Posted January 13, 1999
Marcia Linn, professor of education, recently received two honors for her research on ways to improve children's learning and understanding of science.
Her "Science Controversies On-Line: Partnerships in Education" won her a grant from the National Science Foundation. The project was set up to promote knowledge networking about current scientific controversies - such as the prediction of earthquakes, evidence of life on Mars or the control of malaria worldwide. The project will include experts in natural science, pedagogy, technology and classroom instruction.
In December, Linn also became one of two national recipients of a new award from the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, which recognizes outstanding achievement in education research that has improved children's learning and understanding.
According to council president Martin Apple, selection of the recipient is based both on the scientific solidity of the researcher's writings, the impact of the work on children's learning and how often the research has influenced others in the field.
The council is composed of the presidents and immediate past presidents of more than 60 scientific societies and federations.