Keynote and Featured Presentations

(Accepted Faculty Presentations List)


Philip G. Zimbardo
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Stanford University

"My Journey From Evil to Heroism"

Thursday, April 11, 2013
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Champions Ballroom

Creator of one of the most controversial psychological experiments of all time, the Stanford Prison Experiment, Dr. Philip Zimbardo will discuss his body of work beginning with those all-important questions: What is the nature of human nature? What makes a good person do bad things? Follow his journey from the Stanford Prison Experiment to the Heroic Imagination Project and his ongoing efforts to understand the causes of evil in order to contain and transform it through wise decisions and innovative communal actions.

Jon Copley
Lecturer in Marine Ecology
University of Southampton, United Kingdom

"Exploring New Life at the Depths of the Antarctic Ocean"

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Champions Ballroom

Why do we find particular species or genera of animals at some sites but not at others? Why are some species or genera of animals found at more sites around the world than others? Why should anyone care about the patterns of life in the oceans? Join us for an exciting opportuity to plumb the depths of the oceans with marine biologist and ecologist Jon Copley and explore the web of life that links them—and also links us.

David Levy
World–Renowned Astronomer
and Science Writer
Jarnac Observatory

"A Nightwatchman's Journey: My Life as a Comet Seeker"

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Room TBD

Dr. Levy was on his way to a high school French oral exam in October 1965 when he suddenly decided that he wanted to begin a search for comets. Although he begain searching for comets on December 17, 1965, it was not until 1984—19 years or 917 hours at the eyepiece later—that he discovered his first comet. Twenty-two finds later, he still believes that comets are more than targets to be cataloged. Thanks in part to one of his finds, Shoemaker-Levy 9, we now know more about the role that comet collisions have played in the origin and evolution of life on this world. He is still searching for comets both visually and electronically with an automated CCD program. This illustrated talk will describe Dr. Levy's observing career and explain how his childhood fascination with the night sky led to a highly satisfying career.

Clark Quinn
Executive Director

"Mobile Learning: Landscape and Trends"

Friday, April 12, 2013
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Room TBD

It's obvious to even the most casual observer: Mobile devices are becoming ubiquitous, and mobile learning is increasingly an option. It is important to understand the basic value-proposition mobile offers, and then to consider the opportunities unique to mobile learning. Both real and imagined barriers exist. The maturation of support is recent, yet awareness lags. On the other hand, barriers in terms of standardization and costs still exist. Many simple mobile possibilities are now easy, yet more detailed but powerful opportunities are still somewhat complex. The opportunities are out there, and new and powerful ones are increasingly limited only by our imaginations. If Google is now designing for mobile first, shouldn't you at least have mobile in your game plan?

Lee Sheldon
Associate Professor and Co-Director
Games and Simulation Arts Program
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

"The Multiplayer Classroom:
Designing Coursework as a Game

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Room TBD

Turning the class into a game enriches the teaching and learning experience for both professor and students, increasing engagement and creating opportunities to "level up" learning. What can we take from video games to use in the classroom and how can these strategies enhance the learning process? How can alternate reality games create collateral learning experiences? Lee Sheldon, author of The Multiplayer Classroom, will look at the synergy between game design and education occurring when students come to class to play and learn.

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