Nerd Nite Takes on the Philadelphia Science Festival April 18-28
You nerdy kids know that the Philadelphia Science Festival is right around the corner, but did you know about this trio of events that your nerdy co-bosses have worked so hard to organize? Check them out and tell all your friends!
We have the following scholarly offerings:
Nerd Nite: Crime Science Investigation
Our second Nerd Nite of the month, Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30PM, brings you some Prohibition Era jazz by the local Cornbread Five to prepare you for a night looking into the world of forensics. Every shred of evidence tells a story, and the evening will be chock full of info on how those stories are put together to make a case. Our presenters include Penn Museum skull specialist Janet Monge, Toxicology expert Jill Yeakel, and Vidocq Society member Bill Fleisher. Also, we’ll have live music from renowned crime scene investigators LL Cool J and Ice-T. Just kidding. So come out to Frankford Hall, put on your windbreaker, grab a bunch of little sandwich bags for evidence, and learn how to really figure out who stole the cookie from the cookie jar.
Hallucinogenic Health: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been…
Join Nerd Nite’s very own Matt Young on Sunday, April 21 at 4:00PM for a trip into the past of psychedelic research in America, learn how labs across the world are reviving that research, and explore the field’s prospects for future development. Stop by Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, but don’t drink too many of the German beers, because there’s much more Festival fun to come.
On Tuesday April 23, at 6:30PM at the Iron Gate Theater, 3700 Chestnut Street, Former National Science Foundation Director (and incoming Carnegie Mellon U Prez for all you old Tartans) Subra Suresh will join leading faculty from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University to talk about some of their greatest hits in the lab. These are the rockstars of nerdy research university world, folks. We have Penn Medicine’s Garrett Fitzgerald, Drexel Engineer and co-Director of the ExCITe Center Adam Fontecchio, Penn Engineering postdoctoral fellow Jordan Miller, and Penn Vet professor Chris Hunter. And a few more possibly waiting in the shadows.
Tickets for this event are $12 ($10 for educators) but proceeds go toward putting on this bang up show at the historic Iron Gate Theater.