I have just returned from a productive week at Northeastern’s main campus in Boston. It was a very productive trip. First I accompanied Ken Stuart, former CEO of Seattle BioMed. Ken is a Northeastern alumni who has gone on to establish Seattle BioMed, which is a world leader in devising solutions to infectious diseases in Africa and South Asia, such as malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and sleeping sickness, which kills millions of people every year. Ken gave a presentation in Boston on the work Seattle Biomed is doing in these areas and its important research collaboration with Northeastern researchers to tackle these global problems. Ken and his team’s biology expertise is complemented by the chemistry and drug discovery expertise at Northeastern.
I went on to meet with several Deans who are introducing their top quality academic programs here in Seattle. We are at an exciting phase of identifying possible adjunct faculty from Washington State who can supplement the existing faculty on courses we deliver in a hybrid format. I also met with my counterpart at our Charlotte campus, Dr. Cheryl Richards, to compare notes of how we can best meet the needs of working professionals and companies in our respective regions. We are excited at the prospect of pulling all three campuses together by using our advanced video-conferencing capability in Seattle to connect speakers and audiences in all three regions.
Cheryl and I gave a presentation to a large group in Boston on what is going on at the graduate campuses. A link to my powerpoint can be found here. I am always surprised at the breadth and depth of support throughout the Boston campus for what we are pioneering here in Seattle. It makes our job a lot easier, and more fun.
Finally I met with faculty in Boston who are giving serious analysis to how they can partner with some of our region’s leaders in preventative medicine. We are launching our Speaker Series on this topic this Friday: Read Here.