LRDC News & Awards

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


Kudos to Chandralekha Singh, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, founding director of the Discipline-based Science Education Research Center, and LRDC Center Associate has been appointed as the 2020 president of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Details here.    View

April 16, 2020


Kudos to Andrea Tovar (HMB fellow with Natasha Tokowicz) for receiving an Honorable Mention for the Ford Foundation Fellowship.   

March 2020


LRDC Research Scientist Lindsay Page was quoted in the April, 8, 2020 New York Time's article, "College is Hard. Iggy, Pounce, Cowboy Joe and Sunny are Here to Help," describing her research on the use of chatbots in schools.    View

April 8, 2020


Kudos to Doug Getty (graduate student with Scott Fraundorf) who was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Also, three other current LRDC members received an Honorable Mention: Beverly Iniguez Conrique (graduate student with Kevin Binning), Quentin King-Shepard (graduate student with Tim Nokes-Malach), and Andrea Tovar (HMB fellow with Natasha Tokowicz).   

March 2020


LRDC Graduate Student Researcher Marijke Hecht, LSAP, School of Education and her advisors featured in the March 31 Pittwire article "Virtual Dissertation Defense Facilitates Connection in Time of Social Isolation," written by School of Education Director of Marketing and Communication Greg Latshaw.    View

March 31, 2020


LRDC Research Scientist Jamie Hanson, Assistant Professor, Psychology, is quoted in the March 29, 2020, Pittsburgh Post Gazette article regarding COVID-19.    View

March 29, 2020


Omid Fotuhi's work on “Non-Cognitive Skills and Psychological Resilience Training for Students and Faculty” was featured on Pitt's Forge your Own Path website.    View

March 24, 2020


Kudos to LRDC graduate student researcher Eben Witherspoon -- recipient of Pitt Education 2020 Alumni Dissertation Award and to all of the School of Education 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awardees.    View

March 2020


Jenn Russell, Professor, School of Education, has been named LRDC Associate Director of Educational Research and Practice.   

March 16, 2020


Amanda Godley, Professor, School of Education, and LRDC Center Associate, is a member of the ARYSE team that won a 2020 Senior Vice Chancellor’s “Partnerships of Distinction Award” for work with refugee families and youth. The Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE) is a collaboration between two student clubs, the University Honors College and refugee communities throughout the Pittsburgh region for tutoring refugee families in their homes.   

March 16, 2020


Diane Litman, Professor, Computer Science and School of Computing and Information, was the recipient of the Provost's Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.   

March 10, 2020


Beverly Conrique, Pitt Year of Creativity award recipient for "Improv’ing Democracy: Fostering Intergroup Dialogue in Political Contexts Using Improvisational Theater."   

March 9, 2020


Pittwire article "Research Team Sparks Community Conversation about Climate Change, "features the community outreach of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE) Director Kevin Crowley, Associate Director Karen Knutson, research associate Mary Ann Steiner, and undergrad anthropology team member Sean Barill.    View

March 2, 2020