Dr. Leon Lederman and Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall: Part 2
Dr. Leon Lederman and Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall discuss the idea for a science and math school, the founding of IMSA, and the early years. The state governor at the time, Governor Thompson, was supportive of IMSA and helped them navigate the political landscape. Dr. Lederman discusses the potential impact that his winning the Nobel Prize in 1988 had. While IMSA was already in its third year by that point, it was helpful to establish credibility. A National Advisory Board for the institution was established to both advise IMSA's work and spread the message. Dr. Pace Marshall explains how financially, IMSA fell under the remit of the Illinois State Board of Education, but not programmatically. In relation to the curriculum, Dr. Lederman discusses a student research project centered around what it would take to establish a community on Mars. Those sorts of early experiments in curriculum design morphed more generally into the approach of problem-based learning.
Illinois state politics, funding, Nobel prize, curriculum, national politics
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Lederman, Leon and Marshall, Stephanie Pace, "Dr. Leon Lederman and Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall: Part 2" (2009). Oral Histories, IMSA Archives and Special Collections, Leto M. Furnas Information Resource Center. https://digitalcommons.imsa.edu/oral_histories/7