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NERD NITE – Monday, March 9th at The Burbank Pub – GET TICKETS




PRESENTATION #1: Los Angeles and the Desolation of Smog: A Brief History of Air Pollution in Los Angeles
by David Gonzalez

Summary: In July 1943, a thick brown layer of eye-stinging, lung-burning smog covered Los Angeles for the first time. These smog episodes persisted and plagued the city for decades, giving LA a reputation for bad air. However, due to a combination of science, technology, and policy, LA’s air quality has dramatically improved. In this talk, I will discuss the history, science, and policies around LA smog and how it laid the foundation for national air quality standards.

Bio: David is a postdoctoral fellow in cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is currently investigating the impact of air pollution and electronic cigarettes on cardiovascular inflammation. He received a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry from UCLA in 2019, where his work focused on understanding how air pollutants generate free radicals in the lung. Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, he has only ridden a horse a couple of times, occasionally wears cowboy hats and can make some mean salsa. In 2007 he packed his bags and headed west to Southern California where he’s been studying chemistry ever since. When not doing science he’s usually playing guitar, cooking, and keeping up with current events.

PRESENTATION #2: So You Wanna Be a Mars Rover Driver?
by Keri Bean

Summary: When you think of Mars rover drivers, you probably imagine robotics PhDs sitting in front of fancy workstations with joysticks. In reality, it’s nothing like that. Come find out what it takes and what it’s actually like.

Bio: Keri Bean is a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is a Mars rover driver for Curiosity, along with being in charge of training everyone on how to operate NASA’s next Mars rover.

PRESENTATION #3: Everything You Know About Medusa is Wrong
by Jason Porath

Summary: Medusa is one of the most recognizable myths in history. Ancient Greeks decorated their shields and pottery with her. Athena pinned her head to her chest. She’s been the villain of countless movies and the butt of countless jokes. Yet none of these depictions dig into why, exactly, she was so important, and what, exactly, she represents. A few readers might recognize her as the victim of her own story, but fewer still recognize the tale for what it is: a 2,500-year-old cover-up.

Bio: Jason Porath is the author of the popular Rejected Princesses book series, where he researches, illustrates, and writes about unsung women of history.



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 TED Talks…but with beer.

We want YOU to give a presentation at Nerd Nite! Anyone interested in sharing their research, passion, or obsession, email la@nerdnite.com with your pitch! 


– Doors open at 7pm. Intro at 7:45pm. Presentations at 8pm.
– The Burbank Pub is a 21+ venue.
– There is free street parking surrounding the bar!

Nerd Nite takes place at:

The Burbank Pub
2013 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506




ROLL INITIATIVE! Drinking & Dragons is back! New to Dungeons & Dragons? Casual dabbler? Level 20 rogue? All players are welcome, no matter your XPs.

Drinking & Dragons is divided into three, 30-minute sessions. Audience members are chosen at random to join the table with our Dungeon Master Riley, while the audience weighs-in like an improv show. Just because you’re not physically sitting at the table does not mean that you won’t be affecting the game! Audience participation is essential to Drinking & Dragons.


Drinking & Dragons takes place at:

Cellador Ales
16745 Schoenborn St.
North Hills, CA 91343

Cellador Ales is a 21+ venue.


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