PEN Alumni

Dr. Adam Stone

Adam Stone is the first person in Gallaudet University’s Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program to graduate from the program.

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Adam Stone, (Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, Advisor), successfully defended his dissertation, "Neural Systems for Infant Sensitivity to Rhythmic-Temporal Patterning" on June 5, 2017. 

Stone's study explored the neural mechanisms that make possible an infant’s ability to find salient phonetic-syllabic units in the incoming language stream.  This ability allows the child to distinguish between linguistic and non-linguistic input and to segment linguistic input into its constituent phonetic units.  This ability is essential for all language learning, whether signed or spoken.

His public defense talk was also live-streamed on Facebook where it has received more than 3,500 views to date. 

This milestone has several notable firsts:

  • Stone is the first person in Gallaudet University’s Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program to defend his dissertation!

  • Stone is the first of Dr. Petitto’s doctoral students in her Brain & Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) to reach this milestone!

  • Stone is the first student on the W. M. Keck Foundation (Petitto, PI; “Seeing the Rhythmic Temporal Beats of Human Language”) and NSF INSPIRE (Petitto, PI; “The RAVE Revolution for Children with Minimal Language Experience”, IIS-1547178) grants to defend his dissertation!


Subsequently, on August 4, 2017, after four years of intensive training and successfully defending his dissertation, Adam Michael Stone, (Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, Primary Advisor) became the first graduate of the PEN program at Gallaudet University!

 

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 Photo: Adam Stone (center) was honored with two awards at the 2017 Gallaudet University Graduate Awards and Hooding Ceremony. He is pictured with (left to right) Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto (Primary Advisor), Dr. Thomas Allen, Dr. Ilaria Berteletti, Dr. Clifton Langdon, Dr. Lorna Quandt, and Mr. Geo Kartheiser.