LRDC News & Awards

Kudos to LRDC Research Scientist and Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information (SCI), Erin Walker along with Leshell Hatley on their Google AI 2020 Award for Inclusion Research, for "Developing a Dialouge System for a Culturally-Responsive Social Programmable Robot."   

October 2020


Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology, is interviewed for the October 22, 2020, Inverse article "Brain Study Reveals How Much of Math Ability is Genetic." Inverse is a digital media company covering topics such as technology, science, and culture for a millennial audience.    View

October 22, 2020


"The Need to Combat a False Growth Mind-Set," written by LRDC Research Associate Omid Fotuhi was published in the October 21, 2020, on-line Inside Higher Ed.    View

October 21, 2020


Christian Schunn spoke about "Scientific Literacy" as a guest speaker on the first episode of the student led The Pitt Pulse Podcast.    View

October 12, 2020


LRDC Graduate Student Researcher Alex Silver (KitLab) was interviewed for by a BBC Mundo about her recent paper ("When not choosing leads to not liking: Choice-induced preference in infancy"). Linkes here for the article (in Spanish) BBC Mundo and the original press release posted by Johns Hopkins University on their news site, the Hub.    View

October 2020


Amanda Godley, Professor, English Education and Language, Literacy & Culture, and LRDC Center Associate, and co-author Jeff Reaser were awarded the 2020 Richard A. Meade Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for outstanding research in English/language arts teacher development Critical Language Pedagogy: Interrogating Language, Power and Dialects in Teacher Education (2018).   

September 2020


Anthony Taliani, LRDC computer services manager was feature in the September 25 University Times article, "Pitt’s Pandemic Heroes: LRDC Computing Manager had to Keep it Cool." Thank you to Anthony and his team for all their hard work during the COVID era trying to keep the building at a suitable temperature when the air conditioning went out.    View

September 23, 2020


Omid Fotuhi, LRDC Research Associate, presents "Why is Race Hard to Talk about? Insights from Social Psychology on a Social Justice Issue" as a panel member for the “Leadership in a Time of Heightened Racial Tensions: Insights from Social Science on a Social Justice."    View

September 22, 2020


Lindsay Page and her co-author, Alberto Guzman-Alvarez, were cited in Dr. Judith Scott-Clayton's testimony that appeared before the Senate HELP committee on FAFSA simplification.    View

September 17, 2020


Erin Walker, Diane Litman, Timothy Nokes-Malach, and Adriana Kovashka received a National Science Foundation award for their study on "Designing Effective Dialogue, Gaze, and Gesture Behaviors in a Social Robot that Supports Collaborative Learning in Middle School Mathematics."    View

September 14, 2020


Jamie Hanson, Assistant Professor, Psychology, received media coverage for "A family-focused intervention influences hippocampal-prefrontal connectivity," published in Child Development, article here. Hanson was interviewed and featured on the September 8, 2020, WXOW news, La Crosse, Wisconsin; September 10, 2020, WFMZ-TV News, Allentown, Pennsylvania; and September 14, 2020, News on 6, Tulsa, Oklahoma.    View

September 8, 2020


Natasha Tokowicz, PI, and Bob Slevc, co-Investigator, University of Maryland, were awarded a new grant from NSF for "Working Memory as Mediating the Role of Music in Learning of a Second Language."   

September 2020


Lindsay Page, along with Tim Renick, authored an opinion piece for Education Dive titled "What does it take for Nudging to Impact College Students' Success?"    View

September 4, 2020


Marc Coutanche, Griffin Koch, and John Paulus’ recent publication in Learning & Memory, "Influences on memory for naturalistic visual episodes: Sleep, familiarity, and traits differentially affect forms of recall,” abstract in June Research Roundup has been selected for the cover of the journal. Former LRDC research staff (now on his way to grad school), John Paulus, created the image. It is composed of frames of video episodes shown to people in the study and arranged to reflect a Shoebill, a bird that was featured in some of these episodes.    View

July 2020


Lindsay Page has received the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The award is given once a year to a scholar who received his or her doctoral degree within the past 10 years. The winners will be honored in a virtual ceremony on September 12, 2020.    View

July 22, 2020


Jennifer Iriti was featured in a Pittwire article regarding her anti-racist book drive that all started with a Facebook post.    View

July 17, 2020


Kudos to Natasha Tokowicz, who was named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in 2019. Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application.   

July 13, 2020


Kudos to Kevin Binning, a recipient of a 2020 Pitt Seed Grant for "Using Administrative Data to Measure Teaching Effectiveness."   

July 2020


Kudos to LRDC Center Associate Amanda Godley, Professor, School of Education, who has been named Vice Provost for Graduate Studies. Read more about the appointment in the July 10 University Times article.    View

June 29, 2020


Kudos to LRDC Research Scientist Scott Fraundorf, Department of Psychology, who has earned tenure.   

June 22, 2020


Kudos to LRDC Research Scientist Erin Walker, School of Computing and Information, who has earned tenure.   

June 22, 2020


Kudos to PI Marc Coutanche and co-I Natasha Tokowicz for NSF-funded research examining how the brain represents different granularities of a concept (animal, mammal, dog, Labrador, Fido). The work will use a series of fMRI experiments to test competing hypotheses for how the corresponding brain activity influences new learning, retrieval, and consolidation through sleep.   

June 12, 2020


Read about the Institute for Learning's (IFL's) June 2, 2020, Leaders Forum keynote "What Have We Learned From Online Learning that can Help Us Reimagine "Education?" by School of Ed Professor Amanda Godley in the June 11 University Times article.    View

June 11, 2020


Lindsay Page was quoted in The Washington Post and The Hechinger Report on the COVID-19 pandemic and its affect on college students' careers.    View

May 29, 2020


Diana Leyva, Psychology, is featured in the May 17, 2020, Positive Parenting news on maintaining children's math and language skills at home.    View

May 17, 2020


Kudos to Josefina Bañales, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Ming-Te Wang, Associate Professor, Education and Psychology, and James Huguley, Interim Director, Center on Race and Social Problems and Assistant Professor, School of Social Work for receiving an LRDC internal grant for their work: “Can We Talk About Race? Racial Socialization in Homes and Schools, Youth’s Critical Consciousness, and Academic Achievement.”   

May 15, 2020


Kudos to Brian Galla, Assistant Professor, Education, and Tim Nokes-Malach, Associate Professor, Psychology for receiving an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their study, “Using Mindfulness Training to Support Engagement, Learning, and Retention in Undergraduate Introductory Physics Courses.”   

May 15, 2020


Kudos to Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Psychology, and Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology for receiving an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their research on “Personalizing Family Routines to Support Three-Year-Olds’ Math Skills.”   

May 15, 2020


Kudos to Ming-Te Wang, Associate Professor, Education and Psychology, and Juan Del Toro, Post Doc for being recipiants of an LRDC 2020 internal grant for their study on “Police Stops and School Adjustment: Examining Underlying and Protective Mechanisms among Black Adolescents.”   

May 15, 2020


Kudos Douglas Getty for being one of 12 Pitt students recognized by the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program for his work in psycholinguistics, psychology.    View

April 22, 2020