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IMSA Hosts Successful 

International Problem-Based '''««.,« to <^»'^' 

Learning Symposium 

Problem-Bcised Leamint; (PBL) hcah the horn real-world issues. Learners 

bonds that tradmonal education has placed gather and apply knowledge from 

on students. PBL emibles them to re^leam the multiple disciplines in their quest tor 
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the liberamn of lea-nmiir hoiv to learn m inte- 

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IMSA Prt'sident Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall - 

some ot the hest-known authors in the field 

Educators from as far away as Mexico during the symposium. Practitioners from 

and Korea to as close as _ across the country shared the many 

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aKmt the power of PBL Imf^*^''-^- ^'"j relating to PBL. Each author also Fry Foundation Grant .... 5 

during the Problem- ^ IwTT^I — ' t.cilitated a breakout .session to '^^A on Wheels 6 

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ReportP CR^rL ^^^^^'Qotive - . Mathematics Award 7 

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' "^ Chicago National Math Awards 7 

Service of Leamimr: Gettino- ^ and implementation strategies. . 

^ '^ . National Media Recognition . . . \ Z 

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■' National Teaching Certihcation ... J 

held February' 14-15 on the IMSA campus. 20 classroom practitioners from c ■ 1. d 1 a 

' Science Literacy Book 4 

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" . Service Learning Award Z 

an educational approach that organizes group were IMSA faculty' . ^ ,... . ,-,, 

^ '^ ■ . Service to Illinois 10, 1 I 

curriculum and instruction around carefully members Michael DeFiaven, jh M tl F I 8 

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r~ 1 1^1 ^/V A Pioneering Educatiorwd Community 


Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy* 
1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 




Sheila MB Griffin 
Griffin Holdings 


Dr. Luis Nunez 

Depuvy Associate Laboratory Director 

for Physical, Biologicai. Computing Sciences 

Argonne National Laboratory 


Steven Isoye 

Curriculum Leader 

Warren Township High School 


Dr. Victoria Chou 

Dean, College of Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

JohnH. McEachem.Jr. 
Retired President/CEO 
Wayne Circuits, Incorporated 

Kevin Murphy 
Science Teacher 
Lyons Township High School 

James D. Pearson 

Retired President 

Aurora Metals Division, L.L.C. 

Dr. Chris Quigg 

Senior Theoretical Physicist 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory' 

Dr. Marsha Rosner 

Director and Professor 

The Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

The University of Chicago 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 


Chicago Public Schools 

Sharon Tenhouse 
Teacher ajid Parent Educator 
Community Unit School District "2 
(Liberty, Illinois) 

Dr. Michael Turner 
Department Chmrman and Professor, 
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics 
The University of Chicago 


Dr. Joseph Ciptl 


Illinois Community College Board 

Dr. Sherry Eagle 


Aurora West School District ^129 

Dr. Daniel La Vista 
Execwtii'e Director 
Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Dr. Robert Schiller 
State SMperintendeni 
Illinois State Board of Education 


Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 

NOVA IS published by the 
IMSA Office of Advancement. 

Send comments or questions to: 
Editor and Writer 
Brenda Buschbacher 


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IMSA Creates Service Learning 
Avrard Honoring McEaciiern 

The Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy has created the 
John H. McEachem, Jr. Exemplary 
Ser\'ice Learning 
Award to he pre- 
sented annually 
to a deserving 
IMSA student. 
The award, 
which includes 
a $2000 scholar- 
ship, is named 
m honor of ■'°'^" ^- McEachern, Jr. 

founding IMSA Board of Trustees 
member John ("Jack") McEachem. 

McEachem, an Oswego resident, 
has been a member of IMSAs Board 
of Trustees since its creation in 
1 985 and ser\'ed as its chairman from 
1997 to 2001. He currently serves 
as chair and board member of Rush- 
Copley Medical Center and is the 
Retired President and CEO of Wayne 
Circuits Incorporated. 

"Tlie award was created to honor 
Mr. McEachem and those students 

who, like Mr. McEachem, go above 
and beyond the call of duty and do all 
the little things that make great things 
happen," said Robert Hernandez, 
IMSA director of student leadership 
development. "He has always asked 
us 'what's in it for the students.' We 
want to recognize him through these 
students whom he truly cares about." 

The inaugural award was 
presented to Class of 2003 graduate 
Frederick Hines 
of Naperville 
who, like Mr. 
McEachem, has 
service to 
others. Require- 
ments for the 
award include 
the completion of 175 or more hours 
of community service, demonstration 
of leadership roles within the IMSA 
community, letters of recommenda- 
tion and written essays. 

Frederick Hines 

A Grateful Graduate Donates 
$100,000 to Honor IMSA Staff 

A grateful graduate of the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy 
donated $100,000 to the IMSA 
Fund for Advancement of Education 
to honor the IMSA faculty, staff and 

Calling IMSA "a magical place," 

the graduate said: "[students] get to 
where they're going because of the 
efforts and talents of each of you. 
You are the ones who keep the gears 
turning, you are the ones who build 
the foundations inside each of the 

(continued on page 3) 

About the Cover 

The kaleidoscope [s an instrument ot wonder and transtormation. It is a symbol and metaphoi ol IMSA's 
\ision, "liberating goodness and genius tor the world" and mission, "transformation through connections 
within and among mathematics, science, the arts and the humanities." 

Faculty Members Receive National Board 
Teaching Certification — Highest Standards 
for Excellence in the Teaching Profession 

Fdur faculty members at the 
Illinois Mathematics and 
Science Academy received 
certification with the National 
Board of Professional Teaching 
Standards (NBPTS). This brin-s 
the total number of NBPTS- 
certified IMSA faculty to 11 . 

Jtisie Wallmuth of 
Somonauk, a science teacher 
for se\-en years at IMSA and an 
educator for 16 years, was certi- 
fied in Adolescence and Yount: 
Adulthood/Science teaching. 
Diane Hinterlong of Aurora, 
a science teacher for 12 years at 
IMSA, formerly worked as an 
engineer for AT&T, biinterlong 
also received NBPTS certifica- 
tion in Adolescence and Young 

Willa Shultr of Brookfield, an 

Willa Shu 

John Stark 

teaching at IMSA) also was certified 
in World Languages/Gemian. 
educator since 1^7 ^ who has taught The four IMSA faculty members 

French at IMSA for 14 years, receix'ed were among 7,886 primary and 
certification in World Languages/ secondai7 school teachers nation- 

French. John Stark of Aurora, an wide to complete the rigorous and 

educator for 33 years (17 of those competiti\'e national certification 

process that credentials successful 
candidates as Master Teachers. 
They join a group of only 569 other 
National Board Certified Teachers 
m the state of Illinois. 

As part of the National Board 
Certificatiem process, each teacher 
compiled and submitted a teaching 
portfolio which included x'ideotapes 
of classroom teaching, lesson plans, 
student work samples and reflecti\'e 
written commentaries that detail 
what they, as teachers, were doing 
and why. They also had to complete 
an assessment in\'olving a series of 
written exercises designed around 
challenging teacher issues such as 
curriculum design, content knowl- 
edge and student assessment. 

The National Board for 
Professional Teaching Standards, 
founded in 1987, is an independent, 
nonprofit, nonpartisan and non- 
govenimental organization dedicated 
to raising the le\-el of teaching 
excellence in classrooms throughout 

A Grateful Graduate (continued from page 2j 
students for a spectacular and 

rewarding career. There's nothing 
like it in the world." 

At the suggestion of the gniduate, 
who preferred to remain anonymous, 
an area where various staff meetings 

special award from the IMSA Fund 
for Advancement of Education for 
their "steadfast ser\'ice and generosity 
of spirit." 

IMSA opened in 1986 and grad- 
uated its first class in 1989, making 

and acti\-ities are held was dedicated the age of its oldest graduates only 

in honor oi the past and present in their early 30s. 
IMSA faculty, staff' and administra- IMSA President Dr. Stephanie 

tion. Employees also recei\'ed a Pace Marshall said the staff was 

deeply touched and hont)red by the 
graduate's gift. 

"For someone so young to be so 
grounded, appreciati\'e and generous 
is ver\' gratifying," she said. "Many 
IMSA graduates are already gi\'ing 
back to IMSA and Illinois in signi- 
ficant ways. The people of Illinois 
should feel \-ery priuid of the return 
on their in\-estment," she said. 


IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 

1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 




Honorary Chairman 

James R. Thompson 

Partner and Chairman of the E: 

Winston & Strawn 


G. Thomas Castino 

Consultant to the President (Retired) 

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 

Vice President 

William J. White 


Northwestern University 


Susan S. Schanlaber 

President and CEO 

The Landmark Group of Compa: 


Catherine C. Veal 

Vice President for Advancement 


John F. Berger 
Chainmn and CEO 
Universal Internet Propertie 

Michael J. Birck 
Tellahs, Inc. 

