Sunday, March 1, 2015

Contamination at Deaf School

Warning signs have been put into place around a school for the deaf and "large areas of the campus have been fenced off" according to the Press Enterprise. About 2,900 tons of soil at The California School for the Deaf at Riverside is contaminated. It contains "unsafe levels of lead, arsenic and two kinds of pesticides that have been banned for decades because of their toxicity." Find out the whopping price tag for this project here.

Shakespeare honor goes to Gallaudet

credit: Shakespeare First Folio, 1623.
Folger Shakespeare Library.
Gallaudet University has the honor of being selected as the host site for one of the world's most treasured books--Shakespeare's First Folio. The book contains 36 of Shakespeare's plays and was printed in 1623. It will travel nationwide as part of an exhibition that will visit all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Visitors to the Gallaudet exhibition will be given a variety of programs from which to choose. The a unique cross-cultural experience will combine "classic English literature, theater, American Sign Language (ASL), and the deaf community." Project Director and English professor Dr. Jill Bradbury says the school is "delighted to be selected as the D.C. host site for First Folio! Our goal is to promote a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's role in deaf theater history and to educate a broad swath of the U.S. deaf and hard of hearing community about the First Folio." Read more about this unique opportunity here

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gally Suit Dismissed

A discrimination lawsuit against Gallaudet University has been dismissed. Angela McCaskill was once the school's chief diversity officer. She sued, saying she had been defamed after she signed a petition at her church related to Maryland's same-sex marriage law. Read the full story at the Capital Gazette.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Deaf Driver faces charges

A deaf man who drove through a crowd at the "Zombie Walk" during last year's Comic-Con is facing a felony charge, reports San Diego's 10news. He'll be arraigned a week from this coming Monday. Here's a video report.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CI developers get major award tonight

The National Academy of Engineering is giving five of the people who played important roles in the development of the cochlear implant one of the highest awards in engineering tonight. Receiving the 2015 Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ Prize--along with half-of-a-million dollars are:
  • Graeme Clark, an Australian doctor who was motivated to pioneer the first multi-channel implant by watching his deaf father struggle in his daily life.
  • Austria electrical engineer Ingeborg Hochmair worked with her husband, Erwin Hochmair, to develop their own multi-channel implant in Europe, eventually starting MED-EL--one of the "big three" cochlear implant makers. 
  • Blake Wilson, co-director of the Duke Hearing Center. He is strategy advisor for MED-EL and is credited with inventing many of the critical signal processing strategies used in implants today.
  • Michael M. Merzenich, a neuroscientist and professor of otolaryngology at the University of California at San Francisco, established some of the fundamental design for Advanced Bionics.
A ceremony will take place in Washington, D.C. this evening. There's more information from the National Academy of Engineering here.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Captioning problems during race

Closed captioning went "insane during the Fox NASCAR broadcast" yesterday according to DeadSpin. It appears, as one commenter suggested, the files sent to the computer so it can  recognize names was place in the broadcast stream during the race. Find out more here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Study on Implants and Age

If something goes wrong with a cochlear implant and doctors have to perform surgery again, advanced age shouldn't be a consideration as to whether to do the revision. That's the finding of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You'll find the study in the Journal of the American Medical Association here.

On this date in 1875.. a sports legend was born

Luther "Dummy" Taylor
Luther "Dummy" Taylor was born on this day, February 21, in 1875. Taylor joined the Giant's pro baseball in 1900 when they played at New York's Polo Grounds before moving to the West Coast. He was on the team until 1908, helping the Giants win their first World Series in 1905. Taylor was 16-9 that season. Overall, Taylor had 115 wins and 103 loses with the Giants. He then played with the Kansas City Royals. It was fitting because Taylor was born in near Oskaloosa, Kansas and attended the Kansas State School for the Deaf where he was class valedictorian in 1895. He played on the school's baseball team and returned to coach after retiring from professional baseball.  Taylor was buried in 1958 in Baldwin, Kansas
about 50 miles from where the Kansas City Royals now play their home games.

Opening Night at the Theater

A new play opens tonight at Deaf West Theater. American Buffalo is a "1975 drama, set in a Chicago junk shop overflowing with knickknacks and refuse" with "obnoxious male characters and aggressively obscene patter." Read a full review in the LA Times here.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bison Season Ending

The Gallaudet women's basketball team closes out its season this weekend. The Bison play Penn State Berks on Saturday. Gallaudet had a three-game winning streak going into Friday's game against Lancaster Bible College but lost to Lancaster by a score of 72 to 62. The Lady Bison now have a record of 13-10 for the season and will need a win in the Penn State Berks game in order to get into the Landmark Conference women’s basketball tournament.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Brainstem implant testing

Deaf children who can't use cochlear implants might be helped with a brainstem implant. The Associated Press has a video report. You can read the story here.

Investigation into Sexual violence at Gally

Al Jazeera America’s conducted a six-month investigation into sexual violence at Gallaudet University. "It uncovers troubling allegations from students who said their disabilities made them targets for sexual assault; that their experiences reporting that abuse were complicated by factors like disability, race and sexual identity; and that in some cases, sexual assault was even the cause of a disability, such as depression. Read more here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

NAD sues Harvard & MIT

The National Association of the Deaf is suing the Harvard and M.I.T. over the failure of the universities to offer captioning on their online classes and other educational material--and according to the suit, what is captioned is done poorly. Read details in the New York Times here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Implant wearer and Vince Gill

Joe Hannigan, who has a cochlear implant, got to perform with Vince Gill recently. They played together on the song When I Call Your Name in Nashville. Hannigan lost his hearing in one ear a few years ago because of a medical condition and it nearly derailed his musical career. Here's a video of the performance (no captions).