Gevirtz School kicks off “Fast & Curious,” a new lecture series featuring education and psychology research that matters

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Fast & Curious

First free public event on February 16 at 7 pm at Santa Barbara Public Library

The debut of a new lecture series, “Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” will take place on Thursday, February 16 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 eight faculty and alumni from the Gevirtz School giving no more than an eight-minute talk each about their research that is shaping education.

The talks are 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 will be one very direct – and fun – way for faculty, alumni, and eventually our students to share their insights with the local community.”

Presenters and titles:

Jason Duque, Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment, Department of Education and Teacher Education Program, “To Solve Educational Problems, Don’t Focus on Them”
Tania Israel, Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, “Free Your Mind: Unlearning LGBT Stigma”
Don Lubach, Associate Dean of Students and GGSE Lecturer, “Jet Fuel into the Upward Mobility Machine: A Course for Transfer Students”
Andrew Maul, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, “Educational Testing and Psychological Measurement: One Hundred Years Gone Astray?”
Yukari Okamoto, Professor, Department of Education, “Speaking of Numbers…Does Language Matter?”
Russell Rumberger, Emeritus Professor, Department of Education, “Ensuring High School Graduation for All”
Jill Sharkey, Lecturer with Security of Employment, Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in School and Mental Health Systems & Overrepresentation of Youth of Color in Juvenile Justice”
Ty Vernon, Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology, “Fitting In: How the Need to Belong Impacts Everything”

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 35 education school among public universities by U.S. News & World Reports.

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

[The presenters are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at (805) 893 5789]