MartinJ. DiMarzio'95 
Senior Consultant 
C>eloitte & Touche 

Michael W. Ferro, Jr. 
Chief Executive Officer 
Click Commerce. Inc. 

IMSA Book S€ien€e Ufera€Y 
tor the Twenty'tirst Century 
Honors Leon Lederman 

By Brian Thomhurg, Assistant Writer 

What do you 
i^ive a man as 
and celebrated 
as Nobel Laure- 
ate Dr. Leon 
Lederman tor his 
80th birthday.' 
Much to his 

Dr. Leon Lederman 

t Company 

Sandra Goeken 
Vice Chairman 
The Goeken Group 

CheUy A. Hopper '92 
Gratkiate Student 
University of Illinois 

Richard A. Lumpkin 

Chairman and CEO 

Illinois Consolidated Teleph^ 

James D. Pearson 
(Retired; President 
Aurora Metals Division, L.L.C. 

Sendhil R. Revuluri '90 

Honey Jacobs Skinner 


Sidley Austin Brown & Wood 

Robert E. Spitzer 

Vice President 

E.tiemal Affiliaiions/L'niversirN' Relaaons 

The Boeing Company 

Nandu N. Thondavadi 

Founding Chairman, President and CEO 

Mascon Global Limited 

surprise, IMSA 
founder and Resident Scholar 
Dr. Leon Ledemian was presented 
Science Literacy for the Twenty-first 

Century, a book written 
in his honor 
by eminent 
scientists and 
science educators 
from throughout 
the world. 
The book 
honoring Dr. Leder- 
man was unveiled 
during IMS As 15th 
Anniversary Gala and 
Birthday Celebration 
(honoring Lederman), 
and officially published in the Fall 

The book includes a collection 
oi essays by noted scientists and 
science educators, who also happen 
to be Lederman's friends and 
admirers. Contributors to the book 
included Bruce Alberts, Howard 
Gardner, Margaret J. Geller, Stephen 
Jay Gould, George A. Keyworth, 
Lawrence M. Krauss, Sheila Tobias, 
James Trefil, and many others. 

The aim of the book is to provide 
suggestions for transforming science 
education in the United States and 
improving the standards of scientific 
literacy around the world. 

TTie book's editors are IMSA 
President Dr. Stephanie Pace 
Marshall, Dr. Michael Palmisano, 
former IMSA vice president 
for research 
and design and 
IMSA Coordi- 
nator of Student 
Inquiry Dr. 
Judith Scheppler. 
NOVA recently 
spoke with 
Drs. Lederman, 
Marshall, and 
Scheppler about 
the book: 

NOVA: Why 

was a book 

selected as a 

tribute to Leon.' 

Dr. Judith 


(hereafter referred to as JS): I saw a 

Festschrift (a collection of scholarly 

articles by colleagues and admirers, 

serving as a tribute) assembled in 

honor of laser inventor Charles 

Townes' 80th birthday, and thought 

that a book in honor of Leon's 80th 

birthday would be a great gift to 

him from IMSA. Dr. Marshall and 

1 talked about the idea and she 

(continued on page 8j 

Dr. Judith Scheppler 

Fry Foundation Grant to Aid Expansion 
of IMSA Excellence 2000+ in Ciiicago 

By Brian Thomhurg, Assistant Writer 

A $63,000 grant from The Lloyd A. 
Fry Foundation ot Chicago will help 
to support and expand programming 
tor the IMSA Excellence 2000+ 
(E2K+) Program from Spring 2003- 
Spring 2004- Specifically, the grant 
will enahle the E2Iv+ pnigram to 
expand its ser\'ice to Chicago schools 
this tall. 

"This IS wonderful news," 
said Dr. Susan Bisinger, Excellence 

mathematics and science. The 
E2K+ program also provides 
ongoing professional develop- 
ment tor participating Illinois 
middle school teachers. 

Modeled after the highly 
successful after school Mitchell 
Excellence 2000 enrichment § 

program in Israel tor junior a 

high school students, IMSA 1 

Excellence 2000+ hegan during "^ 

^000+ program directt)r. "This grant the 2000-2001 academic year 

will help LIS support additional 
schools that need this type ot inno\-a- 
ti\'e program to pursue mathematics 
and science excellence." 

Launched at the request oi the 
Illinois C^ieneral Assemhlv and coor- 

E2K+ site at Evergreen Middle Academy, Chicago 

dinated hy the Center @IMSA, the 
IMSA Excellence 2000+ Pi\)gram 
is an after school enrichment 
program tor Illinois middle school 
students who are talented, interested 
and motivated in mathematics and 
science, with special emphasis on 
students who are historically under- 
represented and unclersen'ed in 

with seven pilot sites and has 
since grown to serve 23 schools 
throughout Illinois. Each site ser\'es 
30 to 40 students and two teachers. 
The IMSA E2K+ curriculum is 
integrati\-e, prohlem-centered and 
inLiuiiy-based. The program's 
learning experiences focus 
on helping students 
"lean"! how to learn" and 
emphasize logic, mathe- 
matical thinking and 
experimental scientific 
thinking. Topics relate to 
the stucients' lives, arouse 
their curiosity and increase 
their motivation to learn in 
mathematics and science. 
Dex'eloping problem soK'ing 
strategies and new ways ot thinkins. 
are emphasized. 

"Our program is not just about 
soK'ing problems and doing neat 
experiments," Bisinger said. "Its 
about helping students leant to ask 
questions and how to find answers. 
The Lloyd .'\. Fry Foundation is a 
pri\-ate grantmakmg foundation 

uiiose mission 
is to assist 
located in 
( hicago 
\\hich sei"\'e 
an urban 
ot financial 
need. "The Fry 
Foundation is 
pleased to be 
IMSAs middle-school math and 
science programs which serx'e 
Chicago public school students as 
well as their classroom teachers," Jill 
Danxnv Seltzer, executive director of 
the Fr^' Foundation, said. 

Evergreen Middle 
Academy, Chicago 


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IMSA on Wheels Program Rolls 

into Illinois Schools; New Enrichment 

Workshops Unveiled 

By Britta Wilk McKenna, IMSA Kids Institute"^ Coordinator 

Tl-ie makeshift sign across the back 
of the IMSA van read Honk if you 
love science. Hundreds of honks and 
21 shows later, the new IMSA Kids 
Institute' program JMSA on Wheels 
is a huge success. 

IMSA on Wheels is an IMSA 
student/staff developed mobile edu- 
cation program that hit the road in 
January 2003. Since then, the /MSA 
0)1 Wheels program has \'isited 2 1 
elementary and middle schools 
throughout IlUnois (see chart). 

In March, IMSA student \'olun- 
teers in the IMSA Kids Institute' 

IMSA on Wheels 2003 
Illinois Schools Tour 


Krug Elementary School 

Gates Elementary School 

Bardwell Elementary School 
Beaupre Elementary School 

Archbishop Romero School 

Hermes Elementary School 
St. Peter School 


Batavia Kids Club 


Franklin Middle School 


Arnold Mireles Academy 

Michelle Clark Middle School 


North Ridge Middle School 


Da Vinci Academy 

Ellis Middle School 


Hillsboro Junior High School 


Heritage Middle School 


Fox Chase Elementary School 


Piano Middle School 


Schilling Elementary School 


Grant Middle School 

West Chicago 

West Chicago Middle School 

For information about the IMSA Kids Institute'' 
or to be placed on the Kids Institute mailing list, 

please visit the program's web site at or call 630/907-5987. 

(KI) spent three days of their 
spring break presenting the 
IMSA on Wheels program 
at central Illinois middle 
schools. A 90-minute Eco- 
systems hands-on lab was 
designed specifically for the 
spring tour by IMSA student 
Linda Pinto '03 of Chicago. 

Another IMSA on Wheels show, 
the 45-minute States of Matter a^^d 
Chemical Reactions show, was devel- 
oped by IMSA students Kevin Bock 
'04 of Geneva and Katie hinder '04 
ot Hampshire and targets students 
in grades 2-4. 

Nev\^ Saturday Workshops 
and After School Program 

Now in its fourth full year ot 
operation, KI continues to create 
new and exciting programs for 
students in grades 2-8 throughout 
Illinois to help spark their interest 
in science, mathematics and the 
humanities. Kids Institute currently 
works with more than 1 50 IMSA 
students who help to design and 
deliver KI programs. Through 
their inxoK'ement, they learn 
the benefits of student inquiry-, 
teaching, community service and 

This year, the IMSA Kids 
Institute' un\-eiled new Saturday 
afternoon enrichment workshops 
tor students in grades 2-8 from the 
Fox Valley and Chicagoland areas. 
In addition, KI also piloted Myste- 

rioiis borcnsics, a Wednesday after 
school program for students in 
grades 4-5. 

