The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 7, 1984 - Page 5
Voice' is named
a top invention of '84
AMES, Iowa (UPI) - An Iowa State
University-designed computer system,
which teaches deaf people to speak, has
been named one of the top inventions of
1984, officials have announced.
The "Video Voice" system turns a
person's voice into an image on the
computer screen. It then allows deaf
students to compare their voice image
with a similar image of how the word or
letter should sound.
SINCE THE computer image and the
student's voice image are displayed
simultaneously, the student can see his
The invention, which officials believe
could benefit one out of 20 Americans
suffering from hearing loss, placed
among the top 100 at the Industrial
Research and Development Awards
competiton, officials said Wednesday.
ISU engineer George Holland, who
worked on the systemhwith two other
ISU scientists, said the system will
allow deaf people to communicate with
people who do not know sign language.
"THIS DEVICE will make it easier
for deaf students to learn to speak," he
said. "Therefore, it sort of follows that
if you learn to speak, you can more
easily learn to lip-read. If they can
speak and lip-read, they can com-
municate with persons with normal
Holland said the computer gives a
student instant feedback, reinforcing
correct speech patterns or identifying
"The advantage of the instant feed-
back is that the student knows exactly
what he is saying at the time he is
saying it," he said. "He can correct the
sound he is making when he is trying to
make a particular vowel sound or even
that of a consonant.
"The most useful applications is for
vowel sounds because deaf students can
observe lip movement and physical
movement and learn to pronounce con-
sonants, but the vowel sounds are hid-
ARE A GREAT
WAY TO GET
A three-year-old girl goes on her first sled ride of the season at a neighborhood park. Asked what she thought of the ride,
the Grand Rapids girl said simply, "I like it."
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ders of the University's black com-
"I HAVE been positively impressed
ith what Dr. Jones has done over the
years," said Dave Robinson, an
assistant admissions officer. "I don't
niow how that work can be continued
Jones' position was created in
response to the Black Action Movement
strike on campus in 1970, which prom-
pted the University to set a goal for
black enrollment of 10 percent, and
pressure from the Wolverine Dental
Society in Detroit.
ecruiter to protest budget cuts
The entering enrollment for black
dental students is 7 percent of the
freshman class and total minority
enrollment is almost 12 percent, accor-
ding to the University's registrar's of-
AND JONES said that 92 percent of
all minority students enrolled in the
dental school graduate - just three
percentage points under the graduation
rate for the entire dental student body.
Sheila Brown, president of the Black
Dental Student Association, said her
organization "would feel a great loss if
(Jones) leaves. He went gung-ho to
Earlier this week, the black student
group's vice-president expressed , con-
cern over elimination of the post to the
Michigan Student Assembly. The group
sent similar letters to dental school
Dean Richard Christiansen and Billy
Frye, vice-president for academic af-
fairs and provost.
MSA "phenomenally endorsed the
letter," said Roderick Linzie, MSA's
"This is a crucial test for the ad-
ministration's commitment to recruit
and retain minority students," Linzie
ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY
(formerly Biscayne College)
SCHOOL OF LAW
Dooley's to close down
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as ed that her name not be used, said at
le4st three waitpersons have been fired
after state police officers cited the bar
fof serving minors. She said no wait-
pdrsons had been fined, although the
state does have the authority to fine
them up to $500 if discovered serving a
MANAGEMENT at Dooley's refused
to comment on the ruling and the dates
:k bartender, who asked not to be
identified, said he thought the eight-day
closing would hurt business, because a
lot of permanent residents go to the
bars over the holidays and because
slow business is better than none at all.
The bartender said he didn't think
policies would change as a result of the
court action. "It's a joke. It's going to
go on until the laws change," he said.
"The cops will come in, they're in
here almost every night, and they'll say
'It's looking a little young in here, bet-
ter clean it up,' and then they'll come
back in an hour or so and if it isn't
cleaned up they'll do something about
He added that for the most part it
wasn't the bar, but other customers
who served minors.
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