On Television

Shellie Pfohl, Exec. Dir. of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, plays against a student at the USF Active Gaming Lab
Active Gaming
Video games aren’t just about mindless button pushing anymore, as systems like the Nintendo Wii and the Xbox Kinect are encouraging players to get up off the couch and get moving. University Beat on WUSF TV takes you to USF’s Active Gaming lab as the Executive Director of President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition visits researchers who are looking at how these games can help fight childhood obesity.

On the Radio

Logo for USF Sarasota-Manatee's 5th Annual Children’s Literature Symposium
Children's Literature Symposium

Any parent will tell you that young children are more likely to read, or at least be read to, when there are pictures in the book. The evolution and innovation of illustrations in children’s and young adult literature is the focus of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s Children’s Literature Symposium coming up this Saturday, February 5th.
This week’s University Beat on WUSF 89.7 has a preview of the symposium, which is open to the public and features several award winning illustrators, including Mary GrandPré, illustrator of the “Harry Potter” series.

Program Schedule

Radio - During "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday after the 6:45 AM and 8:45 AM newscasts | During "All Things Considered" on WUSF 89.7 Tuesday at 5:44 PM | After "Florida Matters" on WSMR 89.1 Monday just before 10:30 PM
- Tuesdays at 11:55 AM and 8:55 PM, and various times throughout the rest of the week

Video extras

Asst. Professor Lisa Hansen, the Co-director of the USF Active Gaming Research Lab, talks about the purpose of the lab—both for the children and the researchers. She also talks about the kinds of games in the lab, including the Gamercize “stepper” device.

Dr. Colleen Kennedy, Dean of the USF College of Education, talks about the kind of interdisciplinary research the lab is involved in, as well as what the students thinks of the lab.


Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, says the Active Gaming Research Lab ‘enhances’ regular physical education.

For more information

Active Gaming
USF XRKade Research Laboratory

The President's Challenge

Children's Literature Symposium
Children’s Literature Symposium is on Saturday, February 5 in the Selby Auditorium at USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota from 8:30am – 5:30pm. For more information, visit the Symposium website or contact Diane Lewis at DLewis@sar.usf.edu or 941-359-4217.

Early Registration:
Students (with valid ID): $30.00 (add $15.00 for lunch/snacks)
Alumni; USF-system faculty/staff: $50.00
General public: $75.00
On-Site Registration:
Students (with valid ID): $40.00 (add $15.00 for lunch/snacks)
Alumni; USF-system faculty/staff: $60.00
General public: $85.00



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