Volume 19 No. 1 • Spring-Summer 2005
IMSA President Named Laureate
of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois
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
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
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
field Jackie Joyner-Kersee (pictured
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:
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Mathematics and Science Academy.
That is something that I cherish
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A Pioneering Educational Community
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy*
1500 West Sullivan Road
Aurora, Illinois 60506-1000
IMSA BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Dr. Luis Nunez
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director
Physical, Biological & Computing Sciences
Argonne National Laboratory
Principal, O'Plaine Carr^pus
Warren Township High School
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
John H. McEachern, Jr.
Wayne Circuits, Inc.
Dr. Chris Quigg
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Dr Marsha Rosner
Professor and Director
Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
University of Chicago
Jesus Manuel Sosa
Chicago Public Schools
Liberty Elementary School
Dr. Randy J. Dunne
Interim State Superintendent
Illinois State Board of Education
Dr. Sherry Eagle
Aurora West School District 129
Thomas R. Lament
Illinois Board of Higher Education
Geoffrey S. Obrzut
Illinois Community College Board
Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall
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Illinois School District
Adopts IMSA's Mathematical
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
"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,"
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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
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.
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
• David Warlick, principal consultant of
The Landmark Project, a professional
development, Web design and
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
James R. Thompson
Partner and Chairman of the
Winston & Strawn
Michael J. BIrck
William J. White
Gregory K. Jones
Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Nandu N. ThondavadI
Founding Chairman, President and CEO
Mascon Global Limited
Catherine C. Veal
Vice President for Advancement
Susan Snell Barnes
President and CEO
The Landmark Group of Companies
John F. Berger
G. Thomas Castino
Consultant to the President (Retired)
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
Martin J. DiMarzio '95
Yale School of Management
Goeken Group Corporation
John B. Hoesley '89
Prism Capital Corporation
Chelsy A. Hopper '92
University of Illinois
Herbert B. Knight
James D. Pearson
Aurora Metals Division, L.L.C.
Vice President for Learning, Trait
The Boeing Company
Senior Vice President of Operations,
Exelon Energy Delivery
Maxx Products International
IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education
1500 West Sullivan Road
Aurora. Illinois 60506-1000
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
"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.
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
"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
"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
Credo conducted his IMSA mentorship
project under the guidance of Dr. Henry
Frisch, professor in the Department of
Physics at The University of Chicago.
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.
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,
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
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
• uncovering the talents and experiences
of Illinois science teachers to improve
• 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
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
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
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,"
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
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
In this role, he designs and facilitates the
implementation of initiatives aimed at
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,"
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,"
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
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
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
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.
Dr. Leon Lederman
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.
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 .
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
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,"
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
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
"I love research and teaching, so I feel a
career in academia would best combine
my strengths and interests."
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