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Volume 19 No. 1 • Spring-Summer 2005 




IMSA President Named Laureate 
of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois 



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By Brian Thornburg, Assistant Writer 

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall, founding president 
of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 
(IMSA), became a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy 
of Illinois, the highest honor the state can bestow 
for outstanding achievement. Dr. Marshall received 
the Order of Lincoln Medallion at a special 
ceremony on April 30 at Southern Illinois 
University, Edwardsville. 

The Lincoln Academy was established in 1965 to 
honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens, either 
by birth or residence, who have brought honor 
to the state by their achievements. Past honorees 
have included poet Gwendolyn Brooks, television 
journalist John Chancellor, businessman/civic 
leader Lester Crown, film critic Roger Ebert, 
radio broadcaster Paul Harvey, NFL legend Walter 
Payton, President Ronald Reagan, and columnist 
Mike Royko. 

The 2005 Laureates inducted with Marshall 
include former Sears chairman Edward Brennan, 
Pulitzer Prize political journalist David Broder, 
electrical engineer and LED pioneer Nick Holonyak, 
food science expert Dr. George Inglett, and 
Olympic and world champion in track and 



/ am honored to be in the company of 
such highly esteemed individuals and am 
humbled to be recognized for the work I 
truly love to do. 1 J 

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 
IMSA President 




field Jackie Joyner-Kersee (pictured 
with Marshall). 

NOVA recently spoke with Dr. Marshall 
about the honor: 

NOVA: You've won many awards and 

honors for your work with IMSA and on 

behalf of education. Which do you feel E^^HB M tBk ^ 

are the most significant and how does 

this honor compare? 

Marshall: The Order of Lincoln recognition 
is undoubtedly the most significant award 
and honor that I have achieved. I say this 
because it is the highest award for achievement 2005 Lincoln Laureates 

that the State of Illinois can bestow, but also Dr. Stephanie Pace 

because it is an award that honors contributions Marshall and Jackie 

that go far beyond one's field and one's state and Joyner-Kersee share 

includes those contributions in the words of the a proud moment, 

award itself, for the "betterment of mankind." 

There also are several other awards and recognitions 

that are particularly significant to me. Perhaps INSIDE: 

the first is my election to the Presidency of the ., „ . . ^ 

. . , , , ^ ■ I Donor Recognition o 

Association for Supervision and Curriculum =" 

Development (ASCD). ASCD is the largest and IMSA Alumni Profiles . 9, 12 

most significant international educational IMSA Staff Member 

organization in the world with a membership Heads ISTA 8 

of almost 200,000 professionals. iptei Science Winners . . . . 6-7 

NOVA: Of which accomplishments are you Private Sector Support 4 

most proud? School District Matfi Partnership . . 2 

Marshall: I am most proud of being Service to Illinois and Beyond. . 10-11 

the founding president of the Illinois Technology for Leaming Conference. . 3 

Mathematics and Science Academy. 
That is something that I cherish 

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A Pioneering Educational Community 



^IMSA 



Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy* 

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

IMSA BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

CHAIRMAN 
Dr. Luis Nunez 

Deputy Associate Laboratory Director 
Physical, Biological & Computing Sciences 
Argonne National Laboratory 

VICE CHAIRMAN 
Steven Isoye 

Principal, O'Plaine Carr^pus 
Warren Township High School 

TRUSTEES 

Dr. Victoria Chou 

Dean, College of Education 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Dr. Stanley E. Fish 

Dean ErDeritus & Professor of English 

University of Illinois at Chicago 

Sheila MB Griffin 

President 

Griffin Holdings 

John H. McEachern, Jr. 

Retired President/CEO 

Wayne Circuits, Inc. 

