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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.


Record number of undergrads apply for ISB Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program

The application deadline for ISB’s undergraduate internship program closed on February 26. This year, 779 students applied to the program. In the coming months, ISB Education will be supporting ISB Scientists to interview and select students to join us for the summer.   

Learn more about the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program.   

Welcome new systems medicine teacher Dr. Cammy Umdor-Singh

Cammy is a new teacher at Nathan Hale High School who is jumping in and teaching ISB’s Systems Medicine course. She is the fourth teacher from Seattle Public Schools to help pilot these lessons. AmeriCorps member Sara Calder is helping Cammy distill the year-long course into one semester.  Learn more about the systems medicine curriculum.  

Giving systems thinking experiences to school leaders

P4P graphicWe call it P4P.  Principles of Science for Principals is a two-month series for school principals to grow their instructional leadership with new skills specific to science teaching and learning.  

Drs. Jen Eklund and Sid Venkatesh are joining as our STEM professionals.

Scaling out from a partnership ISB has with Washington State LASER and ESD-113 in the Olympia region, we now have principals from across the state: Kennewick, Lake Stevens, Mukilteo, Hood Canal, Tumwater, North Thurston, Yelm, Ridgefield, and Washougal school systems.   

Learn more about P4P.

Spatial Multi-Omics workshop

Nearly 2,600  people from around the world – over 40 countries – participated in the one-day, intensive Spatial Multi-Omics for Cancer Systems Biology virtual workshop on February 12. Spatial multi-omics is a new field within cancer systems biology. The course consisted of four sessions covering experimental methods, computational algorithms, applications of spatial multi-omics, and a practical methods tutorial. 

Video recordings of the presentations will be available in the coming weeks.


ISB’s ClimeTime project is underway

ClimeTimeISB is conducting workshops for K-12 teachers several days a week through the spring. We use climate science phenomena as the centerpieces for learning science and for experiencing best practices in teaching. Learn more about ISB’s role at

Washington’s ClimeTime gets a nod in this New York Times story: “For the subject matter to resonate with students, there should be more teacher training and instructional resources, said Mr. Branch, alluding to past studies that have revealed a lack of teacher exposure to climate change. He would like to see more states join California, New Jersey, Maine and Washington, which have earmarked funds for professional development on the topic.”

Welcome! Dr. Jan Chalupny joins the ISB Education team

Jan Chalupny, PhD

Jan Chalupny, PhD

Jan is leading the curriculum development efforts for our “Personalizing Disease Treatments” module. This module will ultimately be used as part of ISB’s 180-hour Systems Medicine course for high school 11th and 12th graders. Jan is building on her experience as an Amgen scientist and the “Cancer Biology: Diagnostics and Treatments” module she created for high school biotech courses through Shoreline Community College.

‘Demystifying Machine Learning’ module published
Demystifying Machine LearningThe module, for high school students, was created through ISB’s Innovator Award Program and is currently being used as part of the Systems Medicine course at Ballard, Roosevelt, and Franklin High Schools in Seattle Public Schools.




We are excited to spend time with our friends and family this season. Did you know that ISB Education has friends too? We are so grateful for the many people and organizations who worked with us as both thought and work partners in 2023.

ISB – Partnerships for us to provide professional experience for undergraduates and undergraduate faculty

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ClimeTime – Partnerships for us to contribute to the WA climate science K-12 initiative

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SEE – Partnerships for us to develop and field test curriculum for high school classrooms

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SEE – Partnerships for us to provide hands-on, rigorous research experiences for high school students

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LASER – Partnerships that evolve the statewide network of science/STEM leaders

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Local School Districts – Partnerships for us to lead systemic change

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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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