Nerd Nite Seattle [61]: Carats & Cannabinoids

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We have two brilliant talks lined up for February! James Patton will give a unique and personal perspective on the science of diamond mining, and Ethan Russo will discuss the many complex compounds beyond THC that are found in cannabis.

Door fee is now sliding scale ($5 suggested), and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Union of Concerned Scientists and Got Green!

Thanks to our sponsors for making this possible: Hashtag Fremont, Pearl Extracts and spot.

James Patton: Diamond Mining 101

Valentine’s Day. Let’s say it went well. Let’s say it went really well. So…diamond ring, right? Except you’re a nerd, which means you know too many things, including about the diamond industry. Between the marketing scams, the price manipulation, and oh, right, the blood…you might want to try to come up with a better idea. Fortunately, that’s precisely what nerds do.

Come learn why you shouldn’t blow off Rocks for Jocks, how long fire ants can survive underwater, the finer points of dry county diplomacy, the symptoms of heat stroke, how to read a treasure map drawn on the back of an Econo Lodge receipt, the dental services offered at Sears, and how to run with the “better” idea:

“What if I just mine the m************ diamond myself?”

Dr. Ethan Russo: Making Cannabis Safer and Better

Most people are familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) as the main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis, but it fact, it is a complex botanical medicine with over 100 cannabinoids and 200 terpenoids reported. We will discuss how various of these other components, particularly cannabidiol (CBD), can make cannabis safer, more effective for pain control and mood disorders, and even more enjoyable. Various delivery techniques and their pros and cons, and difficulties with the “legal” market in WA State with regards to pesticide contamination will also be addressed.

Music by Reverend Dollars

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High Dive
Tuesday, January 17th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 suggested / 21+

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please refrain from wearing scented products in consideration of attendees with allergies and sensitivities. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

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Nerd Nite Seattle [60]: Citizens in Science

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Just in time for the Presidential Inauguration, this month’s speakers will discuss how citizens can become more involved with STEM research and advocacy. We’ll explore topics ranging from citizen science projects to public health perspectives on environmental problems.

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SoundBio is a community of amateur and professional science enthusiasts dedicated to promoting science education, providing access to biotechnology, and fostering self-learning in order to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Michal Galdzicki is a biohacker. During the day he is a boring computational scientist working at Arzeda, a biotechnology company that designs cell factories for the production of chemicals. At night he hearkens back to the lab bench to teach biotechnology and genotype salmon at SoundBio in Seattle, Washington. He received a PhD in Biomedical and Health Informatics at the University of Washington in 2012. As part of his dissertation research he co-founded the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL) an information exchange standard for biological engineering.

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Physicians For Social Responsibility of Washington has been working for more than 50 years to create a healthy, just and peaceful world for both the present and future generations. PSR advocates for climate change solutions from a medical and public health perspective.

Mark Vossler is a cardiologist who has presented strategies for advocating for climate protective policies and behaviors on behalf of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR). His presentation focuses on the human health impacts of our changing climate which are already being felt and are anticipated to worsen over next few decades. In addition, he will discuss the cardiovascular co-benefits of climate change mitigation which include a shift toward more active transport and a near term reduction in small particulate air pollution. Always the optimist, he will also have suggestions on how you can have an impact on this problem.

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High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, January 17th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 / 21+
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns.

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Nerd Nite Seattle [59]: Star Wars Holiday Special

You’ll Obi-Wanna be at this month’s event in anticipation of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! Filmmaker Don Thacker and software engineer Evan Witt will give us technical insights into the making of the Greatest Film Series Of All Time.

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Evan Witt: The Musical Language of Star Wars

b-b-b-baaaaaaah BAAAAH b-b-b-BAH bah b-b-b-BAH bah b-b-b-bah! There are a hundred reasons why Star Wars resonates with audiences so personally, but near the top of the list is its landmark musical score. Why do we remember the music to Star Wars so well? In this talk, we’ll take a deliciously nerdy examination of the musical language in the Star Wars films, and the history that influenced it. Come enjoy a study of the style of John Williams, learn the musical ways of the Force, and become an orchestral Jedi master!

Evan Witt is a software engineer by day, and a video game composer and film score aficionado by night. He regularly writes music for small hobby-project games and loves to talk about how music affects the presentation of a story. You can watch Evan’s film score analyses at his “Studies in Scoring” Youtube series. He knows what’s wrong with modern Hollywood soundtracks, and he’s going to FIX IT, I tell you!

 

Don Thacker: GIF vs GIF, and the bifurcation of the human soul.

Star Trek or Star Wars? Red Team or Blue Team? Edward or Jacob? Piper or Mr. T? The human condition is wrought with divisive choices and that may just be the best thing ever.

