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Physics Department event
Presidential science adviser: Good teachers essential

Teaching science is a difficult task, and good instructors are essential to helping students understand technological advancements, the deep connectedness of nature and other issues, President Bush's science adviser said.

"As our society becomes more complex, more technologically intensive, more globally competitive—our very quality of life depends on increasing the technical capability of our entire populations," said John Marburger III, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

He said young people often are intrigued by the intricacies of nature, and they want to understand the phenomena in the world around them. Teachers must tap into that curiosity, he said.

Marburger gave the keynote address March 17 at "A Celebration of Pioneering African Americans in Physics: From Imes to Moore at the University of Michigan." President Mary Sue Coleman introduced Marburger.
“Our very quality of life depends on increasing the technical capability of our entire populations.”—John Marburger III

The event honored Elmer Imes, the second African American to earn a doctorate in physics in the United States and the first to enter a research career in physics, and Willie Hobbs Moore, the first African American female to receive a doctorate in physics in the United States. Imes received his doctorate from U-M in 1918, and Moore received hers from U-M in 1972.

The event was hosted by the Physics Department and sponsored by LSA, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and the Ford Motor Co. Fund.

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