In the News
Lindsay Page's upcoming book Summer Melt: Supporting Low-Income Students Through the Transition to College has been cited in the Washington Post article, "Why smart, poor kids lied about college." Read Here
Jingtao Wang has been invited by Google to visit their Android team in Mountain View, California this summer to continue his research on "innovative sensor- based interaction on mobile devices."
Melissa Libertus was selected to receive a Mind Brain and Education Society Early Career Award for 2014. This award is designed to recognize early career researchers who have made significant research contributions to the field of Mind, Brain, and Education.
Diane Litman along with Steve Young, University of Cambridge, received a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award for collaborating on "Dialogue systems for teaching & assessing conversational skills in second language learning" from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Annual Tim Post Award Announced
On June 24, 2014, the Tim Post Award for Research Excellence recipients were announced in a small ceremony on the 9th floor of LRDC. Joel Chan, now a postdoc at Carnegie Mellon University, was named winner for "Do The Best Design Ideas (Really) Come from Conceptually Distant Sources of Inspiration?," co-authored with Steven Dow and Christian Shunn. Chelsea Eddington’s was named runner-up for her paper "How Meaning Similarity Influences Ambiguous Word Processing: The Current State of the Literature," co-authored with Natasha Tokowicz.
The Tim Post Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a graduate student in Learning, Developmental, or Cognitive Psychology for a highly significant research project. It is named in honor of Tim Post, a graduate student in cognitive psychology, who earned his Ph.D. at Pitt in 1983.
While at LRDC, Tim was known for sharing his time and ideas with others, especially graduate students. He was extremely well liked. As a senior graduate student, he was a true role model helping in the schooling and work of the younger students. He had a productive graduate career and subsequently obtained a position at Bell Labs. Even in his short career there, he won two research awards.
Tim did his undergraduate work at Syracuse. He liked sports, and Tim and his advisor, Jim Voss, former LRDC senior scientist and Associate Director, usually attended the Pitt-Syracuse football and basketball games.
In 1986, Tim was diagnosed with leukemia. In the final months of his life, Tim and his wife requested that an award be set up and people gave to the fund. The first award was made in 1988.
Now administered by the Psychology Department, the award competition is announced in the spring. In 2014, there were 11 applicants. The prize of approximately $500 is to be used to further the student's professional development.
A commemorative plaque with all Tim Post recipients is displayed in LRDC 637.
Kudos . . .
Jennifer Russell received a Continuous Improvement Research in Education Grant from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) for "Coaching to Improve Common Core Aligned Mathematics Instruction in Tennessee."
Lindsay Clare Matsumura, Richard Correnti, and Donna DiPrima Bickel received an Institute for Education Sciences (IES) grant for "Web-Mediated Professional Development for High-Quality Reading Comprehension Instruction."
Christian Schunn, Diane Litman, and Amanda Godley received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for "An Intelligent Ecosystem for Science Writing Instruction."
Designing Camera Based Mobile Games for Implicit Heart Rate Monitoring. (2014). Teng Han, Lanfei Shi, Xiang Xiao, John Canny, and Jingtao Wang. CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
The Impact of Analogies on Creative Concept Generation: Lessons From an In Vivo Study in Engineering Design. (2014). Joel Chan and Christian Schunn. Cognitive Science. Article Here.
Cross-Language Similarity Modulates Effectiveness of Second Language Grammar Instruction. (2014). Leida C. Tolentino and Natasha Tokowicz. Language Learning. Article Here.
Stability and Change in Adolescents' Task-specific Achievement Goals and Implications for Learning Mathematics with Intelligent Tutors. (2014). Matthew Bernacki, Vincent Aleven, and Timothy J. Nokes-Malach. Computers in Human Behavior. Article Here.
Number Word Use in Toddlerhood is Associated with Number Recall Performance at Seven Years of Age. (2014). Melissa E. Libertus, Peter B. Marschik, and Christa Einspieler. Article Here.