Nextio: Messaging for the Attention Economy

Nextio: Messaging for the Attention Economy

Professional messaging that puts you in control and pays you for your attention

Today there is no easy way for professionals to start conversations beyond their immediate networks of co-workers or friends. Too much of the control and value today is going to the middleman, while you receive more spam than actual opportunities that interest you. The dominant player by far is LinkedIn, and they act as a middleman controlling who can search, find, and message you – selling your profile and contact information to recruiters and marketers, etc.


In contrast, Nextio gives you a spam-free public messaging address that you can share everywhere to increase your visibility and open the door to new opportunities. Detailed messaging preferences you specify and Nextio’s reputation system ensure that you receive only relevant messages in your inbox. If a company or marketer wants to message you for promotional reasons, they pay for that communication, just as they would for an advertisement to target someone very specific. Except, with Nextio, the money goes to the recipient – not the middleman. Professionals are free to set the price for their time and attention – and have the option to keep the money they make, or donate it to a charity of their choosing.


Another important component of Nextio is the Career Insights. Leveraging natural language processing and machine learning, Nextio has pre-analyzed career transitions and public profiles of millions of professionals.   This allows us to share with users a comprehensive personalized landscape of career opportunities, beyond what you’d find on any job board or through your existing network. Like a Zillow for careers, we’re empowering professionals with data, insights and knowledge about companies, people and positions, as well as an open network to find the best opportunities.


Geekwire Article:

Hit reply to get paid: Microsoft vets take on LinkedIn with novel ‘Nextio’ messaging service 

Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health

SURE-EH is a research program which is only open to underrepresented students (low income, 1st generation or underrepresented race and ethnicity). The students conduct research with faculty in the School of Public Health, up to 15 hours per week in the academic year and up to 40 over summer.  They are paid as hourly employees, $15/hour.  They stay in the program for up to 2 years, so we’re really hoping to target students who are just completing their sophomore year.


Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences


Environmental Health

You read about environmental health problems every day:  diseases spread through unsafe drinking water, cancer-causing toxins, poor air quality leading to respiratory disease, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.  Have you ever thought about being part of the solution to these problems?  In environmental health science, you can, by studying the link between the environment and human health.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the largest research agencies dedicated to improving human health, has a funded opportunity for underrepresented students at UW to conduct environmental health science-related research alongside faculty in the School of Public Health. This program, Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health (SURE-EH) is now accepting applications from underrepresented UW students.

SURE-EH provides a meaningful opportunity to work with experienced faculty on a research project addressing the relationship between environmental exposures and human health. Work alongside faculty as a paid student researcher for up to 2 years, full-time during summer and part-time during the academic year.

Examples of possible projects include:

  • Developing resources for local communities at high risk of air pollution exposure
  • Developing new methods to detect polio-virus, which is reemerging in Africa
  • Analyzing genetic and environmental factors that may influence health outcomes

Read about current and past projects on the website:

 will provide academic opportunities to complement the research experience, including course recommendations, seminars, workshops, and research symposia. These educational opportunities will enhance your breadth and depth of the SURE-EH’senvironmental health science training, and help you become a leader in the field of environmental health sciences.

The 2017 application period is now open and participants will be selected on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. Please note: Students who submit their application by Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 5:00pm (the Priority Application deadline) will be considered first.

The application (including instructions and eligibility information) is online: (

Questions? Please contact:


Best regards,

Mary Saucier

Supporting Undergraduate Research Experiences in Environmental Health


You’re Invited to BioEnspire

Hey, UW BioE!

We’re a new group called BioEnspire and our mission is to serve the underrepresented minority (URM) population in BioE. We are looking to have our first meeting this quarter and would like to invite anyone who would like to be a part of our cause!

We hope to build a community for URM students across the BioE cohorts and offer opportunities for mentorship and outreach. With a small percentage of students enrolled in the bioengineering major coming from URM populations, it is easy to feel singled out; we want to break this barrier for students.

