Nerd Nite Miami is a monthly event during which several folks give fun-yet-informative presentations while the audience drinks along. It's like the Discovery Channel... with beer! The drinking is just as important as the learning.
Join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month Fun & Games 6:00-7:00pm Presentations 7:30-9:30pm Gramps Bar, Wynwood 176 NW 24th St. Miami, FL 33127
6:00 – 7:00 Boozy Spelling Bee
7:30pm Presentations begin
1) Zoonotic Infectious Diseases: Are We That Different From Animals?
by Felix Contreras-Castro
When animals die in clusters it’s wise to pay attention. Emerging infectious diseases like SARS and the avian influenza often show up in animals first. Most pandemics originate in animals, are caused by viruses, and are driven to emerge by ecological, behavioral, or socioeconomic changes. Zoonotic infectious diseases have always been around and we must purge the mindset that what occurs in the animal world is a foreign concept not worth thinking about.
Felix has four degrees in Biology, Sociology, Black Studies, and Political Science. He currently teaches middle school math and science in partnership with Teach for America.
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2) What Can Mahi-Mahi Teach Us About the Effects of Marine Oil Spills?
by Lela Schlenker and Christina Pasparakis
The RECOVER Consortium studies the effects of oil on mahi-mahi fish. Learn about cardiac performance and swim performance of mahi-mahi in the lab (fish treadmill!) and the satellite tagging work they are doing to evaluate effects in wild fish.
Lela and Christina are PhD students with the RECOVER Consortium at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science under Dr. Martin Grosell.
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3) Medieval Architecture 101 (Or How I Learned to Stop Being Basic When Visiting the Medieval Cathedrals of France)
by Marc Magellan
The “Euro Trip” is one of the quintessential marks of a summer break during one’s college years. But how many have found themselves just running through the motions, taking selfies in front of the Eiffel Tower, and getting plastered with the locals? For many, a Euro Trip means taking pictures of “old castles and churches” and having no idea what they are, who made them, or why they should care. This presentation will be a brief crash course on the development of Medieval architecture as it developed in France and spread throughout (and beyond) Western Europe.
Marc Magellan is an assistant professor of humanities at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. In addition to teaching and taking classes, Magellan plays guitar intermittently, goes to concerts and art galleries, eats great food, and attends cultural events all over the greater Miami area.He is also an avid traveler who relishes any opportunity to visit the awe-inspiring edifices and museums of Europe, which is, coincidentally, where he learned what the word “edifice” means.
December 14 at Gramps (Best of 2017)
February 1 at PAMM (Ladies Nite!)
Nerd Nite I 10.8.14 Words of Power by John Kirby Mysterious sounds from marine critters by Erica Staaterman DIY BCI: Brain technology for everyday life by Max Jackson
Nerd Nite II 11.13.14 Waves by Nathan Laxague (co-boss) Psychology of Change by Ivan Dynamo De Jesus Nursing Coral Reefs To Recovery by Stephanie Schopmeyer
Nerd Nite Special Event 12.10.14 "The Science behind Science Fiction" Presented by COSEE FL, Nerd Nite Miami,and the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival
Nerd Nite III 1.8.15 Tiny houses by William Visel To Infinity and Beyond: A look at the evolution of computer visual effects in motion pictures by Dean Lyon The History of Elephants in Miami by Nathaniel Sandler
Nerd Nite IV 2.12.15 Evolutionary Psychology by Melissa Blundell Osorio (co-boss) Mineralogy by Kelsey Marzolf Making diamonds by John Janitz
Nerd Nite V 3.12.15 "How Basketball Went Global" by fitness coach Dre Baldwin "Rape, Drugs, and Pornography: A Story of Human Trafficking in Miami" by attorney Roy Altman "Personalities in Math History and the Mathematical Experience" by math badass Chelsey Hoff
Nerd Nite VI 4.9.15 "Isotopes of ET" by Troy Bernier "What’s Up With Psychiatry? An Outsider’s Experience of Working in the Field" by Tim Ryan "Big Bounce and Multiverses in Quantum Cosmology" by M.E. Hogan
Nerd Nite VII 5.14.15 "Gravity, Space & Time. Chainsaws, Fire & Friends" by Shaka Brown "The unintended effects of using products" by Zoey Chen "Wetware Programming" by Michael T. Moore
Nerd Nite VIII 6.11.15 "The E.T. Files: Move Over Men in Black!" by Derek Demeter "The Rise of Low T - The Marketing of Testosterone" by Vineeth Mohan "DNA Nanotechnology: A Breakthrough For Us All" by Felix Sosa
Nerd Nite IX 7.9.15 Team Trivia We love Miami Summers: Mosquitos! by Tanjim Hossain We love Miami Summers: Hurricanes! by Angela Colbert
Nerd Nite X 8.13.15 "A Look at the Uncanny Valley" by Dean Lyon "The future of IVF: flirting with the limits" by Amanda Butler "How Playing Board Games Can Save Your Life" by John Gulla
Nerd Nite XI 9.10.15 "Art, Craft, Beauty, Mingei and Malcolm Galdwell’s 10,000 hours" by James Herring "Why do passwords suck, and what you can do about it" by Alan Goldman "Sex Underwater: A Slightly Inappropriate Musical Revue" by Gary Bremen
