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Stokoe Winner To Continue Work With Computerized Fingerspelling

alkoby Karen (Glassenberg) Alkoby, a Chicago native, has been awarded the William C. Stokoe Scholarship to continue research and development of a system that translates spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) animation on a computer. She started this project while studying for her M.S. in Computer Science degree from DePaul University which she received last February with a concentration in information systems. She plans to make this 'ASL Synthesizer' project the topic for her Ph.D. dissertation also at DePaul University. A demo of her project is available on the internet at http://asl.cs.depaul.edu. She is married to Yossi, an Israeli deaf native where Alkoby went after graduation from Gallaudet in 1984 to teach young Deaf children. The William C. Stokoe Scholarship is an annual award of $2000 to a deaf graduate student. The goal of this scholarship is to increase the number of deaf social scientists who are actively involved in research on Sign Language or the Deaf Community, whether in linguistics, psychology, anthropology, sociology, or other fields. Support for the William C. Stokoe Scholarship comes from the sale of "Sign Language and the Deaf Community (1980), which is published by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).

DCARA Raises Over $100,000 - With Marlee

matlin Faced with a deficit of over $100,000, the Deaf, Counseling and Advocacy Referral Agency (DCARA) in San Leandro, CA staged a fund raiser with Marlee Matlin as featured entertainer in Mark Hopkins hotel in the bay area. This fund raiser was an enormous success resulting in a $35,000 surplus! Says Robert Roth, DCARA executive director, "It blows the myth that deaf persons will not spend more than a certain amount for a deaf fund raiser. For that event there were more deaf than hearing in attendance. You have to have good food, good entertainment and a good cause."

First Deaf Jewish Interpreting Conference

The First "National Conference on Deaf Participation and Interpreting in Jewish Settings" has been scheduled for July 26-21, 2000 at the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus and will be co-chaired by Alisa Shkolnik-Warmund and David Kay who encourages you to participate in their committees. The mission is to "define the issues inherent in Judaic interpreting and to continue the process of formulating ideas for the creative presentation of Judaic concepts and terminology in a variety of signed expressions." They hope to bring together individuals who have invested in the growth of Jewish heritage and culture through interpreting, provide a forum for study, discussion, dreams, and creativity. Overall, they would like to see production of materials for use in communities serving Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Expected to attend are interpreters, Jewish Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, and clergy. Prospective presenters are welcome to contact Alisa Shkolnik-Warmund at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or David Kay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Deaf Jewish Lady Among Those Honored

schertz Jacqueline Schertz became the first Deaf person to be named one of Rochester's "40 Under 40" award winners by the Rochester Business Journal in December in the Journal's fifth year of presenting this award which honors professionals under 40 years old for service to both their employers and the community at large. Schertz, a 1983 graduate of RIT's social work program and 1997 graduate of RIT's masters degree program in Career and Human Resource Development, is a counselor in RIT's Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf. She was instrumental in establishing a halfway house accessible to recovering deaf people. In addition to her work at RIT, Schertz is a member of the Deaf Community Support Services Advisory Board, DePaul Embrey Road House Community Advisory Board, and co-chairperson of the Deaf Sober House Committee.