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2023-24 School Year ISB Education Highlights

Each month throughout the 2023-2024 academic year, we will highlight some of the top projects the ISB Education team is working on.


Get to know AmeriCorps member Sarah Clemente  

Sarah Clemente

Sarah Clemente

Sarah Clemente recently joined ISB as a Systems Thinkers in STEM Ambassador Coordinator, and is the third AmeriCorps member to work with us. In this Q&A, Clemente shares what drew her to ISB, what she hopes to accomplish over the next year, and more. 

Next-Gen Bio Learning Network launched

The Next-Gen Bio Learning Network, led by Dr. Jen Eklund, launched an annual series of academic-year workshops providing opportunities for community college faculty and research scientists to learn from each other. This is the start of the second year of a 5-year project funded by the National Science Foundation with the goal of preparing community college students to engage with big data in biology. The project draws on the ISB Education team’s expertise in K12 teacher learning. The project is a collaboration with faculty from 19 colleges, the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, and scientists from six Washington state research institutes.

Teachers and school district leaders from across the U.S. learn how to bring the yearlong Systems Medicine course to their high school

Sara Calder and Claudia Ludwig

Sara Calder, left, and Claudia Ludwig.

NCHSE Attendee Map

NCHSE attendee map.

Claudia Ludwig and Sara Calder presented a hands-on learning experience that highlighted free Systems Medicine resources at the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) National Conference. Participants explored curricular materials that support high school students in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to advocate for individual and community health in preparation for future interdisciplinary STEM and health careers.

ISB had a flurry of education and outreach activities during this month! A few other highlights are listed here.  

  • The Gibbons Lab hosted over 1,000 participants in the 2023 ISB Virtual Microbiome Series.
  • Dr. Wei Wei and ISB’s Facilities group coordinated tours across ISB for more than 70 visitors from the Biomedical Engineering Society.
  • ISB Education worked with ISB’s Dr. Kengo Watanabe and Professor Ruben Murcia from South Seattle Community College to host Japanese high school students for a lab visit.
RELATED: Read about ISB Education’s 2022-2023 academic school year updates here.

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