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Release: Aug. 27, 1999

Yager receives award for 'lifetime of contribution' to science education

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Mathematics Science Coalition has given Robert E. Yager, professor of science education at the University of Iowa, its highest award for a "lifetime of contribution" to science education in Iowa.

The award was presented during a banquet in Des Moines earlier this month as part of the annual Governor's Math Science Academy, which is administered by the coalition. Co-sponsored by Iowa Public Television and the Iowa Department of Education, this year's event drew 250 teachers, administrators and representatives from the state's 20 school districts and 15 Area Education Agencies interested in learning how to become leaders in math and science education reform.

A science teacher for 44 years, Yager began his career in Chapin in 1950 and joined the University of Iowa College of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction in 1956. Among other accomplishments, Yager created the internationally renowned Science Education Center at the University of Iowa.

Yager's research interests include science, technology and society; student motivation; and attitudes toward science. He's a member of more than 25 professional organizations, including the Iowa Academy of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Educational Research Association, the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association.

He has been an associate with the Center for Educational Competitiveness in Washington, D.C., since 1988; a member of the advisory board for the Science Center of Iowa since 1988; and a member of the advisory committee for Advanced Placement in Science, Educational Testing Service, since 1983. More information about Yager is available by visiting his Web site at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~coe2/facstaff/ryager.htm.