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ILLINOIS MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY 



r'— IIVISA •■^ Pioneering Edueational Commimity 



Volume Id No. I • Winter 2002 



IMSA Book Portraits of Great American Scientists 
Available in Bookstores Nationwide 



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( / lio sa>s a group of dedicated 

' \ ' high school students can't 
have their first book 
published before the age of 19? 

The book. Portraits of Great 
American Scientists was officially 
unveiled November 14 during a press 
conference attended by Chicagoland 
and New York media at the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy. 

The book was written by IMSA 
students (see hst) to help educate 
youth about the field of science as 
a career choice. 

"When we say that high school 
students shouldn't have to wait until 
they graduate from college to make 
meaningful contributions to humanity, 
we truly mean it," said IMSA President 
Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall. "This is 
a perfect example of that." 

How does a person become a 
scientist? What special talents, 
aptitudes and qualities of character are 
needed? IMSA students tackled these 



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questions and more in writing 15 
biographies including those of 
astronauts Sally Ride and Story 
Musgrave. and Nobel Laureates Dr. F. 
Sherwood Rowland (chemistry) and 
Dr. Charles Townes (physics). 

SuperCroc finder Dr. Paul Sereno 
said student author Grace Yang of 
Chicago was able to portray "the core 
of who I am" better than professional 
journalists. 

"This book is the first time a writer 
captured what 1 feel like when I make 
a major discovery-that excitement-and 
explained it in a way that makes 
absolute sense," Sereno said. 

Nobel Laureate and IMSA Resident 
Scholar Dr. Leon Lederman and 
Dr. .ludith Scheppler. coordinator of 
student inquiry, served as co-editors 
of the book. The book represents a 
collaboration of IMSA's Great Minds 
Program and the IMSA Student 
Inquiry and Research Program. The 
Great Minds Program supports IMSA's 

(Cont'd, on page 3) 



Portraits of Great American Scientists 
IMSA Student Authors 



Student Author Hometown 

Stephanie R. AUewalt* . . Batavia 

Margaret Anderson Chicago 

Nia Dukov Chicago 

M. Blaine Eubanks Eldorado 

Elizabeth Gilbert Makando 

Anne Halsall Algonquin 

Douglas Heintz Pana 

*Gniduatf of Balavia Hish School 



Student Author Hometown 

Susan Johnson St. Charles 

Noah Lauricella .... Dwight 

Kelly McArdle Elmwood Park 

Erica Ruddy Aurora 

Mike Stukel Joliet 

Margaret Wat Naperville 

Maria Wilson Quincy 

Grace Yang Chicago 



1 5th Anni\ersary Gala 4 

Intel Finalist 3 

Great Minds Program Exents 5 

IMSA Kids Institute 6 

Robert H. Malott Photo Dedication 4 

News in Brief 7 



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Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 
630/907-5000 



BOARD OF TRiSTEES 



Sheila MB Gnffin 
Pivsideiii 
Griffin Holdings 

1st Vice-Chairman 

Dr. Luis Nufiez 

Chemist 

Separation Science and Technolog}' Section 

Argonne National Laboratory 

2nd Vice-Chairman 

Steve Isoye 

Curriculum Leader for Science 

Warren Township High School 

IVustees 

Dr. Victoria Chou 

Dean 

College of Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Dr. Joseph Cipfl 

Executive Director 

Illinois Community College Board 

Dr. Sherry R. Eagle 

Superintendent 

Aurora West School District #129 

John H. McEachem Jr. 

President 

Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Kevin Murphy 

Science Teacher 

Lyons Township High School 

James D. Pearson 

President 

Aurora Metals Di\ ision L.L.C. 

Dr. Chns Quigg 

Senior Theoretical Physicist 

Fermi National Accelerator Laborator>' 

Dr. Marsha R. Rosner 

Director 

The Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

The University of Chicago 

Dr. Keith Sanders 

Executive Director 

Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 

Administrator 

Chicago Public Schools, Region One 

Sharon Tenhouse 

Teacher and Parent Educator 

Community Unit School District #2 (Liberty. IL) 

Dr. Michael S. Turner 

Department Chairman 

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics 

The University of Chicago 

Respicio Vazquez 

Superintendent 

Illinois State Board of Education 

President 

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 

N0K4 is published three times a year by the 
IMSA Office of Advancement. 

Send comments or questions to: 
Editor and Writer 

Brenda Buschbacher 
brendaitf unsaedu 



From IMSA's 
Resident Scholar 



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Dear IMSA Shareholders. 

Lha\e enjoyed organizing the Great Minds Program which brings extraordinary 
leaders to the IMSA community. These creative and imaginative leaders represent 
all spheres of hiunan activity. As role models, they enable our perceptive students to 
recognize and resonate with those rare abilities to think creatively. 

This fall we enjoyed Marvin Minsky, the founder of MIT's Artificial Intelligence 
Laboratory, and Horner Hickam. author of the book (and movie) October Sky . We 
heard the Vice Chairman of the NASDAQ Stock Market, Alfred R. Berkeley III. tell 
us how the investment market fuels American business, and Robert Pritzker. founder 
of the Marmon Group, tell of the art and science of ethical and profitable business 
creation. In mid-March, we welcomed Admiral William Owens, former vice chairman 
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who told us about the complexities of the post 9/1 1 world. 

The Great Minds Program led us to a new venture. Dr. Judith Scheppler and I 
decided, somewhat over two years ago, to see if IMSA students could collaborate about 
great American scientists. Fifteen students rose to the challenge, selected their favorite 
scientists out of a pool of a hundred or so, read about them, interviewed them by 
telephone, wrote, rewrote and re-rewrote their chapters. 

The resulting book Portraits of Great American Scientists (Prometheus Press) 
empasizes the youthful experiences and career decisions of scientists including Nobel 
Laureates Charles Townes and Sherwood Rowland, Astronauts Sally Ride and Story 
Musgrave and eleven other scientists spanning the disciplines from cultural 
anthropology to string theory. To my knowledge, this is another first- high school 
students collaborating to write a book that is selling well in bookstores, and online. 

It is rny belief that IMSA graduates will begin to make their mark in the world at 
large, and in Illinois in particular, during the next decade as they take their places in 
our society and apply their knowledge and skills to advance the human condition. 

Finally, on April 27th. IMSA will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a posh black 
tie gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Guests include friends of IMSA and 
leading figures in politics, business and academia. The gala also will celebrate my 
(heh. heh) 80th birthday. Your attendance will provide meaningful support of IMSA. 
For ticket information, contact IMS.As Office of Advancement at (630) 907-5033 
or stpierre(a imsa.edu. 



Sincerelv. 




Dr. Leon M. Lederman 

Resident Scholar. 

