A glimpse into Nerd Nite LA’s illustrious past:

August 2017

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

PRESENTATION #2: How to Make friends and Steal Their Money: An Overview of Biometrics
by Maksim Gill

PRESENTATION #3: Seven Potential Missions to New Frontiers in Planetary Science
by Brent Sherwood

July 2017

PRESENTATION #1: “That’s Not a @&$#ing Dinosaur!” : Misconceptions about Paleontology
by Trevor Valle

PRESENTATION #2: Dinosaur Poop and You: The Science and Appeal of Coprolites
by Taormina Lepore

PRESENTATION #3: Tracking a Jurassic Killer
by Brian Engh

May 2017

PRESENTATION #1: Rewilding and Rewinding: What Species Have We Lost and What Can We Truly Bring Back?
by Anthony Bevilacqua

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

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

April 2017

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

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

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

March 2017

PRESENTATION #1: Computer, Enhance: Interface Design for Film and Fiction
by Christian Brown

PRESENTATION #2: Black and Sticky: Tar Pits Suck
by Trevor Valle

PRESENTATION #3: The Law is With Me and I am One with the Law
by Josh Gilliland

February 2017

PRESENTATION #1: The Shadow from Beyond: H.P. Lovecraft’s Lasting Influence on Modern Fiction
by Ben Kepner

PRESENTATION #2: Banter Basics
by Anna Williams

PRESENTATION #3: Anatomy of Evil: The Character Design of Disney Villains
by Elizabeth Iverson

January 2017

PRESENTATION #1: It really ain’t like dusting crops: Radiation challenges for interplanetary space travel
by Drew Turner

PRESENTATION #2: Stompin’ Through Time
by Brian Engh

PRESENTATION #3: Rejected Princesses: Building Media Alternatives for Kids
by Jason Porath

November 2016

PRESENTATION #1: 3D Printing For Good: Assistive Devices And Beyond
by Mara Hitner

PRESENTATION #2: Levitating the Hyperloop
by Casey Handmer

PRESENTATION #3: Connecting L.A.: How Wildlife Gets Around in the Urban Jungle
by Jason Goldman

October 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Pit Bulls: They’re Just Dogs
by: Peggy Kennedy and Royce Chang

PRESENTATION #2: Rubik’s Math
by: Riley Gibbs

PRESENTATION #3: The Life of Ulysses S. Grant
by: Muffy Marracco

September 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Chaotic Elections!
by Alissa Crans

PRESENTATION #2: How 3D Modeling Creates the Toys You Play With
by Manson Cheung

PRESENTATION #3: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ’n’ Roll: Why Addicts Could’ve Ruled The World
by Omar Cortez-Toledo

August 11, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Cracking the Humor Code
by Dr. Peter McGraw

PRESENTATION #2: An end to Duchenne: Gene editing for muscular dystrophy
by Courtney Young

PRESENTATION #3: Murder in Manhattan!: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and America’s first recorded murder trial
by Pooja Nair

July 14, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Perception Hacking for Cyborgs (That Means You)
by Kara Platoni

PRESENTATION #2: Intelligent Fun: Designing New Games for Adults of All Ages
by Myles Nye and Greg Snyder

PRESENTATION #3: The Neuroscience of Poor Life Choices
by Teagan Wall, PhD

June 9, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: What Skateboarding Can Teach You About Life
by Hisham Dahud

PRESENTATION #2: Wildfire Detection and Behavior
By Chris Giesige

PRESENTATION #3: 10 Things I Learned by Volunteering at a Science Museum
Bt Alie Ward

May 11, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Muppet Performers: The Pavarottis of Puppetry
By Jon Thomas

PRESENTATION #2: The Crazy Science of Oil & Gas
By Donovan Schafer

PRESENTATION #3: VAMPIRES IN MEDIA: How we got from Dracula to Edward Cullen
By Sean Rourke

