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:
Tuesday, April 14
Doors open at 7 p.m. – Presentations start at 7:45 p.m.
6010 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
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THIS MONTH’S PRESENTATIONS:
PRESENTATION #1: Solving Amazon Mysteries- Turtle Tears, Fake Spiders, and Thieving Butterflies
By Phil Torres
Why do butterflies drink turtle tears? How can a spider create a larger sculpture of itself? And how can butterflies steal right from the mouth of their predator? These novel behaviors made viral science news globally but also make more than just a good photo opp, they represent a complex evolutionary history and relationship of beast, jungle, and land.
Bio: Phil Torres is host of the science innovation show TechKnow on Al Jazeera America and an entomologist by training. During his two years running research projects in the remote Amazon rainforest he made multiple discoveries that captivated a large audience and were featured in National Geographic, the BBC, I F*cking Love Science, Wired, and more. He’s also tackled tiger sharks, dove in the submarine Alvin to the bottom of the ocean, been held at gunpoint, and got lost in a forest full of quicksand- all in the name of science, of course.
PRESENTATION #2: What the Flux?! How to fix a leaky bucket full of plasma
By Gio Rossi
Overview: Nuclear fusion has the potential to solve all of our energy needs and get us one step closer to warp drives. However, the only state of matter at which fusion can occur is as a plasma, which is a very difficult state to control. I’ll present current research on different techniques to try and contain plasma and why you shouldn’t be worried about your blood.
Bio: A 4th year graduate student studying plasma physics at UCLA, Gio did his undergraduate at University of Texas at Austin. When he’s not busy saving the world, Gio enjoys surfing, playing cello, and Pliny the Elder.
PRESENTATION #3: The History of Role-Playing Games
By Shane Liesegang
Role-playing games have evolved a lot since Dungeons & Dragons first hit the scene in the late 1970s. This talk will trace their origin and development through tabletop and computer games and explore some theories for how the two different forms have influenced each other.
Bio: Shane is a game developer and writer who has worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, Electronic Arts, and Bethesda Game Studios, where he helped make 2011’s game of the year, “”Skyrim.”” He’s now an independent consultant for games and other entertainment experiences, most recently contributing to unannounced projects at Sony and Disney.