Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 100 cities across the globe. At these events, several people each give a 20 minute fun, yet informative, presentation across all disciplines. There’s also trivia and door prizes.
These events are limited to those age 21+ since there’s drinking.
Nerd Nite Raleigh
Thursday, November 21st, 2019
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse (in Video Vordex Bar)
14 W. Martin Street, Raleigh
Ages 21+. Starts at 7 p.m., but arrive early for parking.
1) 𝗦𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗼𝗿 𝗕𝘂𝗳𝗳𝘆: 𝗔 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗔𝗻𝗮𝗹𝘆𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗹𝘀 𝗕𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗦𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗼𝗿 𝗠𝗼𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝘂𝗳𝗳𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿, by Cortney Ostrom. buffy-sailor-moon
An engaging presentation highlighting the similarities between two popular, female-centric television series from the 90’s (“Sailor Moon” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Topics include magic, metaphors, brawls, blondes, and relationships. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the presentation.
Cortney Ostrom is a graduate of the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and complete fangirl. Her love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer is eclipsed only by her obsession with Sailor Moon.
2) 𝗗𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗹𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗧𝗼𝗽 𝟭𝟬 𝗪𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗻 𝗞𝗶𝗹𝗹, 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗺, 𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆, 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗛𝘂𝗿𝘁 𝗬𝗼𝘂, by Doug Lively.
The ancient Greeks often viewed stars (excluding planets) as stoic enduring markers fixed in a crystalline sphere that we know as the night sky. However, modern science has shown that this is hardly the case. On the contrary, stars are dynamic objects with motion and a life cycle of birth, existence, and eventual death of their own. This entertaining presentation will explore 10 Ways that stars (over their life cycles) can cause extinction, injury, and harm on Earth.
Doug Lively has been an Amateur Astronomer for 23+ years, he is a NASA / JPL Solar System Ambassador, has studied stellar evolution, and holds several national observing awards (including one for observing double stars). Additionally, he is a regular speaker at Astronomy Days for NC Museum of Natural Science, and other Astronomy Events around the Triangle.
3) 𝗕𝗲𝘆𝗼𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀: 𝗣𝗙𝗔𝗦 𝗶𝗻 𝗡𝗖, by Drake Phelps
Dark Waters, starring Mark Ruffalo, has recently brought PFAS into the public eye. While the movie focuses on Parkersburg, West Virginia, these chemicals are also a major problem right here in North Carolina. This presentation will discuss the what PFAS are, their problems, and how we can be responsible citizens to protect human health and the environment.
Drake Phelps is a third-year PhD student at NC State University where he studies how PFAS suppress the immune system in fish and humans. He also recently joined the leadership team of Clean Cape Fear, a grassroots organization focused on addressing the PFAS problem in North Carolina through education, advocacy, and holding legislators and polluters accountable.
Other fun learning opportunities in relaxed environments: