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Gears, Beards, & Beers 3

Are you ready?

The third installment of Jackson’s premier Steampunk & Facial Hair fusion is coming on May 21st, 2016! This years event will be bigger and hairier than ever! Steampunk, facial hair, tobacco, brewing, and various other vendors will be under the farmers market canopy outside of the Grand River Brewery and inside the special events room of the Brewery itself from 11am – 6pm! The Grand River Brewery patio will be open and serving all of their great beer, wine, and spirits. Live music from local artists will be featured on the patio throughout the day. Come on out and enjoy a fantastic day of great food, fantastic beer & local entertainment as you browse an eclectic selection of vendors selling all sorts of unique items.

After 6pm, the event moves a half a block down the street to the Michigan Theater of Jackson! Inside the theater you’ll be able to sample brews from various local breweries and vote for your favorite. Live music will be on the Michigan Theater stage mixed in among the finals of the Steampunk Costume contest and the various Facial Hair categories! All proceeds from this event will support the Theater Restoration Fund.

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor March 2016

Sugar & the Brain, Internet Trolls and Discovering the Earth’s Core.

 

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!”

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Sound, Symbiosis, & Active Art Nerd Nite Ann Arbor September

This month our topics go from down in the dirt (plant and fungi symbiosis!) to long-distance sounds to local examples of art in action. What our three featured nerds have in common, however, is that they each have a passion for their topic and want you to understand it too! So, whether you consider yourself an art aficionado, a sound geek, a plant-lover or beyond, we’ve got plenty of new stuff for you to pick up while you’re tipping back a beer. Grab a drink, grab a friend, and we’ll see you at LIVE on September 17th!

Brian Worthmann — The Sound Heard ‘Round the World’

In our daily lives, we’re used to sound traveling as short as a fraction of an inch (like music from headphones) to as far as several hundred yards (like a football game heard several blocks away). But, over even larger distances, like tens, hundreds, or even thousands of miles, sound can do some very weird and unexpected things. We’ll talk about what sound does, why it does it, and how those surprising behaviors may have influenced the course of history.

About Brian:  Worthmann is a PhD student at U of M in Applied Physics studying underwater acoustics and signal processing and was a participant in the RELATE2015 workshop. When not doing underwater acoustics research, he can be found learning, teaching, or binge-watching Netflix.

Alex Taylor — Underground Alliances

 Nearly all plants form intimate symbiotic partnerships with fungi called Mychorrhizae. These fungi grow in elaborate webs through the soil, and then into the plan roots, growing even inside the plant cells, where the plant and fungus have struck a fabulously successful deal. The terms of this deal are straightforward: a trade of sugar for mineral nutrients that plays to the strengths and weaknesses of each partner. Mycorrhizae helped early plants get a toehold on land, and to this day, the vast majority of plants across the globe thrive thanks to their fungal partners. The world would be a barren place without this ancient and strange symbiosis.

About Alex: Alex is a Ph.D student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, studying how plants evolved the ability to recognize and partner with bacteria and fungi in the soil. Most days, this involves sitting at a computer and running algorithms on the genome sequences of different plants. He also loves talking and writing about the spine-tingling majesty of science, and co-founded the blog “Thought and Awe” to do just that. In his spare time, Alex is into camping, gardening, and talking about the big stuff over a beer. Find him on Twitter at @ATayters.


Brenda Oelbaum – Stitch and Bitch: Hopefully a Comedy

Oelbaum, current President of the National Women’s Caucus for Art, will share some of the ins and outs of her work in organizing a national arts non-profit and what that has to do with embroidering little black velveteen bags with gold numbers while she juggles those challenges and troubles. She invites members of the audience to fill the bags she provides with a problem to add to the mound of problems in her upcoming social practice performance and installation at POP-X Ann Arbor.
Pens and paper will be provided for attendees to write down their most troubling problem to contribute to her already heavy load. Contributors can then come by the installation running October 15-25, read some problems of others, and decide if they want to take their own bag back, or buy someone else’s problem as a souvenir.

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Drink and Draw with the Party Table

Greetings, true believers!

