LRDC Alumni

Over 50 Years of Graduate Students and Post-Docs

Alumni graphLRDC has been home to hundreds of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows whose careers have included research at the Center. The graph shows the number of students and postdocs entering the Center over the past 50 years.

LRDC has compiled the names of the many  graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who began their careers here before moving on to academic and non-academic positions. The link below contains alumni information. Please send additions or corrections to lrdcpost@pitt.edu.

LRDC Alumni Information


LRDC Distinguished Alumni Award

To recognize the accomplishments of the many graduate students who, over the years, have earned their PhDs while at the Center, LRDC instituted the Distinguished Alumni award, to be given to a former graduate who has demonstrated excellence in research of significant impact and other indicators of national and international recognition. The award is given every two years.

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Eligibility: The award is given to a former graduate student. A former graduate student is any person who received a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh while also being in LRDC.

To evaluate the nominations, the LRDC Director appoints a committee that is representative of LRDC disciplines. The criteria for selection are demonstrated excellence in research of significant impact and other indicators of national and international recognition. When nominees are equal on these standard academic criteria, impact is on research issues in learning and educational sciences, broadly conceived, may be considered.

The awardee will spend a couple days in Pittsburgh and give a well-publicized lecture in a lecture and award event.

The Director of Communications, who maintains alumni database, will collect nominations and search for CVs and other information. Send them to the current Director of Communications, Elizabeth Rangel with a brief nominating statement.

Awardees

2011

The Inaugural Awardee in 2011 was Susan R. Goldman, Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Psychology, and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and Co-director of UIC's Learning Sciences Research Institute. Susan delivered her Distinguished Alumni Lecture, "Assessing Multiple Source Comprehension: Implications for Instruction and Theory," at 3:00 pm, May 3, 2011, in LRDC's Glaser Auditorium. See video of lecture:
video clipAssessing Multiple Source Comprehension: Implications for Instruction and Theory, Susan Goldman

2013

Drew Gitomer, the Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, was the 2013 LRDC Distinguished Alumni. Drew was named a University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate and delivered the lecture titled "Improving Teaching through Better Evaluation Measures: Lessons from Algebra Classrooms" in Glaser Auditorium on October 14, 2011. Drew received the 2013 LRDC Distinguished Alumni Award at the "New Directions in Research on Learning and Education: A Symposium Celebrating 50 Years of LRDC"  on May 16, 2013.

2015

Jeffrey H. Bisanz, the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, is a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta. Jeff has been awarded the Inaugural Pickering Award for Outstanding Contributions to Developmental Psychology in Canada (2010) and the Distinguished Academic Award from the Conference of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA), (2010) which recognizes academic staff members who have made an outstanding contribution to the wider community beyond the university. The 2015 Distinguished Award ceremony was held on April 30, 2015, with a lecture and reception. See video of lecture:
video clipThe Long-Term Effects of Early and Intense Exposure to LRDC on the Study of Number-Line Estimation and Arithmetic Equivalence in Children, Jeffrey H. Bisanz

University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate

The Legacy Laureate program was developed to recognize alumni for their personal and career achievements, while at the same time providing them with an opportunity to contribute to the success of today's University of Pittsburgh students. The program is designed to stimulate activity, identity and relationships among prominent alumni and the University of Pittsburgh community. Legacy Laureates are individuals who have achieved exceptional success in pursuit of their life goals and who continue to inspire us by their example. The goal of the program is to recognize these individuals as living examples to our students of the potential for excellence. In 2011, Drew Gitomer, the Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, was named a University of Pittsburgh Legacy Laureate and delivered a talk at LRDC titled, "Improving Teaching through Better Evaluation Measures: Lessons from Algebra Classrooms."