LRDC News & Awards

Kudos to Paulette Vincent-Ruz who has been named a Future Leader by the CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service) division of the American Chemical Society. An elite group of Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world to blaze a trail toward scientific leadership.    View

May 20, 2019


Brian Galla is featured in the May 7 Education Week article "When It Comes to College, High School Grades Reveal More Than Just Academics."    View

May 7, 2019


Paulette Vincent Ruz, Eben Witherspoon, and Chris Schunn's paper, "When Making the Grade Isn’t Enough: The Gendered Nature of Pre-med Science Course Attrition" is mentioned in the May 2 Chronicle of Higher Ed online article, " How a Math Class Sparked Students’ Engagement in Their Community" under the heading "Why Women Leave Pre-med."    View

May 2, 2019


Peg Smith, Professor Emeritus, is featured in the April 30 TribLive for her Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.    View

April 30, 2019


Research by Paulette Vincent-Ruz is featured in Chemical and Engineering News in the article, "The Secret Silos of #ChemTwitter."    View

April 29, 2019


Congratulations to Esther Esmeralda Palacios-Barrios, mentored by Jaime Hanson, and Shirley Duong, mentored by Melissa Libertus, who were awarded 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.   

April 17, 2019


Paulette Vincent Ruz and Eben Witherspoon were interviewed for an April 16 Inside Higher Education article "Women Leaving Premed Track More than Men."    View

Aprill 16, 2019


Melissa Libertus is featured in Fox8, News4JAX, and WFMZ-TV 69 News for her interview on, "Are boys and girls born equal when it comes to math?"    View

April 3, 2019


Kudos to Byeong-Young Cho, who was elected to the Board of Directors of the Literacy Research Association.   

April 1, 2019


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.    View

March 25, 2019


Kudos to Jennifer Iriti and Lindsay Page, who were awarded an Honorable Mention in the Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Partnerships of Distinction Award for their community engagement work with the Pittsburgh Promise.    View

March 25, 2019


Kudos to Esther Palacios-Barrios, graduate student of Jamie Hanson, who was recently awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship.    View

March 25, 2019


Lindsay Page received a grant from the Spencer Foundation to fund her project “Matching in Multilevel Contexts.”    View

March 18, 2019


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."    View

January 29, 2019


Ming-Te Wang is featured in the Pittwire Accolades for his 2019 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions to Psychology.    View

January 23, 2019


Julie Fiez is quoted in the January 18 Scientific American article, "The Cerebellum Is Your 'Little Brain'—and It Does Some Pretty Big Things."    View

January 18, 2019


Kudos to Peg (Margaret) Smith, Professor Emerita, Mathematics Education, Department of Instruction and Learning, and Senior Scientist, LRDC, for being awarded a 2019 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Lifetime Achievement Award. The NCTM Lifetime Achievement Awards honor NCTM members who have exhibited a lifetime of achievement in mathematics education at the national level.    View

January 17, 2019


Jamie Hanson is quoted in the January 14 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article "Growing Up Through the Cracks" on the effects of poverty on families.    View

January 14, 2019


Ming-Te Wang is featured in the January 8 Kidsburgh article about the school-to-prision pipeline report by the CRSP.    View

January 8, 2019


Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti are featured on The Brookings Institute Chalkboard for "College Promise Programs May Need Time To Mature For Full Impact."    View

November 29, 2018


Art Graesser, chair of LRDC's Board of Visitors, and Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis, is a winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education. The McGraw Prize honors outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to improving education through innovative and successful approaches.    View

November 26, 2018


Kevin Ashley, Professor, Law and Intelligent Systems in the School of Law, and LRDC Senior Scientist received a grant from the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security 2018 Pitt Cyber Accelerator Grants Program. Winners receive funding for research projects that examine the swiftly changing technological landscape and the rules, practices and safeguards designed to keep it secure. Jaromir Savelka, PhD candidate, School of Computing and Information, and LRDC graduate student also received a grant.    View

November 19, 2018


LRDC's Lindsay Page and Pitt's School of Education Tanner Wallace are two of 12 new researchers to join the Mindset Scholars Network. The network is a community of researchers dedicated to advancing our understanding of students’ psychological experience of learning and school from an interdisciplinary perspective.    View

November 4, 2018


Jamie Hanson is quoted in the November 1 Medical Xpress article "Strengthening Self-regulation in Childhood May Improve Resiliency Later in Life."    View

November 1, 2018


Jennifer Russell, Associate Professor, School of Education, and LRDC Research Scientist was awarded a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant for "Conceptualizing and Measuring Network Health in the Network for School Improvement (NSI) Initiative." LRDC's Partners for Network Improvement (PNI) group members Jennifer Iriti, Research Scientist; Jennifer Shearer, Research Associate; and Chris Matthis, Research Assistant are collaborators.    View

October 18, 2018


The new National Academy of Sciences report on learning sciences has been released. LRDC faculty are well represented.    View

October 16, 2018


Kudos to Kelsey West, Developmental Psychology, Pitt Department of Psychology, for “Infant Motor Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Synthesis and Meta-analysis,” winner of the 2018 Tim Post Award. Leanne Elliot, Applied Developmental Psychology, was the runner up with "Bidirectional, Longitudinal Associations between Math Ability and Approximate Number."   

October 8, 2018


Lindsay Page was quoted in the October 2 New York Times, "The Power of Student Peer Leaders."    View

October 2, 2018


Lindsay Page and her research on summer melt were featured in The Journal Times in an article titled, "Texting Program Aims to Help Unified Students get to College".    View

September 24, 2018


The Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE) involvement in Museum Lab was mentioned in the September 21 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette “Innovative Museum Lab Aims to Put New Twist on Education.”    View

September 21, 2018