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Deaf-Engaged Academic Forum

There are few Deaf scientists, and we would like to change that. The University of Rochester will host the second biennial Deaf-Engaged Academic Forum (DEAF-ROC Conference) with the theme, Navigating Deaf and Hearing Collaborations in Science on August 8 and 9, 2019. The conference will bring together aspiring and successful Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing scientists and Hearing faculty mentors from across the nation to network and build a community.

We have a stellar lineup of keynote speakers:

  • Poorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D., director of Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Lab, and associate professor of Psychology at Gallaudet University
  • Kelby Brick, Esq., CDI, director of the Governor's Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), Maryland Gov.
  • Michelle Koplitz, MHS, project officer in the Department of Health & Human Services, HRSA

The event will also feature short talks, breakout sessions, a panel discussion and a poster session.

Register for the conference (for free) and submit a poster abstract by Monday, July 1. If you have questions, please contact Stefanie Fingler.

Friday, August 9, 2019 at 8:30am to 3:00pm

Sarah Flaum Atrium
415 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642

Event Type

Conferences and Symposia


Faculty, Students, Alumni, Health Care Professionals



Clinical and Translational Science Institute
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If you have questions, please contact Stefanie Fingler at

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