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Penn IUR Games and the City Seminar Series

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November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13

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The Penn Institute for Urban Research is kicking off their Games and the City Seminar series with two events on Thursday, December 1.

In Ballparks as Urban Anchors they welcome CEOs and experts representing the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals, and Florida Marlins to discuss the distinct challenges that baseball teams and ballparks face as urban anchor institutions.

Earlier that day, they explore, in conjunction with the Center for Health Behavior Research, the impact of video games and recess on children's health and well-being.

The Impact of Games and Play on Health, Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Penn IUR, in partnership with the Center for Health Behavior Research and the Provost's Office Year of Games is sponsoring the Center for Public Health Initiatives 2011 Forum. Programs from across the University will be highlighted that focus on using video games to collect information about nutrition and exercise as well as influence facial perception skills in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the impact of recess on children's performance, health and well-being.

Keynote presentation by Paul Tarini, senior program officer, Pioneer Portfolio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Panel discussions featuring the interdisciplinary perspectives of Amy Hillier, assistant professor, School of Design; Bob Schultz, director of the Center for Autism Research (CAR), Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and Mary Summers, lecturer, political science/health and societies, SAS.

RSVP at www.cphi.upenn.edu/2011Forum.shtml

Ballparks as Urban Anchors, Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

This public panel discussion kicks off the 3rd annual Penn IUR Roundtable on Anchor Institutions, a peer-to-peer exchange of anchor institution leaders on the opportunities and challenges they face in the urban landscape, and marks the first event in Penn IUR's seminar series Games and the City.
Panelists will discuss how ballparks can anchor urban revitalization.

Speakers include: Edward L. Cohen, principal owner, Washington Nationals; Manny Diaz, former mayor, Miami, Florida; Paul Dolan, chair and CEO, Cleveland Indians; David Montgomery, president and CEO, Philadelphia Phillies; and Irwin P. Raij, partner, Foley & Lardner.

Co-sponsored by the Provost's Office Year of Games and PennDesign's department of city and regional planning.

To register, email penniur@pobox.upenn.edu by November 29.

Related: Year of Games Display at Penn Museum

Almanac - November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13