April Showers bring May Nerd Nites, and please trust us when we say that you’re going to want to bring an umbrella for this month’s DOWNPOUR OF KNOWLEDGE. Check out the night’s amazing talks!
“Anal Sacs: Getting to 5th Base the Crinoid Way”
Summary: The ancient ocean was a weird and wild place, and it only gets weirder and wilder when the hole from which you expel poop is very near the hole with which you eat your food. That’s why we’re talking about Crinoids, everyone’s favorite starfish relative, and the beautifully bizarre evolutionary steps they took to deal with the”problem of fouling.”
Presenter Bio: Ben Taylor is one of the Co-Bosses of Nerd Nite DC. During the day he works at the National Museum of Natural History. He’s excited to see you on May 19th.
Summary: We’ll examine Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorems and explore the gap between truth and proof. How can we prove that something is unprovable? And what happens when a mathematician becomes certain of the limits of his own certainty?
Presenter Bio: James Dabbs is a topologist by training who specialized in knot theory for a bit before unraveling. He now creates by programming, teaching, and drumming. He still very much enjoys math rock.
“Making Body Mechanics Work For You”
Summary: The current thought is that sitting is the new smoking. How long are we supposed to sit? What is “good” posture? What does examining someones posture tell you about them? How can posture and body mechanics prevent “throwing out” your back? Where did you throw your back and how do you get it back? Is someone holding it for ransom? How much money do they want to give us back our back? What is the easiest way to use proper body mechanics and carry/drag your drunk friend home? Once you get them home what do you do with them? Let’s discuss.
Presenter Bio: Katie Rogowski is a physical therapist working at Medstar National Rehabilitation Network. She completed undergrad at Central Michigan University majoring in Health and Fitness with a minor in Psychology and Nutrition. She then attended graduate school at Grand Valley State University for her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is currently doing a sports medicine residency program through Medstar. She is also an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Yes she is from Michigan and will hold up her hand and point to where she is from. Don’t fight it, just let it happen. She will put down her hand and move on after.
It’s the goddamn Splash Mountain of Information, Nerds, and on May 19th your brains are officially in THE SPLASH ZONE.