Nerd Nite XII 10.8.15 Nerd Nite turns 1!! Birthday party! "Invasive Species: What You Don’t Want To Know" by Tom Jackson "The Power of Body Language in Dating" by Virginia Jimenez "Everything I Need To Know In Life I Learned From Sharks" by David Shiffman
The 6 finalists for the CappSci Inventors prize at the Frost Science Museum
Special Event: Saltwater Chemistry 11.18.15
Tours of saltwater labs at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School The Science of Brewing Beer by Saltwater Brewery's head brewer
Gary Bremen -"Why National Parks?" Alan Goldman -"Is It Ok to Use Public WiFi - Encryption Demystified" John Gulla -"The Narrative Revolution WILL Be Televised: How video games are changing the way we tell stories"
"No More Secrets: Hacking, CyberStalking, Surveillance & You" by Mike Anderson "Joint By Joint" by Flip Aguilera "Online Dating Decoded: The Secrets to Getting the Dates You Want" by Wade McNary
Nerd Nite XVI 2.11.16 "This Is Your Brain On Music” by Walter Bradley “The Science of the Creative Process” by Teo Castellanos “The Rhythm of Language –Poetry in Miami” by Scott Cunningham
"The Impacts of Climate Change You May Not Know About" by Ta-Shana Taylor "Why You Suck At Learning Languages" by Jeff Peterson "Natural History of the Asshole" by Steven Whitfield
"Boogie Nights: How to Dance Your A** Off and Your Brain On" by Carolyn Margolin "Talk Nauti To Me" by Joshua L. Marano M.A., RPA "The Art of Revealing Art" by Silvia Manrique
Nerd Nite XIX 5.12.16
The Science of Friendship by Annik Babinski
TB Or Not TB – Arose By Many Other Names by Shaka Brown
Snake Oil: The $27 Billion Bullshit Industry by George Tucker
Nerd Nite XX 6.9.16
Hacking Reality Through Storytelling by Alex De Carvalho
How To Tell A Story Through Film Editing by Stephan Rich
How To Nicely Manipulate People: Get What You Want From Everyone and Still Be Liked by Maryan Firpo
Nerd Nite XXI 7.14.16
Sex, Drugs, and Happiness by Melissa Blundell Osorio
A Brief History of Non-Monogamy by David Ghenassia
Through Galadriel’s Looking-Glass: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Role in Fantasy Through Past, Present, & Future by Nathan Laxague
Nerd Nite XXII 8.11.16
Black Dreams Matter: Understanding the Black Sci-Fi Movement by Jeff Carroll
Namesake: How Some of the More Ridiculous Places in Florida Got Their Names by Laura Chaibongsai
Mosquitoes = Bad by Tanjim Hossain
“The Miami Dance Index: Dance, Cities, and the Future of Miami-Dade” by citizen kevin”Can Harry Potter Fans Change the World?” by Anna Dilernia “FUTURLAWMA! 21st Century Solutions to 31st Century Problems” by Justin Wales
Brian Leblanc – the internet
Ta-Shana Taylor – opt outside
Steven Whitfield – dicks
Herbert Hoover – according to Roy Altman
Dick Cheney – according to Stephan Rich
All the presidents – according to Nathaniel Sandler
Trust Vs. Trustworthiness: The Distinction That Can Impact Your Happiness by Virginia A Jimenez
Ocean Currents: why are they important and how do oceanographers measure them by Arthur Mariano, PhD
Self-Determination Theory: The Science Behind Motivation by Flip Aguilera
Ancient Aliens and Crystal Skulls: The Stellar Truth About Archaeoastronomy by Mallory Fenn
Snakes in the (saw)Grass by Dawn Shirreffs
I See Dead People and So Can You!: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology by Tony Morales
Nerd Nite Miami XXV 4.13.17
*Smithsonian Earth Optimism sister event
“Tag You’re it! How Anglers are protecting fish populations” by Peter Chaibongsai, The Billfish Foundation
“Seahorses: Magical Creatures in Our Backyard” by Emilie Stump, Project Seahorse
Engaging Miami in Science Conservation” by Fernando Bretos, Frost Science Museum
Nerd Nite Miami XXV 5.11.17
Banned Books: What’s Your Number? by Madhuri Nagaraj
WTH is ML? (What the Hell is Machine Learning?) by Ivan Bliskavka
Fuck You Mr. Garrison, Some Drugs are Phenomenal by Ari Kane
One Word: Plastics by Nathan Laxague, PhD
Fat or Fiction: Debunking Nutrition Myths by Amanda Gilhool
Biodiversity in Miami by Chelle King
Intellectual Pornography: Viewing the World Through the Lens of Interpersonal Neurobiology by Aldrich Chan, Psy.D.
The Other Pink Bird by Elizabeth Ann Lago
Do As I Say: The Art and Science of Persuasion by Sara Yousuf
Nerd Nite Miami XXVIII 8.10.17
So You Think You Know About Criminal Justice ‘Cause You Binge-Watch “Orange is the New Black?”: You Don’t Know Dick About Penology by Nick Petersen, Ph.D.
They Call Me Ethnically Ambiguous: A Personal Narrative on the Social Construction of Race and Identity by Christian Lindo
Spinoza’s Ethics: A Heretic’s Guide to Enlightenment and the Afterlife by Kris Arca
Nerd Nite Miami 9.20.17
So… How Exactly Did the Russians Hack the Election, Anyway? by Eleazar Melendez
Want To Spank A Nice Bald Deer? by Alex de Carvalho
Reprogramming the Human Mind: An Experience of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) by Jason Schneider
Nerd Nite Miami 10.12.17
Hurricanes Now and In the Future by Canes on Canes
Keeping Dade County Wild! by Lloyd Brown
Stress and The Mind-Body Connection (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) by Tina Parlato