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Nerd Nite v35: Chemistry, Ratios, and Coral Reefs

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Greetings nerdlings, we're back this month with so much fun stuff. Kaylee is still in Sri Lanka escaping giant spiders and other death traps, but local DJ impresario and bon vivant Trevor Risk is stepping up to not only co-host with Michael this month but also DJ the night. If you were at last Nerd Nite you learned about the history of Nerd Nite speaker gender ratios and how it's at 48% female even though the population of Vancouver is 51% female, so this month we're going we have three amazing female nerds to nerd out with us including one that is going to talk about ratios. So come with a nerd friend, or come solo and meet new nerd friends, we need you!

This month we feature:

1. Chantal Mustoe: "You Can’t Resist Them. They’re Electrons. Boogie Woogie Woogie."

Electrons are all around us. They are an essential part of pretty much everything. Both colour and our perception of touch arise from the many behaviours of electrons. Come learn about where colour comes from and how we can understand and manipulate electrons to tell us more about our universe.

Chantal is nearing the end of her PhD in chemistry at UBC. Her research focuses on the interpretation of squiggly lines and what they can tell us about atoms. She helps design murder mysteries for high school students to solve and puts on chemistry magic shows in her spare time.

2. Lisa Christiansen: Ratios

In mathematics, a ratio is a relationship between two numbers indicating how many times the first number contains the second. For example, if a bowl of fruit contains eight lemons and six oranges, then the ratio of lemons to oranges is eight to six. But who wants more lemons than oranges? I guess it depends on what you're doing. But if lemons indicate something sour in your life, you've got to change that ratio! How to bring ratios into your daily life - a talk in many parts that may or may not make sense by the end. Shooting for about 2 to 1...but the 1 is funnier.

Lisa is the On the Coast traffic and music reporter on CBC Radio One Vancouver. She is a former Polaris Music Prize grand juror and host of CBC Radio 3's Appetite for Distraction. She is the co-host of the podcast Pop This: http://popthiscollective.tumblr.com/ Lover of bad pop and good metal.

3. Sheila Byers: The Deep ‘Cities of Glass’ in Howe Sound

About 30 years ago, scientists were astounded by the discovery of glass sponge reefs off Haida Gwaii in northern BC. Glass sponges are filter-feeding marine animals with skeletons made almost entirely of glass, but they were thought to have gone extinct millions of years ago. More recently, glass sponge reefs have been discovered and mapped in Howe Sound by the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society. Dive to the depths of Howe Sound with Sheila to learn about these fragile reefs, their unique ecosystem, ecological services and why they need to be protected.

Sheila is a registered professional biologist, marine biologist and Museum Interpreter at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC. She is the past President and a current Director of the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society that strives for the establishment of marine sanctuaries to protect marine life, with the present focus on the protection of the glass sponge reef ecosystems in Howe Sound.



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