IMSA Great Minds Program 



IMSA Student Named Finalist in 
Prestigious National Science Competition 

Two Other IMSA Students Named Semifinalists 



LMSA senior K.evin \ang of 
Naperville was named one of 40 
national finalists in the Intel Scienee 
Talent Seareh Competition. Yang was 
one of only five finalists from Illinois. 

Finalists attended the si.x-day Science 
Talent Institute in Washington. DC. 
March 6-1 1 where they were judged by 
top scientists from a variety of disciplines 
The top ten scholarship winners were 
announced at an awards ceremony. 

^'ang is the son of Jan-Chin and 
Margaret Yang of Naperville. His award- 
winning research project is entitled 
Oiuintilativc Model oj Electwphoretic 
Mobility of Oligomeric B-DNA. 

Two other IMSA students also were 
named semifinalists in the competition 
mcluding Zhihao Liu of Lisle for the 
pi'oject The Nearest Neighbor Rule 



Representation of Boolean l-'iincinms and 
Grace Woo of DeKalb for Conveniional 
Caleuhis anil \foilern Fuzzy Approaeh 
to Optimization. 

In his research project. Yang created a 
mathematical model of how short strands 
of DN A, or other short ionic polymers, 
travel through gel during electrophoresis. 
For many years, scientists have tried to 
understand the properties of short strands 
of DNA. This model someday could help 
scientists to understand how short strands 
of DNA function within the body and 
could result in the development of new- 
techniques to study DNA. 

In the Intel competition (formerly 
Westinghouse), primary emphasis 
is placed on a written report of an 
independent science, mathematics 
or engineering research project. An 




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entry form, 

designed to 

elicit evidence 

of creativity 

and interest in 

science, alsii is 

required, along 

with a high 

school 

transcript. 

recommendations and standardized 

test scores. 

Yang plans to attend college in the 
fall to pursue a career in teaching and 
research. 

Fie is IMSA's //■/?/; finalist in this 
prestigious competition. Other IMSA 
finalists included Rowan Lockwood '89, 
Elizabeth Pine "93. Tra\ is Schedler 'QS 
and Keith Winstem"^'-). 



IMSA Book Available in Bookstores (continued from co\er) 



learning agenda by creating unique teaching and learning 
opportunities to help shape mathematics and science education;i 
public policy in Illinois and the nation. 

I MSA's cornerstone educational experience, the Student 
Inquiry and Research Program, enables stLidents to pursue 



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IMS.i Resident Scliolar and Xalicl Laureate Dr Leon LcJcrnian signs 
autographs for his admirers. 



compelling questions of interest, conduct original research, and 
collaborate with other students, mentors, scholars, researchers 
and inventors throughout the world. 

Future student projects in the Student Inquiry and Research 
Program mav include other hociks pidl'iiiivj nuted scientists. 




/A/.V.l Technical Services .Siipcriisar ./can /irgger is thrilled to get an 
aulograph Irani worhl-rcnuw iicd dinnsaur liiinler Dr. Paul Serenn. 



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IMSA FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 


Chairman 


President 


James R. Thompson 


Dr. Philip H. Francis 


Partner and Chairman of 


Managing Partner 


[he Executive CommUtee 


Mascon 


Winston & Strawn 






Vice President 


Vice President 


William J. White 


Robert H. Malott 


Pmfessor 


Retired Chairman & CEO 


Northwestern University 


FMC Corporation 






Secretary/Treasurer 




Susan S. Schanlaber 




President and CEO 




The Landmark Group 




of Companies 


Directors 


Michael J. Birck 


Andrew M. Oh. '89 


Chairman 


Associate-Equirv Research 


Tellabs. Inc. 


JP Morgan Chase 


G. Thomas Castino 


James D. Pearson 


Vice Chairman of 


President 


the Corporation 


Aurora Metals Division. 


Underwriters 


LLC. 


Laboratories. Inc. 






James T Schaefer 


Dr, Floyd L. English 


Real Estate Considtani 


Chairman 


(Retired) 


Andrew Corporation 






Honey Jacobs Skinner 


David J. Geary 


Partner 


Vice President and General 


Sidley & Austin 


Manager Coinergence 




Sobitions 


William A. VanSanten 


Lucent Technologies 


Partner 




Wood, Phillips. VanSanten. 


Joanne B. Hansen 


Clark and Mortimer 


President 




Hansen-Fumas Foundation 


Joset Wright 




Retired President 


Leon Jackson 


.\meritech Illinois 


President 




Mulli-Fac Corporation 


Linda Anderson* 




Civic Leader 


James R. Lancaster 




Retired Executive 


Roger E. Anderson* 


Vice President 


Retired Cfiairman and CEO 


First Chicago NBD Corp 


Continental Bank of 




Chicago 


Richard A. Lumpkin 




Chairman and CEO 




Consohdated 




Communications. Inc. 




* Honorary Members 




\ice President for Ad\ancement, IMSA 


Cathenne C Veal 




"Pnnted by Authont\ of the State of Illinois. 


6.500 03 02. Purchase Order No. 310991;' 



Save the Date for IMSA's 
15th Anniversary Gala! 



n April 27, 2002, the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science 
Academy will celebrate its 15th 
Anniversary with a black-tie gala at 
the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. 

The event will honor those who 
champion bold ideas and also will 
celebrate the 80th birthday of IMSA 
Resident Scholar and Nobel Laureate 
Dr. Leon Lederman. Honorees include 
Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert; 
.lohn D. Goeken, chairman and chief 
executive officer of the Goeken Group 
and Founder of MCI; and the founding 
members of the IMSA Board of Trustees. 

Honorary chairmen for the event 
include Speaker of the House J. Dennis 
Hasten, Governor George H. Ryan and 



Michael J. Birck, chairman of Tellabs, Inc. 

Gala co-chairmen for the event include 
Robert H. Malott, vice president of the 
IMSA Fund Board of Directors and 
retired chairman and chief executive 
officer of FMC Corporation, and IMSA 
Class of 1990 Graduate Beth Malecha 
of Addison. U.S. Navy Lieutenant Beth 
Malecha is a 1994 graduate of the U.S. 
Naval Academy and flew F-14 Tomcats 
while attached to the VF-21 1 off the 
aircraft carrier USS John C Stennis. 
A recent graduate of the Top Gun school, 
Beth now is a tactics instructor for fleet 
F-14 squadrons. 

For more information contact 
IMSA's Office of Advancement at 
(630)907-5033. 



Malott Nature Photographs Dedicated 



he James D. 

Pearson Hall at 

the Illinois 
Mathematics and Scienci 
Academy hardly looks 
like a typical large 
academic lecture hall. 
While many halls ha\e 
demonstration tables, 
rows of chairs and 
audio-visual equipment, 
they typically do not 
have 24 strikingly 
beautiful nature 
photographs adorning 
their walls. But IMSA 
does, thanks to the 
artistry and generosity 
of Robert H. Malott. 

