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Memoir

Burton E. Voss
Regent's Proceedings 400

Burton E. Voss, professor of science education, will retire from active faculty status on June 30, 1993, after 30 years of service to the University of Michigan.

Professor Voss received his B.S. degree from Central College (Pella, Iowa) in 1949; and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1953 and 1958, respectively, from the State University of Iowa From 1950-52, he was a science teacher at Fulton High School in Fulton, Illinois, after which he joined the U.S. Army, working as a biological sciences research assistant in Edgewood, Maryland. He taught high school science from 1955-58 and, in 1958, joined the faculty of Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor. Professor Voss came to the University of Michigan School of Education as an associate professor in 1963 and was promoted to professor in 1967.

During his years with the School of Education, Professor Voss taught courses in secondary science methods, research in science teaching, and a variety of workshops in biology, chemistry, and physical science. He has worked extensively with graduate students on their doctoral research, and has served on a variety of committees in the School of Education. Professor Voss has obtained funding from such agencies as the National Science Foundation and the Michigan Department of Education for conducting workshops and seminars in science teaching for teachers in Michigan. His work with teachers both statewide and nationally has been extensive and extremely successful

During his career, Professor Voss has been very active in professional organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (chair of the Education Section, 1989-90), the National Association of Biology Teachers, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Recent scholarly publications include a chapter in the Fourth Science Supervisors Handbook, published in 1991 by the National Science Teachers Association; and (as chair) "Science Teachers Speak Out: The NSTA Lead Paper on Science and Technology for the Twenty-First Century" (NSTA Reports, 1990).

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Burton E. Voss Professor Emeritus of Science Education.