NTID's Austin Earns Second Dodge Memorial Grant




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Allen Austin, assistant professor in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf's (NTID) Speech/Language Department, has been awarded a second Ronald D. Dodge Memorial Grant for his project, On-line E-mail Etiquette: A Multimedia Version.

Austin and Sidney Barefoot, NTID associate professor, will recreate their previous project, the text-based tutorial E-mail Etiquette, in a multimedia format with multiple communication options including American Sign Language, speechreading, captioning, and expanded graphics. The multimedia version will be field-tested through all sections of NTID's Freshman Seminar course for the fall quarter.

Awarded annually, the Ronald D. Dodge Memorial Fund offers up to $1,000 for NTID faculty and staff to pursue research and development efforts that hold promise for increasing the teaching effectiveness of those engaged in instructing deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Alberta Dodge established the award in 1984 in memory of her husband, a 1929 graduate of the Mechanics Institute. The Mechanics Institute adopted the name Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944.

Austin has been with NTID's Speech/Language Department since 1972. He holds a master's degree in speech pathology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana University.

NTID is the first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. NTID, one of eight colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology, offers educational programs and access and support services to its 1,100 students from around the world who study, live, and socialize with 14,000 hearing students on RIT's Rochester, N.Y., campus.

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