April 14, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Magic Mitos: A Strip Tease to Fixing a Broken Heart
By Kellee Murayama


PRESENTATION #3: Planetary Defense from Asteroids and Comets
By Dr. Nahum Melamed

March 10, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: The Power of Vision – Literally.
By Kristina Lamb

PRESENTATION #2: The not-so ancient art of Karaoke
By Cyndi Lynott

PRESENTATION #3: Chopin’s Love Affair with George Sand
By Erica Li

February 11, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Take Control of Your Own Medical Laboratory Test Results!
By Alan Wu

PRESENTATION #2: Sci Fi TV: It’s a wibbly wobbly, timey wimey thing
by Sue Scheibler

PRESENTATION #3: Catching the 3rd Wave in LA
By Stephen Kane

January 14, 2016

PRESENTATION #1: Out on the Fringe: Urban fringe development in the world’s largest subdivision, Tiantonyuan, Beijing.
By Lauren Grabowski

PRESENTATION #2: Will Synthetic Vitamins Make Me Explode?!
By Dave Farina

PRESENTATION #3: The Great Paradox of Being Lonely in Modern Times
By Jinsoo An

December 10, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Music Theory Basics
By Jake Simon

PRESENTATION #2: The Physics Behind the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015
By Kevin Hickerson

PRESENTATION #3: Power From the Sky
By Brent Sherwood

October 8, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: The LA County Coroner’s Office: Not your typical internship….
By Michelle Tabencki

PRESENTATION #2: Parenting on Steroids: Lessons from a Sex Changing Fish
By Devaleena Pradhan

PRESENTATION #3: The “Science” of Jurassic World
By Trevor Valle

September 10, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Living with Earthquakes: The Development of California’s Earthquake Early Warning System
By Deborah Weiser

PRESENTATION #2: A Mappers Guide to Landing on Mars
by Dr. Fred Calef III

PRESENTATION #3: Let’s Talk About Penis Size
By Nicole Prause, Ph.D.

August 11, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: The Molecular Pharmacology of Three Common Drugs
By Dab Brill

From development to regeneration, the EphrinB2 story
Ram Kumar Subramanyan

PRESENTATION #3: A Talk To Remember (Or Not)
By Sarah Hersman

July 14, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: How to Finish (and Win) a Game of Monopoly
By Riley Gibbs

PRESENTATION #2: The Realities of Virtual Reality
By Ben Vance

PRESENTATION #3: Getting F’ed: The Casualties of Creating an Alphabet
By Beau Henson

June 9, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Science in the Best, Worst Place On Earth
By Denise Kaisler

PRESENTATION #2: Taxidermy
By Allis Markham

PRESENTATION #3: The Science of Explosions: Blowing shit up for fun and profit.
By Thomas Seymour

May 12, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Ten Cool Space Science Missions NASA Won’t Fly
By Brent Sherwood

PRESENTATION #2: A Tale of Two Epidemics: Pertussis and Measles in 21st Century California
By Keri Hurley

PRESENTATION #3: Whisk(e)y aka Uisge Beatha: The Water of Life!
By Bino Gopal

April 14, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Solving Amazon Mysteries- Turtle Tears, Fake Spiders, and Thieving Butterflies
By Phil Torres

PRESENTATION #2: What the Flux?! How to fix a leaky bucket full of plasma
By Gio Rossi

PRESENTATION #3: The History of Role-Playing Games
By Shane Liesegang

March 10, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Sex hormones and brain plasticity
By Megan Herting

PRESENTATION #2: Thinking About Drinking & Drinking About Thinking.
By Kristina Uban

PRESENTATION #3: Let’s sing!
By Heather Dudenbostel

February 10, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Juggling & Quantum Physics
By Puck Rombach

PRESENTATION #2: Eight is enough? The wonders of octopus arms and their relation to our tongue
By Jean Alupay

PRESENTATION #3: Behavioral Economics or Why You Are Bad at Almost Everything
By Tom Chang

