Washington, D.C. - March 11, 2016 - Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto,co-PI and scientific director of the NSF and GallaudetUniversity Science of Learning Center forVisual Language and Visual Learning,will be a distinguished speaker at theSecond Annual GeorgetownUniversity Free Neuroscience Public Lecture on Wednesday, March 16. Dr. Petitto, also scientific director of the VL2 resource hubBrain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging,will present groundbreaking, state-of-the-art research on biologicalfoundations of language in the brain in "Universals of Early Language,Reading, and the Brain as Revealed Through the Eyes." Dr. Petittois known for her role in the creation of the new discipline EducationalNeuroscience, and she is one of the founders, as well as chair,of the steering committee of Gallaudet's new Ph.D. in EducationalNeuroscience - the first program of its kind to be created inthe United States. Dr. Petitto is renowned for her scientificdiscoveries concerning language and its neural representationin the human brain, cross-species research on the nature of language andcommunication in chimpanzees, how young children learn language,the shared signed and spoken language processing systems in the human brain,the bilingual brain (including sign and spoken bilinguals) and thereading brain (including how young signing children use a VisualSign Phonology en route to deriving meaning from print English). The public lecture, hosted by Georgetown University in recognition of Brain Awareness Week,is at 6 p.m. at the American Association for the Advancement of Science auditorium,1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005. A question-and-answer panel andinformal reception will follow the lecture. American Sign Language interpreterswill be provided. Admission is free but registration is required (click here to register). Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/forms/6UIwVN0U49. Contact:Kaitlin Luna, Coordinator of Media and Public Relations (202) 448-7106 voice(202) 250-2973 videophone(585) 507-1705 mobile/textPlease contact us for more information.