Artists out there, have you ever wanted to meet with other artists in the area and just enjoy a beer and sketch out a funny doodle while talking about what you do and how you do it? Beer drinkers out there, have you ever wanted to watch some artists draw a bunch of neat stuff and maybe even make some neat art of your own? Random citizen on the street, have you ever wanted to go to The Rez Lounge, enjoy a nice beer, and/or draw a picture? If any of these questions can be answered with a yes, then The Party Table has an event for you!

Wednesday September 2nd from 6-9 PM (We may stay later depending) at the Rez Lounge on Plainfield Ave, there is going to be a Drink and Draw hosted by The Party Table!

Crayons, Pencils, and Sharpies, as well as White and Newsprint Paper will be provided to create some fantastic work. If these supplies don’t fit your fancy bring some neater stuff to show off your sick skillz! Got a sketch book, bring it and add a few new pages while enjoying a friendly atmosphere and some good conversation.

This is about getting awesome artists together to meet and greet. This is about getting those perfect people we’ve met through this crazy thing we love back together in the down times to enjoy a little bit of THE PARTY and to make some awesome art. Join us, won’t you?

Feel free to invite friends!

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor Fe and LSD

What’s all the “Fe”ss about? We’re not the only organisms that need Iron, which can mean we have some competition in getting the nutrients we need. Ada Hagan breaks down the ins and outs of Iron and bacteria. Even the most well-nourished body and brain can still learn a LOT about consciousness and psychoactive substances. Research on psychedelics is only just now recovering fromits implosion in the 70s, following the heydey of LSD research in the 60s. What does our current understanding of the brain tell us about the psychadelic experience? Dr. George A. Mashour walks us through a little research history and leads us through his present exploration of ketamine.

Mark your calendar, grab a friend, and say hey to a fellow nerd! We’ll see you at LIVE with a frosty beverage in hand for August’s edition of Nerd Nite!
The Battle for Iron: What’s all the “Fe”ss about? – Ada Hagan

Iron is an important nutrient that we all make sure to get enough of in our diets. Did you know bacteria need it too though? Come learn about the battle invading bacteria wage against your body over iron atoms. Those bacteria have some pretty cool tricks up their sleeves, but so do we! That is, if we learn enough about it…
About Ada: Ada is a PhD student in Microbiology and Immunology and spends her days doing recon on the strategies bacteria use to invade our bodies. She is passionate about communicating science because she feels the more we all know about science and how things work, the better choices we can make about our lives. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors with her dogs, and fishing with her husband. Ada is also involved with MiSciWriters, a student-run science writing blog.

The Psychedelic Brain – Dr. George A. Mashour

Psychoactive substances have been known since antiquity and modern psychedelic subculture underwent an explosion in the 1960s followed by an implosion in the 1970s. More recently, the neuroscience of psychedelic drugs has emerged from the shadows of a dark past. What are the neural correlates of the psychedelic experience? What does this phenomenology and neurobiology tell us about the functioning of the brain? I will discuss these questions as well as my own research on ketamine.
About George: Dr. Mashour is a neuroscientist, anesthesiologist and the founding director of the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan.

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor July 2015

“Lasers, Supercomputers, and Urban Planning in Detroit”
We have an awesome trio of talks on tap this month! Laser artist Mike Gould gives us the skinny on building amazing light displays (with demos!), tech wizard Dave Strenski takes us on a historical tour of uber-powered computers, and urban planner Margi Dewar talks about the future of Detroit. You don’t want to miss it! So grab a friend, grab a beer, and cool your heels at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor!

Mike Gould “Runs with Lasers”
Local laser artist Mike Gould discusses his recent experiences with the Illuminatus Lasers Troupe.
Including:
The Quest for Mystic Fire – Lasers at Saline Celtic Festival (because, of course).
Talks with Lasers lecture/demo to educate kids and families to the wonders of coherency.
Tetraptych: 4 Panels, 12 Lasers, One Wall art piece for DLECTRICITY 2014
L is for Laser, his science museum piece.
Doing lasers at the UM Stadium half-time show during a night game. (Notre Dame, we won).
Upcoming entry into the Ann Arbor Art Center’s tech+art exhibit
Appearances at various Maker Faires, Art Prize, Ignite, FoolMoon, etc.
http://mikegouldlaserartist.com/
http://illuminatuslightshow.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Clickamouse
Tech+Art https://www.facebook.com/events/1682562868639987/

