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UI's Yager receives awards for science education reform

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Robert E. Yager, professor of science education at the University of Iowa College of Education, has received the 1997 Distinguished Service Award from the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE) for his efforts to reform science curricula for middle and high school students.

Yager, who founded the Science Education Center at the UI in mid-1960s, was presented with the award at the opening ceremony of the first Globalization of Science Education Conference held in Seoul, South Korea. ICASE president Brenton Honeyman presented the award May 26.

He also was recognized for his service to reforming science education and for his efforts in planning and organizing the conference. Don-Hee Lee, president of the Korean Educational Development Institute, Byung-Young Ahn, minister of education, and the Min-Jok Academy, the primary funding agency for the conference, presented Yager with a plaque for his work at the close of the conference May 30.

Yager delivered the theme lecture of the conference, which was attended by more than 400 science educators, administrators and policy makers from around the world.

Director of the Iowa portion of "Scope, Sequence and Coordination," a national science reform project that has received more than $4 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, Yager is a recognized leader in efforts to develop and implement new curricula to teach science to students and to train teachers how to teach science better.

He has been an invited speaker at several international conferences during the past year, including sessions in Abu Dhabi, Turkey and Japan.