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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Yacobucci earns recognition as leader in values exploration in science

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Dr. Peg Yacobucci (right) receives the BG Experience Distinguished Faculty Award from Dr. Neal Jesse.

BGSU geologist Dr. Margaret (Peg) Yacobucci has won the BG Experience Distinguished Faculty Award for her "exemplary leadership in bringing values exploration and critical thinking about values into science education."

The award was established to recognize exemplary faculty members for their accomplishments in teaching critical thinking about values and/or their contribution to values education at BGSU. It was presented at the recent Faculty Recognition Dinner and brought with it a $1,000 cash prize.

The selection committee noted Yacobucci’s early and longstanding commitment to the program as a teacher, a faculty facilitator at training workshops and a member of the Advisory Committee. Also noted were her contributions to the "Values Exploration and Engagement" Core Commitments project with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, designed to foster the development of personal and social responsibility in undergraduate education and student life at the University.

She has also been a proponent of values exploration outside of BGSU. In 2004, Yacobucci shared her encounters with first-year students taking her historical geology class in the BG Experience program when she addressed the Geological Society of America at its annual meeting. She spoke on the importance of acknowledging and making clear to students that, though mostly unexpressed, values are infused in the scientific process.

Selection for the BG Experience Distinguished Faculty Award is by nomination and after review by the program’s Faculty Advisory Committee, which serves as the award selection committee.


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April 06, 2010