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.
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.
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.
On Friday, March 22, Northeastern University Seattle held the first event in their “Local Leaders. Global Impact.” Speaker Series. The topic discussed was P4 medicine: a predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory approach to medicine and how it can transform our healthcare system. Over 50 attendees gathered to listen to the panel and enjoy the Seattle campus. This session on P4 will be the first in a series of regional efforts to develop and move this transformational approach forward.
Speakers included Dr. Lee Hood, President of the Institute for Systems Biology; Dr. Terry Fulmer, Dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University; Anthony Blau, Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington; and Clayton Lewis, Partner at Maveron.
The next event of the “Local Leaders. Global Impact.” Speaker Series will be held on April 17th, 2013 at noon. The topic is: “Games for Good: Developing a Viable Industry Business Model,” and will bring together experts from the gaming industry. Click here for more information. This session will focus on how our region can play a global leadership role on building on the phenomenal success of Gaming companies globally and in this region (350 companies and rapidly growing in our region ) to materially advance education efforts in health care and community.
Thank you to the Seattle Channel for recording this event!
Read our recap on this event here.
Watch this video of President Aoun putting “everything in reverse” inspired by the work of Vijay Govindarajan.
Vijay Govindarajan, known as VG, is one of the world’s leading strategy and innovation experts.
A distinguished international business professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, VG is a co-pioneer of the concept of reverse innovation—when an innovation is adopted first in the developing world.Harvard Business Review deemed the breakthrough one of the “great moments in management in the last century,” and the topic inspired VG’s New York Times bestseller Reverse Innovation, as well as his acclaimed TEDx talk last year.
On-line etiquette is an important factor to understand when enrolling and completing an on-line or hybrid course. Because so much of your interaction will be virtual, it’s crucial that you follow some simple guidelines about on-line etiquette.
First and foremost, never post anything or write in an email something that you couldn’t say to the person or class face to face. Too often, students “hide behind the computer” in writing scathing emails or inappropriate comments that they would never be able to say face to face. If you can’t say it, don’t write it.
Second, remember that non-verbals are gone in a virtual environment when no cameras are involved. Emoticons can be helpful in showing when you are joking or trying to be straight-forward and not rude. Another good piece of advice…if you are still solving the same problem or discussing the same issues after three emails, pick up the phone and talk to the person involved. It can be more efficient and lead to less confusion.
Third, in a classroom setting, avoid too much jargon, texting-grammar, etc. You are in an academic and rigorous course – your language and written interactions should reflect that. The best advice I have is the same regardless of age, level of education, on-line or on-ground: treat others as you want to be treated. If you are upset about an interaction, don’t send a vicious email….cool down and respond appropriately. Taking some time to reread anything you are going to send is also good advice. With the increase in on-line learning, there are vast resources available to you regarding on-line interactions. This link provides 9 simple suggestions to follow:
Puget Sound Business Journal: March 1, 2013
Seattle’s newest college, a highly regarded import from Boston, officially opened for business last week in a new office building in South Lake Union.
The Seattle campus, if it can be called that, of Northeastern University is a stack of glass-walled offices set beside a soaring lobby in a space it shares with the building’s principal occupant, the Institute for Systems Biology.
The addition of Northeastern to the building and the neighborhood is both practical and symbolic. The research university will grant only graduate degrees from its Seattle branch, with an emphasis on science, technology and health (it also offers …
On Thursday, February 21, Dr. Walmsley spoke to approximately 40 women as part of an education panel that was organized by the Center for Women and Democracy. Anne Luce spoke about K-12 policy as it relates to the Washington state legislature; Dr. Ana Mari Cauce spoke about state funding issues and the University of Washington; and Dr. Angela Walmsley spoke about graduate programs, the adult learner, and the opening and programs at Northeastern University – Seattle. The panel concluded by taking questions from the audience. Some of the questions/discussion were around teacher training, vocational or professional training, state funding as it splits to K-12, community college, and state colleges needs; and graduated tuition rates dependent on degree. For many, it was their first introduction to Northeastern University – Seattle including co-op; the hybrid model; and programs designed exclusively for working professionals.
To learn more about the Center for Women and Democracy, click here.
On Tuesday, February 19, Northeastern University – Seattle held it’s third and final event marking the opening of its new campus. Hosted by the Institute of Systems Biology, senior science researchers and executives from the area attended an intimate reception with President Joseph Aoun. Led by Dr. Leroy Hood from the Institute of Systems Biology, various members of the community spoke to welcome Northeastern to Seattle. Speeches began with an address by Senator Patty Murray; followed by remarks by King County Executive Dow Constantine. Tayloe Washburn, Dean of Northeastern-University Seattle, spoke about the reason for Northeastern opening a graduate campus in this area and the industry needs of the region that Northeastern can help address. Ken Stuart, PhD (’63) President Emeritus & Founder of Seattle Biomedical Research Institute; Jim Hendricks, PhD President of Seattle Children’s Research Institute; and Larry Corey, MD, President and Director of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center all spoke briefly about Northeastern’s potential partnerships in research. The final speech was an address by President Aoun who expressed his gratitude for welcoming Northeastern to Seattle and the important work that can be completed in collaboration between the university and the region. Dr. Hood ended the program with a toast to “Collaboration in Science and Education.” Attendees then continued enjoying the reception while exploring the campus space. The Seattle campus team were pleased with the success of this event, in addition to the ”Building Your Talent Pipeline” employer outreach breakfast held in December; and the Open House held in January, which also marked the opening of the campus to the public.
The Seattle Team with President Aoun.
President Aoun gives his speech.
Dr. Leroy Hood proposing a toast to President Aoun.
Tayloe Washburn makes opening remarks.
King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses the crowd.