Michael LoPresto

Michael LoPresto

is well known the astronomy education community. He has over 20 years of experience teaching introductory astronomy at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan. During that time, he has produced more than 50 publications, many specifically about teaching introductory astronomy, the journals include Astronomy Education Review, The Physics Teacher, Physics Education, American Journal of Physics, Mercury, and ASP-Universe in the Classroom. He has made numerous presentations, again many on teaching introductory astronomy, at national and regional meetings, including the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)-Cosmos in the Classroom Symposiums and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). While currently serving as a member of the National Astronomy Education Committee for AAPT and recently appointed a member of the Editorial Board for their journal –The Physics Teacher, he is also a past president of the Michigan Section of the AAPT and is currently organizer of the group’s “Astronomy Arm.” In addition, he is the author of the Astronomy Media Workbook, an Astronomy laboratory manual, an astronomy textbook supplement, Cycles in the Skyand was asked to and wrote a chapter on challenges in astronomy education for the book Science Education Issues and Developments. Finally, he worked with Stephen Shawl in producing a customized edition of the 4th edition of Discovering Astronomy for the University of South Carolina.

Michael LoPresto

Lecturer, Department of Astronomy at the University of Michigan

Publications

  • Shawl, Stephen, Byrd, Gene, Deustua, Susana, LoPresto, Michael. Discovering Astronomy.