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Navigating Ethical Considerations in Clinical Research

“In my career, I’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly in the clinical research environment; I’ve seen when things go wrong, but also how proactive measures, such as education, can facilitate sound, objective research that advances public health,” says Julia Campbell, who teaches responsible conduct of research in the Master of Science in […]

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Working to Help Others: MPPA Alumna Kimberly Davis

By anyone’s measure, Kimberly Davis achieved success early: By age 22 she had purchased her own home, the same one she grew up in on Chicago’s south side. Just a few years later, she was in a great career using her bachelor’s degree in finance to handle both accounting and human resources for a downtown real estate firm. But she sensed that “something was missing,” and she struggled to determine exactly where, professionally, she belonged. A chance meeting led her to the Master’s in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies—and to a leadership position at Inspiration Corporation.

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A Matter of Timing: Steve Janowiak

Success is often a matter of timing, of doing exactly the right thing when you’re best able to maximize the result. When triathlete and former Army paratrooper Steve Janowiak decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in economics at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, it was his second attempt at college. “After the military, I worked in commercial real estate and spent some time as an engineering student at a big state school, but I was basically going to school because that’s what everyone in my family did. When a job offer in Paris presented, I figured, ‘how often am I going to have an opportunity like this?’ so I jumped on it.”

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A Worthwhile Commitment

Sometimes the person you most need to prove yourself to is you. When Rod Sierra entered Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies to pursue a self-designed degree in Latin-American Studies, he’d already had “an interesting, opportunistic life.”

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A Great Ride: Q&A With MSIS Student Okwara Uzoh

Okwara Uzoh is currently a student in SCS’s Master of Science in Information Systems program, a “blended” program in which students can take a mix of both online and on-campus courses. Learn about his path to Northwestern and get an insider’s perspective on the (online and on-campus) student experience. Where are you from? I was […]

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At the Forefront of a Revolution

Jordan Pierson was working in Chicago as an e-commerce manager for Hilton Worldwide when she enrolled in Northwestern’s Master of Science in Predictive Analytics (MSPA) program in fall 2012. With an already demanding schedule, she welcomed the flexibility of the part-time, online program. She felt comfortable with online learning, having sampled it on noncredit educational websites. And given the technical nature of the material itself, the online format seemed natural.

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Leveraging Technology to Improve Medical Care

Barry Darden says he is always looking to do something a little different—and his unusual combination of skill sets bears that out. A board-certified surgeon, Darden studied welding so he could repair the tractor on his 50-acre farm outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is a certified flight instructor and a commercial pilot who started flying planes at age 15. And he recently earned an MBA, which he uses to teach management and marketing at the University of Alabama. That’s on top of his current work as a physician advisor for medical insurance companies.

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Teaching the Craft of Writing

Stuart Dybek, instructor in the MA/MFA in Creative Writing program, shares his thoughts on teaching the craft of writing.

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Learning the Language of Science

Jordan Scher makes pirouettes look effortless. A 2009 honors graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Scher double majored in anthropology and dance. Her facility for turns came in handy when she decided to take her career in a completely new direction. “As an undergraduate I took one lab science,” says Scher. But she had always been […]

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An Advocate for Public Safety: MPPA Student Andrew Bramnik

When he was just a small child, Andrew Bramnik once took apart a toy laser gun to see why it wasn’t working. With the parts spread out before him, he found the faulty wire and fixed the toy on his own. A passion for knowing how things work led to an electrical and computer engineering […]

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The Life of a Storyteller: Terry Spencer Hesser

Long before making a name for herself as a writer and documentary filmmaker, Terry Spencer Hesser (’85) struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder as an adolescent. The condition left her doubting that she could live up to anybody’s expectations—including her own. However, that all changed quickly once she arrived at Northwestern.

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Public Policy Expertise Helps Lift Midwest Communities

Jason Keller is passionate about the importance of building strong communities. That passion prompted him to major in sociology as an undergraduate and then pursue a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) degree at Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies. He now holds the position of economic development director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. For Keller, the key to building vibrant communities is helping local organizations, government agencies, financial institutions and other community-development practitioners develop a greater awareness of the benefit of strong community investment.

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Carolyne Hurlburt Goes on to Pursue a PhD

“I was naturally good at school,” Carolyne Hurlburt says of her youth in Kansas. Her scholastic ability proved to be a ticket out of poverty and into Northwestern, where Hurlburt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989. Although she had not studied computer science as an undergraduate, Hurlburt found work as a systems consultant and programmer and then leveraged that background to become a technical writer and trainer, working on projects for companies that included Abbott Labs, Motorola, and PeopleSoft. “But after many years in technology I felt burnt out,” says Hurlburt. “I was tired of talking about software and circuit boards.”

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Maximizing Opportunities: Benjamin Clinger

Life, according to Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies alumnus Benjamin Clinger, is about putting yourself in a position to maximize your opportunities, and jumping on those opportunities when they present themselves. He was a three-sport athlete in high school, took every AP class available, and finished in three years. Then he did what you’d expect any motivated, academically gifted student athlete to do: he dropped everything to tour the country with a rock and roll band.

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