How about something a little lighter this week? A quick video review of universal translation/interpreting devices in science fiction. After all, if you're going to encounter aliens, you have to be able to talk to them! First, the TV episode that inspired the title: Doctor Who, Episode 6.07, "A Good Man Goes to War." http://youtu.be/7qciqlhvQZI According to Wikipedia, the first "universal translator" in science fiction appeared in the 1945 novel First Contact

[caption id="attachment_1024" align="alignleft" width="238" caption="Bulging disc. Click on image to enlarge."][/caption] Our mental and physical wellness can affect our performance as interpreters. It is likely that the following affect our output: diet, exercise, family issues, finances, overall health, etc. All of these can significantly impact the...

[caption id="attachment_839" align="alignleft" width="214" caption="Roseann Dueñas González"][/caption]   Dr. Roseann Dueñas Gonzalez is a 21st Century luminary in the field of language access in the U.S. She was the founder and  long-standing Director of the University of Arizona National Center for Interpretation, Testing, Research and Policy.  I...