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ISB Education Takes Virtual Road Trips to Offer Skills, Experience, Ideas for High School Science Teachers

ISB Education Takes Virtual Road Trips to Offer Skills, Experience, Ideas for High School Science Teachers

February 9, 2021

Since October, 50 high school teachers representing several school districts across Washington have participated in a series of ISB workshops. “We quickly realized we were in a unique position to help educators pivot into remote teaching,” said Caroline Kiehle.

The Power of Touchscreens: ISB Researchers Develop Game to Help Students Learn Molecular Biology

The Power of Touchscreens: ISB Researchers Develop Game to Help Students Learn Molecular Biology

August 6, 2020

Pop quiz: What’s the difference between DNA, RNA and proteins? ISB researchers have created a video game that teaches secondary students (grades 6-12) the key tenets of molecular biology in a fun, interactive and engaging way, and can be used by teachers as a supplemental aide to assist with complex lessons.

Dr. Knatokie Ford Shares STEM Journey, Learnings and Advice in ISB-Town Hall Seattle Livestream

Dr. Knatokie Ford Shares STEM Journey, Learnings and Advice in ISB-Town Hall Seattle Livestream

July 31, 2020

Dr. Knatokie Ford was the featured speaker of a virtual event hosted by ISB and Town Hall Seattle, and shared many of the experiences that helped pave her way to become a leading voice in STEM policy and advocacy, and identified several ways parents and teachers can encourage kids to become tomorrow’s STEM professionals.

Reshaping STEM Education Toward a More Equitable Future for Students

July 1, 2020

ISB Assistant Professor Dr. Sean Gibbons recently participated in a virtual event titled “Reshaping STEM Education Toward Equitable Futures for Washington Students.” Panelists shared their insights about how to leverage this complex moment to reshape STEM education toward equity, sustainability, and prosperity for Washington state’s students — especially those furthest from opportunity.

ISB Education Prepares Teachers for New Realities of K-12 Learning Amid Pandemic

ISB Education Prepares Teachers for New Realities of K-12 Learning Amid Pandemic

June 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had a drastic impact on K-12 education. In response, ISB Education stepped up with a series of virtual workshops to provide much-needed support for student learning. Since March, more than 500 teachers and principals representing every educational district across Washington state have attended our “Systems Are Everywhere” workshops.

During Coronavirus Outbreak, Free Online Resources for Stuck-At-Home K-12 Students

During Coronavirus Outbreak, Free Online Resources for Stuck-At-Home K-12 Students

March 14, 2020

ISB Education is continually working to identify effective resources to support student learning. In response to the coronavirus outbreak and the closure of K-12 schools across the nation, we recognize that many schools and families are looking for resources to meet the needs of students.

8th Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon Shines Light on ISB Education

8th Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon Shines Light on ISB Education

November 8, 2019

The 8th Annual Valerie Logan Luncheon celebrated ISB Education’s mission of engaging entire school systems — from principals and administrators to teachers and students — to ensure all students are STEM literate. Nearly 100 people attended the event at ISB, and generously gave more than $100,000 for ISB Education.

ISB’s Mónica Orellana, Nyasha Chambwe Honored With Inaugural Education Recognition Awards

ISB’s Mónica Orellana, Nyasha Chambwe Honored With Inaugural Education Recognition Awards

April 9, 2019

At ISB, many of our scientists and STEM professionals give their time and expertise and make profound impacts on our educational programs. Two of our researchers — Dr. Mónica Orellana and Dr. Nyasha Chambwe — were honored with inaugural Education Recognition Awards for their devotion to providing quality STEM education.

High School Biology Classes ‘Come Alive’ After Teacher’s Summer with ISB

High School Biology Classes ‘Come Alive’ After Teacher’s Summer with ISB

March 4, 2019

Kyle Kinzler, a high school biology teacher from Portland, Oregon, spent part of last summer at Institute for Systems Biology to evolve his curriculum and learn new ways to teach relevant, compelling and innovative content to his students. As a result, he says his classes has “come alive.”

Interested in working with the SEE team?

Interested in working with the SEE team?

December 21, 2018

We’re hiring! Posted: December 21, 2018 The Systems Education Experiences (SEE) program in the Baliga Lab at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is currently hiring an Education Coordinator to work full or part-time. Since 2004, SEE has brought together interdisciplinary teams of students, educators, scientific researchers, engineers, and programmers to create new, engaging STEM learning experiences ...

ISB’s Valerie Logan Luncheon Honors ‘Elevating K-12 STEM Education’

ISB’s Valerie Logan Luncheon Honors ‘Elevating K-12 STEM Education’

November 9, 2018

The seventh annual Valerie Logan Luncheon was held November 8, 2018, and celebrated the mission of the ISB Education team to engage entire school systems — from principals and administrators to teachers and students — to ensure all students are STEM literate. The theme of the event was “Elevating K-12 STEM Education.”

