Nerd Nite Los Angeles - November 2019

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Busby's East

5364 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Nerd Nite is fun-yet-informative lectures at a bar. It's like TED Talks...but with beer.

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We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 100 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative and easily accessible presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. Doors open at 7pm. Intro at 7:45pm. Presentations at 8pm.

(Please note that Busby's East is a 21+ venue.)

PRESENTATION #1: How to build an extremely large telescope.

by Breann Sitarski

Summary: We have been awed by the images and the scientific progress that large observatories and Hubble have contributed to over the past few decades. Now, the next generation of ground-based telescopes are trying to bring this to the next level. I’ll talk about these “extremely large” telescopes that are engineering marvels and what sort of things we are hoping to see and discover with them.

Bio: Breann got her Ph.D in Astronomy in 2016 and studied the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. She got to watch objects get tugged on as they fell close to the supermassive black hole. Nowadays, she is working on the Giant Magellan Telescope Project. While not doing astronomy or engineering, she loves cooking, reading, and doing photo restoration.

PRESENTATION #2: "Land was just a phase! I'm not that tetrapod anymore." - Aquatic Tetrapods

by Kiersten Formoso

Summary: Tetrapods, animals with four legs and a back bone, have evolved to go back into the aquatic realm numerous times. These changes across different groups of tetrapods, from whales to mosasaurs happened similarly in the sense that water is water, but also differently because their land ancestors were pretty darn different from one another. So how did animals like whales, sea lions, plesiosaurs, ichthyosaurs, and more, evolve back into the seas comparatively speaking?

Bio: Kiersten is a vertebrate paleontology PhD student at USC studying the evolution of the land to water transition in animals. She's from New Jersey, eyyy, is obsessed with her undergraduate alma mater, Rutgers University, and sportswrites and plays trombone in her spare time.

PRESENTATION #3: The Bathroom of Tomorrow: How Hollywood & Art Deco Design Revolutionized the Restroom

by Anne Marie Kelly

Summary: Though it may seem indecent, the modern bathroom is flush with examples of how pop culture and modern art revolutionized domestic life in the early 20th century. What we do in private, we tend not to want to examine too closely in public. However, rapid changes in the science of sanitation, the infrastructure of indoor plumbing, and the fad of bespoke bathrooms revolutionized modern health and hygiene and transformed both art and architecture. Crucial to this transformation were the philosophy and aesthetics of American Art Deco design, which prized cleanliness, efficiency, and comfort. This lecture explores the experiments, styles, and public health crises that helped build the modern bathroom one tile at a time, showing how figures as varied as Buckminster Fuller, Marcel Duchamp, and Joan Crawford influenced public opinion around the size, amenities, and even gender of the most euphemized room in the house. You won’t ever see your toilet the same way again.

Bio: Anne M. Kelly is a Research Specialist for the USC Shoah Foundation. As an archivist, architectural tour guide, and writer with her Masters in Media Studies, Anne has devoted her career to making obscure history popular, and popular history obscure. She has published in The Cine-Files, Spectator, and The Film Experience. This is by far the weirdest talk she has ever given.

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