LRDC News & Awards

Brookings featured a blog co-written by Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor, Psychology in Education, and LRDC Research Scientist, and Paul Scott, Ph.D. student, School of Education, Research Methods Program, titled "Could 'With a Little Help from My Friends' become the next college access anthem?"    View

August 18, 2017


The Wall Street Journal cited Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor, Psychology in Education, and LRDC Research Scientist, in the article "College Admissions Officers Won't Just Chill About 'Summer Melt'."    View

August 11, 2017


The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded one of only 19 grants given to cross-disciplinary teams across the United States to Melissa Libertus (P.I.), Associate Professor, Psychology, Marc Coutanche, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and Julie Fiez, Professor, Psychology, Neuroscience, CNBC and Communication Sciences and Disorders, to conduct innovative research on neural and cognitive systems.    View

August 8, 2017


Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and LRDC Director Charles Perfetti has been elected to the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences (FABBS) "In Honor Of...” program. The “In Honor of..." program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior. Only two other University of Pittsburgh faculty members have been honored in this program, Robert Glaser and Lauren Resnick, making a trifecta of LRDC directors honored by FABBS.    View

July 31, 2017


The 74, a news website focusing on education issues in the United States, published an article that features one of Lindsay Page's recent research studies. The article is titled "New Tools to Fight 'Summer Melt': How One University's Texting Campaign is Keeping Incoming Freshmen on Track."    View

July 31, 2017


The University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE), an LRDC project, was cited in the July 2017 issue of School Library Journal in the article "A Maker Space for Little Ones." The article features Peter Wardrip, learning scientist at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and LSAP graduate.    View

July 24, 2017


NPR highlighted Lindsay Page's work in a July 17, 2017 Hidden Brain podcast. "Why Aren't Students Showing Up for College?" explores the surprisingly high rate of college-intending students that do not make it in the fall.    View

July 24, 2017


Jamie Hanson's research was discussed in Vice Magazine in the article "The Science of How Poverty Harms the Brain," which was posted to their website on July 14, 2017.    View

July 14, 2017


Marc Coutanche, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, was quoted in the July 11, 2017 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the article "Using Brain Patterns May Be First Step to Reading the Mind, CMU Study Shows."    View

July 17, 2017


Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor, Psychology in Education, and LRDC Research Scientist, was cited in a July 11, 2017 article on The Incline titled "This Pittsburgh City Councilman Wants Student Loan Relief for Homebuyers."    View

July 17, 2017


Aaron Anthony, LRDC graduate student, was featured in a radio interview on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station, and also on their website in the article "Meet Aaron Anthony, The Shaler English Teacher Who Wants To Flip Pennsylvania's 12th." This story is part of an occasional series following the 12th Congressional District.    View

July 17, 2017


Vocabulary Assessment to Support Instruction: Building Rich Word-learning Experiences is now available from Guilford Press    View

July 2017


Principal Investigator Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, and co-PIs Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Center Associate and Heather Bachman were awarded an LRDC Internal Award for “How Low- and High-SES Parents Support Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking."   

July 2017


Principal Investigator Benjamin Rottman, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist received a National Science Foundation grant for “CAREER: Causal Reasoning in Daily Life and its Role in Science Literacy” on July 1, 2017.   

July 2017


Jamie Hanson commented on a colleague's recent study in "Positive Parenting May Offset Brain Effects of Poverty," a June 29, 2017 Reuters article featured online.    View

July 24, 2017


LRDC graduate student Allison Liu has been awarded $5,000 by the University of Pittsburgh Research Council for her small grants proposal.   

June 19, 2017


LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Psychology, School of Education, Lindsay Page was featured in a Pittwire news brief for having been awarded the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Education.    View

June 19, 2017


LRDC received good press for the summer internship program in the "Diversity in the Psychonomic Society: Now More than Ever," blog by Duane Watson and the Psychonomic Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Duane Watson also gave a Facebook shout out to LRDC Research Scientist and Associate Professor, Psychology, Natasha Tokowicz and the entire LRDC community.    View

June 19, 2017


Klaus Libertus, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, and LRDC Center Associate, and Petra Hauf, Dean of Science, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, have made it into the final round for a $100,000 Spotlight Award for their work “Motor Skills and Their Foundational Role for Perceptual, social, and Cognitive Development.    View

June 5, 2017


Julie Fiez is a Co-Director of the Behavioral Brain (B2) Research Training Program along with Lori Holt of Carnegie Mellon University. B2 has been renewed for five more years of funding by the National Institutes of Health. This program aims to train the next generation of behavioral science researchers who can skillfully incorporate neuroscience perspectives and methods into their programs of research, based on an understanding of brain structure and function that bridges traditional areas of behavioral research.    View

June 5, 2017


LRDC Senior Scientist and Clinical Professor, Instruction and Learning, School of Education, Margaret McKeown, received the Creative Thought Matters Award of Distinction from her alma mater, Skidmore College.    View

June 19, 2017


LRDC Research Scientist, Education, Jennifer Russell and her co-authors’ publication “Tennessee scales up improved math instruction through coaching” was featured in a National Association of State Boards of Education press release that accompanied the special issue “Aligning a Standards-based System.”   

May 1, 2017


LRDC Research Scientist, Computer Science, Jingtao Wang’s research on “Understanding and Detecting Divided Attention in Mobile MOOC Learning” was featured in a press release of research presented at the CHI 2017 conference in Denver (May 6-11). The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017) is the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction.   

May 6, 2017


Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor of Research Methodology and LRDC Research Scientist, was awarded a Spencer Post-doctoral fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.   

May 13, 2017


Principal Investigator Jana Iverson and co-PIs Julie Fiez, Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, and LRDC Senior Scientist, Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, and Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, Assistant Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Center Associate were awarded an APA grant for Summer Undergraduate Psychology Research Experience (SUPRE) in May 2017.   

May 2017


Charles Perfetti was 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 and literacy.   

May 1, 2017


Lindsay Page, Danielle Lowry, and Aizat Nurshatayeva were cited in Ed Week on April 25th for their report on FAFSA completion rates across the U.S.    View

April 25, 2017


LRDC graduate student Gabriela Terrazas Duarte received a fellowship to the 2017 Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience. Each year, the Summer Institute assembles a faculty of distinguished investigators and a group of young, promising scholars (fellows) that represent the many disciplines that bear on the mind-brain sciences. It has become one of the most prized opportunities for promising graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young professors and research scientists.   

April 24, 2017


Brian Galla, Assistant Professor, Education, and LRDC research scientist was an invited speaker at the 2017 Learning & The Brain Conference in Arlington, VA.    View

April 7-9, 2017


LRDC Research Scientist and Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Jingtao Wang has been awarded the Microsoft Azure for Research Award for building and deploying intelligent mobile learning systems in large scale from 2017 to 2018.   

April 2, 2017