Dr. Chris Quigg 

Senior Scientist 

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory 

Dr Marsha Rosner 

Professor and Director 

Ben May Institute for Cancer Research 

University of Chicago 

Jesus Manuel Sosa 

Administrator 

Chicago Public Schools 

Sharon Tenhouse 

Teacher 

Liberty Elementary School 

EX-OFFICIO 

Dr. Randy J. Dunne 

Interim State Superintendent 

Illinois State Board of Education 

Dr. Sherry Eagle 

Super/ntendent 

Aurora West School District 129 

Thomas R. Lament 

Executive Director 

Illinois Board of Higher Education 

Geoffrey S. Obrzut 

President/CEO 

Illinois Community College Board 

PRESIDENT 

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall 

NOVA is published by the 
IMSA Office of Advancement. 

Send comments or questions to: 
Editor and Writer 
Brenda Buschbacher 
brenda@imsa.edu 



Illinois School District 
Adopts IMSA's Mathematical 
Investigations Curriculum 



In the fall of 2005, high school students 
in upper level mathematics in St. Charles 
Community Unit School District #303 
will begin using IMSA's Mathematical 
Investigations curriculum in their classrooms. 

Dr. Linda Schieike, IMSA director of 
partnership services, calls the St. Charles 
district a "model school district for 
IMSA programs." 

"Not only is the St. Charles School District 
using IMSA's math curriculum in their 
high school classrooms this fall, but they 
have also participated with IMSA in our 
Problem-Based Learning Network as well 
as IMSA's 21^^ Century Information 
Fluency Project," Schieike said. 

The partnership began with a visit by 
St. Charles educators to an IMSA classroom 
two years ago. Then, in February 2003, 
district officials invited IMSA mathematics 
teachers Susan Eddins and Dr. Janice 
Krouse to present an all-day institute 
for St. Charles mathematics teachers. 

Sandy Ledvora, math instructional coordi- 
nator at St. Charles East High School, said 
this institute came at an important time 
in her district's development. 



"We had a mix of new teachers and 
traditional teachers. ..we were trying 
to get them on board with the same or 
similar (teaching) philosophy," she said. 

Mathematical Investigations (Mi) is 
a four-semester sequence of courses 
which integrates topics from all areas 
of pre-calculus mathematics including 
algebra, geometry and trigonometry. 
In Ml, students are expected to explore 
mathematical concepts, make conjectures 
and present logical, valid arguments for 
their assertions. Both written and oral 
forms of communication are emphasized. 

Krouse, now mathematics curriculum 
and assessment leader at IMSA, said the 
partnership works because of shared 
goals and philosophies about student 
learning in the classroom. 

"What we are doing at IMSA fits 
with what they believe in," she said. 
Furthermore, Krouse complimented 
St. Charles teachers for spearheading 
the curriculum change. 

"It was very much a grassroots effort on 
the part of teachers at both St. Charles 
North and St. Charles East high schools," 
she said. 




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and feel privileged and grateful for 
every single day. I have enjoyed working 
with many educators around the world 
and in some fine school districts. I had 
10 wonderful years in the Batavia Public 
Schools and was proud of what we 
achieved, but to have the opportunity 
to create something from scratch with 
IMSA was an uncommon opportunity 
and I am extremely proud of not just 
my role, but the work that everyone 
connected to IMSA over the last 
20 years has contributed and still 
contributes to making this a 
remarkable institution. 



NOVA: What advice would you offer to 
those who want to work in education? 

Marshall: To make sure that if you are 
choosing to bring your talents and 
your gifts to a particular enterprise 
or endeavor, make sure you do it with 
love. If you don't love what you are 
doing, it simply is not worth it. 

When you decide to work in education, 
you recognize that you are literally 
shaping the landscape and helping to 
develop the minds of the next generation. 
It is my belief that mind-shaping is 
world-shaping. The nature and quality 




The 2005 Lincoln Laureate award ceremony at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 



NOVA: What are you looking forward 
to in your career? 

Marshall: While there are many things 
that I am looking forward to, probably 
the first is the 20th Anniversary of 
IMSA which we will be celebrating in 
our 2006-2007 year. I am also very much 
looking forward to the publication 
of my book which will be published by 
Jossey-Bass in early 2006. I am also very 
engaged as an international consultant 
to a fascinating project in South 
Australia, called Learning to Learn. This 
project has promised to be a remarkable 
international model for educational 
transformation and it is a privilege 
to be working with them. 



of our children's minds will shape the 
nature and quality of the future that 
they are able to create. 

