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.

 

Upcoming events:

Nerd Nite on May 10th at Busby’s East — CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Drinking & Dragons on May 22nd at Cellador Ales — CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Nerd Nite on June 14th at Busby’s East — CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

 

MAY NERD NITE PRESENTATION TOPICS

PRESENTATION #1: Why the Heck Are We Conscious?: Solving the Hard Problem of Conscious Experience
by Krista Noble

Summary: Everyone agrees that our mental processes (meaning our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions) correspond with physical processes in our brains. The question is, how and why? Why do we have subjective experiences at all? Why aren’t we robots, genetically programmed to pursue survival, yet lacking consciousness? These fundamental questions still plague scholars in spite of our most advanced scientific discoveries.

Bio: Krista recently finished her Ph.D. in Vedic Studies, and she has been invited to become an Adjunct Professor at two universities. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, meditating, and watching sci-fi shows on Netflix.

PRESENTATION #2: Los Angeles and the Desolation of Smog
by David Gonzalez

Summary: In 1943, a thick brown layer of eye stinging and 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. Today, 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 PhD student in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA where he investigates chemicals that contribute to air pollution toxicity. Born in Mexico and raised in Texas, he has only ridden a horse a couple times and occasionally wears cowboy hats. 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 or keeping up with national politics.

PRESENTATION #3: The Physics of Time Travel
by Erin Macdonald

Summary: Time is “a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff” according to the Tenth Doctor, and he’s not far off. We see time travel used over and over again in science fiction, but what are some of the nuances? We’ll discuss themes of causality, tachyons, how one would actually travel in space and time, and some of the best (or, at least entertaining) examples of time travel in science fiction.

Bio: In a past life, Erin Macdonald did research with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration looking for gravitational waves from neutron stars and gamma-ray bursts. Upon leaving the collaboration one year before their Nobel-Prize-winning discovery, she found solace in becoming an expert in warp drive technology and artificial gravity techniques. She can be found throughout the year speaking at sci-fi conventions, working with writers, writing her book on general relativity in science fiction, and if that doesn’t work…check the pub!

 

 

Nerd Nite LA takes place at:

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

Busby’s East is a 21+ venue.

Drinking & Dragons takes place at:

Cellador Ales
16745 Schoenborn St
North Hills, CA

Cellador Ales is a 21+ venue.

 

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