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Release: Oct. 13, 1999

UI's Marshall, Yager inducted into Iowa Academy of Education

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two faculty members in the University of Iowa College of Education are among five Iowa scholars who will be inducted into the Iowa Academy of Education Oct. 28 in Des Moines.

James D. Marshall, a professor in and chair of the College of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction, and Robert E. Yager, a science education professor in Curriculum and Instruction, were selected because of their "significant scholarly contributions to the field of education," according to the FINE (First In the Nation in Education) Foundation. The FINE Foundation created the academy three years ago to inform educational policies and practices in Iowa through scholarly works and analysis of significant education issues and trends.

Specifically, Marshall was noted for his research on the relationship between writing and literary understanding, and Yager for his wide-ranging work in science education.

Two professors from Iowa State University and one from the University of Northern Iowa will round out the list of new inductees, which will raise to 15 the total number of academy members. With the addition of Marshall and Yager, 10 of the 15 will be from the University of Iowa.

"Academy members are honored to welcome such a fine group of scholars and leaders," said academy President and FINE Foundation board member David Jepsen, a professor of counselor education at the University of Iowa. "The recognition is justly deserved. Their talent adds significantly to the Academy as we work to improve the understanding of teaching and learning in Iowa schools."