Malott. retired chairman and chief 
executive officer of FMC Corporation 
and vice president of the IMSA Fund for 
Advancement of Education, took the 
photographs of penguins, bears and other 
animals in their natural habitats from the 
North Pole to the South Pole and 
contributed them to IMS.A. 

On January 28. 2002. students, staff 
and other guests gathered to formally 
dedicate the collection. IMSA President 




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Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall said that the 
photographs remind students and staff of 
the "sacred dimensions" in life. 

"In our culture, a culture seemingly 
driven by acquisition, competition and 
consumption, it is so easy to ignore those 
dimensions of our humanity that give us 
meaning and purpose," Marshall said. 
"It is also very easy to devalue the sacred 
dimensions of our lives. Nature is one of 
those sacred dimensions," she said. 



2001-2002 Great Minds Program Events 








/);: Marvin Miusky. cii-finiiulcr af the MIT Anijkial 
liiiclligencc Labonttoiy. prest'nted I he first Great 
Mliuis Program community lecture. Computers, 
Emotions and Common Sense. Minsky is best known 
as one of the pioneers of intelligence-based 
mechanical robotics and telepresence. 



Homer Hicham, retired N.4S.4 aerospace 
engineer and author of the hit movie and 
best-selling book October Sky, meets with 
IMSA students during a booksigning 
following his lecture. 





.-iuthor Homer Hicham presented We Are 
Proud of Who We .Are: Wisdom from a Small 
Town that Will Change Your Life to .students 
and staff at f.\f.SA in October 




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GREAT MINDS PROGRAM 



IMSA President Dr Stephanie 
Pace Marshall (second from right) welcomes 
Tellabs. Inc. Chairman Michael J. Birck, Tellabs 
Fouiulation Executive Director Meredith Hilt (far left) 
and Tellabs Foundation Board Member Carol Gavin. 
The Great Minds Program is made possible in part by 
a generous grant from the Tellabs Foundation. 

Photos by Dean Kaus Photography 



400+ Attend First IMSA Kids Institute Open House; 
New Weekend and Summer Programs Unveiled 



\ j I hat's three years old has more 
^sW ^^^'^ ^^^ '^8^ ^"'^ grows very 
quickly? The answer is the IMSA 
Kids Institute! 

The Kids Institute (KI) works with 
more than 150 IMSA students in inquiry, 
educational projects and senior research 
projects that benefit younger students. 

The first IMSA Kids Institute Open 
House on Saturday January 1 9 featured 
a variety of new school year weekend 
programs and 2002 summer camps 
(see chart). 




Other features of the KI Open House 
were hands-on activities from Kids 
Institute programs including Project 
READ. Science Explorers and the Rail 
Science CD-ROM. SciTech Hands-On 
Museum in Aurora and an origane 
(folded metal) demonstration by artist 
Lane Allen of Batavia also were featured. 

IMSA Students Key to 
KI Success 

Much of the success and growth of 
Kids Institute programming can be 
attributed in large part to the leadership 
of IMSA students. 

For example, senior Eric Bowden 
of Sycamore created the new-and- 
improved Kids Institute website 
(www.imsa.edu/kidsinstitute) featuring 
many interactive features for visitors 
including Mars Online. 



In addition to Bowden, IMSA 
senior Sandra Garcia of Cicero is 
translating targeted Kids Institute 
materials into Spanish for the 
bilingual community as part 
of her senior research project. 
Seniors Chris Young of 
Westchester and Paul Malina of 
Hickory Hills are also leading 
year-round programming efforts. 

IMSA students also are helping 
to ""grow" Project READ by 
tutoring students at Johnson 
Elementary in East Aurora and 
preparing for the first READ-ln 
this spring for the general public. 

KI Welcomes New 
Sponsors 

The IMSA Kids Institute is pleased to 
announce three new major sponsors of 
Kids Institute programming for the 2001- 
2002 year 

The City of Aurora awarded a grant 
of 530,000 for operations and Aurora 
summer program scholarships. The Kids 
Institute was also the recipient of the BP 
Leader Award in Math and Science in 

IMSA Kids Institute 
2002 Summer Camps 

For students entering grades 3-4 

Science Explorers. Jr. (June 1 7-2 1 ). The 
day camp features hands-on discovery, 
computer work and group sharing. 

For students entering grades 5-6 

Science Explorers (July 29-Aug. 2). 
Sponsored by BP, the day camp features 
activities on renewable and non- 
renewable energy (solar energy, fossil 
fuels, natural gas and wind energy), 
culminating in a group presentation. 

For students entering grades 7-8 

Explorations in Science (June 1 7-2 1 ). 
The day cajjja fe| tiles laboratory 
activities, BRWroup work in modern 
molecular biology, satellite imagery, 
and physics principles. 

For students entering grades 7-9 

Three sessions will be offered: 




December This award not only launches 
a new partnership with BP and their 
employees, but a S20,000 grant to sponsor 
Real Science 2002, Science Explorers and 
a teacher inservice next fall. The third 
sponsor, 3M, recently donated S5,000 
to support Institute programs. 

Future Kids Instimte projects include 
expanding Saturday enrichment workshops 
and developing the new KI campus 
workspace to accommodate innovative 
student ideas and future programs. 

To register for Kids Institute 
programs, call (630)907-5987 or 
email summerprograms(a imsa.edu. 

Math+Science 4 Girls (July 7-12). This 
residential camp for girls integrates 
concepts in ii^h|«nlnce, technology 
and researcFreprTmclude: financial 
investing agents, medicine, forensic 
science, aerodynamics and astronomy. 

Summer Sleuths (July 22-25). In this 
day camp, students use science, social 
science and Internet tools to solve a 
real-world problem and present their 
solutions to a panel of experts. 

Digital Art (July 29- August 2). In this day 
camp, students turn digital photographs 
and videos into computer files for a web 
site or other portfolio. 

For students entering grades 8-9 

Math Explorers (June 24-28). This day 
camp features topics of mathematics 
including patterns of art and music, 
fractals, games, codes, Pascal's triangle, 
taxicab geometry, and chromatic 
numbers. 



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Professional Contributions 

IMSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace 

Marshall presented The Report of the 
National Reseaivh Council on Programs 
oj Advanced Study in Math and Science 
in American High Schools at the National 
Conference of the American Academy of 
Advancement of Science in February in 
Boston. MA. 

Dr. Steven Rogg, research and 
professional development specialist, 
served on a grant proposal merit 
re\ie\v panel for the National Science 
Foundations Division of Elementary, 
Secondary, and Informal Education. This 
meeting was held November 1-3. 2001 at 
the National Science Foundation offices 
in Arlington. VA. 

