This week there was a different kind of launch for Northeastern University – Seattle, which took place in Seattle’s City Hall at high noon before several TV stations and members of the public. The City of Seattle’s Deputy Mayor and City Council President first thanked Northeastern for providing a creative and magnificent addition to a lovely public space in City Hall – a Ping Pong Table!
The gift of this Ping Pong table was very intentional and mindful of the global and local role Ping Pong has played. Pong brings people and nations together, having fun. It was Ping Pong Diplomacy back in 1971 that led to normalization of relations between China and US, a milestone that allowed Seattle in subsequent years to serve as a Gateway to China. Even today, Seattle has one of its local leaders, former Governor Gary Locke, serving as the US Ambassador to China. Here in the Puget Sound region today, startups, tech companies, gamers and researchers of all types all turn to Ping Pong to relieve stress and generate creativity. Given our growing ties with all these companies and love for the game, it was only natural for Northeastern to enter a fun and creative public-private partnership with the City of Seattle. In coming years the Northeastern University – Seattle Ping Pong table in City Hall will allow residents, policymakers and the general public to come together, relax and have good old plain fun in the magnificent setting at City Hall. If YOU want to play, bring a friend and check in at the 5th Floor entrance, where you will get a ball and paddles.
The Battle for Seattle between Councilmember Nick “The Shark” Licata and Tayloe “Big Daddy Ping” Washburn served as the opening match. It was a lot of fun and very challenging for The Shark and Big D, as both players had excellent paddles, a spectacular setting at City Hall, and a table that had never been played on.
City hall is now sporting the entertaining new attribute of a Ping-Pong table, available for public use, and to put a cherry on top Councilmember Nick Licata and Northeastern University Dean Tayloe Washburn will go head-to-head in the table’s first match.
In a gesture of generosity and partnership, Northeastern University practically donated the Ping-Pong table, paddles, and balls to the city for a humble cost of one dollar. Northeastern is a private non-profit research university that has a campus in South Lake Union, and apparently like to throw down on the green court.
We welcomed students to campus to discuss an exciting degree in Bioinformatics. The session was hosted by Dr. Steve Vollmer, Director of the MS in Bioinformatics program, who teleconferenced in from Boston. Dr. Vollmer discussed specifics of the program including course and career options.
Vollmer noted that over 80% of students take jobs in the Bioinformatics field. The most popular industry is pharmaceuticals. So far in Seattle, Bioinformatics students have the option to perform their cooperative education (co-op) experiences at organizations such as Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Benaroya Research Institute. We will continue to add additional co-op opportunities in the Pacific Northwest for students of Bioinformatics and other areas of studies.
This informal information session allowed Dr. Vollmer to answer questions and discuss various elements of the program, including the option for Bioinformatics students to take Computer Science classes for topics in overlapping fields.
To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s Master of Science in Bioinformatics degree and to request more information click here.
Northeastern University – Seattle is proud to be an Elite Annual Sponsor of the Washington chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). HIMMS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness, and access, through the best use of information technology and management systems.
On Thursday, July 25th, HIMSS hosted their annual Summer Extravaganza. This event brings together the Society for a fun night of networking. This year the event occurred in Jaguar Cove at the Woodland Park Zoo. Northeastern University – Seattle had a table directly in front of Buddy, a recent father of three Jaguar cubs.
Dan Feinberg, the director of Northeastern University’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program, attended the event. Feinberg is a past president of the New England HIMSS chapter. While in Seattle, he met with local leaders in the Health Informatics industry. The next day, Feinberg hosted an information session at Northeastern University – Seattle’s campus in South Lake Union, presenting on “How the Affordable Care Act Makes Health Data the Future” which focused on the changing Healthcare landscape in the United States.
To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s Health Informatics graduate degree program and to request more info click here.
The reason hybrid is not strictly defined at Northeastern University-Seattle is because we know faculty and colleges from the Boston-based campus will create the most suitable and academically appropriate format of hybrid for their particular class and program. While Northeastern will offer hybrid classes in many of their programs, some may remain as on-line only depending on program and professor preference. In addition, hybrid programs are preferred by students and hybrid programs have lower drop out rates than online-only offerings.
As an instructor of hybrid learning, I appreciate the flexibility and convenience of a hybrid program without any reduction in the quality of the course. Hybrid learning could quite possibly be the future of learning!
Today, I would like to talk to you about the rise of nontraditional learners in higher education. These nontraditional learners—part-time learners, mid-career professionals, adult learners, lifelong learners—are spurring major changes to higher education, both in the United States and around the world.
In higher education in the United States, 85 percent of undergraduates are nontraditional. This is quite important because their expectations are very different from the expectations of students who are more traditional. What do these non-traditional learners want? They want to choose programs with a strong value proposition and very solid outcomes. They ask, “Will these programs get me jobs?”
Last weekend, we were very excited to welcome to campus our first cohort of candidates for our Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program. Approximately thirty students from four states make up this cohort with backgrounds in education, engineering, business entrepreneurship, counseling, nursing and more.
They began their studies online in early July, leading up to the past weekend as their first of four residencies. The residency weekends involve two 8-hour days of class. This quarter, the two classes in which this cohort is enrolled are: Introduction to Doctoral Studies taught by Joseph McNabb, Ph.D. and Transforming Human Systems taught by Chris Unger, Ed.D.
A group of Seattle-area educators and electronic-game developers have started working on a game to keep teenage girls engaged in math and science.
Consider, for a moment, the possibility of a completely addictive electronic game that had a more noble objective than destroying pigs with slingshot-flung birds or traveling through post-apocalyptic wastelands.
What about a game that was geared toward teen girls — a free game that kept them engrossed in math and science, nudging them toward careers in those fields, at that very time in their lives when they start to lose interest?
Northeastern University – Seattle to host national interactive event building a game for girls to close the gender gap in STEM
100+ leaders in tech, games, education and research don their wizard caps to come together Friday, June 28 to kick off GAMES (Girls Advancing in Math Engineering and Science)
Seattle, Wash – June 26, 2013 – What do wizards, academics, non-profits and modern tech gurus have in common? This Friday, June 28 from noon-2pm leaders in game development, education and research will come together at Northeastern University’s South Lake Union campus to take part in an interactive game-based event. This event will formalize a collaborative group to eventually develop a game that engages young girls in STEM.
The event is cohosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) – a non-profit working with a practitioner network serving more than 7 million girls. NGCP shares sponsorship with the Institute of Systems Biology (ISB). The event also includes groups at Northeastern’s Boston and Charlotte campuses who are joining by video.
On Tuesday, June 11, Justine Siegal, Director of Sports Partnerships at Sport in Society, was on the panel at the Mariner’s Sports Career Night in partnership with Teamwork Online. Justine spoke about her career path in the sports industry including coaching at the collegiate level, starting her own baseball foundation, Baseball For All, and her record of being the only woman to ever pitch during batting practice for Major League Baseball.
After her speech the attendees had an opportunity to ask Justine how to get started on their own career paths in sports. Justine led the conversation by highlighting the Master of Science in Sports Leadership program offered at the Northeastern University – Seattle campus and online.
To learn more about the Sports Leadership program, click here.
To learn more about Justine’s career, click here.