The Saturday enrichment 
programs, held throughout the year 
on the IMSA campus in Aurora, 
included the following program 
topics: Rocket Science , Howl-o-ween 
Science, Field Trip to Mars, Amuse- 
ment Park Physics, Mhuis on Math, 
Project READ-IN, Color Lab and 

Ne>v Summer 
2003 Programs 

Two new summer 
camps debut in 
summer 2003. Art a 
la Carte will nurture 
the creativity of 
6th and 7th graders 
with a variety oi 
art mediums while 

Science@IMSA -^ 

provides residential science camps; 
one for boys and another for girls 
entering 8th and 9th grades. Other 
summer camps for 2003 include: 
Science Explorers, Jr. (grades 3-4), 

(continued on page 9) 

Math Teacher Receives 
Life Achievement Award 

Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy mathematics teacher and 
Oswego resident Ronald Vavrinek 
was honored hy the Illinois Council 
of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) 
with its Distinguished Life Achie\'e- 
ment in Mathematics Award. 

This award is presented each 
year to one mathematics educator 
who has demonstrated distinguished 
and honorahle ser\'ice to mathemat- 
ics education tor an entire career. 
Vax'rinek, who received the award 
at the ICTM conference in Peoria, 
is the second IMSA mathematics 

teacher h(. snored with 
the award. Charles 
Hamburg ot Liberty\'ilK 
was honored in 1^)^)'-). 

"It's always an 
honor to he thanked 
hy your peers," 
Vavrinek said. "It's 
a thank-you tor putting 
in the time to make 
students successful." 

Vavrinek is in his 
16th year at IMSA. In 
addition to coaching students in 
state and national competitions. 

Ronald Vavrinek 

he teaches a variety 
of adxanced level 
mathematics courses 
at IMSA including 
ln\'estigations and 
Ad\'anced Placement 
Computer Science. 
He also advises 
students in a national 
mathematics hontir 
society as well as 
participating in many 

other state arid local professional 


Students Maice National Math History 

IMSA placed tirst in the nation on 
this year's American Mathematics 
Contest 12 Exam (AMC'12) with 
tour students recording perfect 
scores. This is the tirst time in the 
53-year history ot the contest that 
a school has produced more than 
three perfect scores on the same test. 

IMSA students who received 
perfect scores were Yoshi Cormier 
of Palatine, Dan Gulotta ot 
Homewood, Joe Jia ot Aurora, 
and Albert Ni of Naper\-ille. More 
than 500,000 students from more 
than 5,100 high schools tex)k part 
in AMC exams this year. 

"This is one ot the biggest and 
most important contests in which 
we participate nationally during 
the year," said Dr. Michael Keyton, 
an ad\'isor to the IMSA team. "This 
top group pushed themseh'cs to 
higher le\'els this year." 

IMSA's team score was 450 out 
ot a possible 450 points, which is 
only the third time in contest histoid 
that a school has prixluced a perfect 
team score. This is the second time 
IMSA has accomplished this feat, 
the last time in 1994. 

In the AMC- 12 Exam, students 
are gi\'en 75 minutes to answer 
25 difticult mathematics problems. 
Students who score 100 or better 
on the test, which is abiiut 3% ot 
participants nationally, earn National 
Honor KoW status and are eligible 
to take the American Invitational 
Math Exam (AIME). IMSA had 
121 students quality tor this exam. 

IMSA Students Receive 
^'Outstanding" Rank Among 
Woridvv^ide Competitors 

In other IMSA math news, a team 
ot three IMSA students receix'ed the 

highest ranking possible in the titth 
annual High School Mathematical 
Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). 

IMSA team members Jeftery 
Chang ot Glenview, Alex Gari\-altis 
of Hinsdale, and David Xu ot 
Naperville received the rank ot 
"National Outstanding." Only 10 
teams out ot 350 that competed 
worldwide received this ranking. 

The High School Mathematical 
Contest in MtKleling is a 36-htuir 
contest where each team is expected 
to soh'e a mathematical modeling 
problem. IMSA team members' 
paper tocused on the velocity ot 
a tailing ladder. Their paper was 
published this spring m a special 
issue ot COMAP (Consortium tor 
Mathematics and Its Applications) 

The Motley Fools Teach IMSA Students 
Investing Tips; IMSA Students Featured 
on National Radio Program 

Best-selling authors and brothers 
David and Tom Gardner, also 
known as the Motley Fools, held 
an interactive investment seminar 
tor IMSA students in October, hi 
addition, the brothers shared advice 
from their newest book The Motley 
Fool Investment Guide for Teens: 8 
Steps to Having More Money Than 
Your Parents Ever Dreamed Of. 

Topics covered during a questiein- 
and-answer session with students 
included mutual funds, banking 
practices, IRAs and drip investing. 
The authors also talked about other 
subjects including the epidemic ot 
credit card debt. 

In a unique opportunity 
immediately following the 
lecture, some IMSA students 
also were invited to ser\'e as 
student panelists during a 
taping of The Motley Fools 
radio show. 

David and Tom 
Gardner are the founders 
of the multimedia investment 
company The Motley Fool 
and are famous for helping 
millions of less than Wall Street- 
savvy adults learn the basics of 
investing and managing personal 

Science Literacy for the Tv/enty-first Century (continued from page 4) 

focused the concept into a book on 
science literacy. There were many 
other gifts given to him, but this is 
one that is shared on a national and 
international scale on a tcipic that 
Leon is passionate about — science 

NOVA: Was Leon surprised to learn 
of the project? 

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 
(hereafter referred to as SPM): 

All of the contributors were sworn 
to secrecy! This wasn't trivial, as 
we would frequently hear from a 
contributor that they had just been 
to a meeting or sat on a committee 
with Leon. But yes, Leon was sur- 
prised at IMSA's gala with a galley 
of the book. Then the surprise 

became even bigger when we 
informed him that he had to write 
the epilogue — on a tight deadline! 
Dr. Leon Lederman (hereafter 
referred to as LL): Yes, (I was) 
completely surprised and o\'er- 
whelmed by the distinction of the 

NOVA: Who are the contributors 
and how were they selected? 
JS: The contributors are interna- 
tional leaders in science, education 
and policy. They were selected 
because of their expertise and their 
reputations. Their voices are heard 
and heeded. 

NOVA: How willing were the 
contributors to participate? 

SPM: Contributors were universally 
willing to write a chapter for us 
because the topic is important, 
because this was an IMSA project, 
and because it is in honor of Leon. 
They were all delighted to be asked 
and welcomed an opportunity to 
surprise and honor Leon. Most knew 
him personally and were tickled that 
they might "pull one over on him!" 

NOVA: Wl-iat is unique about 
the book ? 

JS: To my knowledge, there isn't 
another volume like this that pulls 
information about science literacy 
together, written by such a prestigious 
and diverse group of contributors. 
And to top it off, the \'olume is 

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Science Literacy for the Tv/enty-first Century (continued from page 8j 

illustrated by Leon's own drawings, 
taken from o\-erheads used durin.t; 
hrs many talks on science education. 
Each sketch portrays a theme in 
science literacy and helps to organize 
the bixik. 

NOVA: The book mentions the 
"Lederman Legacy." What is that? 
JS: Leon is influencing science 
education on an international le\'el. 
This has occurred through IMSA, 
Fermi National Accelerator Labora- 
tory, the creatiini ot Project ARISE 
(American Renaissance in Science 
Education) and the Teachers Aca- 
demy tor Mathematics and Science 
m Chicago. In addition, his winsome 
adwicacy tor education and his 
wisdom are otten sought atter trom 
U.S. presidents and policymakers. 

Science curriculum has been 
developed and disseminated, tens 
ot thousands c:)t students ha\-e been 
gi\en unique opportunities, educators 
ha\-e received state-ot-the-art 
protessional dex'elopment, and bench 

scientists to Nobel Laureates ha\e 
been inspired by him tci get inx'olved 
m impro\-ing education tor our 

NOVA: What impact do you hope 
the book will ha\'e.' 
LL: The title tells it all. All the 
articles are relevant to public science 
literacy, but trom numerous diverse 
directions. This book should be 
viewed as one of many approaches; 
this one being at a deeper level than 
many, but still \ery readable. 