Science teachers Chris Kawa, 
Dr. Branson Lawrence and Josie 
VVallmuth presented a session on IMSA's 
Scientific Inquiries program at the annual 
meeting of the Illinois Association of 
Chemistry Teachers in October in 
Bloomington-Normal. During the 
meeting. Dr. Lawrence was elected 
president of the Illinois Association 
of Chemistry Teachers. 

Dr. David Barr, director for 
development of on-line resources, made 
presentations on IMSA's Internet Toolkit 
at the Illinois State Library Media 
Association conference in October 
and the Treasure Mountain Research 
Conference in November in 
Indianapolis. IN. 

English teacher .Audrey Wells 
co-presented From Frankenstein to Brave 
;Vfir l!<(/7(/ /() Teletubhies: Media Literacy 
in Grades S-12 at the annual meeting of 
the Illinois Association of Teachers of 
English in October in Springfield. IL. 

Wellness teacher Barbara Baber 
presented IMSA IVellness -An Integrative 
Approach to Health and Physical 
Education at the Illinois Association of 
Health. Physical Education. Recreation 
and Dance state convention. 

Dr. Linda Brazdil, coordinator of 
the Smithsonian Network, presented 
Classroom Research on Innovative 
Approaches in Mathematics and Science 
at the annual conference of the School 
Science and Mathematics Association 
in November in Batav ia. IL. 

Dr. Susan Bisinger. coordniator for 
.Alternative Certit'icaiion. presented 



Oiialitv Criteria for Professional 
Development at the National Staff 
Development Council annual conference 
in December in Colorado. Dr. Raymond 
Dagenais, curriculum and assessment 
leader in science, presented Mentoring 
Applications. 

Math teachers Dr. Steven Condie, 
Ruth Dover. Dr. Micah Fogel. Dr. 
Michael Kevton. Dr. Janice Krouse. 
Dr Don Porzio and Susan Eddins all 
made presentations at the annual meeting 
of the Illinois Council of Teachers of 
Mathematics in October in Peoria, IL. 

Dr. Steven Rogg, research and 
professional development specialist, and 
Dr. Robert Brazzle, science professional 
development leader for IMSA 2U61. 
co-presented IMSA 2(161 : Making Time 
for Explorations in Science at the annual 
meeting of the Illinois Science Teachers 
Association in October in Peoria. IL. 

Science teacher Laura Nickerson 
(IMSA Class of 1992) was one of only 16 
physics teachers nationwide selected as a 
new participant in the Physics Teaching 
Resource Agent (PTRA) program, 
sponsored by the American Association 
of Physics Teachers. As a result, she is 
now certified to conduct workshops for 
other physics teachers. Nickerson (on 
right in photo below) is congratulated 
by IMSA Board of Trustees Chairman 
Sheila MB Griffin. 




IMSA Chief of Security Jim Bondi 
served as chairman of a committee of 
Chicagoland high school security directors 
who developed a training program for 
high school security guards. The program 
is available free of charge on the Illinois 
Association of School Administrators 
website at vvvvvv.iasaedu.oriz. 



Deb Gerdes, professional development 
leader for Problem-based Learning, 
presented a series of workshops on 
PBL design in .lanuary and February to 
teachers in Normal and Wilmington. IL. 

Matt Wicks, director of virtual learning 
and co-chair of the Illinois Virtual High 
School, presented infomiation about the 
Illinois Virtual High School during the 
Illinois Gifted Education Conference 
December 4 in St. Charles, IL. 

New Board Chairman 

The Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy Board of Trustees has elected 
Sheila MB Griffin as its new chairman. 

Cjriffin. former Vice President and 
Director of the Strategic Marketing 
Office at Motorola, recently retired after 
a 22-year distinguished global career 
Griffin is currently president of Griffin 
Holdings, a strategic and marketing 
consulting firm for start-ups and 
established businesses. 

Griffin has served the State of Illinois 
for 16 years. In 1985, she was appointed 
bv Gov ernor James Thompson as a 
founding IMSA trustee. She was 
reappointed in 1995 by Governor 
Jim Edgar and in 199'^ by Governor 
George Ryan. 

Dr. Chris Quigg and Dr. \ ictoria 
Chou have been appointed to the IMSA 
Board of Trustees. Quigg is a senior 
theoretical physicist at Fermi National 
.Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia. IL. He 
is internationally known for his studies of 
heav y quarks and his insights into particle 
interactions at ultrahigh energies. 

Chou is dean and professor of the 
College of Education at the University of 
llhnois-Chicago. She directs a teacher 
preparation initiative to increase the 
supply of quality teachers for Chicago's 
highest-need schools. 

The IMSA hvcellence 2000- Program 
continues to expand with the addition of 
seven new school sites in the program's 
second year The 2001-2002 school sites 
include schools in Chicago, Des Plaines. 
Kankakee. Champaign. (^Xiincy. Marion, 
and Danville. 

(Cont'd, on page 8) 



News in Brief (continued from page 7) 

First-year pilot sites included schools 
in Chicago. Rockford Oswego. 
Springfield Belleville. Hillsboro. Each 
site serves approximately 30 students 
and two teachers. 

The goals of IMSA E.xcellence 2000+ 
include increasing students" interest, 
involvement, and literacy in science and 
mathematics. In addition, the program 
will enhance the knowledge and skills of 
middle school science and mathematics 
teachers. 

For more information, see the program s 
web site at www.imsa.edu;'centei7e2k . 

Student Achievements 

A total of 39 IMSA seniors qualified 
as semifinalists in this year s National 
Merit Scholarship Corporation 
competition. In addition, one student 
qualified as a scholar finalist in 
the National Hispanic Recognition 
Program and four students qualified as 
semifinalists in the National Achievement 



Scholarship Program for Black American 
high school students. 

A total of 52 IMSA students were 
inducted into Mu Alpha Theta. the 
national mathematics honorary society. 
More information on the IMSA chapter 
can be found at www. imsa.edu/ 
org/mao/indexframeMain.htm. 

A total of seven IMSA students 
were designated as Illinois All-State 
musicians by the Illinois Music 
Educators Association. 

IMSA students Keisha VMIIianis 
of Kankakee. Sarah Walter of West 
Chicago and Sandra Garcia of Berwyn, 
and IMSA foreign language teacher 
VVilla Shultz served as co-leaders of 
a Di\ersity Appreciation/Prejudice 
Reduction workshop, sponsored by the 
National Coalition Building Institute 
(NCBI) at Willowbrook High School 
in Villa Park. IL. 




Keith Mcintosh. IMSA assistant 
director of student leadership 
development, was selected as an 
Olympic Torchbearer for the Salt 
Lake 2002 Olympic Torch Relay. 
Keith was nominated for his 
"inspiration to others and to 
his community." 

Congratulations Keith !! 



