Next Nerd Nite: July 13th @ Union Station

Hey all,

We had such a good time at Union Station in April that we’re coming back in July! We don’t usually do themes at Nerd Nite, but this time we have an all-environment night and it’s going to be awesome, featuring the chair of the US Polar Research Board and the executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Be there indeed!

Nerd Nite 19
Monday, July 13th, 7PM
Union Station
125A Pleasant Street, Northampton (On the bike path)
$5, 21+

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Earth’s Changing, and You Are On It!
What if climate change is real and weird weather is likely to continue? Why should we care? Find out what we know about science at the poles that has a direct impact on us in the lower latitudes.

Julie Brigham-Grette is a professor of geosciences at UMass Amherst, and chair of the US Polar Research Board. She is an expert in the recent climate history of the Arctic and its connections to Antarctica.

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Cymbella Vulgata and Richard Nixon (Or Learning to Love the Unexpected Heroes of Your Rivers)
Our rivers and streams are cleaner than ever. But we haven’t yet reached the ambitious goals set out in Nixon’s Clean Water Act. Learn how tiny creatures such as algae and bugs are pointing the way to healthier water.

Andrew Fisk, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council. Since 1997 he has worked throughout New England as citizen, advocate, and bureaucrat to implement the Clean Water Act.

Nerd Nite is June 1st @ Eastworks!

Hello fellow Nerd Niters,

We’re back at Eastworks for our next event. See you there!

Nerd Nite 18
Monday, June 1st, 7PM
Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton
$5, 21+
Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1450437781920637/

Comic Book Continuity and How You Help Shape It!
Comic books have hopped back into the limelight thanks to dozens of popular films. But who gets to decide which of the dozens of conflicting story lines, character histories, and superpowers are “real”? The answer is… YOU?

James Olchowski is the founder of the Valley Nerd Watch, has an M.S. in cognitive psychology, and is the proud owner of over 17,000 comics.

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STRESSED OUT: The Road Map of Stress
Find out the inner workings of stress and its effects on the body and mind from a Western and Eastern view point.

Thomas Schieffer is a clinical Chinese herbalist and Zen Shiatsu bodyworker at Clinic Alternative medicine in Northampton, and a professional in integrative medicine, stress management, and injury recovery.

 

Nerd Nite at Eastworks on 5/4

Hello fellow Nerd Niters! You may remember during snowmageddon when we had to cancel our amazing February lineup… Well, they’re baa–aack! Hope you can join us at Eastworks for the next event on May 4th. Please invite friends via the mode of your choice (FB event page is below). See you there!

Nerd Nite 17
Monday, May 4th, 7PM
Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton
$5, 21+
https://www.facebook.com/events/1563341550606287

Welcome to Your Brain: Reality is a Biologically Constrained Illusion
Do you think that reality is shared among humans? What is perception and how does it work? In this talk we will briefly examine the neuroanatomy behind the senses, how we can use illusions to trick the system into revealing itself, and, in the process, learn about how our brains construct a shared reality (in theory, at least).

Kristina Curro is a  Ph.D. candidate at UMass Amherst, speech-language pathologist, and lifelong cognition junkie whose mind was blown in 7th grade when her biopsychology teacher showed her a Necker Cube.

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Profound Games: Empathy, Community, and Teamwork at the Table
Games are fun—they let us unwind, escape, and even feel powerful—but can they be more? Come hear about just a few of the games that are redefining the medium, helping us connect with others, foster new perspectives, and become better people.

Joshua Yearsley is a freelance editor specializing in tabletop games, as well as a member of Owl and Raven, a non-profit game development cooperative in Northampton.

Nerd Nite comes to Union Station, 4/6

Nerd Niters: We are excited to bring the next Nerd Nite to Northampton’s beautifully renovated Union Station for our April event! In addition to being right on the bike path downtown, it has ample parking. There will be a dedicated bar and even table service with all the food options from their sister-bar Platform. So come on over and bring your appetite. You’re also not going to want to miss these two scintillating talks (the first one, quite literally). For those using Facebook, the event page is here. See you on April 6th!

Nerd Nite 16
Monday, April 6th, 7PM
Union Station
125A Pleasant Street, Northampton
$5, 21+

Lasers: They’re not just for death stars anymore
The general public’s understanding of lasers is usually via icons of pop culture like the light saber or a laser light show. When you delve a little deeper into what lasers actually are, a world emerges of a technology that makes modern civilization possible.

Joseph Roy is a graduate of the Laser Electro Optics Technology program at Springfield Technical Community College. He works in the laser industry at Nufern Fiber Optics and the International Photonics Group.

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Does the language we speak change the way we think?
It’s often said that the language we speak changes the way that we perceive the world around us. It’s an intuitive idea, but is it actually true?

Brian Dillon is an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He specializes in language comprehension and reading.

Next Nerd Nite is March 2nd @ Eastworks!

Hello peoples! Assuming there are no blizzards, tsunamis, hurricanes, or earthquakes, the next Nerd Nite is on its way. Hope to see you all there!

Nerd Nite 15
Monday, March 2nd, 7PM
Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton
$5, 21+
https://www.facebook.com/events/1433871913572623

Information Revolution: Progress Incomplete
The Information Age is connecting all of us. Or, is it? With only a privileged subset of the population making up its workforce, this revolution could gridlock before its ideals are achieved. Come hear about what can fix it.

