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Joint Meeting of the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters of MLA
Joint Meeting of the Midwest Chapter and the Midcontinental Chapter of the Medical Library Association

Two MLA chapters. Sixteen states. One spectacular meeting.
Friday, October 21, 2016 through Monday, October 24, 2016
Des Moines Marriott, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa


Keynote addressRoger-webQ

Playing with Innovation and Scholarship, a Gamer’s Approach to Scholarship

Roger Altizer, Jr. Ph.D., is the co-founder of the Entertainment Arts and Engineering, the top ranked game design program in the nation, the Director of Digital Medicine for the Center for Medical Innovation, the Director of the GApp lab (Therapeutic Games and Apps) and former director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Art and Technology at the University of Utah.  Roger earned his Ph.D. in Communications at Utah and specializes in game design education and games with a purpose.  Creator of the Design Box, an inductive design methodology, Roger works to include the audience as designers in his work.  He has worked with students to publish over 40 commercial games and has developed a variety of applications ranging from games to help spinal cord injury patients learn to ski and sail to a virtual reality health data system.  A former games journalist, he is an internationally recognized speaker who has presented at industry conferences such as the Games Developer Conference and Penny Arcade Expo, and academic conferences including the Digital Games Research Association and Foundations and Digital Games.  He has made dozens of media appearances speaking on a variety of subjects ranging from games education to social and legal issues in games.

Panel Discussion

Genetically Modified Organisms

“Genetically Modified Organisms” will be the topic of the panel discussion featuring faculty members from Iowa State University.  Dr. Ruth MacDonald RD, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Food Science and Human Nutrition Department will discuss consumer perceptions of food biotechnology.  Dr. Micheal Owen, Ph.D., Professor of Agronomy will discuss the environmental impact of genetically modified organisms and Dr. Carmen Bain, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology will discuss societal perceptions, attitudes and purchasing behavior.  The panel discussion will be followed by a Q & A session, so bring your questions.