UPDATE: The local NPR station, WUOT, aired an interview with Gordon Burghardt on October 24 for the program, Changing Course. Burghardt discussed play throughout the animal world and his pregame showcase.
Alumni Distinguished Service Professor Gordon Burghardt is known for his research on animal behavior, particularly playing behavior in taxa that are not thought to play. His research on play in cichlid fish has been featured recently in the international press.
This Saturday, Burghardt will be talking about the importance of play at the Pregame Showcase, prior to the football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The showcase will begin at 5:30 p.m., two hours before kickoff, in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center Ballroom (Room 213). The showcase is free and open to the public, and it features a thirty-minute presentation followed by a fifteen-minute question-and-answer session. A brief reception will be held after the program, and a door prize will be awarded.