Dr. Kyle Kinoshita of Seattle Public Schools Accepts Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Award

Dr. Kyle Kinoshita of Seattle Public Schools Accepts Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Award

November 9, 2018

Dr. Kyle Kinoshita was honored with the Valerie Logan Leadership in Science Education Award at ISB’s Valerie Logan Luncheon. This award is presented to community leaders who are committed to an educational practice grounded in research, who build educational networks, and who share ISB’s bold vision that all children should have the opportunity to learn ...

Summer 2018 Paid Position for a High School Science Teacher to Work on a Biofuel Project

Summer 2018 Paid Position for a High School Science Teacher to Work on a Biofuel Project

March 9, 2018

Posted: March 9, 2018 The Baliga Lab at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is currently hiring a high school teacher to work full time for 6 to 8 weeks during the summer of 2018. Since 2004, the Baliga Lab has joined teachers with researchers, engineers, programmers, and students to develop standards-, research- and inquiry-based education ...

SEE Director Receives AWIS Award

SEE Director Receives AWIS Award

August 2, 2017

Congratulations to Claudia Ludwig, Director of Systems Education Experiences (SEE), on receiving an award from the Seattle chapter of the Association for Women in Science for Excellence in Science Outreach. The ceremony to honor award winners took place on June 6.  Please see this link for an ISB news release.  Also read below to learn more ...

Awards: Claudia Ludwig Receives AWIS Award

Awards: Claudia Ludwig Receives AWIS Award

June 9, 2017

Photo above: ISB’s Claudia Ludwig, MEd (center); Emily Fox, MEng, EE, PhD, for outstanding scientific advancement in STEM (left); Alyssa Taylor, PhD, for excellence in science education (right). Credit: courtesy of AWIS and photographer Martina Machackova Congratulations to Claudia Ludwig, Director of Systems Education Experiences (SEE), on receiving an award from the Seattle chapter of the ...

Spotlight: Claudia Ludwig

Spotlight: Claudia Ludwig

March 21, 2017

Congratulations to Claudia Ludwig, Director, Systems Education Experiences (SEE), on being named the winner of the 2017 AWIS Award for Excellence in Science Outreach from the Seattle Chapter of Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Claudia, a former high school biology and chemistry teacher, is the Director of Systems Education Experiences at ISB, a program ...

Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative

Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative

December 29, 2016

Since 2003, we have been providing paid internships for high school students. National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health have provided funding for these internships. More recently we have partnered with Mayor Murray’s Youth Employment Initiative to extend our reach. If you are between 14-24 years old and either live in Seattle or want to work ...

Earth To Dinner Rallies ISB Community Around Climate Action

Earth To Dinner Rallies ISB Community Around Climate Action

December 14, 2016

It started with a call to action: On Dec. 12, the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement, gather around the dinner table with friends and other community members to discuss climate action. Organizers from GOOD Magazine and the Earth To Coalition hoped that this grassroots movement, given the incoming administration, would inspire people to keep ...

#EarthToDinner Event To Support Climate Action

#EarthToDinner Event To Support Climate Action

November 30, 2016

Earth To Dinner: In December 2015, 195 global leaders came together to adopt the historic Paris Agreement – the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement. GOOD, in partnership with the #EarthTo coalition (100+ partners strong), has created the #EarthToDinner (earthtodinner.org) climate conversation dinner series to keep climate action on the table. Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) ...

NSTA in Portland 2016 – Session Materials

November 13, 2016

Educators!  We greatly enjoyed being with you at the regional NSTA conference in Portland.  In addition to uploading materials through the NSTA website, we are including all session materials here, since NSTA has file size limits.  Please contact us for any questions and/or needs. Thursday, November 10, 2016, 2:00-3:00pm – Ocean Acidification as a Way to ...

Advancing Sustainable Agriculture

Advancing Sustainable Agriculture

March 25, 2016

ISB’s Project Feed 1010 is building a global, crowd-sourced network of educators, students, researchers and farmers to optimize and scale-up sustainable agriculture practices and educate the future scientific workforce. To support this global network, we have partnered with Northeastern University to develop database, web and mobile infrastructures with functionalities for data tracking, monitoring, analytics and ...

Want to run your own science experiments?

February 2, 2016

Registration opens February 2, 2016 for next year’s Systems Biology and Genetic Research course at WaNIC!   Have you ever wanted to work in a research lab and run your own science experiments? This course will provide a yearlong exploratory journey into the field of STEM medical research. WaNIC will join Institute for Systems Biology, Center ...

Project Feed 1010 Partners with Northeastern University to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

Project Feed 1010 Partners with Northeastern University to Advance Sustainable Agriculture

January 15, 2016

ISB’s Project Feed 1010 is building a global, crowd-sourced network of educators, students, researchers and farmers to optimize and scale-up sustainable agriculture practices and educate the future scientific workforce. To support this global network, we have partnered with Northeastern University to develop database, web and mobile infrastructures with functionalities for data tracking, monitoring, analytics and ...

Sustainable Agriculture: Project Feed 1010 Launches

August 27, 2015

ISB is crowdfunding for the first time. We are raising money to support high school science teachers and their students to become citizen scientists for Project Feed 1010, our new study that aims to optimize aquaponics and that will impact ‪#‎STEM‬ education. Watch our video: https://www.crowdrise.com/ProjectFeed101024forScience ‪#‎24forScience‬

Interested in Field Testing our New Modeling Curriculum?

