Leaders converge to
plan high school science labs
June 7, 2004
team of scientists, educators, business executives, architects,
engineers and leading local high school science teachers convenes
Friday at the Field Museum to plan the future of Chicago Public
Schools' science laboratories. The event is dubbed "Laboratory
The effort represents
a significant collaboration between the public and private sectors
stimulated by Mayor Daley. The aim is to stretch the limited budget
available for renovation of high school science labs, assuring
new lab space meets the needs of tomorrow's students. A core objective
is to ensure that public school graduates receive a state-of-the-art
science education -- an important requirement in today's competitive
global labor marketplace.
of Management professor Mohan Sawhney addressed the issue of urban
competitiveness and global outsourcing at a recent meeting of
civic leaders organized by CEOs for Cities, an urban policy group.
Sawhney urged the audience to "create incentives for American
students to pursue technical education." He called for leaders
to "overhaul mathematics and science curriculum in schools."
are shared by other local leaders who think improved math and
science education could have far-reaching economic benefits. This
week's Laboratory Chicago 2020 event squarely addresses this need.
co-chairman of the Mayor's Council of Technology Advisers, is
an active behind-the-scenes organizer of the program, which is
funded by the Chicago Community Trust. It's been supplemented
by private sector donations from Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., Accenture
Ltd. and individual donors. Ian Robertson, director of Wrigley's
Americas information technology unit, and Michael Lach, director
of science education at the Chicago Public Schools, chairman of
to make sure we're building labs designed for the next 20 to 25
years, not labs designed for the 1970s," says Marty Gartzman,
chief mathematics and science officer for Chicago Public Schools.
Gartzman says the group will consider what laboratory science
instruction should look like in the early 21st century, the impact
technology plays in teaching science and the possibility for applying
technology in the design and construction of new labs.
instruction is an essential part of any science course. Right
now the opportunity to learn science in a modern laboratory varies
across the schools," Gartzman says. "Our goal is to
even out that landscape so that all students have the opportunity
to benefit from high-quality science instruction in a modern,
the father of three school-age children, "I love technology
and to see how technology can make things better."
about how his children will be educated to deal with the world
of the future. "The world really has moved on," adds
Robertson, who believes, "there are better ways to facilitate
knowledge transfer today with new technology."
Group, a start-up technology public relations firm, agreed to
be acquired by Slack Barshinger, a leading national business-to-business
communications agency. Slack Barshinger's clients include Centerpost,
Dipsie, eBay, SmartSignal and Tellabs. The deal is a victory for
StrongForce founders Paul Battaglia, 52, and Mark Smith, 51, who
launched their business at the depths of the dot-com bust in January
2002 and persevered. Both join Slack Barshinger as senior vice
presidents, with Battaglia assuming additional responsibilities
as a practice director. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
*Apollo 13 Commander
Jim Lovell speaks Saturday at IIT on the lessons learned from
his aborted moon-landing mission. Actor Tom Hanks starred as Lovell
in the 1995 Hollywood film "Apollo 13," which chronicled
Lovell's heroism. Less well-known: Lovell is a successful entrepreneur
who built and sold a telecommunications equipment firm.
finalists for Thursday's Ernst & Young Illinois Entrepreneur
of the Year Award include: Kevin McDonald, CEO, and Stefan Krauskopf,
COO, Compendit; Matt Moog, CEO, CoolSavings; Len Foxman, president,
Eagle Test Systems; John Fish, CEO, Hubbard One; Richard Cucco,
president, Imagetec; Ned Bennett, CEO, and David Kalt, president,
OptionsXpress; James Crouthamel, founder, Performics; Cary Chessick,
president, Restaurant.com; Mark Miller, CEO, Stericycle; Kent
Steffen, CEO, Telution, and David Demirjian, CEO, ZuChem.
is a Chicago tech writer and consultant.