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 18-21-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:
Tuesday, December 10th
Doors 7pm – Presentations start at 7:45pm
1717 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Tickets are $10 and available HERE or at the door. WitzEnd has great food too, so come hungry!
Stay in touch through the links below!
THIS MONTH’S PRESENTATIONS:
PRESENTATION #1: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck : Insights on Our Relationship With Money
by Helen Belogolova
Summary: Marketers and advertisers have historically known a lot more about our purchase behaviors than we have. Enter the study of behavioral economics that has recently been popularized through great books like Nudge by Richard Thaler and Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. We’ll discuss tricks of the trade that have gotten you to spend more of your money, ways you can trick yourself into being better with your money, and ways to derive more joy from the money you do spend
Helen Belogolova was born in Ukraine to two math nerds so it was no surprise when she later earned degrees in Mathematics and Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT, then spent several years fiddling with spreadsheets on Wall Street, and consequently became fascinated with spending and saving money. Before completing her Masters degree in Management at UCLA, Helen ran a venue marketplace startup funded by YCombinator. She is starting the new year at Facebook.
PRESENTATION #2: Liszt-o-mania: 19th Century Europe’s Most Hysterical Rock Star Phenomenon
by Erica Li
In technical musical terms, Franz Liszt was a hottie, possessing all the attributes of a rock star. Over six feet tall, he had a piercing gaze, long flowing hair, and a magnetic, theatrical personality that conquered Europe in the 1840s. His astonishing solo piano performances drove the audience, especially the women, into mass hysteria, and we remember him today for his huge output of compositions as well as a number of innovations that set the standard for teaching and performance.
Erica Li was born in Shanghai, China, and like many Asian kids, she grew up playing the piano. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Music scholarship fund, she continued her musical education in college under the tutelage of Laura Dahl at Stanford University, where she developed a special interest in collaborative piano while continuing to study solo repertoire. Currently, she is a pediatrician at Harbor UCLA, and gave a talk at Nerd Nite in January 2013 on the mechanisms of human embryo sex differentiation.
PRESENTATION #3: A Cure for Cancer and Aging?
by Edward Miracco*
Telomerase has been widely touted as an ideal target for most cancers. It has also been touted as a way to greatly extend the quality and duration of our lives. Come hear the story about our recent publication in Nature on the structure of telomerase and how telomerase therapies may change the world.
To say I love science is an understatement. I got my first microscope at age 3, starting doing research in high school, fell in love with biochemistry in college, learned about enzymes in grad school, and I am now working on all-things telomerase as a postdoc. I also have a cute cat named kiki and waste too much time on reddit.
*Speaker brought to you in collaboration with the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at UCLA – http://www.postdoc.ucla.edu/