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Education and Psychology Research and Practice that Matter

The third edition of the lecture series, “Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” will take place on Monday, November 6 at 7 pm at the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature five faculty members and one alumna from the Gevirtz School giving no more than an eight-minute talk each about their research or work that is shaping current education. A reception in the Faulkner Gallery will follow immediately after the presentations.

This evening will be the third in the successful series. Videos of talks from the first two evenings (February 16 and May 23, 2017), both of which drew crowds of approximately 75, can be seen online.

The event is the brainchild of Professor Jeff Milem, who became Dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) in July 2016. “Upon arriving in Santa Barbara I was struck not only by the immensely talented faculty and the breadth and depth of their research, but also by their commitment to the public good and their desire to make that research matter,” Milem explains. “This series is a very direct – and fun – way for faculty, alumni, and eventually our students to share their insights with the local community.”

Presenters and titles for November 6:

Diana Arya, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Faculty Director of the McEnroe Reading & Language Arts Clinic, “Community-Based Literacies for the 21st Century”

Leesa Beck, University Registrar, UCSB and Gevirtz School alumna, “‘No High Fives in Registrar’: Enrollment Management’s Role in Undergraduate Student Success

Collie Conoley, Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, Director of The Carol Ackerman Positive Psychology Center,Positive Psychology Comes to Psychotherapy!”

Tim Dewar, Lecturer with Security of Employment, Department of Education, Director of the South Coast Writing Project (SCWriP), “A Current Example of a Really Good 40-year Old Idea” 

Danielle Harlow, Associate Professor, Department of Education, content advisor, MOXI, “The Class of 2034: The Next Generation of Science Learning”

Maryam Kia-Keating, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, Director of the Trauma, Recovery, and Resilience Center at the Hosford Counseling & Psychological Services Clinic, “Is There a Shortcut to Resilience?”

While the event is free and open to the public, it is asked that attendees RSVP for planning purposes to: put “Fast & Curious” in the subject line.

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education offers M.A.s, M.Ed.s, and Ph.D.s from the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, the Department of Education and the Teacher Education Program, which also prepares students for teaching credentials. The School also offers three minors in Education, Applied Psychology, and Science & Mathematics Education. GGSE is a hub of educational innovation with world-class research produced by distinguished faculty and exceptional graduate students who are doing leading-edge work in research methods, science and mathematics education, literacy education, second language learning, culture and language, educational policy, autism, school safety, positive psychology, resilience and recovery from trauma, and strengths-based interventions with vulnerable populations. . . and this is only a partial list. The Gevirtz School is currently rated as a top 40 education school among public universities by U.S. News & World Reports. Learn more about the school at

Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621


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