Gaming as Therapy: A Pathway to Interaction
Price: $10 / $9 for educators/ $5 for members / Kids under 12 FREE
The Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Amanda Almon’s work spans from traditional scientific and medical illustration to new media in medicine and science through the use of animation and interactive application development. Almon graduated from the A.M.I (Association of Medical Illustrators CAAHEP) Accredited University of Michigan Biomedical Visualization Program with an M.F.A. in 2000. Almon’s animations and illustrations through her employment at Visible Productions L.L.C. and her own BiomedVisuals company have been seen on The Discovery Health Channel, National Geographic, Oprah Winfrey Show, Novartis Animal Health, Merck, Bayer Pharmaceutical companies and ThatsNice Productions. Almon’s medical and scientific illustrations have been printed by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. Pearson Custom Learning, and Prentice Hall. Almon has expanded her recent research and work to include serious/educational game design for kids, patients and doctors. Her instructional design, animation and illustrations are used in collaboration with programmers at Lemming Labs LTD. to design new methods of interacting with science to turn play into learning. Almon currently works as the Chair/Director and Associate Professor of the Biomedical Art Program at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Event featuring Amanda Almon:Craig NewschafferCraig Newschaffer is founding director of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute at Drexel University and a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University School of Public Health. The mission of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute is to apply the public health sciences to questions whose answers can improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families. Dr. Newschaffer is an epidemiologist whose main research focus is the discovery of modifiable autism risk factors. Dr. Newschaffer is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and serves as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology and on the editorial boards of Autism Research and the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Event featuring Craig Newschaffer:Dain SaintDain Saint is a Standard Human based in Philadelphia. In 2008, he co-founded Cipher Prime Studios, a purveyor of unusual digital experiences. He is interested in all aspects of humanity, especially potential, and hopes to never stop learning.
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