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Updated in t: 

From the IMSA President 



■ar IMSA Shareholders 



This is a difficult summer at IMSA. This issue of NOVA 
was set to go to press before the unprecedented mid-June 
decision by the Governor and General Assembly to reduce 
IMSAs budget by S2.5 million. As a result of this action, 
1 felt compelled to write to you, our constituents, to explain 
the se\ere impact of these cuts on our programs and staff 
Currently, we are cutting 19.7% of state-fijnded staff positions 
and reducing a number of programs and services for IMSA 
students, other Illinois students and Illinois teachers. 

As you may know, IMSA is part of the higher education 
system for budget purposes. While the final-round reduction 
for the public universities and colleges was 6.5%, IMSA's S2.5 
million reduction was 15.7% of our total budget and 24% of 
our personal services line item (the line item that funds staff 
positions/salaries). IMSAs total appropriations decrease from 
Fiscal Year 02 to Fiscal Year 03 is 18.6"n (a total of 
S3.1 million). 

We clearly understood the challenging economic times 
our State and most states faced, and we understood that our 
elected officials had to make ery difficult choices regarding 
budget cuts and revenue enhancements. 

As a state agency under the budget authority of the Board of 
Higher Education, IMSA believed we must participate in the 
budge reduction plan and take our "fair share" reduction - as 
all higher education institutions must. But our reduction was 
not a fair share. Our reduction was a grossly disproportionate 
share. IMSA is a jewel in the State of Illinois and to dinunish 
its light compromises the long-term needs of our State. 

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy has been 
a source of ision. inspiration. inno\ation atid leadership in 
education. By all measures and standards, we ha\e been an 
exemplar. 

.As we work to restore IMS.As capacity to scr\c the needs 
and mterests of the People of Illinois, we now must reengage 
our elected officials and the public at large in the "big 
questions" that led to IMSAs creation in the first place: 




Is it still important to our State 
to stimulate students" interests 
and develop their talents in 
mathematics, science and 
technology? Is it still important 

to our State to address its acute shortage of well-qualified 
mathematics and science teachers? Is the development of 
exemplary talent in mathematics, science and technology still 
iewed as critical to our democracy and national security? How 
important is it to our state to address student achievement gaps 
in mathematics and science, and its critical need to build 
a highly skilled and scientifically literate workforce for 
the future? 

In 1985. the State said "yes!" to a bold and bra\e idea. It is 
time we re-affirm this commitment. Lets say "yes!" again. 

Sincerelv. 




Stephanie Pace Marshall. Ph.D. 
IMSA President 



15th Anni\ersary Gala 5 

21st Century Information Fluency Program 2 

Foundation Grants 4 

Harris Hall Dedication 3 

IMSA Alumni 6 

Service to Illinois 7 



Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 
630/907-5000 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Chairman 

Sheila MB Griffin 
PresUion 
Griffin Holdings 

1st Vice-Chairman 

Dr. Luis Nuiiez 

Chemist 

Separation Science ami Technology Section 

Argonne National Laboratory 

2nd Vice-Chairman 

Steve Isoye 

Curhcuhtm Leader for Science 

Warren Township High School 

Trustees 

Dr. Victoria Chou 

Dean 

College of Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Dr. Joseph Cipfl 

Presic/ent/CEO 

Illinois Community College Board 

Dr. Sherry R. Eagle 

Superintendent 

Aurora West School District #129 

Dr. Dan La Vista 

Executive Director 

Illinois Board of Higher Education 

John H. McEachern Jr. 

Retired President/CEO 

Wayne Circuits Incorporated 

Kevin Murphy 

Science Teacher 

Lyons Township High School 

James D. Pearson 

President 

Aurora Metals Division L.L.C. 

Dr. Chris Quigg 

Senior Theoretical Physicist 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Dr. Marsha R. Rosner 

Director 

The Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

The University of Chicago 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 

Administrator 

Chicago Public Schools. Region One 

Sharon Tenhouse 

Teacher and Parent Educator 

Community Unit School District #2 (Liberty, IL) 

Dr. Michael S, Turner 

Department Chairman 

Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics 

The University of Chicago 

Respicio Vazquez 

Superintendent 

Illinois State Board of Education 



President 

Dr. Stephar 



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21st Century Information Fluency Program 
to Help Bridge Digital Divide in Illinois 

Speaker Hastert hails program as 
"potential national model" 

By Catherine C. Veal 



i- 1 —his fall, the Illinois Mathematics 

|_ and Science Academy will launch 
a statewide program to enhance the 
information fluency skills of Illinois 
teachers and students by providing a 
powerful "Information Fluency Toolkit" 
to middle and high school libraries in 
Illinois. IMSAs 21st Century Information 
Fluency Program will build the capacity 
of librarians, educators and students in 
Illinois to locate, evaluate and use digital 
information resources productively. 

School librarians will participate in 
online learning experiences selected 
from a menu of courses, workshops and 
self-directed learning opportunities 
designed to enhance their information 
skills and leadership abilities. 

Librarians then will recruit teachers 
from their school or district to work 
with them to develop lesson plans that 
incorporate 21st century information skills 
into their curriculum. The teachers will 
implement those plans in their classrooms 
and a comprehensive assessment strategy 
will measure teacher and student progress 
towards learning objectives. 

The program will provide the hardware 
and software to bring participating 
schools up to the minimum technological 
standard needed to enable them to make 
good use of digital information resources. 

IMSA's 21st Century Information 
Fluency program is aligned with national 
standards including the National 
Educational Technology Standards, the 
American Association of School Libraries 
Information Power standards, and the 
Illinois Learning Standards that guide 
the development and implementation 
of curriculum in Illinois schools. 

The program is funded by a grant from 
the U.S. Department of Education. In 
2002-03, IMSA will develop and test 
customized materials and software, build 



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the technology infrastructure to support 
the program and pilot the program in 100 
school libraries. If funded in subsequent 
years, the number of schools, librarians, 
teachers and students who participate in 
the program will grow. 

Congressinan and Speaker of the 
House J. Dennis Hastert calls IMSAs 
program a "potential national model" and 
a substantive way to help the nation meet 
its "no child left behind" commitment. 

"Once again, IMSA has stepped 
forward to meet an important state 
and national need," Hastert said. "This 
program will help ensure that more 
teachers and students have the 
knowledge, skills and dispositions to use 
the Internet to improve learning. This is 
especially critical in urban, rural and 
small town schools where the digital 
divide is most pronounced." 

Initially, IMSA will serve schools 
based on need and readiness - need as 
established by a survey of existing 
capabilities and readiness as evidenced 
by a schools willingness and ability to 
commit the time and energy needed to 
participate successfully. 

