Ring in the new year, Nerd Nite style! Join us Tuesday, January 16th for Nerd Nite Baltimore 12. We’re getting craaazy this month! This January we bring you, not only, two great talks, but one musical/comedic performance by Sarah Stardust and Baltimore #popscope will be set up outside the pub for viewing the night sky! Bring your legwarmers and ear-muffs, be there and be square!

Details below, disclaimer: order of talks may change. As always, we appreciate your flexibility and ongoing support!

Nerd Nite Baltimore (NNB) is part of an international community of Nerd Nites in over 90 cities around the world! This event combines imbibing and learning. Anyone with a passion can be a Nerd Nite speaker! Join us for a night of educational drinking! Nerd Nite Baltimore is a bi-monthly event held at a local bar where information combines with fun.

Talks at Nerd Nite are typically 20 minutes with a rollicking Q&A afterward. The barkeeps at De Kleine Duivel will keep your glasses full of delightful Belgian beer and spirits. (This is a 21 and over venue.) Doors open at 6:30ish…event starts at 7:00pm We have a great line up for this month!

Topic #1

Title: Bringing you evidence-based practice for management of MS symptoms using FES (functional electrical stimulation) techonology.

By: Jennifer Sahm, PT, DPT and Adwoa Bonsra, PT, DPT

Summary: Sit back and learn about what multiple sclerosis is and the electrifying science behind the using functional electrical stimulation for long-term management: A Tale of Two Physical Therapists’ in the field.

Jennifer Sahm is not only a co-boss of Nerd Nite Baltimore, by day she’s a neurologic physical therapist! Jennifer Sahm and Adwoa Bonsra are physical therapists with over 16 years’ combined experience working with patients with neurologic and orthopedic conditions. Jennifer and Adwoa work at the International Neurorehabilitation Institute, a state-of-the-are rehab facility, in Lutherville, MD. Jennifer received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009. Adwoa received her Doctor of Physical therapy degree from the University of Maryland in 2006.

The International Neurorehabilitation Institute is founded by Johns Hopkins neurologist, Daniel Becker, MD. INI is one of the nation’s only freestanding, independent rehabilitation practices for adults and children suffering from paralysis. We see patients who have spinal cord damage from multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis and traumatic injury. INI specializes in activity based restorative therapies (ABRT) including functional electrical stimulation. These interventions are based on the fact that the injured nervous system requires optimal levels of activity in order to regenerate. Individualized rehabilitation programs are tailored for our patients needs’, enabling them to follow these programs at home as well.

Topic #2: Musical Performance by Sarah Stardust!

Sarah Stardust is a musical science comedian based in Washington, D.C. Favorable mentions can be found by WAMU, ‘I F*cking Love Space,’ and D.C.’s ‘Hometown Sounds’. The Sarah Stardust EP is available now on your favorite download or streaming platform.

Topic #3

Title: The Story of the Late Persian Empire as told by Imperial Rock Reliefs

By: Parviz Ghavamian

Bio: I’m as associate professor of astrophysics at Towson University, and I study the physics of exploding stars. When I’m not doing that, I like to read, listen to classical music, play disc golf and of course read up on ancient history. I started an ancient coin collection featuring many of the kings I’m discussing at this talk! (I will probably bring my coin collection and let people examine them as long as no one loses any!)

Talk: In the west we know nothing about Persia before the Iranian revolution of 1979. The Persian Empire rose again after their destruction at the hands of Alexander the Great in 331 BC. Known as the Sassanian Empire, it became an equal superpower in 640 A.D. We primarily know their history not through written sources, but via their coinage and imperial rock reliefs. I’ll be talking about that tonight!

“Baltimore #popscope will be here, but wait, what is #popscope?

About: #popscope = pop-up telescope!

Ariel Hicks co-leads the Baltimore chapter of #popscope that was launched by Viva Dadwal and Michael O’Shea in September 2014. Bringing Baltimore together by public astronomy. #popscope will be set up outside of the pub for your night sky viewing pleasure!

#Popscope is an urban movement that aims to reconnect diverse communities to the night sky and to each other by hosting free, “pop-up” astronomy nights in public spaces.”

Website: www.popscope.org
Twitter: @bmorepopscope
Instagram: @bmorepopscope
YouTube: Baltimore #popscope”