Show & Tell 2014

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Spring 2014

Tales From The Video Game Archives

April 9, 2014


Presenters: Dr. Ken McAllister & Dr. Judd Ruggill

Ken McAllister (UA) & Judd Ruggill (ASU), co-curators of the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive, one of the largest video game collections in the world, will uncrate and highlight a few of the Archive’s more unusual artifacts. From arcade machines sponsored by the CIA to video game sex toys to a game controller with nearly fifty buttons, Ruggill and McAllister will traverse the perverse of gaming’s half-century History, putting some of it in context and leaving the rest of garbologists to sort out.

What’s Climate Got To Do, Got To Do With It?

March 12, 2014


Presenter: Dr. Gregg Garfin

The lead editor of Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States, contributor to Ground/Water: The Art, Design, and Science of a Dry River, and fervent “apocaloptimist”, will reflect on the current and future climate of the southwestern United States, and Tucson. In keeping with the theme of the venue and the Show & Tell series, the talk will be an apocaloptimistically playful look at the climate system, the challenges of communicating with climate graphics, and reflections on what the heck managers of our precious natural resources are doing to safeguard us from a climate apocalypse.

Take Two Apps And Call Me In The Morning:

February 12, 2014


How intelligent wearables and game-based therapies are changing our world

Presenters: Drs. Bijan Najafi, David G. Armstrong, Nicholas Giovinco & Gurtej Grewal

The Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) and its subsidiary, the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) have goals to improve stability, healing, and mobility worldwide. SALSA’s work has especially benefited patients suffering from diabetes, which impacts more than one in four older adults in the United States. Its research and design teams have been developing the first of their kind “smart” wearable technologies—from jewelry to socks—that have shown enormous promise in identifying and preventing limb and life-threatening gangrene as well as providing early warnings to prevent falls and fractures in older adults These “game-changing” technologies are actually “game-based” in that they allow the wearers to improve their stability and mobility through novel video-game-like therapies. Join us for an interactive demonstration and Q & A.

Voices From The War To End All Wars

January 13, 2014


Presenters: Dr. Jerrold Hogle & Tenor Robert Swensen

World War I is often described as the conflict that produced the most poetry. Could it have been the unforeseen horrors, the magnitude of the casualties, the sheer length of combat that magnified the usual wartime themes of love and loss? English professor, Dr. Jerrold Hogle joins the distinguished Tenor Robert Swensen (Eastman School of Music) in this examination of the music and poetry composed by those who fought and died in the War to End All Wars.