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, September 10
Doors open at 7 p.m. – Presentations start at 7:45 p.m.

Busby’s East
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

October 8 – Tickets
November 12 – Tickets
December 10 – Tickets

Stay in touch through the links below.





PRESENTATION #1: Living with Earthquakes: The Development of California’s Earthquake Early Warning System
By Deborah Weiser

ShakeAlert, a system currently under development by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in collaboration with several partners, is designed to alert users once an earthquake has begun, but before shaking arrives at their location. The seconds to minutes of advance warning provided by this system could allow people and systems to take actions to protect life and property from destructive shaking. In this talk, Debbie Weiser will explain how early earthquake warning systems work, as well as the science of earthquakes and how we can live with them.

Bio: Debbie Weiser serves as a USGS Geologist with the Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Project, working to facilitate the implementation and understanding of natural hazards science by partners and stakeholders in the community. She received a B.S. in Geology from Occidental College in 2004 and is finishing a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Debbie’s Ph.D. research focuses on induced, or man-made, earthquakes.

PRESENTATION #2: Computers inside computers inside computers: Virtual Russian dolls.
By Brandon Blaylock

How many computers are in your phone? Your laptop? Your watch? Probably more than you think. Modern computers virtualize in many different way for many different reasons. This talk discusses the why and how of virtualization and what it means for something to be a computer as operating systems become more abstract.

Bio: Brandon Blaylock works at Shoutpoint as a Systems Administrator specializing in infrastructure design and build systems. He has been working with Xen, KVM, and zones on Linux and Illumos for 5 years.

PRESENTATION #3: Let’s Talk About Penis Size
By Nicole Prause, Ph.D.

Men tend to be more concerned with their height, weight, hair loss, and muscularity, but penis size continues to be a concern. Surprisingly, we do not know the average size of the naturally erect (CIS) male penis, and most studies of (women’s) preferences for penis size rely on centimeter estimates or drawings. I will review what is currently known, including our recent study using 3D-printed phalluses, to demonstrate that “match” is more important than “massive”.

Bio: Nicole Prause, PhD is a sexual psychophysiologist trained at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. After moving to Los Angeles in 2012 as an Associate Scientist on faculty at UCLA in the Department of Psychiatry, she founded a startup, Liberos LLC, in the UCLA startup program.  Her research covers genital response measures, why people decide to take sexual risks, using brain stimulation to permanently alter sex drive, and debunking the addiction model of sex.