Nerd Night #15: Coffee

Nerd Night #15: Coffee

15th Nerd Night on Thursday, February 21st: Coffee   Do you start your day with buzzing cup of caffeine?  64% of Americans start their day with a cup of coffee, but how much do you know about your cup of joe?  Does light roasted or dark roasted coffee contain more caffeine?  And just what does that caffeine do once it hits your blood stream? This plant transformed into to a billion dollar industry.  Coffee is loaded antioxidants, but their effectiveness is can be drastically limited by coffee roasting, coffee sourcing, and caffeine physiology.   Join our next Nerd Night to learn more about America's favorite drug: coffee roasting, brewing, and science while sipping on a nice coffee stout at Savage Goods. Speakers [Coffee Roasting]  -  Arleen Mendez  will speak about coffee roasting,…
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Nerd Night # 14: Rations and Rivets

Nerd Night # 14: Rations and Rivets

 14th Nerd Night on Friday, January 25th: Rations and Rivets  What have you sacrificed for your country lately?  Would you patch your child's socks or collect your bacon fat for the federal government to use for explosives?  Our next Nerd Night will explore how collective action and everyday sacrifice during WWII affected our nation.  We will explore how rationing programs in a city sitting on an international border differed from the rest of the country.   Join us on January 25th for a journey back to the world of ration books, scrap metal, and patriotic thrift. Speakers [Commodity Rationing in El Paso During World War II]  -  Rich Dugan is program coordinator at UTEP's Technology Support Center in the University Library, long-time board member of the El Paso County Historical Society and…
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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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