Biologist Ursula Bellugi, who helped establish authenticity of American Sign Language, dies at 91
Ursula Bellugi, the Salk Institute neurobiologist who helped erase the stigma attached to American Sign Language by proving that it is a rich, authentic and nuanced way to communicate, died Sunday, April 17, 2022. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

SAN DIEGO — Ursula Bellugi, the Salk Institute neurobiologist who helped erase the stigma attached to American Sign Language by proving that it is a rich, authentic and nuanced way to communicate, died Sunday in La Jolla. She was 91. The institute said Bellugi died peacefully, leaving a legacy that also includes the important discoveries she made about Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder in which people tend to be highly social but have learning deficits. She is further known for pushing past the hostility that many male scientists once openly expressed toward female researchers. Bellug...