Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!
We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.
The next Nerd Nite:
Thursday, October 8
Doors open at 7 p.m. – Presentations start at 7:45 p.m.
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5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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THIS MONTH’S PRESENTATIONS:
PRESENTATION #1: TBD
PRESENTATION #2: Parenting on Steroids: Lessons from a Sex Changing Fish
By Devaleena Pradhan
Insights from a highly social sex changing fish that lives off the coast of Santa Catalina Island can help understand how male-typical steroids like testosterone can shape a male’s parenting skills. Testosterone, assumed to be produced primarily by reproductive organs is generally associated with aggression and definitely not with good parenting. But our fish studies show how steroids produced in the brain affect social behavior like parenting.
Bio: Devaleena Pradhan is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA. She received her B.S. in Animal Biology and M.S. in Zoology from University of British Columbia. Then, she completed her doctoral studies in Biology, with a focus on Neurobiology and Behavior at Georgia State University. She has studied both songbird and fish species to uncover how contextual signals from the environment regulate physiology, morphology, and behavior.
PRESENTATION #3: The “Science” of Jurassic World
By Trevor Valle
In the “Science” Of Jurassic World, we will look into the science of dinosaurs, the aspects of speculative genetic engineering of extinct species, how these ancient animals interacted with their environment… and how the movie got practically everything about it wrong, with 100% less overt sexism and fan pandering!
Trevor Valle is a field paleontologist who specializes in the recovery of fossils from large-scale construction sites. A four-time NerdNite presenter, Trevor also was the host of the National Geographic Channel’s “Mammoths Unearthed”, documenting his six-week adventure in Siberia hunting for the remains of woolly mammoths. He likes dead things, strong drink, and enjoys getting dirty.