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University of Rochester pioneers ASL academic paper

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A new paper in Preventing Chronic Disease is accompanied by a video in ASL.

The University of Rochester is marking the first academic paper delivered in American Sign Language, according to the university's press office.  It's available alongside the English article in Preventing Chronic Disease:

The article points out the striking absence of health care data on deaf people, due to the way researchers have traditionally collected such information – via telephone surveys and written mail. The problem with trying to reach deaf people solely through written English, Barnett noted, is that adults who have been deaf since birth have a wide range of English reading skills, from limited to proficient. A lack of the most rudimentary health statistics in the deaf population make it impossible to set priorities, make improvements, or prevent disease, Barnett said. The authors also addressed the issues of low health literacy, poor doctor-patient communication, and emerging research on a possible biologic basis for some health differences between deaf and hearing people.

Also at the U of R: the school is planning a new building for its graduate school of education, reports James Goodman at the Democrat and Chronicle:

In announcing the plans Tuesday, UR President Joel Seligman described the new building as symbolic of the university's commitment to education. "We owe our children a better future," Seligman said. Warner school Dean Raffaella Borasi hopes that UR's educational programs will become more of a force for change. "It will allow us to be a catalyst in the community," Borasi said.

SUNY Albany

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Albany is holding a business plan competition on April 28.  New York students will get practice pitching their businesses with a hack at $100,000 in prizes.  Read the press release at Nanowerk.

SUNY Binghamton

Binghamton University researchers are working on targeting cancer at the molecular level, reports Merril Douglas at the school's DISCOVER-e.


News 10 NBC reports that RIT made the U.S. News and World Report's list of best graduate schools for fine arts, MBA, and engineering.


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is working on building a new science center, reports Eric Anderson at the Times Union.  Currently there isn't a completion date or budget for the building.

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