CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
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Iowa City IA 52242
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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
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.