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Interviews this time around range widely ...
Interviews this time around range widely and include interviews with Nancy and Peter Torpey (radio hosts), Scott Rains (disability travel), Therése Halscheid (essayist/poet), Adrean Clark (art), and literature anthologists Darolyn Jones and Liz Whiteacre.
The Art section samples the work of artist Adrean Clark, photographer Anna Yarrow and musician Peter Torpey.
Nancy and Peter ...
Nancy and Peter Torpey
The Tables were Turned
Nancy and Peter Torpey at Cootes Paradise, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario
Nancy and Peter Torpey
are both physicists.
The story this month is different because Nancy and Peter Torpey's
story is recorded and available as one of the ViewPoints audio interview programs.
Nancy and Peter Torpey standing with a natural tree sculpture in Cootes Paradise
Nancy and Peter
are anomalies (different from the norm) - approximately 6% of physicists are female, and an even smaller percentage is blind.
Prior to graduate school Peter
had some functioning vision, however an operation that may have improved his
vision wasn't successful, in fact it resulted in the loss of most of the vision he
Peter started right into working for Xerox after he completed his PhD.
Nancy and Peter
also like to dance - even though they both worked at Xerox
, they actually met at a dance about a week after Nancy had started working for the company.
Peter is also a musician - he's studied piano when he was a child and as time passed he found that jazz was what he most loved to play.
jazz band, the Peter Torpey Trio performs standards from the 1930's and 40's locally, preferring small to medium-sized venues.
ViewPoints is a half-hour weekly interview show.
Nancy and Peter
interview a different guest each week and discuss products, services and daily living tips for people with vision loss.
The show is hosted and produced by Peter Torpey
and Nancy Goodman Torpey in partnership with WXXI Reachout Radio
in Rochester, NY.
The "signature" opening of the show is in synthetic speech and the theme song was written and performed by Peter
The podcast of the interview with Nancy and Peter
begins with some tips and information about previous shows.
The introduction to the interview with Nancy and Peter
begins about 4 minutes in.
Lo and behold, notwithstanding his ...
Lo and behold, notwithstanding his blindness, the quintessence of fortitude, Eric Weihenmayer, made it to the top of the world by climbing to the summit of the world's topmost mountain - Mt. Everest (8848) - a phenomenal expedition dreaded by many: accomplished by a few; the awe-inspiring Kent Cullers (PhD), a physicist and an astronomer, is going strong; Dean Du Plessis is an international cricket analyst; Peter Torpey (PhD) is an engineering physicist; Amy Bower (PhD) is a research oceanographer; David Hartman (PhD) is a psychiatrist; the charismatic chemist, Judy Summers-Gates, is specialising in colour analysis; the inspirational Hein Wagner, is a motorist; the astrophysicist, David Mehringer (PhD) writes astronomical software; Joseph Monks, is a movie director; Pete Eckert, is a photographer; Michael Borgonia (Dr) is a medical transcriptionist.
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Dr. Peter A. Torpey Xerox Corporation
Science Is Golden: Interviews with Four Scientists Who Are Visually Impaired - AccessWorld® - January 2005
At Xerox, in Rochester, New York, research scientist Peter Torpey is living proof that you do not need to see images to work with them.Born with glaucoma, Torpey had some functional vision until about age 20.He was able to read a book by holding it a couple of inches from his nose and could read a blackboard with a monocular telescope.Shortly before he entered graduate school at the University of Virginia, Torpey lost almost all his vision.He switched to braille, a closed-circuit television (CCTV), and an extensive number of books from Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) and earned a Ph.D. in engineering physics.He also began using a cane for mobility.Now, at age 52, his vision is limited to being able to tell where lights and windows are located.
Major moves were required for attending college and graduate school and working at Xerox
, none of which proved particularly difficult.Torpey
parents for raising him to be independent.
...Photo of Peter Torpey at his desk with a computer, braille display, remote control, braille book, and Dilbert doll.
...Caption: Peter Torpey in his office.In the late 1980s, Torpey got more into image processing, and in the 1990s, he managed the image-processing group that developed the drivers for Xerox's ink jet printers.
"It was kind of interesting having a blind guy lead the group," Torpey
said with a laugh."People got to learn to be verbal and to look closely.I think it improved other people's perception skills.I think it worked to everyone's advantage."Torpey
job, specializing in image processing, modeling physical phenomena, and printer operations."I love computer programming.I'm a geek," he
admitted."I do mostly individual contributor stuff now, and that's fine with me."
Throughout the years, Xerox
has been accommodating with regard to Torpey's lack of vision and has provided all the assistive technology equipment he
needs.An ALVA refreshable braille display assists Torpey
in writing computer programs because he
likes to "see" the details of what he's
writing at his
computer has the JAWS screen reader, and Torpey
uses the OmniPage
Pro OCR program for scanning.He
points out that so much material is now accessible by computer that there is less of a need for an OCR (optical character recognition) program.The Imp, from Voice Diary, is his
choice for taking quick notes and he
uses the PAC Mate for giving presentations, taking notes at meetings, and scheduling appointments.Torpey
also enjoys trying new assistive technology products and then giving feedback to the manufacturers.He
said, "I guess they get feedback from an engineer, and it's kind of in a language they can understand."
Acceptance in the Workplace
Acceptance has never been an issue.Torpey
said that his
coworkers respect him.He
added, "I'm a research fellow.Out of a company of 60,000, there are only 20 of us.I've done pretty well here."Xerox
runs a science consultant program in which Torpey
wife participate.About once a month, they go to a school and bring items, such as liquid helium and dry ice, and give the students an opportunity to do some "hands-on" science experiments.Torpey
always does an additional experiment: "Here's What It's Like to Be Blind."He
shows the students his
adaptive equipment and then asks, "You've seen all my stuff.Now think of something you think I can't do, and let's figure out a way we can do it."
free time, Torpey
, the father of two, and his
wife like to exercise.He
jogs and has started swimming again.Reading is another favorite pastime, and piano playing is one of his
passions."I love playing the piano," he
said, "but it's a lot easier to make money as an engineer."
Words of Advice
"I think the higher-tech jobs are easier for blind folks to get into," Torpey