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The Children’s Museum’s MAKESHOP, created with the University of Pittsburgh and CMU, has become a national model for family maker-spaces since opening in 2011. Read about MAKESHOP in the June 18 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Article here. LRDC Alumni Lisa Brahms is Director of Learning and Research, and Peter Wardrip is a Learning Scientist at the Children's Museum.

The Sprout Fund premiered the first release of the Remake Learning Playbook, a field guide for building and sustaining collaborative networks including Pittsburgh's Remake Learning Network. LRDC is one of more than 200 organizations in a Remake’s network of orgnizations working together to inspire lifelong learning. More information here.


Kevin Ashley was recognized as a distinguished alumnus at his alma mater (UMass Amherst CS PhD ’88) with an Outstanding Achievement and Advocacy (OAA) Award on Friday, May 1, 2015.  The OAA recognizes UMass computer science innovators in settings around the world.   

New Publications

Bringing Postnatural History into View. Pell, R. W., & Allen, L. B. (2015). American Scientist, 103(3), 224. Article here.

Interpretation of informational questions modulated by joint knowledge and intonational contours. Brown-Schmidt, S., Fraundorf, S. H. (2015). Journal of Memory and Language84, 49-74. Article here.

Extracting Argument and Domain Words for Identifying Argument Components in Texts. Nguyen, H., Litman, D. J. (2015). Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Argumentation Mining. 22-28. Article here.


CNBC Lecture
June 30, 12:30 pm, CNBS Conference Room, Mellon Institute 115
S.P. Arun, Centre for Neuroscience, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, presents "What does our visual system know about the world?"

NEW: Annual Tim Post Award
July 1, 4:00 pm, 9th floor LRDC
All are welcome to the Tim Post Award Ceremony. Refreshments will be provided.

Pitt Bioengineering Seminar
July 8, 1:30 pm, Room 6014, Biomedical Science Tower 3
Stephen H. Scott, Queen's University, presents "Rapid Feedback Processing to Support Skilled Motor Actions." ​

NEW: Perfetti Lab Meeting
July 21, 10:00 - 10:30 am, 408 LRDC
If you are interested in presenting, please contact Kimberly Muth (

eBrain Workshop Series
​July 22, August 5, August 26, noon, (Location: Crabtree 109)
Save the dates for a special series of eBrain workshops this summer focused on brain reserve and compensation. More details at (the eBrain Workshop is listed at the middle of the page).



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