>* 9 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 |(j\ of discovery, the art of auestionins,, and , ,' ,., . %, . , , . . solutions. the liberamn of lea-nmiir hoiv to learn m inte- 1,1 ' , ,;,-).„- Long recogni:ed as a leader in ^orani'e rather than compartmentalized ictn'.s. ^ =. ,,,„.„ .. „ e 1 ■ n \i LM ProLlem-Based Learning, IMSA welcomed 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 Simmons Middle School ^^^^^^^'^^^^B ^^'^'^'^ '-'^'^'^ '^'*''' ^^^ '" ^^^^^^ ^^'''^^' in Aurora all agree that ^^^^^H ^^^H ^'''^**''^^^'""' practice. Prohlem-Based Learning ^^^^^^Pv '*■ '-^^H (PBL) is a powerful tool i ^^L - ^H Breakout Sessions to enhance student W ^^^^m' ^H Following an inspiring opening learning in the classroom. I' ^ ^^^ J trom Dr. Marshall, ti\-c noted These educators and si '^^^^|Lp. ji '^ authors ot Problem-Based Learning , n^^ , S ^^^^^1 11 INSIDE NOVA: more than 200 others ta. VV^P^i k I '^^^^'•ks participated m a panel came together to learn I I'^^SiwT - V | Ji^cussion on current issues Alumni Donation 2 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 Based Learning ^°/'''«MnaW o' J'/""'!.^^ . model the PBL process and to .i'^tA^'^T' '"i ReportP CR^rL ^^^^^'Qotive - . Mathematics Award 7 Symposium, /n the ^ ' ^'^^.'-'^onnel 2 News share further insights, suggestions, k, ,■ i ., ,i » j 7 ' "^ Chicago National Math Awards 7 Service of Leamimr: Gettino- ^ and implementation strategies. . ^ '^ . National Media Recognition . . . \ Z to the Heart of Problem-Based Leanww, Other breakout sessions featured ^. . ,^ ,. . ^.r. ^. „ ■' 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 Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is eight states. Included in this select c ■ 1 • a j o " . 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 crafted problematic situations aciapted (continued on page 1 1] r~ 1 1^1 ^/V A Pioneering Educatiorwd Community r^lMSA Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy* 1500 West Sullivan Road Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 630/907-5000 IMSA BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN Sheila MB Griffin President Griffin Holdings FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN Dr. Luis Nunez Depuvy Associate Laboratory Director for Physical, Biologicai. Computing Sciences Argonne National Laboratory SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN Steven Isoye Curriculum Leader Warren Township High School TRUSTEES 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 Administrator 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 EX-OFFICIO Dr. Joseph Ciptl Preiideni/CEO Illinois Community College Board Dr. Sherry Eagle Superintendent 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 PRESIDENT Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall NOVA IS published by the IMSA Office of Advancement. Send comments or questions to: Editor and Writer Brenda Buschbacher firstname.lastname@example.org ^ffS^^^^' t n\\\ n 'flT'^PIFf 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 demonstrated exemplary 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 administration. 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 Adulthood/Science. 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 America. 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. r^lMSA IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 1500 West Sullivan Road Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 630/907-5000 IMSA FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Honorary Chairman James R. Thompson Partner and Chairman of the E: Winston & Strawn President G. Thomas Castino Consultant to the President (Retired) Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Vice President William J. White Professor Northwestern University Treasurer Susan S. Schanlaber President and CEO The Landmark Group of Compa: Secretary* Catherine C. Veal Vice President for Advancement IMSA John F. Berger Chainmn and CEO Universal Internet Propertie Michael J. Birck Chairman 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 accomplished 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 CFA Honey Jacobs Skinner Partner 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 2002. 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 Scheppler (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 organizations located in ( hicago \\hich sei"\'e an urban population ot financial need. "The Fry Foundation is pleased to be supporting 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 Chicago DanviUe P)es plainer Elgiti Kankakee Lansing Maple Park Manon Osweg'-"' piano Quincv Rocktord Sprmgfiel'^ NjVest Chvcago YotkvUle CenuaUunKnH.J Roosevelt ]umorHgh F.ankl«. Middle school ^^^^ Middle Acad.m>^^^^^^^^ rrsiMiddiescw ChiPPewaUiddle school HlisMiddleSchoa ^ ^^^ Kauci 11 1 oh "school Manon Junior Hi.h^ Bednarcik]umorHigh QuincY]ui^'°^"'^^, West Middle School G^antMiddleSchoa ^:S:M^a;;thooi .. 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 Aurora Krug Elementary School Gates Elementary School Bardwell Elementary School Beaupre Elementary School Archbishop Romero School Hermes Elementary School St. Peter School Batavia Batavia Kids Club ChampaiRn Franklin Middle School Chicago Arnold Mireles Academy Michelle Clark Middle School Danville North Ridge Middle School Elgin Da Vinci Academy Ellis Middle School Hillsboro Hillsboro Junior High School Lansing Heritage Middle School Oswego Fox Chase Elementary School Piano Piano Middle School Rockport Schilling Elementary School Springfield 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 www.imsa.edu/kidsinstttute 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 leadership. 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 K'(d:Art. 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 Mathematical 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 acti\'ities. 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) bulletin. 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 nationally-syndicated 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 finances. 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 literacy. 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 authors. 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 (continued on page 9) 8 :<Je^<,'j^diM(K9IHki&L£:v«£-;^x^^'' XdSaM>ltt Pr^" 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 children. 