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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?

Read the article on The Seattle Times → 

Media Coverage | June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

Northeastern University – Seattle to host national interactive event building a game for girls to close the gender gap in STEM


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.

Seattle Campus News | June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mariner’s Sports Career Night

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.

Seattle Campus News | June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

From the Academic Dean: Is on-line learning for me?

On-line learning is a great option for working adults who want a high quality program with flexibility.  If you cannot attend courses regularly or in a traditional time or format, on-line courses could be for you.  Students who might be new to on-line learning may believe that taking an on-line class is less time consuming than a traditional on-ground course.  Most of my students would tell you the opposite is true.  However, many students prefer on-line learning because of the flexibility in time and coursework they experience. 

In order to take advantage of the flexibility of an on-line course, you as a student must be good at your own time management.  You must also be disciplined to work many hours on-line outside of class times that might be set for the course.  You will experience both collaborative and individualized learning activities designed to promote learning in your course.  As an adult learner, you have many demands on your time and life.  On-line learning (and possibly some hybrid learning) may be for you.  If you are dedicated and committed to furthering your education, and can make time for learning (outside your normal working and “life’ hours), then a program at Northeastern Seattle is for you.  Northeastern Seattle’s offers both on-line only and hybrid courses depending on the specific program of study.  Please check out the academic degrees offered at the Seattle Graduate Campus or contact Dr. Walmsley at for further information.

Seattle Campus News | June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Unequivocally home: Blair Butterworth’s open letter to Washington state

Blair Butterworth passed away recently.  As is reflected in his last article below, he was involved in many of this region’s major steps forward. I had the opportunity to work with Blair on some of the campaigns he refers to.  His last article gives an eloquent overview of what makes Seattle special, and the work we have to focus on now in the all-important area of Education. 

- Tayloe Washburn


Unequivocally home: Blair Butterworth’s open letter to Washington state
By Blair Butterworth

“I was powerfully struck by the sheer physical beauty of our state. So many wonderful natural attractions, such a variety of outdoor activities. In the wake of the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle was also a vibrant model of civic achievement. But it was more than these things.

Beyond what lay all around me as I explored every corner of Seattle and our state, was what I found within the people here. I was welcomed, included and accepted. Me, an East Coast nomad who’d never known any other permanent address besides “c/o.” I was finally and unequivocally home.

Here I found a remarkable, open-minded diversity of thought, interests and people. A rich environment for meaningful civic dialogue. A conviction that such meaningful dialogue is both precursor to and stimulus for action and progress. Here I found a generosity of spirit, where I would be judged not as an outsider, but by my competence, merit, work and humanity. I knew this was where I belonged.”

Read the entire article via Crosscut here