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Posted on March 7, 2003 - How Current Are Our Classrooms?

"How Current Are Our Classrooms?" is a 75-minute panel discussion held February 20, 2003 at THE FUTURE OF LIFE SUMMIT. A limited number of VHS copies are available to educators through the TIME Classroom Program; to request a VHS tape, contact Bennett Singer at

Summary: The discussion focused on issues related to the fact that the rate of change spurred by new discoveries and innovative applications in the life sciences has outpaced our schools and public knowledge. How can the education system cope with this? How are teachers incorporating (or not) new perspectives into their curricula? What role can informal education play? How do we keep the next generation of scientists and science enthusiasts curious?
Francis S. Collins, Director,
National Human Genome Research Institute,
National Institutes of Health
Richard Dawkins, Simonyi Professor For The Public Understanding of Science,
University of Oxford
John Gage, Chief Researcher and Director of the Science Office,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Chrysi Notskas, Director of Research in Mathematics and Science,
Half Hollow Hills School District
John Utting, Teacher,
Advanced Placement Biology
Stuyvesant High School

Robert Semper, Executive Associate Director,

Eileen Naughton, President,
TIME Magazine

TIME MAGAZINE and THE VAN HEYST GROUP wish to thank all participants, including the 10 teachers who were awarded TIME Magazine's "21st Century Literacy Fellowships" funded by the AOL Time Warner Foundation. The teachers were recommended by Science Service, administrator of the Intel Science Talent Search, for their success in coaching winning students.

The 21st Century Literacy Fellows are:
  • California, Fullerton: Kurt Wahl, Troy High School
  • California, Pasadena: Barbara Shannon, Westridge High School
  • California, Monterey: Nick Hart, The York School
  • Florida, Fort Myers: Mary Elizabeth Glass, Canterbury School
  • Florida, Titusville: Scott McCord, Astronaut High School
  • Maryland, Silver Spring: Glenda Torrence, Montgomery Blair High School
  • New York, Dix Hills: Chrysi Notskas, Half Hollow Hills High School
  • New York, New York City: John Utting, Stuyvesant High School
  • Oregon, Portland: Bill Lamb, Oregon Episcopal School
  • Texas, Conroe: Larry Walker, Oakridge High School


March 2, 2003 - "To The Best of Our Knowledge"

The nationally syndicated public radio show "To The Best of Our Knowledge" will air a one-hour special on the DNA Revolution. Interviews will include conference speakers James Watson and bioweapons expert Raymond Zilinskas. Also included will be a look at the surprising spate of recent "cloning Christ" novels and the CEO of Infigen on the economics of cloning livestock.

Check for an NPR station near you. This will also give you a link for listening to an archive of the show on-line.


Article Archive

February 10, 2003 - cover story "The Secret of Life" by Fred Golden

February 19, 2003 - The Ghost of Old Doc Ricketts
February 20, 2003 - Live from the Future of Life
February 21, 2003 - Day 2: Tough Questions, No Easy Answers
February 21, 2003 - Day 3: Living to 1000?

February 19, 2003 - Photo Essay - Day 1 - The Monterey Aquarium
February 20 and 21, 2003 - Photo Essay - Scenes from Days 2 and 3
February 19, 20 and 21, 2003 - Verbatim - Quotes from the Conference

Associated Press by Paul Elias

February 21, 2003 - Watson, other scientists celebrate DNA discovery

Bio-IT World by Mark Uehling

February 21, 2003 - 'The Future of Life' debated at Time conference
February 21, 2003 - Watson recalls helix discovery: 'I like pretty women'
February 21, 2003 - IBM's (unsolicited) advice for Big Pharma by Ray Kurzweil

February 20, 2003 - Report from 'the Future of Life' Conference

Oakland Tribune by Suzanne Bohan

February 24, 2003 - Personalized Drugs to Become Available in 10 Years

Orange County Register by Gary Robbins

February 27, 2003 - 50 Years of DNA

San Francisco Chronicle by Tom Abate

February 21, 2003 - Science, emotion collide at DNA panel
February 22, 2003 - Surgeon general targets obesity
February 24, 2003 - Celebrating 50 years of DNA

Sunday Times of London by Jonathan Leake
(online subscription required)

February 23, 2003 - Father of DNA Revives 50 Year Feud by Kristen Philipkowski

February 14, 2003 - Happy Birthday, Dear Double Helix
February 18, 2003 - Complete DNA Map: All Your Genes
February 19, 2003 - DNA Scientist Pulls No Punches
February 21, 2003 - Perils of Gene Experimentation
February 24, 2003 - Russia's Irksome Bioweapons Stock
February 25, 2003 - To Clone or Not to Clone


Below, please find a news release about
- TIME Magazine's issue on DNA, on newsstands the week of Feb. 10.

For press information, contact:
Diana Pearson
Dir., Public Affairs,
TIME Magazine