NOVA: Do you hope the book will 
influence educational/policy leaders.'' 
SPM: The essays contained in the 
book address key issues in science 
education, yet are presented in an 
mtormatne and understandable 
way. We hope that educators will 
read it to gain insights and confir- 
mation ot exemplary practice. We 
hope parents will read it to become 
better informed and to be able to be 
more know ledgeable ad\'ocates tor 

their children's education. We hope 
that the policy leaders in education 
will read it to realize that our educa- 
tional status quo m math and science 
must be turned on its head and 
shaken up with changes at all levels 
and at all fronts — from time tor 
professional de\elopment to de\'el- 
oping specific curricular assessment 
and pedagogical reforms that deepen 
mathematics and science under- 
standing. These essays present a 
tmiciue context and perspecti\'e on 
science literacy trom some ot the 
most thoughtful science minds m 
the nation; it will mtorm the 
national agenda as we go forward. 
LL: Of course, we always hope to 
gi\-e these leaders ammunition and 
ideas in advancing the excitement 
arid the revealed beauty of science. 

NO\A: Is there anything you would 
like to add' 

LL: IMSA's steady efforts at science 
education, trom kids to parents and 
the general public, will surely pay oft. 

/A15>\ on Wheels (continued from page 6) 

Science Explorers (grades 5-6), 
Explorations in Science (grades 7-8) 
and Math Explorers (grades 8-9). 

Kids Institute summer Science 
Explorers camps are taught by IMSA 
students. Middle school camps are 
taught by IMSA faculty with assis- 
tance from IMSA student leaders. 

Investors Support 
Kl Programming 

Thanks to the generous contributioiis 
of our investors, the IMSA Kids 

Institute' is able to continue 
"growing" its programs for students 
throughout Illinois. This year, four 
major investors supported Kids 
Institute programming. 

The City of Aurora awarded a 
grant of $30,000 to KI for annual 
operations. In addition, BP awarded 
a second year grant of $ 1 5,000 to 
KI to support Science Explorers and 
Real Science 2003 CD-ROM. 

Other investments were secured 
by Tlie William G. McGowan 

Charitable Fund for Project READ 
and the pilot of IMSA on Wlwels. 
Contributions from McGowan also 
will provide support tor summer 
camp scholarships. Finally, we would 
also like to thank 3M for their con- 
tributions, which provide for general 
support of the KI program. 

Service to Illinois 

Professional Contributions 

Recent examples include: 

IMSA president Dr. Stephanie 
Pace Marshall served on the 
transition advisory board for Illinois 
Governor Rod Blagojevich. The 
26'member board, comprised of 
representatives from education, 
business, government, the clergy 
and other backgrounds, advised 
the governor on policy issues. 

IMSA Chief 
of Security James 
Bondi (pictured), 
who also serves as 
chairman of the 
Aurora Police and 
Schools Committee, 
helped to spearhead -lames Bondi 
the Tipline program for area high 
schools. The Tipline enables middle 
and high school students at public 
and private schools in the Aurora 
area to anonymously call the Tipline 
to report a potentially violent situa- 
tion. Tipline is staffed 24 hours a day 
by trained staff and volunteers. 

Mathematics Teacher Susan 
Eddins participated on the national 
panel Next Steps in Mathematics 
Teacher Development, Grades 9-10 
for the Mathematical, Sciences 
Education Board (MSEB) of the 
National Academy of Sciences. 

IMSA Director of Business and 
Finance William Fritz was appointed 
to the Illinois CPA Committee. 

Wellness teacher, Barbara Baber 
(pictured), received the Quarter 
CenturyAward from the Illinois 
Association for Health, Physical 
Education, Recreation and Dance at 
their annual state convention. This 

award is presented 
each year to physical 
educators who ha\'e 
contributed to the 
advancement of 
the profession for 
25 years or more. 

Drs. Don Dosch, Judith 
Scheppler and Susan Styer presented 
a workshop on IMSA Student Inquiry 
at the National Science Teachers 
Association annual conference. 

Mathematics teachers Steve 
Condie, Ruth Dover, Micah Fogel, 
Michael Keyton, Janice Krouse, 
George Milauskas, Donald Porzio 
and Ronald Vavrinek gave presen- 
tations at the annual meeting of 
the Illinois Council of Teachers of 

Student Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

IMSA students Kathryn Dirks 
of Bloomington and Bobby Xu of 
Naperville presented their research 
at the NATO Network of Excellence 
conference in Budapest. IMSA was a 
founding member of this organization, 
sponsored by NATO and UNESCO 
to encourage international scientific 
cooperation among research students. 
Dirks presented Inhibiting the Long 
Tennii-ial Repeat of HIV- 1 : A Possible 
Solution to AIDS and Xu presented A 
New Model for EEG Dipole Localization. 

IMSA's Class of 2002 received 
a mean ACT composite score of 
30.1, which ranks in the top 1% of 
high schools nationwide. 

A total of 40 IMSA seniors 
qualified as semifinalists in this 

year's National Merit Scholarship 
Corporation competition. National 
semifinalists include less than one 
percent of each state's seniors. 

Five IMSA seniors have qualified 
as semifinalists in the 2003 National 
Achievement Scholarship Program, 
an academic competition tor Black 
American high school students. 
These five are among nearly 11 5,000 
African- American students nation- 
wide who took the qualifying test 
used in the competition. 

More than 200 IMSA students 
presented the results of their research 
during the 15th Annual IMSA 
Presentation Day. Students conducted 
research through IMSAs Student 
Inquiry and Research (SIR) Program. 

Students making presentations 
have written science fiction novels, 
developed original mathematic 
proofs, composed original musical 
scores, carbon-dated archaeological 
discoveries and tutored children 
living in Chicago's Cabrini Green 
Public Housing Development. Some 
also delivered their presentations to 
national and international science 
and math conferences. 

Alumni Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

Class of 1999 graduate Rena Patel, 
a senior at the University ot Illinois- 
Chicago, was chosen as one of the 
Top 10 College Women in America 
for 2002 by Glamour Magazine. Patel 
also was selected to receive the pres- 
tigious Truman Scholarship from the 
university. Patel has spent her college 
summers traveling to India and Tan- 
zania to teach HlV/AlDS education. 



Class oi 1999 i^raJuate Janessa 
Stream WRite Piittm;:^ the Field m 
Field Tnp tor the Catalyst, a publica- 
tion of the Rose Hillman Institute. 
Her article reflected on the impor- 
tance of her leaminy experiences 

as a stuJent m IMSA's Ecok^i^y 
class and how her research field 
trips at IMS A exposed her to the 
work done by real world ecoloyists. 

Class of 2002 graduate Emma 
Goodman was the recipient oi the 

2002 Girl Scout Gold Award, the 
hi,tj;hest honor that the Girl Scouts 
bestow to its members. Goodman 
attends the Franklin W. Olin 
College of Engineering where she 
studies aeronautical engineering. 

IM5A Hosts Symposium (continued from cover) 

John Tl^ompson, and Drs. Richard 
Dods, Christian Nokkentved and 
David Workman who presented 
the history of PBL at IMSA. Other 
IMSA staff involved in panel discus- 
sions were Dr. Connie Hatcher, vice 
president for teaching and learning, 
Principal Eric McLaren and faculty 
members Barbara Baber, Brenda 
Crosby, Sue Eddins, Dr. Mark 
Horrell arid Audrey Wells. 

>vith Wolves 

IMSA science 
teacher John 
session showed 
how wolves 

became the 

r r IMSA Science teacher 

focus for an Un Thompson 

ongoing series 

of PBL integrated problems. 

For 10 years at IMSA, Thompson 
has developed a series of ongoing 
problems that focus on ecology 
using field trips, technology, inter- 
views, simulations and classroom 

IMSA students used mathematics, 
social science, literature, writing, 
fine arts and foreign language skills 
in their quest to find solutions to the 

Technology Shovvrcases 

Two techixilog)' showcases featured 
programs from NASA. Dr. Robert 
Myers from The Center for Educa- 
tional Technologies, home of NASA's 
Classroom of the Future, shared the 
website which offers 
PBL science modules for grades 5-12. 

"Questions are the most impor- 
tant thing [about PBL]. Student 
questioning drives the inquiry 
process," Dr. Myers told the audience. 
Further, "teachers can't really teach 
inquiry until they've experienced 
it," he said, articulating the value of 
learning in a PBL format. 

From the NASA Langley 
Research Center in Virginia, 
conference presenter Shannon 
Ricles showed how PBL has become 
a valuable tool in the nationally- 
televised NASA science Files ^^' 
series for younger students. 

In the series, "tree house detec- 
tives" solve real-world problems 
in their community' by integrating 
mathematics, science and technolo- 
gy through the use ot Problem-Based 
Leaniing and other teaching meth- 
ods. In their quest for a solution, the 
"detectives" enlist the help of 
community experts, NASA and oth- 
ers including students from through- 
out the country who are members of 
the NASA SCI Files^'^' Kids Club. 

An exhibitor fair also featured 
publishers and distributors ot prod- 
ucts to help enhance learning in a 
PBL classroom. 

