Nerd Night: Chili Peppers

Nerd Night: Chili Peppers

Chile Peppers Friday August 28th @ 6:00pm DID YOU KNOW? The New Mexico Chile lands at 7,000 SHU on the Scoville Scale. Bell peppers are a 1,000 meanwhile the legendary Habanero blasts off at 500,000! The Scoville Scale and Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) were named for scientist Wilbur Scoville in 1912. It ranks peppers by heat from hottest to mildest. Join us at Nerd Night to learn more! Chile peppers come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Some are sweet while others are spicy enough to make you sweat! Chile peppers are often compared to wine in aspects of flavor profile spectrum and complexity. Together let's learn about what makes these delicious fruits spicy. Chile peppers are widely used in cuisine and have been part of the human diet for thousands of…
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Nerd Night #30: The Science & Art of Graphic Design

Nerd Night #30: The Science & Art of Graphic Design

The Science & Art of Graphic Design Thursday July 30th @ 6:00pm Graphic design is everywhere; the restaurant menu, a familiar logo, social movement symbols, program interfaces, websites, even road signs. Providing a visual language for the fast-paced culture we live in, graphic design is the link between the digital world and illustration, typography, photography, animation, printing, architecture, communication, advertising, and coding.  The handiwork of artists twist the creative process to produce an attractive visual presentation that our human brains crave. Graphic design simplifies the exchange of knowledge, conveying complex ideas in an accessible manner. As we spend more and more time online, we expect a pleasant digital experience and ease of navigation, thanks to designers. The "gap" between science and art narrows as graphic designers make data and information…
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Nerd Night #29: Green Infrastructure

Nerd Night #29: Green Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure Thursday, June 25th @ 6:00pm About our Speakers: Sarah Elena, Sustainability and Outreach Specialist at Creosote Collaborative  Ms. Dillabough has more than five years of experience in sustainable project management. She was born and raised in El Paso. She received her B.A. from Austin College (Sherman, Texas) with majors in Environmental Studies and International Relations, and a minor in French. As an undergraduate student, she studied in France, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Bhutan, and traveled to many other countries. She is fluently trilingual in English, Spanish, and French. Sarah Elena served as the Co-Chair of the Student Sustainability Fund at Austin College and as the Co-President for Think Green Campus Awareness, working at Little Traverse Nature Conservancy, interning with Texas Senator Jose Rodriguez and serving on his Environment…
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Nerd Night #28: Ants are Awesome

Nerd Night #28: Ants are Awesome

Ants are Awesome! Friday, May 29th at 6:00 pm (MST) Tiny Tunnels: Big Connections... Did you know that there are whole kingdoms (more like "queen"-doms) beneath our feet?  There are an estimated ten thousand trillion ants worldwide, and they weigh roughly the same as all of humanity.  Ants are much more than a picnic pest, they often symbolize hard workers and farmers. Ants are the engineers of the natural world, with their tiny size they can cause gigantic changes in their environments. As they go undetected keeping ecosystems healthy, their interactions with other organisms "range from cooperative to hostile and from brief to life-long relationships." Join our next virtual Nerd Night to explore the amazing world of ants.  This special virtual Nerd Night will also feature the Tiny Tunnels, Big…
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Nerd Night #27: Laughter (Virtual)

Nerd Night #27: Laughter (Virtual)

Laughter Friday, April 24th at 6 pm Three scientists walk into a bar and  ... ? Could you use a laugh right now?  So could we!  That's why we've lined up an excellent list of speakers from across the country, and as far as India, to present our very first virtual Nerd Night.  Have you ever wondered why we laugh or what's actually going on in our brain when we're consumed in a fit of laughter?  From the comfort of your own home, you can join our next Nerd Night to learn all about the science, physical health, mental health, and little-known nuances of laughter.   About our Speakers: Kasha Patel  - (Comedienne + Multimedia journalist) - Stand up set and how laughter influences how we perceive comedy Dr. Brian…
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