As far as working with gifted children 
is concerned, we must continue to 
invite and honor all of their potentials, 
nurture their creativity, allow them to try 
what they dare, and let them know that 
we are there if they are not successful. I 
think perhaps the best advice. ..is to do 
as our Board's philosophy statement calls 
us to do and that is to treat each child 
as if they are capable of significantly 
influencing life on the planet because 
indeed they are. 



Emerging 
Technologies Spur 
Dynamic Learning 




World-renowned experts in educational 
technology converged on IMSA's campus 
May 7 to present Generating the Horizon: 
Technology's Role in the Future of Learning. 
Funded in part by a grant from the Tellabs 
Foundation as part of the IMSA Great Minds 
Program^ this day-long event gave Illinois 
middle school, high school and college educators 
the chance to learn from extraordinary leaders 
who shared their research, experience and 
perspectives on emerging technologies and 
dynamic learning environments. 

Father of Personal Computing and 
Keynote Speaker Dr. Alan Kay (pictured 
above) presented What If We Added 
"REAL" to Mathematics, Science, Children 
and Computing? Kay is president of 
Viewpoints Research Institute, Inc. and 
senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs. 

Other featured speakers included: 

• Bonnie Bracey, educational technology 
and reform consultant; 

• Cheryl Lemke, president and CEO of 
the Metiri Group, a consulting firm 
dedicated to advancing effective uses 
of technology in schools; 

• David Thornburg, founder and director 
of Global Operations for the Thornburg 
Center and senior fellow of the 
Congressional Institute for the Future; 

• Robert Tinker, president of the 
Concord Consortium; 

• David Warlick, principal consultant of 
The Landmark Project, a professional 
development, Web design and 
innovations firm. 



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IMSA FUND 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 

HONORARY CHAIRMAN* 
James R. Thompson 
Partner and Chairman of the 
Executive Committee 
Winston & Strawn 

OFFICERS 

PRESIDENT 
Michael J. BIrck 

Chairman 
Tellabs, Inc. 

VICE PRESIDENT 
William J. White 



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VICE PRESIDENT 
Gregory K. Jones 

Chief Operating Officer 
Edgewater Funds 

TREASURER 

Dr. Nandu N. ThondavadI 

Founding Chairman, President and CEO 
Mascon Global Limited 

SECRETARY* 
Catherine C. Veal 

Vice President for Advancement 
IMSA 

DIRECTORS 

Susan Snell Barnes 
President and CEO 
The Landmark Group of Companies 

John F. Berger 
CEO 

CPO Direct 

G. Thomas Castino 

Consultant to the President (Retired) 
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. 

Martin J. DiMarzio '95 

Graduate Student 

Yale School of Management 

Sandra Goeken 
Vice Chairman 
Goeken Group Corporation 

John B. Hoesley '89 

Principal 

Prism Capital Corporation 

Chelsy A. Hopper '92 

Graduate Student 
University of Illinois 

Herbert B. Knight 

Business Executive 
Civic Leader 

James D. Pearson 

(Retired) President 

Aurora Metals Division, L.L.C. 

Bonnie Stoufer 

Vice President for Learning, Trait 
The Boeing Company 

Preston Swafford 

Senior Vice President of Operations, 

Exelon Energy Delivery 

Exelon Corporation 

JarvJs Yeh 

President 

Maxx Products International 

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IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education 
1500 West Sullivan Road 
Aurora. Illinois 60506-1000 
630/907-5000 

The IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education is a 501(c)(3) 
not-for-profit corporation organized for the benefit of, to 
perform the functions of, or to carry out certain charitable, 
educational, literary and scientific purposes of the Illinois 
Mathematics and Science Academy. The IMSA Fund solicits, 
receives, invests and administers gifts, grants and other 
contributions from the private sector to support IMSA's 
mission and work. 



ng and Development 



IMSA Fund Proudly Establishes 
First Named College Scholarship 

This spring, the IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education announced the establishment 
of its first named college scholarship, the Mary Van Verst Love of Science Scholarship. 
Van Verst died last year after serving distinction, courage and grace as a member of the 
IMSA science faculty from 1987-2004. 

