THE TEAM

We are creatives seeking new ways to understand the learning process in sign language and how to make tangible resources that makes learning fun. Our background is in science, art, technology, culture, communications, and education. With our varied backgrounds and singular interest in understanding how Deaf Children engage in learning, and how to create new experiences, we are constantly evolving, innovating, and welcoming new perspectives. Find us on the first floor of Sorenson Language and Communication Center building at Gallaudet University.

Bring a cup of coffee and join the conversation. 

 

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melissa malzkuhn, founder & creative director

Best course? Hard to say, I'm such a geek. So to be fair, here's a breakdown:
Undergrad - Spanish
Graduate - Philosophy of Sign and Language
MFA- Black, White, and One Color
Coffee? Noir. Why complicate things?
Where are you from? Northern California
Where do you WISH you were from? I'm perfectly happy with where I'm from
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? We're paving the road as it is. Being an imagineer requires intuition and boldness. And to quote George R.R. Martin, "Ideas are cheap. It's execution of them that really counts."


lorna quandt, science director

Best course? Cognitive neuroscience at Haverford College. It was the beginning of the rest of my life!
Coffee? Black usually, skim vanilla latte for special occasions. 
Where are you from? Washington DC
Where do you WISH you were from? the English countryside
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Exploring action, movement, and creativity with such talented people.

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Yiqiao Wang, senior artist

Best course? Savannah College of Art and Design’s illustration course
Coffee? Thai
Where are you from? Beijinger in DC
Where do you WISH you were from? In my studio
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Explore visual impressions beyond fantasy ideas.


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Jason Lamberton, motion capture technician

Best course? Computer Graphics under Bill Millios.
Coffee? The Heisenberg method by Walter White in Breaking Bad.
Where are you from? Fremont, California
Where do you WISH you were from? Proxima Centauri b, the closest Earth-like planet to us in the Alpha Centauri star system.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Extending the frontiers of technology!


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jamilee hoglind, creative media specialist

Best course? Art 290 - Web Design 1; I never even wanted to miss this class once!
Coffee? Black with a big drop or two of vanilla soy milk, always.
Where are you from? Denver, Colorado
Where do you WISH you were from? Europe... don't get me started with the beauty of their architectures.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Igniting my creativity to life and being able to take everything to the next level to its maximum potential.


tayla newman, video editor

Best course? DST 311 (Dynamics of Oppression)... opened my eyes.
Coffee? No thank you. :)
Where are you from? Cave Spring, Georgia
Where do you WISH you were from? Can I say when? The 1800's!
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Knowing that we're working for the future of Deaf children.

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COREY ROSKO, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGy

Best course? Android/IOS application development.
Coffee? I absolutely hate coffee. A cup of cold water is the way to go.
Where are you from? Frederick, MD.
Where do you WISH you were from? Anywhere in Canada due to their wonderful healthcare system.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Collaborating with a dynamic team to develop an exciting education resource for the deaf children.


sean paskey, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGy

Best course? Web Programming ITS352.
Coffee? Nah, but I love Kombucha with Master Brew!
Where are you from? Jacksonville, Florida.
Where do you WISH you were from? Silicon Valley,  California.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? I am an ASL activist and encourage who tries to learn the technology and sign language in the same world.

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RAJA KUSHALNAGAR, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGy

Best course? Capstone course.
Coffee? White chocolate mocha.
Where are you from? Washington, D.C.
Where do you WISH you were from? West Virginia.
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Avatars and Augmented Reality (AR).


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MELISSA HERZIG, DIRECTOR OF tl2

Best course?  Equitable Education for Children
Coffee? Caramel Macchiato
Where are you from? Maryland
Where do you WISH you were from? Here, there, and everywhere!
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? Integrating research with innovative tools, playing with ideas, stories, and games. The sky’s the limit! Best of all, the products created are for the benefit of the children!

(TL2 - Translation in the Science of Learning Lab)


BENJAMIN BAHAN, professor

Best course? All the sailing classes at Mission Bay Aquatic Center and  "Discourse, Narrative and Literacy"
Coffee? yes, please easy on cream no sugar
Where are you from? New Jersey
Where do you WISH you were from? Exit 18W
What is the best part about being an imagineer of ML2? The opportunity to explore, imagine, create and apply.

(This photo was taken in 1978)

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