Deaf Student Creates Sign Language For Scientific Terms

Deaf Student Creates Sign Language For Scientific Terms

His efforts are “crucial to the future of the life sciences.”

When Liam Mcmulkin started his studies at Scotland’s University of Dundee, he quickly ran into a huge problem, ABC News reports: there were no signs for many scientific terms.

As he learned words such as phosphorylation or oxidation, it took a huge amount of time because they had to be spelled out with each letter.

“It’s not easy to convey complex processes with a few hand gestures,” he told ABC News via email.

Mcmulkin , who is deaf, decided to fix the problem, and he has now created more than 100 new signs to use in his science courses.

The University of Dundee plans to continue using the new signs.

“Liam’s effort towards creating new signs is crucial to the future of the life sciences,” Dr. Marios Stavridis, the head of the biological sciences at the University of Dundee and Mcmulkin ’s supervisor, told ABC News in a statement.

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