Dormant for a hundred thousand lifetimes after first being deposited by way of explosively fractionated meteoroid, Don Thacker emerged from the Earth’s asthenosphere a viscous blob of mutable polysilicate some time in the late 1970s.

In his time among you he has become an award-winning feature film writer/director [Imagos Films] and a designer/developer of video games [Imagos Softworks, Pixeljam, XGen Studios, Robot Loves Kitty, Rocketcat Games]. He also builds autonomous robots, collects game consoles and plans to one day return to the icy depths of non-local space.

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High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, December 20th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 / 21+
BYO food or order Red Star Taco Bar through the bar

Accessibility: There are no stairs to the venue’s entryways or bathrooms. Tables are at standing level, but there is open seating at the front of the stage. Please message us if you have further questions, suggestions or concerns!

Nerd Nite Seattle [57]: Pride and Protagonists

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, October 18th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 at the door
21+
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Sarah Faulkner: Jane Austen: Sappy Spinster or Brilliant Badass?

The recent movie Pride & Prejudice & Zombies appears to take the classic beloved (and despised) Austen novel and make it more “badass” with the addition of violence, gore, and heaving bosoms. Sarah is here to tell you that Austen and her novels were badass far before zombies came along. Frequently challenging the conventions many believe she followed, Austen’s heroines are a revolutionary middle finger to contemporary conduct novels and the patriarchy.

Sarah Faulkner is a PhD student in English at University of Washington, where she focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth-century British women writers. She has presented her research on Jane Austen at Cambridge University and the University of London, and has her second article appearing in print next year. She has also attended a Regency ball in full costume.

John E. Williamson: Narrative Tricks and Shortcuts

Desc: On a dark and stormy night, when it was the best of times, it was also the worst of times for your game. Writing is hard, harder still if you don’t consider yourself a writer. We will skip over the Literary Theory and interpretation that drove you mad in English Lit class. Instead, this talk will cover narrative hacks, tricks, and shortcuts used by Hollywood to create compelling, memorable stories and characters.

John E. Williamson is has served as a Writer, Designer and/or Producer on over three dozen titles, in nearly every genre, on nearly every platform (Hawken, Super Nova, the original Spec Ops series, Rainbow Six, Alone in the Dark, Frogger). John understands the value of a good tale told well, appreciates the challenges of working within the budget constraints of time, money, assets, and RAM, while valuing the joys and wonder that come with interactive story telling.

Nerd Nite Seattle [56]: Vaccines and Voyages

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, September 20th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5
21+
 
Celebrate September with two things that Seattle does best: sailing and biomedical research!
 
Ro Yoon will discuss the science of HIV and the work of The Fred Hutchinson Seattle Vaccine Trials Unit (VTU).
 
Ro joined the VTU in 2010. She is an activist that engages with diverse communities throughout Seattle to ensure that HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention research are relevant and inclusive to all. In addition to educational sessions with volunteers and being a liaison for VTU Community Advisory Board, Yoon coordinates community events and training that address health and wellness issues that intersect with HIV and AIDS.
 
Kat Wolcott: “Sailing for the 99%”
 
Have you looked around at the beautiful waters around Seattle and always thought that sailing was just for the 1%? Think again! Learn about the history of sailing, the (lack) of fiscal responsibility involved, and the sorts of shenanigans you can get into — especially if you’re dealing with boats for the 99%.
 
Kat is the director of business operations for a local aerospace company. When not keeping the lights on, her hobbies include adopting sad boats and attempting to rehabilitate them, as well as foraging for mushrooms in the wilderness.

Nerd Nite Seattle [55]: August Edition

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, August 16th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 at the door
21+

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Gabriel-­Bello Diaz: How Fablabs and Makerspaces create community through public education, citizen collaboration and industry support.

Gabriel­-Bello Diaz is a Puerto Rican architect, educator and entrepreneur in digital fabrication. He is currently the Engineering Instructor at TAF Academy in Seattle, a public school serving 6th ­12th graders through a project based STEM curriculum, and is also Co­Founder of SoDo MakerSpace, a warehouse that has been transformed into a community space.

Brian Nisonger: Your vs. You’re, and Why it Doesn’t Matter

A linguist takes on the ages old internet arguments and obsession over correcting ‘your’ vs. ‘you’re’!
Brian has a graduate degree in computational linguistics, but hasn’t let that stop him. He is currently researching weird phones and tablets for a marketing research firm. He spends way too much time looking irrelevant things.

