News Archive

VL2 Fireside Chat with Professor Noam Chomsky
On Friday, Jan. 27, VL2 had the honor and privilege of hosting Professor Noam Chomsky for an hour-long "fireside chat."
VL2 School Partner Meeting/ECE Summit III in Delaware
Following the National American Sign Language and English Bilingual Consortium for Early Childhood Education: Summit III, VL2 will host a one day School Partner Workshop on Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Ken Pugh to present on Feb 2 for VL2 Presentation Series on Neuroimaging findings of Reading and Language Development
Dr. Pugh of Yale University will share his findings at Gallaudet - live web streaming available!
Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign Language Theory (FEAST) 2012
FEAST 2012 will take place at University of Warsaw, Poland on June 1-2. Keynote presenters are Christian Rathmann of University of Hamburg, Ronnie Wilbur of Purdue University and Bencie Woll of University College London.
Brain and Language Lab Open House and Ribbon-cutting Ceremony
The Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto's Brain and Language Lab (BL2) was celebrated on campus Dec. 8. Video highlights of the event are now available!
Sex on the Brain: Are Boys' Brains Different from Girls' Brains? Scientists Debate the Question
The idea that “Men are from Mars” and “Women are from Venus” when communicating with one another is an often expressed adage in popular culture. Such gender differences are assumed to be the result of basic brain differences between men and women when communicating. Do men and women communicate and think in fundamentally different ways?
Research Shows Remarkable Bilingual Advantage
A new study finds a remarkable language advantage in bilingual babies. They have a greater and longer sensitivity to language distinctions that make up the world’s languages, and show unique patterns of brain activation for language, as compared to monolingual babies. The findings, observed by a team led by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto of Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., reveal that early exposure to two languages changes the human brain in ways that afford linguistic advantages to young bilingual children.
Research at RIT: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Deaf Brain
This news item links to an article originally published in Research at RIT, Fall/Winter 2012, featuring Dr. Peter Hauser's work with VL2. Among the highlights: More than 1,000 people have participated in his research study and Deaf people learn to pick up visual cues peripherally quicker than their hearing peers.
VL2 Soon Hiring! P-12 School Engagement Manager Needed
VL2 Soon Hiring! P-12 School Engagement Manager Needed
VL2 is delighted to announce that we are one step closer to realizing our mission for translational research and stronger collaborations with schools! We are looking for someone with extensive classroom experience and knowledge of translational research to lead our P-12 school engagement efforts.
Visual Language Summit
On November 18-19, VL2 and the University of California-Davis Center for Mind and Brain are co-hosting a two-day conference, "The Center for Mind and Brain Visual Language Summit" at the UC-Davis campus. This summit will bring together specialists in attention, language, memory, and education to address issues relevant to the cognitive and linguistic development of deaf and hard of hearing individuals.