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Release: March 7, 2002

Epsilon Pi Tau gives UI's Yager award for technology leadership

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Epsilon Pi Tau, an International Honorary for Professions in Technology, has named Robert E. Yager, professor of science education at the University of Iowa, the 2002 recipient of its Prestigious Distinguished Service Prospectus.

The award was presented during the National Association of Science-Technology-Society annual meeting Feb. 20-23 in Baltimore. Yager is the 50th recipient of the award, which recognizes technology leaders.

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

Yager has chaired more than 350 theses and dissertations in his 45 years at the UI and has been 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.

Yager’s research interests include science, technology and society; student motivation; and attitudes towards science. He currently serves as director of education for the proposed $230 million Iowa Environment Project of the Iowa Child Institute, a project designed to be a world-class environmental attraction and learning facility in Coralville.

Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of Education was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. Since then the College has gained an international reputation of excellence in fields as diverse as rehabilitation counseling, testing and measurement, and language and literacy. It is home to the Iowa Testing Programs, developer of the widely used Iowa Tests of Basic Skills; to the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; and to such top-ranked programs as Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Elementary Teacher Education, Secondary Teacher Education, and English Education and Literacy.