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Nerd Nite #79: Ecomimicry, Transcontinental Railroad, and Godzilla

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Join Nerd Nite East Bay on 9/30 to learn how human systems borrow from nature, how and why the Transcontinental Railroad arrived in the East Bay, and the bonkers biology of our favorite Kaiju.

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Ecomimicry: How Human Systems Benefit By Copying Nature

Human activities have greatly modified natural ecosystems, sometimes to our own detriment. Ecomimicry flips this approach and tries to solve problems by recreating the structure and function of natural ecosystems within our own artificial systems. Learn about the “goal” of natural ecosystems as they evolve toward a certain state, and consider what ecosystems can teach us about more efficient and resilient agriculture, and how industries, economies, and societies can benefit from thoughtful ecomimicry.

Amber Kerr is a lecturer in biology and ecology at UC Berkeley and Evergreen Valley College. She studied agroforestry in Malawi for her PhD at UC Berkeley, followed by a postdoc at UC Davis on climate impacts on California agriculture. When not teaching or doing research, she can be found running, gardening, attending protest marches, and dodging her kids’ LEGOs.

The Myth of the Golden Spike: How the East Bay Gained (and San Francisco Lost) the Transcontinental Railroad

When the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads celebrated the hammering of the Golden Spike that “completed” the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, the true story (and construction!) of the first nation-spanning railway was hardly finished. Discover why the first trains to the West Coast didn’t arrive until September, and learn about the many doomed efforts to connect the railway to San Francisco. Then see how politics, geology and dead cows all led to the mighty Transcontinental Railroad terminating in Alameda and Oakland, tantalizingly short of the Pacific Ocean.

Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos are historians and co-publishers of the Alameda Sun, Alameda’s successful independent hometown newspaper. Their careers as published authors began in 2003 with East Bay Then & Now, and they are currently working on their 14th and 15th history books together. Proud history nerds, Eric and Dennis get into the minutiae of history, finding the stories that are hilarious, heartbreaking or simply worth hearing. They are raising money for a documentary on this topic.

The History, Biology and Behavior of the Hyper-Evolved Modern Theropod Godzilla

Tsunami, earthquake, hurricane and typhoon all rolled in one, Godzilla, the “King of the Monsters,” has both plagued and benefited humanity for over half a century. By examining the origins and zoology of this force of transgenic nature, people and nations will be better equipped to deal with the awesome destructive power of our radioactive visitor from the Cretaceous.

Shyaporn Theerakulstit is an actor, writer, YouTuber, cosplayer and general “nerd about town.” He has given talks on subjects such as how to become Batman and the technology of Star Trek vs Star Wars at Nerd Nite, TEDx and the Smithsonian Institution. He has written and produced for Dark Horse Comics and is also the host of the science lecture series “Real/Fake Science.” His YouTube channel has over 5 million views.

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music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Guy, and info from the great Oakland Public Library. We’re pleased to be joined by guest MC Danna Staaf, a favorite alumnerd and the author of the fantastic Squid Empire.

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Nerd Nite #78: Algorithmic Art, Punishment, Gravity Waves

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At Nerd Nite East Bay see how art is created from math, learn what really works when punishing humans, and prospect the universe for gold using gravitational waves!

The Beautiful World of Algorithmic Art and Mathematical Visualizations

In a rapid fire, nerdy art extravaganza, Roger Antonsen will zip through a world of strange, quirky, and beautiful mathematical visualizations. Enjoy Celtic knots, random walks, trees, bubbles, chaos, cats, automata, and more! Learn about how our understanding of mathematics and algorithms can be used to explore new, exciting artistic forms and structures, which often rely on numbers and relationships hidden just below the surface.

Roger Antonsen is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oslo, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. He enjoys all things at the intersection of mathematics, philosophy, and computer science. You can find his web page at https://rantonse.no and his Twitter on https://twitter.com/rantonse

You’ve Been Bad: What Science Says About Punishment and Human Behavior

The last decade has brought a long overdue reexamination of retribution as a criminal deterrent, with a growing acceptance that modern criminal justice policy rooted in ancient morality and religious traditions may not be as relevant in the modern world. Learn about the direct connections between the Bible and policies still in force today. Then see the real statistics that support (or refute) shaming, caning, community service, the death penalty, and incarceration, and learn the lessons this new data holds for crime prevention, parenting and even pet-rearing.