We hope to provide opportunities for freshmen and early admit students to connect with upper classmen who can share their knowledge and wisdom of their experiences in the BIOE department. We also hope to take part in fun activities and outreach events to get to know each other better as well as increase interest in BioE within the community of upcoming students.

We are looking for students who are interested in mentoring (Juniors and Seniors) and anyone who would like to participate and support the URM community!  If you would like to participate, please fill out the survey to indicate your interest. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email us.

Survey Link:

Bioengineering Journal Club

We’re thrilled to announce our upcoming bioengineering journal club meeting. Our guest presenter is Connor Tsuchida, an undergraduate researcher in the Zheng lab who has been recognized as a Mary Gates Research Scholar, a Goldwater Scholarship Nominee, and a member of the Husky 100.

Everyone is welcome to join us on Monday 5/1 from 11:30 to 12:20 in Foege N230 to hear from Connor about his research on Microfluidic Cancer Therapeutics. We’re looking forward to seeing new faces as well as familiar ones; feel free to bring your friends! For a sneak peak at the meeting topic, you can find the discussion paper at, but you’re not required to read it ahead of time. Feel free to bring your own lunch to the meeting or enjoy some free snacks provided! We look forward to seeing you there!

UW Epidemiology Courses

UW Epidemiology is excited to offer the following undergraduate courses for Autumn 2017.

EPI 220 – Sexually Transmitted Infections: Causes & Consequences

Who gets STIs and why?  How do you prevent  and treat STIs?  What new STIs have recently emerged?  In this course, you will:

  • Identify populations at risk for STIs
  • Gain familiarity with infectious disease epidemiology
  • Outline risk factors for STI & HIV infection
  • Evaluate STI prevention interventions

No prerequisites.  All majors are encouraged to enroll.  This is a great course for students preparing for careers in a health related field.  A basic understanding of biology is required.  Areas of Knowledge: I&S, NW, & QSR.

SLN: 14900; 5 credits; Lecture meets: T/Th 3:00–4:20 p.m.; Quiz meets: F 11:30–12:20 p.m. or F 12:30-1:20 p.m.; Instructor: Lisa Manhart

Additional details about the course are provided on the attached flyer or can be found here.  Direct questions to

EPI 221 – Maternal & Child Health – A Population Health Approach

This course will provide an overview of:

  • Indicators and contemporary issues in maternal and child health
  • Determinants of pregnancy complications and poor child health outcomes
  • Life course approach to maternal and child health

No prerequisites.  All majors are encouraged to enroll.  This is a great course for students preparing for careers in a health related field.  Areas of Knowledge: NW.

SLN: 14904; 5 credits; Lecture meets MW 1:00-2:20 p.m.; Quiz meets F 12:30-1:20 p.m.; Instructor: Daniel Enquobahrie

Additional details about the course are provided on the attached flyer or can be found here.  Direct questions to

oSTEM Mental Health Workshop

I am delighted to announce that oSTEM is hosting our second Mental Health Workshop on May 17th, 5-6pm, in CHB 439. This workshop will be run by Kate Fredenberg, LICSW CDP. We will focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy this time, with focus on questions such as…

  • What are some contributing factors that contribute to mental health complexities for LGBTQ folks?
  • What are some of the negative messages we get from society around queerness?
  • How do these messages become internalized and shape our sense of self? And how do these beliefs then contribute to self destructive behaviors?
  • How do we heal and lead authentic lives in an oppressive world?

As always, there will be snacks provided, and feel free to contact me with any questions. Hope to see you there!

BioEngage: Paid Undergraduate Leadership Opportunity

The Molecular & Cellular Therapy (MCT) sector of BioEngage is looking for next year’s Undergraduate Student LeadThe chosen candidate will work with the MCT team, including the current undergraduate lead, for the remaining spring quarter in preparation for the full role beginning Fall 2017.


Position description: The Undergraduate Student Lead will be working with the Graduate Lead and Faculty Lead in the MCT sector to further the goals of BioEngage and help organize events. These include symposia, company visits, career meet-ups, and simple happy hours. The general time commitment will range from 2-5 hours/week, with a little higher commitment during large events such as symposia. Responsibilities include regular meetings with the MCT team and BioEngage, timely responses to emails, event organization, logistics, and helping build relationships with the biotechnology industry.


