Michelene Chi, a Foundation Professor and the Dorothy Bray Endowed Professor of Science and Teaching at Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, has been named a Regents’ Professor. She is one of four ASU professors to have the title conferred this year, joining the 3 percent of ASU faculty members who have received the accolade.
Kudos to Ming-Te Wang, recipient of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Partnerships of Distinction Award for his Just Discipline Project at Woodland Hills School District. This project builds on evidence-based research, and leverages that scholarship to implement a contextually tailored school discipline and climate program that incorporates the most promising and equity-oriented approaches from around the country.
Congratulations to Esther Palacios-Barrios, mentored by Jaime Hanson, and Shirley Duong, mentored by Melissa Libertus, who were awarded 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Esther Palacios-Barrios who was also recently awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship.
In the News
Jennifer Russell is featured in the Pittwire Accolades for receiving a $1.4 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant for her project titled, "Conceptualizing and Measuring Network Health in the Networks for School Improvement (NSI) Initiative." (2/4)
Melissa Libertus is featured in the April 3 News4JAX article, "Are Boys and Girls Born Equal when it Comes to Math?"
Research by Paulette Vincent-Ruz is featured in Chemical and Engineering News in the article, "The Secret Silos of #ChemTwitter."
Brian Galla is featured in the May 7 Education Week article "When It Comes to College, High School Grades Reveal More Than Just Academics."
Paulette Vincent-Ruz and Eben Witherspoon were interviewed for an April 16 Inside Higher Education article "Women Leaving Premed Track More than Men."
New BRIDGE Center Established
The "City of Bridges" has a new one – the Brain Research Imaging Data Generation & Education (BRIDGE) Center, a cutting edge magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility jointed operated by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The 30,000-pound 3-Tesla Siemens Prisma MRI scanner (photos below) is the centerpiece of the new center.
"This is exciting because it's a renewed partnership between the two universities," said Julie Fiez, LRDC senior scientist and chair, Psychology. "We see this as the beginning of continued investment in working together in partnership where it makes sense. This is a way to scientifically strengthen everyone by sharing a center and its resources."
The Center will support ongoing research projects at both schools, including studies on the neural basis of cognition, the developing brain, progression of dementia and the development of cutting-edge brain mapping technologies. It is built on four core principles that an imaging center:
The non-clinical research will be co-directed by Walter Schneider, LRDC senior scientist and professor, Psychology, and CMU’s Timothy Verstynen, associate professor, Psychology. They will be supported by about 20 principal investigators from both Pitt and CMU.With this joint initiative, Pitt joins other research universities worldwide who have recognized the importance of having dedicated nonmedical-use imagining for research and teaching.
The massive 15 net ton scanner was installed in the Mellon Institute on Fifth Avenue by a crane in late March; the crane itself had to be assembled on Fifth Avenue due to its height. Similar to a massive game of "Operation," the crane lifted the scanner eight stories high and lowered it through an opening cut in the roof into the new facility on the institute’s bottom floor. The magnet began operating in May collecting research data.
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