Nerd Nite

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Date(s) - 06/09/2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm





We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.


PRESENTATION #1: What Skateboarding Can Teach You About Life
by Hisham Dahud

To the devout, skateboarding is not a hobby, nor is it a sport… but a way of redefining the world around you. Go inside the mind of a skateboarder and find out why this activity unites people around the world in an unspoken bond breaking through age, racial or social barriers, and how this perspective can alter your worldview forever.

Bio: Hisham Dahud is a musician and music business professional, but first learned what the word “passion” meant upon discovering skateboarding when he was 10 years old. To this day, he skates as feverishly as ever and uses the activity and its accompanying culture to channel the child within and remain curiously passionate about life.

PRESENTATION #2: Wildfire Detection and Behavior
By Chris Giesige

Lightning caused wildfires make up the majority of wildfires in the southwest/western United States. There are some identifying factors we look at in order to have a more complete understanding of knowing where lightning caused wildfires are most likely to occur and predicting fire behavior including: the sun’s azimuth degree of concentration and strength in irradiance, atmospheric and geophysic winds, and the topology.

Biography: In college Chris studied fire science and business administration. In 2010 he helped re-initiate the Westcats group dedicated to research and monitoring lightning caused wildfires, wildfire behavior, climate and climate adaptation. He has also completed wildland firefighting and management courses with the National Wildland Cooperation Group and currently looking to further his education in the realm of geophysics.

PRESENTATION #3: 10 Things I Learned by Volunteering at a Science Museum
Bt Alie Ward

In a slump, a life-long science afficionado signed up to volunteer at the LA County Natural History Museum and it changed — not only her attitude toward bullfrogs and artifacts — but the rest of her life. Learn some facts about LA flora and fauna and why volunteering is kind of like summer camp and therapy all at once.

Bio: Alie Ward is an Emmy award-winning science communicator who appears weekly on CBS’s “The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation.” She’s also an on-camera contributor to Cooking Channel, Food Network and the series “How to Build Everything” which premieres June 2016 on Science Channel.



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Scott Perry -- LA Tech Digest founder

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