Latinx culture and connections in video games | News

Latinx and video games

The discussion of how culture and values can be spread across video games in regards to Latinx culture is brought up by Iowa State staff members. 

Ezequiel Aleman, research assistant, along with Larysa Nadolny, Iowa State associate professor, presented “Latinx Games for Learning and Change” Friday at the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE).

The presentation focused not only on how video games use Latinx culture as entertainment, but how Latinx culture can use video games to educate, connect and promote values.

Aleman was inspired after participating in the One Laptop Per Child project, where he worked as a teacher of a marginalized community at the time and witnessed thousands of kids getting a computer for the first time in their lives. Two weeks after they got them, the kids figured out how to use them and install games in them. 


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Three Exceptional Leaders Join Colby Board of Trustees – News

Colby College is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees. These individuals will bring to the board their unique expertise and perspectives in education, management, and national affairs, bolstering the College’s commitment to deliver a world-class education to an ever-more diverse student body and equip graduates with the deep skills necessary to have a profound impact on the world.

Joining the board as corporate trustees are Brenda Allen, president of Lincoln University; Eric DeCosta ’93, executive vice president and general manager of the Baltimore Ravens; and Amy Walter ’91, Litt.D. ’17, national editor of The Cook Political Report. They will each serve a four-year term.

Brenda Allen is the 14th president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, the country’s first degree-granting HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) institution. A respected leader, effective administrator, and successful fundraiser, Allen is implementing a strategic plan at

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Students and teachers are adapting to a changing environment this year as the field of education tries to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Distance and hybrid learning means a lot of subjects that depend on hands-on work aren’t getting that valuable in-person learning time. Luckily for Kennedy Secondary School science teacher Ted Kohorst, 544 Education Foundation stepped up to help his students engage in hands-on learning digitally by helping to fund a subscription to Gizmos.

Gizmos, by ExploreLearning, are interactive math and science simulations that span subjects like how to build topographic maps or create circuits, as well as explaining things like magnetic induction and energy of a pendulum.

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Nobel Prizes and COVID-19: Slow, Basic Science May Pay Off | World News


While the world wants flashy quick fixes for everything, especially massive threats like the coronavirus and global warming, next week’s Nobel Prizes remind us that in science, slow and steady pays off.

Science builds upon previous work, with thinkers “standing on the shoulders of giants,” as Isaac Newton put it, and it starts with basic research aimed at understanding a problem before fixing it. It’s that type of basic science that the Nobels usually reward, often years or decades after a discovery, because it can take that long to realize the implications.

Slow and steady success in science has made researchers hopeful in the fight against the pandemic. It even offers a glimmer of climate optimism.

Many years of advances in basic molecular science, some of them already Nobel Prize-winning, have given the world tools for fast virus identification and speeded up the development

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