Dear AG Bell Community,
Every day, AG Bell and AG Bell International enthusiastically bring our mission of “working globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk” to more children, families, and adults with hearing loss, and the professionals who serve them.
As we celebrate our mission and Listening and Spoken Language in 2020, I would like to invite you to attend AG Bell’s second annual Global Listening and Spoken Language Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland from July 9-11. I’m glad we can get this column out to you today, because today is the last day to receive big savings on your registration. The Super Early Rate expires tonight at midnight EST. I hope that you’ll use the money you save by registering today to enjoy your visit to Baltimore - or to travel to nearby Washington, D.C., Philadelphia or New York City, giving you time to experience much that the East Coast has to offer.
Among the outstanding keynote presenters at the Global LSL Symposium is Dr. Lina Reiss. Lina is a true AG Bell Cradle to Career story. Lina received an AG Bell College Scholarship in 1995 while she was earning her degree in mechanical engineering at Princeton University. She came to the attention of Dr. J. Tilak Ratnanather, who has long championed our scholarship program. Tilak persuaded Lina to spend a summer interning at the Center for Hearing and Balance at Johns Hopkins University. The following year she became the first person with hearing loss to matriculate into the PhD program in biomedical engineering at JHU. Fast forward a few years, and Lina is now an Associate Professor in Otolaryngology-HNS and Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health & Science University, where she conducts research related to cochlear implant technology. She has served on AG Bell’s College Scholarship Committee, and has guided students participating in AG Bell’s STEMM-HEAR program which places high-achieving STEM students in research internships with mentoring from successful scientists, like Lina, who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Of course, as you plan your symposium experience, I’d like to call your attention to the new pre-symposium mini workshops which are now shorter this year, allowing you to grow your career through additional learning time and networking with colleagues from around the world. Last year, more than 400 attendees from 40 countries shared their knowledge and experience with each other in Madrid, Spain, and we expect even more U.S. and international attendees with whom you can share and take that information back to your colleagues and the families you serve.
And speaking of more learning opportunities, I also want to remind you about “The Linguistic Genius of Babies” on March 7 in Kansas City, Missouri. This event, offered by AG Bell in partnership with Hearing Firstand NCHAM, will be an in-person event, with live streaming available for those who may not be able to attend in person. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Patricia Kuhl, who is internationally recognized for her research on early language and bilingual brain development, and for pioneering brain measures on young children and studies that show how young children learn. Dr. Kuhl was featured this past week in a CNN article on early language development. I encourage you to read this insightful article to learn more about her fantastic work.
You can learn more about this event and how to register online here. And if you are attending in person, our Chief Strategy Officer, Gayla Guignard, and I look forward to seeing you there.
Chief Executive Officer
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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