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Release: Nov. 14, 2001

Iowa science teachers give UI's Dunkhase Distinguished Service Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Academy of Science's Iowa Science Teachers Section has awarded University of Iowa science education faculty member John Dunkhase its Distinguished Service Award.

The Iowa Science Teachers Section presented the award to Dunkhase at its fall conference in October.

"It meant a lot to me because it was given by teachers in the state and was not something I applied for," said Dunkhase, who works in the UI College of Education's Division of Curriculum and Instruction.

Dunkhase has been involved in the professional development of practicing and pre-service teachers at the UI's Science Education Center for 15 years. For the past five years he has been coordinator of the College of Education's Secondary Science Teacher Education Program. Previously he worked with an outreach graduate program, delivering course content over the Iowa Communication Network to science teachers across the state who were working on their graduate degrees.

Dunkhase was also co-principal investigator of a Science PALs (Parents, Activities and Literature)/National Science Foundation teacher enhancement grant project, which was recognized by the Des Moines-based FINE (First In the Nation in Education) Foundation.

Before coming to the UI, Dunkhase was an exploration geochemist who worked throughout the Rocky Mountains. Prior to that he taught high school math and science for three years just outside New York City.

Dunkhase holds a Ph.D. in geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines and a bachelor of science degree in geology from Michigan State University.