LRDC News & Awards

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 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

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 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

Lindsay Page’s research was referenced on WCTV September 19, "Money is Biggest Reason Accepted Students Don't Attend College.”    View

September 19, 2018

Lindsay Page and her colleague published a blog post on The Brookings Institution on September 11 about their work on summer melt. The post is titled "Freezing 'Summer Melt' in it's Tracks: Increasing College Enrollment with AI."    View

September 11, 2018

Melissa Libertus and Emily Braham were featured on MyScience on September 7 in an article titled, "Boys and Girls Share Similar Math Abilities at Young Ages, Study Finds", which referenced their research paper, "No Intrinsic Gender Differences in Children’s Earliest Numerical Abilities."    View

September 7, 2018

The Institute for Learning (IFL) and the Center for Urban Education (CUE) in Pitt’s School of Education have received a 5-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Award has received press coverage in multiple news outlets, including Education Week (IFL mentioned bullet point 7), and the Dallas News (IFL mentioned paragraph 6).    View

September, 2018

Jamie Hanson was quoted in the September 4 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article “It Affects Your Emotional State: Experts Say Classroom Temperature, Noise Stifle Learning.”    View

September 4, 2018

Diane Litman, director of the Intelligent Systems Program, professor in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information and senior scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) has been awarded a research grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to study undergraduate STEM education, announced in PittWire.    View

August 31, 2018

Lindsay Page's research on summer melt was featured in a Washington Post article titled "Students Are Dropping Out of College Before Even Starting. Here’s How Educators Are Trying to Stop the Trend" on August 23.    View

August 23, 2018

Ming-Te Wang and co-authors' report “Just Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline in Greater Pittsburgh." was the topic of an August 21 press conference at Pitt's Center on Race and Social Problems. Also featured in NEXTpittsburgh, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and a number of other news outlets.    View

August 21, 2018

Lindsay Page and her research on summer melt were cited in a Chronicle of Higher Education newsletter on August 9th, 2018.    View

August 9, 2018

Lindsay Page had her research on summer melt featured in an infographic in The New York Times on August 5th, 2018.    View

August 5, 2018

Lindsay Page recently participated in a podcast interview for CPRE Knowledge Hub about her study titled "The Promise of Place-Based Investment in College Access and Success: Investigating the Impact of the Pittsburgh Promise."    View

August 3, 2018

Lindsay Page has her research on summer melt and it's effects on low socioeconomic students covered in a Vox piece published on August 3, 2018.    View

August 3, 2018

K. Leroy Irvis Fellowship: Provides a substantial stipend, a full-tuition scholarship, and supplemental funds to be used for travel, research, and other academic expenses during the first year of graduate study. Awarded August 2018 by Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.   

August 2018

Kudos to Rosita Apodaca who has been appointed the new Executive Director (interim) of the Institute for Learning (IFL). Apodaca is a nationally recognized leader in education and author with expertise in improving instructional systems focused on equitable outcomes for under-served students. She served as a senior fellow and director of outreach and development at the IFL, before becoming Executive Director.    View

July 30, 2018

Diane Litman and Amanda Godley have received a grant from the National Science Foundation for their project titled "EAGER: Discussion Tracker: Development of Human Language Technologies to Improve the Teaching of Collaborative Argumentation in High School English Classrooms."    View

July 29, 2018

Diane Litman and colleagues have received a research grant in Postsecondary and Adult Education through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) for their project titled "Enhancing Undergraduate STEM Education by Integrating Mobile Learning Technologies with Natural Language Processing."    View

July 17, 2018

Kudos to Marc Coutanche and his XR Brain Jam team for developing an augmented reality solution to help children with autism make eye contact, titled Head On. The presented their work at Games for Change XR4C Summit. XR Brain Jam pairs neuroscience researchers with game development teams and charges them with exploring the intersection of their domains.    View

July 12, 2018

Jamie Hanson is the recipient of the Steven D. Manners Award, announced in the July 11 PittWire. His project is titled "Leveraging Ecological Momentary Assessments to Understand Associations Between Poverty, Stress Exposure and Environmental Volatility."    View

July 11, 2018

The Tennessee coaching project led by LRDC's Jennifer Russell and the IFL's Victoria Bill is the subject of EdWeek's "Want to Improve Math Teaching? Try Coaching the Coaches."    View

June 15, 2018

Byeong-Young Cho has received a research grant from the Spencer Foundation for his proposal entitled "Promoting Disciplinary Literacy and Learning through Multisource Text Inquiries: An Instructional Study of Middle School Learners."    View

June 15, 2018