LRDC Director Charles Perfetti has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar award by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Special Interest Group (SIG): Research in Reading and Literacy for his outstanding contributions to research in reading. On Sunday, April 30, at the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting, Chuck will present “The Quest for the Universal in Reading: Writing Systems, Languages, and the Brain,” at 6:15 pm in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Meet Room Level, Room 205.
LRDC alum Ronald E. LaPorte, currently Director, Disease Monitoring and Telecommunications, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, wrote “I am a 1977 graduate in cognitive psychology under Jim Voss. Alan Lesgold even served on my committee. Once I graduated, I veered into epidemiology, and have been an epidemiologist for the past 30 years, and have had a lot of fun. Amazingly my training in cognitive psychology was wonderful to help me develop global health.
I am sending information on two areas that I have been working on. This first one is really strange, and just happened by chance as we were developing work in Kazakhstan. (Read about this work in the October 30, 2015, New York Times article here. In the second area, we have built the world's largest research library at the library of Alexandria in Egypt. It is designed for two purposes, the first is to attack stataphobia in Arab and African countries. The second is the establishment of a historical archive of statistics for the 20th century. This has been a lot of fun, and we developed it in 8 or so months with virtually no money. More information in the January 19, 2017, University Times article here.
It would be nice if somehow we could have faculty at the LRDC participate, such as collecting research methods books in statistics. I would love to see LRDC faculty and students rubbing elbows with Euclid for the next 400 years in the permanent collection at the Library of Alexandria.”
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Mauricio Delgado Named 2017 LRDC Distinguished Alumnus
Mauricio Delgado, who is on faculty in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, Newark, has been named the 2017 LRDC Distinguished Alumnus. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 in Julie Fiez’s lab and completed post-docs in cognitive neuroscience, motivation, and addiction before joining Rutgers-Newark’s Psychology Department in 2006. At Rutgers, he created the Delgado Lab for Social and Affective Neuroscience. He and his research group use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate how the human brain learns from positive and negative reinforcers, and how this information is used to guide decision-making. Specifically, the goal of the research is to investigate how negative reinforcement influences the human brain and behavior, as a precursor to understanding how humans learn to cope with potential negative outcomes such as drug abuse.
In 2010, Mauricio was honored with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Barack Obama, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Only 85 researchers nationwide are chosen each year to and are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology, and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive research grants for up to five years to further their studies in support of critical government missions. In a statement announcing the awards, President Obama said, “Science and technology have long been at the core of America’s economic strength and global leadership. I am confident that these individuals, who have shown such tremendous promise so early in their careers, will go on to make breakthroughs and discoveries that will continue to move our nation forward in the years ahead.” The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), established by President Clinton in 1996, are intended to recognize some of the finest scientists and engineers who, while early in their research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge during the twenty-first century.
Delgado has contributed many articles to journals such as Nature, Neuroscience, the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, the Journal of Neuroscience, Science, Neuron and Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Because his research delves into areas such as the relationship between fear of losing money and the fear of physical pain, how thinking positive thoughts fights cravings, and how stress affects the judgment of financial traders, to name a few -- his research has been reported on by media such as New Scientist, The Economist, Scientific American, MSN Money, BBC News and The Philadelphia Inquirer. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Delgado received his bachelor of science degree in neuroscience and behavior from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and both his master and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.
An event honoring Mauricio, which will include his Distinguished Alumni Lecture, will be held at LRDC on May 16, 2017.
The LRDC Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of the many graduate students who, over the years, have earned their PhDs while at LRDC. Initiated in 2011 and conferred every two years, the previous recipients are Susan Goldman (2011), Drew Gitomer (2013), and Jeffrey Bisanz (2015). More information here.
In The News
The research of Jamie Hanson, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, was the subject of the March 1 Pittsburgh Post Gazette article “Pitt Study: Abuse in Childhood can Lead to Misbehavior Later.”
LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Education, Lindsay Page was cited in the March 17 New York Times article "Navigating Our Shameful, Maddeningly Complex Student Aid System." Article here. Lindsay Page was also featured in the audio link in the NPR article "Parent Alert! Your Child Just Skipped Class." Article here.
LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Jingtao Wang, and his student Xiang Xiao's paper "Understanding and Detecting Divided Attention in Mobile MOOC Learning" has been selected by the CHI 2017 program committee as part of the official press release by ACM CHI 2017. Press release here.
LRDC Research Scientist and School of Education Associate Professor, Jennifer Lin Russell, has been named to the National Advisory Board of the National Education Researcher Database (NERD). Article about NERD here. Visit the NERD site.
LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor in Education Lindsay Page has been awarded the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) Early Career Award. The Award recognizes junior scholars with exemplary early career trajectories whose research substantially contributes to the field of education finance and policy. More information here.
Pham, P. & Wang, J. (2017) Understanding emotional responses to mobile video advertisements via physiological signal sensing and facial expression analysis. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '17), pp 67-78. ACM, New York, NY, USA. Article here.
Fan, X., Luo, W., Menekse, M., Litman, D. & Wang, J. (2017). Scaling Reflection Prompts in Large Classrooms via Mobile Interfaces and Natural Language Processing. Proceedings of the 22nd ACM Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI '17), pp363-374. ACM, New York, NY, USA. Article here.
Elliott, L., Braham, E. J., & Libertus, M. L. (2017). Understanding sources of individual variability in parents’ number talk with young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 1-15. Article here.
Tullis, J. G., & Fraundorf, Scott H. (2017). Predicting others’ memory performance: The accuracy and bases of social metacognition. Journal of Memory and Language, 95, 124-137. Article here.
Wang, E., Matsumura, L. C., & Correnti, R. (2017). Written feedback to support students’ higher level thinking about texts in writing. The Reading Teacher. Article here.
Warren, T., Dickey, M. W., & Liburd, T. L. (2017). A rational inference approach to group and individual-level sentence comprehension performance in aphasia. Cortex. Article here.
Rahimi, Z., Litman, D., Correnti, R., Wang, E., & Matsumura, L. C. (2017). Assessing students’ use of evidence and organization in response-to-text Writing: Using natural language processing for rubric-based automated scoring. International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education, 1-35. Article here.
Paletz, S. B. F., Chan, J., & Schunn, C. D. (2017). The dynamics of micro-conflicts and uncertainty in successful and unsuccessful design teams. Design Studies, 50, 39-69. Article here.
Vincent-Ruz, P. & Schunn, C. D. (2017). The increasingly important role of science competency beliefs for science learning in girls. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Article here.