Nerd Nite No. 85: Ebola/Petty Moments in Science History/Nerdy Dry T-Shirt Contest

We are one week later than usual, on Wednesday, June 13th, and what a lineup we have for you:

Hannah Lawman: “What a Snake Can Teach Us About the 2015 Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone”

This talk explores some of the behavioral aspects of the 2015 Ebola epidemic and efforts to support behavior change to halt the spread of the disease. Learn how you can be a part of current efforts to rebuild communities after the devastating epidemic through work by Welbodi Sierra Leone, a 501(c)3 nonprofit providing scholarships for girls.

Bio: Dr. Hannah Lawman received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina and specializes in health behavior change and research methodology. She worked as an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and currently works as Director of Research and Evaluation for Get Healthy Philly at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. Outside of her day job, she founded and directs Welbodi Sierra Leone, a nonprofit that supports health and education in Sierra Leone.

Alexis Pedrick, “Petty Moments in History: Science Edition”

Bio: Alexis Pedrick is the Science History Institute’s Manager of Public Programs and co-host of the Distillations Podcast which explores the human stories behind science and technology. She works with Science on Tap and the Philadelphia Science Festival. She is known for her Laurel Hill Cemetery tours on Victorian era scandals and superstitions as well as her history –themed Nerd Nite talks. She was nominated for Geekadelphia’s Geek of the Year in 2015 and was recently a guest on the popular game show podcast, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.

Plus: The Return of the Nerdy Dry T-Shirt Contest! Do you have a nerdy T-shirt that you want to show off AND have the chance to win the admiration of your peers and some fabulous prizes? Then join us for this fun contest/fashion show!

Cover’s $5 which gets you in to the show and happy hour specials throughout the evening.

Wed., June 13th. 7:30pm (doors open at 4, we recommend getting there early to ensure you get a good seat)

$5, cash only (an ATM is on site)

Frankford Hall

1210 Frankford Avenue, in the heart of Fishtown


Nerd Nite 84: #ZeroWaste with KPB, UBB and PWD

Join Nerd Nite for a special event with Keep Philadelphia Beautiful, the Philadelphia Water Department, and United By Blue! There will be talks about waste reduction! Info about getting involved in a local cleanups! Trivia with giveaways from all four of our organizations! $5 gets you in the door for a night of fun.

First up, Nic Esposito:

Nic’s talk will focus on the creation of the Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan, which was released last year and is one of the most comprehensive and collaborative initiatives Philadelphia has every created to combat litter and improve waste management. Nic will nerd out about the complexity and excitement of tracking down and stopping short dumpers. And he’ll also take a deep dive on how detrimental our disposable culture has been on our city and our planet and actions people can take to reduce the waste in Philadelphia.

Nic Esposito is the Zero Waste and Litter Director for the City of Philadelphia. He served as a PowerCorpsPHL project manager for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and then as their Sustainability Manager. He was then selected by the Managing Director’s Office to take on the challenge of creating a coordinated public and private sector plan to address Philadelphia’s litter problem and set Philadelphia on a path to Zero Waste by 2035.

Adam Hendricks from Philadelphia Water Department will discuss options and opportunities for food waste recycling in the City of Philadelphia. He will cover some of PWD’s current efforts and his own research into food waste recycling.

Adam Hendricks supervises the Research Program in the Planning and Environmental Services division of the Philadelphia Water Department. He has been with PWD for 7 years, and previously worked on policy and regulations surrounding stormwater management. He has lived in Philadelphia since 2001 and currently resides in West Philly.

United By Blue’s Bastianna Mene will talk Bison Fiber and how that relates to reducing waste in the supply chain!

Bastianna is the Production Manager at United By Blue, often referred to by her team as ‘Bison Basti.’ She is a fiber nerd by choice and recently became certified in fiber grading and sorting.

In this talk, Bastianna will discuss the use of natural fibers in the apparel industry, walk you through each step of United By Blue’s unique bison fiber supply chain and how they are reducing the amount of waste generated from the ranching industry.

