May 13th: Theater, India, and Trivia

Join us Thursday, May 13th at 7:30pm EDT for our final virtual nerd nite!! Be there and Be Square.

Join us through Facebook Live here:
or through Zoom here:

This month’s speakers and topics:

1) The Never-ending Partition and the Trail of Tears
by Abdul M. Abid
The presentation will cover a brief history of the partition of India in 1947, its human toll, and its aftermath. It will touch on the Trail of Tears and the similar journey that took place in the Indian subcontinent. Come learn about the different forces and actors that participated in the partition story as well as the genesis of the conflict between India and Pakistan.
Abdul M. Abid is training in pathology at a hospital in Houston, Texas. In his past life, he has worked as a journalist and writer.

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2) Broadway History in 15 Minutes
by Ryan Cunningham
Come on along and listen to all of Broadway history in one 15 minute medley with commentary from an award-winning musical theatre writer.
Ryan Cunningham is a Jonathan Larson Award-winning lyricist and bookwriter, and a Drama Desk and MAC award nominee. His Off-Broadway musical, written with composer Joshua Salzman, I Love You Because, was in the NAMT Festival of New Musicals and went on to be produced all over the world in five languages. His next musical also with Salzman, Next Thing You Know, has been produced at CAP 21 in New York, across America and in Europe. He also wrote the book and lyrics to The Legend of New York and Michael Collins (ASCAP Musical Workshop winner) both currently in development with Salzman. When he is not writing his own work, he is helping support other people’s as a Creative Director at the Broadway advertising agency AKA and as the Associate Artistic Director of the American Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University—where he is an adjunct faculty member with a focus in lyric writing. Ryan is a graduate of the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons.

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3) Great Big Trivia (*Zoom Only*)
This month, in place of a 3rd presentation, David Blum of Great Big Trivia is back with more trivia and awesome tunes. Each round begins easy and gets progressively more difficult, so whether you’re a casual trivia player or seasoned trivia buff there’s something for everyone!We’re playing for fun (and pride), but like traditional pub trivia we’ll keep score.
You’ll submit answers via this Google Form:
Can you beat the competition?

April 8: Teeth, Planets, Trivia!

We’re back! Join us for 2 talks by Nerd Nite all stars and then TRIVIA!!!!

April 8, 2021 at 7:30pm
ZOOM and Facebook Live

1) How Much for a Priceless Smile? Economics of Dental Tourism by Shaka Brown
Shaka Brown was born with a tooth. It quickly fell out. He has since left many more teeth around the world. His goal? A smile that can be loved by someone that isn’t his mother. Join him for an adventure of international proportions, and learn some of the opportunities and obstacles when sharing your precious orifice in a strange land.
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2) Planets Under Construction: How to Study a Million Year Processby Nienke van der Marel
Planets around other stars, also called exoplanets, are seen everywhere! In the last 25 years, thousands of exoplanets have been found throughout the Milky Way. How do we find these planets? What are the chances of discovering life there? And if they are so common, why is it that we still don’t know how they are formed? With the ALMA telescope we can now finally zoom into the birth cradles of planets: dusty disks around young stars. The spectacular images have given us new insights, but also raised many more questions on the process of planet formation.

Nienke van der Marel is a Banting postdoctoral fellow at University of Victoria since December 2019, working on planet formation using the revolutionary ALMA telescope. Before this she worked for 2 years as NRC postdoctoral fellow at the Herzberg institute for Astronomy, and 2 years as Parrent fellow at the University of Hawaii. She received her PhD cum laude in 2015 at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where she originates. In September 2021 she will join Leiden University again as assistant professor. Nienke is also the founder and host of Nerd Nite Victoria, with public science talks in an informal setting every third Wednesday of the month since August 2018.
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3) Great Big Trivia
This month, in place of a 3rd presentation join us for trivia and awesome tunes with David Blum of Great Big Trivia. Each round begins easy and gets progressively more difficult, so whether you’re a casual trivia player or seasoned trivia buff there’s something for everyone!We’re playing for fun (and pride), but like traditional pub trivia we’ll keep score.

