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Informatics Professor Constance Steinkuehler, best known for her pioneering social informatics research into video game culture and learning, received the Vanguard Award at this year’s 14th Annual Games for Change Festival and VR for Change Summit (G4C 2017), which was held July 31-Aug. 2, 2017 at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Vanguard Award recipients are recognized for their significant work as mentors, advocates and champions of the next generation of video game creators. Steinkuehler also delivered one of the event’s opening keynote addresses on “10 Important Findings from the Research on Games for Impact: A Look Back Over the Last Decade of Research with Constance Steinkuehler.”

Steinkuehler is president and a fellow of the Higher Education Video Games Alliance and served as senior policy analyst under President Obama’s administration in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her research investigates cognition and learning in multiplayer videogames, including topics of literacy, scientific reasoning, mathematical reasoning, computational literacy, collective problem solving, sociability, attention and emotional self-regulation.