The scholarship, made possible by 
a multi-year major gift from Mary's 
husband George and their children 
Scott and Janet, provides a $5,000 
scholarship to a deserving IMSA 
senior to help defray tuition and 
eligible expenses for undergraduate 
study at the college or university 
of choice. 

"It gives our family great pleasure 
establishing this scholarship for a 
purpose that was so very close to 
Mary's heart," George Van Verst said. 

The recipient of the inaugural Mary 
Van Verst Love of Science Scholarship, 
Abigail Johnson '05 of Lacon, 
Illinois, (pictured at right with her 
parents) plans to pursue a degree 
in environmental engineering. 



Other 2004-05 IMSA Fund highlights: 

• $35,000 from ComEd, an Exelon Company, to support IMSA Excellence 2000+, 
the Academy's after-school enrichment program for middle school students 
with professional development for their teachers 

• $25,000 from Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., to support IMSA Excellence 2000+ 

• $10,000 from BP to support IMSA Kids Institute® 

• A 2005 Toyota Sienna van from Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc., for primary use 
by IMSA's community outreach and residential student programs 

Election of five new directors: 

• John B. Hoesley, IMSA '89, principal. Prism Capital Corporation in Chicago. 
Previously he served as CFG of Legato Partners, LLC, and was co-founder and 
CEO of eVincio Corporation. 

• Herbert B. Knight, former owner of A.E. Bogott & Sons, Inc., in Sterling, IL. 
Previously he was a director of Computer Technology Corporation and First 
United Financial Services and director of corporate planning for Tenneco, Inc. 

• Bonnie Stoufer, Ph.D., vice president for Learning, Training and Development 
at The Boeing Company. Previously she held similar learning services positions 
at Delta Airlines, The Coca-Cola Company and Electronic Data Systems. 

• Preston Swafford, senior vice president of Operations for Exelon Energy Delivery. 
Previously he held leadership positions with Exelon Nuclear and the Dresden 
Nuclear Power Station. 

• Jarvis Yeh, president of Maxx Products International, in Lake Zurich, IL. Yeh 
also is the father of two IMSA students and an IMSA graduate. 




IMSA Fund Honors Lifetime 
Leadership and Annual Donors 



On May 14, members of the Kaleidoscope 
Society — lifetime leadership donors who 
have given $10,000 or more to the IMSA 
Fund — were treated to Teaches with 
Wolves, a special recognition event at 
the Brookfield Zoo. 

This included a behind-the-scenes look 
at the newly created Wolf Woods Exhibit 
which was based, in part, on IMSA 
students' research in Ecology with faculty 
member John Thompson (pictured at right 
with IMSA alumni). The new zoo exhibit 
opened in 2004 and displays a sign 
thanking IMSA for its contribution. 



Donors also were treated to a presentation 
by Thompson and a panel of IMSA alumni. 

In the fall of 2004, the IMSA Fund 
also hosted its first Step Builders Donor 
Recognition program, which honors 
all donors from the previous and current 
fiscal years. Donors visited IMSA's campus 
for an open house in the new state-of- 
the-art science wing, talked with staff, 
students, alumni and parent volunteers 
about the giving opportunities offered 
by the IMSA Fund, and participated in 
several hands-on demonstrations and 
activities in science and technology. 




IMSA Fund director Tom Castino, consultant to the president at 
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., discusses the IMSA Excellence 
2000-1- program for middle school students and teachers with 
Project Director Dr. Susan Bisinger (center) and Mary Lou 
Lipscomb, science curriculum and professional development 
specialist at the IMSA Fund's Step Builders Donor Recognition 
program. UL awarded $25,000 in 2004-05 to support IMSA 
Excellence 2000-f programming in Illinois schools in 2005-06. 




