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LIU Brooklyn Hosts Conference on ‘Gaming the Systems: Videogames and the Evolution of Life Sciences,’ March 2


Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

Brooklyn, N.Y. – What is the impact of video games on the life sciences?  Is there a link between video games and violence? Can playing these games make us healthier?

These and other questions will be discussed at the “Gaming the Systems:
Videogames and the Evolution of Life Sciences” conference at LIU Brooklyn, in downtown Brooklyn, on Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Health Sciences Building, Room 121. The conference is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.
The presenters and topics are:

  • Devin Griffiths, author of a forthcoming book, “Virtual Ascendance: Videogames and the Remaking of Reality,” will give introductory remarks on the impact of video games on our culture.
  • Dr. Shaw Bronner, director of LIU Brooklyn’s ADAM Center, a research laboratory dedicated to the study of human movement and dance, will discuss “Video Games and Violence: What Do We Really Know?” She will also talk on “Video Games, Physical Activity, Academics and the Obesity Epidemic.” A research fundee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Bronner has been studying the brain’s neural plasticity with video game training.
  • Dr. Glenn Albright, co-founder of Kognito Interactive and a clinical psychologist, will describe role-playing training simulations in health and behavioral health in “Gaming Technology and Emotionally Responsive Avatars: Managing Difficult Conversations in Behavior Health.” He is a professor at Baruch College/City University of New York.
  • Dr. Nina Fefferman, associate professor at Rutgers University, will illustrate video games in the field of epidemiology in “Crowd Sourcing WoW: A Case Study in Improving Pandemic Preparedness.” She uses mathematical modeling to examine how behavior and societal organization can impact the spread of infectious disease. She is a member of the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence.
  • Dr. Edward Downs, assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, in the department of Communication, will examine what psychophysiological data tell us about game play and how game simulation can change dangerous behaviors.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (718) 488-1209.

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 02/14/2013

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