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Nerd Nite Makes It a Winter Wonderland

Winter time can be cold and lonely. But we can also find love – and curiosity – where we least expect it. From the mating habits of Antarctic plants to unraveling the mysteries of polar ice from space using frickin’ lasers, Nerd Nite is here to make you feel cozy and warm. So grab your special snowflake – and learn about the many wild wonderful varieties of the white and fluffy stuff – because we’re ready to embark into a winter wonderland of nerdery.

Date: Saturday Dec 11th, 2016 A.D.
Time: Doors 6:00PM, Show 6:30PM
Where: DC9, 1940 9th St NW
Tickets: $10 at
This is a 21+ event.

Special Snowflakes, Slippery Sleet and the Beauty and Dangers of Winter Weather
By Tim Di Liberto

8ZoC2nK7Let it snow! Maybe. The white stuff can be dry and flaky, wet and sticky, and anywhere in-between. And while we all enjoy a good snow day, meteorologists have to keep a watchful eye on snowstorms that can shut down traffic, destroy rooftops and generally be a source of wintertime blues – and insurance claims. Snowstorms and snowflakes are surprisingly varied based on the environmental conditions that shape it, so we’ll unpack the mysteries of all those special snowflakes and get ready to pack the perfect science-based snowball.

Bio: Tom Di Liberto is a meteorologist, dad, and improv performer. He is the winner of AAAS’s first Science Idol competition. During the day, he works the levers of sophisticated climate models on behalf of a small government agency named NOAA.





Love on a Glacier
By Sam Oester

Sam Antarctica penguin husband (1)Antarctica is arguably one of the most remote places above sea level in the world and is certainly the coldest place on Earth. Despite chilly temps and severe conditions, Antarctica is the exclusive breeding locale of many species and populations. These animals (and two plants!) reproduce on glaciers, snowbanks, rocky shores, coastal mountains, and icy waters. They fight strong winds, heavy snowfall, and ice storms to get it on, rear offspring, and survive until the next breeding season. They also have to dodge human-induced pressures, like climate change and commercial fishing, so yes, our activities are even affecting a continent where no humans live. For endemic and endangered species who live in Antarctica, a lot is riding on their ability to copulate. But their love – or at least their impetus to reproduce – remains strong.

Bio: Samantha is a biologist, aquatic and coastal scientist, marine conservationist, and explorer. She is a PhD research fellow in the George Mason University College of Science and a doctoral candidate in environmental science and policy. She studies ecosystems, wildlife, and aquatic microbes. She has worked around the globe, and some of her favorite places have been the Antarctic Peninsula, Ecuadorian Amazon, Himalayas, and Galápagos Islands.

How do frickin’ “lasers” work? (And do they really go “pew pew pew”?)
By Christina Willis

image-20160209_103236 (1)Lasers are ubiquitous in our world today: they’re used to weld car frames, 3D print cool stuff, make measurements, perform surgery and more! But what does the inside of a laser look like, how do they work, and who invented them? More importantly, can you make a lightsaber, or attach a laser to a shark? Get ready to be amplified and stimulated as we spend some time getting cozy with lasers and the amazing things they can do, including measuring frickin’ ice from frickin’ orbit!

Bio: Christina is a laser scientist specializing in designing and building high energy laser systems for making measurements at a distance, and she can tell you the most painful wavelength of laser to get burned with! She was once featured in Jorge Cham’s comic strip Piled Higher and Deeper for the 50th Anniversary of the laser, and her career in lasers may or may not have been inspired by a 1980s Val Kilmer movie.


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