Sara Yousuf was an Assistant Public Defender in Miami for thirteen years, defending indigent clients from charges ranging from cannabis possession to first degree murder. She now works with The Justice Collaborative, a national nonprofit working to reduce incarceration in America through policy, advocacy and media. Sarah enjoys Scrabble, origami, and highly recommends Dolly Parton’s autobiography.

How Einstein’s Gravitational Waves Discovered Gold and Explored the Universe

Scientists have recently developed a new way to explore the universe, using gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago. See how these waves illuminate some of the most exotic objects in the cosmos, including star corpses and neutron stars. Then learn how these new techniques recently solved one of the enduring mysteries of the universe, identifying the interstellar source of the gold, platinum, uranium, and even Californium that we now have on earth.

Eliot Quataert studies black holes, plasma astrophysics and galaxy formation as a Professor of Astronomy and Physics at UC Berkeley. He received the Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy and was named one of the first Simons Investigators.

With music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Guy, and info from the great Oakland Public Library.

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Nerd Nite 7/29: Rock Posters, Mushroom Materials, Antikythera

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On Monday July 29th see amazing art from the golden age of Bay Area rock posters, learn how the novel chemistries of fungi are digesting plastics and building houses, and discover the ancient astronomical computer recovered from the bottom of the ocean!

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Beyond Psychedelic: Reassessing the Golden Age of Bay Area Rock Posters

The Golden Age of the Rock Poster in the Bay Area is often remembered as “psychedelic art”, but these legendary posters smashed artistic barriers and created new styles way beyond psychedelia. See how famous Bay Area rock poster artists played with Pop Art, Art Nouveau, vintage advertising and surrealism from 1965-1972 to make the amazing non-psychedelic rock posters of the psychedelic era. Also learn how Jimi Hendrix ended up on Bird’s Eye frozen food packaging, and why posters co-opting copyrights could create canonical concert announcements, and why corporations were cool with it.

Ben Marks is on the board of directors of The Rock Poster Society, which produces The Festival of Rock Posters every October at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park (facebook.com/events/2339837322952990). He writes frequently about rock posters at Collectors Weekly, where he is the site’s general manager. Ben is currently working on a biography of David Singer, the designer of more posters for Bill Graham during the Fillmore’s heyday than any other artist.

Mushrooms Making Marvelous Materials: Advances in Mycelium Technologies

Fungi help trees communicate, turn ants into zombies, soak up heavy metals, use nuclear radiation to grow, and make Mario Super. Learn how the novel abilities of three million different fungi to digest wood, eat humans or degrade plastic are being used to create sustainable materials that will recycle our waste, grow hats, bags and boots, and build houses (yes, houses) in the coming age of mycelium manufacturing.

Sonia Travaglini founded mycelium materials research at UC Berkeley, and completed her doctorate in Mechanical Engineering on mushroom materials by smashing, smooshing and burning them (for science). Sonia currently works with Bay Area universities to grow participation & access to engineering studies, especially for under-represented communities. When not teaching, writing papers, or working with start-ups, Dr. Sonia is improving her British Sign Language and American Sign Language.

The Antikythera Mechanism: The Ancient Computer that the Greeks Learned and Lost

Recovered by sponge divers from an ancient shipwreck in 1901, the Antikythera Mechanism demonstrated math and calculating gears which would not be seen again in the historical record for several hundred years. See how the bronze epicyclic gears elegantly computed future planetary positions, lunar phases, and eclipses by tracking subtle changes in the moon’s velocity. Then learn how scientists finally unraveled the functions of the Antikythera after a century of trying, and how the astronomical principles contained in the device dates back to the ancient Babylonians and forward to the later work of Ptolemy, allowing humanity to predict the behavior of the universe for the first time.

Jeff Herzbach is a dilettante historian with a passion for learning. His interests include history, physics, and things that shouldn’t exist, but somehow do.

With music from Dj Pili drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Miss Arepita-Arepa Mobile, and info from the great Oakland Public Library.

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Nerd Nite 6/24: Apollo 11 Recovery, Oakland Art Deco, Radiopharmaceuticals

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On June 24, 2019 learn how Apollo 11 was recovered by the USS Hornet, see the amazing Art Deco architecture of Oakland, and discover how novel radiopharmaceuticals are manufactured and used to treat disease.

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The Reentry and Recovery of Apollo 11

The return of Apollo 11 to Earth was nearly as complicated as the spacecraft’s historic trip to the moon, requiring a perfect and harrowing 24,700 mph trip through the earth entry corridor. Learn about the critical events and meticulous planning that returned Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins from space to the Pacific Ocean fifty years ago, and how the design of the Apollo capsule was critical to narrowing the splashdown site for retrieval by the USS Hornet. Then see how the recovery team planned to protect earth from invasion by potential lunar pathogens with a strict quarantine and generous splashes of sodium hypochlorite before the astronauts returned to the United States as heroes.

