March 2016 Lunch & Learn: Engineering Light and English Learners
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10:22AM
By Shawn Warner-Garcia, Program Coordinator in Campus Events, Free Food, GSA , Research talk, grad student, graduate student, lois harmon, lunch and learn, tanya das, uc santa barbara, ucsb

Come feed your stomach and your brain at our next Lunch & Learn event!

Lunch & Learn is a monthly event co-sponsored by the Graduate Division and the Graduate Students Association that provides graduate students two important things: (1) free lunch and (2) a chance to socialize with and learn from graduate students across the campus. Each Lunch & Learn features 15-minute talks by two graduate students – one from a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) discipline and one from a SHEF (Social Science, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts) discipline. However, unlike traditional seminars and lectures, the Lunch & Learn series encourages speakers to communicate their topic in whatever way they feel most comfortable, welcoming anything from PowerPoint slides to fireside chats to hands-on demonstrations.

See below for more details about our upcoming Lunch & Learn event.

Lunch & Learn
This Edition: Engineering Light and English Learners

Friday, March 4
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Engineering Science Building, Room 2001
Pizza and salad lunch will be provided
*As space is limited, please RSVP here*


"Manipulating Light at the Nanoscale"
Tanya Das, Graduate Student in Electrical & Chemical Engineering

By appropriately designing nanoscale objects and exposing them to light, scientists can manipulate light in very interesting ways. Until now, research in the field of metamaterials has focused almost exclusively on engineering objects to modify this interaction. By contrast, Tanya's research investigates the effects of engineering light (rather than the objects), thereby introducing a new degree of freedom and the potential for innovation in metamaterial design.

"Teacher Preparation for English Learners: Where Theory Meets Practice"
Lois Harmon, Graduate Student in Education

Lois is interested in teacher preparation for English Learners. Her research examines how student-teachers acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to provide instruction for English Learners. She will discuss her ongoing research on how student-teachers are being prepared to support the academic language development of English Learners.

The event will be moderated by Robert Hamm, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development.

Questions about the series or interested in presenting at an upcoming Lunch & Learn? Please email Robert Hamm.

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