Nerd Night #54: Back2School Backdoor Access

Nerd Night #54: Back2School Backdoor Access

Nerd Night: Back2School Backdoor Access Thursday, August 31, 2022 @ 6:00pm BACKDOOR ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY COLLECTIONSHow much of a museum or library do you really see when visiting its galleries/shelves? So much of the incredible work of bringing exhibits and research materials to the public happens behind the scenes. This month’s Nerd Night will take us on a journey to discover a huge range of incredible artifacts from history, art and nature and the hard work, care, and effort that goes into collecting, preserving, and storing them.The event will be a combination of tours and talks through the incredible backdoors of UTEP’s various collections. Tour Stops:The UTEP Biodiversity Collections – comprises the university’s biological research collections and the Department of Biological Sciences teaching collections and is a resource for collections-related…
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Nerd Night #53: BioCakes

Nerd Night #53: BioCakes

Nerd Night: BioCakes Thursday, July 7, 2022 @ 6:00pm GMO 101  |  Hands-on GMO Experiment  |  Cake Baking and Eating  |  Ethics of GMO’s “GMO” (genetically modified organism) has become the common term consumers and popular media use to describe foods that have been created through genetic engineering. But such methods are not new. In fact, some of the earliest use of GMOs in agriculture dates back to the 1980s when the food industry sought new ways to increase the yield and profitability of crops. Despite long scientific research, there still remains the underlying debate among the ethics of GMO practices and health of the consumers.Join us for our next Nerd Night where we will explore all the advancements in GMO research and uses, and lead an open discussion on…
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Nerd Night #52: Community-based Urban Planning

Nerd Night #52: Community-based Urban Planning

Nerd Night: EP Environmentalism Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 6:00pm Community Engagement  |  Cultural & Historical Preservation  |  Capacity Building     As the city of El Paso grows,  urban planners have aimed to revitalize the city in ways that appeal to all of its citizens. However, in recent years it has become apparent that community-based planning is essential to the city’s vitality. People who are close to neighborhood issues can clearly identify community needs and advocate passionately for local concerns. This Nerd Night will explore ways in which planners can implement meaningful community engagement in the planning process and develop resilient communities through a bottom-up approach to urban planning. **Purchased tickets come with a meal and drink provided by One Grub Community. Speakers: Fred Lopez (FAICP CTP, CNU-A), Vice President…
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Nerd Night #51: EP Environmentalism

Nerd Night #51: EP Environmentalism

Nerd Night: EP Environmentalism Thursday, April 21, 2022 @ 6:00pm Student-led Environmental Stewardship | Eco El Paso | City Nature Challenge | Species & Habitat Conservation  PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:      Insights EPA-Funded SESI Program NE-96878101-0  Environmentalism is a movement and ideology that aims to reduce the impact of human activities on the earth and its various inhabitants that arose in response to global environmental crises. It has evolved into an engaging field and diverse community that looks to improve the lives of everyday people, as well as safeguard the natural world and our collective future. The community involves the young and old and people from all backgrounds who are motivated to help build a healthy and sustainable future. This Nerd Night will showcase some of the great environmental work…
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Nerd Night #50: Water/Ways

Nerd Night #50: Water/Ways

Nerd Night: Water/Ways Tuesday, March 22, 2022 @ 6:00pm Water in the Border Region:  Current State  |  Conservation  |  Future Planning PROUDLY SPONSORED BY: Water is the key to life. However, in the El Paso Border Region water is not only precious, it is scarce. Our unique locality means that water is a shared commodity which poses several challenges for many stakeholders. With an average rainfall of about 8 inches per year, the Paso del Norte watershed receives its water from the Rio Grande and the Hueco, Mesilla, and Jornada aquifers. It irrigates approximately 200,000 acres of farmland and is impacted by the needs of over 2 million people living primarily in the cities of Las Cruces, New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Join us for our…
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