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July 23, 2021


Dr. Poorna Kushalnagar, ’93, Special Assistant to the Provost for Research and Engagement, is one of three authors of a research letter in the July 15 edition of the Journal of Internal Medicine. They propose that there is a second pathway to COVID-19 infection: self-infection to the lungs via one’s one speech. An NIH researcher contacted Dr. Kushalnagar to test the hypothesis that deaf people who vocalize less are less susceptible to COVID. A small sample supported this hypothesis, but more research is needed. Read more on PNAS Online.

Seven Gallaudet University alumni, including two current faculty members, are featured in a New York Times article and video montage about name signs. Monique Holt, E-’07, of the Theatre and Dance Program and Dr. Onudeah Nicolarakis, ’04 & G-’06, of the Department of Education join alumni Frank Dattolo, ’93, Marsellette Davis, E-’97, Isabella Kogan, ’19 & G-’21, Andres Piedrahita, ’07, and Zavier Sabio, ’05, in this piece by Times senior editor Ilaria Parogni. 

Dr. Daniel Lundberg, ’02, and Dr. Alicia Wooten, both of the School of Science, Technology, Accessibility, Mathematics, and Public Health, are quoted extensively in a Chemical & Engineering News article on American Sign Language signs in scientific settings. 

Dr. Julie Hochgesang, G-’07 & PhD ’14, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, will be featured on Artful Science on Sunday, July 25 at noon ET. The show’s host, Aaron Dworkin, a professor at the University of Michigan and a MacArthur Fellow, interviewed her about her work in early June. 

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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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