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Nerd Nite #36: Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes

Nerd Nite Wellington has a new home and a new day!

Leroy's Bar at the bottom of Plimmer steps. And they have a 2-4-1 taco special on Tuesdays.

As always, seating may run out, so don’t rock up at 6:30pm expecting to get a decent seat - or one at all. With such a great variety of speakers this one is gonna be big.

Lineup! In no particular order:

Evie Templeton: A Quest for New Markers.

Evie is a master’s student at Victoria University of Wellington, who is currently completing the last month of her Master of Clinical Immunology. Her talk will cover her research on identifying new markers to help predict patients who have a high risk of acute coronary syndrome. It will also delve into the sometimes less-than-ideal realities of being a postgrad student – a tight time frame, a tight budget, and things just not working out…

Dave Harper: The Secret Life of Otters. 

Dave Harper is a Professor in Psychology and Dean of Science at the Victoria University of Wellington. Although he has moved to the dark side of University administration, the academic interests of his past life have encompassed such areas as behavioural pharmacology, mathematical modelling of basic behavioural processes and understanding the cognitive processes of non-human animal species. This talk will briefly overview some of the interesting features of the thirteen accepted otter species (plus delve a little into the possibility of a mysterious ‘missing 14th’ species). In addition, we will explore some of the behavioural characteristics of the more commonly studied species and the challenges that arise from understanding another species from an inescapably anthropomorphic perspective (i.e. we really have no idea what is going on).

Oliver Scripps
My Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents Were Aliens

Oliver Scripps is a stand-up comic, producer and writer based in Wellington. His talk explores the psychology of our ancestors, their decision-making and worldview. With no formal education in psychology or history but an overfull bucket of enthusiasm and energy, Oliver will draw from sources in pop-history and historical conspiracy theories to see the world through the eyes of the ancients.

As always, NNW is free/koha and open to everyone*. Bring your friends and family - someone to share a meal with, definitely, as there are some great 2 for 1 specials on the menu.
*Who behaves themselves, of course. Naughtiness will be stamped on. Hard.
Read our Code of Conduct at the website.

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  • Dell M.

    :( we lost the Black Dog Brewer - but he is keen for a future event.

    January 25

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