January 13, 2015

PRESENTATION #1: Technological Innovations in Medicine: How to Implement Better, Faster Care in the Trenches.
By Shuhan He

PRESENTATION #2: Forced Entry: Busting Into a Story’s World Within the First Paragraph
By Shawnna Woolridge

PRESENTATION #3: Dead Furry Elephants and Ice Caves
By Trevor Valle

November 19, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: How to (re)Build a Kelp Forest
By Ian Jacobson

PRESENTATION #2: July 4, 1863
By Muffy Marracco

PRESENTATION #3: The Genetics of Skeletal Dysplasias
by Michael Weinstein*

September 16, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: How to Write ‘Genius’ Dialogue for Television
by Walter O’Brien and Executive Producers of CBS’s new Fall show “Scorpion.”

PRESENTATION #2: Grand Theft Autophagosome: How coxsackievirus exits the infected host
by Jon Sin*

PRESENTATION #3: The Search for Gravitational Waves
by Larry Price

August 27, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: Real Flying Monsters: Estimating the Flight Performance of Giant Pterosaurs
by Michael Habib

PRESENTATION #2: Space Futures Nobody Tells You About
by Brent Sherwood

PRESENTATION #3: Title: Brain Stimulation for Sexual Health
by Nicole Prause

July 21, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: Orbits, Satellites, and Their Many Uses!
by Anthony Grace

PRESENTATION #2: Teaching Old Brain Cells New Tricks
by Melanie Das

PRESENTATION #3: Still Livin’ Large in Miniatures: In-Camera Practical VFX!
by Fon Davis

June 23, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: Consumer 3D Printers: Bringing manufacturing jobs home, literally?
By Joan Horvath

PRESENTATION #2: The OPALS Space Laser: Why a laser is strapped to the space station and shooting its beam toward Los Angeles
By Matt Abrahamson

PRESENTATION #3: Purging Misconceptions about the Postmortem Exam
by Susan Parson

May 20, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: Mathletics: The rise of statisticians into the starting lineup in pro sports
by Craig Tabita

PRESENTATION #2: Deep Learning: The Parsimonious Problem Parsing Paradigm
by David Relyea

PRESENTATION #3: “That’s not a @&$#ing dinosaur!” : Misconceptions about Paleontology
by Trevor Valle

April 22, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: Geometry of mechanisms: from trains to modern computers
By Igor Pak

PRESENTATION #2: Can brain cells grown in a petri dish learn to tell time?
by Anu Goel*

PRESENTATION #3: The Birth of Amateur Photography, 1880-1930
By Paul Barone

March 3, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: Improbable Interaction in Wearable Tech
by Jinsoo An

PRESENTATION #2: Medical Devices: Treatment of Heart, Brain & Whatever
by Darragh McDermott

PRESENTATION #3: Pluto is (not) a Planet
by Chris Lindsey

February 4, 2014

PRESENTATION #1: Can neuroscience contribute to the millennia-old debate on free will?
by Uri Maoz*

PRESENTATION #2: Nature’s Ghosts: Neutrinos, Dark Matter, and the Invisible Universe
by Kevin Hickerson*

PRESENTATION #3: Shouting for Sex: What (If Anything) Can We Learn About Mating From Other Animals?
by Jason Goldman

December 10, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck : Insights on Our Relationship With Money
by Helen Belogolova

PRESENTATION #2: Liszt-o-mania: 19th Century Europe’s Most Hysterical Rock Star Phenomenon
by Erica Li

PRESENTATION #3: A Cure for Cancer and Aging?
by Edward Miracco*

November 12, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Auto Erotica – Car Culture in the USA
by Ben Batorsky

PRESENTATION #2: Anxiety… it’s all in your head?
by Michelle Lynott

PRESENTATION #3: Hazardous Chemicals in Groundwater… What is lurking below and what is being done about it.
by Tom Lynott