The program will be led by Dr David 
Barr, director of online learning at IMSA. 
An advisory panel of representatives 
from four key partners, the Illinois 
School Library Media Association, 
Illinois Virtual High School, Illinois 
Digital Academic Library and Illinois 

(Cont'd, on page 3) 



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IMSA Names First Residence Hail 



By Catherine C. Veal 

— or years, tlie IMSA community 
united for tiie right time to name its 
first residence hail. On May 7. 2002. tlie 
moment finally arrived and in a special 
dedication program Hall 1501 became 
"Harris Hall" in honor of Bette and the 
late Nelson Harris of Highland Park. 

"Today [this hall] moved from merely 
a building to a symbol of a cherished 
relationship," IMSA President Dr. 
Stephanie Pace Marshall said. 

King Harris, Kathy Harris and Toni 
Paul (pictured above) represented their 
parents at the dedication, and Nelson's 
brother Irving Harris also attended, 
joining IMSA staff, students, alumni 
and civic officials for the long-awaited 
milestone. 

During the program, IMSA Trustee 
.lohn H. McEachern Jr. unveiled the 
dedication plaque which now hangs in 
the lobby of Harris Hall: 

Thniiiglunit iheir iiiiirc than 
60-year partnership, Bette am! 
Neison Harris dedicated their 
energy to helping others improve 
their lives. 

Beginning in 1992. the Harrises 
contributed generously to the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy 
supporting the Harris Institute for 
Problem-based Learning. IMSA 
Excellence 201)0+ and die IMSA 
Great Minds Program. 

For their generous spirit and 
unparalleled commitment to the 
students, teachers, and People of 
Illinois, the Board of Trustees 
proudly dedicates this residence 
hall in their honor 

—Dedicated Mav 7. 2002 

IMSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace 
Marshall called Neison and Bette Harris 
"natural partners of IMSA" because of 
their willingness to "to think out of the 
bo.\ and to try approaches to problems 
others dismissed." 

In the early 1990s, Marshall asked 
Neison Harris to consider funding the 
development and scale-up of IMSA's 
promising yet fledgling problem-based 
learning program. She told him IMSA 



needed "pioneers who will see the 
power and possibility of the vision and 
belie\e in it — even though it's 
unproven - and people who will invest 
in an idea." 

Harris stepped forward w ith a 
S750,000 commitment, the first of 
several major contributions to IMSA's 
work, the most recent being a S933,50() 
commitment to the IMSA E.xcellence 
2000+ after-school enrichment 
program for Illinois 
middle school 
students. 

Dr. Linda Schielke, 
director of The 
Centerfa IMSA, spoke 
for the "thousands of 
grateful educators and 
students who have 
benefited from 
kindness, vision and 
generosity" of the 
Harris Family 
Foundation. 

"More than 20,000 
students and teachers have been directly 
impacted by our teachings, while tens 
of thousands more have benefited from 
our publications and online resources," 
Schielke said. "The generosity of 
one family has made a difference in 
thousands of other families aroLind 
the world." 

IMSA junior Jady Hsin of Carbondalc 
a resident of Harris Hall, added: 
". . .within these walls - these white walh 
and brown carpets and blue furniture - I 
have garnered some of IMSA's greatest 
experiences and treasures, both personal 
and intellectual... 

"It is people such as yourselves that 
pave the way for our futures - the future 
of our American society and for the 
greater global community," he said. 

King Harris, chairman of Harris 
Holdings Inc., thanked IMSA for its 
contributions to other students and 
teachers throughout Illinois. 

"...It is easy to give money to an 
institution. It is far harder to put a dream 
into reality," Harris said. "You have 




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1,000 young women and men. You have 
also affected the lives of thousands of 
other people via your outreach program. 
You should be very proud of what you 
have accomplished!" 



Information Fluency 

(continued from page 2) 

Century Network, will assist IMSA staff 
and program participants. 

Barr notes the significance of working 
with librarians in a program such as this. 
"School libraries have traditionally been 
the place where Information resources 
have been housed," he said. "To continue 
to serve teachers and students In the 2 1 st 
century, libraries need to become 
libraries without walls, providing access 
to digital multi-media information." 

Contributors: Dr. David Barr and 
Christine Bodine 



IMSA FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS 


Officers 


Honorary Chairman 


President 


James R Thompson 


Dr. Phihp H. Francis 


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Vice President 


Vice President 


William J. White 


Robert H, Malott 


Professor 


Retired Chairman & CEO 


Northwestern University 


FMC Corporation 






Treasurer 


Secretary* 


Susan S. Schanlaber 


Catherine C. Veal 


President and CEO 


( "ice President 


The Landmark Group 


for Advancement 


of Companies 


IMSA 




Directors 


John F. Bcrgcr 


James D. Pearson 


Chairman and CEO 


President 


Universal Internet 


Aurora Metals Division, 


Properties. Inc. 


L.L.C. 


Michael J. Birck 


William J. Podl 


Chairman 


Chairman and CEO 


Tellabs. Inc. 


Doran Scales, Inc. 


G. Thomas Castino 


James T Schaefer 


Consultant to the President 


Real Estate Consultant 


Underwriters 


(Retired) 


Laboratories. Inc. 






Honey Jacobs Skinner 


Dr, Floyd L. English 


Partner 


Chairman 


Sidley Austin Brown 


Andrew Corporation 


&Wood 


Michael W. Ferro. Jr. 


Robert E. Spitzer 


Chief Executive Off Jcer 


Vice President 


Click Commerce, inc. 


External Affdialions/ 




Universin' Relations 


David J. Geary 


The Boeing Company 


Vice President and General 




Manager Con\'ergence 


William A. VanSanten 


Sohttions 


Partner 


Lucent Technologies 


Wood, Phillips. VanSanten. 




Clark and Mortimer 


James R. Lancaster 




Retired Executive 


Joset Wright 


Vice President 


Retired President 


First Chicago NBD Corp. 


Ameritech lUinois 


Richard A. Lumpkin 




Chairman and CEO 




Illinois Consolidated 




Telephone Company 




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Foundations Demonstrate Robust 
Commitment to Excellence in 
Mathematics and Science Education 

Grants support programs for Illinois teachers and students 

By Cathierine C. Veal 



I— I — o enhance programs and services 

|_ for IMSA students, Illinois 
teachers and other Illinois students and 
leverage state appropriations, the IMSA 
Fund for Advancement of Education 
seeks contributions from the private 
sector - and the private sector delivers, 
supporting various opportunities that 
otherwise would not be possible. 

Recent foundation commitments 
of 525,000+ include: 

• On behalf of Andrew Corporation 

and its employees, the Aileen S. 
Andrew Foundation approved a 
grant of S500,000 to support IMSAs 
programs and services for Illinois 
teachers in the Chicagoland area 
(where Andrew Corporation is based). 

• The Chicago Community Trust, 

metropolitan Chicago's community 
foundation, approved a grant of 
$206,250 and the Pritzker 
Foundation approved a grant of 
$150,000 to support the IMSA 
Excellence 2000+ after-school 
enrichment program for Illinois 
middle school students and their 
teachers. These grants will support 
additional program sites in Chicago 
and Cook County. 

