Nerd Nite East Bay #45: Snakes, Breast Massage, Adoption

Poster designed by Jeanette Yu.

Poster designed by Jeanette Yu.


In this month’s Nerd Nite, you will learn about the importance of certain slithering reptiles, about the benefits of breast massage, and about the history and practicality of adoption!

Doors/bar/food are at 7. Where do those delicious eats come from this month? Platecraft will bring the savory and Natty Cakes will bring the sweet. Ann-Marie Benz’s Detention (our social program before the talks) starts at 7 too. More on what she’ll have in store for you on our social medial channels.

As always: Rick, Rebecca, DJ Ion the Prize, and the Oakland Public Library will be wondering “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?”

Be there and be square.

This event is 21+.

Monday 8/29/2016
Doors (+food,drink,"Detention" preshow) at 7 pm, talks start at 8 pm and end by 10:30 pm
Club 21, 2111 Franklin St, Oakland
(two blocks from the 19th St BART)

Advance tickets are $8 or less with discounts offered in our social media channels. Any left for the door will be $10.
Your CC statement will denote these come from Drinkified Learning, LLC.
We will allow an extremely limited number of people to enter after we can estimate no shows for $10 (cash or card).

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‘The Only Good Snake is a Dead Snake’ and Other Myths About our Reptilian Cousins by Alex Krohn

Alex will talk to us about his favorite animals: snakes. Snakes hold a unique place in many people’s hearts. From their deification in cultures across the world to the estimated 1.8 million snake bite envenomations per year, snakes have been revered, feared and vilified simultaneously for most of humankind’s existence. From a scientific perspective, we will clear up some common misunderstandings of snakes, learn about the beauty and importance of snakes in the wild, and discover how truly intimate the relationship between humans and snakes has been over millions of years of evolutionary time.

Alex is a herpetologist studying evolution at UC Berkeley for his PhD. He has published multiple scholarly articles on reptiles and amphibians, and regularly goes around the world looking for snakes in his free time.

Breasts: Handle With Care by Anna Sadovnikova

Boobs are really important! Feeding an infant only breast milk for the first 6 months of life has the single largest potential impact on child health of any preventive intervention! Even though 80% of new mothers in the US begin breastfeeding in the hospital, less than 20% make it to the the recommended six months. Many mothers stop breastfeeding because of plugged milk ducts, engorgement, and breast pain. Breast massage can alleviate, improve, or prevent all of the aforementioned complications, but there is no standardized, evidence-based resource for breast massage tips and tricks. Anna and the LiquidGoldConcept team have identified numerous breast massage techniques in from academic literature and YouTube. Join us to find out how, when, and why these techniques work.

Anna Sadovnikova is a MD/PhD/IBCLC student at UC Davis and the CEO and co-founder of LiquidGoldConcept. LiquidGoldConcept is developing a mobile health application, MomKit–The Breast Massage Toolkit, to teach health provider and empower mothers. Anna enjoys practicing yoga, taking naps, drinking coffee, eating, exploring the world with her husband, and, of course, taking about mammary glands to anyone and everyone who’ll listen.

The Stork Exchange by Jennifer Tharp

Jennifer Tharp is older than she looks. She finds that smearing vaseline on the mirror helps with that.

In her professional life, Jennifer advises startups and multinationals including eBay, Genentech, Cisco and Nikon on difficult governance problems. She is a recognized expert in project and program management, data privacy, agile development, strategic planning, cyber-security and corporate governance. She serves on the global board of directors of PMI, Project Management Institute, and that’s why she’s never here. She’s written the seminal (heh, i said seminal) text on sustainability and project management, and teaches random things at UC Berkeley.

But none of that has anything to do with why she’s here today. She found out that she was adopted as an adult and that turned her world upside down. She’s been working on trying to understand that, and she is excited to share some of the weird things she’s learned in the process.

With ongoing thanks to:
The East Bay Express

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