Bill Miklos served 13 years as an officer in the United States Air Force with assignments in flight dynamics and satellite bus design. Before retiring he was employed by Lockheed Martin Space Systems for 23 years, including time as Space Segment Director and Director of Launch and Operations Readiness for the Advanced EHF Satellite. Bill is a docent at the Hiller Aviation Museum and the USS Hornet – Sea, Air and Space Museum and is on the Board of Directors of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Laura Fies is the Director of Collections & Exhibitions at the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum. She graduated with a Masters in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University and gravitated toward exhibition design, artifact care and graphic design at the USS Hornet. She is currently running point on the Hornet Museum’s Splashdown 50 Celebration series, the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program.

The Seductive Art Deco of Uptown Oakland

Faced with the aftermath of the 1929 stock market crash, a small group of businesses hustled to bring optimism back to Oakland, constructing some of California’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings in Uptown. Five of these buildings, including the I. Magnin Department Store, the Paramount, and the buildings of Mary Bowles continue to seduce the street going public much as they were designed to do in the mid-1930s. See how bright one mile of neon tubing can be, discover how Art Deco and the Moderne style came to be valued as an integral part of a vibrant modern city, and learn to appreciate Uptown Oakland’s irreplaceable architectural gems.

Therese Poletti is the preservation Director at the Art Deco Society of California. She has been a journalist for over 20 years and is the author of Art Deco San Francisco: The Architecture of Timothy Pflueger, and a volunteer tour guide. Therese met her husband Andrew at a Film Noir festival at the Castro Theater, an early Pflueger theater. Her Art Deco and Modernism blog is at blog.timothypflueger.com, Instagram @timpfluegerfan and @outofavintagecloset.

Using New Radiopharmaceuticals to Treat Disease

Learn how radioactive pharmaceuticals can conquer disease, and how producing these drugs and generating new radiopharmaceuticals requires a massive interdisciplinary group with expertise in physics, chemistry and complex clinical trials. Also discover the unique “time travel trick” used to provide these short lived life-saving radiopharmaceuticals to countries without their own particle accelerators, and learn about the latest advances in discovering and scaling up cancer detection strategies and treatments with isotopes.

Andrew Voyles is an Assistant Research Engineer at UC Berkeley and leads the Isotope Production Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Cyclotron (Berkeley Lab). He earned his PhD in Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley in and has conducted research for medical isotope production at accelerator facilities and nuclear laboratories in Norway and Japan. Andrew is an avid baker, brewer, sailor, opera fan and leader of arcane and eldritch adventures as a 15 year Dungeon Master.

With music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Guy, and info from the Oakland Public Library.

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Nerd Nite 5/27: Sealab Science, Black Panther Urbanism, Water Pipe Project

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This month learn about humanity’s attempt to live underwater at Sealab, see the physical changes in East Bay cities driven by the Black Panther Party, and find out how EBMUD is replacing 4,200 miles of pipes right beneath your feet.

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Why Don’t We Live Underwater?
The True Story & Science of Sealab

In the 1960s the United States spent millions of dollars exploring both outer space and the deep oceans, but today only one of those programs still exists. Learn why space colonies are more likely than underwater cities, what it would take to build a settlement on the seafloor, and what it’s like when serious scientists have to report their findings while breathing a necessary mix of helium. Get the true story of Sealab, the first attempt at an underwater colony, with a winding history that includes astronauts, game shows, steep scientific odds, and a rescue dolphin named Tuffy.

Rose Eveleth is the creator and host of Flash Forward, a podcast about possible (and not so possible) futures. In her writing and producing career she explores how humans tangle with science and technology, and has covered everything from fake tumbleweed farms to million dollar baccarat heists. She’s also logged hundreds of hours underwater and would absolutely live at the bottom of the ocean if she could. http://roseveleth.com/

Transformation of the East Bay Urban Landscape by the Black Panther Party

Many modern political actions that deal with issues of racial inequality are directly influenced by the radical activism of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and 1970s. Based in Oakland, the Black Panther Party is well-known for changing the political landscape of the East Bay, but the Party also contributed to changes in the physical landscape that remain to this day. See contemporary and historical photographs of sites used by the Party, including important historical sites not yet memorialized, and consider the risks of collective amnesia that may come with a rapidly changing Oakland.

Dr. Alaina Morgan is a historian of the African diaspora, specializing in the history of Black radical and anti-colonial movements. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University where she is finishing a project on Black Islam and Anti-Colonialism. In the Fall of 2019, she will start her dream job as Assistant Professor of United States History at the University of Southern California. A native New Yorker, Alaina lives in Oakland. She misses the pizza, but not the weather.

Rebuilding the East Bay’s Water Pipeline Infrastructure

EBMUD has 4,200 miles of underground pipelines, many several decades old, and is ramping up a massive replacement program that uses the latest innovations to replace this labyrinthian network in a safe and sustainable manner. See how artificial intelligence is used to identify pipelines for replacement, and how new industrial-scale pipes are actually installed. Learn how new pipes are constructed to be resilient in the next earthquake, and how modern engineering and construction ensure that drinking water continues to arrive at your tap.

Tim Harris is a Construction Superintendent at EBMUD with 30 years of experience working in the trenches and supervising construction work. His grandfather played for the Oakland Oaks, and Raimond Field in West Oakland is named after Tim’s extended family. David Katzev is a Senior Civil Engineer at EBMUD with over 20 years of engineering experience and has worked on projects related to water in coastal and urban environments. David grew up in Oregon’s rain, so creating intricate water channels came naturally. Tim and David are both married to school teachers, each have two daughters, and enjoy beer, skiing, and their Labrador retrievers.

With music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Guy, and brain filling info from the Oakland Public Library.

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Nerd Nite 4/29: Marvel Law, New Elements, CA Hip Hop History

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Learn real legal lessons from Marvel (during the release of Avengers: Endgame), discover how we create the heaviest elements (during the International Year of the Periodic Table), and get the complete history of Hip Hop in California (30 years after the release of U Can’t Touch This).

If the Glove Fits: Legal Lessons from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Using Marvel stories to understand how the legal process really works is as easy as snapping your fingers. Yes Dr. Strange is a superhero, but find out how he saved the world using contract law. Was Star-Lord really the rightful owner of the Morag Infinity Stone, do the Sokovia Accords pass the Constitutional test, and how, exactly, do we prosecute Thanos? Get ready for Marvel’s Endgame with a rollicking review of legal issues from the Marvel Universe.

Josh Gilliland is the co-creator of The Legal Geeks and gave a very popular talk on Star Wars Law at Nerd Nite East Bay in 2018. The Legal Geeks made the ABA Web 100 for Best Legal Blog for 2017 and 2018, and was nominated for Best Podcast for the Geekie Awards. Josh has presented at legal conferences and comic book conventions and ties a mean bow tie.

Building New Elements Beyond the Periodic Table

Like modern day and much more scientific alchemists, nuclear chemists work to construct elements that don’t exist on earth but may reside on proton-packed Islands of Stability off the far end of the periodic table, where these new heaviest elements could be long lived. Learn how six new elements were added to the periodic table in the last seven years, and the techniques scientists use to construct and deduce the physical and chemical properties of new elements from just a few ephemeral atoms.

Jacklyn Gates is the Group Leader of the Heavy Element Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She earned her PhD in nuclear chemistry in 2008 and spent a year in Germany before returning to the US to join the Heavy Element Group.

Understanding the History of Hip Hop Culture in California

Learn about the history of Hip Hop in Northern California, separated from the gratuitous depictions presented by modern media. Explore the original music, and find out how a culture rooted in empowerment for communities of color has been quietly co-opted by three corporations that now control 90% of the Hip Hop market. See how the Hip Hop audience has changed over the years, and how Hip Hop can once again be used to support local communities.

Khafre Jay is the Executive Director and Founder of Hip Hop for Change, an Oakland 501c3 that uses grassroots activism and education to advocate for social justice in the Bay Area. He has been a part of the Bay Area Hip Hop activist community for nearly 20 years and works to reshape understanding of Hip Hop culture and its power for good.

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  • Music from DJ Rubberband Girl
  • Drinks from Club 21
  • Eats available for purchase from Miss Arepita
  • Brain filling info from the Oakland Public Library

Nerd Nite: NorCal Watersheds, East Bay Vice, Photosynthesis Photos

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Discover the historical heart of East Bay vice, see the source of your fresh drinking water, and zoom in on one of life’s critical chemical reactions at Nerd Nite East Bay!

