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UGA College of Education professor receives award for paper

Norman Thomson

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia College of Education professor Norman Thomson received the Faculty Position Paper Award at the Southeastern Association for Science Teacher Education Conference for his submission titled “Challenging 21st Century Students in the Anthropocene: Actively Speaking Out for Global Diversity.”

Almost 200 science teachers, science teacher educators and future science teachers attended the SASTE annual conference last month to learn about the latest developments in curriculum, cultural studies, digital technology and gaming, eco-justice, experiential learning, and outdoor classrooms. The conference was hosted by the UGA College of Education.

Thomson, an associate professor in the college’s department of mathematics and science education, researches the generation of science knowledge and its dissemination through learning. The origin of his work comes from teaching biology and chemistry in East Africa, which facilitated his interest in maintaining and promoting diversity in cultures, education, biological species, and involvement in international science curriculum development and evaluation of student learning.

Thomson received the college’s Faculty Senate D. Keith Osborne Award for Teaching Excellence in 2002. He is an elected member of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, Kappa Delta Honor Society and an honorary member of Kappa Delta Epsilon Honor Society. He joined the UGA faculty in 1996.


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