LRDC News & Awards

Heather Bruett, Hyeju Han, and Alex Silver recipients of the inaugural LRDC Graduate Student Council Award. Newly created, the award provides funds for graduate students to start a new project, continue work on an existing project, or travel to disseminate findings.   

February 2020


LRDC research on the Pittsburgh Promise, spearheaded by Jenn Iriti, is mentioned in the January 30 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.    View

January 30, 2020


LRDC research on the Pittsburgh Promise, spearheaded by Jenn Iriti, is mentioned in the January 29 WESA 90.5 article "Promise Scholarship Will Hire Coaches to Keep Student on Track to Eligibiliity."    View

January 29, 2020


Lindsay Page was quoted and several of her papers were cited in the Chalkbeat article, "To and Through: What Research Says About What Works (and What Doesn't) to Help Students Complete College."    View

January 15, 2020


Marc Coutanche's Association for Psychological Science Rising Star award was highlighted in Pittwire.    View

January 15, 2020


Jamie Hanson's American Psychological Foundation Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award was highlighted in Pittwire.    View

January 15, 2020


Christian Schunn and Paulette Vincent-Ruz, along with their co-authors, were mentioned in The Hechinger Report's article, "A Study on Teaching Critical Thinking in Science," based on their study, "Scientific Sensemaking Supports Science Context Learning Across Disciplines and Instructional Contexts."    View

January 13, 2020


Brian Galla and Tim Nokes-Malach were quoted and their research, using mindfulness to improve achievement gaps in introductory physics courses, was cited in Personalizing the Pitt Experience Forge Your Own Path's article, "Using Mindfulness to Boost Low Confidence."    View

January 8, 2020


Marc Coutanche has been named an American Psychological Society (APS) Rising Star.    View

January 6. 2020


Melissa Libertus has been elected to the board of the Mathematical Cognition and Learning Society.    View

January 6, 2020


Diane Litman and Amanda Godley were featured in Pittwire's "What Will the 2020s Bring for AI?"    View

December 13, 2019


The Computing Research Association published Jane Margolis, Joanna Goode, and Kevin Binning's Op-Ed "Exploring Computer Science: Active Learning for Broadcasting Participation in Computing."    View

November 2019


Kudos to Jamie Hanson, the recipient of the 2019 American Psychological Foundation (APF) Robert L. Fantz Memorial Award. The Fantz Award "encourages and supports careers of promising young investigators in psychology or related disciplines and covers basic scientific research or scholarly writing in the fields of perceptual-cognitive development and the development of selective attention; and research and writing on the development of individuality, creativity and free choice of behavior."   

November 2019


Kevin Binning, Erica McGreevy, and Chandralekha Singh were the recipients of the 2019 Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum, recognized for incorporating a new “belonging intervention” into introductory courses, which resulted in improved grades for all students. The intervention aimed to address gender and racial gaps, and it is now part of the standard curriculum in the classes in which it was introduced.    View

November 20, 2019


Marc Coutanche received a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Award for his research on “Memory Success and Failure in the Older Brain.” The University of Pittsburgh CTSI established a "Research Initiative for Special Populations" to fund pilot programs that explore research topics for special populations, such as Marc Coutanche's.   

November 13, 2019


Kudos to Kevin Binning, Erica McGreevy, and Chandralekha Singh as recipients of the 2019 Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum.   

November 13, 2019


Lindsay Page and co-authors' research "Customized nudging to improve FAFSA completion and income verification" was featured in Politico Text Reminders Boost FAFSA Filing Rate; Education Dive Counselor nudges increase number of FAFSA application; and University Business When does financial aid nudging work for high school seniors?, among mentions in other news outlets.   

October 29, 2019


In the October 18 The Atlantic Monthly "The Unraveling of Donald Trump" references a paper published by Marc Coutanche on the President's speech patterns (link to the original paper is in paragraph 11).    View

October 18, 2019


Jamie Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, is part of an interdisciplinary team led by Caroline Oppenheimer, Psychiatry, to develop a neuroimaging task to measure teen brain response to social media. The project was awarded $25,ooo through the Pitt Innovation Challenge (and Pitt's Clinical and Translational Science Institute). The work is with Jennifer Silk, Sophie Choukas-Bradley, Helmet Karim, and Mary Phillips.    View

September 25, 2019


Kudos to LRDC Research Scientist Jamie Hanson for being awarded the R03 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Neurodevelopmental Pathways Linking Physical Abuse and Affective Dysregulation”   

September, 2019


LRDC Research Scientist Jennifer Iriti and her colleagues have been awarded a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES Alliance grant    View

September 17, 2019


The Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation has awarded nearly $1.6 million to renew the Informal Learning Initiative, a two-year collaboration of organizations that includes the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments (UPCLOSE).    View

September 4, 2019


Amanda Godley (PI) and Diane Litman (co-PI) were awarded a three-year NSF Cyberlearning grant “Discussion Tracker: Development of Human Language Technologies to Improve the Teaching of Collaborative Argumentation in High School English Classrooms.”   

September 1, 2019


Byeong-Young Cho has been invited by the chair of the 2025 NAEP Reading Framework to serve on the Development Committee of the 2025 NAEP Reading Framework. Working with a group of reading/literacy experts across the nation, his responsibilities will be to envision the next generation of National Assessment of Educational Progress, working with a group of reading/literacy experts across the nation.   

September 15, 2019


LRDC Research Scientist Lindsay Page was mentioned in the National College Access Network article titled, "Get to Know the Top 10 Pieces of College Access and Success Research."    View

August 16, 2019


LRDC Research Associate Mary Ann Steiner, UPCLOSE, was featured in The Allegheny Front news essay titled, "A Song of Pause Amid the Climate Crisis."    View

August 16, 2019


LRDC's Melissa Libertus was mentioned in WFMZ-TV's article titled. "Are Boys and Girls Equal When it Comes to Math?"   

August 13, 2019


Esther Palacios-Barrios, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology who also works in the Hanson Lab at LRDC, was featured in the July 15 Pittwire Accolades for her acceptance into the 2019 Ford Foundation Fellowship Program.   

August 5, 2019


LRDC Research Scientist Lindsay Page was mentioned in the Los Angeles Time's   " Two Factors Keep 'New Gen' Students from Attending College. Here's How to Address Them."     View

August 18, 2019


The University Center for Learning in Out-of-Schools Environments (UPCLOSE) will work with the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on climate change education with the support of an NSF grant.    View

July 29, 2019