RIT/NTID Student Research Fair touts cutting-edge work of undergraduate, graduate students

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Joan Bempong, a fifth-year BS/MS computer engineering student from Irving, Texas, believes that deaf women who use American Sign Language exhibit disparities in health literacy when compared to hearing women. She says limited health literacy may be caused by inaccessibility of mainstream information and healthcare services, as well as family communication difficulties. As a result, ineffective dissemination of health information also may have a significant impact upon deaf women’s mental and physical health.

National Advisory Group Award presented to Dr. Barry Culhane

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Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf recently recognized Dr. Barry Culhane, executive assistant to the president of Rochester Institute of Technology, with the 2018 National Advisory Group Outstanding Service Award. The group was formed during the establishment of NTID in the 1960s, and this is their highest honor.

RIT/NTID’s Nicole Pannullo named 2018 Goldwater Scholar

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RIT/NTID’s Nicole Pannullo is among 211 students from across the nation to be recognized as Barry Goldwater Scholars. It is the highest undergraduate award of its kind for the fields of the natural sciences, math and engineering. She is the first deaf RIT student to earn the prestigious award.

Pannullo, a chemistry and materials science research scholar from East Patchogue, New York, was RIT’s only Goldwater Scholar this year. The university has had 34 recipients and honorable mentions since 2005.

Cultural diversity enriches interpretation program

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RIT's degree programs in American Sign Language-English interpretation offer something that most other sign language interpreting programs do not.

“Students can interact with 1,200 deaf and hard-of-hearing students on campus here and more than 100 faculty members who are well known in the interpreting field,” says Lynn Finton, director of the Department of ASL and Interpreting Education. “They are able to practice and interact with people who are members of the Deaf community as they learn.”

RIT/NTID’s Heather Smith named an Emerging Technology Professional Woman of the Year nominee

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Heather Smith, director of the Motion Lab and senior lecturer in 3D Graphics Technology at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of Digital Rochester’s nominees for its 2018 Emerging Technology Professional Woman of the Year Award. 

The award honors individuals with fewer than five years in an individual contributor or leadership role. These awards are designed to recognize, celebrate and make visible the achievements of women in high technology fields.