In the closing session on 
Saturday, author Linda Torp 
summarized the two-day event with 
Mike Flannery, political analyst and 
itivestigative reporter for CBS 
Channel 2 News (WBBM-TV), 

Conference Feedback 

Verbal and written feedback from 
the participants and presenters 
indicate that the symposium was 
a thought-provoking e\'ent. 

Participants appreciated "the 
opportunity to hear the top profes- 
sionals in the country' on PBL" and 
wrote, "it opened the realm of 
possibilities," and "this was a great 
symposium for people with all levels 
of PBL knowledge and experience." 

One participant wrote that the 
best part of the symposium was 
"making connections with other 
teachers in the same field as 
well as different frelds. The sharing 
of knowledge and experiences was 
great," while another felt " the 
opportunities of networking with 
other practitioners" was the 
highlight. For more information 


Worth Magazine and Chi€ago Sun^Times 
Rank IMSA Among the Very Best 

...a powerhouse of a public high 
school rising out of an Aurora com- 
field. ..truly in a league of its own 

Chicago Sun-Times 
March 16, 2003 

IMSA was recognized in the Sep- 
tember 2002 issue of Worth Magazine 
as one of the top 50 pubhc schools 
in the United States to place its 
graduates in Harvard, Yale or Prince- 
ton. In addition, the March 16, 2003 
edition of the Chicago Sun-Times 
rated IMSA as one of the top 10 
high schools in the Chicago area. 

In the Worth Magazine ranking, 
schools were chosen based on the 
percentage of their students in the 
Classes of 1998-2001 who matricu- 

lated at Har\'ard, Yale or Princeton. 
Chosen from nearly 32,000 high 
schools nationwide (21,000 public 
and 10,700 private), 930 had at least 
four students from their 1998-2001 
graduating classes who matriculated 
at Harvard, Yale or Princeton. 

Out of those swoiteport 

930 schools, the top 
public and private 
schools were chosen. 

Calling IMSA 
"a powerhouse. . .in a league 
of its own," the Chicago Sun-Times 
ranked the Academy as one of its 
Top 10 High Schools. 

The Chicago Sun-T!77ies top 
schools were chosen based on a 


variety of factors including ACT 
or SAT scores, scores on Advanced 
Placement exams and graduate 
enrollment rates at four-year colleges. 

IMSA students and staff were 
interviewed for the article, which 
also featured student photos and 
•'"■■•' J BI pti-^files of "famous alums" 
iL^ Robert and Mike McCooI 
il (Class of 1991), 

SlU-l*-^^^^^*^ Andrea Holmes 
^ (Class of 1990) and 

Scott Gaudi (Class of 1991 ). 

To see the article in its entirety, 
log onto and click 
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under the Features section on the 


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IMSA^s Online Internet 
Skills Program Delivers 
Benefits to Illinois Schools 

B>' Jane St. Pierre, Director of Marketing and Coinmiinicatioiis 

Have you e\'er done an Internet search 
that results in 200,000 hits? Do you wonder 
about the validity and authenticity o\ 
information you find on the Web' Are 
you distracted by the bombardment ot 
Internet commercial 
advertising' With 
168 million Ameri- 
cans having access 
to the Internet, 
knowing how to 
effectively use the 
Web has become 
a priority tor the 
classroom, on the 
job and at home. 

Certainly millions 
ot students, teachers 
and librariaiis are 
already using the 

Internet for learning and communicating. 
But do they ha\e the skills and expertise to 
locate information with precision and evalu- 
ate the credibility ot their tindings? From this 
question, a new IMSA project emerged - 
21st Century Information Fluency (21C1F) - 
which prepares school librarians, teachers 
and students to locate, e\-aluate and integrate 

Internet intormation resources 

Learning by Doing 

This year, trailbla:ing librarians, technology 
specialists and 
teachers from more 
than 89 schools 
throughout Illinois 
took part in 21CIF 
online courses. Parti- 
cipants "leanied by 
doing" m these skills- 
leased interactive 
online courses. 

n u.' c\ oi/~ic 1- • i J i-L An integral part 

Patti Fleser, 21 CIF course participant and librarian . 

at Gemini Junior High School in Niles, joins Bob ot the courses featured 

Houston, IMSA 21 CIF project coordinator at IMSA's Internet 

IMSA's exhibit booth at the 2003 Illinois Technology Search Wi'ard a 

Conference for Educators. , , 

unique search tool 

created by "educators tor educators." The 

tool enables the user to operate multiple 

search engines simultaneously without 

displaying commercial adx'ertism, 

Other features help the user to 

tine-tune a search by narrowing 

domains, time periods and by 

(continued on page 9) 


Alumni Donation 2 

Cmdr Scott Waddle . . .11 

Commencement 3 

' Grand Victoria 

Foundation Grant 5 

Great Minds Program 6-7 

Illinois State Fair 12 

National Mathematics 
Teaching Award 4 

President's Alumni Advisory Council . . .8 

Service to Illinois 10,1 1 

1^ I Ivl »A ■^ Pioneering Educational Community 

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy" 
1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 



Sheila MB Gntfin 

Griffin Holdings 


Dr. Luis Nuriez 

Deputy Associate Laboratory Director 

for Physical. Biological, Computing Sciences 

Artjonne National Lahorarory 


Steven Isoye 

Principal, O'Plaine Campus 

Warren Township High School 


Dr. Victoria Chou 

Dean, College of Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

John H. McEachem, Jr 
Retired Presufent/CEO 
Wayne Circuits, Incorporated 

Kevin Murphy 
Science Teacher 
Lyons Township High School 

James D. Pearson 

Retired President 

Aurora Metals Division. L.L.C. 

Dr. Chris Qulgg 

Senior T/ieoretical Physicist 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Dr Marsha Rosner 

Director ar\d Professor 

The Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

The University of Chicago 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 


Chicago Public Schools 

Sharon Tenhouse 
Teacher and Parent Educator 
Community Unit School District ^2 
(Liberty, Illinois) 

Dr Michael Turner 

t Chairman and Professor, 
of Astronomy arid Astrophysics 
The University of Chicago 


Dr Joseph Ciptl 


Illinois Community College Board 

Dr Sherry Eagle 


Aurora West School District =129 

Dr. Daniel La Vista 
E.vecutii'e Director 
Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Dr Robert Schillet 
State Superintendent 
Illinois State Board of Education 


Dr Stephanie Pace Marshall 

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IMSA Graduate Gives $100,000 
to Benefit Illinois Students and 

For the second time this year, the 
lUinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy (IMSA) Fund 
tor Ad\'ancement ot 
Education has received a 
^'itt of $100,000 from an 
IMSA graduate. 

1991 IMSA alumnus 
Mike McCooI designated 
halt ot his gift to support 
programs and ser\'ices tor 
IMSA students and the 
other half to support The 
Center@IMSAs professional 
development programs for Illinois 
teachers and enrichment programs 
ior other Illinois students. 

Catherine C. Veal, IMSA vice 
president for advancement, said 
McCooI did this to demonstrate his 
belief in the value and importance 
ot both ot IMSAs legislati\'e charges 
- to provide an exemplary education 
tor some of the state's most talented 
m;ith and science students and to 
stimulate excellence in math and 
science tor other Illinois schools. 
"On campus and throughout the 
state, IMSA pi"o\'ides valuable and 
iTeeded services that position lUimns 
for the future," McCool said. 

1991 IMSA Alumnus 
Mike McCooI 

Fund for providing the IMSA expe- 
rience for him and others. Veal said. 
"Giving back to one 
c^t the places that got 
me to where I am 
today is a good thing 
to do, I am fortunate 
I can do it, and I 
want to do it," 
McCool said. 

A software eiigi- 
neer now living in 
California and a for- 
mer resident of Westchester, Illinois, 
McCool was on the team at the 
University of Illinois at Urbana- 

living back to one of the 
f places that got me to where 
I am today is a good thing to do, 
I am fortunate I can do it, and 
I ivant to do it, " McCool said. 

Champaign that created Mosaic, 
the Inteniet browser used to start 
Netscape. He now works tor 
Vicarious Visions, a creator ot video 
and computer games. 

This is the third six-tigure gift 
IMSA has recei\'ed from its young 

graduates. In the other two cases, 
McCool made the gift to th;ink the donors were not identified 
IMSA, Illinois taxpayers and elected because they preferred to remain 
officials, and donors to the IMSA anonymous. 

Located in Aurora, Illinois, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an internationally-recognized 
pioneering educational institution created by the State to develop talent and stimulate excellence in teaching 
and learning in mathematics, science and technology. IMSA's advanced residential college preparatory 
program enrolls 650 academically talented Illinois students in grades 10-12. More than 16,000 teachers and 
23,000 students in Illinois and beyond have benefited from IMSA's professional development and enrichment 
programs. IMSA serves the people of Illinois through innovative instructional programs, public and private 
partnerships, policy leadership and action research. 

