Mark Urban-Lurain

Mark Urban-Lurain

Research and Background Mark Urban-Lurain was Associate Professor and Associate Director for Engineering Education Research in the CREATE for STEM Institute. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Michigan State University. His research interests included theories of cognition, how these theories inform the design of instruction, how we might best design instructional technology within those frameworks, and how the research and development of instructional technologies can inform our theories of cognition. He served as the PI on the Automated Analysis of Constructed Response (AACR) group, a multi-institutional collaboration that explores computerized analysis of students’ writing in large enrollment undergraduate STEM courses. Mark is now retired. Contact Email: urban@msu.edu AACR Website: https://create4stem.msu.edu/project/aacr CV & Research Page: https://msu.ed/~urban
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Kinsey Bain

Kinsey Bain

Research and Background As a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry at Michigan State University, Kinsey Bain led the 3DL4US team for two years and engaged in research on three-dimensional learning and instruction, especially as it relates to faculty adoption and implementation. Kinsey is currently a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, D.C. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Purdue University. Her research interests broadly centered around undergraduate student success, especially in contexts like upper-level undergraduate chemistry courses. Much of her work focused on student understanding of physical chemistry topics, such as energy in chemical reactions and processes or mathematics in chemical kinetics. Contact Email: kbain@chemistry.msu.edu
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Becky Matz

Becky Matz

Research and Background Becky Matz is an Academic Specialist in the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, and an adjunct instructor in the Department of Chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. Her primary research interest is undergraduate STEM education reform, including exploring organizational change, characterizing assessments with respect to scientific practices and core disciplinary ideas, analytics on large, cross-institutional data sets of course grades, assessment of quantitative literacy in lower-division math courses, and creating assessments for student understanding of core chemistry ideas in introductory cell and molecular biology. Contact Email: matz@msu.edu
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