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The five research priorities recently adopted by Gallaudet after three years of assessment and review reflect the University’s unique and ongoing commitment to research that benefits the diversity of the deaf and hard of hearing population on campus, across the United States, and around the world. The new priorities represent a framework for the research efforts of the University and the Clerc Center.
Strategy E.1.1 of Gallaudet University’s preceding five-year Strategic Plan called for no more than five integrated research priorities, formulated by assessing compelling needs as well as current and potential strengths in fields such as visual language and learning, linguistic and communication access, genetics, and ASL/English bilingualism.
The research priorities are:
Priority #1: Education
The status and impact of current practices and policies related to the education, professional and technical training, and career preparation of deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind people through the lifespan, from birth through postgraduate education and beyond aimed at the development of evidence-based best practices and policies.
Priority #2: Diversity
Diversity within and between deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind communities, including underserved populations, as represented through the arts, humanities, and allied fields, demographic studies, and genetics, along with ethical and policy issues surrounding these manifestations of diversity.
Priority #3: Accessibility
Accessibility for deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind people in the workplace and in society at large as made possible by a wide range of technologies in several domains including but not limited to telecommunications, captioning, robotics, avatars, speech/sign recognition, and ergonomics.
Priority #4: Deaf Experience
The subjective experience of living as a deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind individual as understood through a variety of methodologies used in the fields of biology, psychology, economics, sociology, anthropology, linguistics, political science, history and philosophy, among others.
Priority #5: Language and Cognition
The relationship between linguistic and cognitive phenomena and the underlying physical substrate of the brain in deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind individuals as studied through the processing of visual, tactile and auditory stimuli in multiple contexts, including language development and learning throughout the lifespan.
Roberto E. Wirth, E-’74 & H-’09, passed away on June 5 in Rome, Italy. Mr. Wirth was owner and managing director of the Hotel Hassler in Rome, one of the most prestigious family-owned hotels in the world, and owned several other hotels and resorts throughout Italy. He was a strong advocate for deaf people in...
Alumnus Timel Benton has signed a contract with the Bay Area Panthers of the Indoor Football League (IFL). Benton, who graduated last month, is the first Gallaudet Bison to sign a professional football contract since Tony Tatum signed on with the Utah Blaze in the now-disbanded Arena Football League (AFL) in May 2013. Benton was...
James Caverly, ’11, who plays Theo Dimas in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building, will play Professor Harold Hill in the Olney Theatre Center’s summer production of Meredith Willson’s Tony-winning musical The Music Man, which opens tonight and runs through July 23. The show’s official opening is on Thursday, June 23. Sandra Mae Frank, ’13,...
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