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National Association Honors Joe Stepans

April 4, 2011 — Joe Stepans, professor emeritus in the University of Wyoming's College of Education, was awarded a Presidential Citation from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

The award recognizes his extraordinary contributions to science education and equally as important, recognizes all teachers whose values, achievements and aspirations he represents. Leadership, innovation, and professionalism epitomize Stepans' career.

"We are very proud of Dr. Stepans. Not only are his professional accomplishments extraordinary, he is one of the most respected science educators in the state," says UW College of Education Dean Kay Persichitte. "He continues to support science education through the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center and consultation."

For 30 years, Stepans has been involved in research in science and mathematics education.

He has taught secondary science and mathematics; undergraduate and graduate courses in science education and mathematics education; and research courses for graduate students in mathematics and science education. Stepans also conducted professional development workshops for teachers and administrators and mentored many graduate students in science and mathematics education and natural sciences.

Stepans' work has been translated into hundreds of presentations in the United States and internationally, in more than 40 articles, a dozen book chapters and eight books that he has written or co-written.

Additionally, Stepans is a longtime, active member of professional associations such as the NSTA, the School of Science and Mathematics Association and the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association.

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