Active Gaming / Children's Literature Symposium

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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

Mark Schreiner

Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV since 2007. He has worked as an anchor, reporter and producer at radio stations in Tampa and his native Chicago since 1992.

Contact Information
University Beat's theme song is: "Perpetuum Mobile" by The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, from their CD "Signs of Life."

FirstChoice eNewsletter