Nerd Nite DC

  • March 9, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • DC9

***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/

PRESENTATIONS:

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.

 

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  • Jose J.

    So, didn't like this event.

    March 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fran - I'm running a little late. Please save me a seat / thank you!

    March 9, 2013

    • Jose J.

      There're no seats to save, we are the group to the left of the stage.

      March 9, 2013

  • Fran

    Four of us are inside at stage left. I still have the Santa hat.

    March 9, 2013

  • Adam

    If anybody's here, two of us are upstairs on the roof

    March 9, 2013

    • Jose J.

      Now everyone is on the roof.

      March 9, 2013

  • Keith

    Turns out I've already made alternate plans, so Matt's ticket is still available folks

    March 9, 2013

  • Matt

    It turns out I can't make it tonight. I do have a ticket though if anyone needs one.

    March 9, 2013

    • Keith

      Matt, let me contact you when I'm done at the gym. You can text me at[masked]

      March 9, 2013

  • Lauren

    Also, an FYI, it looks like the descriptions here are different than what is on the website. Not sure which is out of date. http://dc.nerdnite.com/

    March 9, 2013

  • Lauren

    My plans have changed and I won't be going. I paid for a ticket but I'm not sure how to go about giving it to someone else. If anyone knows how, or wants my ticket, please let me know

    March 9, 2013

  • Fran

    Show starts at 7pm, doors open at 630pm, restaurant opens at 5pm.
    So I will arrive at 5pm and be sitting in the back for anyone available to join me ! Look for the guy wearing the santa hat.

    March 8, 2013

    • Lauren

      Save me a seat :D

      March 8, 2013

    • Jose J.

      Will be there. Look for the guy with a heavy accent.

      March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, save a seat for me at the table as I will definitely want to eat some of their fine food there. Thanks!

    March 8, 2013

  • Shqipognja

    What exactly is this even? It sounds like a combination of a seminar and a rave only I thought the two were mutually exclusive.

    March 7, 2013

  • Fran

    I am looking for a place to gather for drinks or dinner, either before at 430 or after at 930. Can I get a head count of people interested in either of those times?

    March 4, 2013

    • Fran

      Yes I did the bar last month. But that was a lot of work while there were few tables. So we might just meet there at 5 and get burgers before the show.

      March 4, 2013

    • Sam

      I could do either before or afterwards

      March 6, 2013

  • Lauren

    I'm game for dinner beforehand. When do tickets normally go on sale?

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, could the organizer possibly give us heads up when the tickets go on sale? Thanks!

    February 23, 2013

    • Fran

      Will try. Even better to join the mailing list or facebook group to get notification.

      February 24, 2013

    • Carrie

      Erika - tickets are on dale now! http://www.ticketalte...­

      February 26, 2013

  • Sara

    Sounds fun. You should update the info though because it's from the last talk. See the newest description on the facebook group to post the new lectures.

    February 23, 2013

    • Fran

      Done

      February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds very cool!

    February 23, 2013

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