Nerd Night #18: Space Race

Nerd Night #18: Space Race

Nerd Night on Friday, May 17th: Space Race Will the Border Region become a global space flight hub?   Did you know that private citizens from all over the world will soon launch into space from two Border Region spaceports?  Rockets already routinely launch from Van Horn, Fabens, and Truth or Consequences.  Spacefaring organizations in our own backyard are pushing boundaries, inching closer to the day when tourists will travel to space.  Space bound cargo payloads and adventure tourism have big implications for our regional economy, education, and culture.  Join our next Nerd Night to learn more about the the Border Region's exciting new space economy from the leaders of this booming industry. Nerd Night #18 is proudly sponsored by: Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group at the vanguard…
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Nerd Night #17: Tales Too Weird To Be Told

Nerd Night #17: Tales Too Weird To Be Told

Tales Too Weird To Be Told ... Secret Stories of Magoffin Home State Historic Site ...   Think you know Magoffin history?  Think again!  Our next Nerd Night will take an unexpected journey through the untold tales of Magoffin Home, one of the most historic sites in El Paso.  From half-dead servants to rabid cats, listen to a collection of surprising stories from three notorious history nerds while enjoying your own picnic under the stars. Speakers [Machelle Wood] - Machelle is the Education and Public Event Coordinator at the Magoffin Home State Historic Site and general historic busybody. As a fan of the strange and unusual, Machelle will share stories of Nearly Dead Servants and Rabid Cats. [Jeffry Harris]  – Widely considered Nerd Royalty, Jeff is the Site Manager of…
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Nerd Night #16: Science on Ice

Nerd Night #16: Science on Ice

Introducing our Sixteenth Nerd Night on Thursday, March 21st: Science on Ice Contemplating a glacial cruise, trip to Alaska, ice climbing, or Antarctic adventure?  Don't miss our next Nerd Night!    Does extraterrestrial life exist on Mars or the icy moon Europa?  Much of our solar system and  planet are covered by gigantic ice sheets, but most of us have no idea about what's going on inside of this bizarre winter world.  Join our team of visiting scientists from all around the world to learn about their facilitating Antarctic research of ice sheets, microbial life, glaciers, and the effects of climate change.  Stock up on fresh science and check out one of El Paso's newest beer and burger joints:  Rockstar Burger Bar. Nerd Night: Science on Ice is proudly sponsored by…
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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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