Nerd Night #9

9th Nerd Night on Friday, August 17th:

Art & Science of Paper

What will happen to the paper sitting in your recycling bin right now?  Will it go to a landfill?  Will it be digested by microbes to produce fuel?  Will it be shredded and used to produce more paper?  Join our ninth Nerd Night to learn more about the artistic and scientific aspects of paper recycling.  Bio mass processing NMSU professor Dr. Brewer and UTEP artist Brioch Ochoa will discuss the aesthetic, environmental, and practical elements of paper recycling while leading a hands-on paper making activity for all guests.


1) Dr. Catherine Brewer

Science of Paper Recycling

With a Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering and Biorenewable Resources & Technology, Dr. Brewer is currently serving as an assistant professor in NMSU’s Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The Brewer Biomass Thermochemical Processing research group’s current focus addresses methods to transform waste materials into energy, into clean water, and into improved sustainability for agriculture.

2) Brioch Ochoa

Art of Paper Making

Local UTEP artist and paper producer, Brioche Ochoa leads workshops on artisanal paper making and vegetable dye use.  Briseida Ochoa’s “Brioch” work includes photography, painting, mixed media, and printmaking. By applying abstraction, she creates intense personal moments created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer.


Where: Hope & Anchor patio

4012 N Mesa St, El Paso, TX 79902


When: Friday, August 17th at 7 pm


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