Former IMSA Ecology student Janessa Stream '99 discusses 
problem-based learning with Consuella Brown, program officer 
with the Grand Victoria Foundation. The Foundation has awarded 
IMSA more than $300,000 for its problem-based learning initiatives 
with Illinois school districts in the Fox Valley region. 



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IMSA — Only Institution in the Nation to Hail 
Two of Intel's Top 10 Scholarship Winners 



Whether you were reading USA Today, 
watching Fox News Network or simply 
surfing the CNN website, it was hard 
not to hear the news in March of IMSA 
seniors Timothy Credo of Highland Park 
and Lyra Creamer Haas of Wheaton. 

Credo and Haas were two of the 10 
students nationwide named winners 
in the 2005 Intel Science Talent Search 
(Intel STS) competition. Often considered 
the "junior Nobel Prize," the Intel STS 
recognizes the most accomplished 
students and their schools for excellence 
in science and math. 

Credo took second place and won a 
$75,000 scholarship and Haas took sixth 
place and won a $25,000 scholarship in 
the 64th Intel Science Talent Search. 
In addition to Haas and Credo, IMSA's 
Abhi Gulati of Bloomington was one 
of the 40 finalists in the competition. 




IMSA Senior and Intel Finalist 
Abhi Gulati of Bloomington 

Credo, Haas and Gulati competed for 
more than $530,000 in scholarships in 
America's oldest pre-college, science 
competition for high school seniors. 
All three IMSA students developed 
their research projects in IMSA's 
Student Inquiry and Research Program. 




Senior Timothy Credo of Highland Park won a $75,000 scholarship in the 2005 Intel Science 
Talent Search (Intel STS) competition. 



In Intel, students were judged on their 
individual research ability, scientific 
originality and creative thinking. All 
Intel STS entries were reviewed and 
judged by top scientists from a variety 
of disciplines. 

"These finalists reflect the best 
accomplishments of solid, project- 
based, curiosity-driven education," 
said Intel CEO Craig Barrett. "Like many 
STS finalists before them, this group will 
be responsible for future discoveries 
that address critical needs while helping 
to keep America at the center of 
innovation," Barrett said. 

Credo's research. Picosecond Tlme-of- 
Flight Measurement for Colliders Using 
Cherenkov Light, is focused in the field 
of engineering and involves the design 
of a more precise method to measure 
the speed of charged particles. His 
research proposes a new time-of-flight 
(TOF) system. 



"The current standard for accuracy 
in time-of-flight measurement is 
around 100 picoseconds," Credo said. 
"I worked on developing and simulating 
a new (particle) detector capable of 1 
picosecond accuracy. This would allow 
particle identification at much higher 
momentum, allowing a collider to make 
more accurate measurements and better 
investigate the fundamental questions 
in physics." 

Credo conducted his IMSA mentorship 
project under the guidance of Dr. Henry 
Frisch, professor in the Department of 
Physics at The University of Chicago. 



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Haas' research, Using Textiles to Date 
Sites in tiie Norte Chico, Peru, is focused 
in the field of behavioral and social 
sciences and seeks to discover a way 
to determine the inhabitation dates of 
preceramic sites (3000-1800 B.C.) without 
using radiocarbon dating techniques. By 
analyzing fabric swatches found in the 
area, Haas developed a way to categorize 
them and create a checklist that allows 
researchers to identify sites with possible 
preceramic occupations in the region. 

Haas conducted her IM5A mentorship 
project under the guidance of Dr. 
Jonathan Haas, curator at the Field 
Museum of Natural History in Chicago, 
and Dr. Winifred Creamer, a professor 
of archaeology at Northern Illinois 
University in DeKalb. 




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Lyra Creamer Haas of Wheaton won a 
$25,000 scholarship in the Intel STS. 




IMSA senior and Intel winner Lyra Creamer Haas shares a proud moment with her 
mentors. Dr. Winifred Creamer of Northern Illinois University and Dr. Jonathan Haas 
of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago (also her parents). 

