LRDC News & Awards

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. Carl Johnson, Emeritus Associate Professor, was a faculty member of both the Developmental Psychology Program and Applied Developmental Program in the School of Education. Meghan Orman, Applied Developmental Psychology Program is also an awardee.   

April 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 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 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

Brian Galla, LRDC Research Scientist, was the focus of the January 19 Institute for Learning's (IFL) Bridges to Learning feature "Mindfulness in Schools."    View

January 19, 2021

Cynthia Golden, Director, University Center for Teaching & Learning (UCTL), and LRDC Center Associate, was interviewed in the January 17, Inside HigherEd, "Three Questions for Cynthia Golden."    View

January 17, 2021

Kevin Binning, LRDC Research Scientist, and Chandralekha Singh, Director, dB-SERC, and LRDC Center Associate, and their Pitt colleagues, were featured in the January 11 Pittwire article "Student Belonging Exercise Erases Achievement Gaps in Biology, Physics Courses."    View

January 11, 2021

Kudos to Lindsay Page for being ranked 168 out of 200 scholars for shaping educational practice and policy in the 2021 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings put out by Ed Week.    View

January 6, 2021

Jennifer Iriti, Research Scientist; Lindsay Page, Associate Professor, Education, Research Scientist, and Danielle Lowry, graduate student, Education, were awarded a grant from the Pittsburgh Promise to conduct an evaluation of the new Promise Coaching Initiative in three area high schools.   

January 4, 2021

Graduate Student (KitLab) Alex Silver, psychology, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4's show "All in the Mind" discussing her recent paper, "When not choosing leads to not liking: Choice-induced preference in infancy," published in Psychological Science. The interview is now available online. Click "Read More" for a description of the guests and topics (Silver's interview is the last eight minutes of the episode).    View

December 8, 2020

Ming-Te Wang, Professor, Education and Psychology, and James Huguley are featured in the Dec. 4 University Times article on the recent Heinz Endowment grant for their Just Discipline Project in the Woodland Hills School District.    View

December 4, 2020

Margaret McKeown, Senior Scientist, Professor Emerita was interviewd on the podcast, Empowering LLs (Language Learners), about robust vocabulary instruction and on the Education Research Reading Room podcast discussing her book Questions the Author.    View

November 2020

Kudos to Marc Coutanche, LRDC Research Scientist, and Assistant Professor, Psychology, who has been elected to the Memory Disorders Research Society (MDRS), an invitation-only professional society dedicated to the study of memory and memory disorders.   

November 2020

Erin Walker, SCI, has been named principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant to study the use of robots in middle school math classrooms. Her co-principal investigators are Diane Litman, Computer Science, and Timothy Nokes-Malach, Psychology, and Adriana Kovashka, (SCI).    View

November 10, 2020

Kudos to Ming-Te Wang, Education, and James Huguley, Center on Race and Social Problems and School of Social Work, who have received a $500,000 grant from the The Heinz Endowments to support a school discipline program model shown to be successful in the Woodland Hills School District. The Heinz Endowment funding supports their project that builds on research on racialized experiences in school contexts and leverages that scholarship to implement a contextually tailored school discipline and climate program.   

November 2020