News archive - 2022

Monday, June 20, 2022

GI Faculty Members win SSHRC Insight funding totaling $949,813

University of Waterloo researchers have been awarded over $4.4 million in funding by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) this month.

Multiple Games Institute faculty members received SSHRC Insight funding to support their research totalling nearly a million dollars!  

Thursday, June 9, 2022

GI faculty member Ben Thompson named 2022 University Research Chair

Games Institute faculty member Ben Thompson (School of Optometry and Vision Science) was recently named a 2022 University Research Chair. Dr Thompson is the CEO and Scientific Director of the Center for Eye and Vision Research, and his research focuses on human brain plasticity and visual cortex particularly in promoting plasticity to improve outcomes for patients with brain-based visual disorders. 

Monday, May 30, 2022

GI PhD student Sid Heeg presents research to UW Staff Association

Games Institute PhD student and Research Communications Writer Sid Heeg (Environment) delivered a guest talk to the UW Staff Association about COVID-19 misinformation on May 12th, 2022.

Heeg’s talk Malicious Messaging: How Misinformation Operates Online covered how misinformation forms, how it differs from disinformation and how it appears online using examples from real COVID-19 misinformation that has been spread on social media.

They argued that the “COVID-19 Pandemic has made it clear that we are living in a time of rapid misinformation and distrust in public and government institutions.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Games Institute Launches Seed Funding Program

The Games Institute (GI) is currently accepting applications for our first-ever seed funding competition! Both students and faculty are eligible to apply for this funding of up to $15,000 per proposal.

This program is in place to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between interdisciplinary researchers and to encourage researchers to reach out to colleagues outside their home disciplines with whom they have not worked previously.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

GI faculty member Lennart Nackke Co-Host of new podcast about games and user research

Dr. Lennart Nacke (Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business) has started a new podcast titled “The Games User Research Podcast” with co-hosts Dr. Anders Drachen (University of South Denmark) and Dr. Pejaman Mirza-Babaei (Ontario Tech University). 

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