State of the Arts 2014


Speakers will be live and virtual:

Jacquelyn Morie, PhD 
Jacquelyn Ford Morie, Founder and Chief Scientist of All These Worlds.  Jacquelyn holds an MS, MFA, and PhD With degrees in both art and computer science, Dr. Morie has 25 years experience in developing innovative techniques for rich, emotionally evocative virtual reality (VR) environments. As part of this pioneering work, she invented a scent collar to bring the emotional power of smell to immersive experiences, and developed new types of functions for VR, such as connections to multiple sensor and feedback systems to make VR more effective. Dr. Morie spent 13 years as a Sr. Research Scientist at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT), which she helped found. While there, she created novel VR telehealth care activities using her deep understanding of art, computer animation and human behavior to enhance patient engagement with these programs. In the mid-1990s, Dr. Morie started comprehensive computer animation training programs at Walt Disney Feature Animation combining art and technology topics, which she later expanded to the special effects industries at studios such as Rhythm and Hues. Prior to that, Morie worked at UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training, where she developed techniques to make VR environments more immersive and emotionally compelling, and helped lead a group of innovative students called The Toy Scouts. She has been expanding her VR research to include neuroscience and avatars, developing methods to determine how such technologies can effect positive change in those who use them.
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STEVEN D. HICKMAN, PSY.D. , Executive Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness

Dr. Steven Hickman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has a joint appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSD Departments of Psychiatry and Family and Preventive Medicine.  Dr. Hickman is the Founder and Director of the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. Since founding the Center in 2000, he has taught over 40 Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, as well as adapting the program for nurses, medical students and other professional and clinical populations. The Center for Mindfulness has also become a global leader in providing professional training in the burgeoning field of mindfulness-based interventions for professionals of all sorts. Dr. Hickman is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UC San Diego Center for Integrative Medicine. He is married and has three teenage children, affording him ample opportunities to practice what he preaches.


Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 10.24.26 PM ALLAN GOLDSTEIN, Managing Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness
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Allan has been involved in learning and teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs (MBSR) since participating in his first program in 1993. Since that time he has trained in facilitating MBSR with the UMass Center for Mindfulness (CFM) and has gone on to teach MBSR to groups and individuals in universities, business and community settings. His work has also led him to teaching in military installations and even in the virtual world of Second Life. Allan has a strong passion for promoting the valuable work of mindfulness-based interventions and applies that passion in his role as Managing Director, spearheading marketing and program development efforts of the center, as well as leading MBSR and other mindfulness groups
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ERIC CHANCE, Virtual Worlds Lead Designer, All These Worlds, LLC
Eric is a USC film program alumnus who specializes in user-generated content for virtual worlds such as Second Life (where he has been a resident since early 2004) and OpenSim. In addition to design and building he is expert in scripting and developing new functionality for a wide range of purposes. His past clients in SL include Linden Lab,, Eyebeam, and ICT. He has worked in the film and live audio industries, theatrical set construction, and in comic book design from 1997-1998 at Antarctic Press. He is passionate about interactivity, sound, game design, art, and learning.
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DR. VALERIE RICE, Chief and Certified Professional Human Factors Engineer/Ergonomist Army Material Command, Army Research Laboratory
Dr. Valerie Rice is the Chief and Certified Professional Human Factors Engineer/Ergonomist Army Materiel Command – Army Research Laboratory – Human Research and Engineering Directorate – Army Medical Department Field Element. Dr. Rice is currently conducting a new study called the “MINDFULNESS” study. This research is being conducted to determine if this is another means by which we can aid our service members and authorized personnel cope with the challenges brought about by stress. Please take a moment to view the link below to learn more about the MINDFULNESS program.
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Moderator:  EVONNE HEYNING, Participatory Media Producer
A visionary interactive producer, Evonne Heyning has worked at the intersection of meaningful media and creative campaigns for 20 years. As a social enterprise leader she designs ventures for social good and as an interactive media producer she weaves together live broadcast, vital resources, event and social media engagement.

With over 30 years experience as an exhibiting artist and programmer Evonne is currently designing apps and tools to connect media, learning and experiences. She won the NBCNews hackathon last month creating RealAction, an app to generate emergency news push reports with maps and vital info to all devices within minutes of any crisis.

Evonne specializes in creating media technology solutions for dynamic play – in 2014 she weaved thousands of Instagram posts, tweets and questions into extraordinary live event broadcasts for clients such as Allstate and Imagine Dragons, SpiderMan2, White House with Ogilvy for the Affordable Care Act and Wisdom2.0. With a diverse team of creatives she curates, designs and creates innovative new experiences for unusual client needs.

Her team is currently building a new immersive education show that brings together people, content and mobile tools with mindblowing games for all ages. She frequently speaks on Engagement and Participation in Media and the Future of Learning, Interactivity and Play.

At Eddefy Evonne’s team is building personalized learning apps and tools for knowledge sharing across all types of media and experiences, a personal map for lifelong learning. She started a homegrown #startupcamp after graduating from Singularity University and guides interactive tech teams at Grow Games Interactive, Ludicrum Labs and Toyshoppe Systems for connected experiences.

 CoFounder and Director, EDDEFY, Co-Founder and Chair, Grow Games, Co-Founder, Toyshoppe Systems, Advisor and Partner, GogoCoin, Ludicrum Labs.