Category: Bosses

* Nerd Nite Miami XVII

Nerd Nite XVII 3.10.16

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1) The Impacts of Climate Change You May Not Know About
by Ta-Shana Taylor

The conversation around climate change has been dominated by melting ice caps, bleaching coral, and reducing carbon. But what about the everyday impacts of climate change? How will people’s lives change? How have people’s lives already changed? We’ll be discussing this and more.

Ta-Shana Taylor is a lecturer at University of Miami’s Department of Geological Sciences.
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2) Why You Suck At Learning Languages
by Jeff Peterson

“I’m not good with languages. It’s too late for me, children learn languages better. Maybe if I had time to live in another country I could learn…” If you’ve thought any of these things then this talk is for you. Jeff Peterson will dispell all of these language learning myths and show you research on what linguists say are the ways we REALLY acquire those 2nd and 3rd languages. And of course, he’ll give you some proven methods that you can use the jump start this language learning process yourself. ¡Hasta pronto! Até logo! Bis bald! Na wé pita!

Jeff Peterson is an engineer turned traveling vagabond turned MD/PhD student at University of Miami who is addicted to learning languages to distract him from learning about diseases. He is obsessed with meta-learning and making “mastery” an inevitability. He learned to speak Spanish and Portuguese in 2.5 years and is now working on his Haitian Creole and German.

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3) Natural History of the Asshole
by Steven Whitfield

Butts are great, right? But where do butts come from, and how did they evolve? Do all animals have butts, and can butts be used for more than pooping? In this lecture, biologist Dr. Steven Whitfield will provide a detailed account of the evolution, anatomy, and biodiversity of assholes.

Dr. Steven Whitfield is a conservation biologist at Zoo Miami, where he conducts field research with endangered species (figuratively, saving their butts).

 

For those of you who were not present, here is an update on the bosses.  Boss Laura is back from having a baby (YAY!) but Boss Nathan has stepped down (BOO!).

 

* Meet the bosses

Meet your Nerd Nite bosses:

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Nathan
A PhD student at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, studying air-sea interaction with a particular focus on short-scale ocean waves. For more, check out his website.

Laura
A marine scientist specializing in education, communications, and conservation.  Currently, she is working with the amazing CARTHE research team based at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science, sharing their complex oil spill and ocean currents research with the world.

Melissa
A Nerd Nite NYC alum and organizer of the Miami Coffeehouse Discussion Series. She has super nerdy interests in evolutionary psychology, positive psychology, linguistic anthropology, and several other social science topics.

Do you want to be a speaker?  Want to volunteer?  Would you like to make a donation to Nerd Nite Miami?  Have suggestion on how to fill Nerd Nite Miami with even more nerdy fun?  Contact us: miami [at] nerdnite [dot] com.