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Nerd Nite 11/25: Toy Safety, Tectonic Ice Ages and Treason

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Join Nerd Nite East Bay on Monday Nov 25 for the Treason of Aaron Burr, How Tropical Plate Tectonics Can Create Ice Ages, and the History of Extremely Dangerous Toys!

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Aaron Burr after Hamilton: Conspiracy and Treason in the pre-America West

Nerd Nite brings you a live performance of Hamilton 2! (But sorry, no singing). After Aaron Burr was indicted for the murder of Alexander Hamilton, he left the Vice Presidency and made his way to the wild Western frontier, where he joined with the Governor of the Louisiana Territory in a conspiracy to gain control over land and begin their own new country west of the United States. With thrilling cameos from Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, and the highest ranking officer in the U.S. Army, follow this true Trial of the Century as Burr is tried for treason against the United States of America, and see how this moment in history established how our society still thinks about treason, executive power, and the role of the U.S. judiciary in the modern world.

Pooja Nair presented at Nerd Nite LA and is a Los Angeles-based litigator and partner at TroyGould. In her spare time, she dives into her passion for U.S. legal history and has spoken about Alexander Hamilton’s legal career at venues including Hamilton Grange, Federal Hall, the Alexander Hamilton US Customs House, Morris-Jumel Mansion, and the Museum of American Finance. She’s the California Chapter President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society and a graduate of Harvard Law School and UC San Diego.
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How Tropical Tectonic Collisions Create Catastrophic Ice Ages

Could wet rocks in Indonesia save us from global warming? Earth’s current hospitable climate is defined by a mix of large temperate land areas and some parts of earth covered by ice sheets. But earth’s history has also had periods with no substantial land ice, contrasting with other periods known as “Snowball Earth” when our entire planet was covered in ice! Learn how the geological carbon cycle regulates Earth’s climate, see why a plate tectonic collision in the balmy tropics can lead to weird wet chemistry and planet-wide cooling, and learn how lucky we are to live on a self-regulating planet that has remained habitable by life in some form for over 3 billion years.

Nick Swanson-Hysell studies Earth’s past climate and reconstructs the ancient positions of the continents as an Assistant Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley. His geological field work has had him studying rocks on all seven continents, while his office work has him moving entire continents (on a computer, which is a bit of a power trip).
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How Toys Became (Too) Safe: Burned Fingers, Atomic Water, Exploding Sweaters and the FDA

With the holidays ho ho holmost here, get a brief and occasionally frightening history of American toy safety law from 1902 to 1973, with an emphasis on the sudden shift from the 1960s, when it was perfectly acceptable for companies to sell toys that sometimes injured children, to the 1970s, when Americans began to think about children and danger in a much different way. Learn how the inventor of the Erector Set irradiated a generation of children, see how popular deadly exploding sweaters were in the 1950s, discover how moms briefly triumphed over toy guys, and learn how the erratic progression of regulation by the FDA shows the evolving concept of childhood in America– and how it all went too far.

Danny Horn is a Product Director at the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind Wikipedia. He started the Muppet fansite Tough Pigs, followed by Muppet Wiki after receiving his Masters in sexuality education and spending ten years in non-profit education at an LGBT health center. Danny started working with the Wikimedia Foundation in 2014 and writes the blog Dark Shadows Every Day, about the vampire soap opera Dark Shadows. Danny thinks none of this adds up to any expertise about toy safety, except that he has a history of writing smart things about dumb things.
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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 Fear Factor 10/31 at Exploratorium

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What are you scared of—fear itself, or something more specific?  Come witness volunteers facing intensely frightening situations and learn some of the science behind our fears (and what it takes to confront them) with Nerd Nite and Exploratorium biologist/alumnerd Alex Pinigis.

Nerd Nite 10/28: Fossil Whale Barnacles, Chevron Richmond, Mars Atmosphere

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Join Nerd Nite East Bay to see how humans can manipulate the Martian atmosphere, learn how Chevron shaped modern Richmond, and discover how to track ancient whale migration with fossil barnacles!

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Shaped By Chevron: How Oil, WWII and Migration Created Richmond

In an echo of the corporate towns of America’s past, learn why Chevron was built in Richmond or, more accurately, how Chevron built Richmond around the massive oil refinery. See how World War II and the second Great Migration bifurcated Richmond, and learn how Chevron Richmond’s control over city development and media amplified the division between Richmond and North Richmond and moved the center of Richmond city life from downtown to a 1970s mall overlooking the Bay.

Mia Renauld completed her thesis on the development of Richmond and received her PhD in Sociology. At the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute she collaborated with community organizations to develop low-cost do-it-yourself scientific monitoring tools. Mia has worked as an environmental justice advocate for organizations including Education For A Sustainable Living Program, ran a half marathon on a broken foot, and has over thirty plants, all with names like Fernie Sanders and Minerva.

Resurrecting the Martian Atmosphere for Human Life

Mars is humanity’s most obvious and viable escape from a future inhospitable Earth, but the leap from our world to the Red Planet will require a nearly inconceivable amount of work on the Martian atmosphere. Learn why Mars was once warm and wet, with majestic flowing river and beautiful lakes, and what happened to make modern Mars so cold, dry, and incompatible with human life. Then hear about current projects that are preparing Mars for human colonization, why terraforming is crucial to the reformation of Mars’ atmosphere, and why human life on Mars will require digging a channel one billion times the size of the tunnel between England and France.

Rob Lillis has worked on four Mars mission science teams and is the Associate Director for Planetary Science at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory. He is interested in why the atmosphere leaks away from Mars and how that has changed the Martian climate. Robert loves rugby, politics, sci-fi, horror movies, and terrible cheesy European techno music.

Using Fossil Barnacles to Track Ancient Whale Migration

Learn how fossil barnacles can be used to track the migration of prehistoric whales and answer questions about ancient and modern whale behavior. See how barnacles give us crucial insight into the morphological evolution of whales and how they can identify hot spots of productivity in the ancient oceans. Learn how fossils suggest Pleistocene Panama was once party central for ancient leviathans, discover how whales change behavior in response to changes in Earth’s climate, and see how modern barnacles accurately map whale migration.

Larry Taylor is a PhD Candidate in Paleobiology at UC Berkeley focusing on the use of barnacle isotopes to track prehistoric whale migration. Outside of academic life, Larry is a mountain junkie and is frequently found scampering up high peaks in the Sierra Nevada or Rocky Mountains.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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  • 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.

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