Genius Gamers Unite at Edinboro University

Little-known fact: Edinboro University’s Game and Virtual World Development track again has been included among the top programs of its kind in the country.


Edinboro University’s Game and Virtual World Development track again is included among the top programs of its kind in the country by a publication that reviews careers in the field. Animation Career Review highly ranks Edinboro’s program, offered through its Computer Science department, on several of its listings of game design schools and colleges: 15th on its list of top 25 nationwide; 17th in the top 25 on the East Coast; 48th on the top 50 in the U.S. Last year, the same source — which considers academic reputation, depth of the program and faculty and admission selectivity in its rankings — pegged Edinboro as the 53rd-best in the country in standalone game design. Dr. Daniel Bennett, a professor in the Math and Computer Science Department, says the program continues to thrive because of a diverse, rigorous curriculum.

“The curriculum includes what we consider to be the hardest part of computer science, and the students are doing some pretty tough art, too,” he says in a news release. “We’ve got the students taking physics, we’ve got them taking a lot of math. This is not a program for people who are coming in to play games, as opposed to write games, but we have an outstanding group of graduates this year.”

A University of Pittsburgh researcher received a $3.2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct the largest-ever study on assessing the effectiveness of nondrug psychosocial treatments for adults with autism spectrum disorder. Shaun Eack and Nancy Minshew will lead the research program, known as “Perspectives.” The program will examine whether cognitive enhancement therapy and enriched supportive therapy can help adults with a disorder that influences behavior, learning, communication and interaction — and affects one out of 68 children in the United States. Eack is Pitt’s David E. Epperson Associate Professor of Social Work and an associate professor of psychiatry; Minshew is a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Pitt as well as the director of the school’s Center for Excellence in Autism Research.
(For more information on the study, which will be held at Pitt, click here)

Seven recent Carnegie Mellon University graduates with backgrounds in art, education and science will venture into the world, looking to make an impact through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it provides fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for up to one academic year. This year’s Fulbright award winners from CMU are:

  • Alexandria Hernandez (Class of 2015, Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies), who will complete an English teaching assistantship at a secondary school in Chennai, India.
  • Sara Kelly (Class of 2015, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy), who will conduct research on biofuel production and its economic impact at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
  • Erin Kiekhaefer (Class of 2015, Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Hispanic Studies), who will complete an English teaching assistantship in Mexico.
  • Jacob Klingensmith (Class of 2015, Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts), who will attend an orientation in Kuala Lumpur and then an English teaching assistantship at a school in Malaysia.
  • Carolyn Kras (Class of 2010, Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing), who will use her Fulbright LUSK Award to serve as a Playwright in Residence at Sell A Door Theatre Company in London and to complete a month-long writing residency at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland.
  • Tegan McDuffie (Class of 2013, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing), who will use her Fulbright arts grant to study directing in Berlin with the companies Rimini Protokoll and English Theater Berlin.
  • Veda Sun (Class of 2015, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art), who will study traditional Chinese painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.


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