ISB Taps Jamie Creola as New VP of Education
SEATTLE, Nov. 17, 2016 – Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) welcomes Jamie Creola as the Vice President of Education, a new position created to build on the strong and robust foundation that ISB has established as a leader in advocating for equitable science education, quality professional development programs for educators, and implementing next generation science standards. Creola has more than 25 years of experience spearheading science education programs at nonprofits including the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Fla., Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
“We are pleased that Jamie has joined ISB,” said Dr. Nitin Baliga, Director and SVP of ISB. “She brings not only her breadth of experience working with STEM education programming, but also a proven record in successful fundraising for diverse organizations.”
In addition to fundraising, Creola has a background in strategic planning, program development, and community collaborations. She received her undergraduate degree in marine biology and graduate degree in science education from Louisiana State University.
“I look forward to continuing ISB’s commitment to revolutionizing science and science education,” Creola said. “This new position plays a pivotal role in creating a unifying vision for STEM education and outreach at ISB, and how our critical work can support the ‘pre-K-to-gray’ STEM continuum.”
Creola started at ISB on Oct. 24. As a member of the senior leadership team, she will help to evolve the vision for education efforts at ISB and she will oversee four main programs:
- Logan Center for Education – The Logan Center partners with education systems across the region to provide professional development for educators and to enable opportunity and access to high quality STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education for all K-16 students.
- Systems Education Experiences – The Systems Education Experiences team brings together high school students, high school teachers and scientists to translate interdisciplinary research practices into curriculum for high school classrooms.
- Research Experiences – ISB hosts upwards of 20 high school and undergraduate students a year for multi-week experiences that immerse them in the culture of academic research and prepare them for future careers in STEM fields.
- Outreach – More than a third of ISB’s staff contribute time each year to share their stories with students and the community in the form of tours, informational interviews, job shadows, career panels, and science fairs.
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ABOUT INSTITUTE FOR SYSTEMS BIOLOGY: The Institute for Systems Biology is a nonprofit biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Leroy Hood, immunologist Alan Aderem, and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible today. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines and across academic and industrial organizations, where our researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. Our core values ensure that we always keep our focus on the big ideas that eventually will have the largest impact on human health. ISB is an affiliate of Providence Health & Services.