You’ll submit answers via this Google Form:
Can you beat the competition?

Feb 11th: Mental health, billfish, and electric vehicles!

February 11, 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live

1) It’s Electric (Boogie, Oogie, Oogie)
by Torend Collins, Program Coordinator, Environmental Defense Fund

From combating climate change to requiring minimal maintenance, electric vehicles (EVs) are helping shape the future of transportation as we know it. Environmental Defense Fund’s Torend Collins discussed Florida’s work around EV adoption, explained how EVs can help tackle climate change and what’s hot in Tallahassee to support statewide EV adoption.

As Program Coordinator, Torend helps develop and execute campaigns advancing EDF’s Florida strategy on climate change. She is not just an EV advocate but also the proud owner of a 2013 Ford Focus electric vehicle named Sassy. She is also a lover of tacos (which pair well with pretty much any beer).

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2) Tag! You’re it.
by Peter Chaibongsai, Director of Conservation Program, The Billfish Foundation

We dove into the world of some of the fastest and largest fish in the world, the largest tagging database in the world, and the people working to protect them.

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3) Shattering the Stigma
by Crystal Miranda

In this presentation, we learned how to destigmatize mental health and normalize the struggles of the human condition. Crystal Miranda is a mental health professional, PhD in psychology student, and the founder of The Healthy Mind Movement. The Healthy Mind Movement is a Miami, FL based non-profit organization. It aims to promote mental wellness and self-growth through evidence-based information and community immersion.

Nerd Nite MashUp: Miami + Orlando

Presented by University of Miami’s Graduate Student Association
January 28, 2021 at 7:30pm via Zoom and Facebook Live.

We’re kicking off 2021 with a special Nerd Nite featuring 3 Florida nerd bosses from Nerd Nites Miami and Orlando. Join us for a beer in your sweatpants on your couch and get to know some nerd bosses better.

Line Up:

1) Military Marine Mammals: Dolphins So Smart They Should Do A Nerd Nite Presentationby Laura Chaibongsai, Nerd Nite Miami Co-Boss and UM Grad Alum

The best humans in the US Navy and the most advanced technologies don’t hold a candle to the abilities of marine mammals, such as dolphins and sea lions, when it comes to certain undersea missions. The US Navy’s Marine Mammal Program features some of the most highly trained animals in the world. Laura will share what these animals do and what makes perfect for the job.
Laura is a Nerd Nite Miami Co-Boss and marine science nerd.

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2) Why Toy Story is the Greatest Franchise of All Timeby Ricardo Williams, Nerd Nite Orlando Boss

So the world shuts down for a year. Many people are locked away in their homes due to quarantine. What do you with all that time inside? Deep clean? Finally fix that wobbly table in the living room? Start that epic screenplay you’ve been toying around with in your head for the past decade?…. D.) None of the above. You binge watch your favorite TV and movie series! In this talk, Ricardo Williams will go over how 2020 led him to re-think the quality and viability of some of our most cherished cinematic universes and why Toy Story is atop them all.
Ricardo Williams is the host of Nerd Nite Orlando, founder of Orlando For Revolution, and the owner of SOVRINOS LLC. Ricardo is also a filmmaker and musician. Currently, he writes about culture, history, and produces the show, “NERDIER THINGS”.

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3) A Brief History of Underwear
by Melissa Blundell-Osorio, Nerd Nite Miami Co-Boss

You’ve probably never given much thought to why we’ve come to wear underwear, but the history of it is a fascinating one! This presentation will explore the various purposes and functions of underwear, how it evolved over the years to the modern-day garments we wear, and how cultural attitudes around sex and gender are reflected in these intimate items.
Melissa is a Nerd Nite Miami Co-Boss and the Director of Education at the Wilzig Erotic Art Museum. Her nerdy interests are in human behavior, psychology, and anthropology, particularly when it comes to human sexuality.

Join us through Facebook Live here: through Zoom here:

Thank you to our sponsor of this special event, UM’s Graduate Student Association. Can’t wait to have the UM students nerd out with us.