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Deaf-Engaged Academic Forum (DEAF ROC)

DEAF ROC presents Navigating Deaf and Hearing Collaborations in Science

ABSTRACT Submissions:  Closed

(Keynote speakers may register at the door)

If you interested in attending, please stop at the registration desk on Thursday August 8th.
Registration will open at 8am, and we will do our best to accommodate.

August 8th, 2019 (8 am - 7:30 pm)
August 9th, 2019 (8:30 am - 3 pm)

Sarah Flaum Atrium
University of Rochester
415 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY

Parking and Directions

Photo of DEAF ROC leaders“Navigating Deaf and Hearing Collaborations in Science” aims to address the under-representation of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) scientists in biomedical research. It will do so by bringing together aspiring and successful Deaf/HH scientists and Hearing faculty mentors from across the nation to network and build a community – thereby facilitating more effective Deaf and Hearing scientific collaborations. The conference will be focused on fostering successful inclusion in Academic and Laboratory Environments. 

Photo of the DEAF ROC team
The conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral students, faculty and staff. We have an exciting program including a distinguished group of speakers, interactive poster sessions, small group breakout sessions and opportunities for networking.

Keynote Speakers

Photo of Dr. Poorna KushalnagarPoorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D.

Director, Deaf Health Communication and Quality of Life Research Lab
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Gallaudet University

Photo of Dr. Kelby BrickKelby Brick, Esq., CDI

Governor's Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH)
Maryland Gov.

Photo of Dr. Joseph HillJoseph C. Hill, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of ASL and Interpreting Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Rochester Institute of Technology

Featured Speakers

Michael R. Elliott, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology
University of Rochester

Sara Blick

Ph.D. Student
Cell Biology of Disease
Elliott Lab - Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology
University of Rochester

Lea Michel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
College of Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

Kara Farquharson

Graduate Research Assistant
School of Chemistry and Materials Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology

Kaitlin Stack Whitney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts
Rochester Institute of Technology

Sofie Margaret Christie

Undergraduate Student, Bioinformatics,
RIT College of Science
Fellow, NTID RISE Program


A poster session will highlight the research carried out by undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff attending the DEAF ROC Conference.  Applicants are encouraged to submit abstracts on all aspects of research in biomedical and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, or population sciences (public health, epidemiology, community, and/or health disparities research).  Abstracts from Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) trainees and faculty in the biomedical and behavioral sciences or abstracts from mentors about best practices for working with and mentoring D/HH individuals are encouraged.

Monetary awards will be presented at the end of the symposium for the best poster presentations.

Abstract Submissions are now closed