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, May 11th

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

Busby’s East is a 21+ venue.

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MAY PRESENTATIONS:

PRESENTATION #1: Taxidermy: A Victorian Obsession and its Relevance in Modern-Day Conservation
by Allis Markham

Museum taxidermist and artist Allis Markham discusses taxidermy in the Victorian era, both as an educational tool and as ‘parlour art’ for the emerging middle class. Allis gives a brief overview of her process and an inside look at her re-creation of John Gould’s famous hummingbird cases that were part of The Great Exhibition in 1851.

Bio: Allis Markham is the owner of Prey Taxidermy in downtown Los Angeles. She has won multiple World Taxidermy Championship awards and will be competing again this year. You can view Allis’ work at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Moore Lab of Zoology, The Huntington Library, The Frost Museum of Science, and many local nature centers. Her clients include Bergdorfgoodman, Bates Motel and Gucci.

PRESENTATION #2: Have A Pint, Pikachu!: How Pokémon Has Survived Over 21 Years
by Nicholas Peters

What started as a Japanese game designer’s attempt to channel his childhood passion for bug collecting, has now evolved into the second biggest video game franchise of all time, surprising everyone involved in its creation. In this presentation, we’ll break down the Pokémon brand from game design and marketing perspectives, and learn how it became the cultural/economic Dragonite it is today. It’ll be super effective!

Bio: Nicholas Peters is an Associate Writer/Producer for Disney Junior Marketing and Creative, a Nerd Nite LA Co-Boss, a semiprofessional beat boxer, and guilty of putting Pokémon Master on more than one job application. He has created hours of promotional content, has conceived several web-based games for Disney properties, and is currently working on the social campaign for “Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon” on Disney XD.

PRESENTATION #3: Dawn: The Asteroids Awaken
by Keri Bean

What do TIE fighters and NASA’s Dawn mission have in common? Is there a Hoth-like planet hidden in our solar system? In this talk, you’ll follow along with Dawn’s journey to explore some of the largest objects in our main asteroid belt and also learn about the engineering behind the mission.

Bio: Keri Bean is a mission operations engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She currently works on the Dawn mission and the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. She is also quite obsessed with Star Wars and is building her own R2-D2.