Wednesday, May 2nd. 7:30 pm.
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
$5 (CASH ONLY, there’s an ATM on site and a Wells Fargo up the street)
Doors open at 4, we recommend getting there early to get a good seat!


Nerd Nite No. 83: Microtubules, Guantanamo and and Smedley Butler

Join us for three great talks, and get ready for Science MONTH (Philadelphia Science Festival + 2018 Rally for Science + taste of science Philadelphia)

Here’s what we’ll have this time around:
–“The Real Captain America – The Incorruptible Smedley Butler” with Peter McCarthy
–“Microtubules and Nerve Regeneration” with Andrew Matamoros
–“From Detention to Deletion: How the U.S. Military Speaks about Guantánamo on Twitter” with Muira McCammon

Stay tuned for more details soon. As always, $5 cover gets you into the show and helps support our monthly program.

Wednesday, April 4th. 7:30 pm.
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
$5 (CASH ONLY, there’s an ATM on site and a Wells Fargo up the street)
Doors open at 4, we recommend getting there early to get a good seat!


Nerd Nite No. 83: Nerd Nite Celebrates One Book One Philadelphia

Join us for a special Nerd Nite in collaboration with One Book, One Philadelphia. Our evening’s talks will cover themes from the book, including memory, public health, and community.

Our program will include:

Michael Chow with “When amnesiacs remember, memory champions forget.”

Josh Ducoff from Covenant House Pennsylvania will talk about youth homelessness.

Wednesday, March 21st. 7:30 pm.
Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19125
$5 Cover

Nerd Nite #82: Public Health Disasters, eSports, Labor Law, and Marijuana Legalization

Hey Nerds!

It’s the first Nerd Nite of 2018, and have we got a treat for you! A SUPERSIZED event with four speakers. Here’s the exciting run down:

Emilie Slater, “The State and Labor in the New Economy”

In this talk, Emilie Slater will be speaking about the discontents of contemporary labor law and new frontiers in US labor activism.

Alex Gilbert, “eSports: Big Data. Big Opportunity”

The discussion will provide a brief introduction to eSports, how they fit into the overall video game industry, and how they compare to traditional sports. Then we’ll cover the exciting opportunities made available by the wide range of data to be used for advanced analysis of eSports games. Finally, we’ll touch on the economic opportunities eSports creates for those people with fewer traditional education opportunities including those in Developing Nations.

Malaya Fletcher, “The Legacy of Public Health Disasters: The Blessing/Curse Paradox”

Public health and emergency management are cursed by the paradox that our successes are invisible; achievements are often unseen. Preventing the spread of disease is marked merely by its absence, and oftentimes, people only note the importance of emergency management when something goes awry. There is nothing like an Ebola outbreak or a failed generator in a flooded hospital to highlight gaps in a system. In this talk, Malaya will illuminate the things that go unnoticed in preparedness. You don’t have to look far to find interesting case studies – Legionnaire’s Disease was first identified in a downtown Philadelphia hotel. George Washington faced similar challenges in issuing an emergency declaration an response to the Philadelphia yellow fever epidemic that we see in today’s disasters. She’ll also give a historical perspective on other disasters within PA (e.g., Three Mile Island, Donora, Johnstown Flood, Austin Dam) and their impact on national policy.

Annelise Rolander, “Marijuana Legalization As a Mechanism for Social Justice”

Full marijuana legalization brings widespread social impact: taxes offer a new source of state revenue, new jobs open up, and a shift takes place in the criminal justice and corrections systems. It also creates a new industry that requires oversight and lots of initial considerations, like who to grant licenses to in a rapidly expanding market. I’d like to examine the ways in which a comprehensive legalization policy could actively address the damage wrought by the failed war on drugs, particularly to communities populated by people of color. How might Philadelphia benefit?

Wednesday, February 7th

7:30pm. $5 (an ATM is onsite)

Frankford Hall

1210 Frankford Avenue in the heart of Fishtown