About the Cover 

The kaleidoscope is an instrument ot wonder and transtormation. It is a symbol and metaphor of IMS.As 
"liberating goodness and genius tor the world" and mission, "transformation thnmgh conn 



id the humanities 


15th IMSA Senior Class Graduates 
vfith Distinction 

B>' Brian Thornhurg, Assistant Writer 

When she j^raduated horn kinder- 
garten, IMSA senior Ayodele Gomih 
was presented with a pine tree 
sapling. Now with that tree reach- 
ing the second-story window ot her 
Olympia Fields home, Gomih shared 



IMSA Class of 2003 Student Speaker 
Ayodele Gomih of Olympia Fields 

her rememhrances ot IMSA with 
her tellow Class of 2003 graduates as 
they completed their IMSA student 

"Tlie heginning ot that Australian 
Pine indicated the enci ot just one 
chapter in my lite," Gomih said. 
"Alter retlecting upon my IMSA 
career, I realize that I have come to 
the heginning ot the ne.xt chapter," 
she said. "We, the Class of 2003, 
like that tree in my backyard, have 
en^lured, experienced and lix'ed. 
The tree is there to stay, and we will 
spread throughout the worki, but 
I'm sure we will remember where 
our roots are." 

On May 3 1 , tamily members 
and friends assembled at the 

Paramount Arts 
Centre in Aurora 
to honor the 
189-member Class 
of 2003, IMSAs 1 


1 5th graduating -| 

class. IMSA senior I 
Vaibhav Upadhyay 
ot Lake Forest also 
spoke at the ceremony. 

Dr. Wendy Freedman, director 
ot The Ohser\'atories ot the Carnegie 
Institution and one of the world's 
leacling astronomers, gave the com- 
mencement address. "It you ha\'e 
a passion for something, now is the 
time to find it. Do what you lo\'e 
to do," Freedman told the graduates. 

All members ot the Class ot 
2003 contributed at least 100 hours 
ot community ser\'ice to the citizens 
ot Illinois. Fdowever, the Class' 
cumulative hours totaled nearly 
25,000 with 27 students contributing 
more than 150 hours each, nine 
students contributing 200 hours each, 
tour students contributing over 300 
hours each, and one student, Erik 
Volkman of Antioch, completed 
more than 400 hours. 

Other accomplishments ot the 
Class of 2003 included: 

• Fred Hines ot Naperville was 
the tirst recipient ot the McEacheni 
Exemplai7 Service Learning Award, 
which honors founding IMSA Board 
ot Trustees member John ("lack") 

• Dan Gulotta t)f Naperxille 
qualitied as a member ot the U.S. 

=— — * <;npnker Dr. Wendy 

Commencementbpea ^^^^.^^^^.^^_ 

Physics Olympiad 
Team tor a second 
consecutive year, 
one ot only 24 
students nation- 
ally chosen tor 
this team. 

Laurel Freedman an J ^f^r^.^ees 

vice chairman o\ the boa Rhoong ot 

Downers Grove was named to 

the Chicago Tribune All-Academic 


• 38 seniors were chosen as 
National Merit Finalists. 

• Four seniors were named 
finalists in the National Achiexe- 
ment Scht^larship Program for 
African- American Students. 

"The members of the Class ot 
2003 ha\'e uniquely distinguished 
themselves," said IMSA President 
Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, "but 
ec]ually as important this class has 
demonstrated the ethical leadership 
and integrity eif character that we 
believe will have a protound impact 
on the quality of life for others." 

'^SA C/oss of 200-? n i " ^^^m 


IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 
1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 




Honorary Chairman 

James R. Thompson 

Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee 
Winston & Strawn 


G. Thomas Castino 

Consultant to the President (Retired) 

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 

Vice President 

William j. White 


Northwestern University 


Susan S. Schanlaber 

President and CEO 

The Landmark Group ot Companies 


Catherine C. Veal 

Vice President for Advancement 


John F. Berger 

Chairman and CEO 

Universal Internet Properties. Inc. 

Michael j.Birck 
Tellahs, inc. 

Martin]. DiMarzio '95 
Senior Consultant 
Deloitte &. Touche 

Michael W.Feno. jr. 
Chief Executive Officer 
Click Commerce, Inc. 

Sandra Goeken 
Vice Chairman 
The Goeken Group 

Chelsy A. Hopper '92 
Graduate Student 
University of Illinois 

Richard A. Lumpkin 

Chairman and CEO 

Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company 

Jame.s D. Pearson 
(Retired) President 
Aurora Metals Division, L.L.C. 

Sendhil R- Revulun '90. CFA 


Bronx Academy of Letters 

Honey Jacobs Skinner 


Sidley Austin Brown & Wood 

Robert E. Spit:er 

Vice President 

External AffiliationslUnwersity Relations 

The Boeing Company 

Nandu N. Thondavadi 

Founding Chairman, President and CEO 

Mascon Global Limited 

IMSA Math Teacher Is Fifth To 
Receive Prestigious Award 

IMSA mathematics teacher Dr. 

Michael Keyton of Aurora recently 

received the Edyth May Slilie Award 

tor Distinguished High School 


Teaching, sponsored 

by the Mathematical 

Association ot 

America (MAA) 

and the American 



(AMC). He is 

one of only 25 

high school teachers 

in the U.S. and 

Canada to receive 

the award. 

The Edyth 
May Slitte Award is 
designed to recognize and reward 
outstanding teachers for their efforts 
in the development of mathematical 
talents of high school students. 
Nominations for the award were 
made by students from the 60 highest 
scoring American Mathematics 
Contest 12 (AMC12) teams in the 
U.S., Canada and U.S. schools 

Keyton is the fifth IMSA 
mathematics teacher to receive 
the honor in the fifteen-year history 
ot the award. Past IMSA recipients 
were Titu Andreescu (1994), 
Ron Va\'rinek (1995), Dr. Micah 
Fogel (2001), and Dr. Steve Condie 

Dr Michael Keyton 

"I am pleased to be recognized 
in the company of other IMSA 
teachers who have produced such 
high caliber students over the 

years," Keyton said. 
"I am also pleased 
that there is recog- 
nition of the 
school that is 
carried with this 
and that I was 
nominated by our 
students. That's 
what brings this 

Dr. Keyton 
began teaching 
at IMSA in 2000. 
In addition to 
coaching students 
in state and national competitions, 
he teaches a variety of mathematics 
courses at IMSA including Geome- 
try, Differential Equations and 
Mathematical Investigations. He 
advises advanced students in inde- 


am... pleased that there is 
recognition of the school tliat is 
carried with this and that I was 
nominated by our students." 

pendent study and is active in the 
National Council ot Teachers of 
Mathematics, the Metropolitan 
Mathematics Club ot Chicago and 
other state and local professional 

Grand Victoria Foundation Grant to Support 
Professional Development for Teachers 

Teachers trom tour scln.iol districts 
in the Fox Valley region will 
benefit from the Fox Valley 
Prohlem-Based Learning 
Initiative thanks to a 
$100,000 grant from 
the Grand Victoria 
Foundation in Elgin. 

The grant was 
awarded to the IMSA 
Fund for Advancement 
ot Education to support 
professional develop- 
ment in Problem-Based 
Leaniing for 36 teachers 
from Bata\ia School 
District -101, Burlington 
School District =301, East 
Aurora School District =131, 
St. Charles School District =303 
and Marmion Academy in Aurora. 

Nancy Fishman, executive 
director of the Grand Victoria 
Finindation, said the Foundation 
is proud to partner with IMSA in 
prox'iding exceptional professional 
de\'elopment opportunities for 
Fox Valley teachers. 

"IMSA has a proven track 
record in encotiraging both teachers 
and students to engage complex 
ideas in an inno\ati\'e and relexant 
v\'ay," Fishman said. "By in\'esting in 
this program, the Foundation Impes 
to increase student achievement 



le\'els as well as impnn'e the quality, 
content, and process of learning and 
teaching in Fox Valley schools." 

Pn igram support for the 
Fox Valley Problem-Based Learning 
Initiative will go toward a variety of 
professional development activities 

• Scholarships tor the Harris 
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) 
Design Institute (July 21-24, 200^) 

• Scholarships for the Summer 
Sleuths PBL Coaching Institute 
(July 21 -August 1,2003) 

• PBL study group sessions in 
the fall 2003 

• Continuing education 

• One-year membership 
in the Association for 
Super\'ision and Curri- 
culum Development 
(ASCD) PBLNet for 
all teachers 

Other recent IMSA 
Fund highlights include: 
• $20,000 from the 
Motorola Foundation 
to support the Summer 
Enrichment for Academics 
in Mathematics and Science 
program for underrepresented 




• $5,000 from 3M to support 
the Kids Institute 
IMSA on Wheels 
initiative for the 
fall 2003 semester. 