• Ball Foundation approved a grant of 
$100,000 to support IMSAs programs 
and services for Illinois teachers. 

• SBC Foundation approved a grant 
of $25,000 to support IMSA's 
Student Leadership Development 
program for its residential students. 



IMSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace 
Marshall said these investments will 
strengthen IMSAs capacity to achieve 
its legislative charge and mission. "These 
grants will help increase student interest 
and achievement in mathematics, science 
and technology, extend IMSAs statewide 
reach and impact, and ultimately secure 
a stronger tomorrow for our state, nation 
and world," she said. 

Dr. Philip H. Francis, president of 
the IMSA Fund for Advancement of 
Education, added. "Excellence in 
mathematics and science education is 
key to our future economic development 
and quality of life. IMSA is an 
educational beacon and a winner that 
works, and investing in IMSA programs 
is a productive way for the private sector 
to help improve mathematics and science 
education. These foundations recognize 
that, and we salute and appreciate 
their leadership. 

"In addition, the IMSA Fund Board of 
Directors urges the State to demonstrate 
a strong commitment to IMSA and to 
excellence in mathematics and science 
education. This signals to the private 
sector that Illinois is serious about 
developing talent in mathematics and 
science," Francis said, "which in turn 
bolsters the case for corporate, 
foundation and individual contributions." 



350 Guests Attend IMSA's 15th Anniversary Gala 
and Leon Lederman Birthday Celebration 




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Graduates Serve Illinois as IMSA Employees 

By Catherine C. Veal 



LMSA faculty and staff members 
Michael Hancock, Laura Nickerson, 
Christi Schweitzer, Gene Skonicki and 
Dion Steele understand the ins and outs 
of being a student at IMSA as none of 
their colleagues can, for only they can 
say "been there. . .done that." 

In previous years, the five helped the 
IMSA community grow and thrive as 
members of its student body. Today 
they do so as employees of IMSA, 
enthusiastically embracing their new roles. 

Hancock and Steele were Charter 
Class pioneers, graduating from IMSA 
in 1989. Today, Hancock teaches English 
and Steele serves as minority recruitment 
and retention coordinator. 

Hancock became interested in 
returning to IMSA after working two 
summers with academically talented 
students in Duke University's Talent 
Identification Program. "I looked 
forward to sharing my teaching and ideas 
with similar students," he said. "Coming 
back to northern Illinois and getting to 
work with some of my favorite teachers 
as colleagues and mentors made IMSA 
the perfect fit for me — again." 

Steele came back to work at IMSA 
because he felt he had something to offer 
for the next generation. "I always felt 
that my experience could have been 
more fiilfilling if a greater support and 
development system was put into place for 
underrepresented students," he said. Now 
Steele is leading efforts to do just that. 

Crediting the IMSA faculty, Nickerson 
'92, who teaches physics, said: "1 will 
never forget the encouragement and 
challenge from the faculty to be more 
than I ever thought I could. Perhaps that 
is why I wanted to come back [to IMSA], 
so that I could give back to other students 
what the IMSA faculty gave to me." 

She now shares an office with "my 
favorite teacher of all time," Dr. David 
Workman, "and although I still get 
needed encouragement and advice from 
him, now he sometimes asks me for the 
same!," Nickerson said. 




Pictured left to right: Christi Schweitzer Hall Coordinator: Michael Hancock. English Teacher: 
Dion Steele. Minority Recruitment and Retention Coordinator: Laura Nickerson. Physics 
Teacher: and Gene Skonicki. Software Programmer for Online Learning. 



Having lived away from home as a 
student, Schweitzer '94, understands the 
importance of IMSAs residential life 
program. "Even though I had a hard time 
overcoming my homesickness the first 
semester at IMSA, the unique experience 
of living with my friends during my high 
school years provided me with a bounty 
of amazing memories," she said. 

Today, as a resident counselor and hall 
coordinator, Schweitzer draws on her 
experiences and memories as she 
coordinates hall operations and helps 
students with their personal, social and 
academic development. 

Skonicki '97, a programmer for online 
learning, said he came back to IMSA 
because it is a community that values 
learning. "I can seek out and talk to 
students and teachers with a very diverse 
set of knowledge and perspectives. That 
makes IMSA a pretty exciting place to 
work," he said. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane 

Among his fondest memories of his 
student days, Skonicki recalls a particular 
evening during his junior year. He had to 
finish some reading in a Samuel Beckett 
play Waiting for Godot, and was frustrated 
because this was going very slowly. 
Fortunately, four friends decided to help 
him, taking different characters and 
reading different parts. Passers-by also 
joined in the impromptu peiformance 
that lasted until curtew check. 



"I like the story and still appreciate the 
friends because it really shows the mix of 
school and friendship that IMSA can be," 
Skonicki said. 

Steele's special memories include the 
Charter Class' days in the main academic 
building, before the residence halls were 
complete, and the resident counselors. 
"This place felt like it belonged to us," he 
said, and the RCs "went that extra mile to 
allow us to grow." 

Hancock fondly recalls an ill-fated 
chemistry experiment, listening to 
conversations in Esperanto and I MSA's 
first graduation. 

For Nickerson, favorite times were 
"sitting in the dorm rooms and chatting 
for hours. . .it was the first time in my life 
where I really had intellectual peers. 
My IMSA friends are still my closest 
friends," she said. 

Benefits - Then and Now 

The graduates agree that attending 
IMSA nurtured their academic, personal 
and social growth and working at IMSA 
benefits their early career development. 

"My experience at IMSA enhanced my 
ability to manage an active college life 
outside of academia that I would not 
trade for anything in the world," Steele 
said. "I was so much more prepared for 
the rigorous routine of college than 
practically all of my peers." 

(Cont'd, on page 8) 



Recent examples inclueie: 

Mathematics teacher Dr. Steven 
Condie recently received the Edytii May 
Shffe Award for Distinguished Higii 
Sciiooi Matiiematics Teaching, sponsored 
by tiie Mathematical Association of 
America (MAA). Only 24 high school 
teachers in the U.S. and Canada recei\ed 
the award. 

Dr. Steve Cordogan, IMSA 
coordinator of research and evaluation. 
wrote Predictors of Success at 
Specialized Secondary- Schools \\ Inch 
was accepted for publication in the 
National Consortium for Specialized 
Secondary Schools of Mathematics. 
Science and Technology Journal. 2()()2. 

IMS.A Choral Director Dalia Bach was 
selected by the Illinois Music Educators 
Association (IMEA) as the guest 
conductor for the Illinois All-State 
Choir for the 2002-2003 school year. 

College and Academic Counselor 
Joseph Prieto was elected by the College 
Board Midwestern Regional Assembly to 
its Regional Council. 