IMSA Mentorship Opportunities Far and Wide 

Mentorship, a part of IMSA's Student Inquiry and Research Program, provides a variety 
of learning experiences for students to conduct research on-site with mentors, scholars 
and researchers throughout the Chicagoland area in their field of interest. Mentorship 
sites have included Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator 
Laboratory, Field Museum of Natural History, Hines VA Hospital, Molex, Inc., 
Northwestern University Medical School, University of Chicago Medical Center, 
and others. 

In addition to Credo, Haas and Gulati, three other IMSA students were named semifinalists 
in the competition— Rohan Shailesh Bhobe of Woodridge, Vijay Govind-Thomas of 
Schaumburg and Andrew Keller of Lindenhurst. 

2005 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists 





Rohan Shailesh Bhobe 



Vijay Govind-Thomas 



Andrew Keller 



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Award-winning liVISA Educator Heads 
Illinois Science Teachers Association 



With more than 25 years of science 
teaching behind him, Dr. Raymond J. 
Dagenais is a natural at leading others. 

This spring, Dagenais became president 
of the Illinois Science Teachers Association 
(ISTA), an organization of more than 2,000 
Illinois science teachers, administrators, 
scientists, business representatives and 
others involved in science education. 

In this role, Dagenais leads an association 
that provides programs and services 
for science educators and serves as an 
advocate by keeping its members and 
the public informed about science 
education issues and trends. 



Dagenais said his goals as ISTA 
president include: 

• uncovering the talents and experiences 
of Illinois science teachers to improve 
science education; 

• leveraging partnerships with other 
professional educational organizations; 

• identifying and promoting ways to 
make science education meaningful. 

During his 16-year career at IMSA, 
Dagenais has taught Calculus-based 
Physics-Mechanics and Calculus-based 
Physics-Electricity/Magnetism, and 
also has served as science curriculum 
and assessment leader. He is now a 
professional development specialist in 
science and mathematics for the IMSA 
Excellence 2000-i- program. 



Dagenais has received numerous awards 
and honors throughout his educational 
career, including The University of 
Chicago Outstanding Teacher Award, 
the ISTA Presidential Award for 
Excellence in Science and Mathematics 
Teaching, Purdue University School of 
Science Distinguished Alumnus Award 
for Excellence in K-12 Teaching and 
Illinois Finalist in NASA's Teacher in 
Space Program. 

He has authored numerous articles on 
education and most recently the chapter 
The Emeritus Teacher in the book 
Life Cycle of the Career Teacher . 




Dr. Raymond J. Dagenais, president of the 2,000-member Illinois Science Teachers Association 



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IMSA Alumni Making a Difference for the World 



Macintosh Computer Guru Dan Frakes '89 



Aficionados of the Macintosh computer 
likely already know of Dan Frakes. 

He is senior writer for the computer 
magazine Macworld, an editor of the 
popular Web site MacFixlt.com, and 
author or co-author of several Macintosh 
related computer books including MacOS 
X: Power Tools (first and second editions), 
The Macintosh Bible, 9th Edition, and 
Mac OS X Help Line. 

Frakes, a self-described "tech geek," 
says the challenge in his line of work is 
to bridge the gap between the tech geek 
and the average computer consumer. 

He is motivated by a desire to help 
people get the most out of technology. 
He says it is all worthwhile and knows 
his work has made a difference when 
he receives an email from a reader 
saying, "I finally understand it now." 



Frakes credits his time at IMSA with 
preparing him for his current job. At the 
time Frakes was at IMSA, it was unusual 
for high schools to have computer labs. 
IMSA had several labs in the main build- 
ing and computers in the residence halls. 
"I was much further up the technology 
learning curve than my college peers," 
he said. 



But more important than the exposure 
to technology was the way IMSA teaches 
students to think. "We wrote a lot more 
than other high school students," Frakes 
said. "As much as I hated having to write 
so much of the time, looking back, I wish 
even more had been required. The ability 
to present yourself clearly is invaluable in 
any profession." 