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 education/health 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 Mathematics. 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. 10 wimmmmmmiim- 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. Teaches >vith Wolves IMSA science teacher John Thompson's (pictured) 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 interactions. IMSA students used mathematics, social science, literature, writing, fine arts and foreign language skills in their quest to find solutions to the problem. 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 www.cet.edu 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), Chicago. 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 contact email@example.com 11 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 ductus 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 www.imsa.edu and click on the Chicago Sun-Tlnies masthead under the Features section on the homepage. r^lMSA Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy" 1 500 West Sullivan Road Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 Address Service Requested NON PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID AURORA, IL PERMIT NO. 129 Visit us on the World Wide Web! http://ww\v.imsa.edu/ AlfhoLigh we strive for accuracy, if you see an error in your mailing label please call the Office of Advancement (630) 907-5033. "Printed by Authority of tire State of Illinois, 6,500 05/03, Purchase Order No. 310991." vo *•»• ''.. 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 productively. 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) INSIDE: 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 630/907-5000 IMSA BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIRMAN Sheila MB Gntfin Griffin Holdings FIRST VICE CHAIRMAN Dr. Luis Nuriez Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for Physical. Biological, Computing Sciences Artjonne National Lahorarory SECOND VICE CHAIRMAN Steven Isoye Principal, O'Plaine Campus Warren Township High School TRUSTEES 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 Administrator 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 EX-OFFICIO Dr Joseph Ciptl Pre«denl/CEO Illinois Community College Board Dr Sherry Eagle Superintendent 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 PRESIDENT Dr Stephanie Pace Marshall NOVA is published by the IMSA Office of Adv Send comments or questic Editor and Writer Brenda Buschhacher firstname.lastname@example.org IMSA Graduate Gives $100,000 to Benefit Illinois Students and Teachers 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 athe the id the humanities lliNliliJlli|llJi!!iipiPPiliil^^ 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 1 I 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 experience. "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 o 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") McEachem. • 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 Team. • 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 r^lMSA IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 1500 West Sullivan Road Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000 630/907-5040 IMSA FUND BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS Honorary Chairman James R. Thompson Partner and Chairman of the Executive Committee Winston & Strawn President G. Thomas Castino Consultant to the President (Retired) Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Vice President William j. White Professor Northwestern University Treasurer Susan S. Schanlaber President and CEO The Landmark Group ot Companies Secretary* Catherine C. Veal Vice President for Advancement IMSA John F. Berger Chairman and CEO Universal Internet Properties. Inc. Michael j.Birck Chaivnan 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 Teacher Bronx Academy of Letters Honey Jacobs Skinner Parmer 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 Mathematics Teaching, sponsored by the Mathematical Association ot America (MAA) and the American Mathematics Competitions (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 abroad. 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 (2002). 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 about." 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- I 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 organizations. 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 GRAND VICTORIA FOUNDATION 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 incluciing: • 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 credit • 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 ® MOTOKOLA 3M • $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. ©TARGET 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 Lederman. • Dinosaur Paleontologist Jack Hcirner. 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. W'-^- W^^?v^^'- : 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. Save the Dates for Fall 2003 GMP Events!! October 1 . . .Author, Engineer and the last man to walk on the moon Capt. Gene Cernan October 9 . . .Attorney, Professor and Author Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., "Our Environment Destiny" More details to come on wwiv.imsa.edn under News at IMS AH / ' V ^SSk t. A ^B^ J t Jj ^k\\ r^ ^^m ■ ■!■ ^n ^L 1 1 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 beyond. "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 Chicago 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. 8 w^ ui«i,»fj;u,u,^j| 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 I 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 (http://wizard.imsa.edu). 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 http://wizard.imsa.edu. 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- nology. 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 educators. 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 Program. 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 10 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 Phao^ocytosis. 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 composers. 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 classes. 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. 11 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. 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