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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 – Presentations 7:30-9:00pm.
Gramps Bar: 176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

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Dec 9th: Best of 2021

December 9, 2021 * 7-9pm * Gramps Bar, Wynwood

We have invited 3 of our favorite speakers back to entertain you and teach you something new. Join us in celebrating the end to this very strange year!

Nov 11th: A veteran, a violinist, and a holistic health coach walk into a bar

Nerd Nite Miami
Thursday, November 11, 2021
7-9pm
Gramps Bar, Wynwood

This month’s speakers and topics:

1) “The Committee Thanks You For Your Time.”
by Stephanie Block

Violist Stephanie Block talks about the role of grit and determination in her life as a childhood cancer survivor, triathlete, and professional musician. This is an in-depth look at the crazy process of orchestral auditions, the reality of being a professional musician, the many connections between athletics and music, and the life-threatening months that inspired it all. Stephanie presents a raw and self-deprecating perspective on failure, dimmed hope, and the importance of never giving up when you can’t help but love the path you’ve chosen.

Stephanie Block is a violist in the New World Symphony. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she has appeared on PBS NewsHour and PBS American Masters and has performed all over the world as a chamber musician and orchestral musician. Stephanie is a survivor of the rare cancer Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis and has raised money for research since high school. She has appeared as a recurring speaker for Miami Cancer Institute’s “Inspire You” and has organized monthly visits to Sylvester Cancer Center. Stephanie is a division winner in several Chicago-area triathlons and a top finisher in the Chicago Triathlon.

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2) “Orgazmik After Dark..the Sexy side of healing and connection”
by Diane Vich

When the lights go out and you are alone or with a partner – healing and connection can be taken to new heights with Orgazmik Multi-sensory Meditations. You will go on a sensory journey to open you up to the possibilities of Orgazmik healing. Join us as we taste and experience the sweet, savory and seductive side of meditation.

Diane Vich is a registered nurse, author, nursing professor, hypnotist and holistic health coach who helps people overcome chronic illness and pain through mind, body and soul connection. Through her own experience healing herself with alternative therapies, Diane helps clients overcome trauma, chronic disease, digestive issues and negative patterns that impact their health.

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3) “Falafels in Fallujah”
by Pete Wintersteen

A former Marine infantryman reflects on memory as it relates to combat, death and your favorite place to get a bite to eat.

Pete Wintersteen is a United States Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Illiterate in several languages, but a late-90s pie-eating contest champion, he rarely backs down from a challenge or opportunity to learn something new. With a BS in Natural Resource Studies from UMass Amherst and an MFA in Visual Art from the Lesley University College of Art and Design, he has pivoted from the profession of combat arms to the profession of environmental conservation and science communication. He enjoys contemplating humanity’s odd conundrums like the relativity of humor, cognitive dissonance being a trait diagnostic of Homo sapiens, and the imperative truth of our best human traits presenting alongside our worst.

Oct 14th: 7th Anniversary!

October 14, 2021 at 6:30pm, Gramps Bar, Wynwood

Help us celebrate our 7th birthday with beer, balloons, and 3 nerdilious talks!

This month’s speakers and topics:

“YouTube Tutorials can change your life” by Daniel Richter

While YouTube can be a complete timesuck of rabbit holes, if used correctly it can be life changing. Learning through YouTube videos can take you to places you would have never imagined. Everyone can use free content to learn new skills and follow their passions. Daniel Richter is a self-taught pianist, electronics technician, 3D modeler, arduino, youtuber, and now after moving from Venezuela to Miami 5 years ago, he found a career and path in his life, after so many years of being lost.

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“Girls Gone Wild: Women Protecting South Florida’s National Parks” by Gary Bremen

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’s activism on behalf of the Everglades and other ecosystems is legendary, but she is far from the only woman who played a significant role in creating and protecting national parks in our area. Meet May Mann Jennings, Juanita Greene, Polly Redford, and other women who fought, and continue to fight, to create an environmental legacy here in South Florida when Gary Bremen presents, “Girls Gone Wild: Women Protecting South Florida’s National Parks.” Veteran Nerd Nite Miami presenter Gary Bremen is a South Florida native with a passion for national parks and local history.

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“Python Hunting” by Dylann Turffs

Pythons have become the face of invasive species in South Florida and are often blamed for all of the Everglades’ problems. Dylann Turffs discusses how the python problem came to be and share stories of her experience encountering and removing pythons from the greater Everglades over the last decade. How does the way we value or fear certain animals shape how we choose to manage them and what treatment of them we tolerate and encourage? Dylann Turffs is a naturalist, environmental educator, and outreach specialist with nearly a decade of experience nerding out about south Florida’s natural spaces.

Sept 9: Meet New Bosses

Join us at our normal night and time (2nd Thursdays, 7:30pm), at our normal bar (Gramps), but with some new awesome bosses!!

This month’s speakers and topics:

1) “Where do shark babies come from?” by Susana Ramirez

Parthenogenesis is a natural form of asexual reproduction in which growth and development of embryos occur without fertilization by sperm. In animals, such as sharks, it means development of an embryo from an unfertilized egg cell. This presentation will break down what this means, how it happens, and what it means for sharks and shark conservation.

Bio: Susana Ramirez is the Founder of Save The Sharks, a South Florida non-profit organization working to promote shark conservation and awareness through education, research and community outreach. Susana immigrated from Cuba, living in Finland before settling in the U.S. She began writing at an early age, focusing on conservation work throughout the world. Today, she understands the power in having a voice and hopes her words can have an impact on others, leading to a global shift on how humans interact with wild animals and their environments.

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2) “Understanding Childhood Cancer” by Warren Alperstein, MD and Oscar Ortiz

Join us for a special presentation in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Bio: Oscar Ortiz is the Executive Director of the SebastianStrong Foundation, an organization focused on raising awareness of childhood cancer and funding research for less toxic, more targeted childhood cancer treatments and cures. The foundation was started in 2017 shortly after the passing of Oscar’s then 16 year old son, Sebastian, after a brutal 14 month battle with rhabdomyosarcoma. SebastianStrong has awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants to fund new and cutting-edge medical research across the country in the hopes of one day eradicating childhood cancers. The Foundation also provides financial support to assist kids and their families with the hardships of battling cancer.

Bio: Warren Alperstein, MD, is Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplants at the University of Miami, as well as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics. He is a graduate of Technion Medical School at the Israel Institute of Technology and obtained his BS in Child Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Alperstein completed his internship and residency at the University of Chicago, Comer Children’s Hospital, and won a fellowship in pediatric bone marrow transplantation at Jackson Memorial Hospital. He is also active in Chai Life Line – a support network that provides social, emotional and financial support to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families. Warren is married with children and is a supporter of all Chicago-based sports teams.

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3) “Sensuality IS your Superpower” by Patty Suau

Let’s get sexy darling! Follow my journey as TinyFcknPix, from devastating heartbreak to life as an orgasm. I will share with you how I discovered my delicious superpower of sensuality and how you can step into yours too.

Bio: Patty is a sassy and spunky artist choosing drawing as her medium for communicating across different cultures. A formative moment in her evolution as an artist came in 2013 when she debuted TinyFcknPix, a series of miniature erotic drawings framed in large formats. The series was born from the desire to heal the pain of breaking up with her ex-fiance and figuring out her self-confidence. Today the works continue to evolve, varying in size but always addressing self-love, connection, intimacy and emotional intelligence.