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The Rotten City: When Emeryville was the Center of Vice and Corruption on the Pacific Coast

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You may think of Emeryville as the East Bay home of IKEA and Pixar, but its modern shopping center facade obscures its history as “The Rotten City”, when Emeryville was widely considered the most corrupt place on the Pacific Coast, an original City of Vice infamous for gambling, prostitution and bluecoat bootlegging. Get the inside scoop of how Emeryville used to out-bordello the Barbary Coast, and hear how stories from its past have created the quirky avant garde community found there today.

John Bauters is the former Mayor and current council member for the City of Emeryville and a big fan of Emeryville history. What he foolishly thought would be a single instance of wearing a checkered bow tie to court somehow became his calling card and a closet full of seventy bow ties.

How to Photograph Photosynthesis

Local scientists just got the best snapshot ever of one of life’s most important biological reactions, and you can see the new angstrom-Instagram-worthy pictures. Find out how scientists at Berkeley Lab and Stanford used x-ray lasers to get #nanoscale #glamourshots of the #realtime #essential process that uses sunlight to split water, create energy, and manufacture oxygen. Learn why visualizing molecules less than 0.1 nanometers long is so difficult and so important, and why these particular photos are critical for understanding photosynthesis and life as we know it.

Louise Lassalle is a postdoc in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division at Berkeley Lab and earned her PhD in France studying protein structure under high pressure (literally and figuratively). She advocates for open science, is always looking for new ways to get science out the lab and into the public, and doesn’t like sparkling beverages except for celebratory champagne.

Witness Your Watershed: A Visual Tour of the Drinking Water Supplies of Northern California

Grab your life jacket and follow the watershed down The Delta, where you can meet the rivers we rely on to supply drinking water to the East Bay. From its origin as a vast inland sea to its likely return to a flooded state stretching all the way from Sacramento to the Central Valley, Northern California’s watersheds continue to supply water, be affected by ocean tides more than sixty miles away, and nurture some of California’s most beautiful nature. Join Nerd Nite for a tour of the wild beginnings of your most recent glass of water.

Joshua Halpern is the founding guide at Watershed Witness Tours (www.ecocourageous.com/watershedwitness), connecting Bay Area residents with their drinking water sources. He works internationally as a metamorphosis ecologist and holds an MA in Integral Ecologies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Josh has the river system he was born near tattooed on his back and plays apocaloptimistic music with the Home Howls.

Plus music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Guy, and brain filling info from the Oakland Public Library.

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Nerd Nite 2/25: Interstellar Objects, Exercise Recovery, Albany Bulb

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Learn how astronomers search for alien spacecraft, why effective recovery from exercise is so complicated, and how an East Bay landfill became filled with art and adventure at February’s Nerd Nite East Bay!

 

 

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What Beer and Running Reveal About the Scientific Method

Fresh off of Beer Week in the Bay Area, every imbiber wishes science would determine that beer is good for us. New research says that may be true, while providing valuable insight into how scientific studies really work, why experiments rarely give a YES or NO answer, and how easy it is to deliberately or inadvertently nudge a study to find the result you’re looking for. Get tips for next year’s New Year’s Resolution, limber up for stories from the frontier of exercise recovery science, and learn how p-values can promote your next prost!

Christie Aschwanden is the author of GOOD TO GO: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery (www.goodtogobook.com). She is the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight and co-host of the Emerging Form podcast about the creative process. Christie lives on a small farm in western Colorado, raises heritage poultry, and serves as head wine taster at her husband’s chillswitchwines.com.

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Why a Dump in Albany is the Best Park Ever

In an age of safe (and boring) playgrounds, the rebar, rubble, scrap metal and sculptures of the Albany Bulb scream adventure! This wild user-designed park on old construction debris landfill in San Francisco Bay has attracted artists and seekers of the unusual for decades, leading to an Alcatraz Island-sized collection of lumpy terrain, surprising crannies, and renegade interpretation. Learn about the history of the Albany Bulb, and follow efforts to protect this unique urban park from ongoing attempts to manicure its beautiful roughness.

Susan Moffat is the creator of Love the Bulb, dedicated to the artistic tradition and wildness of the Albany Bulb. She runs an interdisciplinary program at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design. She is an urbanist, curator, and has written about the Bulb for Boom California.

SETI-ing Our Sights On Spaceships

Find out how astronomers discover distant objects and scan for potential interstellar space ships, including the surprising Oumuamua, the first known example of an interstellar asteroid that passed through our solar system and originated near another star. Get a detailed view of SETI@home history, learn how scientists determine if Fast Radio Bursts are from extraterrestrials or magnetar neutron stars, and hear where SETI on FAST and the PANOSETI all-sky-all-the-time will take the human search for alien life.

