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Nerd Nite on Ice!

  • Nov 19, 2012 · 7:30 PM

Ice Capades! A science-art, father-daughter, double-feature

Join us for yet another evening of rad talks, beer and nerd-approved music. Be there and be square!

Nerd Nite Seattle
Monday, November 19th
7:30 Talks (Doors open at 6:30)
$5 Cover
LUCID Jazz Lounge

Talk #1: Ghosts of the Greenland ice cap
Seelye Martin

The Greenland ice cap consists of a large mass of ice surrounded by a habitable exterior. Throughout its history, it has been many things, a failed colony, a company store for Denmark, the source of the iceberg that destroyed the Titanic, a site of World War II bases for the US and Germany, a cold war springboard for the United States, and now a robust region for the study of ice loss from the cap, and a prospecting site for oil, rare earths and diamonds.

Seelye Martin is a recently retired professor at the University of Washington and a former NASA cold regions program manager. He has been to Greenland four times, most recently in March-May 2012. While in Greenland, he enjoys being greeted as the father of Maria, who some people call a “living legend”.

Talk #2: Art and science at the top of the world
Maria Coryell-Martin

There is a rich history of artists accompanying explorers to document the natural and unfamiliar. Maria Coryell-Martin continues this tradition, illustrating and sharing stories from remote regions as an expeditionary artist, naturalist, and educator. During two visits and a total of four months in Greenland, she lived in a local village, joined walrus field biologists, hitched a plane ride to the middle of the Greenland Icecap, and was temporarily stranded at a diamond prospecting camp.

Maria Coryell-Martin’s “Arctic Hero” dad inspired an early curiosity in the polar regions. While studying at Carleton College with strong interests in science, art, and the outdoors, she embraced the job title, “Expeditionary Artist”. After graduating in 2004, Maria received a Watson Fellowship to travel and paint around the world, launching her full time career. Learn more at:

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