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As a part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education mission, we have teamed up with UTEP’s Centennial Museum to bring a new event to the Border Region – Nerd Nights.  Nerd Nights is a series of informative evening events designed to bring fun scientific talks and activities to your favorite local brewery, restaurant, coffee shop, or any other community hub.  We will host a different Nerd Night at a different local establishment on a semi monthly basis.



Why Nerd Nights?  We launched Nerd Nights because we wanted to find an entertaining way to learn something new while sharing good food and drink with new friends.

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 the T.I.M.E Research Group

Thwaites Interdisciplinary Margin Evolution

The TIME group studies the role of shear margin dynamics in the future evolution of Thwaites Drainage Basin.  TIME is an ice-based project using state-of-the-art geophysical techniques to observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier (shear margins) which may have significant control over future stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). The TIME project will observe rapidly deforming parts of Thwaites Glacier which may have significant control over the future evolution of WAIS, and use these new observations to improve ice sheet models used to predict future sea level rise.



  1. [Slawek Tulaczyk] – will explain how exploring deep antarctic microbial habitats will shed light on extra terrestrial life that might live on Mars or Europa.  Dr. Tulaczyk is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He has a Ph.D. in Glaciology from California Institute of Technology. Over the last few decades he spent all together more than two years doing fieldwork on glaciers in Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland and Iceland. His research focuses on deep life habitats beneath ice sheets and on global sea level rise.
  2. [Dustin Schroeder] -will give us a window into ice sheets on Earth and icy moons in our solar system.  Dr. Schroeder is an Assistant Professor of Geophysics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He studies the role that subsurface conditions play in the evolution and stability of continental ice sheets and their contribution to the rate of sea level rise.
  3. [Adam Booth]  –  will share news of the recent birth of a record-setting colossal iceberg (4 times the size of El Paso County). Dr. Booth is a Lecturer in Exploration Geophysics at the University of Leeds, UK. He is interested in the use of geophysical methods for determining the physical properties of subsurface material. Adams has conducted seismic and radar surveys around the world, but is particularly interested in the colder regions: he has undertaken deployments at both poles, most recently on Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf.
  4. [Jenny Suckale]  –  will help us visualize Antarctica in a changing climate.  With a PhD in Geophysics from MIT and a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard, Dr. Suckale is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at Stanford University.  The goal of her research is to advance our basic understanding and predictive capabilities of complex multi-phase flows that are fundamental to Earth science. She pursues this goal by developing original computational methods customized for the problem at hand.


Seating is limited for this event, so get your tickets early!

Where: Rockstar Burger Bar

217 N Stanton St, El Paso, TX 79901


When: Thursday, March 21st at 7 pm


How to RSVP:

Space for this event is limited so please RSVP via the Eventbright link.  All Nerd Nights to date have completely sold out and sadly, we had to turn nerds away.  Don’t let this happen to you, get your ticket today!

Tickets to Nerd Night: Science on Ice are $10.

Thanks to a generous donation from our sponsor, the TIME research group, we will offer a $10 reimbursement for the first 50 guests arriving at Nerd Night.  You must purchase tickets before the event to qualify!

Nerd Nights unites our community with a celebration of Science!


Stay tuned for Nerd Night #17 – Magoffin Oddities



2018 Night Sponsor Hall of Fame

Nerd Night #10 Sponsored By:

Currey Adkins was founded in 1975 by Jim Currey and Mike Adkins. The two partners were pioneers in the information technology service arena, both in El Paso and North America. With over 80 years of combined experience, Jim and Mike are still very active in the company today. While technology has changed tremendously since the company’s founding in 1975, Currey Adkins core values and dedication to our customers remain the same.


Nerd Night #7 Sponsored by:

Love Coffee Hour works to unite a Powerful International Coffee Culture by Passionately & Prosperously Sharing Our Peaceful Solutions … Love, Life, Coffee, Grace, Goodness & Gold


Nerd Night #6 Sponsored by:

From its space in Downtown El Paso, The Hub of Human Innovation supports individual entrepreneurs and innovative startups in order to accelerate the growth of the Paso del Norte region’s innovation economy.  As a binational business incubator located in Ciudad Juárez, Tech HUB is the ultimate innovation community stimulating regional innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry in the Paso del Norte region.  The El Paso Cactus and Rock Club & The Trans-Pecos Texas Master Naturalists 

Nerd Night #5 Sponsored by:


A huge thank you to Hacienda de Chihuahua for sponsoring our 5th Nerd Night!   Hacienda de Chihuahua’s Sotol is an extraordinarily pure spirit with its own denomination of origin, highly valued for over 800 years for its rich flavors.  It is an organic agavacea, wild-harvested in the Chihuahuan Desert of Northern Mexico which takes 15 years to mature.  From there, their master distiller, who received his Masters degree in enology at the world renowned École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier, France  meticulously oversees our state of the art production process which starts by slow steam cooking the wild-harvested plants, naturally ferment them with champagne yeast and distill the “aguamiel” in a double-column copper still where our plata and platinum, genuine, non-stop travel, from the desert to you un-aged editions are directly bottled after being double and triple-distilled respectively.

Nerd Night #4 Sponsored by:



A huge thank you to Podium Finish Sport Boutique and Cafe for sponsoring and hosting “The Dynamics of Cycling.”  Part coffee shop, part restaurant, part sport boutique, part indoor training facility, and part bike repair shop, Podium Finish is a unique new addition to Downtown El Paso.  If you have not yet had a chance to check out all of the neat treats offered by Podium, you ‘ll get a chance to see what they’re all about on March 30th.


Nerd Night#2 Sponsored by:


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