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Newswise: Citizen Scientists Are Helping Researchers Design New Drugs to Combat COVID-19
Released: 27-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Citizen Scientists Are Helping Researchers Design New Drugs to Combat COVID-19
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Using a free computer game called Foldit, researchers are enlisting the help of citizen scientists to design drugs that could stop the novel coronavirus from infecting human cells.

Released: 11-Mar-2020 9:55 AM EDT
Immersive Civil Engineering Game to Be Used Across the Country
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Without ever needing to step outside of a classroom, a college dorm room, or a quiet nook in a library, civil engineering students can now transport themselves into the field where they must take measurements, make observations, and understand the impact of the environment on their designs, and their designs on the environment. This unique pedagogical approach is being made possible by an immersive mixed reality experience developed through a collaborative effort by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Northeastern University, and Olin College. Now, with the support of a $2.5 million multi-institution grant from the National Science Foundation, it will be implemented at dozens of universities across the nation.

Newswise: Book tackles questions parents have about media violence
Released: 24-Feb-2020 9:40 AM EST
Book tackles questions parents have about media violence
Iowa State University

Making sense of all the research and debate over media’s risks and benefits can be overwhelming for many parents trying to decide what’s best for their child. That’s why Iowa State researchers wrote a book to present the research in a way that helps parents make informed decisions.

Newswise: Cornell expands esports program with League of Legends
Released: 21-Feb-2020 2:55 PM EST
Cornell expands esports program with League of Legends
Cornell College

Cornell College’s esports program is expanding into a new esport following a successful first semester competing in Overwatch.

Released: 13-Feb-2020 3:40 PM EST
UCI Esports receives $50,000 gift from top video game streamer Pokimane
University of California, Irvine

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 13, 2020 — Popular gaming personality Pokimane has donated $50,000 to the University of California, Irvine for student scholarships in its esports program. An initial $25,000 gift this year will be combined with the remaining $25,000 in 2021 to create an endowment that will fund tuition and fees for gamers selected by UCI Esports.

Released: 31-Jan-2020 12:50 PM EST
Can Exercise Improve Video Game Performance?
McGill University

Time spent playing video games is often seen as time stolen from physical activities. Research has shown that exercise has many physical and cognitive benefits.

Newswise: Nearly 9 in 10 parents say teens spend too much time gaming but many mistaken about child’s video game behavior
14-Jan-2020 3:55 PM EST
Nearly 9 in 10 parents say teens spend too much time gaming but many mistaken about child’s video game behavior
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Eighty-six percent of parents agree that teens spend too much time gaming, but many may be mistaken about the extent of their own child’s video game habits, a new national poll suggests.

Released: 17-Jan-2020 12:25 AM EST
Professors Create Free Research-Backed Games to Train Your Brain
New York University

University professors from New York and California designed and developed three digital games – available online and in the iOS and Google Play app stores – to help its users’ brains work more efficiently. While some digital games falsely claim to improve cognitive skills, these three games have actually proven to. Evidenced through a series of research studies, these games can help users boost memory, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility.


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