PULLMAN, Wash. — Lynda (Hatch) Paznokas, a Washington State University Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science Education, will receive the 2002 Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award Wednesday (April 3).

She also will present a talk, “Preparing Teachers to Instill the Wonder of Science in Children” during the program set for 4 p.m. in Cleveland Hall, Room 121. A reception follows.

The Smith award is given annually to recognize significant and meritorious achievement in teaching.

Paznokas has had an impact on WSU students who are already science teachers or who will teach elementary science. She has helped revise the university’s elementary science teaching methods courses, transforming and elevating a major component of the WSU elementary teacher education program.

Paznokas helped create WSU student-centered science education laboratories, a science education classroom, an outdoor education program and a science education course for WSU’s new Masters in Teaching degree. A member of the WSU faculty since 1999, she is a WSU graduate. Her master’s degree is from Portland State University and her doctoral degree is from Oregon State University.

She also will be among the university’s 2002 faculty award winners recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation planned for 3 p.m., April 4, at Bryan Hall Auditorium.