2009 Symposium Planning Committee
Leon Lederman with Patrick Callahan, Paul Hickman, Shannon Mandel, Rex Rice, Dianne Riendeau and John Roeder.
Leon Lederman has worked tirelessly to raise awareness for what he calls a potential revolution in science education. He wants Physics First efforts that preserve the integrity of the three core disciplines while connecting them to form a coherent high school science sequence.
Science Education Consultant
23 Rattlesnake Hill Road
Andover, MA 01810
Paul Hickman, a longtime physics teacher and Physics First advocate, will set the stage for the discussions with an overview of this movement to reorder the traditional high school science sequence.
Director and Charles B. Huggins Professor
Ben May Institute for Cancer Research
The University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60637
Marsha Rosner studies how biochemical signals promote the growth, differentiation or death of cells. She will share her thoughts about how physics can support understanding in high school biology and chemistry.
Ronald S. Kahn
Director of Client Services
East Bay Educational Collaborative
317 Market Street
Warren, RI 02885
Ron Kahn, a former award winning physics teacher, will speak to the statewide efforts initiated by Rhode Island’s Governor Donald Carcieri. The project seeks to implement an improved science sequence in the State’s high schools.
Gabriel de la Paz
Clayton High School
1 Mark Twain Circle
Clayton, MO 63105
Gabriel de la Paz, an active high school physics teacher will speak to the A-TIME for Physics First statewide partnership effort in Missouri. He serves as a peer teacher for their professional development efforts.
Asst. Supt. for Teaching & Learning
Bremen High School District 228
15233 Pulaski Road
Midlothian, IL 60445
Corinne Williams, who is now an Assistant Superintendent at a local area school system, will share some data, observations and thoughts from her doctoral work on Physics First.
North Carolina State University
1604 S. Salem St.
Apex, NC 27502
John Hubisz, who just completed a review of textbooks appropriate for Physics First, will speak to the instructional materials available to support early high school physics courses.