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Serious Play: C.W. Post Gaming Professor Wins Award for ‘Emergency Birth’

Team led by Dr. Elena Bertozzi, director of Digital Game Design & Development master’s degree program, wins silver medal at 2011 International Serious Play Awards


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Elena BertozziBrookville, N.Y. – A team of developers led by Dr. Elena Bertozzi, director of the Digital Game Design and Development master's degree program at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, was awarded the silver medal for "Emergency Birth!" at the 2011 International Serious Play Awards.

"Emergency Birth!"; is an interactive game that teaches nursing students and non-medical professionals how to deliver a baby outside of a hospital. A panel of experts chose 20 games as medal winners for creating interactive games that exemplified a superior learning experience in the corporate, military, healthcare, and school/at home communities. Winners were announced at the Serious Play Conference, Aug. 23-25 in Redmond, Wash.

Dr. Bertozzi was appointed last spring as director of Digital Game Design and Development for the new master's program at C.W. Post. She was previously the founder and director of the Engender Games Group Lab at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, where "Emergency Birth!" was developed.

The EGG lab is now at C.W. Post and working on new games with the master's students in the Digital Game Design program. The EGG lab will distribute "Emergency Birth!" to interested organizations.

The state-of-the-art master's program in Digital Game Design and Development at C.W. Post is the first of its kind on Long Island. Students gain hands-on, practical experience in the field, which enables them to further develop original concepts for games and prepare for a future in digital game design. The program includes three areas of specialization: game programming, visual design and game design.

For more information on the M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development, visit or call (516) 299-2382.

Posted 09/26/2011

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