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Lori Holt
By Rachel Weaver
Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Age: 39

Residence: Point Breeze

Family: Husband, Alessandro Rinaldo

Education: Bachelor's degree in psychology and doctorate in cognitive psychology, with a neurophysiology minor, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Occupation: Holt is a professor of psychology within Carnegie Mellon's Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, a specialist in auditory cognitive neuroscience and director of CMU's Speech Perception and Learning Laboratory. She is a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint venture of the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Noteworthy: Winner of the 2013 National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Awards, given annually to two psychology researchers under the age of 40 to recognize extraordinary scientific achievement and to further promote empirical research on the relationship between consciousness and the physical world. Each award includes a $50,000 prize. Holt is being honored for studies advancing the understanding of the sensory and cognitive processes that are fundamental to the perception of speech. She will receive the award at a ceremony on April 29, during the academy's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Quote: “I'm thrilled to have had my research recognized by National Academy.”

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