Dan Werthimer is the Chief Scientist of the Berkeley SETI Research Center and principal investigator of SETI@home and CASPER. He is the co-author of SETI 2020 and editor of BioAstronomy: Molecules, Microbes and Extraterrestrial Life. Dan was in the original Homebrew Computer Club with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak but decided to search for ET instead of becoming very, very rich.

Plus music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Grilled Cheese Guy, and brain filling info from the Oakland Public Library.

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Nerd Nite 1/28: HIV Evolution, Non-Creaky Coitus, Modern Stop Motion

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Learn how HIV treatment prevents evolution, how modern stop motion puppets are made and filmed, and how to have your best sex in your septuagenarian years at Nerd Nite East Bay!

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How Granny Still Gets It On: Aging and Sexual Health

Getting stressed about being alone on Valentine’s Day this year? Well stop worrying, you’ve got lots of time left, because modern research shows that grannies (and grandpas) still get it on. Learn how sex lives change from the hopeful Harold years to the later Maude march of time, and see the statistics that say weekly Adult Fun is like sexy Lipitor for your heart. Study sexual aging from the biological, psychological and (still very) functional perspectives, and start thinking about nursing homes as a return to your college dorm life.

Laura Perry is a Clinical Associate Professor at the UCSF Division of Geriatrics and the Associate Medical Director of adult primary care at Highland Hospital in Oakland. She is double board-certified in geriatrics and internal medicine and a published sex advice columnist.

How to Treat HIV by Preventing Evolution

The intuitive thinking on how multi-drug therapies combat HIV appears to be wrong or incomplete. HIV infections are managed through combination therapy, with multiple drugs used simultaneously to prevent the evolution of drug-resistant viruses, even as HIV demonstrates an incredible endemic mutation rate of one change at every spot in the genome every single day. Follow along as HIV uses a clever and circuitous infection path that winds through multiple organs to enhance its own evolution and subvert simple treatment. Understand why current HIV therapies work so well, why they still sometimes fail, and how lessons from HIV treatment are being used to study the evolution of drug resistance pathogens and design the next generation of cancer treatments.

Alison Feder is a Miller Fellow in Integrative Biology – UC Berkeley and recently received the Milner Prize from the Milner Centre for Evolution. She earned her PhD at Stanford studying the evolutionary dynamics of HIV. Since moving across the Bay she’s been enjoying a train system that runs more than once an hour and significantly expanded dog spotting opportunities.

Making Movies at Twelve Shots per Second: How to Create & Use Stop Motion Puppets

Find out how modern stop motion puppets have gone way beyond Rudolf with computer modeling, 3D printing and the casting of two part plastic figures with internal skeletons, flexible fingers and clothing that looks life size down to the tiniest fold. See how, even with new technology, eighty hour shoots are still used to make minutes of stop motion footage, gain a greater appreciation for some of cinema’s most famous scenes, and hear the truth about working in the film industry. Plus discover the advantages that plastic figures still have over CGI, learn how to make your own toys, and check out famous movie puppets that will be at the event.

Victoria Rose Most is a feature film puppet and toy maker who has worked on Coraline, Shadow King, Mermaids on Mars and more. She attended the College for Creative studies in Detroit and turned her passion for toys into the Rawrz Toys line (Rawrztoys.com) and other quirky characters. Victoria lives in Oakland with her husband Kyle, their cat Marvin, and they (the humans) both work in 3d prototyping at Facebook. More at victoriarosepuppets.com

Plus music from DJ Rubberband Girl, drinks from Club 21, eats available for purchase from Miss Arepita, and brain filling info from the great Oakland Public Library.

Note new start time! Doors, Drinks and Games at 7PM, *TALKS NOW BEGIN AT 7:30pm*!

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We’re off in December

We’re off this month, but please swing by Office Hours on 12/17.

We’re also offering $5 tickets to our January show this whole month.  Talks:

  • Evolutionary Biology of HIV (Alison Feder, UC Berkeley)
  • Stop Motion Animation (Victoria Rose, Puppet maker)
  • Granny Still Gets it On: Aging and Sexual Health (Laura Fernandez, Alameda Health System and Highland Hospital)

And, as usual:

  • Eats: Miss Arepita
  • Beats: DJ Rubberband Girl
  • Reading Sheets: OPL