PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

PEN DLS brochure for 2023-2024

Braille and Science of Reading: Research, Diversity, and Engagement

Thursday, 21 September 2023
PEN DLS Series 2023-2024
Dr. Robert Englebretson

Dr. Robert Englebretson

Associate Professor of Linguistics, Rice University


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Dr. Englebretson is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Rice University. In 2019, the Braille Authority of North America recognized Englebretson with the Darleen Bogart Braille Excellence Award for his work on IPA Braille, which empowers access to phonetics for blind people working in the language sciences. Also in 2019, Englebretson, Simon Fischer-Baum (Rice University), and Cay Holbrook (University of British Columbia) were awarded an Exploration research grant from the Institute for Education Sciences "Exploring the Knowledge, Skills, and Strategies Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Need to Effectively Teach Braille Reading and Writing." His work seeks to bring braille research squarely into the mainstream of the reading sciences and to contribute to evidence-based approaches to improving braille literacy. 


The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience honors researchers who have changed the landscape of science. We invite them to share their discoveries as we forge new links across research communities within Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., and the world.


To view this year's and all previous presentations, please visit VL2's PEN Distinguished Lectures webpage.