Kelly Albrecht is the CEO of Last Call Media Inc., as well as, CEO of left-click Corporation. He’s been working on community involvement in the IT Industry since 2009.

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I Just Had The Strangest Dream: Why We Dream and What Dreams Mean
Some people turn to their dreams for wisdom or guidance, while others dismiss their dreams as random events void of meaning. In this talk we will explore dreams from scientific, psychological, and mystical perspectives in order to help unlock the mysteries of the dreaming mind.

Tzivia Gover is a certified dream therapist and a member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She founded 350 Dreamers, a network of people around the world who practice collective dreaming for global healing.

2/9 Nerd Nite is off due to snow

With much chagrin, we are once again postponing Nerd Nite. We’re hoping future winter storms will be scheduled for other days of the week. Thanks to Kris Curro and Josh Yearsley–we will have them back at a future date. Stay tuned for info about the next Nerd Nite, which will be on March 2nd at Eastworks. Thanks everyone, and enjoy the snow.

Your puppy-dog-eyed host, Mo

Nerd Nite 15 on Feb. 9th at Eastworks!

Happy New Year, my Nerd Niters. We’ve got several months of talks already lined up and we’re excited to get back to it. So, without further ado…

Nerd Nite 15
Monday, Feb 9th, 7PM [note: this was originally scheduled for 2/2 and postponed due to snow]
Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton
$5, 21+
FB event page

Welcome to Your Brain: Reality is a Biologically Constrained Illusion
Do you think that reality is shared among humans? What is perception and how does it work? In this talk we will briefly examine the neuroanatomy behind the senses, how we can use illusions to trick the system into revealing itself, and, in the process, learn about how our brains construct a shared reality (in theory, at least).

Kristina Curro is a  Ph.D. candidate at UMass Amherst, speech-language pathologist, and lifelong cognition junkie whose mind was blown in 7th grade when her biopsychology teacher showed her a Necker Cube.

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Profound Games: Empathy, Community, and Teamwork at the Table
Games are fun—they let us unwind, escape, and even feel powerful—but can they be more? Come hear about just a few of the games that are redefining the medium, helping us connect with others, foster new perspectives, and become better people.

Joshua Yearsley is a freelance editor specializing in tabletop games, as well as a member of Owl and Raven, a non-profit game development cooperative in Northampton.

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Also, if you or someone you know is interested in presenting at Nerd Nite or helping out (possibly for pay) please be in touch. Nerd Nite can use help posting flyers, with social media, documenting stuff, etc.

See you 2/2!

Mo

Your Nerd Nite host and organizer

Happy Holidays!

Nerd Nite is taking a month off. Enjoy your holiday season and we’ll see you in February!

Best wishes,

Mo, your Nerd Nite host and organizer

Next Nerd Nite, 12/1 @ Eastworks!

Hey there everyone, join us on December 1st for NN14 as we send you off to sleep with the fishes. Or at least, to learn about sleeping AND fishes. This is definitely going to be an interesting evening…

Nerd Nite 14
Monday, 12/1, 7PM, 21+ $5
Eastworks suite 160
116 Pleasant St., Easthampton

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Why do We Sleep?
We spend a quarter of our lives asleep. But why? Myths abound in answer to this question; we’ll discuss which ones bear out when viewed through the new science of sleep.

Rebecca Spencer is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UMass Amherst and an expert in the cognitive neuroscience of sleep and cognition.

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Get to Know Your Backyard Gladiator: The Broadbill Swordfish
Never thought you could love a fish? Then you’ve obviously never met a swordfish, whose latin name—xiphias gladius—means “the gladiator”. Come learn what makes these creatures—which are found in New England waters—such phenomenal examples of evolution.

Matt Rigney is a nonfiction author and novelist. His book, “In Pursuit of Giants: One Man’s Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish,” was published in 2012 by Viking.

 

Nerd Nite, November 3rd, back at Eastworks

Hello Nerd Niters,

We are back at Eastworks on November 3rd for the start of our 2nd year of bringing nerdliness to the Valley. Hope you can make it!

Nerd Nite 13
Monday, November 3rd, 7PM. 21+ $5
Suite 160 @ Eastworks
116 Pleasant St., Easthampton

Here are the talks:

Funding Your Startup: Sharks, Suits, and Thanksgiving Dinners
Entrepreneurs need funding to launch and grow their dreams. Hear stories illuminating the good, the bad, and the ugly of raising funding from family, banks, angels, big donors, and bootstrapping.

Paul Silva helps entrepreneurs via his leadership roles at Valley Venture Mentors, River Valley Investors, and Lean Launchpad: Pioneer Valley.

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Painting with Science: Color Mastery for Thinking Artists
If you ever had an art teacher talk to you about color, they were probably wrong about most of it, and that probably made things hard for you. The truth of it is much more fascinating than the myths. Let’s figure out why painting with color is so needlessly difficult.

Steve Linberg is a lifelong IT nerd who finally picked up the paintbrush again 10 years ago, and can’t keep his brain away from it. He collaborates with realist painter Graydon Parrish and studies and teaches color theory and practice to artists around the country.

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