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Nerd Nite for December 2, 2017

Eight Years of Nerd Nite DC!

Where: DC9 Nightclub at 1940 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
When: Saturday, December 2nd – Doors at 6PM, Show Starts at 6:30 PM
Tickets: $10 – Buy them here!

December is the 8th anniversary of Nerd Nite DC. That’s eight awesome years of being there and being square with all of you. Come join us for a special night of great talks, spirits and the sounds of science as we ring in another year of Nerd Nite DC!

Prospects for Life & Habitability Around Nearby Stars: Many Possible Homes for Our Elder(?) Race, But the Neighbors Are Likely Bacteria by Carey M. Lisse

What do we know about the current “big picture” for the formation and evolution of life on Earth, from the standpoint of its astronomical, geological, and chemical requirements? Multi-cellular life on Earth has gone through at least 4 huge upheavals due to giant impacts. Without those upheavals, bug-eyed monsters, trilobites, or giant lizards would be ruling the Earth.

Bio: Carey M. Lisse is Senior Research Scientist in the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to assuming his current position he held a variety of posts at APL and NASA. Currently a New Horizons (Pluto!!!) mission science team member, Casey has been focused primarily on comets, asteroids, X-rays from planets, and searches for asteroids and comets around other stars. The asteroid 12226 Caseylisse is named for him.

Dating as a Data Nerd in DC by Tristan Atwood

Dating is complicated and (sometimes) terrible! Tristan has used data and statistics to attempt to understand this, but mostly ended up with this talk.

Bio: Tristan Atwood moved to DC seven years ago from the Pacific Northwest, where he got tired of people not doing things. A compulsive cook, home improver, and Wikipedia spiraler, Tristan spends days with his beautiful wife Jessica, spoiled cat Peek, and dog-adjacent creature Arlo.

Fantastic Beasts and What to Feed Them by Kali Holder and Rachel Pendergrass

Preturnatural pet-keeping! Mythic menagerie management! Xenobiotic zoology! We are here to answer your questions about your dragon’s dietary needs, how to rid your fields of vampires, and the appropriate age to spay your tribble. Brought to you by the real science and drunken bar rants of wild nerds.

Kali Holder is a Veterinary pathologist, making her a master in the fine art of Poking Dead Things with Sticks. Trained in dragon dissection, zombie prevention, and Nazi punching. Handy to have on your apocalypse survival team. Makes a mean bread pudding. Rachel Pendergrass is a writer, humorist, and science communicator. She also hosts/produces the nationally touring Solve for X Science Variety show. Her writing can be seen on McSweeneys, HowStuffWorks, Eater, Martha Stewart Living. She is a three-city Nerd Niter and also hosts the quarterly writing show Scribe Night at the Pinch in Columbia Heights and the annual Science Town Hall. She has touched many sharks and been incredibly drunk with many esteemed scientists.

Music by Sarah Stardust

Sarah Stardust is a comical music project dedicated to spreading enthusiasm for science. Favorable mentions can be found by ‘I F*cking Love Space’ and scientist-turned-comedian Tim Lee. Reviews of Stardust’s tracks can also be found on podcasts ‘Too Many People’ and D.C.’s very own ‘Hometown Sounds’. In 2016 WAMU listed Stardust’s video ‘Water Bears’ in their top 10 picks out from 5K district-wide submissions to the NPR Tiny Desk Music Contest. The Sarah Stardust EP is available now on your favorite download or streaming platform.

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