Nerd Nite! Science truth is stranger than science fiction

  • May 19, 2014 · 6:30 PM

Come on down to Nerd Nite and throw back a couple of LUCID’s finest cocktails while enjoying the nerdisms of our fabulous speakers and your new nerdy friends. Be there and be square!

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Talks: 7:30 (Doors open at 6:30)
Admission: $5

"Backyard Xenolinguistics" | Rachael Tatman

Science fiction is full of alien languages, from Klingon to Na'Vi to Huttese. But even the “weirdest” scifi languages tend to sound (and look) pretty human. What would a truly alien language be like? Our search for answers might start in an unexpected place: the signed languages of Earth.

Rachael Tatman is a second-year graduate student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Washington. She studies phonetics, phonology and sign linguistics. In her spare time, she blogs sporadically about language and linguistics at Making Noise and Hearing Things and tanks for her MMO guild.

"Your mother did what to your genes?" | Chrysalis Sabatinos and Virginia Morris

Epigenetics: the study of things that change gene expression independently of the genetic code.

We were taught that DNA was pretty much encoded they way it was written, boy were we told wrong. Looks like the way the our genetic story is read has more to do with who's doing the reading and how they are reading the code then we originally thought. So, who is doing the reading? What affects the way DNA is read? Come, listen, and find out how important it is when the word is the same but it is pronounced differently. (And yes, we are hearing the UK and US pronounciations of aluminum in our heads right now.)

Dr. Chrysalis Sabatinos and Dr. Virginia Morris are Naturopathic doctors in Seattle. Both graduated from Bastyr University in Kenmore. Presently they are working on making medicine more fun, aka running a clinic in South Lake Union.

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  • Jay H.

    Had so much fun, thanks fellow nerds!

    2 · May 19, 2014

    • Jay H.

      It was my pleasure. Sincerely looking forward to speaking with you again soon, Michelle!

      May 20, 2014

    • Milicent

      I enjoyed meeting both of u!

      May 20, 2014

  • Julia H.

    Thanks for coming, everyone! Hope to see you at the next one... or sooner!

    May 20, 2014

  • Kelsey

    Hope to see you guys at another event :)

    3 · May 20, 2014

  • Milicent

    How will I find the other people in this meet up group? I'm new

    May 19, 2014

    • Michelle C.

      Wondering the same thing. This is my first event!

      May 19, 2014

    • Julia H.

      Hey Michelle and Milicent! Nerd Nite is basically one big Meet Up. Most of our regulars came from this group originally. It's a very friendly, open atmosphere. That being said, we usually designate one table as the official Meet Up table. I'll be the one collecting your $5 cover (AKA the speakers drinking fund) at the door and I am happy to introduce you to people and get you situated. We're excited to meet you!

      1 · May 19, 2014

  • Linda

    Darn. This sounds super interesting! But I'll be out of town this week for a business trip. Hope you host another one...

    May 13, 2014

    • Julia H.

      Hi Linda! Nerd Nite is generally every third Monday, always at LUCID. Follow us on facebook to hear about them in advance: https://www.facebook.c...­

      May 13, 2014

    • Linda

      Thanks! Done!

      May 14, 2014

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