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PEN Alumni

Meet the graduates of Gallaudet University's Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience Program!
The PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program was approved by the Gallaudet Board of Trustees on May 17, 2013 and opened its doors to the first class of Ph.D. students in… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/pen-program/alumni/

Academic Year 2018-2019

The Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program proudly presents the 2018-2019 PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience.
  "From Mirror Neurons to Society: How the Brain and Experience Provide New Insights into Learning" Presented in conjunction with the PEN 701 Proseminar, the PEN Program's… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/pen-program/proseminar/2018-2019/

PEN Students Honored with Distinguished Awards at Gallaudet University’s Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony

PEN students, Mr. Geo Kartheiser and Mr. Bradley White were honored with distinguished awards at Gallaudet University’s Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony on May 10, 2018.
The PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program is delighted to honor graduate student Geo Kartheiser, with the PEN program’s 2018 Outstanding Research Award. This award honors … http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/news/announcements/pen-students-2018-awards/

Melissa Malzkuhn Named One of 20 Inaugural Fellows of the Obama Foundation Fellowship

VL2 is proud to announce that our Motion Light Lab Founder & Creative Director Melissa Malzkuhn is one of only 20 leaders selected in the world for the Obama Foundation Fellowship! Melissa and her team are designing digital tools to give deaf children equ…
Melissa Malzkuhn has been named as one of only 20 inaugural Fellows for the inaugural Obama Foundation Fellowship. Over 20,000 people from 191 countries applied and from that pool… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/news/announcements/melissa-malzkuhn-obama-foundation-fellowship/

Action & Brain Lab

The Action & Brain Lab investigates how sign language experience impacts spatial processing, and how action-related and language-related brain systems interact with one another in the context of sign language.
The Action & Brain Lab (ABL) investigates the neural substrates of action perception related to visual language and visual learning. ABL was founded by Dr. Lorna Quandt in early 2… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/labs/brain-and-language-lab-2/

The Adorable Robot That’s Helping Deaf Children Communicate

WIRED features a video and print story about the Robot AVatar thermal-Enhanced (RAVE) learning tool prototype developed by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto and a team at Gallaudet University in collaboration with Yale, the University of Southern California, and Ital…
Click here to view the corresponding video story.  The Wide-Eyed Robot Teaching Deaf Children To Communicate THIS KID DOESN’T know it, but he’s kind of a big deal. Sitting in … http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/news/vl2-news/wired-article/

Dr. Ilaria Berteletti

Dr. Ilaria Berteletti is an Assistant Professor in the PEN Program.
In her role at the NSF-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center called Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), Dr. Berteletti is also Director of the PEN Distinguished L… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/pen-program/pen-faculty/ilaria-berteletti/

Dr. Melissa Herzig

Dr. Melissa Herzig is Co-founder and Assistant Director of the PEN Program.
Dr. Melissa Herzig is Co-founder and Assistant Director for the Gallaudet University PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program and Scientific Director of the Translation for th… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/pen-program/pen-faculty/melissa-herzig/

Dr. Thomas Allen

Dr. Thomas Allen is Co-founder, Program Director and Program Professor in the PEN Program.
He is the NSF-Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center called Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) Center Co-Principal Investigator, and also directs the Early Educati… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/pen-program/pen-faculty/dr-thomas-allen/

Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto

The PhD in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program was founded at Gallaudet University by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto (Chair, PEN Steering Committee and PEN Program Professor), a leading cognitive neuroscientist who first helped create the discipline of Educatio…
Dr. Petitto pioneered the creation of the PEN program, which she built with Dr. Thomas Allen (Program Director, PEN) and Dr. Melissa Herzig (Assistant Program Director, PEN). Dr. P… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/pen-program/pen-faculty/laura-ann-petitto/

Could A Robot Help Your Child Learn A Language?

Award-winning journalist Kate Sheridan interviews Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto to discuss the latest scientific discoveries about the Robot Avatar Thermal-Enhanced prototype (RAVE) learning tool prototype. Dr. Petitto is the lead researcher of RAVE and an educat…
http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/news/vl2-news/rave-newsweek/

Academic Year 2017-2018

Download the 2017-2018 PEN Distinguished Lecture Series brochure. The Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program proudly presents the 2017-2018 PEN Distinguished Lecture Seri… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/pen-program/proseminar/2017-2018/

VL2 graduate students and esteemed neuroscientist honored with Gallaudet University awards

Two Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2) graduate students and an esteemed collaborating professor of Gallaudet University’s Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program were honored for their research and professional contributions during the Uni…
Adam Stone, Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto’s doctoral student in Gallaudet University’s Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program and a graduate research assistant in Dr. Petitto’s Br… http://vl2.gallaudet.edu/news/announcements/vl2-graduate-school-awardees/