Nerd Nite DC is DC’s original science + nerd + drinking event. See us nerd out!
Join us as we celebrate our fourth anniversary in DC on December 14th…Yes it has been that long, and it is thanks to all of you for nerding out with us! Nerdy drink specials (traditional 4th anniversary gift is fruit, so you can guess how they’ll taste) and Nerd-Off will be coming your way.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday November 26nd at Noon at www.dcnine.com/
Hairy Science: The How’s and Why of Hair Color
By Jenn Martinez-Moore
Have you ever wondered what exactly your hair stylist is up to while mixing color or foiling someone’s head like a Thanksgiving turkey? Hair color is an accessory most of us wear every day. I will demystify the science of hair color and break down the principles of color theory, formulation and application. I’ll also leave you with some hair-raising facts about the history of this craft.
Bio: Jenn is a stylist at Bang Salon in Chinatown, DC. She has a background in psychology and found her calling for hairdressing 6 years ago after burning out in the non-profit world. Specializing in avant garde cutting and color, she delights in bringing some edge to a predominantly conservative DC populace.
Pandemic Flu: Oink, Oink, Achoo!
By Imran Mujawar
Is there any real threat that someone could weaponize the bird flu? Flu experts around the world have tried and succeeded in inducing mutations in the bird flu virus so it can jump ferret-to-ferret, and therefore human-to-human. Could this mean we are at the threshold of a pandemic? Should we be terrified of birds, pigs, and airplanes? Come, wearing a facemask if you’re smart.
Bio: Imran is a physician and bio-statistician working in infectious disease. He has a grudging respect for viruses and has followed outbreaks around the globe for about 5 years working at the Division of Integrated BioDefense at Georgetown University. Do not worry, he will not try to infect you with mutant bird-flu to study human-to-human transmission. And, FYI, pneumonoultramicroscopicvolcanoconiosis is his favorite word!
Killer T Cells and Inner Destruction
By Susan Johnson
Did you know your body is composed of trained killer cells that wage war on your body on a daily basis? These assassins lie in wait in your bloodstream for their target to attack. They can both protect you and harm you depending on the situation, but are also responsible for making the most disgusting things your body oozes. During this talk, you’ll learn about the basics of the immune system, as well as some particular odd and disgusting reactions that occur with disease.
Bio: Susan has a PhD in immunology and spent four years at the World Health Organization and University of Geneva, Switzerland studying scary stuff that your immune system does. She is now at the HIV vaccine research program in Silver Spring. She has worked on, and experienced the repercussions of immune system activation on three continents. She hopes to eventually travel to the remaining 4 while remaining bug free.
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