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Nerd Nite Vancouver #1 – The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love

We have a new location in Vancouver, WA! Our first event is:

Nerd Nite Vancouver #1 – Lust, Chocolate and Prairie Voles: The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love

Nerd Nite is a monthly event that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. We aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Be there and be square!

When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Where: Kiggins Theater, 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Cost: $8.00 suggested cover at the door, all ages

Come early if you want to order food and drinks and get a good seat!

Is the brain chemistry behind our love for chocolate equivalent to that which drives infatuation with a new lover, the love of a particular song, or addiction? How does the brain sort out pleasure and discomfort? What drives our decisions to stay with one person for life or go from one lover to another, never settling down?  This Nerd Nite will focus on these and other questions that reveal much about how neurochemical changes can have major effects on our behaviors—how we love, what we love, and who we love.

Dr. Larry Sherman is a Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Neuroscience at OHSU.  He was identified as someone who is "Changing our World" by Portland Monthly Magazine and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and he was awarded OHSU Teacher of the Year in 2012.


*A note on the suggested cover: Nerd Nite is completely supported by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering education opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $8 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.

Nerd Nite is run by Via Productions, LLC.

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  • Christen C.

    So sorry to have missed this! Next one!

    February 13, 2014

  • Rick G.

    Interesting topic, a great presenter, and learned a new Monty Python song to boot.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Jen B

    Not the best venue for mingling and I wish they had some food options but great topic and excellent speaker. The theatre was pretty cool.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Dianne

    Enjoyable and informative lecture. Thanks.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Jamie

    I really wanted to go to this! I'm definitely interested in these topics. I wish it would have been at a later time or on a Sunday. Bummer. Next time I hope.

    February 11, 2014

  • Amanda T.

    Ooh, this just in: Come taste yummy chocolate at Nerd Nite Vancouver tomorrow! We'll be joined by three local chocolatiers (see below) for chocolate samples and purchases.

    Daisy Maiz

    Liv-Eat Chocolate

    Peggy's Homemade Chocolates

    February 11, 2014

  • Amanda T.

    Also, I want to clarify that this is an ALL AGES event and that there will be pizza, snacks, and beer/wine available for purchase.

    February 10, 2014

  • Amanda T.

    FYI: This first Nerd Nite in Vancouver was just mentioned in an article in the Columbian this weekend:

    February 10, 2014

  • Nikki

    So excited for a VC nerd nite!

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Katherine

    This looks very interesting, bummed I can't make it!!

    February 6, 2014

  • Jessica

    If anyone would like to meet for drinks afterward, Niche wine bar is very close by and is a great place to hang out. Cheers!

    1 · January 28, 2014

    • Joanne

      I second that offer Jessica!

      1 · February 6, 2014

    • Jessica

      If there's interest, perhaps we could add it as an event. I'd be happy to let Niche know we're coming and give them a head count.

      February 6, 2014

  • Roger W.

    The science/geology presentations at the Mission Theatre recently have been outstanding. I look forward to more of the same.

    1 · February 5, 2014

  • Kris K.

    Was looking forward to this but just realized i will be on my climbing trip at Red Rocks...have fun. Hope there is another one sometime

    February 3, 2014

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