Nerd Night #5: Sotol

Nerd Night #5: Sotol

5th Nerd Night on April 20th:  Sotol Proudly Sponsored by Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol is neither tequila, nor agave.  Join our 5th Nerd Night find out just what sotol IS.  Learn about its biology, ecology, history, cultivation, distillation, delicious flavors, and local legacy.  If you liked our 'Spirit of Tequila' Nerd Night, then you'll love Sotol.  Samples of all NINE varieties of Hacienda de Chihuahua's Sotol line will be freely available to anyone who drops by the Hub of Human Innovation on April 20th!  Use your brain and your pallet to learn all there is to know about this distinctive local spirit.     Featuring 3 Unique Sotol Talks: Paul Hyder:  Sotol plant Biology & Ecology Enrique Elias:  Sotol  cultivation and spirit production Nancy Lowery:  Start up pitch presentation for a…
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Nerd Night #4: The Dynamics of Cycling

Nerd Night #4: The Dynamics of Cycling

4th Nerd Night  The Dynamics of Cycling Proudly Sponsored by Podium Finish How will speed, momentum, torque, friction, gravity, and work impact your ride?  Join our next Nerd Night to answer all of your questions about the physics of cycling.   While nibbling on a savory flatbread and fresh salad in a newly renovated downtown space, you have the chance not only learn bike science, but also compete for prizes via the indoor training Watt Challenge!  Podium Finish will have multiple indoor training bikes and screens set up to see who can generate the most Watts in a 30 second window.     Featuring Speaker:  Dave Wilson Learn about the Dynamics of Cycling from one of the foremost cycling AND physics experts in the Border Region.  Dave has worked in both Bio-mechanics…
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Nerd Night #3 The Spirit of Tequila

Nerd Night #3 The Spirit of Tequila

3rd Nerd Night - February 9th: The Spirit of Tequila Proudly Sponsored by Republic National Distributing   What is the cultural, biological, and historic significance of a 500 year old spirit?  Learn more about tequila this February.  Our third Nerd Night will pair delicious tequilas with three different speakers discussing various social and scientific aspects tequila amidst an elegant exhibit of photographs by Joel Salcido depicting tequila production.         Featuring 3 Unique Talks:   1) Bat Pollination of Agave by: Lois Balin, Urban Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks and Wildlife      2) Tequila: A Drink of Contradictions by: Samantha Winer, Curator of the Centennial Museum     3) The Spirit of Tequila: The Personal Project & Other Tequila Stories by: Joel Salcido, Photographer of the Spirit of Tequila Event…
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Nerd Night #2: Sex, Drugs, and Arachnids

2nd Nerd Night - Jan. 3rd Sex, Drugs, and Arachnids Sponsored by Concorde Services, LLC Featuring Dr. Lauren Esposito of the California Academy of Science Why not ring in the new year with a journey into the surprising and world of arachnids?  Enjoy a spider-themed cocktail while learning all about the sordid sexual habits and mind blowing medicinal properties of arachnids! Arachnids (scorpions, spiders, and their kin) are an enigmatic group of animals: though recognized and feared by all, there are many aspects of their basic biology that remain a mystery. These unique creatures are found worldwide from the highest massifs to deserts to deep cenote caves 600 meters below sea level. Arachnids exhibit complex courtship rituals, and their bizarre reproductive strategies include traumatic insemination and autotomy (self-amputation) of reproductive organs.…
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Nerd Night #1: Hop Chemistry

Nerd Night #1: Hop Chemistry So what should our first Nerd Night be about?  When answering this question our committee of volunteers decided that our first Nerd Night should celebrate the beer brewing scene that has taken El Paso by storm!  In the last three years, the number of breweries in El Paso has quadrupled, with several more on the way. Our first Nerd Night must therefore be: To better understand just what makes El Paso's beer so tasty, we invited distinguished speakers Dr. Stephen Taylor, professor of Brewing Chemistry at NMSU, and Carlos Guzman, head brewer of El Paso Brewing, to demystify the wide world of beer chemistry.  Have no Fear! If the very mention of the word chemistry makes your palms sweat with traumatic memories of formulas and…
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