successful in establishing its brand as a top-tier institution in the region in a very short time. The staff and team were hired last summer and fall, and marketing began in August 2012. Our opening celebration in January 2013 was attended by more than 500 Seattleites! Northeastern University–Seattle is forging research partnerships with local industries and developing more cooperative education work placement opportunities with local employers, while offering graduate degrees that local professionals are seeking.

All North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents and alumni truly are “Networked for Life” as they have access to the same global net­work of resources, whether they are enrolled at the Seattle or Char­lotte grad­uate cam­puses or at the university’s main campus in Boston.

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Seattle Campus News | April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Event Recap: “Xconomy Forum: Biotech in the Belt-Tightening Era”

On Tuesday, April 9th the Seattle graduate campus hosted the “Xconomy Forum: Biotech in the Belt-Tightening Era.”  There were over 150 people in attendance with backgrounds from many sectors of business, technology, and healthcare. 

The National Biotechnology Editor at Xconomy, Luke Timmerman, moderated the discussion.  Dean Tayloe Washburn gave opening remarks before scheduled speakers took the stage to discuss topics in healthcare and biotechnology.  Some notable trends in these industries were emerging focus on value, novel financing models, and the use of Big Data.

Speakers included:

Mitch Gold, Founder and Chairman, Alpine Biosciences
Mark Litton, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Alder Biopharma
Al Luderer, CEO, Integrated Diagnostics
Kim Popovits, CEO, Genomic Health
Scott Ramsey, Director, ICORE/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Chad Robins, CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies
Clay Siegall, CEO, Seattle Genetics
Risa Stack, General Manager, GE Healthymagination
Robert Nelsen, Managing Director, Arch Venture Partners

See Xconomy’s recap here.

Seattle Campus News | April 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Northeastern University Seattle Explores Global Health

Northeastern University – Seattle moved into the global health area last week, connecting Ghana, Kenya, and the Boston and Seattle campuses. One of Northeastern’s Global Health leaders, Professor Richard Ellis, who has worked extensively on health issues in Kenya and other African countries was connected via videoconference to the Seattle campus, where Dr.  Ellis Owusu-Dabo, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director of  Ghana’s Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) met with Professor Richard Wamai. Richard G. Wamai, Ph.D., is the Assistant Professor of Public Health of Northeastern’s Department of African-American Studies and Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health.

The discussions confirmed the overlap between the pioneering work in Ghana of KCCR with global health research and student exchanges in Ghana and throughout Africa.  Based on this meeting, KCCR and Northeastern are now considering a draft Memorandum of Understanding which could cover student exchanges, research and other forms of collaboration.

The development of Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health is perfectly timed with the commencement of the Seattle Graduate Campus; the campus is located in the heart of South Lake Union, in close proximity to The Gates Foundation and many other institutions which make up the world’s No. 1 global health cluster.  See Washington State Global Health Alliance’s website for more information.

Seattle Campus News | April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

A message from President Aoun

President Aoun sent a letter to the university community, stating the increasing impact of Northeastern’s research.  He writes:  

In this time of transformative change in higher education, it’s more vital than ever for universities to demonstrate their value through the impact they have on the world.  At Northeastern, the path we’ve forged these past several years has achieved this – rapidly and powerfully.

Together, we’ve extended Northeastern’s leadership in undergraduate education and strengthened our unique experiential learning model, grounded in co-op.  We’ve built the faculty, deepened the university’s global perspective, developed best-in-class leadership in online and hybrid professional masters education – and much more.

Now, it’s time to increase Northeastern’s impact even further by accelerating and expanding the impressive gains of our research enterprise.  By underscoring our distinctive strengths – our concentration on the global imperatives of health, security and sustainability, and our unique focus on interdisciplinary and use-inspired research – we aim to make Northeastern the “go-to” place for game-changing research that responds to the world’s most pressing problems.

Seattle Campus News | April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Professor Steve Vollmer Hosts Bioinformatics Info Session

On Thursday March 28th, Professor Steve Vollmer took time out of his program in Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands to visit the Seattle campus! During his visit he met and answered questions for prospective students about the Professional Science Master in Bioinformatics.

During his trip, Professor Vollmer also met with the Beneroya Research Institute and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute. His bio is below:

Prof. Vollmer studies the evolutionary ecology of marine organisms. Research in his laboratory focuses primarily on the reef-corals, and specifically, how evolution shapes the genetic architecture of coral populations and species. His primarily studies organisms are the Caribbean Acropora corals [common name, Staghorn and Elkhorn coral], which have been decimated by White Band Disease (WBD) over the past thirty years and are now listed as threatened on the US Endangered Species Act. His lab has shown that 6 percent or more of staghorn corals are naturally resistant to WBD. This first evidence of disease resistance in tropical reef corals demonstrates that corals may be more resilient than thought to rising disease epidemics and other stressors brought on by global climate change. Current research in the lab is focused on identifying the genetic bases of coral innate immunity, pathogen recognition, and host resistance, and furthering our knowledge about the WBD pathogen and the ecological factors driving WBD outbreaks.