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Lindsay C. Matsumura is featured in the October 5 Education Week article "The Common Core Questions About Teachers' Questioning Skills." Educators have called the focus on "close reading" one of the most critical shifts in the Common Core State Standards' approach to literacy, and one that many teachers need to perfect. Article here.

New Grants

Tim Nokes-Malach, with colleagues, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for "Build, Understand, & Tune Interventions that Cumulate to Real Impact." This interdisciplinary project includes LRDC researchers Christian Schunn, Benjamin Rottman, Kevin Binning, and Center Associates Chandralekha Singh and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal and other Pitt faculty across the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics.


Marc Coutanche has been awarded the 2015 Krieg Cortical Kudos Scholar award from the Cajal Club ( The award will be presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting.

New Publications

Early literacy experiences constrain L1 and L2 reading procedures. Bhide, A. (2015). Frontiers in Psychology. Article here.

Other News

The Tim Post Award plaque is on display in the first floor lobby display case. The award is given to a psychology graduate student to recognize research excellence. The plaque contains the names of award recipients from 1988 to the present. Tim Post was a graduate student in cognitive psychology who earned his PhD in 1986 and was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after graduating. In the final months of his life, his family asked that a memorial award be set up to honor his memory.


School of Education Dean Search Open Forum
October 14, 9:00 - 11:00 am, William Pitt Union Ballroom
The Office of the Provost is conducting a search for the next Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education. As part of this process, the search committee will hold an open forum, providing members of the University community an opportunity to offer input into the search process. All members of the community, including alumni and friends, are invited to attend.

Cognitive Brown Bag
October 14, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, LRDC 9th Floor
David C. Plaut, Carnegie Mellon University, presents "The Dynamics of Semantic Activation: Linking Physiology, Behavior, and Computation." More information on the Cognitive Brown Bag series here.

IRB Meet and Greet
October 14, 12:00 – 2:00 pm, O'Hara Student Center Ballroom
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is welcoming faculty, staff, and students to attend their meet and greet session. There will also be an opportunity to talk with the Chair, Vice Chairs, IRB members and staff as well.

Innovations for Vision Restoration Talk
October 14, 12:00 - 1:00 pm, Eye and Ear Institute, 203 Lothrop Street, 5th Floor Board Room
Andrew D. Huberman, University of California, San Diego, presents "Sensory and Molecular Genetic Approaches to Visual Circuit Repair." Q & A session for students/trainees to follow at 1:00 pm in the 9th Floor Conference Room.

METALS Talk Series
October 16, 12:00 pm, Newell Simon Hall 1507, CMU
Dr. Jack Mostow, Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon is competing for the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE (, which challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic within 18 months. The CMU focus is  to develop an open-source Android tablet app that enables children 7-10 to learn reading, writing, and numeracy – in their native language of Swahili – despite having little or no access to formal education.  This talk will describe the existing tutors and games that they are leveraging, the projects that other students are already working on, and the challenges and the gaps that need to be filled.  Both English and Swahili versions are due in November 2016.


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