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UCSB’s Gevirtz School and the Santa Barbara Public Library announce the fifth “Fast & Curious” lecture

The next edition of the lecture series, “Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 7 pm at the Santa Barbara Central Library’s Faulkner Gallery, 40 E. Anapamu St. This evening will be the fifth in the successful partnership series between the Library and the Gevirtz School, and first of the 2018-19 school year. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature four faculty members, one graduate student, and one alumnus from the Gevirtz School giving no more than an eight-minute talk each about their research or work that is shaping education. This edition in particular will feature topics ranging from preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to de-mystifying the notion that new teaching standards have birthed a new math.

Presenters and titles for November 29:

Miya Barnett, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Parenting with PRIDE: How Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Improves Relationships and Behaviors”

Julie Bianchini, Professor and Chair, Department of Education, “Moving Beyond ‘Just the Vocabulary’: How Beginning Science and Mathematics Teachers Learn to Teach Multilingual Learners”

Betsy Brenner, Professor, Department of Education, A Tree Grows in IV: 20+ Years of Community Work”

Sabrina Liu, Doctoral candidate, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Putting the Pieces Together to Address Childhood Adversity” 

Gordon Morrell, Executive Vice President Yardi Systems, Ph.D., Gevirtz School, “The Long and Winding Road”

Chris Ograin, Lecturer with Security of Employment, Department of Education, “The Myth of the New Math”

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.” The Central Library is perfectly situated as a partner for the lecture series due to their goals of providing information to the community, commitment to literacy in all forms, and as a gathering place for all.

A reception in the Faulkner Gallery will follow immediately after the presentations. Videos of talks from the other evenings, can be seen online (

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

Contact: Jen Lemberger, Programming & Marketing Librarian

Phone: 805-564-5621


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