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Salk vs. Sabin: The Waterlogs

In the evenings they would have famous mathematicians and scientists who would come…Linus Pauling came and he was a Nobel Prize winner and he gave discussions. And then they had Dr. Sabin…I know when I talk to my students in high school they have no idea who Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin were and what their difference in approach to finding a polio cure was. But they [Dr. Sabin and Dr. Salk] had a meeting, debate, and got into a heated argument. It was so unprofessional. They threw water at each other and everybody left the room and adjourned for a while and then came back and heard the remaining part of the debate of whose shot for polio was better the live vaccine or the dead vaccine.

Reflections on a life of teaching at Westridge, West Orange, Dr. Phillips, Valencia Community College, and University of Central Florida with mathematics educator and chemist Anna Mae Patz. She describes working with adults and kids, mature and immature. She remembers being with Dr. Salk in her first job as a chemist at the Health Department in Pittsburgh and later in her work grading for The National Board, she heard Dr. Sabin and Dr. Salk at an evening debate. She says it was very exciting to visit different cities for the Advanced Placement (AP) Board and the professional people in the field of mathematics who would come and talk to us in the evening were very, very exciting people. Learn more about the life of an Orange County educator in  this interview  (4:50).

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Anna Mae Patz

May 25, 2008 photo of Anna Mae Patz, Advanced Calculus instructor at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando.  Learn more about the life...

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Anne Mae Patz

In the evenings they would have famous mathmaticians and scientists who would come...Linus Pauling came and he was a Nobel Prize winner and he gave discussions. And then they had Dr. Sabin...I know when I talk to my students in high school they have no idea who Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin were and what their difference in approach to finding a polio cure was. But they [Dr. Sabin and Dr. Salk] had a meeting, debate, and got into a heated argument. It was so unprofessional. They threw water at each other and everybody left the room and adjourned for a while and then came back and heard the remaining part of the debate of whose shot for polio was better the live vaccine or the dead vaccine.

Reflections on a life of teaching at Westridge, West Orange, Dr. Phillips, Valencia Community College, and University of Central Florida with mathematics educator and chemist Anna Mae Patz. She describes working with adults and kids, mature and immature. She remembers being with Dr. Salk in her first job as a chemist at the Health Department in Pittsburgh and later in her work grading for The National Board, she heard Dr. Sabin and Dr. Salk at an evening debate. She says it was very exciting to visit different cities for the Advanced Placement (AP) Board and the professional people in the field of mathematics who would come and talk to us in the evening were very, very exciting people. Learn more about the life of an Orange County educator in this interview.




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