LRDC News and Awards

Diana Leyva was awarded a new, two-year, $178K grant by the Brady Education Foundation for "Recipe for Success (RFS): Improving Literacy and Diet in Latino Preschoolers Through Peer Support." The Co-PIs are Sharon Ross at the School of Education and Patricia Documet at the School of Public Health.   

January 30, 2023

LRDC Post-Doc Tessa Benson-Greenwald has received a Grant-In-Aid from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) for "Valuing Perspectives and Promoting Inclusion: The Impact of valuing subjectivity in STEM contexts for underrepresented groups." Congrats Tessa!   

January 17, 2023

LRDC Research Associate Omid Fotuhi was featured in a January 17 Pittwire article "Struggling with your New Year’s resolutions? There’s still hope, say these Pitt experts."    View

January 23, 2023

LRDC Research Scientist Melissa Libertus was featured in January 6 , 2023, Daily UK News.    View

January 9, 2023

LRDC Research Scientist Brian Galla's recent study about high-stakes testing was featured in the December 18, 2022, Pittsburgh Parent.    View

January 9, 2023

Ming-Te Wang has been recognized as a highly cited researcher in the category of Psychiatry and Psychology! Wang was recognized by Clarivate for his research influence, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for his field and year in the Web of Science™    View

November 21, 2022

Kudos to Nikki Lobczowski who has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Learning Sciences Program, Department of Education and Counselling, of McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Nikki is currently a Postdoctoral fellow working with Tim Nokes-Malach and Erin Walker. She will begin teaching at McGill in January 2023.   

November 14, 2022

Jamie Hanson was featured in the November 2022 LRDC Research News for receiving an Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.    View

November 8, 2022

Ming-Te Wang was featured in the November 2022 Research News. His co-led Just Discipline Project expands to 12 more local schools in 2022 and another eight in 2023, with grants from the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute for Educational Science, The Heinz Endowments, and Pittsburgh's Children’s Hospital.    View

November 8, 2022

LRDC Post Doc Luis Pérez Cortés was featured in the November 2022 LRDC Research News for his guest appearance on a podcast, "Just an Hour," sponsored by Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.    View

November 8, 2022

Angela Stewart was featured in the University Times article, "New to Pitt: SCI Professor focuses on underserved communities."    View

November 7, 2022

Jamie Hanson was recently awarded a graduate mentoring award from the Dietrich School and recognized in a November 2 award ceremony.    View

November 7, 2022

Kudos to LRDC Center Associate Chandrelekha Singh, Distinguished Professor in Physics and Astronomy, special assistant to the provost for quantum education! Singh received the 2022 Dwight Nicholson Medal for Outreach, which recognizes the humanitarian aspect of physics and physicists created through public lectures and public media, teaching, research, or science related activities.    View

November 7, 2022

Listen to Luis Perez Cortes, LRDC Post Doc, on "Just an Hour: Exploring the meaning of transdisciplinary scholarship." ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.    View

October 24, 2022

Kudos to Diane Litman and co-authors Zhexiong Liu, Meiqi Guo, and Yue Dai who received Best Paper Award for "ImageArg: A Multi-modal Tweet Dataset for Image Persuasiveness Mining," at the 9th Workshop on Argument Mining, COLING, South Korea 2022.    View

October 24, 2022

Chandralekha Singh, Distinguished Professor in Physics and Astronomy, special assistant to the provost for quantum education, and LRDC Center Associate, was honored by the American Physical Society. Read about the honor in the October 20 Pittwire article.    View

October 24, 2022

Kudos to Jessica Macaluso, Scott Fraundorf Lab, who received a 2022 Graduate Conference Award from the Psychonomic Society for her work "Study-strategy Perceived Effort and Familiarity Influence Self-regulated Learning Decisions via Perceived Fluency.” The award provides a cash prize and recognition at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society in Boston, MA, in November.    View

October 17, 2022

Just Discipline Project Expands to More Schools This Fall Co-led by Ming-Te Wang, LRDC Senior Scientist, and James Huguley, Associate Dean, School of Social Work, the Just Discipline project will expand to include 12 more Pennsylvania schools this fall and another eight next year, supported by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, $3 million from the Institute for Educational Sciences, and locally by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Study at Children’s Hospital.    View

October 17, 2022

Scott Fraundorf and Jessica Macaluso were featured in a LRDC brief, "Familiar Strategies Feel Fluent: The role of Study Strategy Familiarity in the Misinterpreted-effort Model of Self-regulated Learning."    View

October 12, 2022

CYMI: Pitt Greaks Ground on 270,000-square-foot Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on Oakland campus A joint venture of Mascaro Construction and Barton Malow have already demolished two structures previously on the site, the former O'Hara Garage and the LRDC Building.    View

October 3, 2022

Jamie Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist has been awarded the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. This award recognizes colleagues who best exemplify the considerable efforts and accomplishments of members of the graduate faculty serving as effective mentors of graduate students and is an example of continuing efforts to cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence in mentoring.   

September 26, 2022

The Psychology Department and the University Center for Teaching & Learning just launched a new website, "Teaching in Psych." LRDC faculty members Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on this site which features helpful resources for improving and addressing barriers to teaching in Psychology.    View

September 26, 2022

Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on a new website, 'Teaching in Psych," and were featured in a LRDC brief.    View

September 26,2022

Karen Knutson and Kevin Crowley were featured in the September 2022 Research News for their publication "Museums and Community-based Organizations Support Family Literacy."    View

September 21, 2022

Alysa Malespina, Christian Schunn, and Chandralekha Singh were featured in the September 2022 Research News for their publication "Understanding Gender, Mindset and Performance in Physics."    View

September 21, 2022

Regina Calloway, Anne Helder, and Charles Perfetti were featured in the September 2022 Research News for their publication "A Measure of Individual Differences in Readers’ Approaches to Text."    View

September 21, 2022

Andrew Ribner, Alex Silver, Leanne Elliott, and Melissa Libertus were featured in a LRDC brief, "Parent-child Interaction is Important for Effective Early Math Intervention."    View

September 14, 2022

Kudos to LRDC Senior Scientist Christian Schunn, LRDC Post Doc Nikki Lobczowski (Early Career Scholar), and Alum Matt Bernacki, currently at University of North Carolina School of Education, for recognition as highly productive scholars in educational psychology.    View

September 12, 2022

Pittsburgh’s ‘Neighborly Playground’ for Neuroscience has New Leadership. LRDC's Julie Fiez and Lori Holt, CMU, will co-lead the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), a 28-year-old neuroscience research and education neuroscience powerhouse, into its next era.    View

September 6, 2022

Diana Leyva was recently awarded William Penn Foundation grant to work in Philadelphia during 2022-2023. Leyva will pilot “Literacy Eats” an intervention that promotes children’s literacy through cooking classes with adult caregivers.   

August 29, 2022