October 8, 2013

PRESENTATION 1: Pump Up the Jam: The World of Competitive Canning and Preserving
by Mara Schwartz i

PRESENTATION 2: C3PO; Human-Cyborg Relations
By David Niedober

PRESENTATION #3: The Steam Carnival: Re-imagining the carnival with lasers, robots, and fire.
by Eric Gradman

September 10, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Measurement: Just because you can, does it mean that you should?
By Marc Vermut

PRESENTATION #2: The Infinity Box
by Matt Elson

PRESENTATION #3: Robots Vs. Cancer
by Shyam Natarajan*

AUGUST 13, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: The Smallest Touch
by Greg Pawin

PRESENTATION #2: Visions of Vietname
by Royce Gorsuch

PRESENTATION #3: Google Glass
by Drew Baumann

July 9th, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Pulling Out The Stops: Organ 101
by Wally Young

PRESENTATION #2: MARCHING BAND: Beyond ‘This One Time at Band Camp…”
by Becky Grace

PRESENTATION #3: A Little Bit Different : A Brief Look at Nerdcore
by Aubree Miller

June 11th, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Regulatory Incentives and Impediments for Onsite Graywater Reuse in the United States
by Zita Yu

PRESENTATION #2: Why Puns Aren’t Funny
by Thilo Savage

PRESENTATION #3: Using Research in Conservation: Rwandan’s Mountain Gorillas as a Case Study
by Stacy Rosenbaum

May 14th, 2013
PRESENTATION #1: Hack your Browser!

by Jen Bisignani

PRESENTATION #2: Cutting edge technology in the fight against HIV: circumcision and mathematical modeling
By Brian J. Coburn*

PRESENTATION #3: Deep Space Navigation: Steering the Ship into the Unknown
by Matthew Abrahamson

April 9, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Fixing Politics with Math
by Ranjit Mathoda

PRESENTATION #2: Metabolism, Fueling the Human Machine*
by Michael Weinstein*

PRESENTATION #3: The Psychology of Superheroes: What Comic Books can Teach us About Adversity, Recovery, and Psychological Resilience*
By Dr. Andrea Letamendi*

March 12, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Using Data to Answer Subjective Questions Objectively
by Ravi Iyer

PRESENTATION #2: A Work in Progress – The Developing Adolescent Brain after Traumatic Brain Injury.
by Tiffany Greco*

PRESENTATION #3: Why Electronic Music is Art and Much, Much More
by Karan Gill

February 12, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Hacking Dunbar’s Number: Can internet technologies overcome primate social behavior?
by Adriel Hampton

PRESENTATION #2: Sentry guns, magic potions, and VR: making science fiction a reality
by Aaron Rasmussen

PRESENTATION #3: A celebration of Darwin on his 204th birthday.
by Doyle Trankina

January 8, 2013

PRESENTATION #1: Genes, Gonads, and Genitals: the Miracle of Human Sex Differentiation
by Erica Li

PRESENTATION #2: “Why Plasmas Are Hot Stuff”
by Seth Dorfman*

PRESENTATION #3: Rage Faces, Super Powers & Other COLORFUL Stories from our STORYDATA Repository
by Sean McDonald

December 11, 2012
Presentation #1: Finding the Baroque in Everyday Life
by Jen Barnhill

Presentation #2: Solar Power: Is there such a thing as a free lunch?
by Paul Simmonds

Presentation #3: Aliens, Algae, and Dolphins: A Cosmic Perspective
by Alexis Crane

November 13, 2012
Presentation #1 – Alternative-Fueled Planes, Trains and Automobiles: How Natural Gas is Revolutionizing U.S. Transportation
by Rebecca Schenker

Presentation #2 – Biology-Driven Info Design; or, Optimizing Human Bandwidth
by Richard Whitney

Presentation #3: “21st Century TV: When do I get my own show?!”
by Charisse L’Pree
*Speakers brought to you in collaboration with the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at UCLA – http://www.postdoc.ucla.edu/