UAlbany Professor Elected Chair of Prestigious Association

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

The principal investigator of a five-year National Science Foundation initiative to improve the teaching of science in several Capital Region school districts has been elected chair of the education section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Audrey B. Champagne, a professor with joint appointments in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the Department of Chemistry at the University at Albany, begins her three-year term in the AAAS post in February. The AAAS is the world's largest general science organization, with 138,000 members and 275 affiliated societies, and it is also publisher of the peer-reviewed journal Science.

Champagne's work with local school districts, titled the Local Systemic Change Project, is funded by a $3 million NSF grant. It supports professional development for grade K-8 science teachers in the Capital Region Science Education Partnership, which is a collaboration among UAlbany and four local school districts - Schenectady, Bethlehem, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, and Watervliet.

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January 12, 2001


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