Lancaster - An Ohio University Lancaster Assistant Professor learned last week that the information age isn't only for those who communicate traditionally. Deaf Studies and Interpreting Assistant Professor Becky Brooks was asked to present her dissertation research to a class at Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. from her office in Lancaster, communicating using American Sign Language.
Brooks signed her presentation over a video internet connection. Dr. Brenda Nicodemus, a well-known author in the field of interpreting, asked Brooks to make the presentation.
"It was really an honor," said Brooks. "Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts college in the world for those who are deaf. Gallaudet also has a lot of history. Its charter was signed by Abe Lincoln."
Brooks presented her research on how deaf college students were able to succeed at hearing institutions of higher education and why they were able to succeed. There was also an interpreting component to her research, which Brooks said the students were very interested in.The students were from a graduate research methods course.
"I was on a screen in their classroom," said Brooks. "There was no sound. The entire presentation and the questions they asked me afterwards were communicated in ASL. It was really interesting."
Brooks is the program coordinator for the Deaf Studies and Interpreting Associate's Degree at Ohio University Lancaster.