Why should you apply?
As a lead for the UW Bioengineering Industry Engagement program, you will work directly with professionals in the biotech industry, foster relationships, and gain valuable leadership experience. Not only will this help you build your professional and networking skills, it will also give you significant exposure to the biotech industry.


To apply:

Complete the attached application (search for this in your email; it is also posted on Canvas) and send it along with your resume to by May 8th, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of our current MCT team:


Undergraduate Lead: Bill Koski |

Graduate Lead: Zach Robbins |

Faculty Lead: Mike Regnier

Tableau Software: Modern Tools to Tell Your Story

Tableau Software: Modern Tools to Tell Your Story

This workshop will empower you to express your skills and creativity
using Tableau Software to tell an interactive story. Tableau
visualization tools allow you to express complex data in a dynamic,
interesting, and informative way. By the end of this workshop, you
will have the resources and information to get you started using
Tableau, whether it’s to stand out during a job search or showcase
your research effectively for presentations, reports, websites,
grants, and portfolios.

Why should you create an interactive resume?

-Stand out from other job-seeking candidates
-Allow for both high-level and detailed storytelling
-Highlight experiences in detail that may not fit on a one-page resume
-Create a visually appealing and compelling story about yourself
-Empower yourself to control the way others perceive you

Workshop Logistics
Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: Foege N130A
Light refreshments will be provided.
At the end of the workshop, there will be an optional interactive work
and feedback session so that you can begin your own interactive
resume. Please feel free to bring your laptops. Tableau Software is
available for free download for students.

RSVP here:

Tableau Links
Example interactive resume:
Example data visualizations:

ASUW Presents: Adam Savage

ASUW A&E and HUB CaPP are excited to announce Adam Savage, former co-host of Mythbusters, designer, actor, and educator will be in a moderated conversation with John Roderick on May 1st in the HUB Ballroom! As a former employee of George Lucas’ special effects shop, Industrial Light and Magic, Adam worked on special effects for Star Wars: Episode I & II as well as The Matrix Reloaded among many other films! You can click here to buy your tickets now for just $12 with a current UW ID and $25 for the General Public. Please share this Facebook event with anyone you think would be interested:

Seniors only – Bioengineering Graduation Celebration

This is a friendly reminder to please RSVP to the Bioengineering Graduation Celebration on Friday, June 9th, at 5:30pm in Hogness Auditorium.

Please fill out this RSVP form by May 21st, 2017. You may revise your responses until this deadline. Congratulations, and we look forward to seeing you at the ceremony!

Non-Graduating Seniors, please respond to this survey as well so that you can sit in the graduation celebration with your cohort (and have pictures taken with them). Otherwise, please only RSVP if you are graduating.

Important Information

  • Location: Hogness Auditorium
  • Hours: Graduates need to be lined up and ready between 5:00-5:15pm. Doors will open at 5:15pm. The Ceremony starts at 5:30PM. A reception will follow in the Foege 1st and 2nd floor lobby area. (Please note these times have been updated)
  • Eligibility: Students who graduated in AUT 2016 or WIN 2017 or who will graduate in SPR 2017 or SUM 2017. (Those who walked the BIOEN departmental graduation in June 2016 are not eligible this year.)
  • Dress code: Business formal appreciated. Caps and Gowns are strongly recommended for PhD graduates and optional for MS, PHARBE, and BS Graduates.  To order caps and gowns please visit here.
  • Parking Permits are required for this event. For priority parking please order by May 21st through the UW Commencement Registration page.

NOTE: Last year we had people standing at the back of the auditorium. We do not want to have to go to a ticketing system like many other departments, so we ask that you use common sense when determining the number of people you invite to the graduation celebration and try to limit your guests to 4 people.

For the UW Graduation Commencement at Husky Stadium on Saturday, June 10th, you will need to go here to register between the dates of May 3rd-21st, 2017.