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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