Dr. David Armstrong, who retired from the University on August 1, was interviewed for a feature on the WAMU radio show, “Morning Edition,” on August 16. The feature was entitled “Signing, Singing, Speaking: How Language Evolved.”

Dr. Kathryn Baldridge, director of the General Studies Program and associate professor in the Department of Physical Education, is quoted in “The Last Amateurs?”, an article about National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III, that appeared August 17 in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Baldridge is Gallaudet’s faculty athletic representative to the NCAA.

Dr. Donna Mertens, a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Research, made several presentations over the summer. She presented June 14 and 15 at the Centers for Disease Control Evaluation Conference in Atlanta, Ga. on the topic of transformative mixed methods for medical and health research. She was invited to present on July 9 at the International Mixed Methods Conference in Baltimore, Md. on the topic, “Pedagogical engagement with mixed methods research: Dialoguing around issues in the theory and praxis of mixed methods.” While there, she also presented “Publishing Mixed Methods Research.” Mertens was also invited to present on July 26 at the University of Notre Dame’s Inter-University Program for Latino Research on the topic of mixed methods applied to research for reducing obesity in Latino communities.

A number of media outlets picked up the story of MobileASL, a project undertaken by the University of Washington with a Gallaudet connection. Trustee Richard Ladner, a professor of computer science and engineering at the university, is a collaborator on the project. In addition, an article in the publication Switched quotes Gallaudet student Tong Song, one of the testers for MobileASL, on his opinion of the new device. The piece describes MobileASL as a tool that “uses compressed video signals and motion detection technology to discern American Sign Language, and then transmits images across cellular networks.”

Jiayi Zhou, a graduate student in the M.A. in International Development and Administration and Supervision Program and a World Deaf Leadership Scholar, was interviewed by CBS affiliate KVAL 13 News, Eugene, Ore., about her participation in Mobility International USA’s Fifth Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability, held August 27-29 in Eugene. Jiayi, who was one of 25 women leaders from around the world who participated in this empowering event, said she learned about it from her professor, Dr. Amy Wilson, program director of the M.A. in international development, Department of Educational Foundations and Research.

Dr. Julie Verhoff, an audiologist and Gallaudet Ph.D. candidate who will defend her dissertation this fall, and Dr. Jamie Shumaker, an audiologist with a private practice in Dothan, Ala., participated in a unique humanitarian mission this summer to bring much-needed audiological care and supplies to remote villages in South Africa. The mission was sponsored by hearing aid manufacturer Oticon and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation and led by Dr. Jackie Clark of the University of Texas at Dallas. Verhoff received her clinical doctorate in audiology (Au.D.) from the University of Texas at Dallas, and she was recently named director of audiology at the River School in Washington, D.C. She and Shumaker were chosen to participate in the mission in a random drawing of entry forms completed by interested attendees at the AudiologyNOW! Conference, held April 14-17 in San Diego, Calif. For more information and to see photos of the mission, go to Verhoff’s blog.

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