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Media Coverage | August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Graduation Rates Among African-American Students on the Rise at Northeastern, Study Says

By Katherine Landergan August 5, 2013

Graduation rates among black students at Northeastern University are on the rise, according to a study by The Education Trust.

According to the report, in the past decade, the graduation rate among African-American students at Northeastern has grown 27.4 percentage points — from 42.1 percent in 2002 to 69.5 percent in 2011. From 2010 to 2011 alone, the graduation rate for blacks rose 4.8 percentage points.

The Education Trust’s mission is to “close the gaps in opportunity and achievement” among low-income families and minorities.

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Seattle Campus News | August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Homeland Security & Information Assurance at Northeastern University – Seattle

Northeastern University is a world leader in Homeland Security and Information Assurance. In 2008, the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) selected North­eastern as one of 11 uni­ver­si­ties nation­wide for a DHS Center of Excel­lence. The $10 mil­lion grant estab­lished the Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) center at North­eastern. Northeastern’s Marine Sci­ence Research Center in Nahant, Mass., is devel­oping robotic tech­nology to detect under­water mines and other coastal threats.

In 2011 Northeastern University established the George J. Kostas Research Insti­tute for Home­land Secu­rity Research. The Kostas Insti­tute gave North­eastern the capacity and clear­ances to con­duct secure research within a restricted envi­ron­ment in areas ranging from cyber secu­rity to explo­sives detec­tion, mit­i­ga­tion and response to terror attacks.

The Pacific Northwest is also a leader in Homeland Security and Defense. Washington houses one of the largest military bases in the United States, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The facility is an amalgamation of the United States Army’s Fort Lewis and the United States Air Force’s McChord Air Force Base. JBLM houses a large-scale airspace protection program. They process over 12,000 air tracks a day. 

Seattle is also the location where Boeing started in 1916. Boeing is a world leader in defense and commercial air travel. 

Dr. Themis Papageorge

Over the week of August 11th Dr. Themis Papageorge, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Northeastern University’s Graduate Information Assurance Program will be in Seattle for a series of meeting and a presentation on campus. His presentation topic is “Information Assurance and Cyber Security – The Security Risk Management Challenge“.

To learn more about Northeastern University – Seattle’s Information Assurance program and to request information click here.


Seattle Campus News | August 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

A Northeastern University – Seattle Ping Pong Table is Unveiled at City Hall

Dean Washburn vs. City Councilmember Licata

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.

Media Coverage | August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Coolest Kids on the Block? City Hall Now Has a Ping-Pong table

By sh Keletey

Fifth Avenue Seattle: August 6, 2013

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.

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Seattle Campus News | August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Review: MS in Bioinformatics Virtual Roundtable Information Session

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

Seattle Campus News | July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

HIMSS Summer Extravaganza @ The Woodland Park Zoo

Buddy, The Jaguar

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.

Seattle Campus News | July 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

From the Academic Dean: What is Hybrid Learning?

Learning in a hybrid fashion is learning in a mixture of traditional classes (typically called on-ground courses) and on-line courses.  There are multiple ways to run a hybrid program: 

    1. An individual course can be hybrid where students meet on-ground a few times a semester while the remainder of the course is completed on-line.
    2. An individual course can be hybrid where students meet on-ground as many as half the typical number of times a course meets with alternating weeks on-line.
    3. A full program can be considered hybrid where some of the courses meet on-ground and other courses are completely on-line or some courses are a mixture of both.
    4. A full program can also be considered hybrid when most of the coursework is on-line for each individual course, but students have access to faculty seminars and lectures as needed (maybe one or two times a semester or year) throughout a full program.

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!

Angela L.E. Walmsley, Ph.D.
Associate Dean – Academic
Northeastern University-Seattle
(206) 732-1385
Dr. Walmsley is the Associate Academic Dean for Northeastern Seattle; she focuses on the academic programs offered a the Graduate Campus.  As a former professor in research methods and education, Dr. Walmsley focuses on high quality graduate programming for working adults pursuing a higher degree.  


Seattle Campus News | July 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Rise of the Rest: Keynote Address by President Joseph E. Aoun

2013 Meeting of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada Ottawa, Ontario
June 27, 2013

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?”


Seattle Campus News | July 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Inaugural Ed.D. Residency Weekend

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.


Media Coverage | July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
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The Seattle Times: Games to keep teenage girls enthralled with math, science

By Katherine Long

The Seattle Times: June 30, 2013

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?

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