Dr. Christopher Kuhl, I nglish 
teacher, was awarded a poetry fellowship 
at the Chenango Valley Writers 
Conference June 16-22 at Colgate 
Liniversity in Hamilton, New York. 
Kuhl was awarded the fellowship based 
on a work sample and a statement of 
artistic \ ision. 

Science teacher Laura Nickerson 
(IMSA Class of 1992) was elected \ ice- 
president/president-eleet of the Chicago 
Section of the American Association of 
Physics Teachers. 

Biology teacher Joe Traina published 
I'ascular Flora ofJdii Horn Woods. 
Plainficld Township. \\ ill County. IL 
m Transactions of the Illinois State 
Academy of Sciences, \ol. 94. #3 . 

Social science teacher Dr. Lee 
E>sturlid presented the paper Gcnnan- 
Aiiicrican Relations in Cincinnati and the 
Election Riots of 1<S55 during the 26th 
.\nnual Society for German-American 
Studies Conference (SGAS) in April 
in The Amana Colonies. lA. 

Chief Information Officer James 
Gerry, science teacher John Thompson. 
Christopher Kolar, coordinator of 
information technology integration, and 



IMSA student Jessica D'Souza of 

Chicago presented The U.^e oj PD.4s for 
Field Data Collection during the Illinois 
Technology Conference for Educators 
in March in St. Charles, IL. 

Dr. Janice Krouse, mathematics 
teacher, was one of 14 high school 
mathematics teachers selected from 
46 states to participate in a content 
validation study for the National Board 
for Professional Teaching Standards in 
March in Philadelphia, PA. 

Science teacher Chris Kawa presented 
Scientific Inquiries at the Southern 
Illinois Science Teacher Association 
meeting in April in Ina, IL. 

Science teacher Dr. Richard Dods, a 
leading authority on diabetes mellitus. 
has revised his chapter on this tojnc 
for the medical textbook. Clinical 
Chemistry: Theory. Analysis and 
Correlation . The book, now in its fourth 
edition, will be available in the fall. 20(12. 

Recent examples include: 

IMSA student Daniel Gulotta of 
Naperville was one of 25 students in the 
country selected to be a member of the 
2002 U.S. Physics Team. Six other IMSA 
students were named semi-finalists in the 
competition. 

14 IMSA students participated in the 
20th National Russian Essay Contest 
sponsored by the American Council of 
Teachers of Russian and won 14 medals 
(five Gold, seven SiKcr and two Bronze). 

Nine IMSA students qualified to take 
the USA Mathematical Olympiad 
(USAMO). the second highest number 
of qualifying students in the nation. They 
are: Ruozhou Jia of Aurora. Zhihao Liu 
of Lisle, Daniel Gulotta of Naperville, 
Justin Blanchard of Naper\ille, Sarah 
Cheng of Chicago, Kevin Yang of 
Naper\ ille, Bradley Kay of .Aurora. 
"N'uan Gong of Chicago and Rider 
Hallcnstein of Woodstock. 

IMS.-X team members Bradley Kay 
of Aurora, Kevin \'ang of Naperville, 
Daniel Gulotta of Naperville and Jered 
Wierzbicki of Sugar Grove received 
the rank of ""National Outstanding," the 
highest ranking possible, in the fourth 
annual High School Mathematical 
Contest m ModeliiiL;. 



IMSA students James Holmes of 
Maryville, Mark Hoadley of Libertyville, 
and Sharda Thakral of Lombard 
presented at the Ninth Annual Student 
Research Symposium for the National 
Consortium of Specialized Secondary 
Schools for Mathematics. Science and 
Technology at Texas Tech University 
in Lubbock. Texas. 

IMSA students Paul Malina of 
Hickory Hills and Christopher Young of 
Westchester wrote the article Raise Your 
Hands for Science in the May issue of 
Learning and Leading with Technology . 

IMSA students Sandra Garcia of 
Berwyn. Joyce Pulphus of Chicago, and 
IMSA staff members Bob Hernandez, 
director of student leadership 
development, Keith Mcintosh, assistant 
director of student leadership dexelopment. 
and Britta McKenna, coordinator of the 
IMSA Kids Institute, gave the keynote 
aildress at a workshop in Springfield for 
Illinois P-16 service learning educators 
on May 21. 




Senior Raheah Sabri of Glcndaie 
(pictured ahovcj presented her research. 
The Role of Neonatal Nurse Practioners 
Compared to Residents m the NICI 
Euviroinnent at the American Pediatric 
Society - Society for Pediatric Research 
in May in Baltimore, MD. 

IMSA student Jennifer Suh of 
Chicago received a superior rating at the 
1 7th Annual Illinois History Exposition 
in Springfield. 



Graduates Give Back (continued from page 6) 



Today, he is learning how to "multitask 
like I never have before" and how 
to interact effectively with different 
networks. "When I present an idea 
or perform a task I view it with an 
institutional eye as opposed to within 
my own world." Steele said. 

Skonicki. who is blind said IMSA 
set him on a course towards higher goals 
for his education and career, helping 
him overcome a background of low 
expectations. "The total environment 
allowed me to meet with people and ideas 
that helped me embrace possibilities 
I simply hadn't before." he said. 

Today, Skonicki is learning to 
understand the priorities and interests 
of clients and coworkers to meet their 
needs. He also appreciates IMSAs 
recepti\'ity to new ideas. "That gives 
me the chance to grow by doing and 
trying out new practices," he said. 



Schweitzer said IMSA taught her to 
look at what is accepted in society in a 
more critical light. Her work today has 
reaffirmed her desire to continue 
working with this age group in the future. 
"Since my future plans include the 
teaching of high schoolers, I feel that my 
experience working at IMSA will only 
benefit my performance when I return 
to that," she said. 

Teaching at IMSA has challenged 
Hancock to develop new ways of actively 
engaging his students in their own 
learning. He said he also benefits from 
hearing what his colleagues have to say 
about the work they do and love and 
from the support they offer for common 
classroom challenges. 

For Nickerson, working at IMSA 
enables her to form deeper, more 
meaningful relationships with her 
students. "I see and interact with my 



students much more than at the other 
schools where I taught. I can really 
understand the IMSA students' pain, 
suffering, joys and challenges, and I feel 
like I have more to say to my IMSA 
students," Nickerson said. 

Other graduates who have worked at 
IMSA in the past include: Rachell (Berg) 
Bithell, physics faculty; Kurt Ewen, 
resident counselor; and Jake Gerstein, 
webmaster. 

Dr. Richard Hanke, director of human 
resources, said IMSA benefits greatly 
by having some of its graduates on staff. 
"Not only are their knowledge and skills 
impressive, they also have special 
insights into the needs of our students 
and the potential of our alumni to help 
make a strong institution even stronger 
in the years ahead." he said. 



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