Composite MRI scan of my brain. Do computers cause brain damage? :-)

Who says computers cause brain damage?

Contact Info
620 Farm Lane
Room 115
Michigan State University
East. Lansing, MI 48824


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Mark Urban-Lurain, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emeritus
CREATE for STEM Institute
College of Education
Michigan State University

I am now retired but am doing project consultations related to STEM education.

My research interests are in 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.  I am also interested in preparing future STEM faculty for teaching, incorporating instructional technology as part of instructional design, and STEM education improvement and reform.


  • Automated Analysis of Constructed Responses (AACR) Research Group
    We are exploring multiple approaches to using linguistic analysis software for extracting conceptual categories from student written responses and using that data to build statistical models of students’ understanding and application of those concepts in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering and statistics.

Teaching & Mentoring

I was part of a team that developed several introductory computer science courses for non-computer science students.  The most recent course is Computing Concepts and Competencies, offered as CSE 101 here at MSU.

About me

Recent Activities

  • August, 2018: Retired from MSU
  • September, 2016: PI NSF CORE award $450K
  • August, 2016: Associate Director, CREATE for STEM
  • September, 2014: PI NSF PRIME award $267K
  • August, 2014: Interim Director, CEER
  • September, 2013: PI NSF TUES 3 award $5M
  • June 2013: Invited talk, Gordon Research Conference -Chemistry Education Research and Practice
  • June 2013: Invited talks, Edbank Workshop - ETH, Zurich