Spring 2019 Meeting - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

March 16th, 2019 - Full Program (PDF)

We are pleased to welcome Ed Prather! 

Dr. Edward E. Prather is a Professor in the Department of Astronomy, at the University of Arizona (UA). Ed is the Executive Director of the Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) at UA. His research focuses on investigating the teaching and learning of topics in STEM. Ed and his collaborators have conducted numerous research studies to uncover students' conceptual, reasoning and problem solving difficulties over a wide array of physical science topics taught in astronomy, astrobiology, physics, geoscience and planetary science. The results from these studies have informed the development of innovative active-learning instructional strategies shown to intellectually engage learners and significantly improve their understandings, problem solving abilities and self efficacy related to learning about science. 

Dr. Prather will deliver the keynote address on Saturday entitled “Re-Thinking Astronomy and Physics Education: Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Experiments on College-Level Teaching and Learning.”

Program Overview


Location: Sessions and workshops will take place in West Hall on U of M’s Main Campus: 1085 S University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Registration: Registration cost is $10 per meeting.  Students and first-time attendees, though, may attend free of charge. 

Parking: Please consult the following URL for a parking map: https://ltp.umich.edu/maps/central_south.pdf

Parking rates are hourly and run $1.60 per hour for lot parking and $1.20 per hour for structures

Lunch: We will be catering lunch from Jerusalem Garden. Lunch will be $10 per person.


Hotels: For those who wish to stay overnight for the meeting, a few suggestions for lodgings:

Program Schedule