This month, Nerd Nite is bringing you two fabulously nerdy talks on sex and things that cause rashes. Unrelated, of course.
Bee there and be square!
Nerd Nite Seattle LUCID
7:30 (Doors open at 6:30)
Why Sex Wins: The Evolutionary Advantages of Sexual Reproduction
Mimi Cheng, Ph.D.
Ever wonder why sex evolved when living organisms were perfectly content with reproducing asexually for millions of years? Why go through all the trouble of finding a mate when you can just split yourself in two? In this talk, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of asexual vs. sexual reproduction, The Red Queen Hypothesis, the different agendas of males and females, how meiosis and sex generate genetic variation, and why variation is an evolutionary advantage for a species.
Mimi has a Ph.D. in biology from Johns Hopkins University, where she was responsible for the lives and deaths of millions of fruit flies. During her post-doc at the University of Washington, she realized that teaching was 77% more fun and 90% less frustrating than doing research. She now spends her days teaching biology at a local university, watching too much television, not knitting nearly enough, and never going rock climbing.
Debunking Common Allergy Myths
Kevin Dooms, M.D.
Kevin Dooms is a UW Med alum and pediatric allergy specialist in Bellevue, where he spends at least half his day telling patients they’re not allergic. In his spare time he eats copious dairy and gluten, which he finds extremely delicious.