3rd Workshop of 2023 Global Year of STEM Signs

September 5, 2023

In Person Event


There are many STEM sign lexicons worldwide based on different sign languages.  Over the year, we will celebrate this work and discuss the future of STEM sign language lexicons and their impact on STEM education and careers. A series of six events that provide those us working in this field with opportunities to come together. The first one was held last month on 1 March 2023 at Gallaudet University.  The theme was “A Showcase of STEM Sign Language Lexicon From Around the World” for founders and leaders of different STEM lexicon projects worldwide. On 3 March 2023, the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) held their Annual Meeting in Washington – “The World of STEM Sign Language Lexicons”. Next is the WFD Conference in South Korea in July 2023, where we will present a paper on “Global Year of STEM Sign Lexicons”.

We are also organizing a networking event for deaf scientists and people involved in STEM sign lexicons on 5th September 2023, which will be held in Austria at Vienna Technology University, the day before the Deaf Academics Conference (DAC2023) in the same city.  So it will be nice for us to get together before the conference starts; the theme will be “An international look at STEM Sign Lexicons”. We hope you will be able to join us for this one-day event.  There will be presentations, discussions and networking opportunities, and we will go out for dinner afterwards. This workshop is free.

If interested, please register – by web link or QR code. There is a limit to the number of people due to the size of the room. We are very grateful to have support from GESTU at Vienna Technology University, who have agreed to provide us with a room to host the workshop.

If you have any questions, please email us – [email protected]
Hope to see you in Vienna on 5th September 2023!

European Deaf STEM Camp

August 5, 2023


August 12, 2023

In Person Event


On behalf of the organizing committee, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting the first European STEM Camp for the Deaf. This event will take place in Revel (France) from August 5 to 12, 2023. 

This event is open to deaf scientists who wish to share their knowledge, experience and scientific work in sign language. Participants to the event will take part in workshops, conferences and team-building activities.
The requirements for participation are simple:
– Participant is 18 years old or more
– Participant is a student, researcher, professional or holds a degree in STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.

The registration fee is 390€ and include the following options
– Accommodation (7 nights) ;
– Meals (coffee breaks, breakfast, lunch, and dinner);
– Transportation between Toulouse (nearest airport) and Revel for the day of arrival (August 5) and departure (August 12);
– Sports activities;
– Guided cultural tour;
– Evening activities.

Registration form:  

Registration deadline: April 15, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]

We look forward to seeing you at camp soon!

Deaf Orinthologists Panel

August 9, 2023


August 12, 2023

In Person Event

Ontario, Canada

CALL FOR PANELISTS! The American Orinthological Society is hosting a panel that showcases deaf and hard of hearing experiences in ornithology and birding from undergraduate students to established career professionals. The goal of the panel is to promote conversations to increase deaf inclusion and accessibility in the organization. Interested in being a panelist? Contact the e-mail address listed in the flyer!

Summer Internship for High School Students – Identification and Assessment of Cancer Drug Candidates

June 1, 2023

In Person Event

Students will identify and assess ADMETS properties of candidate drugs to determine top molecules with the most desired properties through computer stimulations. High school students who have completed chemistry and have a family income below 200th percentile of the national poverty line are eligible to apply. You can receive a stipend up to $3,200.

Ph.D Defense for Amie F. Sankoh

April 21, 2023

12:30 pm


Virtual Event

Project summary: Plasmodesmata (PD) are plasma membrane-lined pores in plant cell walls that allow trafficking of small molecules and macromolecules, including metabolites, signaling molecules, and some hormones, from one plant cell to another. Interestingly, the plant hormone salicylic acid (SA) does not traffic via PD, but instead moves through the apoplast, but it can function to influence PD trafficking. Indeed, SA is a critical hormonal signal that regulates this cell-to-cell permeability in response to pathogen infection. Previous studies have shown SA to regulate plasmodesmata through regulation of callose, which can occlude PD and limit transport. SA has long been known to activate plant responses to pathogens by potentiating systemic acquired resistance (SAR). SAR is a secondary immune response that acts against pathogens in plants. Because PD are very important for plant growth, development, and defense, we seek to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in PD regulation and trafficking. This study focuses on investigating the cellular mechanisms of how SA could directly or indirectly regulate intercellular trafficking by adjusting PD permeability. Here, we present approaches to investigate how SA is connected to PD transport in epidermal leaf tissues of N. benthamiana. We seek to understand how SA regulates PD through callose accumulation or decumulation at PD in a time and concentration dependent manner. We addressed what callose dynamics are associated with SA-mediated changes to intercellular trafficking by investigating the correlation between callose deposition and PD movement using callose staining with aniline blue and an intercellular GFP transport assay. We also measured PD distribution in SA-treated tissue using a fluorescent PD marker and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Please use the link and meeting ID to access the defense.

Math Observations in Deaf Education (MODE)

March 22, 2023

6:00 pm


7:00 pm


Virtual Event

This webinar will review three current online sites that contain mathematical ASL. Guest Caroline Solomon from Gallaudet University will discuss ASL STEM, guest Keith Mousley from RIT/NTID will discuss the DeafTEC STEM Sign Video Dictionary, and host Dawn Kidd will show the Texas Math Sign Language Dictionary, all with a focus on mathematical signs.  Additional ASL Math resources will be listed at the end of the webinar.  Come join us for some math signing! 

The webinar will be offered in ASL with voice interpreting and captioning.



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