* Nerd Nite Miami XIV

Nerd Nite XIV 12.10.15

Nerd Nite Miami – Year in Review

Happy Hour & Holiday Bingo  6-7pm
Presentations begin  7:30pm sharp

  • Bringing back your favorite speakers to share more of their nerdiness:
    • Gary Bremen (ocean animal sex guy) -“Why National Parks?”
      • Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty are national parks most folks have heard about, but national parks are much, much more than spectacular scenery. Gary has been to nearly half of America’s 409 national parks, and he shared some of his reasons…funny, touching and insightful…for why national parks matter.
    • Alan Goldman (password guy) -“Is It Ok to Use Public WiFi – Encryption Demystified”
      • You’ve always heard the old saying, don’t access your bank account over public WiFi. But why is this the case, and is there any truth to it?  The short answer is yes.  Alan shared lots of tips and info on how to protect yourself.
    • John Gulla (board game guy) -“The Narrative Revolution WILL Be Televised: How video games are changing the way we tell stories”
      • Human Beings have been telling stories since the dawn of history. Just a handful of years ago, however, something interesting and unique in the history of storytelling began to take shape: video games became a viable medium for storytelling and, perhaps even more remarkably, people began using them as a platform to tell stories differently than we have ever been able to tell them before. John shared the various ways that video games have developed over time to tell us stories, how they have explored their medium to produce fascinating and distinctive results exclusive to their platform, how we as the audience have been affected as a result, and why it all matters to both gamers and non-gamers alike.

 

* Special Event: Saltwater Science

Nerd Nite Miami, Saltwater Brewery, and The Wetlab teamed up to bring you a fun, educational night entitled “Saltwater Chemistry.”

– Tours of the saltwater labs at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
– Presentation on the science of bring beer by Saltwater Brewery’s head brewer
– Lots of tasty beverages like Screamin’ Reels IPA, Wheat Wave, Sea Cow Stout, Raspberry Reef and special releases including Tides Pale Ale and Mayday Chocolate Cream Porter!
– All while overlooking Biscayne Bay and hanging out with the nicest people around!

* Nerd Nite Miami XIII

Nerd Nite XIII 11.12.15

Our speakers for Nerd Nite Miami’s November nite were the 6 amazing finalists for the CappSci Inventors prize at the Frost Science Museum. The scientists/inventors were competing for a $100,000 grant to support a 12-18 month installation at Frost Science, as part of the inventors-in-residence initiative. One for the best invention to restore coral reefs, and one for the best invention to help people reduce their exposure to carcinogens.

Our nerds heard from these talented inventors and helped decide which two should win.  Thanks, nerds!

The winners are:

Coral Prize:  Rivah Winter & Andrew Baker, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science – Stress hardening corals

Carcinogen PrizePrasoon Diwakar, Purdue University – Cost effective carcinogen detector

 

* Nerd Nite Miami XII

Nerd Nite XII 10.8.15

Birthday Party! 
Nerd Nite Miami turns 1 so we celebrated with birthday cake and party games!

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“Invasive Species: What You Don’t Want To Know” by Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson is a UM Rosenstiel School alumnus, a marine scientist, and an invasive species expert. He will share the horrifying stories about the various invasive animals that live in South Florida…. It’s not good…it’s actually really bad.

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“The Power of Body Language in Dating” by Virginia Jimenez
Body language trainer and coach Virginia Jimenez will present the body language cues that, when applied, result in a better understanding of your prospective date. She will present how (A)vailability + (C)onfidence = the X factor and the information available from behavior researchers on why these methods work.

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“Everything I Need To Know In Life I Learned From Sharks” by David Shiffman
Marine biologist and science writer David Shiffman will share a series of life lessons learned from his studies of shark behavior, ecology and conservation. He has seen or interacted with thousands of sharks of more than 50 species on five continents.  (Video of presentation available here)

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* Nerd Nite Miami XI

Nerd Nite XI 9.10.15

The bosses led a fascinating game of Cards Against Humanity during our 6-7pm nerdy gaming session and set the mood for one of our most eclectic speaker line ups yet.

“Art, Craft, Beauty, Mingei and Malcolm Galdwell’s 10,000 hours” by James Herring
How skilled work, the creative process, the importance of beauty and intimacy with materials has evolved within this one persons practice. How learning through making can inform design, art, engineering, and a host of other fields while engendering a sense of satisfaction. James, a ceramic artist and past president of the Ceramic League of Miami, spun pottery on his wheel while giving the history of pottery and sharing his personal experiences.

