Schedule for

Inclusion in Science Learning a New Direction (ISLAND) Conference on Disability and STEM

Saturday, September 12, 2020

9:00a.m – 5:15p.m Eastern Time (GMT -4:00)

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey


9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:05 a.m. Independent Laboratory Learning for Students who are Blind or Low Vision

Presenter: Dr. Siegbert Schmid,  University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Co-Authors: Dr. Alice E. Motion, University of Sydney; Dr. Cary A. Supalo, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey; Jasodhara Bhattacharya, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; Dr. Peter J. Rutledge, Dr. Stephen George-Williams, Dr. Reyne Pullen, & Dr. David Evans, University of Sydney.  

9:30a.m. Making Scientific and Technical Materials Pervasively Accessible

Presenter: Dr. Jason J.G. White, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey.

9:55 a.m. Chemistry for All: Developing Web Standards for the Interaction of Chemical Notation and Screen Reader Software

Presenter: Dr. Stefan M. Kilyanek, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

10:20 a.m. Tea & Coffee Break

10:35 a.m. Promoting Diversity and Accessibility and Developing BVI STEM Outreach Activities with Volunteer Research Scientists

Presenter: Dr. Daniel Steinberg, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. Co-Authors: Shafayat Hossain, Nick Garcia & Nikita Dutta, Princeton University.  

11:00 a.m. An Artificial Intelligence Tool for Accessible Science Education

Presenter: Jacob Watters, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado. Co-Authors: Dr. April Hill & Dr. Feng Jiang, Metropolitan State University. Dr. Melissa Weinrich, University of Northern Colorado Greeley, Colorado.  

11:25 a.m. Digital Plant Growing System for Accessible Biology Education

Presenter: Alexander Lyubomirov, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado. Co-Authors: Dr. Feng Jiang & Dr. Ranjidha Rajan, Metropolitan State University.

11:50 a.m. Making analytical chemistry accessible to blind and vision impaired students

Presenter: Dr. Alycia Palmer, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado.

12:15 PM. Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:15p.m. 2020 ISLAND Conference keynote speaker: Maureen Hayden. Marine Biology IDP Program. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Abstract: Science Without Sight; Research from Another Perspective

 “Hindsight is 2020”. That’s what I like to tell myself after reviewing an experiment that didn’t work out and realizing what went wrong. That being said, I’ve never known what 2020 vision actually looks like. I was born legally blind and I do not see out of my right eye and am legally blind in my left eye. As a legally blind graduate student at Texas A&M University I’ve not only had to get creative in problem solving for my research, but I’ve also had to problem solve to accommodate my visual needs both in the field and in the lab. Some creative problem solving techniques are a result of advancing technology, some techniques are more analogue, and some were inspired by Helen Keller. In this talk I will demonstrate and share with you some of the assistive technology and tools that I use to accomplish research as a marine biologist including field work out on the beach, SCUBA diving, performing dissections, working with reagents, using microscopes, and accessing primary literature.

Concurrent Session 1:

1:30 p.m. Efficiency in STEM: The intersection of Usability and Accessibility

Presenter: Dr. Vincent Martin, Regions Bank, Atlanta, Georgia.

1:55 p.m. An Accessible CURE: Course- Based Undergraduate Research Experiences for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Students

Presenter: Dr. Todd Pagano, Laboratory Science Technology Program, National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. Co-Authors: Annemarie D. Ross & Susan Smith Pagano, Rochester Institute of Technology.

2:20 p.m. The PLAYground: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Virtual STEM Summer Camp

Presenter: Emma Monson, Krista Schumacher, and Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Concurrent Session 2:

1:30 p.m. SciAccess: Making Space for Everyone 

Presenters: Anna Voelker, Caitlin O’Brien & Michaela Deming, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

1:55 p.m.  Quorum Lego Robotics

Presenter: Gina Fugate. Maryland School for the Blind, Baltimore, Maryland. 

2:20 p.m. See3D Summer 2020: Growing and Adapting our 3D Printing Distribution Organization

Presenter: Caroline Karbowski. See 3D Inc. and The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

2:45 PM. Tea & Coffee Break

3:00 p.m. Rules for reducing Ambiguity in Spoken Mathematics

Presenter: Dr. Mick Isaacson, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, Indiana.

3:25 p.m. Accessing and understanding graphical information for the Blind: How to

Presenter: Dr. Ashley Nashleanas, Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa & Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa.

3:50 p.m. Intelligent Assistants for More Effective Multisensory Exploration of Digital Images

Presenter: Dr. Bradley S. Duerstock, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.

4:15 p.m. Design + Disability: Building the next generation of inclusive designers

Presenter: Kate Ganim, Born Just Right/Make Just Right, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
 Co-Author: Anaiss Arreola, Born Just Right/Make Just Right.

4:40 p.m. Applying Universal Design Principles in Identifying Accessibility Solutions for Students in STEM Disciplines

Presenter: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Co-Author: Ainsley Latour, IDEA-STEM. Kingston, Ontario 

5:05 p.m. Concluding Remarks.