LRDC News & Awards

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, 2019


LRDC Research Scientist Lindsay Page was mentioned in the National College Access Network article titled, "Get to Know he 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


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 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


Peg Smith, Professor Emeritus, is featured in the April 30 TribLive for her Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.    View

April 30, 2019


Research by Paulette Vincent-Ruz is featured in Chemical and Engineering News in the article, "The Secret Silos of #ChemTwitter."    View

April 29, 2019


Congratulations to Esther Esmeralda Palacios-Barrios, mentored by Jaime Hanson, and Shirley Duong, mentored by Melissa Libertus, who were awarded 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.   

April 17, 2019


Paulette Vincent Ruz and Eben Witherspoon were interviewed for an April 16 Inside Higher Education article "Women Leaving Premed Track More than Men."    View

Aprill 16, 2019


Melissa Libertus is featured in Fox8, News4JAX, and WFMZ-TV 69 News for her interview on, "Are boys and girls born equal when it comes to math?"    View

April 3, 2019


Kudos to Byeong-Young Cho, who was elected to the Board of Directors of the Literacy Research Association.   

April 1, 2019


Kudos to Ming-Te Wang, recipient of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Partnerships of Distinction Award for his Just Discipline Project at Woodland Hills School District. This project builds on evidence-based research, and leverages that scholarship to implement a contextually tailored school discipline and climate program that incorporates the most promising and equity-oriented approaches from around the country.    View

March 25, 2019


Kudos to Jennifer Iriti and Lindsay Page, who were awarded an Honorable Mention in the Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement’s Partnerships of Distinction Award for their community engagement work with the Pittsburgh Promise.    View

March 25, 2019


Kudos to Esther Palacios-Barrios, graduate student of Jamie Hanson, who was recently awarded a Ford Foundation Fellowship.    View

March 25, 2019


Lindsay Page received a grant from the Spencer Foundation to fund her project “Matching in Multilevel Contexts.”    View

March 18, 2019