LRDC News and Awards

Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Education and Psychology, has been named a top-cited education researcher for 2021. Wang joins16 Pitt faculty members recognized as highly influential in their fields, by the UK-based Clarivate.   

December 15, 2021

Hillary Henry and Michael Tumminia, LRDC graduate students, have received the Fall 2021 LRDC Graduate Student Council Award. These winners were chosen by the LRDC Grad Student Council.   

December 1, 2021

How Getting Kids to Make Grocery Lists and Set the Table Can Improve Their Vocabulary and Willingness to Learn. ?Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and LRDC Research Scientist, was featured in The Conversation.    View

November 16, 2021

Kudos to Nikki Lobczowski, post-doc working with Erin Walker, Diane Litman, and Timothy Nokes-Malach, for receiving the prestigious Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award from Division 15 (Educational Psychology) for “Building from the Inside Out: The Formation and Regulation of Emotions in Collaborative Learning.” More about Lobczowski’s work here, and award details here. Congrats Nikki!    View

September 27, 2021

Brett Bankson, Psychology graduate student and LRDC graduate student researcher, was featured in The Pitt News for winning ‘Top Chef Amateurs.’ Find out more about Bankson by reading the article.    View

September 14, 2021

LRDC Graduate Student wins ‘Top Chef Amateurs’ Brett Bankson, Psychology graduate student and LRDC Researcher, was featured by Pittwire for winning ‘Top Chef Amateurs.’ Find out more about Bankson by reading the Pittwire article.    View

September 13, 2021

Graduate student Brett Bankson is the featured in August 30 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Top student to ‘Top Chef’: Pitt Ph.D. candidate to appear on cooking show."    View

August 30, 2021

Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Psychology, Education, was included in an Educational Psychology Review article that investigated productivity in early career scholars.   

August 23, 2021

Brian Galla, Timothy Nokes-Malach, LRDC, and Melanie Good, Department of Physics and Astronomy, received an NSF grant for "Collaborative Research: Investigating the Impact of Mindfulness Training to Mitigate Psychological Threat and Enhance Engagement and Learning in Undergraduate Introductory Physics."   

August 1, 2021

Kudos to Sonia Cromp, Diane Litman's undergraduate student, who received the best paper award at the Workshop for Undergraduates in Educational Data Mining and Learning Engineering, for "Essay Revision and Corresponding Grade Change as Captured by Text Similarity and Revision Purposes."    View

June 29, 2021

Kudos to Walter Schneider and Sudhir Pathak, members of the team that received the Best Demo Award at the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management for "HealthDist: A Context, Location and Preference-Aware System for Safe Navigation."    View

June 17, 2021

Kudos to Walter Schneider and his team for receiving the Best Industry and Application Paper Award for "A Context, Location and Preference-Aware System for Safe Pedestrian Mobility."    View

June 16, 2021

Kudos to LRDC Momentum Grant recipients: Josefina Bañales: Anti-Racism Action Development Among Latinx Youth; Jamie Hanson: Understanding the Role of the Brain in Race/Ethnicity Based Stressors and Behavioral Challenges Among Youth of Color; Kevin Ashley and Diane Litman: Center for Text Analytic Methods in Legal Studies; Omid Fotuhi: Improving Educational Opportunities for Black Youth in Pittsburgh: A Justice-Centered Intervention.    View

June 2021

Alberto Guzman-Alvarez and Lindsay Page were featured in the blog post, "FAFSA Verification: An Undue Burden for Students and Public Colleges," a blog post of the Brookings Institute.    View

June 7, 2021

Congratulations to Shirley Duong, Nabila Jamal-Orozco, and Isabella Kahhale, recipients of the Spring 2021 LRDC Graduate Student Council Award. The Award is chosen by members of the LRDC Grad Student Council and is designed to support the development of new, innovative, and interdisciplinary research by graduate students within LRDC.   

June 1, 2021

"Why Do We Want to Love Aliens?" Read Marc Coutanche's answer in the May 26 Pittwire "What's Out There?"    View

May 26, 2021

Christian Schunn and Yong Wu's research on "Using Peer Feedback in High-School Writing Classes" featured in May 24 Mashall Memo, a weekly roundup of important ideas and research in K-12 education   

May 24, 2021

Ming-Te Wang, Christina Scanlon, Meng Hua, and Juan Del Toro are featured in the May 18 Pittwire article, "How to Promote Adolescent Social Distancing," for their study, "Safely Social: Promoting and Sustaining Adolescent Engagement in Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic."    View

May 18, 2021

The IFL has been awarded a planning grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be part of the foundation’s initiative is to provide “education agencies, schools, and the organizations that support them with reliable, practical evidence and measures.”    View

May 17, 2021

Jennifer Russell was quoted in Wall Street Journal, "Remote Kindergarten During COVID-19 ‘Could Impact This Generation of Kids for Their Lifetime."    View

May 9, 2021

Lorraine Blatt, Developmental Psychology and LRDC graduate student in Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal's lab has received the 2021 Jeremy Johnson Landen Award, established to honor the memory of Jeremy Johnson Landon, the son of Carl Johnson and Deborah Landon.   

April 22, 2021

Kudos to Juan Del Toro (PI), postdoc mentee, and Ming-Te Wang, who have received a racial equity special grant from Spencer Foundation for "Police Stops and School Adjustment: Examining Underlying and Protective Mechanisms among Black Adolescents."    View

April 15, 2021

Kudos to graduate student researcher, Alex Silver, Psychology, member of Melissa Libertus' KitLab, who has been awarded the Dr. Ruth L. Myers Memorial Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Department of Psychology, conferred on a graduate student who has distinguished him- or herself as an outstanding mentor of undergraduate students in the lab or the classroom.   

April 9, 2021

Sara Jaramillo, graduate student in Ben Rottman's lab, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Read about the program and other Pitt recipients in Pittwire.    View

April 7, 2021

Ming-Te Wang was featured in the April 6 Pittwire accolade for the AERA Distinguished Research Award for Human Development and Learning and the 2021 SSWR Excellence in Research Award.    View

April 6, 2021

Sara Jaramillo, a graduate student in Ben Rotttman's lab, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.   

March 2021

Kudos to Diane Litman and colleagues, recipients of a Cyber Accelerator Grant, details in March 25 Pittwire accolade.    View

March 25, 2021

Lindsay Page was mentioned in an LA Times article, Artificial Intelligence Meets Real Friendship: College Students are Bonding with Robots, for her research on chatbots.    View

March 9, 2021

Kudos to Isabel Beck (BS ’53, MEd ’64, PhD ’73), Senior Scientist and Professor Emerita, named a 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Education. The 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards take place March 25, 5:30-7:30 pm. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the virtual awards ceremony.    View

March 2, 2021

Melissa Libertus, LRDC Research Scientist, was the focus of the March 2 Institute for Learning's newsletter, answering questions on numeracy and math sense in young children.    View

March 2, 2021