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Alliance of Randomized trials of Medicine vs. Metabolic Surgery in Type 2 Diabetes: Armms-T2D

Dates: 2/20/2016 - 2/19/2017
Funding Amount: $51,012
Funder: Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Investigator: John Jakicic

Families on the Edge: Exploring experiences before a housing crisis

Dates: 1/1/2017 - 10/31/2017
Funding Amount: $28,976
Funder: Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation
Investigator:

16/21 Action for Health in Diabetes Extension Study Research Project 05-127317

Dates: 2/1/2016 - 1/31/2017
Funding Amount: $853,861
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: John Jakicic

2016 NWP Advanced Institute to Scale-Up the College-Ready Writers Program

Dates: 3/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $20,911
Funder: National Writing Project
Investigator: Amanda Godley

2016-2017 NWP SEED Invitational Leadership Institute to Invest in Developing New Teacher-Leaders

Dates: 5/1/2016 - 8/31/2017
Funding Amount: $15,593
Funder: National Writing Project
Investigator: Gregory Gustin

2017-2018 NWP CRWP-SEED Professional Development in a High Need High School

Dates: 3/1/2017 - 8/31/2018
Funding Amount: $21,148
Funder: National Writing Project
Investigator: Gregory Gustin

A Promotora-Mediated, Family-Based Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Latino Preschool Children

The purpose of the proposed research is to develop and evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of a family-based, promotora-mediated child obesity intervention. The proposed study will employ a mixed methods sequential research design, organized into two major phases: Phase I: Conduct language-stratified focus groups and cognitive interviews with Latino parents of preschool children to inform the development of a culturally-appropriate intervention and measures; Phase II: Test the feasibility and effectiveness of the intervention.
Dates: 3/1/2016 - 2/28/2017
Funding Amount: $117,390
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: Caryn P. Martin

Advancing Real-Time Data Collection with Adaptive Sampling and Innovative Technology 05-127249

Dates: 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2017
Funding Amount: $10,324
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator:

Bioinformatics Programs at Minority Institutions

Dates: 2/1/2015 - 1/31/2017
Funding Amount: $30,611
Funder: Carnegie Mellon University
Investigator: Cynthia Tananis

Designing for Equity by Thinking in and About Mathematics Year 4

DEb-T-M will be a community of mathematical practice devoted to closing the opportunity gap for marginalized secondary mathematics students in Pittsburgh. The core partners are Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS), the mathematics department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), and as the prime organization, Education Development Center (EDC). DEbT-M is truly partnership driven; it builds on longstanding work and collaboration in the partner institutions. Working closely with Pitt, PPS has sought to create more mathematical opportunities for disengaged students and underrepresented populations. It has initiated the adoption of a mathematically rigorous curriculum, and it has developed a nationally-recognized program of content-based professional development for teachers.
Dates: 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
Funding Amount: $40,899
Funder: Education Development Center, Inc.
Investigator: H. Richard Milner

Distinctions between Black and White Young Women In the Course of Alcohol Use

Dates: 2/1/2016 - 1/31/2017
Funding Amount: $42,850
Funder: YALE University
Investigator: Feifei Ye

Eager: Maker: Researching A School District's Integration Of The Maker Movement Into Its Middle And High School

Dates: 8/15/2016 - 7/31/2017
Funding Amount: $209,772
Funder: National Science Foundation
Investigator: Cynthia Tananis

Early Head Start Project 2016-2017

The Office of Child Development will provide Early Head Start services to families with infants and children in 6 communities within Allegheny County. This model is primarily home based.
Dates: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2017
Funding Amount: $180,000
Funder: Heinz Endowments
Investigator: Laurie Mulvey

Education Law Center Evaluation - 05-711634

Dates: 5/1/2016 - 4/30/2018
Funding Amount: $40,000
Funder: Education Law Center
Investigator:

Effectiveness of a Promotores Network in Improving Access to Care and Health Behaviors in Latino Immigrants in an Emerging Latino Community

Dates: 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
Funding Amount: $145,345
Funder: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Investigator: Caryn P. Martin

Effects of Exercise and Weight Loss on Cardiovascular Health - NCE

Dates: 6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017
Funding Amount: $694,665
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: John Jakicic

Ethiopia: Indigenous Wisdom and Culture

Dates: 10/1/2016 - 4/30/2018
Funding Amount: $89,955
Funder: Department of Education
Investigator: Maureen Porter

Evaluation of "Strengthening the Bhutanese Community in Pittsburgh" Year 3

Dates: 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017
Funding Amount: $2,000
Funder: Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
Investigator:

Evaluation of Igniting and Sustaining the Dream: Afterschool Initiatives

The evaluation will examine the extent to which the six selected afterschool programs (After-School Tutorial Enrichment, Program at Schenley Heights Community Development Program, Center that C.A.R.E.S., Thelma Lovette YMCA, Higher Achievement, Oakland Planning and Development School to Career and Center that C.A.R.E.S. at Jeron Grayson Community Center) meet the goals defined by McAuley Ministries.
Dates: 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2018
Funding Amount: $73,500
Funder: McAuley Ministries
Investigator:

Facilitating HCV Treatment through Tailored Prenatal Care for HCV Infected, Substance Using Pregnant Women

Dates: 4/1/2016 - 3/31/2017
Funding Amount: $7,085
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: Stephanie M. McCoy

Financial Aid Nudges: A National Experiment to Increase Retention of Financial Aid and College Persistence

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $67,340
Funder: Temple University
Investigator:

Gwen's Girls Programming Evaluation

Dates: 4/1/2016 - 10/31/2017
Funding Amount: $75,000
Funder: Gwen's Girls
Investigator:

HealthyCHILD/Early Head Start 05-711680

Dates: 9/1/2016 - 8/31/2017
Funding Amount: $26,160
Funder: Pittsburgh Board of Education
Investigator: Jonathan T. Nauhaus

Hispanic Serving Institutions: Becoming Institutions that Equitably “Serve” Latinas/os                                                                                        Hispanic Serving Institutions: Becoming Institutions that Equitably "Serve" Lat

Dates: 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
Funding Amount: $70,000
Funder: National Academy of Education
Investigator:

Identifying Best Practices for Culturally Responsive Teaching in Early Childhood Education (CRDF PITT Award Account 30570

Dates: 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $12,000
Funder:
Investigator:

Impact of Cognitive Function on Weight Management Outcomes in Adolescents

Dates: 1/1/2017 - 8/31/2017
Funding Amount: $57,199
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: John Jakicic

In Spite of Parents? Exploring the Value of Family Involvement in Educating Aftrican American Adolescents

Dates: 1/1/2016 - 12/31/2019
Funding Amount: $993,239
Funder: The Spencer Foundation
Investigator:

Influence of Physical Activity and Weight Loss on Brain Plasticity

This application proposes to add a neuroimaging arm to an NIH funded 12-month diet and physical activity intervention. Obesity is currently at epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting over 1/3 of American adults. Impaired cognitive and brain function - manifested as mood disorders, impulseivity, and an increased risk for neurological pathology - are often unrecognized consequences of obesity.
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $41,269
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: John Jakicic

Investigating Motivation and Transfer in Physical Science through Preparation for Future Learning Instruction

The voices of urban adolescents along with results from studies that demonstrate the benefits of supporting students' cognitive processing have allowed for the identification of teacher talk as a proctice that has the potential to reduce disparities in academic outcomes. Using latent growth modeling and interpretive science, our interdisciplinary research team has come together to study the independent and joint contributions of affective and cognitive support that may (a) be at the root of some aspects of inequality in schools and (b) lead to relatively simple ways to intervene with teachers that could have strong implications for adolescents' academic achievement.
Dates: 9/1/2015 - 8/31/2018
Funding Amount: $72,942
Funder: National Science Foundation
Investigator:

Just Discipline Initiative

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $37,928
Funder: Heinz Endowments
Investigator:

Leading Together Evaluation

Dates: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017
Funding Amount: $20,000
Funder: Center for Courage & Renewal
Investigator:

Maintaining Activity and Nutrition through Technology-assisted Innovation in Primary Care (Maintain PC)

Dates: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017
Funding Amount: $38,854
Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Investigator:

Math & Science Collaborative Professional Development: Pennsylvania Math Science Partnership

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $78,849
Funder: Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Investigator: Cynthia Tananis

Maximizing Adolescent Potentials Program (MAPS)

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $394,683
Funder: Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Investigator: Carl Fertman

National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities-University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Collaboration Subcontract (NLCSD-Pitt)

Dates: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017
Funding Amount: $60,400
Funder: Salus University
Investigator:

NPC Accuracy Study

Dates: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2017
Funding Amount: $20,000
Funder: American Educational Research Association
Investigator:

Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) Reading & Math

The objective of this project is to 1) develop, produce, distribute and score the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) statewide alternate accountability assessment for students with the most severe cognitive disabilities; 2) train test administrators to improve the quality of the assessment for the target population; 3) train scorers and convene "scoring conferences" at which scoring will take place; 4) generate reports to school districts, service providers and parents on the results of the assessment and a report summarizing the performance of all students who were assessed on the PASA.
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $4,556,575
Funder: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Investigator: Naomi Zigmond

Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) Science

The overall project goal is to develop, administer, score, analyze, and report on an alternate science assessment that is linked to grade-appropriate content (i.e. the PA science standards and the PA PSSA science assessment), accessible to the full range of students designated by their IEP team to take the alternate assessment, technically sound, and parallel in form and substance to the reading and math alternate assessments and to the PSSA.
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $1,986,809
Funder: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Investigator: Steven Lyon

