Kudos to LRDC Alumni
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has announced the selection of 2016 Fellows – 22 scholars have been selected on the basis of their notable and sustained research achievements. They include LRDC alumni: Jinfa Cai, University of Delaware Edward A. Silver, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and LRDC Board of Visitors member Judith M. Harackiewicz,University of Wisconsin, Madison (They will be inducted on Saturday, April 9, during the Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.)
New LRDC Website
LRDC in Social Media
Jennifer Lin Russell has begun authoring a series a blog posts that appear on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching website. View her blog here.
Graduate student researcher Cristina Zepeda, who is a student of faculty member Tim Nokes-Malach, was interviewed for the APA on-line journal Dialogues. Check out the interview here.
Lindsay Page, and co-authors Benjamin Castle, and Gumilang Sahadewo authored “More than Dollars for Scholars: The Impact of the Dell Scholars Program on College Access, Persistence and Degree Attainment.” The paper is available on Social Science Research Network website. Page and Castleman also authored a blog hosted by the Dell Foundation. Check out their post here.
LRDC and the Plan for Pitt
Pitt has a new chancellor, Patrick Gallagher, and a new strategic plan: the “Plan for Pitt,” which focuses on the university’s strengths and plans for the future. LRDC, along with other units across the university, was recently asked to identify research that fulfills the strategic goal of:
“Extend the impact of our research through application to practice, policy development, and commercial translation”;
In response, we compiled short descriptions of a number of LRDC research-practice collaborations that contribute to the Pittsburgh community (and beyond). For more information on the projects or faculty members listed here please go to the LRDC website.
The University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments, UPCLOSE (UPCLOSE.lrdc.pitt.edu).
Under the direction of Senior Scientist Kevin Crowley, UPCLOSE provides expertise in what it means to learn as a result of experiences and settings beyond the classroom. UPCLOSE is involved in collaborations with a number of Pittsburgh museums and foundations. At the Carnegie Museum of Natural History: “The 21st Century Naturalist” and “Climate and Urban Systems Partnership.” The 21st Century Naturalist project brings museum resources to the public in informal learning environments and is developing new nature-based learning opportunities. The “Climate and Urban Systems Partnership” (CUSP) is a multi-city, multi-institution collaborative designed to create and study how cities learn to respond to climate change. UPCLOSE is also a member of the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: “MAKESHOP,” which is contributing to the creation of spaces that bring families and children into museums and encourage them to stay longer.
High Definition Fiber Tracking, HDFT (hdft.lrdc.pitt.edu).
Developed by Senior Scientist Walter Schneider, HDFT is an imaging technique in use at UPMC, which contributes to the hospital’s capacity to provide better health care. HDFT is used to map traumatic brain injury (TBI) for combat veterans and others suffering impact injuries. The September 2015 Discover magazine article “Broken Cables: High-definition Imaging Helps Researchers Map the Damage from Traumatic Brain Injury with Unprecedented Accuracy” describes Schneider’s HDFT work (pp. 53-59). http://discovermagazine.com/2015/sept/16-broken-cables
The Evaluation for Learning Group, EFL (http://www.lrdc.pitt.edu/research/EFL/EFL.cshtml.)
With Jennifer Iriti as Director, the EFL provides evaluation expertise to local institutions and foundations to analyze the outcomes of their education investments. The EFL is currently working with the Pittsburgh Promise to analyze the college retention, persistence, and degree attainment of this city-wide college incentive program. Iriti is also spearheading an impact evaluation for the United Way of Allegheny County to study their program, "Be a Middle School Mentor" (a joint effort of the United Way and Pittsburgh Public Schools).
Research Experience for Teachers, RET (http://www.herl.pitt.edu/education/continuing-ed/ret)
In collaboration with the Human Engineering Research Laboratory (HERL) at Pitt, Senior Scientist Christian Schunn is involved in the RET project, which provides teachers with the opportunity to conduct engineering research for a semester, and then they adapt/create design-based learning units for their high school and middle school classrooms.
University Success and Retention
LRDC in the News
Psychology department faculty member Marc Coutanche commented on a memory study for NBC Today (December 30, 2015), “What is your memory style? Brain wiring may control how we remember events.” Article here. Coutanche is also one of cerebella design's three featured scientists for their latest "Celebrating Brains" initiative. Cerebella design examine scientific images submitted by scientists and selects some of them to be turned into clothing items ties, scarfs and bowties. Cerebella Design site. Here's a link to their profile of Marc.
School of Education faculty members Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti were invited members of a meeting of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, in Washington, DC. Page and Iriti, along with approximately 40 university academics and policy researchers from across the country, formed an advisory group designed to inform the Obama administration’s thinking on higher education policy and implications associated with making community college education universally free. Page is also mentioned in The Atlantic article "The Importance of High-School Mentors." When it comes to helping young people succeed, education experts and nonprofits are embracing the idea that a broad web of formal and informal role models is key. Article here.
Charles Perfetti a distinguished university professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, served as the ELA/Literacy content leader, as mentioned in Fordham Institute's article "Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments: A Preview." Article here.
Lindsay Page's research aims to help more low-income students obtain a bachelor's degree. Her work is featured in the Pacific Standard article "One Simple Trick That Boosts Kids' College Graduation Rates." Article here.
Page has also authored the Harvard Business Review article "Getting More Students to College, Without Breaking School Budgets." Article here.
Melissa Libertus is featured in the TribLive article "Newsmaker: Melissa-Evelyn Libertus" for winning the Association for Psychological Science's Rising Star designation. Article here.
A meta-analysis of fMRI decoding: Quantifying influences on human visual population codes. Coutanche, M.N., Solomon, S.H., & Thompson-Schill, S.L. (2016). Neuropsychologia. Article here.
Determinants of translation ambiguity: A within and cross-language comparison. Degani, T., Prior, A., Eddingtion, C. M., Areas da Luz Fontes, A. B., Tokowicz, N. (2016). Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. Article here.
Student agency to participate in dialogic science discussions. Clarke, S. N., Howley, I., Resnick, L. B., Rosé, C.P. (2016). Learning, Culture and Social Interaction. Article here.
Motor training at 3 months affects object exploration 12 months later. Libertus, K., Joh, A. S., & Needham, A. W. (2015). Developmental Science. Article here.
World knowledge affects prediction as quickly as selectional restrictions: evidence from the visual world paradigm. Millburn, E., Warren, T., Dickey, M. W. (2015). Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Article here.