Adam Stone, Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto’s doctoral student, successfully defended his dissertation on Monday, June 5, 2017! His dissertation project is titled, “Neural Systems for Infant Sensitivity to Rhythmic-Temporal Patterning.” This milestone has many notable firsts:

  • Stone is the first person in Gallaudet University’s Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) Program to defend his dissertation!
  • Stone is the first of Dr. Petitto’s doctoral students in her Brain & Language Laboratory for Neuroimaging (BL2) to reach this milestone!
  • Stone is the first student on the W. M. Keck Foundation (Petitto, PI; “Seeing the Rhythmic Temporal Beats of Human Language”) and NSF INSPIRE (Petitto, PI; “The RAVE Revolution for Children with Minimal Language Experience”, IIS-1547178) grants to defend his dissertation!

His public defense talk was also live-streamed on Facebook Live where it has received more than 2,900 views so far. Check it out on BL2’s Facebook page!

Please read more about this historic milestone for Gallaudet University and the PEN Program at our VL2 website.