Dave Strenski “Calculating 10^18 Results per Second”
The world of high performance computing is changing. This presentation will run through a short history of computing highlighting the different types of computations used in computing’s past, including vectorization, parallelization, accelerators, and reconfigurable computing. From this historical perspective, the discussion will lead to what’s needed for the future to reach exa-scale (10^18 floating point operation per second) computing. It will also cover the types of applications that need exa-scale computing and the merging of high performance computing and data analytics.

www.Cray.com
www.SolarYpsi.org

Margi Dewar “Detroit: Planning a City After Abandonment”
Urban planning as a field focuses on managing development to shape the effects of growth on cities. But what can planners do in cities like Detroit where developing, redeveloping, rebuilding, and revitalizing are not possibilities? I will lay out directions with a few examples for a different kind of urban planning.

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor June 2015

Summertime and the livin’ is nerdy… June brings us an awesome trio of talks about the badass history of roller derby, the development of the science story from bright idea to blog article, and a primer on the last 75 years of history in Ypsilanti. Gonna be a great edition of NNA2, so grab a friend, grab a drink, and join us for an awesome Thursday night!

Susan B. Slamthony and Queen McLightning — A Short History of Nearly Everything Roller Derby Related
Learn the history of roller derby from the 1920s to today, how the game is played and what’s been happening for the sport locally.

Find ’em elsewhere, too: @a2derbydimes or Facebook:
AnnArborBrawlStarsA2D2YVA2D2ABC

Plot twists and Revelations: The Story of Science — Veronica Taylor
When you think of science, what comes to mind? For many people, science springs to mind a collection of facts they tried to memorize for various exams. I want to show another side of science: the story of science. In my talk, we’ll take a short journey through the drama of the scientific process and learn about how scientific ideas evolve and are communicated. I hope you will leave with a new appreciation of science and what we really learn from research.

Ypsilanti History — James Mann 
Local historian James Mann returns for his fourth Nerd Night talk, and will be speaking on his new book, Ypsilanti, part of the Images of Modern America series from Arcadia Publishing. This is a picture history of the city of Ypsilanti from the 1960’s to the present. James will speak on how Ypsilanti got the most easily misspelled name in the state, the Michigan Murders, and tell the true story of Rosie the Riveter. There is more to Ypsilanti than the Water Tower! Copies of Ypsilanti will be available for purchase.

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Gears, Beards, & Beers II

“Please join Capitol Steam and Jackson Beard & Moustache Club (Jackson BMC) at Grand River Brewery for Gears, Beards, & Beers II. Free event, No cover charge!

GBBII is an annual event where we come together in celebration of steampunk, facial hair, and of course beer. Vendors such as Off the Beaten Path Books (AKA the steampunk bookstore) from Farmington will be there as well. Anything goes my friends! Bring out the Airships because this is an event to remember.
*GBBII is a steampunk gathering. Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.”

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor March

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!”

March may have roared in like a lion, but the awesome nerds of Ann Arbor are howling back! Up this month: the history of cataract surgery, how to be a great DJ in 5 simple steps, and how 80s cartoons can teach you to be a better writer.

Friends, beers, and nerdery–can you find a better Thursday night? See you this month at Nerd Nite Ann Arbor!

Sweet is the Light: Curing Blindness Through the Ages
Zvi Kresch

Cataracts are the most common cause of blindness on the planet. Long before anesthesia or antiseptics, cataract surgeries were being performed. This talk will touch on the evolution of the procedure from ancient to modern times.

A few of the questions we’ll answer along the way: Why is the sky blue? Is staring at an eclipse really bad for your eyes? Where do orange carrots come from?

Bio: Zvi Kresch is a faculty member at the UM Kellogg Eye Center. Prior to coming to UM, he spent a year traveling with his wife and practicing ophthalmology abroad. He was exposed to different types of cataract surgery and became very interested in the procedure’s origins. When not studying eyeballs, Zvi enjoys chess, making kombucha and playing the harmonica.

Elements of Style – How to be a Great DJ in 5 Simple Steps
Rolando Calip, Jr. AKA DEFTMIX

In this talk, DEFTMIX uses concepts from Strunk and White’s classic college textbook, “Elements of Style” to distill 5 Simple Steps to becoming a “Great DJ”.

