Nerd Night #13: Ancestry

Nerd Night #13: Ancestry

13th Nerd Night on Friday, December 14th: Ancestry Help us Celebrate our One Year Anniversary! Have you spit in a tube, plucked a hair follicle, or taken a cheek swab yet?  Are you considering an over-the-counter genetic testing kit as a 'the perfect' holiday gift this year?  Most of us want to know more about where our ancestors came from and what genetic traits we may have inherited from them.  If you'd like to learn more about the science, accuracy, and broader societal implications of genetic testing kits, then don't miss our next Nerd Night! Speakers Dr. Michèle Shuster, an Associate Professor of Biology at NMSU with a background in cancer genetics and current focus on biology education will give a background on genetic testing, then discuss some of the concerns and…
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Nerd Night #12: Astronomy

Nerd Night #12: Astronomy

12th Nerd Night on Friday, November 9th: Astronomy Join us for an evening of stargazing! Human beings have been looking to the stars for millennia, wondering what lies beyond.  Why not look to the stars with a few new friends at our next Nerd Night? Learn all about the science of telescopes and the stories of the constellations while viewing Saturn, Jupiter, and much more!  We will have great planet and star viewing with little light pollution right in town on Insights' educational property at the base of Mt. Cristo Rey.  If the weather is chilly, we'll set up a few contained fire pits with light blocks to preserve the night sky view. Great news!  Many of Insights telescopes from the museum have been restored and will make their debut…
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Nerd Night #11 Open Archives

Nerd Night #11 Open Archives

11th Nerd Night on Friday, October 5th: Open Archives What THINGS make history?  Who keeps rooms full of dead things? Archivists! Join our next Nerd Night at the historic Burges House to find out more about archives of the Border Region. Claudia A. Rivers, Department Head of UTEP Special Collections, will be talking discussing conservation vs preservation and how to preserve your own personal records Dennis Daily, head of NMSU Special Collections will give a talk on letters from the dead Vicky Zhuang, UTEP Biodiversity Collections Manager, will discuss animals and plants in archives BYOB (beverages) and snacks - tune in and flash back for an excellent night of learning! Where: Burges House 603 W Yandell Dr, El Paso, TX 79902     When: Friday, October 5th at 7 pm  
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Nerd Night #10: Future of Computing

Nerd Night #10: Future of Computing

10th Nerd Night on Friday, September 28th: Future of Computing Sponsored by Currey Adkins How much have computers changed in our lifetime?   How have computers changed our lives?  What will they be like 10, 20, or 50 years from now?  Join our next Nerd Night at the Caldwell Collaborative to learn more about the future of computing.   Two leading local experts, Jim Currey and Dr. Vladik Kreinovich will demystify the realms of super and quantum computing.  Have you ever wondered just what goes on in the Cardwell Collaborative building?  Nerd Night guests will also take a tour of this exciting new center of innovation. Supercomputing means processing of massively complex  problems using the concentrated resources of multiple computer systems working in parallel.  With the system working at the maximum potential performance…
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Nerd Night #9

Nerd Night #9

9th Nerd Night on Friday, August 17th: Art & Science of Paper What will happen to the paper sitting in your recycling bin right now?  Will it go to a landfill?  Will it be digested by microbes to produce fuel?  Will it be shredded and used to produce more paper?  Join our ninth Nerd Night to learn more about the artistic and scientific aspects of paper recycling.  Bio mass processing NMSU professor Dr. Brewer and UTEP artist Brioch Ochoa will discuss the aesthetic, environmental, and practical elements of paper recycling while leading a hands-on paper making activity for all guests. Speakers: 1) Dr. Catherine Brewer Science of Paper Recycling With a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources & Technology, Dr. Brewer is currently serving as an…
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