• $2,000 from Target Stores 

to support the Kids Institute Project 
READ initiati\'e. 


2002-03 IMSA Great Mind 

IMSA Resident Scholar and Nobe 
Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman kicks 
off the 2002-03 Great Minds 
Program fall lecture series on 
December 3, 2003. 

Dr. Jack Horner speaks to o sold-out 
crowd in the IMSA auditorium during 
the IMSA Great Minds lecture held 
January 22, 2003. 

The IMSA Great Minds Program' dialogue Science Technology and Society: 
Etiiical Awareness for Tomorrow's Leaders featured the following: (left to right) 
Dr Chris Quigg, Gretchen Helfrich, Dr. Drummond Rennie, Dr. M.R.C. 
Greenwood, Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, Dr. Paul Grobstein, Dr. Lawrence 
Krauss and Dr. Leon Lederman. 

IMSA Great Minds Program' 
events in 2002-03 brought thought 
leaders from around the world to the 
IMSA campus to share their wisdom 
with more than 3,200 students and 
educators from throughout Illinois. 

The 2002-03 Great Minds 
Program was made possible in part 
by a grant from the Tellahs Founda- 
tion and other gifts from the private 
sector. Speakers included; 

• Dr. Freeman Dyson, professor 
emeritus of physics at the Institute 
tor Advanced Study in Princeton. 

• Dr. George Zweig, founder 
and president of Signition, Inc. in 
Los Alamos. 

• Claudia Dreifus, journalist, 
New York Times writer & interviewer. 

• Nobel Laureate and IMSA 
Resident Scholar Dr. Leon 

• Dinosaur Paleontologist Jack 

Dr. Freeman Dyson (third from right) meets with IMSA students following his 
seminar on October 3, 2002. Also visiting IMSA was Dr. Herman White, 
Fermilab physicist (third from left). 

Dr. Marcia McNutt takes time out following 
her Great Minds Program lecture, Engineering 
Our Oceans, to sign copies of her latest 
book for an admiring fan. 

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Program® Highlights 

• Dr. Marcia McNutt, geo- 
physicist, president and chief execu- 
tive officer of the Monterey Bay 
Aquarium and Research Institute. 

• Senior Theoretical Physicist 
(Fermi National Accelerator Labor- 
atory) Dr. Chris Quig^; Dr. Paul 
Kriappenberger, president of the 
Adler Planetarium; Gretchen 
Helfrich, host oi Odyssey of WBEZ 
Chicago Public Radio; Dr. M.R.C. 
Greenwood, chancellor, UC Santa 
Can; Neurobiologist Dr. Paul 
Grohstein (Bryn Mawr College); 
Physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss 
(Case-Western Reserve University); 
and the Deputy Editor (West) oi 
JAMA, Dr. Drummond Rennie. 

• Mathematician and world- 
renowned Mathematica expert Dr. 
Stan Wagon oi Macalester College. 

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walk on the moon 
Capt. Gene Cernan 

October 9 . . .Attorney, Professor 
and Author Robert 
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IMSA Resident Scholar Dr. Leon Lederman, 
IMSA Great Minds Program Speaker 
Dr. Marcia McNutt and IMSA 
President Dr Stephanie Pace Marshall 

H&M York Times Writer and 
Interviewer Claudia Dreifus. 

Mathematician Dr Stan Wagon 
presents a Great Minds seminar to 
IMSA students on April 24, 2003. 

IMSA junior Amanda Adeleye of 
West Chicago poses questions to 
panelists during the April Great 
Minds Program Dialogue. 

IMSA students listen carefully as 
Dr Stan Wagon answers their 
mathematical questions. 

Dr George Zweig, founder and 
president of Signition, Inc. 

Distinguished Graduates Named to Inaugural 
IMSA President's Alumni Advisory Council 

Twelve graduates of the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy 
have heen named to the newly 
created IMSA President's Alumni 
Advisory Council. 

The Council will 
assist IMSA President Dr. 
Stephanie Pace Marshall 
and other IMSA leaders 
in envisioning possibilities 
for IMSA's future and 
strengthening IMSA's 
programs, services and 
impact in Illinois and 

"Many IMSA 
graduates possess a 
deeply felt desire and 
commitment to help 
ensure IMSA's \'itality, 
influence, impact 
and sustainability," 
Marshall said. "I look 
forward to the contri- 
butions this council 
will make to help 
advance and position 
IMSA for the future." 

The members were 
selected because they 
have distinguished them- 
selves in graduate or post- 
graduate work or in the workforce, 
have taken their educational experi- 
ences and turned them into success- 
ful outciimes and ha\'e demonstrated 
innovative, "big picture" thinking. 
The members, their hometowns as 
IMSA students and their current 
positions include: 

• Michael Brody '96, Highland 
Park, law student. University ot 
Illinois College of Law 

• Elizabeth Chilton '92, Joliet, 
data manager. The University of 

Aimee Chong 

John Hoesley 

Terri Willard 

• Aimee Chong '94, Carbondale, 
transportation analyst, Cambridge 
Systematics, Inc. 

• Scott Gaudi '91, Staunton, 
Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow, Insti- 
tute for Advanced Study 

• John Hoesley '89, Chicago, 
investment manager. Prism Capital 

• Jesse Hsu '93, Olympia 
Fields, director, corporate develop- 
ment, Perlegen Sciences, Inc. 
• David Kung '89, Carbondale, 
marketing executive, Creative 
Artists Agency 

• Jason Ribando '90, 
Peoria, assistant professor, 
mathematics, University of 
Northern Iowa 

• Alvia Romious '89, 
East St. Louis, realtor, 
Evanston, IL marketplace 

• Terri Willard '89, 
Palatine, project manager, 
International Institute for 
Sustainable Development 

• Sam Yagan '95, 
Bourbonnais, president, 
MetaMachine, Inc. 

• Kara Yokley '94, 
Chicago, research manager, 
IDC - Life Sciences and 
Health Care Division 

At its first meeting 
in April, the Council 
discussed ideas for "next 
generation IMSA," 
including how to define, 
recruit and develop talent 
in math and science, the 
most essential things to preserve 
about the IMSA experience, new 
learning experiences both in and 
out of the classroom, and the role 
of alumni in articulating IMSA's 
value and return on investment 
to Illinois. 




IMSA^s Online Internet Skills Program Delivers Benefits (continued from page i) 

using special methods to display a whirlwind oi good and had infor- ment ot Education is providing 

search results. 

Participant Suzanne Zweig, 
reading specialist and English 
teacher from Sullivan High School 
in Chicago said, "The most impor- 
tant aspect ot hitemet technology 
that 1 have learned is how much I 
didn't know and what I should 
know and share with my students." 

Teacher Kelly Mulcahy ot 
Woodrow Wilson Middle School 
in Moline said the course has saved 
her N-aluahle time. 

"Before I just telt like I would 
search for hours and get little 
accomplished," Mulcahy said. "Now 
I ha\'e more confidence surfing and 
maximizing my time spent online. . . 
it is something we as teachers need 
to hecome more in tune with." 

Evaluating Internet Resources 

Wlien conducting academic research, 
the ability to evaluate the validity 
and reliability of Internet resources is 
critical. 21CIF participants learned 
how to do just that. They examined 

mation and we need to help them 
learn the skills to deal with it." 

Lifelong Learning 

Learning doesn't stop tor the partic- 
ipants when the course ends. They 
go on to work with other teachers 
in their schools to create classroom 

another $400,000 grant for the FY 
03-04 academic year. Program partners 
include the Illinois School Library 
Association, Illinois Virtual High 
School, Illinois Digital Academic 
Library and Illinois Century Network. 

The program, led by Dr. David 
Barr, director ot Online Learning at 


t i.s up to all educators and most importantly school librarians to 
hecome coynpetent users of technology... the IMSA 21 CIF Project i.s 
one ivay for school librarians to become updated on new technologies 
and the newer ways to search for information." m , , 

Kiitht'iiiu' Obt'rmirdt 
200 3 Pif.'iidi'iit of the Illinois Sclwiil Liliriii->' Media AssociatUm 

lesson plans that include online 
resources. "Technology works best 
when the teacher and librarian are 
planning together," says Janice 
Lewis, teacher/librarian of Sullivan 
High School, Chicago. "It is going 
to take the learning community 
working together to make students 
lifetime learners." 

Though located threiughout the 
state, the IMSA course graduates 
stay connected to each other by 
the validity of the host Web site and becoming members of an online 
related links, the expertise of the network offered through the 21 CIF 

author and whether the author is also portal ( The 
cited in other reliable publications. portal features online discussions, 
An evaluation process is essential model lesson plans and additional 
because Web pages do not undergo online learning modules. 

the same rigorous selection process 
that is topically applied to information 
that appears in print publications. 

