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Release: Oct. 29, 2002

National gifted education group selects UI's Colangelo for top award

Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D., director of the University of Iowa's Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, has been selected by the National Association for Gifted Children to receive its President's Award for his contributions to gifted education.

The NAGC will present the award to Colangelo during its annual convention Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 in Denver. Colangelo was selected for the award personally by NAGC President Carol Tomlinson for excellence in the field of gifted and talented education.

The announcement coincides with the release this month of the third edition of The Handbook of Gifted Education, a textbook edited by Colangelo (with Gary A. Davis, professor emeritus of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison) and considered by many in the field to be the bible on gifted education. The Handbook, intended for graduate students in gifted education as well as educators taking in-service courses on the subject, has become one of the best known and used course books in gifted education in the country.

First published in 1991 by Allyn and Bacon, the latest edition of The Handbook includes chapters on such topics as high-risk gifted learners, the development of social skills in gifted learners, the science and politics of intelligence and creativity, gifted education in rural schools and technology in gifted education. Colangelo and colleagues in the Belin-Blank Center wrote several of the chapters.

Colangelo, the Myron & Jacqueline Blank Professor of Gifted Education in the UI College of Education and chair of the Belin-Blank Center since its creation in 1988, is also the editor of the textbook New Voices in Counseling the Gifted (with Ronald Zaffrann), as well as the author of numerous articles on the counseling, and affective development, of gifted students. He has served on the editorial boards of major journals including Counseling and Development, Gifted Child Quarterly, Journal of Creative Behavior, Journal for the Education of the Gifted, and Roeper Review.

In addition to his scholarly contributions, Colangelo is one of the UI's most active researchers. During fiscal year 2002, he netted federal and other grants totaling nearly $4.03 million, the fourth-largest amount garnered by a single UI researcher – a group that includes all 11 of the UI's colleges, including the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

In 1991, Colangelo was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award by the National Association for Gifted Children; in 1993, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the

Iowa Talented and Gifted Association; and in 1995, he received the Alumni Achievement Award presented by the School of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1996-1997, he served as executive administrator for the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. In 2000, he was elected to the Iowa Academy of Education and received the State of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.