Professor Develops Braille Guide to Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse
Millions of people nationwide are anticipating the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. It will be a spectacle to behold, but some people can’t behold it: the blind. For this reason, College of Charleston geology professor Cassandra Runyon, along with fellow C of C geologist Cynthia Hall and a colleague in Pennsylvania, developed a braille guide to the eclipse for blind and visually impaired people who want to know more about the event and what it entails. They were aided by blind College of Charleston recent graduate Mariah Williams, who helped "field test" the book, which was printed by NASA. Five thousand copies have been printed and distributed to libraries, schools for the blind and other service organizations nationally.