LRDC News & Awards

Diane Litman has been elected to be an Association of Computational Linguistics Fellow for her key contributions to dialog systems research, especially the application of reinforcement learning and multimodal analysis to tutoring dialog    View

January 2018

EdNext featured an article on the Dell Scholars program written by Lindsay Page and Stacy Kehoe, titled "Bridging the College Completion Gap with Comprehensive Systems of Support."    View

January 9, 2018

The Washington Post featured an article written by Lindsay Page, titled "America's Teacher Shortage Can't be Solved by Hiring More Unqualified Teachers."    View

January 9, 2018

The 74 featured an article on that covers the Dell Scholars Program paper by Lindsay Page and Stacy Kehoe, titled "How One Program is Closing the College Persistence Gap for Needy Students with Financial Aid, Social Supports, and a Powerful Data Tracker."    View

January 2, 2018

Canadian Science Publishing posted a blog related to a physics paper by Tim Nokes-Malach, Chris Schunn, Chandralekha Singh, and co-authors Emily Marshman and Zeynep Y. Kalender, titled "The Experiences of Female Students in an Introductory Physics Course" on December 29, 2017. The paper referred to in the article is "A Longitudinal Analysis of Students’ Motivational Characteristics in Introductory Physics Courses: Gender Differences." S   

December 29, 2017

The James S. McDonnell Foundation has awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant to Principal Investigator Mary Kay Stein, LRDC Associate Director for Educational Research and Practice, and Co-Investigators Chris Schunn, Lindsay Clare Matsumura, Jennifer Russell, and Richard Correnti for their research, entitled "Teacher Learning to Enact Productive Discussions in Mathematics and Literacy."    View

December 15, 2017

Ally Shay Thomas was appointed Visuals Editor for Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, a journal of the National Council on Measurement in Education.   

December 11, 2017

The International Journal of STEM Education published a special edition edited by Mary Kay Stein and her previous graduate student Miray Tekkumru-Kisa. The issue is about the design and facilitation of video-based professional development in science and mathematics.    View

December 1, 2017

Pittwire featured an accolade that highlights Jamie Amemiya, Allison Liu, and Emily Braham entitled "3 Learning Research and Development Center Grad Students Awarded University Research Grants."    View

October 31, 2017

Inside Higher Ed refers to Lindsay Page's FAFSA research in "Peer-to-Peer Networks Increase College Attainment."    View

October 27, 2017

Brian Galla, Psychology in Education, participated in the October 27 BrainHub conference, and is cited in the article "Neurons to Neighborhoods Focuses on the Teen Brain," which is featured on Carnegie Mellon University's website.    View

October 27, 2017

Lindsay Page, Education, is cited in The 74’s "Behind That Nobel Prize for Economics, an Innovation for Schools? How ‘Nudge Theory’ Is Already Being Tested in Classrooms."    View

October 23, 2017

Natasha Tokowicz, Psychology and Linguistics, and graduate student Caitlin Rice won Best Poster Award at the 2017 Second Language Research Forum for "Teaching Translation-Ambiguous Words: Simultaneous or Consecutive Order of Presentation."   

October 23, 2017

Diane Litman, Intelligent Systems Program, Computer Science, and LRDC Senior Scientist, is one of six newly elected Executive Committee members of the International Artificial Intelligence in Education Society (IAIED).    View

October 16, 2017

Research and evaluation conducted by Jennifer Iriti, LRDC Research Scientist, and her Research Assistant, Courtney Long, has been published in the 2016 Pittsburgh Promise Annual Report.    View

October 10, 2017

Melissa Libertus is featured in the October 6 PittWire story “Psychology Researcher Wants to Figure Out How Adults and Children Learn Math.”    View

October 6, 2017

Danielle Lowry spoke at an event held in Washington D.C. and sponsored by College Access Network on her work with Lindsay Page, Assistant Professor, Psychology in Education, and fellow graduate student Aizat Nurshatayeva, entitled "An Analysis of the Relationship between School District Poverty and FAFSA Completion in June 2016 and June 2017."    View

October 5, 2017

Inside Higher Ed highlighted a report written by Lindsay Page and graduate students Danielle Lowry and Aizat Nurshatayeva titled "Ongoing Barriers to College Aid" on October 4.    View

October 4, 2017

The National Science Foundation's INCLUDES Program funded a project to encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education and careers. Jen Iriti, LRDC Research Scientist, is an investigator in collaboration with ten partners from five Pitt schools.    View

September 25, 2017

Kevin Binning, Psychology, received a Course Transformation Award for his project, “Developing and Testing a Classroom-based Social-belonging Intervention to Address the Effects of Stereotype Threat on Female Physics Students.”   

September 11, 2017

Amanda Godley, Professor, Education, and LRDC Center Associate, is co-PI on a recently awarded NSF Cyberlearning grant entitled “Cyber-enabled Teacher Discourse Analytics to Empower Teacher Learning” with Sidney D’Mello, PI (University of Colorado), Sean Kelly, co-PI (University of Pittsburgh) and Patrick Donnelly, co-PI (California State University, Chico).   

September 11, 2017

The Atlantic cited a recent publication by Lindsay Page, Psychology in Education, and LRDC Research Scientist, in the article "A Simple Way to Bring Down College-Application Costs."    View

September 11, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) IIS Division of Information and Intelligent Systems awarded a grant to Principal Investigator Rebecca Hwa, Associate Professor, Computer Science, and co-PIs Diane Litman, Faculty, Intelligent Systems Program, Professor, Computer Science, and LRDC Senior Scientist, and Amanda Godley, Associate Professor, English Education and Language, Literacy & Culture, and LRDC Center Associate, for "Development of Human Language Technologies to Improve Disciplinary Writing and Learning through Self-Regulated Revising."   

September 5, 2017

Lindsay Page was cited in Cosmopolitan, a women's magazine, in the article "More and More Women Are Drowning in College Debt - Meet 5 of Them."    View

August 23, 2017

Fast Company, an online and in print magazine with an editorial focus on innovation in technology, leadership, and design, referenced a paper written by Tim Nokes-Malach, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, and Joel Chan, Research Fellow, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, CMU, in the article "Can Steelcase's Office of the Future Make Corporate America Rethink the Drab Modern Workplace?"    View

August 22, 2017

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 Discipline-Based Science Education Research Center (Db-SERC) awarded a Mentor-Mentee Award to Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist, and Emily Braham, LRDC graduate student, for "Students in cognitive development learn to apply knowledge and communicate effectively through blog posts for parents."   

August 16, 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