“Why do passwords suck, and what you can do about it” by Alan Goldman
Alan is a computer programmer who thinks it is important for everyone to understand how security works as our lives become increasingly digital.  Alan shared lots of tips and tricks for taking control of your own virtual safety.

“Sex Underwater: A Slightly Inappropriate Musical Revue” by Gary Bremen
Sex has a purpose. Sex can be violent. Sex can be a solo experience. Sex can be kinky. The really cool, nerdy connection is that all of these are happening RIGHT NOW in the waters off Miami. Marine science educator Gary Bremen shared a humorous (and maybe even inspirational) look at everyone’s favorite “hobby,” with a soundtrack to match. Amazing!

* Nerd Nite Miami X

Nerd Nite X 8.13.15

Pre-Nerd Nite Periodic Table BINGO! 

Amazing success and lots of fun!  We played 3 rounds and each of our 3 winners received $15 Gramps gift certificates! Yum!  Join us at 6pm in September for more nerdy games with the Nerd bosses.

A Look at the Uncanny Valley by Dean Lyon
A term coined in 1970 by the Japanese scientist who was involved in creating humanoid robots to describe the eerie sensation one gets when experiencing a “not quite right” representation of a human being. It turns out that it may stem from our basic primitive instincts of “fight or flight”, but it is unproven speculation. Hollywood visual effects and computer graphics filmmakers & high­end computer game creators have made amazing headway in achieving on­screen digital “humans” but have consistently bumped into the “Uncanny Valley” thwarting them from the ultimate goal of believability.

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The future of IVF: flirting with the limits by Amanda Butler
Butler took us on a mind-blowing journey that transforms a female skin cell into a functional, mature sperm. Science is closer than we realize to giving homosexual couples the possibility of having their own genetic offspring.

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How Playing Board Games Can Save Your Life by John Gulla
Over the past two decades, board games have been enjoying a significant and steady increase in overall popularity worldwide, as well as a large rise in the amount of new and different games being created and played. Gulla discussed some of the reasons behind the phenomenon, introduced us to some excellent examples of modern board games that you should try, and finally, examined why board games may be more important to humanity now than ever before.  One of our best presentations so far!

* Nerd Nite Miami IX

Nerd Nite IX 7.9.15

* Team Trivia 7-8pm
* We love Miami Summers: Mosquitos! by Tanjim Hossain
There is a lot of misinformation out there about msoquitoes – which is bad because Miami is at high risk for mosquito-borne diseases. There is also a lot of pseudoscience out there about genetic modification about mosquitoes. Hossain, an NSF-funded UM graduate research fellow, shared the truth about mosquitos.
* We love Miami Summers: Hurricanes! by Angela Colbert
Hurricanes are a reality for Miamians every summer. Hurricane season is technically from June 1st – November 30th (you know, when you can’t stand going outside because you sweat and wonder why you bother to shower). That same humid air that makes Miami so lovely in the summer is one of the many ingredients needed to create a hurricane. Hurricanes are forever intertwined with Miami’s history.

* Nerd Nite Miami VIII

Nerd Nite Miami VIII at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

6.11.15

“The E.T. Files: Move Over Men in Black!” by Derek Demeter
You may have heard of the Men In Black (M.I.B) before, but I bet you have never heard of the super-top-secret Men In Silver Ties (M.I.S.T)!  M.I.S.T.’s very own Agent D took the audience on a truly scientific exploration of extraterrestrial life in the universe. He helped us understand the implications of ET for the human race as well as how we can and do search for signs of other intelligent beings!

“The Rise of Low T – The Marketing of Testosterone Past and Present ” by Vineeth Mohan
Vineeth Mohan is a clinical endocrinologist who discussed the fascinating history of testosterone, from the origins of its use in ancient times to a multi-billion dollar industry diagnosing and treating “low T.” He shared fascinating info on the marketing efforts which fueled sales of testosterone products over the past several years – even in the face of ongoing drug safety concerns.

“DNA Nanotechnology: A Breakthrough For Us All” by Felix Sosa
Felix taught us about the history, development, and possible future of the great breakthrough known as DNA Nanotechnology. He gave us a unique look into the exciting research being conducted by him and his colleagues in Orlando, as well as by others around the world. Then discussed the astounding effects this new technology may have on our lives. We are witnessing a revolution in medicine, computing, and more in our lifetime with this advent!

 

* 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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