Interested in Field Testing our New Modeling Curriculum?

August 26, 2015

Please join us as at NSTA in Chicago on March 13th, 2015!   Two of our team members will be presenting a draft version of our latest modeling curriculum.  We will walk teachers through this cross-disciplinary curriculum  that teaches students how dynamic systems models are developed, evaluated, and applied to understand complex scientific issues such as cancer and the ...

FREE Summer Systems Science Workshop for Science, Math and CTE Teachers

FREE Summer Systems Science Workshop for Science, Math and CTE Teachers

August 26, 2015

Back by Popular Demand – A full 5 day workshop to learn about implementing systems science in your classroom! Teacher Testimonial about the 2013 Workshop:  “…the best teacher workshop I have ever been to, and I’m generally very critical of these things.  The summer workshop was such an eye opener and the students have been so ...

Join us for a full summer of lab and curriculum work!

Join us for a full summer of lab and curriculum work!

August 26, 2015

Posted: March 14, 2014 The Baliga Lab at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is currently hiring two high school teachers to work full time for approximately 8 weeks during the summer of 2014.  Since 2004, the Baliga Lab has joined teachers with researchers, engineers, programmers, and student interns to develop standards-, research- and inquiry-based education ...

FREE Summer Workshop for High School Science and CTE Teachers

FREE Summer Workshop for High School Science and CTE Teachers

August 26, 2015

Have you ever wondered… …what’s happening in current research labs? …what systems biology really is? …what STEM professionals do? …how people become STEM professionals? Have you ever wondered how you can EASILY incorporate… …interdisciplinary, hands-on science in your high school classroom? …systems science AND systems thinking into your high school curriculum? Then this workshop is for you! We invite you to join us for ...

Baliga Lab Receives Two MJ Murdock Awards

Baliga Lab Receives Two MJ Murdock Awards

August 26, 2015

The Baliga Lab at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is the winner of two grants in the amounts of $15,000 each from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust for its 2013 Partners In Science Program. Each of these two year grants will enable two high school teachers to collaborate with scientists in conducting research projects in ...

Gov. Inslee Hosts Round Table With College Students at ISB

Gov. Inslee Hosts Round Table With College Students at ISB

March 16, 2015

Gov. Jay Inslee hosted a round table discussion today at Institute for Systems Biology with a group of invited college students, who were asked to share their thoughts on the affordability of education. We were honored to be able to provide the venue. ISB has had a long history of supporting systemic change at the ...

PROJECT BIOTECH Summer Camp Report

PROJECT BIOTECH Summer Camp Report

September 29, 2014

Photo above: Students participating in PROJECT BIOTECH Summer Camp. Photo credit: Shoreline Community College By Dina Kovarik Project Manager, Baliga Lab The Shoreline Community College (SCC) Biotech Program and the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) program partnered with the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) to develop a one‐week summer camp for high school students called PROJECT BIOTECH. The camp ...

ISB Impacts Education System Nationally and Locally

ISB Impacts Education System Nationally and Locally

April 29, 2014

National: At the beginning of April, Dana Riley Black, ISB’s Director of Education, was invited to participate in one of three Ideas Labs hosted by the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. The weeklong lab was related to the new NSF program “Improving Undergraduate STEM Education” (IUSE) and was focused on discussing ideas for integrating ...

Guest Post: Harvard at ISB

Guest Post: Harvard at ISB

September 20, 2013

Guest Post By Alia Qatarneh Research Assistant, Life Sciences Outreach Program Harvard University The realm of research is changing. The understanding of a scientific phenomenon is no longer a journey on a one-way road. It is an active collaboration between many departments, professionals, and experts, resulting in interdisciplinary frameworks that can tackle the vast principles of biology. Systems ...

Greater Good: Successful High School Interns

Greater Good: Successful High School Interns

September 11, 2013

Every summer, ISB welcomes a group of high school interns, hosted through our Systems Education Experiences program. ISB is proud of its collaborative and cross-disciplinary culture and we work hard to nurture an environment that allows our staff to achieve at a high level. It was especially gratifying to get this comment from one of ...

K-12 Science Education: MESA Math Scholars Visit ISB

K-12 Science Education: MESA Math Scholars Visit ISB

August 8, 2013

Just as the Seattle tourist traffic picks up in the summer, the intern and visitor traffic at ISB spikes during July and August. It’s always inspiring to see the fresh faces of high school students in our halls. On Aug. 7, the MESA Math Scholars came to ISB to visit our labs and spend some ...

ISB Recieves $1.8M Grant for Ocean Acidification Research

ISB Recieves $1.8M Grant for Ocean Acidification Research

June 20, 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Mónica Orellana and Dr. Nitin Baliga on their new grant for $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation. The project title is “Ocean Acidification: A Systems Biology Approach to Characterize Diatom Response to Ocean Acidification and Climate Change.” Abstract from the proposal: Diatoms account for approximately 40 percent of primary production in the world’s ...