Nerd Night #43: The Heat Is On

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Nerd Night: The Heat Is On (In-person)

Wednesday, August 25th @ 6 pm

BYOB  |  Extreme Heat  | Record Temps  |  HOT ICE CREAM

We have survived yet another hot summer! June is El Paso’s hottest month of the year, but did you know that the average June temperature has increased by 3 degrees Fahrenheit (96.2*F to 99.3*F) in just the past ten years! Current temperature trends have not only increased but the average number of hot/very hot days per year have also increased. In fact, El Paso is predicted to experience an average of 89 more hot days per year by the end of the century as compared to the beginning of the century (2006-2099)! Come join us as we learn more about extreme heat in El Paso including a 2020 Heat Mapping Campaign which revealed how different parts of the city experience heat. 

We cant wait to see you all in person again!  This Nerd Night will be held at the Sunland Park Mall’s Backyard Cinema Venue which will allow Nerd Night guests to space themselves out to create a comfortable social distance during the event.  We invite you to bring your own backyard chairs and adult beverages for this indoor backyard Nerd Night event.  Blue Collar shaved ice and treats can be purchased with your Nerd Night ticket.  This event will follow all federal, state and local health and safety guidelines.  UPDATE, in light of the City of El Paso’s 8.17.21 mask mandate, masks will be required for all participants when not eating or drinking.  Thank you for your understanding. 

To cool off some of these hot presentations, a special treat will be on hand!


About our Speakers:

  • Fernando Liano Bejarno, City of El Paso Sustainability Coordinator; A Spain native, Fernando Liano holds a Masters in Agricultural Engineering from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification professional (CMVP) by the Association of Energy Engineers. Fernando Liano joined the City of El Paso in 2018 as Sustainability Coordinator after working in the private sector for more than 10 years in the fields of energy efficiency, climate change, and sustainability. He currently oversees sustainability and resilience projects for El Paso, including energy audits, energy management and renewable energy assessments. He has been involved in technical assistance projects in climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainability, and energy efficiency for public and private institutions in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. He was also responsible for business development activities, enabling him to build effective communication and productive relationships between local authorities, academia, business leaders, and sales executives.
    Nerd Night presentation: Urban heat mapping and policy making efforts
  • Brad Montgomery, KFOX Meteorologist; Brad received his Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington, and earned his certification as Certified Broadcast Meteorologist from Mississippi State University. Brad has been covering the local weather in El Paso for over 16 years and in doing so, he has been awarded several honors by the Texas Associated Press including: Breaking News, Continuing Coverage and Overall Best Television Spot News Coverage.
    Nerd Night presentation: Climate Trends in the El Paso Region and Future Outlooks
  • Grace Ortiz, Chair of the El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force; Mrs. Ortiz was born and raised in El Paso, TX and holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso. She sits on the Casa Bienvivir Board and is on the Board of Directors for Bienvivir. Mrs. Ortiz is currently assigned as the Faith Based Community Engagement Specialist for Adult Protective Services of the Department of Family and Protective Services in El Paso where she has served for 16 years. She actively educates our community on how to protect the Elderly and Persons with disabilities on abuse, neglect and exploitation for the Austin- El Paso District. Mrs. Ortiz is also currently the chairperson to the Extreme Weather Task Force and has been for the last eleven years. In recognizing the importance of educating the Senior population, Mrs. Ortiz teaches a class at El Paso Community College called “Seniors Planning for the Future”. Among the many accolades she has received, Mrs. Ortiz was recognized as the Investigator of the year in 2009 and acknowledged as one of the distinguished instructors for 2018 through the Senior Adult Program at EPCC.
    Her personal statement, “Today will never come again, be a blessing, be a friend, encourage someone, take time to care.” In other words, “Blessed to be a blessing.”
    Nerd Night presentation: Extreme Weather Task Force: A Community Based Solution for Protecting the Vulnerable in our Community 
  • Enrique Ramírez-Homs (M.S.), Lecturer UTEP Physics Department; is a lecturer in the Physics Department at the University of Texas at El Paso teaching Physical Science to prospective educators. They earned their M.S. in Physics and B.S. in Physics and in Mathematics at UTEP. For over a decade, they have been involved in the community doing “Physics Circus” demonstrations at schools with the assistance of the Society of Physics Students at UTEP. They enjoy many forms of gaming and being a nerd with their science-enthusiast wife and child.
    Nerd Night Presentation: Cooling off from hot topics with liquid nitrogen

Treats by Blue Collar Shaved Ice


Where:  Sunland Park Mall

Backyard Cinema

750 Sunland Park Dr, El Paso, TX 79912

BYOB&C (Bring Your Own Adult Beverages & Backyard Chairs)

*Disclosure: In light of the recent increase in Covid cases in our community, we are encouraging our attendees to practice the health guidelines provided by the CDC, e.g. masks. The venue, though indoors, is big enough to allow social distancing and well ventilated to provide a safe atmosphere.*


When: August 25, 2021 @6pm

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