The Gevirtz School and the Santa Barbara Public Library announce their latest “Fast & Curious” lecture that features education and psychology research and practice surrounding policy

Monday, April 15, 2019
presenters at November 2018 Fast & Curious evening

The presenters and hosts at the previous Fast & Curious evening in November 2018 (l-r): Jill Sharkey, Sabrina Liu, Chris Ograin, Julie Bianchini, Miya Barnett, Betsy Brenner, Gordon Morrell, Hunter Gehlbach

Free public event on May 6 at 7 pm at Santa Barbara Public Library

The next edition of the lecture series, “Fast & Curious: ED Talks from UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School,” will take place on Monday, May 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 three faculty members, two graduate students, and one alumna 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 explore topics relating to education policy issues, and feature speakers with unique inside knowledge of institutions. The Honorable Lois Capps—a Gevirtz School alumna—served as the U.S. Representative for California’s 24th congressional district from 1998 to 2017. Gevirtz School professor Michael Brown has served as UC provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs—in essence the UC system’s chief academic officer—since 2017.

A reception in the Faulkner Gallery will follow immediately after the presentations.

This evening will be the sixth in the successful series that began in February 2017. Videos of talks from the other evenings, which drew crowds of approximately 75 each, can be seen online.

Presenters and titles for May 6:

Keri Bradford, Doctoral student, Department of Education, “They Always Forget to Remember Us: Native Americans in College”
Michael Brown, Provost, UC Office of the President and Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “The Best of Higher Education Offered on the Most Democratic Basis Possible”
Lois Capps, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Department of Education alumna, “Your Role in Federal Education Policy”
Michael Gottfried, Associate Professor, Department of Education, “Attending to Attendance: Myths and Learning Lessons”
Shane Jimerson, Professor, Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology, “Providing Safe, Supportive, and Effective Schools”
Christopher Salem Ozuna, Doctoral student, Department of Education, “Are School-Based Dental Clinics Filling the Gaps for California’s Kids?”

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 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 rated as a top 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]