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…
Read More
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…
Read More
Nerd Night # 26: Gaming

Nerd Night # 26: Gaming

Nerd Night:  Gaming Thursday, February 27th at 7 pm Have you wondered what magic force is gluing your children, grandchildren, and students to their computers, smartphones, and video game consoles?   Video games, arcades, and the blackjack tables hold an immense power in our society and are becoming hot academic subjects in medicine, psychology, economics, and education.  Join our next Nerd Night to learn more about how these powerful tools are evolving to serve as a source of social good.   About the Speakers: Mike Pitcher (Director of Academic Technologies-Learning Environments at UTEP) - the Esports revolution Steven Varela (Associate Director with Academic Technologies at UTEP) - game-informed teaching and learning Josh Bound (Founder of Video Game Clubs of America) - the social impact of gaming Marina Navarrete (2019 World Wizard Cards…
Read More
Nerd Night #25:  Smeltertown

Nerd Night #25: Smeltertown

Nerd Night:  Smeltertown     About the Speakers: Dr. Keith Pannell, UTEP Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has co-authored research publications such as one regarding a study in order to identify the sources and patterns of heavy metal dispersion, by using an attic dust analyses approach which has not been previously been applied in this area to study the smelter emissions from over 100 years of operation. The El Paso del Norte region in the United States is a region of complex topography that is home to more than 2 million people who share the same air.  Verónica Carbajal is a native of El Paso and Juarez.  As an attorney for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., she has worked on a number of environmental justice cases, including the air permit challenge…
Read More
Nerd Night #24:  Wine

Nerd Night #24: Wine

Wednesday, December 11th: Wine Wine Tasting | Hors d'Oeuvres | Prizes | Silent Auction | Special Anniversary Event   Celebrate our 2-year Nerd Night Anniversary in December with a sampling of delicious wine and support Insights educational programs!  Join Nerd Night: Wine to learn all about wine chemistry, local production, the story behind the price tag and much more.   Our panel of wine experts will share their knowledge, answer your wine-related questions, and guide us through a series of wine tastings. We’re celebrating in style; this special anniversary Nerd Night will also feature trivia prizes, a silent auction, wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, and a wine sale fundraiser.   Speakers: Ricardo Barraza (owner of Wine Attitude) - wine importation Serene Bartoletti (wine making enthusiast)- chemistry of wine making David and Theresa…
Read More