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Happiness, Health and…Video Games? You Bet!

Our presentations from the outstanding “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific” forum continue into the New Year, but first we’re wrapping up 2012 with a bevy of exciting ideas and discussions that came out of the event held at UC San Diego in October.

“The Happiness Project” author Gretchen Rubin at The Atlantic Meets the Pacific, now on UCTV.

What better to way to complete the year than with a look at the science and philosophy of happiness with none other than Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestseller “The Happiness Project.” Rubin chats with James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic, about finding contentment in everyday life.

Then there’s “Games for Change: Solving the World’s Biggest Problems Through Alternate Realities with Jane McGonigal,” in which the world-renowned designer of alternate reality games and author of the best-selling “Reality is Broken” makes the case to Calit2’s Larry Smarr that children’s brains benefit from playing video games.

Smarr makes another appearance, this time as the interviewee, when he talks to author Mark Bowden, screenwriter of the new film “Zero Dark Thirty” and author of a recent piece in “The Atlantic” about Smarr. In “The Human Laboratory: One Researcher’s Quest to Personalize Medicine,” Bowden talks with Smarr about his determination to understand everything about his own body, and how that kind of knowledge will become standard in the future of healthcare.

There’s even more titillating talk from this annual event at our The Atlantic Meets the Pacific website, so check it out!

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy Now: The Science and Philosophy of the Happiness Movement with Gretchen Rubin”

“Games for Change: Solving the World’s Biggest Problems Through Alternate Realities with Jane McGonigal”

“The Human Laboratory: One Researcher’s Quest to Personalize Medicine”

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The Wolfman Speaks (about Storytelling in Comics and Video Games)

If you’ve watched UCTV Prime’s “It Came from Riverside” series, then you’ve already had your virtual tour of the world’s largest science fiction and fantasy collection (if not, then we suggest you get on it!). Now we get the chance to bring you some bona fide stars of the genre!

Today it’s a visit from legendary comic book writer and editor Marv Wolfman (Marvel Comics, DC Comics and more), who discusses the art and craft of writing compelling stories with emotionally complex characters and imaginative plots for comics, animation, video games and everything in between.

Watch “The Wolfman Speaks (about Storytelling in Comics and Video Games)” and check back next Friday (Sept 28) for our interview with science fiction author and futurist David Brin!

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