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Theme: Voyage to Atlantis

This event occurred on
April 16, 2023
Santa Barbara, California
United States

Educational conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Cambell Hall
University of California Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106
United States
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Amy Fullerton

Amidst the rapidly changing rhythm of daily life, Amy brings up her unique take to embracing this hastened tempo: By documenting one’s experiences daily, one can change their perspective on life and help create lasting habits. Through her personal journies and scientific theories, Amy explores the value of documenting daily experiences, finding joy in the nuances of life, and incorporating small changes to break the monotony.

Ana Parejo Vidal

PHD student
Ana Delia Parejo Vidal is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry whose passion for scientific research began as a young girl in her hometown of Granada Spain. She works under de leadership of Professor Mattanjah de Vries, and their research focuses on developing state-of-the-art spectroscopy instrumentation to elucidate the photochemical processes that established specific nucleobases as the building blocks of all life on earth. Ana is a curious and open-minded woman whose enthusiasm for science and cultural exploration has led to pursue research opportunities across 3 continents. She earned her B.S. from the University of Granada, spending the final year of her undergraduate program as an international fellow at UCSB. After returning home to earn to earn a Masters in Science from the University of Granada, where she was recognized with the Award in Excellence in the Internationalization of Students she decided to return to UCSB to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Andy Barrera

Most people have heard the phrase “all men are trash”. Andy’s goal is to teach people how toxic masculinity is not inherent; but rather the result of a culture that perpetuates this standard. Andy shares his own experience overcoming the cycle of machismo, and how these ideologies shaped him.

Beth Egan

Beth Donnelly Egan is Associate Professor of advertising at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. She is author of Media Planning Essentials, an online media planning course. She also writes and consults on issues surrounding data privacy and regulation.

Brooke Lyn Landon

Standup Comediain
Brooke Lyn Landon is a confidence-building expert, coach, and standup comedian. She delivers humorous stories and invaluable information to transform people’s minds and relationships with themselves. Landon’s clients and audiences love her vibrant energy and authenticity. Her mission is to help people step into their power and out of their comfort zone so they can live their dreams! Landon graduated from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2014. She then went on to receive her coaching certification at NYU’s School of Professional Studies in 2016. Several years later, she left America to solo backpack the world, and on her travels, found her passion for standup comedy. It was then that she discovered the keys to cultivating confidence, and how to take those keys to open the doors to infinite possibilities in our lives.

Faith Talamantez

Faith’s talk pertains to the history of the word ‘ghetto’. This vernacular was used to label Faith’s high school, and as such she wants to teach young people how word choice can make an impact, especially for young people. Ultimately, Faith argues that the word ghetto needs to be displaced from every-day conversation. If you mean bad, just say bad.

Jeffrey Mun

Jeffrey is a student at UCSB. The title of his talk is Stop adding, start innovating.

Kendall Martin

Kendall is speaking about forming better, healthy mindsets for young athletes. Many athletes become so anxiety ridden from their sport they may even contemplate suicide. Kendall argues we should implement sport’s psychologists, as well as robust well-rounded education systems for these young athletes.

Madison Connaughton

Madison is speaking about the history of deodorant. Whilst these days deodorant may be a simple convenience, it originated as a means of becoming healthier and balanced. These beliefs come from early modern ideas regarding the relationship between consumption and inner well-being.

Marissa Nelson

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Marissa Nelson is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT) by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE) by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). An internationally recognized expert, Nelson is the creator of IntimacyMoons Couples Retreats, rated by Women’s Health and Bustle Magazines as one of the top couples retreats worldwide. ‍She has also been frequently featured in over 100 national and international media publications including: The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CBC, CNN Health, Glamour, & Latina and Black Enterprise.

Tania Israel

Professor of Counseling Psychology
Tania Israel is a Professor of Counseling Psychology & Associate Dean for DEI at UC Santa Barbara and award-winning author of Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work (APA, 2020). She has shared her expertise on dialogue across political differences with the TODAY show, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and dozens of other media outlets. Dr. Israel has received honors from Congress, the California State Legislature, and the American Psychological Association, and her two prior TEDx talks (on bisexuality and how to win a political argument) have been widely viewed.

Taylie Staten

Taylie is a student at UCSB speaking on nutrition.

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