* Nerd Nite Miami VII

Nerd Nite Miami VI at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

7-9 pm April 9, 2015

One of the best so far!!
Great speakers, even better audience!!
Our nerds are the best!

“Gravity, Space & Time. Chainsaws, Fire & Friends” by Shaka Brown
Why juggling is easier than you think, and harder than most imagine. We learned about quantity, quality and quantum juggling. Shaka Brown has rubbed elbows with some of the finest jugglers and street performers in the world. He started at juggling when you did, and refuses to stop. It’s since gotten him nowhere.  

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“The unintended effects of using products” by Zoey Chen
A look into how people use brands and product (Apple, Louis Vuitton, etc.) to “show off” and how these brands and products may exert unintentional, and sometimes harmful effects, on the consumer.

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“Wetware Programming” by Michael T. Moore
In recent years, scientists have learned new ways to program some of the first computers (our brains). We learned a few of those tricks in this brief introduction of “wetware” programming.

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* Nerd Nite Miami VI

Nerd Nite Miami VI at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

7-9 pm April 9, 2015

The first Nerd Nite Miami al fresco.  Beautiful evening.

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“Big Bounce and Multiverses in Quantum Cosmology” by M.E. Hogan
The study of cosmology encompasses the origin, structure, evolution, and ultimate fate of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the distant future. Quantum theory, however, says that the Big Bang cannot be the true beginning, and that our universe must have existed even before this time. Matt helped us explore this tantalizing possibility: what happened before the Big Bang?

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“What’s Up With Psychiatry? An Outsider’s Experience of Working in the Field” by Tim Ryan
Many nerds have a sneaking suspicion that psychiatry is somehow not as scientifically rigorous as other fields of medicine. He started working as a research assistant in a university psychiatry department three years ago and being on the inside has more than confirmed that suspicion. 

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“Isotopes of ET” by Troy Bernier
Water isn’t just H2O. Isotopes are variants of elements with different neutrons. There are over 250 stable isotope varieties. Several make up the water molecule. Mr. Bernier discussed the different isotopes that make up this significant cycle that contribute to our planet’s biosphere.

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* Nerd Nite Miami V

Nerd Nite Miami V at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

7-9 pm March 12, 2015

Amazing night. Math, sports, and Miami crime!!

“How Basketball Went Global” by fitness coach Dre Baldwin
As a basketball player with 9 years professional experience, Dre shared how some embarrassing American defeats set the stage for the globalization of basketball. They were our bad losses, but the world’s gain.

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Rape, Drugs, and Pornography: A Story of Human Trafficking in Miami”  by attorney Roy Altman
United States v. Lavont Flanders, Jr. and Emerson Callum‘ was a serial rapeand pornography case that spanned five years, involved more than 50 victims, combined the efforts of at least 10 federal and local agencies, and represents the first federal case of its kind in the United States. Altman shared his experience in prosecuting these villains.

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Personalities in Math History and the Mathematical Experience
by math badass Chelsey Hoff
When people are asked to describe their experience with mathematics, responses are typically polarized. Hoff will attempt to describe the nature of mathematics as a language, philosophy, and creative endeavor closer in relation to the humanities than the empirical sciences. She will discuss some of the eccentric personalities in math history and try to answer the question: is mathematics created or discovered?

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* Nerd Nite Miami IV

Why Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: An Evolutionary Perspective
by Melissa Blundell Osorio, Nerd Nite Co-Boss
A look into the science of beauty and why we’re attracted to the things we’re attracted to, seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival.
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Mineralogy and Crystallography
by Kelsey Marzolf
A presentation on mineralogy and crystallography and how subtle differences alter the appearance of the mineral.

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Diamonds Are For Everyone
by John Janik
A spirited conversation about how cultured diamonds are made and how they are advancing technology. “In addition to its perceived beauty, diamond is one of the most exciting engineering material and stands to revolutionize many facets of technology.” (John Janik)  For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEWpu3z3UBY#t=91

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