Pittsburgh Girls Study: Substance Use and HIV Risk Behaviors/STI in Young Adulthood

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 4/30/2017
Funding Amount: $30,041
Funder: National Institutes of Health
Investigator: Feifei Ye

Professional Development Needs of Black Christian Teachers in the Service of LGBTQIA

Dates: 4/1/2016 - 5/31/2017
Funding Amount: $4,890
Funder: American Educational Research Association
Investigator:

REAL HELP REAL TIME VII

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $150,000
Funder: Heinz Endowments
Investigator: Laurie Mulvey

Research & Evaluation Writers and Consultants

Dates: 2/1/2015 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $30,000
Funder: Allegheny County Department of Human Services
Investigator: Christina Groark

Scaling Up - An Innovative Approach for Attracting Students to Computing (Add-On Year)

Dates: 6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017
Funding Amount: $167,585
Funder:
Investigator:

Scaling Up - An Innovative Approach for Attracting Students to Computing NCE + add-on

Dates: 6/1/2016 - 5/31/2017
Funding Amount: $126,154
Funder: Duke University
Investigator: Cynthia Tananis

Staff Training in Preference Identification and Choice Opportunities

Dates: 7/1/2016 - 12/31/2017
Funding Amount: $1,915
Funder: Organization for Autism Research
Investigator: Stephanie M. McCoy

Superintendents Forum 162R24

Dates: 8/10/2016 - 8/31/2019
Funding Amount: $75,000
Funder: Grable Foundation
Investigator:

Technicians in Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, and Supply Chain Technology (TEAMS) Project Year3

This specific grant will develop and improve curriculum; provide professional development for college faculty and secondary STEM educators; incorporate 21st century technologies to enhance content delivery and student engagement; and build career pathways that balance industry and academic credentials from secondary schools to two-year colleges and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions. In evaluation of this grant, CEAC will conduct focus groups, create and administer surveys and assessments of knowledge, facilitate the peer review of curriculum materials, and analyze retention statistics.
Dates: 9/15/2016 - 8/31/2017
Funding Amount: $37,997
Funder: Community College of Allegheny County
Investigator: Cynthia Tananis

The Disciplined Mind: Mindfulness-Based Strategies to Improve Academic Diligence

Dates: 5/1/2016 - 5/1/2018
Funding Amount: $346,733
Funder: John Templeton Foundation
Investigator: Jacob Ricciuti

The Education Doctorate: A Promising Strategy to Promote Smart Use of Research Evidence

Dates: 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2018
Funding Amount: $22,558
Funder: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Investigator: Kristie L. Rupp

The Impacts of Publicly Funded School Choice Options on Income and ELL Disparities in Early Elementary School

This project will examine contemporary, nationally representative data to pursue three primary objectives: 1) detect key selection characteristics that predict children's enrollment in public traditional or public elementary schools of choice; 2) identify the magnitude of disparities in early developmental trajectories as a function of school type, controlling for propensity scores of public school type selection; and 3) examine whether alternative public school choice options (open enrollment, magnet or charter) moderate income and ELL disparities in academic, executive functioning, and social skills trajectories compared to children's growth in regular (traditional) public schools.
Dates: 5/1/2015 - 4/30/2017
Funding Amount: $50,000
Funder: The Spencer Foundation
Investigator: Heather Bachman

The LEND Center of Pittsburgh

Program Goal: Provide intensive interdisciplinary leadershiop education for health care and education professional regarding children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Dates: 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $21,507
Funder: HRSA
Investigator: Louise Kaczmarek

The Role of Psychologically Wise Teaching in Student Achievement

Dates: 1/1/2017 - 12/31/2017
Funding Amount: $60,788
Funder: Stanford University
Investigator:

Using Natural Language Processing to Study Equitable and Robust Classroom Talk

As K-12 schools in the United States become more linguistically and racially diverse, English Language Arts (ELA) teachers need to develop knowledge about dialect diversity in the English language in order to support all students' language and literacy learning. However, little research has examined how to expand ELA teachers' knowledge about language variation and dialect diversity for literacy instruction. In response to this problem, I propose to build on my extensive line of research on learning about dialect diversity by gaining new knowledge in Natural Language Processing (NLP), a field at the intersection of computer science and linguistics that allows computers to analyze authentic human language. By applying NLP to large datasets of teachers' collaborative discussions about dialect diversity, I will unite two methodologies - micro-level discourse analysis and NLP - to identify patterns in pre-service and in-service teachers' discussions that indicate learning (or misconceptions) about dialect diversity across school and program contexts. This will extend my scholarly trajectory towards contributing innovative, useful and generalizable findings about preparing teachers for today's dialectally diverse classrooms. In turn, these findings will contribute to improving literacy instruction for our increasingly diverse K-12 population in the United States.
Dates: 8/1/2016 - 6/30/2017
Funding Amount: $147,589
Funder: The Spencer Foundation
Investigator: Amanda Godley