LRDC News & Awards

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


Diana Leyva is featured in Fox43 for her research on “Learning math and reading at the store!”    View

July 25, 2019


The Institute for Learning (IFL) was mentioned in the July 17 EdSource on-line article "Educators Learn Early Results of Gates Initiative to Improve Student Outcomes," article here. NEW: Below is a link to a video about the IFL Gates Foundation work in the Dallas Independent School District (ISD) https://youtu.be/TWQzUkvPuFs    View

July 17, 2019


The Institute for Learning (IFL) was mentioned in the July 17 EdSource on-line article "Educators Learn Early Results of Gates Initiative to Improve Student Outcomes," article here. More on the IFL and its partners can be found in "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Networks for School Improvement: Year One."   

July 17, 2019


Graduate student Griffin Koch (Marc Coutanche's lab) has been awarded a 2019 Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award. The Trainee Professional Development Award (TPDA) recognizes undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who demonstrate scientific merit and excellence in research.    View

July 6, 2019


Diana Leyva is featured in Child Trend News. There is a Spanish and an English version of the news and a link to a 10-min interview about her research “Grocery store math and reading add up!”    View

July 2019


A study conducted by LRDC's Lindsay Page was mentioned in Forbes' magazine's June article titled, "The Best Way to Combat 'Summer Melt' Is With A 'Nudge."    View

June 24, 2019


Kudos to Natasha Tokowicz and Tim Nokes-Malach for receiving funding from the Pitt Seed Project for their LRDC Undergraduate Summer Internship Program   

June 10, 2019


Kudos to Jamie Hanson who has been selected a 2019 NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Early Stage Investigator Paper Awardee.    View

May 28, 2019


Kudos to Jennifer Iriti, Courtney Long (LRDC), and their collaborators Alison Slinskey Legg, Rebecca Gonda (Biological Sciences), Lori Delale-O'Connor (Center for Urban Education), Alaine Allen (Swanson School of Engineering), David Boone (Biomedical Informatics), Mackenzie Ball (Computer Science), for receiving funding from the Pitt Seed Project Development of the Broadening Equity in STEM Center.    View

May 31, 2019


Kudos to Dana Miller-Cotto who has been selected as an Inclusive Mathematics Environments (IME) Early Career Fellow from the Mindset Scholars Network. This fellowship is awarded in recognition of demonstrated capacity for collaborative and productive interdisciplinary scholarship that has the potential to promote understanding of inclusive mathematics learning environments.   

May 28, 2019


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


Julie Fiez, Marc Coutanche, and Corrine Durisko's study published in the Journal of the Society of Neuroscience has been featured in the May 17 PittWire article "Researchers Teach Adults to Read Using Pictures of Houses."    View

May 17, 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