***Read before RSVPing***
Nerd Nite is as informal as they come - it is in a club, it can be loud, and it is very -very - crowded. If the event sells out they also display the talks downstairs in the bar (also very crowded and loud). You still have to get there early to get a seat.
Plan to be there early and stand in line at least 30 minutes before the show.
When: Saturday March 9th, 630PM (doors), 7 PM (show)
Where: DC9,[masked]th St NW
Tickets: $10 at http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/22497.aspx UPDATED
If you join the facebook group, you might get notified when tickets go onsale. http://dc.nerdnite.com/2009/10/18/nerd-nite-dc-has-a-facebook-group/
MUSIC: Margot MacDonald http://www.margotmacdonald.com/
Nerd #1: Clara Davis
You and Your Cooties: An Introduction to the Microorganisms That Fill Your Body and Line Your Mouth
You are full of bacteria- in one person, there are about 10 bacterial cells for every human cell. They help keep you healthy, and can sometimes make you sick. We’ll talk about of your personal bacterial residents, especially the ones in your mouth. You’ll never look at tooth scum quite the same way again.
Bio: Clara is an ecologist/evolutionary biologist who was supposed to work on cool animals in the tropics but got lost and ended up working in a medical school on infectious diseases. She is currently a AAAS fellow in the State Department. In the tradition of every real scientist, she has been a study subject in both her own and a lot of other people’s research.
Nerd #2: Michael Cooper
America and Assymetric Conflict or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Improvised Explosive Device
Will America ever learn? As soon as the generational learning of Vietnam faded into retirement for the fighters, the Pentagon nailed up the policy lessons it learned into a crate and put it in a wharehouse next to the Ark of the Covenant to be long forgotten. Add one part policy forgetfullness and two part delusions of granduer, and you have the amazing adventures that was the insurgency environments of Iraq and Afghanistan. This nerd presentation will focus on understanding the dynamics of insurgency and why we refuse to learn.
Bio: Michael Cooper was a civilian-military planner and evaluation expert for the State Dept in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He led efforts to map out insurgency progress and develop interagency plans to stem it. He is now an Associate Director for Policy and Evaluation at the Millenium Challenge Corporation.
Nerd #3: Nick Pyenson
The Life and Death of Whales
Whales are beloved ocean giants, but scientific knowledge about them is elusive. How do they take the world's biggest gulp? And how did they evolve the biggest bones in the history of life on Earth? Come hear first-hand about new scientific discoveries revealed by flensing knife and 3D laser scans, from fieldwork at the world's last whaling station in Iceland to a fossil graveyard in the Atacama Desert of Chile.
Bio: Nick is a curator at the Smithsonian's natural history museum. There is no regular work day at the museum, and he likes it that way. (Nights at the museum are something else entirely). The smell of dead whale makes his heart race, but not for the reasons you might think.