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Nerd Nite June: One More Round of Information Before Summer Break

Even nerds need a little brain down time, so come get your info on at this last *regular* Nerd Nite before summer break. The talks will share tales of adventures in lab science in the world of Simba, elucidate what you should be listening to when you’re listening to classical music, and show you how our first National Capital survived yellow fever zombies. Actually, no, there weren’t zombies, just a lot of really sick people… Yeah, well, so as always, come and join us to be there, and be square.

Date: Saturday June 20th, 2015 A.D.
Time: Doors 6:00PM, Show 6:30PM
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW

(YES, its here again!  Wear your nerdiest t-shirt and be prepared to come one stage and explain why you deserve to win.  Winner gets a Nerd Nite DC t-shirt and two passes to future Nerd Nites, plus bragging rights!)

And with that, the talks are…


What Is Genius in Music?
by Jeremy Stembler

jeremyStemblerMost of us listen to music and prefer certain styles or bands. But do we know what makes music good or just meh?  Can we use objective measures to assess what we’re listening to? What are those moments, that je ne sais quoi that turns something ordinary into something genius?  I’ll break down how composers masterfully manipulate music’s basic elements into larger architectures of sound to make memorable moments that delight listeners and keep us coming back for more.

Bio:  Jeremy is a working stiff who has a degree in music composition from Florida State.  He’s been writing the same string quartet for seven years but he promises he’ll finish it… some day.  He has a passion for classical and jazz music, specifically twentieth century concert music.  He thinks Charles Ives wasn’t given credit for being an innovator, Tchaikovsky was just aight, and every American should know William Schuman’s music.


Molecular Biology in the Field
by Ashley Hintz

UntitledCollecting molecular data in a proper laboratory environment can be a frustrating endeavor, but move that lab onto a Kenyan national park and the challenges and frustrations increase exponentially! This presentation discusses challenges, triumphs and just plain crazy experiences from performing immunology tests in the field, and will elucidate the trials of collecting rodents and ectoparasites for the tests.

Bio: Ashley is currently a Field Application Scientist for Golden Helix, a genetic software company. She previously worked at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum as a Laboratory and Museum Technician doing research on rodents and ectoparasites in the African savanna. Imagine Timon from the Lion King in a lab coat, and that was pretty much her.


It’s Always Yellow Fever-y in Philadelphia
by Meghan McCabe

MegMccabeOnly a few short years after the Revolutionary War, our infant Nation’s capital, Philadelphia, was struck with the deadliest plague America had ever seen. Competing treatment theories, lack of medical and urban infrastructure, and a record-breaking summer heat formed a trifecta that allowed plague to sweep the city. Fever raged on while the political and social elite fled, leaving Philadelphia and its inhabitants to fend for themselves. You’ll hear the story of how our original capital city battled and survived yellow fever.

Bio: Meghan is a lawyer turned lobbyist, who advocates on behalf of research universities. She is fascinated by all things related to the history of medicine and contagions, so if you want to discuss bubonics and bed sores, she’s your girl. No, she isn’t a hypochondriac, but either way, if you’re gonna sneeze, stay away from the stage please.

Nerd Nite DC: Be There and Be Square!