NNB XIV – May 15, 2018

Heyy, it’s us again. Get ready for Nerd Nite Baltimore 14 next Tuesday, March 15th! NNB brings you another month of diverse talks! From learning how not to get sued posting videos you found on the internet to your social media account to finding out just how many numbers there are and finally some other sciencey topic that will be revealed soon! Come out, grab a beer and settle in for the best 2 hours you’ll spend on a Tuesday!

Talks listed 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!

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Talk: Where is Everybody?

By: Jesse Lorentson and Roy Prouty

Jesse Lorentson likes mathematics, planateria and pizza, but he’s no longer involved with any of them. Jesse has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mathematics.

Roy Prouty directs the UMBC Observatory and mostly just likes hearing himself talk. He’s working toward his PhD in Computer Science in projects concerning machine learning applicatins to geoscience and astronomy tasks in collaboration with GSFC and APL.

About: When you look up at the night sky, for every star you see, there are one million additional stars in our galaxy. Astronomers believe that there is at least one planet per star. With all these planets, surely there must be life out there in our galaxy, right?

So then where is everybody?

Join us for a discussion of the Fermi Paradox, the Drake Equation, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and we’ll try to figure it out.

Talk: Copyright and You: A Primer So You (and Your Pet Monkey) Don’t Get Sued

By: Emma Raviv

Emma Raviv is a DC native and, until very recently, an Attorney-Advisor in the Ringer Honors Program at the United States Copyright Office. Before that, she worked at a big law firm in New York fighting some good intellectual property fights in court on behalf of clients in the fitness, advertising, gaming, and cruise industries. She went to Harvard Law (though is not blonde, legally), and spends her free time running, eating, and making her cats chase a laser pointer.

About: SIck of living under a cloud of impending lawsuit just because you’re tryna do you on the internet? Ugh, aren’t we all? Copyright is hard, and technology has made it harder. Luckily, Emma knows some things and is here to blow up some myths and tell some hard truths about the way the law works. Monkeys, Facebook disclaimers, and basketball video games will be covered, among other things. Please note that this talk doesn’t mean you and she have any kind of attorney-client relationship, which is a thing she has to say per other legal rules which she will not be covering in this talk (thank god — unlike copyright, those rules are boring).

Talk: A brief history of diagnosing high blood pressure: from the Yellow Emperor of China to snake oil smartphone apps.

By: Dr. Romsai “Tony” Boonyasai, MD, MPH

Dr. Romsai Tony Boonyasai is a general internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an expert on implementing and evaluating chronic disease improvement programs. He has particular expertise in building programs for improving hypertension control in low-resource settings and for ensuring safe transitions between hospitals and community-based settings.

About: Hypertension is the most common cause of preventable heart attacks and strokes worldwide. Yet people with this condition often do not recognize they have it because they don’t have symptoms. This talk will describe the evolution of technologies that let a person know when their blood pressure is too high.

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