Dr. Michael Barnett is an associate professor of Science Education and Technology in the Lynch School of Education. He has been a visiting professor at the National Geographic Society, a visiting scholar at American Forests, serves on the advisory boards of several environmental science focused federally funded projects, and a is former regional editor of the International Journal of Science Education. He has served as the principal investigator or Co-Principal investigator on several large federally funded projects that have focused on how to motivate and support urban youth in studying and pursuing science as a potential career. He is also the recipient of a leadership award from the Hewlett-Packard Teaching with Technology Foundation that supported the implementation of mobile learning in urban high schools.
Dr. Barnett is also the principal investigator of a project in cooperation with PASCO Corporation using iPads coupled with probeware to engage students in the doing of field-based science. He has published several journal articles and has numerous conference presentations regarding the impacts of how to leverage learning technologies in support of science learning with much of his recent work being summarized in a recent chapter in the Handbook of Environmental Education to be published by the American Educational Research Association in 2012.