Past Santa Barbara Event: VOL 13

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Big Data Adventure Time with an Ecologist

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Christopher Lortie is an integrative scientist with expertise in community theory, sociology, and quantitative methods. Empirical research by Lortie and collaborators include biogeographical comparisons of many forms of community dynamics including invasion, climate change, keystone species, and plant-insect interactions. Research efforts include structural network analyses to couple trophic and non-trophic interactions with basal facilitation in desert ecosystems. Lortie is also a senior editor for Oikos and serves on other boards including PLOSONE, Journal of Ecology, and PeerJ. He is a scientist the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and a trail runner.

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Creating Liturgy for Our Times

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Stephen Travis Pope is a composer, computer scientist, videographer and social and spiritual activist based in Santa Barbara, California. He has realized his musical works at studios in America (Toronto, Stanford, Berkeley, Santa Barbara) and Europe (Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin). His music is available from Centaur Records, Perspectives of New Music, Touch Media, SBC Records, Disc-O Records, and the Electronic Music Foundation, who released a triple-disc anthology of his work called Ritual and Memory in 2007. Stephen was educated at Cornell University, the Vienna Music Academy, and the "Mozarteum" Music Academy in Salzburg, Austria. He has taught and conducted research at Mozarteum, Stanford University, the Technical University of Berlin and the University of California, Berkeley. From 1995-2010 he was on the faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara, first in Dept. of Music, then the Dept. of Computer Science, and finally in the Graduate Program in Media Arts and Technology.

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How I Left the Arts and Learned to Love the Culture of Plants

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Nina Dunbar is currently the Director of Development and Communications for the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. A native of New Orleans, Nina and her family moved to Santa Barbara in 2007. She was the executive director of the Santa Barbara Arts Fund for five years before joining the Botanic Garden in 2012. She currently serves as a member of the Arts Advisory Committee for the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
Nina has spent more than 25 years as an arts advocate, consultant, and administrator in the public and private sectors. She is a graduate of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and holds an MA in Nonprofit Administration from the University of New Orleans. Most of her arts career was focused on public art, where she oversaw the commissioning of major site-specific art projects for Phoenix Arts Commission’s award-winning public art program and the San Francisco Arts Commission. From 1994 to 2000, she was a founder and principal in the consulting group, AMPS (Arts Management for Public Spaces), where she worked on arts policy and planning issues and public art commissions in Arizona, California and Vancouver, B.C.

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Storytime in the People's Republic

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

By day, Jon Jablonski runs the UCSB Library's Map & Imagery Laboratory. By night, he is one of six founders of, which is dedicated to instilling an early love of reading in Chinese children by providing expert advice to the private children's library community in China. Reading Everywhere is currently organizing, and accepting donations(!), to present training workshops at this November's Shanghai International Children's Book Fair.

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Pandemonium: The Playful Revolution of Flash Mob Dance

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Jenna Tico is a storyteller. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, she made her debut on the Summer Solstice stage in 1993: and in addition to twenty years of collaboration with Solstice—most recently, writing the text for Art Fisher’s parade retrospective—has taught and performed with AXIS Dance Company, Hip Brazil, Panzumo, Fishbon Arts Collaborative, La Boheme, UCSB, Lucidity Festival, and many others. Jenna is a founding member of World Dance for Humanity, the launching pad for countless “Thriller” flash mobs and more than $100,000 of charitable donations at home and abroad. Before graduating from Scripps College in 2012, Jenna was introduced to Contact Improvisation under the watchful eye of Jessica Harris; and in the years since, has danced her way from Bali to Rwanda, inspired by the mind-body connection and the powerful healing it incurs. When she’s not teaching dance at Divinitree Yoga or performing in strange public spaces, Jenna can be found writing grants for the arts, and occasionally frightening the students of Santa Barbara High School by teaching their theatre class.

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Regenerate Your Body Transform the Planet

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Kira’s primary mission is the desire to help us recognize our blocks and heal our bodies naturally while simultaneously healing and transforming our planet. Her work with nutritionists, Shamans, Indigenous Elders together with the practices of yoga and meditation created a meaningful path of healing in her own life that she now shares with others. She’s been on several radio shows as well as having her own radio show. She is currently teaching workshops called “Regenerate with High Frequency Foods” where she assists people to heal and regenerate their bodies holistically with food, energy work, ceremony and love.

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Things I Like about Surfing that are Not Surfing

@ VOL 13 ON FEB 25, 2015

Mark Grivetti has a lifelong love of nature that manifests in many ways. After growing up rockhounding as a child he became a geologist and has been lucky enough to work around the world on landslides, faults, groundwater and all things geological. Whenever he can, he likes to get to the beach with friends and family and spend time in the water.

Jenna Tico
in Santa Barbara
Nina Dunbar
in Santa Barbara
Jon Jablonski
in Santa Barbara
Mark Grivetti
Geologist, Geosyntec Consultants in Santa Barbara
Stephen Pope
Composer, film-maker, computer scientist in Santa Barbara
Christopher Lortie
ecologist in Santa Barbara
Kira Slade
in Santa Barbara