Homeland Security Advisor/Agro-Terror Expert Miciiael Brody '96 



IMSA alumnus Michael Brody usually 
spends his days fighting the war on 
terror as a policy development advisor 
for homeland security for the State 
of Illinois. 

In this role, he designs and facilitates the 
implementation of initiatives aimed at 
agrosecurity strategy. 

Last fall, Brody shared his knowledge 
and experience with students in IMSA's 
Science, Society and the Future (SSF) class. 

SSF teacher Dr. David Workman said 
Brody's first-hand working knowledge 
of terrorism issues in Illinois greatly 
enhanced the classroom experience 
for his students, who were developing 



solutions for protecting a major food 
supply corporation from a terrorist 
attack on its food supply. 

"I was immensely proud to see an IMSA 
alumnus in such a position of responsibility 
and to be so impressive in his depth of 
understanding of the issues and fluency in 
the presentation of that understanding," 
Workman said. 




Brody looks back on IMSA with much 
fondness and appreciation for the unique 
and unparalleled education he received. 

"In college, I learned really fast that I had 
more knowledge and experience than 
other students in the areas of building 
a team, managing a project and applying 
knowledge in a problem-based manner," 
he said. 



Michael Brody '96 (center) poses 
with two of his favorite IMSA 
teachers. Dr. David Workman 
(right) and Michael DeHaven. 
Brody visited their Science, 
Society and the Future class 
in fall 2004. 



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Service to Illinois and Beyond 

Professional Contributions and Achievements 

Recent examples include: 



IMSA President Dr. Stephanie Pace 
Marshall gave the keynote address, 
Radical Learning and Schooling, by 
Design at the 2005 American Association 
of School Administrators annual meeting. 

Science faculty and staff Drs. Judy 
Scheppler, Don Dosch, Sue Styer and 
former IMSA researcher Dr. Steve Rogg 
wrote the manuscript Student Inquiry 
at the Illinois Mathematics and Science 
Academy which is now part of the 
National Science Teachers Association 
book, Exemplary Science in Grades 9-12 . 

Mentorship Coordinator Dr. Peggy 
Connolly, was chosen Provisional 
President of the "NATO Network of 
Youth Excellence" executive board, 
serving with vice presidents from 
Croatia and Korea. 

Resident Scholar Dr. Leon Lederman 

(pictured) was awarded the 2004 Karl T 
Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics 
by the American Institute of Physics. The 
Compton Award is presented quadrennially 
to a physicist who has made a significant 
research contribution and demonstrated 
distinguished statesmanship. 




Mathematics teacher Dr. Donald Porzio 

(pictured) received the Edyth May Sliffe 
Award for Distinguished High School 
Mathematics Teaching, sponsored by the 
Mathematical Association of America 
(MAA) and the American Mathematics 
Competitions (AMC). He is one of only 
27 high school teachers in the U.S. and 
Canada to receive the award; five other 
IMSA teachers were so honored in 
previous years. 




Dr. Donald Porzio 

Jose Pales a member of the World 
Languages faculty, received certification 
with the National Board of Professional 
Teaching Standards (NBPTS). IMSA has 
had 15 faculty members certified by 
NBPTS as National Board Certified 
Teachers (NBCT) since its inception. 
Palos was certified in Early Adolescence 
through Young AdulthoodA/Vorld 
Languages teaching. 



Student Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

Senior Timothy Credo of Highland Park 
was the only student from Illinois to be 
named to USA TODAY'S 2005 All-USA 
High School Academic First Team. Senior 
Abhl Gulati of Bloomington was named 
to the third team. 

Credo also is one of only five students in 
the nation selected as a member of the 
traveling team to represent the United 
States and compete in the International 
Physics Olympiad in Spain this summer. 

Senior Alicia Gines of Aurora won 2nd 
place in the Congressional Art Contest 
sponsored by Congressman Dennis 
Hastert. Her artwork, a still life, will be 
on display in Rep. Hastert's Batavia office 
for the next year. 

