Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professorship in the Ph.D. Program in Educational Neuroscience with an emphasis on the neural basis of learning in child development.
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|July 28 - August 2, 2015||Melissa Malzkuhn will be going to the World Federation of the Deaf Congress in Istanbul. She will be a plenary presenter on technology and accessibility.|
|August 3, 2015||At Illinois School for the Deaf Outreach Program August Conference, Dr. Melissa Herzig will be the keynote presenter.|
|The Early Education and Literacy Lab (EL2) directed by Dr Thomas Allen combines a program of research that seeks to study individual differences in learning through analysis of large datasets collected in authentic home and school settings, with the distribution of online tools and new assessments that will facilitate the study of language and learning among visual learners by researchers around the world.|
|EL2 newly appointed Database Analyst, Ralph Fernandez, is creating an online version of the Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist (the VCSL) that will enable its widespread use through an innovative Web interface. Authors Laurene Simms, Sharon Baker, and Diane Clark are creating a new set of videos that will be embedded in the web-based version of the test to give users examples of each behavior identified in the checklist.|
|Drs. Thomas Allen and Donna Morere are preparing an outline for a book that is a followup to their successful Assessing Literacy in Deaf Individuals. The new volume will present analyses and discussion of assessment strategies for use with young deaf children, using data from the Early Education Longitudinal Study.|
The Brain and Language Lab for Neuroimaging (BL2) was first established by Dr Laura Ann Petito in 2012. BL2 has evolved into Gallaudet University and VL2’s major research and resource hub for discoveries about the brain-based foundations of language,reading and bilingualism in young children.
|Dr. Laura Ann Petitto, Director of the BL2 and Co-PI and Science Director of the VL2 Center is lecturing and advising the new Science of Learning Initiative at the University of Hong Kong this summer, as part of her Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professorship. She is accompanied by her advisees in the PhD Program in Educational Neuroscience, Adam Stone and Geo Kartheiser, who are at UHK in fulfillment of their required summer lab rotation. Under the leadership of Dr. Petitto, VL2 was awarded a supplemental award from NSF to support the students participation at UHK.|
|Dr. Clifton Langdon, Assistant Professor in the PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program, has become the Assistant Director BL2.|
|Drs. Petitto and Langdon submitted a multi-million dollar grant to the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation solicitation to support the advancement of neuroimaging technologies and their integration into multi-modal systems.|
|In VL2’s Motion Light Lab (ML2), directed by Melissa Malzkuhn, the team focuses on using the power of digital technology to develop engaging educational resources based on VL2 research findings.|
ML2’s newest app is the Solar System which combines creativity, information and accessible technology. It is the first non-fiction science-based app, targeted towards upper-elementary students.
|Ms. Malkuhn will introduce the new Storybook Creator program during her presentation titled “Technology and Accessibility” at the World Federation of the Deaf Congress in Istanbul. The future possibilities concerning advances in technology particularly in 3-D development involving sign language will be discussed|
The Translation for the Science of Language and Learning Lab (TL2) is VL2’s newest and fourth sustainable resource hub at Gallaudet, with Dr Melissa Herzig as the director. The TL2 team develops synergistic connections between VL2 and the people it impacts by helping to disseminate information and products created in the Center. According to Dr Herzig, TL2 serves as a bridge between science, innovative products and the people the center serves. Information is shared through the parent package and research briefs. Educational resources are also created to support language and literacy development through lesson plans to go along with the VL2 Storybook Apps. Presentations and trainings on VL2’s research, bilingual education and language policy, are also conducted.
|Sign Wise Quality Assurance Website is a new initiative designed to ensure the quality of sign language products for children. Parents and educators can go to the website to find out about the quality, accuracy and usefulness of educational products. It will feature developers and resources that have met VL2’s high standards and feature reviews of products heared for young children from infant to school age. This is to ensure that children have access to high-quality signing models and are receiving accurate language input.|