Dr. Martreece Watson, associate professor of English and project manager of HumanitiesDC.
Dr. Jannelle Legg, assistant professor of History and project manager of HumanitiesDC.


The Center for Black Deaf Studies and the Drs. John S. and Betty J. Schuchman Deaf Documentary Center have been awarded a 2023 HumanitiesDC Oral History Collaborative Grant. According to project managers Dr. Martreece Watson, associate professor of English, and Dr. Jannelle Legg, assistant professor of history, this grant will enable CBDS and the Schuchman Center to document and preserve the experiences of Black Deaf students enrolled at the Kendall School for the Deaf during the first decade of segregation and integration, from approximately 1952 to 1962. 

National Science Foundation

Linguistics graduate student Melissa Avino is among the winners of the 2023 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards. The purpose of the NSF GRFP is to ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. GRFP seeks to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support, inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000.

Melissa Avino and Dr. Deanna Gagne.
Melissa Avino, Linguistics graduate student, and Dr. Deanna Gagne, Melissa’s mentor for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Melissa is interested in how cross-linguistic, cross-cultural, shared experiences with metaphor impact language production. She hopes to do this by studying the use of metaphorical space in several contexts: gesture, ASL narrative, and interpretation, across hearing and Coda signers of varying experience with ASL. 

Dr. Deanna Gagne is Melissa’s mentor for this grant. She looks forward to continuing her work with Melissa, who has been engaged in research with Dr. Gagne’s laboratory since she was an undergraduate student working on studies of bimodal bilingualism in Coda adults.

District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium

Daniel Lundberg, professor of chemistry in the School of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics, and Public Health, has received funding in the amount of $30,260 from the District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium for June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024. This funding is a continuation of a sub-award through American University.

Daniel Lundberg.
Daniel Lundberg, professor of Chemistry and recipient of the District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.

The funding supports STEM students by creating research positions for undergraduates that are directed by Gallaudet faculty members in the Center for Science and Technology Research (CSTR) and the Tinkerlab. It also provides funds to purchase supplies for both the Tinkerlab (open to the University community) and the Physics 2 laboratory where students build remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) throughout the semester, testing them in the Field House swimming pool with an underwater camera during finals week.

The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) was established in 1988 by Congress and is administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Space Grant was created to develop and implement STEM-based student fellowship and scholarship programs; interdisciplinary space related research infrastructure, education, and public service programs; and cooperative initiatives with industry, research laboratories, and state, local, and other governments.

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