Senior Tara Roys of South Elgin won the 
2005 Ag Day National Essay Contest and 
was flown to Washington, D.C. to read 
her essay and share the stage with the 
Secretary of Agriculture. 



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Thirteen IMSA students received gold 
ribbons for their performance at the 
Illinois Junior Academy of Science 
State Fair in Urbane. 

IMSA sophomore Dominique Turner 

(pictured) of East St. Louis placed second 
in the shot put event at the IHSA Sectional 
Girls Track and Field Meet and qualified 
for the State Final Meet. 




Dominique Turner 

The IMSA Montreal Ensemble finished 
in a first place tie with a high school 
orchestra from Minnesota at the 
Montreal International Music Festival. 

A research paper authored by seniors 
Kevin Pate! of Carol Stream, David 
Qasem of Burbank and their Drexel 
University mentors on The Effect of System 
Parameters on the Pre-transition Swelling 
of Charged Hydrogels was published in 
the Journal of Dispersion Science 
and Technology . 



Alumni Achievements 

Recent examples include: 

Pooja Agarwal '01 received the prestigious 
2005 Harry S. Truman Foundation 
Scholarship. Truman Scholars are 
selected based on academic performance, 
leadership and dedication to public 
service. Agarwal is majoring in Elementary 
Education and in the Philosophy- 
Neuroscience-Psychology Program at 
Washington University in St. Louis, MO. 

Dr. Ellen Landers '92 (pictured) 
received the Inaugural Young Alumni 
Achievement Award from Knox College. 
Landers, associate program officer at 
the James S. McDonnell Foundation, 
received College Honors in philosophy 
for her research into the use of the drug 
Prozac to treat depression. 




Dr. Ellen Landers '92 

Abigail Moy '98 was awarded a Fulbright 
Scholarship to Chili, where she will study 
sustainable urban transport reforms. 



A paper authored by Dr. Noah 
Rosenberg '93 on Genetic Structure of 
Human Populations was awarded "Paper 
of the Year in Science" by The Lancet and 
rated the seventh most important science 
story of the year by Discover . 

Sam Yagan '95 was named a Siebel 
Scholar by Stanford University's Graduate 
School of Business. The Siebel Scholars 
program was established to recognize the 
most talented students at the world's 
leading graduate schools of business and 
computer science. Scholars are chosen by 
the Deans of each school on the basis of 
outstanding academic performance and 
qualities of leadership. 



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NCAA Scholar-Athlete Princess Imoukhuede '98 




IMSA Class of 1998 graduate Princess 
Imoukhuede became a household 
name during the NCAA 2005 basketball 
championships when she appeared on its 
national television Public Service 
Announcements. 

How did Imoukhuede become one of only 
four college students in the nation chosen 
for the television ads? 

"I believe my life as a student-athlete 
captured what the NCAA was trying to 
portray," Imoukhuede said. "Many of 
us excel in academics and most of us do 
more than athletics once we graduate," 
she added. 

To say that Imoukhuede led a "balanced 
life" could be a bit of an understatement 
as she describes her college activities at 
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

"I was an undergraduate researcher in 
Biomedical Engineering, publishing three 
papers in cancer-therapy by my junior 



year," she said. "I also taught courses 
in HTML, physics, and mechanical 
engineering and held offices in the 
National Society of Black Engineers," 
she added. "I sang with the MIT Concert 
Choir and was an actor in MIT's Black 
Theater Guild, all the while, training and 
competing and serving as a captain of my 
field and track team." 

NCAA and advertising officials chose 
Imoukhuede, MIT's team shot-putter 
and hammer-thrower, from dozens of 
former student-athletes who submitted 
audition tapes. 

Imoukhuede went on to earn an under- 
graduate degree in chemical engineering 
from MIT and is pursuing her Ph.D. in 
bioengineering at the California Institute 
of Technology. 

"I love research and teaching, so I feel a 
career in academia would best combine 
my strengths and interests." 



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