LRDC News & Awards

Kudos to Sonia Cromp, Diane Litman's undergraduate student, who received the best paper award at the Workshop for Undergraduates in Educational Data Mining and Learning Engineering, for "Essay Revision and Corresponding Grade Change as Captured by Text Similarity and Revision Purposes" conducted with support from NSF REU Program, as part of Litman, Godley, and Hwa's award.    View

June 29, 2021


Kudos to Walter Schneider and Sudhir Pathak, members of the team that received the Best Demo Award at the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Mobile Data Management for "HealthDist: A Context, Location and Preference-Aware System for Safe Navigation."    View

June 17, 2021


Kudos to Walter Schneider and his team for receiving the Best Industry and Application Paper Award for "A Context, Location and Preference-Aware System for Safe Pedestrian Mobility."    View

June 16, 2021


Kudos to Momentum Grant recipients from LRDC as PI or co-PIs: Josefina ?Bañales: Anti-Racism Action Development Among Latinx Youth (Seeding Grant); Jamie Hanson: Understanding the Role of the Brain in Race/Ethnicity Based Stressors and Behavioral Challenges Among Youth of Color; Kevin Ashley and Diane Litman: Center for Text Analytic Methods in Legal Studies (Teaming Grants); Omid Fotuhi: Improving Educational Opportunities for Black Youth in Pittsburgh: A Justice-Centered Intervention (Scaling Grant).    View

June 2021


Alberto Guzman-Alvarez and Lindsay Page were featured in the blog post, "FAFSA Verification: An Undue Burden for Students and Public Colleges," a blog post of the Brookings Institute.    View

June 7, 2021


Congratulations to Shirley Duong, Nabila Jamal-Orozco, and Isabella Kahhale, recipients of the Spring 2021 LRDC Graduate Student Council Award. The Award is chosen by members of the LRDC Grad Student Council and is designed to support the development of new, innovative, and interdisciplinary research by graduate students within LRDC.   

June 1, 2021


"Why Do We Want to Love Aliens?" Read Marc Coutanche's answer in the May 26 Pittwire "What's Out There?"    View

May 26, 2021


Christian Schunn and Yong Wu's research on "Using Peer Feedback in High-School Writing Classes" featured in May 24 Mashall Memo, a weekly roundup of important ideas and research in K-12 education   

May 24, 2021


Ming-Te Wang, Christina Scanlon, Meng Hua, and Juan Del Toro are featured in the May 18 Pittwire article, "How to Promote Adolescent Social Distancing," for their study, "Safely Social: Promoting and Sustaining Adolescent Engagement in Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic."    View

May 18, 2021


Institute for Learning Receives NEW Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant The Institute for Learning has been awarded a planning grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to be part of the foundation’s effective implementation cohort. The goal of the effective implementation initiative is to provide “education agencies, schools, and the organizations that support them with reliable, practical evidence and measures.”    View

May 17, 2021


Jennifer Russell was quoted in Wall Street Journal, "Remote Kindergarten During COVID-19 ‘Could Impact This Generation of Kids for Their Lifetime."    View

May 9, 2021


Lorraine Blatt, Developmental Psychology and LRDC graduate student in Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal's lab has received the 2021 Jeremy Johnson Landen Award, established to honor the memory of Jeremy Johnson Landon, the son of Carl Johnson and Deborah Landon.   

April 22, 2021


Kudos to Juan Del Toro (PI), postdoc mentee, and Ming-Te Wang, who have received a racial equity special grant from Spencer Foundation for "Police Stops and School Adjustment: Examining Underlying and Protective Mechanisms among Black Adolescents."    View

April 15, 2021


Kudos to graduate student researcher, Alex Silver, Psychology, member of Melissa Libertus' KitLab, who has been awarded the Dr. Ruth L. Myers Memorial Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Department of Psychology, conferred on a graduate student who has distinguished him- or herself as an outstanding mentor of undergraduate students in the lab or the classroom.   

April 9, 2021


Sara Jaramillo, graduate student in Ben Rottman's lab, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Read about the program and other Pitt recipients in Pittwire.    View

April 7, 2021


Ming-Te Wang was featured in the April 6 Pittwire accolade for the AERA Distinguished Research Award for Human Development and Learning and the 2021 SSWR Excellence in Research Award.    View

April 6, 2021


Sara Jaramillo, a graduate student in Ben Rotttman's lab, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.   

March 2021


Kudos to Diane Litman and colleagues, recipients of a Cyber Accelerator Grant, details in March 25 Pittwire accolade.    View

March 25, 2021


Lindsay Page was mentioned in an LA Times article, Artificial Intelligence Meets Real Friendship: College Students are Bonding with Robots, for her research on chatbots.    View

March 9, 2021


Kudos to Isabel Beck (BS ’53, MEd ’64, PhD ’73), Senior Scientist and Professor Emerita, named a 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Education. The 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards take place March 25, 5:30-7:30 pm. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the virtual awards ceremony.    View

March 2, 2021


Melissa Libertus, LRDC Research Scientist, was the focus of the March 2 Institute for Learning's newsletter, answering questions on numeracy and math sense in young children.    View

March 2, 2021


Kevin Ashley and Diane Litman are featured in a Pittwire accolade for the recently awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) FAI: Using AI to Increase Fairness by Improving Access to Justice.    View

February 24, 2021


Jennifer Russell, Professor, Education, and Melissa Libertus, Associate Professor, Psychology were quoted in a February 19 NPR article “Why Kindergarten? Pandemic Disruption Forces Big Questions About U.S. Education System.”    View

February 19, 2021


Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Psychology; Professor, Education, is the recipient of the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research "Excellence in Research Award" for his article titled “Parental Ethnic-Racial Socialization Practices and the Construction of Children of Color’s Ethnic-Racial Identity: A Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis, Psychological Bulletin, 145(5), 437–458.”   

February 15, 2021


Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Psychology; Professor, Education, has been awarded the "Distinguished Research Award for Human Development & Learning" from the American Educational Research Award (AERA) for his series of three meta-analytic articles on parental ethnic-racial socialization and youth of color’s developmental outcomes.   

February 15, 2021


Lindsay Page was named in Pittwire accolade as a national scholar of influence, her ranking was announced in the 11th annual 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.    View

February 2, 2021


Jennifer Iriti, Lindsay Page, and Danielle Lowry were featured in a Pittwire accolade for their Pittsburgh Promise grant to conduct an evaluation of the Promise Coaching Initiative.    View

January 29, 2021


Kudos to Kole Norberg and Nabila Jamal-Orzoco who are the recipients of the Fall 2020 LRDC Graduate Student Council Award. The award is designed to support the development of new, innovative, and interdisciplinary research conducted by graduate students within the LRDC by providing funds to enable students to complete their research.   

January 26, 2021


Kevin Ashley and Diane Litman have received a National Science Foundation award titled FAI: Using AI to Increase Fairness by Improving Access to Justice for their research on fairness in artificial intelligence in collaboration with Amazon.    View

January 25, 2021


Chandralekha Singh is featured in Inside Higher ED's article, "Why Flipped Classes Often Flop," discussing what she has learned from students taking classes during the pandemic.    View

January 20, 2021