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BL2 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

December 08, 2011

Gallaudet University announces the opening of the Brain and Language Laboratory (BL²) located on its historic campus in Washington, DC.


Ribbon-cutting Ceremony and Open House

Thursday, December 8, 2011

3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

James Lee Sorenson Language and Communication Center Atrium

Gallaudet University

800 Florida Avenue NE Washington, DC 20002

The ceremony will begin with a brief program,

and will be followed by tours and refreshments.

RSVP by Friday, December 2, 2011

Telephone: 202-651-5085

Videophone: 866-956-5146

NSF press release


The state-of-the-art Brain and Language Laboratory is led by Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, the new Science Director and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation and Gallaudet University’s Science of Learning Center, “Visual Language and Learning (VL²).” The Laboratory features one of the world’s most advanced brain imaging systems, called functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), as well as an Infant Habituation Lab, Video Recording and Editing studios, Video-Conferencing facilities, Experimental and Observation Chambers, Library, and more. The new laboratory will be the site of neuroimaging and behavioral studies that will provide knowledge about the biological mechanisms and environmental factors, which, together, make possible the human capacity to learn and convey language, achieve reading mastery, and become a skilled bilingual.

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