Nerd Nite North Van

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Eagles Club

170 West 3rd Street

North Vancouver, BC V7M 1E8

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Are you a Nerd? Would you like to find your herd? Come and join us for funny, short talks by passionate Nerds on different topics every month.

Think and drink with us on Friday, October 5 when we discuss Photonics, Math & Improv and Sleep! Great local beers on tap with themed drinking games, Twitter competitions and What R U Nerding Out On? We don’t take ourselves too seriously...it’s all in the name of science. We’re just blocks from the Lonsdale Quay & transit so don’t learn and drive. Doors open at 6:30pm.

October 5th Speakers:

Curt Da Silva (PhD, Applied Mathematics) Math & Improv

This talk is about math -- NO WAIT, COME BACK, KEEP READING! Understandably, math is a frequently maligned subject for many people (curse you bad math teachers!). But contrary to popular opinion, math is much more than figuring out the tip at a restaurant or figuring out why your Excel spreadsheet isn't working. Math is abound with relationships between seemingly unrelated areas, from symmetries and number theory to geometry and algebra to exponentials and trig functions. Similarly, improv comedy is all about finding relationships between the unrelationshippable (not a word), making sense out of nonsense, and making us laugh in the process. In this talk, we'll explore all there is to know about the wonderful, weird, and surprising connections found in math, improv, and everything in between.

Curt is a math nerd (doy) and software guy who has been improvising for the past eight years with Instant Theatre and has an Honours B. Sc. in Computer Science and Math and a Ph.D. in Applied Math from the University of British Columbia.

Mina Mofazari (PhD, Chemistry) Muon Spin Spectroscopy

Oxygen, Hydrogen, Sulphur, Sodium and Phosphorus walk into a bar. “OH SnaP” says the bartender. Physical Chemist Mina Mozafari is looking for a reaction when she talks about gas hydrates and muon spin spectroscopy. Hydrocarbon deposits are abundant in nature but did you know that there are cages made of hydrogen bonded water molecules, trapping gases inside?! These compounds are being studied as potential “nano-reactors” for small molecules, but not a lot is known about their chemistry so we employ muon spin spectroscopy to characterize organic “not-so-free radicals” inside them. Find out if there’s equality for liquids and solids in these icy cages when Mina breakdowns hydrocarbons for us in a fascinating look at gas hydrates and muon spin spectroscopy.

What did the thermometer say to the measuring cylinder? “You may be graduated, but I have several degrees.” Mina holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from SFU, a Master of Science in Physical Chemistry from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran and a Bachelor of Science in Pure Chemistry from Azad University, Iran. She is a veteran speaker and experienced T.A. When she’s not in the lab she runs and like all our nerds she LOVES HER cat!

Dan Millar (B.A.Sc.) Your Sleep On Drugs

Engaging in adequate amounts of sleep is arguably the single most important aspect to a persons physical and mental well-being. In this talk Dan will explore the typical sleep cycle and how everyday psychoactives like caffeine, alcohol and cannabis impact this critical life function. But don’t worry, Dan isn’t exactly here to preach sobriety, he’s more a fan of strategic debauchery.

Dan is a professional amateur. Following the completion of his Bachelors of Applied Science degree he worked as an Engineer for a grand total of 4 months. Feeling a need to be less qualified for his job he took a marketing and scientific communication role at a medical device company specializing in blood platelet testing. Not wanting to develop too much of an expertise in platelets, Dan has spent the past year diving deep into the world of sleep science, which he’ll be sharing a glimpse of on stage.

FAQs

What time do the doors open?

Doors open at 6:30pm


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, you must be of legal drinking age in B.C. (19 years old)

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Lonsdale Quay Seabus is a short, 5-block walk. Turn LEFT when you exit the terminal and head straight up Chesterfied Place. West 3rd Street is a main bus line. Street parking is also available on all surrounding streets.

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Eagles Club

170 West 3rd Street

North Vancouver, BC V7M 1E8

Canada

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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