Each spring, the G.A.M.E.R. Lab sponsors an annual Video Game Research Lunchtime Colloquium Series that allows faculty, students, and staff to join together and share presentations and discussions about research related to video games.

Each year, one colloquium in the series features a virtual presentation via videoconference by the series' annual VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab Virtual Guest Scholar.  The other colloquia in the series feature presentations by faculty and students across the Virginia Tech campus.

Spring 2014 Series Presentation:

Monday, 7 April, 11:00 a.m.-Noon, Merryman Family Learning Studio, Virginia Tech Center for the Arts
“Using Digital Media Technology to Promote Prosocial Behaviors” (presentation flyer)
Dr. Sun Jo (Grace) Ahn
Assistant Professor, Department of Advertising
University of Georgia
2014 VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab Guest Scholar

Spring 2013 Series Presentations:

Wednesday, 10 April, 1:10-2:00 p.m., 043 Shanks Hall
“Communication and the Virtual Self: Self-Presentation and Well-Being in a Virtual World” (presentation flyer)
Dr. Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
University of Missouri
2013 VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab Virtual Guest Scholar (via videoconference)

TITLE TBA, Wednesday, 24 April, 1:10-2:00 p.m., 043 Shanks Hall
T. Franklin Waddell
Doctoral Student, College of Communications, Pennsylvania State University

 

Spring 2012 Series Presentations (series flyer):

Wednesday, 29 February, 1:10-2:00 p.m., 1030 Torgersen Hall
“Virtual Selves: Agents (and Avatars) of Attitude and Behavior Change in Health and Other Realms” (presentation flyer)
Dr. Jesse Fox
Assistant Professor, School of Communication
The Ohio State University
2012 VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab Virtual Guest Scholar (via videoconference)

“Nurturing Children's Creative Practice Throughout the Fourth-Grade Slump” Wednesday, 11 April, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 043 Shanks Hall
Sharon L. Chu Yew Yee
Doctoral Student, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

“Responses to Avatar Characteristics and Video Presentation Factors: Research Updates from the G.A.M.E.R. Lab”
Frank Waddell and Lauren Bayliss
M.A. Students, Department of Communication, Virginia Tech

Presentation: “On the Relationship between Changes in Distributed System Behavior and Group Dynamics: A Case Study in Online 3D Virtual Worlds”
Wednesday, 25 April, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 043 Shanks Hall
Shaimaa Lazem
Doctoral Student, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech

Spring 2011 Series Presentations (series flyer):

Wednesday, 23 February, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 1000 Torgersen Hall
“Going ‘Postal:’ Youth Violence Predicted by Depression and Antisocial Traits, not Video Game Violence” (presentation flyer)
Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson
Associate Professor of Psychology
Texas A & M International University
2011 VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab Virtual Guest Scholar (via videoconference)

Wednesday, 6 April, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 043 Shanks Hall
“Virtual Demographics: Analyzing Sex and Race in Massively Multiplayer Worlds”
Rommelyn Conde, Courtney Long, Rachel McDonnell, and Frank Waddell
M.A. Students, Department of Communication, Virginia Tech

Wednesday, 27 April, 1:00-2:00 p.m., 043 Shanks Hall
“Mission: Evolution - Leveraging Digital Video Games to Engage Tenth Graders in Evolutionary Biology”
Dr. Michael A. Evans
Assistant Professor, Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies, School of Education, Virginia Tech

Spring 2010 Series Presentations (series flyer):

"The Priming Effects of Avatars in Virtual Settings" (presentation flyer)
Dr. Jorge Peña
Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin
2010 VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab Virtual Guest Scholar (via videoconference)

"Legitimating Game Play in the Classroom: The Requirements of Teacher Toolkits for Successful Integration and Evaluation"
Dr. Michael A. Evans
Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies, School of Education, Virginia Tech

"Collaboration in Second Life: Exploring Social Traps"
Shaimaa Lazem
Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

"Digital Drumming: A Study of Co-located, Highly Coordinated, Dyadic Collaboration"
Bobby Beaton
Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech

Spring 2009 Series Presentations (series flyer):

"The Mapping Principle and Other Oddities: Recent Findings from the
Virtual Worlds Exploratorium" (presentation flyer)
Dr. Dmitri Williams
Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California
2009 VT G.A.M.E.R. Lab Virtual Guest Scholar (via videoconference)

"Projective Identities and Semiotic Domains: How Seventh Grade
Science is Taught with Spore"
Dr. Michael A. Evans
Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies, School of Education, Virginia Tech

"Bringing People to the Lab and the Lab to People: Directions in Laboratory Research on Video Games’ Effects"
Dr. James D. Ivory
Department of Communication, Virginia Tech