LRDC News & Awards

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


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


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


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, for 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


Lindsay Page was featured in The Conversation on May 26, 2018 for her article "Is a Tuition-free Policy Enough to Ensure College Success?" that supports the Dell Scholars program.    View

May 26, 2018


Jamie Amemiya, Psychology in Education, School of Education, doctoral advisee of Ming-Te Wang, has received the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. The Fellowship program aims to identify the most talented researchers conducting dissertation research related to education and to encourage a new generation of scholars from to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education.    View

May 7, 2018


Lindsay Page has been appointed as one of 45 Faculty Research Fellows to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in the program on the economics of education.    View

May 7, 2018


NPR quoted Lindsay Page on an NPR Ed All Things Considered piece, titled "College Decision Day Brings Relief, Excitement and Big Worries About Money," on May 1, 2018.    View

May 1, 2018


Brian Galla and Tim Nokes-Malach were among the first recipients of the University of Pittsburgh's Personalized Education Grants Program. They received funding for "Personalizing Undergraduate STEM Learning through Mobile Mindfulness Training."    View

April 16, 2018


Omid Fotuhi has been selected as one of the first recipients of the University of Pittsburgh's Personalized Education Grants Program. He was awarded for "Non-Cognitive Skills and Psychological Resilience Training for Students and Faculty: An Adaptive Mindset Toolkit for the Modern Education Experience."    View

April 16, 2018


Suzie Chen and Eben Whiterspoon were among the first recipients of the University of Pittsburgh's Personalized Education Grants Program. They received funding for "YouPitt: Using Behaviorally-Informed Advising to Personalize Career Pathways for Pre-Health Students."    View

April 16, 2018


Natasha Tokowicz is the recipient of a University Honors College Faculty Fellows Award. Among other things, she is being recognized for her outstanding work with students pursuing their Bachelor's of Philosophy (B. Phil) projects.   

April 16, 2018


Lindsay Page is the recipient of the 2018 AERA Division L Early Career Award. She has been selected as a result of her work on a wide range of higher education topics, including summer melt.   

April 16, 2018


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an op-ed by Lindsay Page and Jennifer Iriti related to recent changes to the Pittsburgh Promise and their research on its impact over its first several years.    View

April 2, 2018


Lindsay Page's research on summer melt is highlighted in a What Works Clearinghouse review that examines research on summer counseling for college.    View

April 2, 2018


EdWeek featured an article that highlights a recent publication by Jamie Amemiya and Ming-Te Wang, "Why Effort Praise Can Backfire in Adolescence." The article is titled "For Teenagers, Praising 'Effort' May Not Promote a Growth Mindset."    View

March 27, 2018


Education Week covered a recent paper by Leanne Elliott, Emily Braham, and Melissa Libertus. The article is titled "Does Higher-Level Number Talk Hold Key to Better Math Scores for Young Children?" The paper referenced is "Understanding Sources of Individual Variability in Parents' Number Talk with Young Children."    View

March 23, 2018


Research conducted by LRDC graduate student Paulette Vincent-Ruz and faculty advisor Chris Schunn is featured on an infographic on the Wiley International Women's Day website. Their research on gender differences in STEM fields is highlighted under "Affirm her competency,” taken from the original article "The Increasingly Important Role of Science Competency Beliefs for Science Learning in Girls.”    View

March 13, 2018