Bio: Rolando Calip, Jr. is a 20 year DJ veteran residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has spent the last 2 years as the Nightlife Director/Saturday DJ Resident for Live Nightclub. Before moving to Ann Arbor in 2011, he lived in NYC for 10 years; DJing, curating music for hospitality groups, and managing DJs. Music has taken him all over the world; most recently Manila, Philippines; where he performed at Black Market Nightclub on NYE 2015. Follow him on Instagram: @deftmix

Knowing is Half the Battle: What 80s Cartoons REALLY Teach Us
Jerzy Drozd

80s cartoons were nothing more than half-hour toy commercials with a sprinkle of moralistic preaching to sweeten the pill for parents, right? Cartoonist Jerzy Drozd explores 5 writing tips one can glean from a closer examination of the cartoons of our youth.

Bio: Jerzy Drozd is one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He leads cartooning workshops for children and teens in libraries and schools; podcasts prolifically about comics and how to make them at ComicsAreGreat.com, KidsComicsRevolution.com, and LeanIntoArt.com. He wrote and drew the graphic novel The Front, has worked on Antarctic Press’s Ninja High School and PPV: Pay- Per-View (which he cocreated with Tom Root, writer of Cartoon Network’s Robot Chicken), and has drawn special projects for Marvel Comics, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, VIZ Media, and others. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two cats.

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Nerd Nite Ann Arbor February

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. And there are often bands, acrobats, trivia, and other shenanigans as well. Imagine learning about everything from math feuds or the science of the Simpsons, to the genealogy of Godzilla or debunking beer myths. Fun, right? As nerds and non-nerds like to say, “Nerd Nite Is Like the Discovery Channel™…with Beer!”

Check your assumptions about where UM students live (and vote), consider the role games and related storytelling play in our lives, and wrestle with the question of why the hell we haven’t cured cancer yet.

Sure, this sounds like a LOT to consider, but we’ll have some adept, smart, and irreverent guides to the topics, all in February’s super-packed edition of Nerd Nite!

Grab a friend, grab a drink, and join us for another great edition of Nerd Nite!

Austen Hufford, Pat Sier: “Beyond South U: Where Students Live and Vote in Ann Arbor”
While we all think we know where U of M students live, it’s harder to find out than you’d think. Austen and Pat will go through their method of coming up with a solid picture, and discuss what this means for students and residents alike every election cycle in Ann Arbor.

About Austen and Pat:
Austen and Pat are U of M seniors studying economics and public policy respectively. Austen will be working in journalism this summer at the Wall Street Journal and Pat will be working in Chicago at a marketing technology company. Find Austen on twitter: @austenhufford

Ryan “Gorgon” Jurado: “Why We Watch: How Everything From Football to Mario entrances us”
Games are a form of storytelling as old, if not older, than language itself, but we rarely stop to think why some games succeed and some fail. What do college athletics–which, despite being non-professional games earn nearly $1 billion per year–have in common with a fifteen-year-old Pakistani boy playing video games in China for the first time… to the tune of 770 thousand live viewers and $3 million in prizes?

About Ryan “Gorgon” Jurado:
With professional experience in publishing, music performance, gaming, podcasting, and three majors split across two undergraduate degrees, Ryan “Gorgon” Jurado is what you might call a renaissance nerd. These days, he spends his time studying the burgeoning realm of online spectator games, often called eSports, in which he is a data analyst and live commentator for audiences of tens of thousands. You can find him on twitter: @gotcowdota

Yijung Yang: “Why the hell haven’t we cured cancer yet?”
As one of the leading causes of death in the US, cancer has long been the focal point of intense study and public interest. However, after millions of dollars and countless hours spent on cancer research, the silver bullet cure remains elusive. Have you ever wondered why? Join us as we delve into the intricate nature of the disease and the difficulties physicians and scientists face when treating a patient with cancer. Along the way, we will discuss the biological origins of cancer as well as its pathology, epidemiology, and potential therapeutic options currently under scrutiny.

About Yijung Yang:
Yang graduated from University of Maryland with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology. Then, after a two-year research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, moved to Ann Arbor to join the MD/PhD program at the University of Michigan, and is currently in the research phase of graduate training under the guidance of Dr. Diane Simeone, director of the Translational Oncology Program at UM.

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