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 100 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, April 13th

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

Busby’s East is a 21+ venue.



PRESENTATION #1: The Zoo Beneath our Feet
by Richard Hayden

Did you know that there are over a billion living organisms in a teaspoon of healthy soil?  This biome of animals and fungi, known as the Soil Food Web, is nature’s fertilizer, disease, and pest defense system and one of the earth’s largest carbon sinks. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of plant, soil, and microbe interactions.

Bio: Richard Hayden is the Head Gardener for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where he oversees the Nature Gardens, a 3.5-acre wildlife habitat garden, and the gardens surrounding the La Brea Tar Pits. He previously enjoyed a 25 year career as a nationally recognized landscape designer. He has a BA from the University of Michigan and studied horticulture and design at UCLA.

PRESENTATION #2: The Economics of Happiness. Insights into Well-Being from the Dismal Science
by Kelsey O’Connor

Does well-being increase with income as economists believe? With the gender wage gap narrowing, are women better off now than in the 1970s? This presentation will illustrate trends in happiness over time and cover how happiness is measured, what makes people happy, and why happier people earn higher wages.

Bio: Kelsey O’Connor is a PhD Candidate in economics at the University of Southern California. At USC, he works under Richard Easterlin, who is largely considered the father of happiness economics. Kelsey has published in scholarly journals and has given nearly 20 academic presentations in six different countries.

PRESENTATION #3: Photomicrography of Gemstone Interiors
by Danny J. Sanchez

Documenting mineral inclusions is an important aspect of geology and mineralogy but uniquely important to gemology — which is, itself, a mostly unknown field of study. To illuminate why anyone would take photographs through a microscope of the insides of gems as fine art, Danny will talk about gemology, microscopy, and photography.

Bio: Danny J. Sanchez is a Los Angeles-based gemologist and fine artist. He’s a graduate of the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California and is self-taught in the art of photomicrography.


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