“Light Our Minds On Fire!” A Spatial Lightning Talks 2019 Recap

Audience from SLT 2019
Mesmerized..

New space, same (but never old!) event, 2019’s Spatial Lightning Talks were one to remember. As they munched on sandwiches and pizza, our listeners from across campus were regaled with three-minute talks that ran the gamut, and that captured our attention for over an hour. Speakers had the challenge to present a new topic to the audience in only three minutes, after a which a loud (electronic) bell would stop their thought in its tracks – because it was question time!

Now it was the audience’s turn; two minutes to grill the speaker. Our favorite comment (in response to a talk about searching for nowhere — Point Nemo? Gurbantünggüt Desert? Or Nowhere, Oklahoma?): “Nowhere or Now here?”)

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We had students discussing their research: 

Aaron Bagnell: Clustering Water Masses to Overcome Local Sampling Biases

Others discussed their histories in terms of geographic units:

Thomas Hervey: Travel Spaces and their Stories

Professors from a diversity of departments (History; Religious Studies; Geography) spoke on topics of personal interest – race on college campuses, Buddhist symbols (maps) of the universe, the U.S./Canada border.

We had the opportunity to hear from visitors from the community as well: Skona Brittain, co-founder of SB Family School, about Space-Filling Curves, and Ken Dunkley, retired, on food labeling of country of origin, and its impacts on quality of food and on trade. 

Here is the full list of presenters:

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It was a treat to hear all of these wonderful presenters. Join us again for next year’s event!

If you are interested in presenting a 3-minute lightning talk at next year’s event, get in touch with Anagha anytime. Videos of this year’s talks will be posted on the Spatial Center website once they become available.

Spatial Lightning Talks 2019 — Is Here!

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies presents the 2019 Spatial Lightning Talks on Tuesday, February 19 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on a broad range of spatial topics. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to hear speakers from across campus and in the local community share their work and special interests. This year, we bring together an exciting line-up of speakers – see the 2019 program here. When: Tuesday, February 19, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 a.m. Where: Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Conference Room (6046 HSSB). See location on the interactive map of UCSB. Hope to see you there!

Call for Speakers: Spatial Lightning Talks 2019

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies invites interested speakers for the 2019 Spatial Lightning Talks on Tuesday, February 19 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on spatial topics of all sorts. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to share your work or special interest (it doesn’t have to be academic!), and it provides experience in delivering a concise, attention-grabbing talk to a diverse audience. Mark your calendars now, whether you are interested in giving a talk or just attending: When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.; lunch will be served as of 11:45 a.m. Where: Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, McCune Conference Room, 6046 HSSB. Do you think you’re up for the challenge of presenting an interesting, spatially-relevant topic in just three minutes? We are inviting speakers to sign up by Friday, February 1. Since we have limited speaker slots, we will let you know by Friday, February 8 whether you are selected to be one of the Spatial Lightning Talks speakers. Apply here. To see topics for previous presentations see http://spatial.ucsb.edu/lightning-talks/

Thank you to Spatial Lightning Talk 2018 presenters

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies hosted another great round of Spatial Lightning Talks this year, with a whole new batch of spatially-relevant topics. Eight speakers took the challenge to “enlighten us, but make it quick!”

Many new and returning faces in the crowd had the opportunity to hear a lively group of speakers and make new connections across campus. This year, there was a 2-minute question and answer period after each 3-minute presentation, allowing the audience to participate more in the program.

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Two speakers, Paul Wilson (formerly of GE / MapFrame) and James Caesar (UCSB Campus Emergency Manager) spoke about the recent Thomas Fire and mudslides. Paul called for map-minded people in the local community to band together and improve the state of emergency mapping; James shared some of his real, on-the-ground experience responding to the recent fire and mudslide events.

Geography Professor Keith Clarke taught us about a local piece of history just around the bend at Honda Point. Thomas Crimmel continued the geographers and history theme with his (very!) abridged history of the digital desktop.

Joshua Kuntzman, graduate student at the Gervitz School of Education, pushed us to think more about what it takes to facilitate true interdisciplinary work through the UCSB Crossroads program. Jeremy Douglass, Assistant Professor of English, gave us a run-through of his project Panelcode.

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Graduate student Lily Cheng made everyone stop and think about their well-developed
‘paw preferences’, and aviation consultant William Yim gave everyone a new perspective on focus in photography.

This event was organized by Crystal Bae, bidding adieu to Kitty Currier who has done a great job organizing in years past. If you are interested in presenting a 3-minute lightning talk at next year’s event, get in touch with Crystal anytime. Videos of this year’s talks will be posted on the Spatial Center website once they become available.

Spatial Lightning Talks 2018

Spatial Lightning Talks 2018

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies presents the 2018 Spatial Lightning Talks on Friday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on a broad range of spatial topics. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to hear speakers from across campus and in the local community share their work and special interests. This year, we bring together an exciting line-up of speakers – see the 2018 program here.

When: Friday, February 9, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 a.m.
Where: Mosher Alumni House, 2nd Floor Alumni Hall
See location on the interactive map of UCSB.

Hope to see you there!

Call for Speakers: Spatial Lightning Talks 2018

The UCSB Center for Spatial Studies invites interested speakers for the 2018 Spatial Lightning Talks on Friday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m. This annual series of 3-minute lightning talks brings together speakers from across the UCSB campus as well as the local community to enlighten the crowd on spatial topics of all sorts. This fast-paced, interdisciplinary event is a great opportunity to share your work or special interest (it doesn’t have to be academic!), and it provides experience in delivering a concise, attention-grabbing talk to a diverse audience.

Mark your calendars now, whether you are interested in giving a talk or just attending:
When: Friday, February 9, 2018 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.; lunch will be served as of 11:45 a.m.
Where: Mosher Alumni House, 2nd Floor Alumni Hall

Do you think you’re up for the challenge of presenting an interesting, spatially-relevant topic in just three minutes? We are inviting speakers to sign up by Friday, January 12. Since we are limiting the number of speakers this year, we will let you know in January whether you are selected to be one of the Spatial Lightning Talks speakers.

To see topics for previous presentations see http://spatial.ucsb.edu/lightning-talks/