Nerd Nite July [54]: Lasers and Labradors

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, July 19th
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 at the door
21+

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Joey Key – Black Hole Collisions with LIGO

Polly Membrino – See Spot Evolve: How Domestication Made Dogs Homo Sapien’s Best Friend

For questions or concerns about accessibility, please message us on Facebook or at seattle@nerdnite.com.

Nerd Nite June [53]: Fascinating!

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, June 21st
Doors open at 6:30, talks start at 7:30
$5 at the door
21+

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Water manager John Chandler investigates drought in Washington State, Outdoor Trek brings us the science of Star Trek, and the original co-boss Julia Maddox will give her first (and final) talk!

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Nerd Nite May [52]: Genomes and Honeycombs

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, May 17th
Doors open at 6:30 (get there early for seats!), talks start at 7:30
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~Kathy Cox: Honeybees are the Canary in the Coal Mine~

Hear about ways to help without getting stung! Find out where the boy bees hang out. Get the scoop on the Queen’s sex life. Discover that bee stings are good for you. Bees are changing medicine. Did you know that bees brains defy time? They have personalities. Their architecture is perfectly strong. They help find serial killers! BEES are a fascinating super organism. Come learn about the art and science to beekeeping.

A Journeyman beekeeper, Kathy has kept bees for 14 years and bought her first 6 hives at a garage sale! She was previously a side-liner and commercial Beekeeper and is now a retired backyard Beek. Her style of beekeeping is chemical free and survival of the fittest! Bees are her passion and she loves sharing her knowledge with others. Kathy is a 2015-2016 Trustee for Puget Sound Beekeepers Association, a member of Washington State Beekeepers Association, American Federation of Beekeepers and is the Master Beekeeper Education/Certification Coordinator for PSBA. She is currently teaching newbees and is a Master Beekeeper candidate.

~Jake Herman: Gene Editing: Natural Origins, Complex Future~
GMO, retrovirus, frankenfood, CRISPR, transgenic, designer babies, disease cures – altering genetic material is a complex technology and an even more complex ethical discussion. As with most biological technologies, nature did it first. Genetic engineers have learned tricks from sexual reproduction, bacteria, and viruses to create technologies such as TALENs, homing endonucleases, CRISPR, embryonic microinjections, and viral gene transfer. With a drink in hand, we’ll start by exploring the science behind genetic engineering, then look at current uses for gene editing outside the lab, including cancer therapies, agriculture, and bioreactors.

Jake always wanted to be a physicist, but it constantly made him feel insignificant and bad at math. Those challenges paired with a Jurassic Park obsession landed him in the field of molecular biology. He is currently working at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center to develop therapeutics that inhibit mitosis in brain and other cancers.

Nerd Nite April [51] – Brains and Bots!

High Dive Seattle
Tuesday, April 19th
Doors open at 6:30 (get there early for seats!), talks start at 7:30
$5
21+

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~Christina Durbin: Paradoxes & Complexities: The Science of Creativity~
Archimedes in the bathtub, Newton and the apple, Einstein’s theory of special relativity — Eureka! moments are what happens when hours of work come together in a single “creative”” flash. For most of human history, creativity was something otherworldly, a gift from the muses, only to be bestowed upon a select few. Today, cognitive science has shown this to be false. The real story of creativity is more difficult and strange than one can imagine, but one thing is certain: We are all creative. This talk will tell the story of the brain that gave the world such revolutionary ideas as E=mc² and the Theory of General Relativity, and cover simple techniques you can use to foster your own creativity.

Chris Durbin is a “creative”” currently working as a user experience designer in the tech industry. Outside of work, Chris exercises her passion for books, beer & lifelong learning by way of UX Book Club, a monthly meet up with author Q & As that cover a smattering of topics related to experience design.

~Brian Douglas: Synthetic Psychology and Braitenberg Vehicles: Explorers, Cowards and Lovers~
Not all robots require complex computing power and complicated engineering! Brian will talk about the world of Braitenberg Vehicles, simple robots with simple sensors that can exhibit complex behaviors based on how you connect them. These robots are a concept from the Italian-American cyberneticist Valentino Braitenberg, a pioneer in the field of synthetic psychology. Brian will show us how by selecting simple sensory inputs, and modifying their connectivity to simple actuators, the resultant robot may exhibit complex, intelligent seeming behavior in response to stimuli — some may be lovers, some might be cowards and others might even act like eager explorers!

Brian Douglas is the principal engineer for attitude determination and control at Planetary Resources, and author/producer/director/everything for the popular ‘Control Systems Lectures’ YouTube video channel. His current extra-curricular project is writing a free textbook on control theory released under Creative Commons that emphasis reader interactivity and incorporating feedback. You can follow him on Twitter at @BrianBDouglas.

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