LRDC News and Awards

Diane Litman and LRDC collaborators Richard Correnti and Lindsay Clare Matsumura were awarded an NSF grant for "Development of Natural Language Processing Techniques to Improve Students' Revision of Evidence Use in Argument Writing." Read the June 2, 2022, Pittwire article about the recent grant here.    View

2022-06-13

Kevin Ashley was featured in April 20 Pittwire Article ""Pitt Law Professor Kevin Ashley receives CodeX Prize."    View

2022-04-25

Marc Coutanche was featured in April 18 Pittwire Article "Ace Finals Using these Memory Tricks."    View

2022-04-25

Omif Fotuhi was featured in Pittwire Article " "How Reflective Writing and a Nudge from an App Increased College Prospects for Low-income Students."    View

2022-04-25

Drew Gitomer, LRDC Distinguished Alum, and colleagues, are the recipients of the AERA 2022 Educational Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award." The award is given for an outstanding article, (2022). Assessing the Assessment: Evidence of Reliability and Validity in the edTPA. American Educational Research Journal.    View

April 11, 2022

Juan Del Toro, LRDC Research Associate, was featured in the April 8, 2022, Forbes Magazine article, "Teens More Likely to Skip School After Being Stopped by Police."    View

2022-04-18

Webinar now available for Marc Coutanche, on the panel of "UFOs and the Stories We Tell About Them," which aired April 7, 2022, 7-8:30 p.m.    View

2022-05-16

LRDC Graduate Student Brett Bankson was featured in Pitt Magazine's Winter '21-'22 Issue, in an article "Pitt Chat with Brett Bankson." Bankson recently won Bravo's "Top Chef: Amateurs" competition and discussed his cooking advice and some recipes with Pitt Magazine.    View

2022-04-04

Kudos to Ming-Te Wang and collaborators for receiving a 2022 Seeding Grant Award for "Developing a Holistic Measurement Plan for Transition to Adulthood." This grant provides up to $25,000 per year to support significant and innovative scholarship by individual or small groups of faculty at all ranks at the University of Pittsburgh.    View

2022-03-28

Kudos to Omid Fotuhi for moving into phase three of the revamped Pitt Seed initiative. His project, Netlfix for Student Services, will receive $2,000, and he will participate in training sessions over the next 10 weeks to learn to navigate logistical problems. He is also co-leading the Pitt Seed Initiative Grant lead by Ann Sinsheimer, School of Law: Fostering Psychological Resilience and Increasing Engagement in Law Students Through Tailored, Targeted, and Well-Timed Interventions.    View

2022-03-28

Pitt Momentum Scaling Grant: Center for Text Analytic Methods in Legal Studies: Kevin Ashley, School of Law with School of Computing & Information Science colleagues Daqing He, Diane Litman, and Rebecca Hwa; and James Anderson, RAND. Scaling Grants are awarded for a two-year term with an award cap of $ 400,000, enable multi-disciplinary teams to competitively scale their research efforts in targeted pursuit of large-scale external funding.   

March 21, 2022

Congratulations to LRDC Director Charles Perfetti who is the recipient of a 2022 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring for outstanding mentoring of graduate students seeking a research doctoral degree.   

March 14, 2022

Congratulations to Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Education, Psychology, who has received the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) Mid-Career Award in Research Excellence. The SRA Awards celebrate scholars who exemplify research excellence on any topic related to adolescence.   

March 7, 2022

Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Psychology, Education, and James Huguley, Associate Dean, DEI, School of Social Work, have received a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the "Just Discipline Project: Reducing Racial Disparities and Promoting School Climate." The project will serve approximately 3,200 public school students of color and historically under-served middle school students.    View

February 28, 2022

Pitt Magazine recently featured the demolition of the former LRDC building in their article “Goodbye to an Old Favorite” and featured input from PhD student Erin Gatz and Director of Communications Liz Rangel.    View

February 14, 2022

Congratulations to Kevin Ashley, Professor, Law, and Diane Litman, Professor, School of Computing and Information, who received a $600,000 grant from Amazon and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Fairness in Artificial Intelligence for "Using AI to Increases Fairness by Improving Access to Justice."    View

January 28, 2022

The Developmental and Motivation Research Lab, directed by Ming-Te Wang, Education and Psychology, is featured in APA's Monitor on Psychology.    View

January 18, 2022

Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Education and Psychology, has been named a top-cited education researcher for 2021. Wang joins16 Pitt faculty members recognized as highly influential in their fields, by the UK-based Clarivate.   

December 15, 2021

Hillary Henry and Michael Tumminia, LRDC graduate students, have received the Fall 2021 LRDC Graduate Student Council Award. These winners were chosen by the LRDC Grad Student Council.   

December 1, 2021

Congrats to Jennifer Iriti, an award from the Kresge Foundation to the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (with whom Jen is a Research Affiliate) will fund “The Free-College Playbook: Evidence-based Guidance for Policymakers and Practitioners." Jen Iriti will co-direct, Lindsay Page (now at the Annenberg Institute at Brown) and Danielle Lowry (LRDC Post-doctoral fellow) will collaborate on this project.    View

November 22, 2021

How Getting Kids to Make Grocery Lists and Set the Table Can Improve Their Vocabulary and Willingness to Learn. Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and LRDC Research Scientist, was featured in The Conversation.    View

November 16, 2021

Diana Leyva, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and LRDC Research Scientist, was featured in an article by The Conversation for her research on how Latino children can improve their vocabulary and willingness to learn through simple mealtime tasks.    View

November 16, 2021

Kevin Ashley and Diane Litman have received a grant from the joint Amazon and National Science Foundation Fairness in Artificial Intelligence program to support their project, "Using AI to Increase Fairness by Improving Access to Justice."    View

November 16, 2021

Jennifer Russell and her co-researchers received a U01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute titled “The Maximizing Extubation outcomes Through Educational and Organizational Research (METEOR) Trial.” They plan to examine education strategies designed to promote the use of respiratory therapies that reduce morbidity and mortality.    View

November 1, 2021

Congrats to Jennifer Iriti, an award from the Kresge Foundation to the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (with whom Jen is a Research Affiliate) will fund “The Free-College Playbook: Evidence-based Guidance for Policymakers and Practitioners."    View

November 1, 2021

Congrats to Jennifer Iriti, an award from the Kresge Foundation to the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (with whom Jen is a Research Affiliate) will fund “The Free-College Playbook: Evidence-based Guidance for Policymakers and Practitioners."    View

November 1, 2021

Marc Coutanche, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology, and LRDC Faculty, was featured in a newsletter by Popular Mechanics magazine, titled "Your Conscious Mind is Terrible at Multitasking: Here's Why."    View

October 25, 2021

Jamie Hanson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Research Scientist at the LRDC, was recently featured by Pittwire in the article "A Little-studied Brain Circuit Could Have Big Effects on Learning."    View

October 25, 2021

Brian Galla wants to help your teen kick their Instagram habit | Read about his recent research in October 7 Pittwire article.    View

October 11, 2021

Brian Galla, A Pitt associate professor of applied developmental psychology, shares his thoughts on how to help teenagers cut back their use of social media.    View

October 11, 2021