"Students no longer have access 
to pre-approved information. This 
is both the scary and exciting part," 
said Learning Resource Center 
Director Daniel Russo, ot Batavia 
High School. "In life outside of 
school, students will have to face 

Using Technology to 
Benefit Illinois Schools 

The first year of the 2 1st Century 
Information Fluency program was 
made possible through a $900,000 
grant from the U.S. Department of 
Education, covering 89 percent of 
costs. The balance ot funding was 
provided by IMSA. The U.S. Depart- 

IMSA states, "By offering 21 CIF 
courses, learning materials and tools 
online, we are able to make them 
available to schools throughout the 
state at no cost to participants. 
Teachers, librarians and students 
can take advantage ot these learning 
opportunities whenever and wherever 
they need them." Katherine Oberhardt, 
2003 president of the Illinois School 
Library Media Association states, 
"It is up to all educators and most 
importantly school librarians to 
become competent users of technol- 
ogy in order to teach students, 
teachers, and our school community 
how to access, evaluate and effec- 
tively use information. The IMSA 
21st Century Information Fluency 
Project is one way for school 
librarians to become updated on 
new technologies and the newer 
ways to search for information." 

Information about the IMSA's 
21st Century Information Fluency 
project and about registration for 
free online courses is available at 

Service to Illinois 

Professional Contributions 

Recent examples include: 

IMSA President Dr. Stephanie 
Pace Marshall was appointed to 

the Board of Directors ot the Illinois 
Coalition. Tlie Illinoi 
Coalition is a state- 
wide puhlic-private 
partnership estab- 
lished to drive 
Illinois' economic 
growth through 
science and tech- 

Physics teacher 
and Class of 1992 
graduate Laura 
Nickerson received 
the prestigious Harald Jensen Award 
sponsored by Physics West, Physics 
Northwest and the Illinois State 
Physics Project. The award is pre- 
sented annually to an outstanding 
young (under 10 years of service) 
physics teacher in the Chicago area. 
In addition, a paper written by 
Nickerson, Search for the Lepton- 
Family-Number Noncoriserving Decay 
of a Muon mto a Positron and a 
Gamma Ray was published in the 
Physical Review D: Particles, Fields, 
Gravitation and Cosmology. 

Dr. Bob Brarzle, science, curri- 
culum and professional development 
specialist for IMSA Excellence 
2000+ , presented Major Concepts 
from Our Solar System's Formation 
at the 2002 Illinois Science Teachers 
Association annual conference. 

Russian teacher Paavo Husen 
was selected to serve on the Russian 
Content Advisory Committee for 
the Illinois State Board of Education. 

Director oi Virtual Learning 
Mathew Wicks has been named to 
the board of directors of the newly- 
formed North American Council 
for Online Learning (NACOL). 

IMSA physics teacher Laura Nickerson (IMSA '92) proudly 
displays her most recent teaching award from fellow physics 

The mission of the NACOL is to 
increase educational opportunities 
and enhance learning by providing 
coUegial expertise and leadership in 
K12 online teaching and learning. 
The board of directors represents 
thought leaders and individual 
considered pioneers in K12 online 
learning and teaching. 

Student Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

Senior Daniel Gulotta of 
Naperville was one of five students 
nationwide selected to be a member 
of the United States Physics Traveling 
Team. In addition, Gulotta was one 
of only 24 students nationally chosen 
for the 2003 team from a pool of 
1,500 nominees. IMSA students 
Jeffrey Chang of Glenview, Elaine 
Khoong of Downers Grove, and 
Bobby Xu of Naperville were 
named semi-finalists. Gulotta also 
placed fifth in the nation in the 

PhysicsBowl exam for the Di\'ision 
II level. 

IMSA students Joe Jia of Aurora 
and Albert Ni of Naperville were 
among only 30 students nationwide 
who qualified for training for the 
2003 Mathematical Olympiad 
(U.S.A.M.O) Summer Program. 

Jia and Ni trained for the 
USA International Mathematical 
Olympiad team at the University 
of Nebraska at Lincoln, June 15- 
July 5, 2003. 

Elaine Khoong oi Downers 
Grove was named to the Chicago 
Tribune All- Academic team. 

IMSA junior Stephanie Dold of 
Decatur received a gold medal in 
the National Russian Essay Contest 
of America. 

A paper co-authored by student 
Amanda Adeleye of West Chicago 
and several cardiologists from 
Northwestern University Medical 
School was accepted for presentation 
at the American Society for Echo- 
cardiography professional conference. 

Andriana Mates of Marengo 
and Alexandra Surasky-Ysasi of 
River Forest were named scholars in 
the National Hispanic Recognition 

Sasha Rahlin of Morton Grove 
and Mark Hoadley o( Liberty\'ille 
were selected to present their 
research papers at the American 
Academy for the Advancement of 
Science (AAAS) inteniational 
conference. Rahlin presented 
Efficiency in Computer Programming 
and Hoadley presented A New 
Approach to Increasing the Signal-to- 
Noise Ratio of Nuclear Magnetic 


Resonance (NMR) Si^iwls for Micro- 
fhndic Samples. 

Vivas Kaul ot Mucomh presented 
Parml Purification oj Secondary 
Alcohol Dehydrogenase and Genomic 
DNA Isolauon from Micrococcus 
Luteiis Wnijh'20 at the Hth Illinois 
Student Research Conference. 

Shravani Pasupneti of Bensen- 
ville and Jeanie Paik ot Naperxille 
receix'cd Best in Categiiry tor Biolo- 
gical and Health Science at the 
Illinois Junior Academy ot Science 
Re,i^ional Science Fair tor their 
research, Development of a \\'7io/c 
Blood Flow Cytometry Method for 
Functiiiivjl Assessment of Pneumococcal 

14^ IMS A seniors c^ualified as 
Illinois State Scholars hy placing in 
the top 10"o ot yraduatmy seniors 
statewide based on academic and 
test performance. 

Nine IMSA students received 
Illinois Music Educators Association 
(IMEA) All-State honors at the 
IMEA .\11-State Music Festival. 
Honors were received in the tollow- 
in,U categories: All-State Honiirs 
Choir, All-State Choir and All- 
State Honors Orchestra, in addition, 
one student, Martin McCrory ot 
Aurora receu'ed 1st Prize in the 
Chamber Music category tor stu^lent 

Lana Muniz ot Mt. Zion had 

two ceramic art projects accepted in 
the Sixth .'\nnual National K-12 
Ceramic Exhibition Foundation 
Show. Her work was selected through 
a juried process. 

Alumni Achievements 

Recent Examples include: 

IMSA Class of 2001 graduate 
Mary Sullivan of Marengo is a 
participant in the SuperNOVA 
program at Drexel University. 
SuperNOVA is the first six-year 
B.S./Ph.D. program tor engineers 
that allows students to perform 
graduate research in an accelerated 
program while taking undergraduate 

Retired Navy Commander Scott Waddle presents the 1 1th Annual Richard L. Horwitz 
Lecture on Ethics March 1 7 at IMSA. The lecture series is held in memory of Auroran 
Richard Horwitz, IMSA's first legal counsel, who died in August 1 990. 


IMSA Invites Fairgoers to '^Take a Closer Look^^ 

IMSA To Visit 7ecliTowfff at 2003 Illinois State Fair 

Visitors to the TechTown building 
at the Illinois State Fair will once 
again be treated to hands-on science 
demonstrations and technology 
wizardry compliments of IMSA staiT 
and alumni. 

IMSA looks forward to inter- 
acting with fairgoers this summer 
in the IMSA booth at the 2003 
Illinois State Fair August 8-17. 

The theme for the IMSA booth 
this year is "IMSA, Take a Closer 
Look" and those visiting it can look 
forward to fun, engaging, hands-on 
activities geared toward children 
and adults of all ages. Booth activi- 
ties will provide an understanding 
of how technology enhances the 

learning process as well as informa- 
tion on the ways IMSA ser\'es the 
people of Illinois. 

Highlights include: 

• The "Create Your Look" 
activity invites fair patrons to 
create (to take with them) a 
wearable button by superimposing 
a digital photo of themselves on 
an IMSA photo background of 
their choice. 

• The "Look Out... Media 
Streaming Ahead" activity features 
online interactive sessions from 
the IMSA student project "Real 
Science 2003." 

• The "Take A Closer Look" 
activity allows fairgoers to examine 

pond water, Elodea and other 
microscopic materials that visitors 
prepare and project via a dissection 
microscope onto a big screen 
within the exhibit. 

"Our participation in the 
State Fair is one way we reach out 
to prospective students in Central 
and Southern Illinois," Amy 
Conyers, coordinator of admission 
said. "This is also an opportunity 
for teachers from these areas to 
learn about professional develop- 
ment activities IMSA offers for 
them. IMSA serves the whole state, 
not just the Chicagoland area." 


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