WRITER: SARAH AMRHEIN
CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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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
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 Educations 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.
Yagers 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.