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Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto to present at Second Annual Georgetown University Free Neuroscience Public Lecture at Georgetown University

March 11, 2016


Washington, D.C. – March 11, 2016 – Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, co-PI and scientific director of the NSF and Gallaudet University Science of Learning Center for Visual Language and Visual Learning, will be a distinguished speaker at the Second Annual Georgetown University Free Neuroscience Public Lecture on Wednesday, March 16.

Dr. Petitto, also scientific director of the VL2 resource hub Brain and Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging, will present groundbreaking, state-of-the-art research on biological foundations of language in the brain in “Universals of Early Language, Reading, and the Brain as Revealed Through the Eyes.”  

Dr. Petitto is known for her role in the creation of the new discipline Educational Neuroscience, and she is one of the founders, as well as chair, of the steering committee of Gallaudet’s new Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience – the first program of its kind to be created in the United States. Dr. Petitto is renowned for her scientific discoveries concerning language and its neural representation in the human brain, cross-species research on the nature of language and communication 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 the reading brain (including how young signing children use a Visual Sign 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 and informal reception will follow the lecture. American Sign Language interpreters will be provided. Admission is free but registration is required (click here to register).

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11 March 2016


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