WHAT WE STAND FOR
Atomic Hands is committed to increasing public accessibility to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through American Sign Language and fostering collaboration and networking opportunities among current and future Deaf STEMists.
WHO WE ARE
Atomic Hands was founded by Alicia Wooten and Barbara Spiecker who are strong advocates of science and the Deaf community. Alicia and Barbara met at Rochester Institute of Technology while taking classes together and doing research in the same lab. They bonded tightly over science, traveling, camping, and cats. Both went on to pursue doctoral degrees on the opposite coasts. As they worked on their PhD, they would share their experiences and struggles with each other and noticed similarities. The difficulties of English-based learning, the lack of networking with Deaf STEMists, and the frustration of not being able to access science videos. After attending a Deaf Academics Conference together in 2017, they decided they couldn’t sit around anymore and wanted to make a change and thus Atomic Hands was created.
Alicia is based in Boston, Massachusetts at Boston University. She is a PhD candidate with a focus on Immunology and Microbiology. She is studying the innate host-pathogen response to Streptococcus pneumoniae in the lungs. She is expected to graduate in early 2019.
Barbara is based in Corvallis, Oregon at Oregon State University. She is a PhD candidate with a focus on Marine Ecology. She is studying the response of seaweeds to climate change in the rocky intertidal system. She is expected to graduate in 2020.