Two African American Professors Receive Educational Research Awards

Mary Atwater, a professor in the department of mathematics and science education at the University of Georgia, has received the 2019 Distinguished Contributions to Science Education Though Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. The award recognizes an individual who, through research over an extended period of time, has made outstanding contributions, provided notable leadership, and made a substantial impact on the area of science education.

Dr. Atwater is a manga cum laude graduate of Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she majored in chemistry. She holds a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in science education with a minor in chemistry from North Carolina State University.

James L. Moore III, executive director of the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male and Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Professor of Urban Education and vice provost for diversity and inclusion at Ohio State University, has been selected to receive the Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association. The award honors an individual who has advanced social justice through education research and exemplified the goal of linking education research to social justice.

Dr. Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in English education from Delaware State University, and a master’s degree in education and a Ph.D. in counselor education both from Virginia Tech.

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  1. Congratulations, Dr. Atwater! This acknowledgement of your contributions and commitment to the field of science education is well-deserved and long overdue.

    • Professor(s) Mary Atwater and James L. Moore III thank you for your contribution to African American History ~ American History; African American History matters…

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