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Nerd Nite for January 12, 2019

DC9 Nightclub


We’re ringing in 2019 with three amazing talks. Freakin’ lasers! Not being abilist jerks! The connection between sketchy wizards and back pain! Auld acquaintance may be forgot, but you won’t forget these amazing speakers. So much to learn! Come start the new year off right by partying it up with your favorite nerds.

Also, come out to hear some exciting new updates about Nerd Nite DC 2019!

“Sick Freaks: Disability, Freak Shows, and Reality TV”

Summary: The old carnival freak shows are basically gone now, but that hasn’t changed people’s desire to stare at those who are different. From Mystery Diagnosis to Born This Way, come find out what’s going on with reality television, and how all that’s old is new again.

Presenter Bio: Katya is a queer, disabled theater historian (for extra freakiness) who writes about identity, performance theory, and political theater. When not reading, writing, or talking about these topics, Katya is usually either murdering aliens in XCOM or crafting, and sometimes even does both at once.

“Cosmic Death Lasers”

Summary: We’ll explore objects so extreme that if you could stand on their surfaces gravity would squash you flat as a pancake. Then we’ll learn how to manipulate these objects to create a death ray capable of destroying all life on Earth as we know it.

Presenter Bio: Ginny is a fourth year astronomy graduate student working at the University of Maryland and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies the brightest explosions in the universe and in her free time she likes to pet dogs and drink wine (preferably at the same time).

“Exposing the Fake News of Low Back Pain”

Summary: Does good posture prevent back pain? Do six pack abs help your back? Where does pain even come from? Can Professor Dumbledore teach us something about pain? (okay that one is obviously yes!) Forget everything you’ve ever been told about back pain and get ready to nerd out on the science of pain while busting some myths along the way.

Presenter Bio: JD is a nerd with the goal of making physical therapy and health care more scientific (if you haven’t heard health care is complicated). He a board-certified specialist in orthopedic physical therapy, is currently serving on the American Physical Therapy Association of Maryland’s board of directors, and works at Washington Wellness Physical Therapy & Sports Care. In his free time he enjoys hiking and backpacking with his dog Scout.

Nerd Nite for December 8, 2018

DC9 Nightclub

Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts (well, mostly presentations and drinking). Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new. Each evening, three nerds will give short, fun presentations where they can nerd out about sperm transfer, string theory, Aztec mythology, or some similarly nerdilicious topic. While they talk, you drink, thereby increasing their wittiness, and your IQ.

“James Bond… no the REAL James Bond!”

Summary: Many people associate the name “James Bond” with the charming, handsome, and action packed British spy portrayed by Ian Fleming and Hollywood, but did you know that James Bond was actually a REAL person? Drastically different from his cinematic counterpart, James Bond was actually a quiet, studious ornithologist from Philadelphia!

Presenter Bio: Bonnie is a library technician and librarian that is currently working in the Natural History Museum libraries, specifically in vertebrate zoology and the vertebrate paleontology. When she is not librarying, she spends her time playing roller derby, volunteering for multiple nonprofits, playing with computers, or just being a general nerd.

“”Bodyslams in the Beltway – Independent Wrestling in the DC Area”

Summary: Mike and a few members of the staff and locker room will be discussing NOVA Pro Wrestling, an Independent Wrestling promotion that calls Northern Virginia home.

Presenter Bio: Mike E. King aka “The Boy” – Promoter and matchmaker of NOVA Pro Wrestling. Mike has been in and around the professional wrestling business since he was five years old. Growing up in Springfield, VA the closest independent promotions were in Baltimore and Philadelphia and after years of traveling and with help from his father he opened NOVA Pro.

“SOON TO BE ANNOUNCED straight from a Nerd Nite favorite! “

Summary: It’s going to be a topic straight from a seasoned Nerd Nite professional, so c’mon.

Presenter Bio: A three-time Nerd Nite presenter. You’re in for a treat. Believe us.