Get in the Game: Potrero Progress 2.0 kickoff

Water is an ubiquitous part of life, from the San Francisco Bay to the water being used to cool nuclear reactors.

We take it for so for granted, that many people know little about what water is and where it can be found.

The second summer session of Potrero Progress will be entitled Roll Down Like Water as we demonstrate again how to engage formerly disinterested students in advanced science careers.

On Saturday, March 19, a group of distinguished game developers will appear in a kickoff program as part of the Biotech Brunch at southeast campus of City College of San Francisco, room 413, at 1800 Oakdale.

Game developer and producer Angel Inokon

Charlene Coleman, CEO of Sensory Acumen Inc., runs an Orinda company which has created a system for providing smell as part of immersive game environments.   One of the applications has been to help war veterans recover from post traumatic stress disorder.

Angel Inokon is a veteran game developer and producer who has worked on some of the most popular games in the market.

Robert Miles, customer support manager at Sega of America, is a living testament to the importance of role models for inclusion in advanced science careers.   When he was eight years old, he met Gerald A. Lawson, the African-American engineer at Fairchild who created the first video game console.

Miles saw Lawson for the first time in 30 years at the 25th annual Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Center to tell him that Lawson had inspired him to go into the game industry, one of the major employers in the South of Market and Mission Bay areas, along with biotechnology.

Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn, outreach coordinator of the Radiation Oncology Department at UC-San Francisco, will also appear to discuss the In the House summer internship for 10 students to spend eight weeks learning and working at the university.  Dr. Mack Roach, chair of the department, is an alumnus of Balboa High School.