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Nerd Nite Orlando #6: Cryptic Cyrillic, Brain on a Chip, & Fornication Education

Nerd Nite Orlando #6 is our Back To School Special! We will learn how two monks changed the world, be enlightened about the ethics of brain experimentation, and answer the infamous Yahoo! Answers question, “How is Babby Formed?” !

Nerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere. 3 speakers will present for 20-25 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way.

It's like the Discovery Channel - with beer! Come meet up, drink, and learn something new!

PRESENTATIONS:

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“Cryptic Cyrillic: How Two Monks Changed the World” by Edward Petersen

Have you ever wondered what all those familiar-yet-strange letters were in “The Hunt for Red October” or other films set in Russia? They’re Cyrillic, a unique alphabet developed centuries ago for Slavic people who had no written language. While this writing system has helped Eastern Europe grow by leaps and bounds, it has not been without controversy. In modern times, it has more often served to divide than to unite. Come learn the history of this fascinating system now used by a quarter-billion people throughout the world.

Ed Petersen currently works for the Planning Division in the City of Orlando. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Central Florida. He is an avid traveler, having visited 49 US states and 20 countries, including Russia in 1999. Ed has had a lifelong interest in patterns, language, and alphabets, and can speak a smattering of Spanish, French, Latin, and Russian (though he’ll likely need plenty of help).

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“Brain on a Chip: The Ethics of Brain Experimentation” by Max Jackson

Is it possible to study the brain without incurring the wrath of PETA or hoping for willing human subjects? It is now! Max Jackson is a researcher who grows brain networks in the lab, on demand. The ethical and economic advantages of these techniques are vast. Join us for a discussion about the ethics of brain experimentation as well as the exciting developments in this field.

Max Jackson is a masters student in BioTechnology at the University of Central Florida where he focuses his research on neural-machine interfacing. He is President of the UCF Synthetic Biology Club, and the Graduate President of the Central Florida Society for Neuroscience. Prior to graduate school, Max worked for a mobile-learning application development company. He enjoys reading the classics and philosophy literature in his free time.

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“Fornication Education: All These F**king Questions!” by Daniel Pellito

Young people are exploratory about sex due to their intrinsic curiosity. As a science teacher and sex educator at a lower income public school, Dan Pellito has been asked a myriad of questions by his students, from the naively adorable to the outright strange. Dan asserts that if students don’t learn the basics from trusted adults, they’ll find other means, such as MTV’s “Teen Mom.” Let’s demystify the notion of sex and encourage open conversations with the younger generation.

Daniel Pellito is a science teacher for a low-income school in Orange County, Florida. He studied music and biology at the University of Central Florida. He’s been in the classroom since 2006 and currently teaches biology as well as engineering to 6th - 8th graders. Daniel is an advocate of the "flipped classroom" model and is developing an agriculture/aquaculture program through a school/community garden.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I remember that there were future events mentioned at the end of the talks is there somewhere online where I can view that list or could someone just email me the slides that mention them? Please and thank you.

    August 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I meant the other events that were not nerd nights. The man in the purple shirt remarked there was something at urban rethink? Also isn't there something at wekiva island today or sometime soon?

      August 9, 2013

    • Josh

      I tired to keep a "Nerdlando" calendar but never really kept up with it...the other events that I highlight are TEDxSaloon (tonight!), Pecha Kucha, and Cafe Scientifique. A quick google search will get you to their respective pages.

      August 15, 2013

  • Lloyd

    This is a late comment but I went to this event and I really enjoyed it. Josh holds a great event, with great people, and great fun. The venue, Stardust Video and Coffee, was an eclectic and interesting location. I had two iced coffees that were delicious. Josh, as a host, was very cool and the lectures were very interesting and educational without being boring. Each segment was about 20-25 mins each and had a Q&A segment at the end of each. I personally met some fun people to converse with at the end of the event. I also met Josh himself who was great to talk with. I decided I will make the other Nerd Nite Orlando events from here on. I definitely can suggest this event to other people.

    1 · August 15, 2013

    • Josh

      Thanks, Lloyd!

      August 15, 2013

  • Ed P.

    I really appreciated the positive response I got on my Cyrillic presenation.

    1 · August 9, 2013

  • Josh

    Hope everyone had fun tonight!!!! See you next month!

    August 8, 2013

    • Leigh

      Had a lot of fun!! Really glad i made it out

      August 9, 2013

  • Phil

    Interesting topics

    1 · August 8, 2013

  • john l.

    Will three be name tags!

    August 8, 2013

    • john l.

      Just asking as it my first time.

      August 8, 2013

    • Josh

      No, sorry. Hope you made it out and had fun!

      August 8, 2013

  • Chad

    I like a good presentation :)

    1 · August 2, 2013

  • Josh

    Can you believe we've been doing this for 6 months!? Let's take over Stardust once again!

    August 1, 2013

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