We are having a bonus Nerd Nite at The Rail Park! Joining us for this evening of outdoor nerdery will be:
Michael Garden from Friends of the Rail Park will present “The Rail Park: Beyond the Viaduct”
Rhyan Grech from Audubon Pennsylvania giving a talk entitled “Saving Birds Through Healthy Watersheds”
Ariell Johnson from Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse will spotlight 10 geeky suggestions for things you should be into.
PLUS! Be sure to wear your nerdiest T-shirt so that you can participate in the first-ever Nerd Nite Philadelphia Dry T-Shirt Contest.
Wednesday, July 20th
7:30 pm. $5
See you there!
Here’s the lineup for this first July Nerd Nite:
Anita Davidson, “Proposed SEPTA North-South Route 49”
Wednesday, July 6th
1210 Frankford Avenue
It’s time for another Nerd Nite! Here’s what we have planned for you:
Sophia Seifert, “Plant Intelligence”
Plants are the oldest and most massive organisms on earth. However, our chlorophyll-filled friends are able to do much more than just grow big and old: they can communicate, share, and even remember. We will explore some of the amazing things that the earliest land-dwellers can do and, in the process, challenge what it means to be intelligent.
BIO: Sophia has spent the better part of the last decade as a science teacher in Philadelphia’s public and charter schools. While in the classroom, she wrote and delivered an interdisciplinary middle school curriculum called Science and Society that explored everything from the neuroscience of mindfulness to (you guessed it) organic gardening and food security. These days, Sophia works at the Philadelphia School Partnership supporting collaboration between schools and at Penn Graduate School of Education training new science teachers.
Ritama Gupta, “White Blood Cells and Red Blood Cells : A Love Story”
A type of white blood cell called Macrophages have long been revered in the scientific world as superhuman defenders of the body. They eat up germs that invade us and keep us healthy. But recent research reveals a new identity for these cells. Macrophages are also essential for red blood cells, the cells that carry oxygen in your body. We dug deeper and looked into the genome of these cells. Turns out the genes are telling an interesting story, and we’re listening.
BIO: Ritama is currently pursuing her PhD in Immunology at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. She recently moved with her lab to the department of Hematology of the Children’s hospital of Philadelphia at University of Pennsylvania. A lot of her research is primarily on mice, investigating hematological disorders and sequencing the RNA of macrophages in these disorders. She always has her ear out for interesting hematological findings, and she will most definitely swap fun science stories for beer and some good old cider.
Tom Bryan, “Hey Mr. Ranger!”
Pennsylvania Park Ranger Tom Bryan will discuss how to become a ranger, various aspects of the job, and provide lots of anecdotes of daily life on duty.
BIO: Tom Bryan has worked as a ranger for 10 years at the federal and county levels. He began his career as a visitor use assistant at Hopewell Furnace and Valley Forge national historic sites. He is currently working for Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historic sites as a Ranger. He holds current lethal weapons, boating, outdoor education, FEMA and wildland firefighting certifications.
Plus: Entertainment (and evil!) from returning Nerd Nite favorite SKELETOR!
Doors open at 4pm. Show at 7:30pm. We recommend you get there early to ensure getting a good seat!
Wednesday, June 1st
1210 Frankford Avenue
BE THERE AND BE SQUARE, YO
It’s time for another Nerd Nite! Here’s what we have lined up for May:
“Governing Our Guts: On Food And Policing Microbes” by Nicole Welk-Joerger
“A Chicken in Every Pot, and Campaign Memorabilia in Every Garage: The Eerily Relevant History of Presidential Campaigns” by Ben Leach
Bio: Ben Leach is a New Jersey-based science and medical writer. However, he is also a collector of the eclectic and unusual, especially if it’s something that relates to his childhood from the 1980s and 1990s. He has been a published author on collectibles since he was 19, with work appearing in Lee’s Toy Review, Toyfare, and about.com. Currently, he operates a website dedicated to antiques and collectibles with his family called The Collector Gene (www.collectorgene.com)
“A Star Wars Collecting Overview At Lightspeed” by Paul Harrison
May the Fourth Be With You today with this special presentation in which Star Wars expert Paul Harrison discusses collecting all things related to a galaxy far, far away.
Bio: Paul Harrison is the co-owner of JediTempleArchives.com and the co-author of Steven Sansweet’s The Ultimate Action Figure Collection.
Plus! Music by They Might Be Giants cover act James K. Folk.
Wednesday, April 4th.
Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue in the heart of Fishtown.
7:30pm/doors open at 4pm. We recommend you get there early to ensure that you snag a seat.
BE THERE AND BE SQUARE!
The Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Nerd Nite team up to consider the perennial question of what it means to be human. Join us and some local researchers as we examine this inquiry from a scientific perspective by looking at exciting developments in anthropology, morphology, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics, including brain enhancements, and how robots learn. Though we won’t promise any definitive conclusions, you’re guaranteed to walk away feeling slightly more evolved at the end of the night!
Event Speakers include:
Paul Mitchell, Penn Museum: “Incomplete Evolution: How Culture Made (And Makes) Us Human”
David Yaden, University of Pennsylvania: “The Science of Transcendence”
Matt Zucker, Ph.D., Swarthmore College: ” How Can Robots Tell Us What It Means To Be Human?”
Plus a very special performance from F. Omar Telan: “A Litany on the Death of My Body”
PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are not available online for this event and will be sold at the door for $5! For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Uru8lX
Venue opens at 4:30 pm, Program beings at 7:30 pm. We recommend you get there as soon as possible to ensure that you get a seat.
This event is part of the Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide celebration of all things science. Learn more: http://bit.ly/philascifest
Plus! Next Wednesday, May 4th is our regular Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall, featuring the following talks:
“Presidential Campaigns Through the Ages” By pop culture historian/Nerd Nite favorite Ben Leach
“May the Fourth Be With You” By Star Wars expert Paul Harrison
And one more talk TBA plus music by James K. Polk!