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“Signing Science” Interactive Feature

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Dec 7th, 2012. Artwork published in .
    Signing Science   Interactive Feature   NYTim
    Source: Leslye Davis, Jon Huang, Karen Barrow, and Xaquín G.V. License: All Rights Reserved.

    New York Times:

    Scientific terms like “organism” and “photosynthesis” have no widely accepted equivalent in sign language, so deaf students and professionals have unexpected hurdles when talking about science. Here, Lydia Callis, a professional sign language interpreter, translates a shortened version of an article by Douglas Quenqua, explaining how new signs are being developed that may enhance scientific learning and communication.

    The typeface used here is the New York Times’ own Cheltenham, customized by Matthew Carter.


    • NYT Cheltenham
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