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Thursday, June 10 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Innovation with XR for Health and Mindfulness

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Curious to know what happens when XR infiltrates nutrition education to improve human health? This session aims to foster multidisciplinary collaboration to innovate XR for nutrition education as a springboard for XR use in other areas of health education.  The featured speakers, Dr. Pam Koch - nutrition education expert, and Dr. Maya Georgieva - XR expert, will converse about the opportunities, challenges, and future directions. Leave with fun, practical ideas how to get started in blending XR and nutrition education.

Nutrition Education Expert:
Pamela Koch, EdD, RD 
Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy 
Research Associate Professor, Program in Nutrition 
Department of Health & Behavior Studies 
Teachers College Columbia University 
Tel: 212-678-3001; 917-514-6207
Office: 19 Russl

Pam provides leadership for all aspects of the Tisch Food Center’s work, including these reports. Pam conducts research about the connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating. She translates the results from her research into useful resources such as curricula for schoolteachers and recommendations for policy makers. Pam is the primary author of the three Linking Food and the Environment (LiFE) curriculum series books: Growing Food; Farm to Table & Beyond, and Choice, Control & Change and coordinated the development, evaluation and dissemination of LiFE. Pam frequently speaks about nutrition education and sustainable food systems at meetings and conferences across the country. Pam also collaborates with several groups conducting food and nutrition education and working to increase access to healthy, sustainable food around New York City. She completed her BS and MS degrees in nutrition at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey, and her EdD and RD from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

“We need to unite. We must tell our government representatives that publicly supported food programs and nutrition education are critical for reducing health care costs, providing jobs, saving our environment, and increasing the quality of life of our citizens. We may be able to do more than just prevent these from being cut. We can be visionary, and advocate for policies and investments that help all New Yorkers be empowered eaters.” – Pam Koch

Mixed Reality (XR) Expert: 
Maya Georgieva
Futurist | Speaker | AR VR MR XR AI | Immersive Storyteller | Digital Learning & Design | Innovation | Emerging Tech | Digital Strategy (LinkedIn)Maya Georgieva is an XR and Edtech strategist, author, and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and global education policy. Her most recent work focuses on innovation, storytelling, immersive VR/AR experiences, learning design, design thinking, and digital strategy. Maya actively writes and speaks on the topics of innovation, immersive storytelling and the future of learning and consults organizations and startups in this space. She is an XR producer and serves as a judge and coach to several competitions and accelerator programs. Maya is a co-author of the State of XR and Immersive Learning report. Maya's work at Parsons School of Design focuses on XR, immersive narratives, design, and learning.

Maya is the co-founder and partner at Digital Bodies, a global consulting group focusing on the impact of immersive and virtual technologies on education and society. DigitalBodies.net is repeatedly voted in the Top Ten of EdTech’s 50 Must-Read Higher Ed Blogs and frequently cited as a must-read website for news and analysis of VR, AR, and emerging technology in education. Maya is a member of the Expert Panel for the Horizon Report for Higher Education and sits on several educational and corporate learning boards. She has been instrumental in developing partnerships within and outside of higher education with startups, corporate and non-government organizations.

Maya's work has been featured at The Economist, The Atlantic, EDUCAUSE, SXSWedu, MIT Media Lab, EDUCAUSE ELI, EAB, New Media Consortium, Online Learning Consortium, EDUCAUSE Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, EdSurge, EdTech Magazine and Edutopia. She is the co-author of the widely popular EDUCAUSE Review Transforming Higher Ed Immersive Learning Series. She is the recipient of the Education Futurist Award from Campus Technology. Maya has delivered five 5 Minutes of Fame Talks at the annual NMC conference. One of her signatures Five Minutes of Fame talks focused on innovation in education and is available to view at: http://youtu.be/S-uZomkKOLc . Her second Five Minutes of Fame talk focused on the design of new learning experiences and the future of education: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE7uWJB6cyU

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Pam Koch

Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy
Pam provides leadership for all aspects of the Tisch Food Center’s work. Pam conducts research about the connections between a just, sustainable food system and healthy eating. She translates the results from her research into useful resources such as curricula for schoolteachers... Read More →
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Maya Georgieva

Director, Education Futures / XReality Center, The New School
Maya Georgieva is a futurist, XR strategist, immersive storyteller, producer, and a sought-after keynote speaker on the future of Immersive Learning and Innovation in creative industries. As the Director of Education Futures and the XReality Center at the New School, Maya provides... Read More →

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