NNB XV – September 18, 2018

Baltimore Nerds Asssemmmbleee! School is back in sesh and so are we. Come out to De Kleine Duivel, we’re 15 again!! Siiike, but seriously, come out Tuesday September 18th for our 15th installment of Nerd Nite Baltimore! We’re going to journey to the Milky Way and learn about why everyone should be drawing! We have a third speaker, we think, it’s a secret…even to us! Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7ish. Be there and be square.

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. See below for information about the talks!

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Talk #1: “Gazing Long Into the Abyss: A journey to the center of the Milky Way” By: Dr. Chris Britt

Summary: We’ll adventure through our Galaxy, exploring the Milky Way through different kinds of light. At the center of our Galaxy, we’ll find a supermassive black hole and find out how we can find and examine something that is, by definition, invisible.

Bio: Chris Britt was born in Louisville, KY, got his PhD from Louisiana State University, now works in Baltimore at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and will crush all challengers in Super MarioKart for the SNES.

Talk #2: Draw it out! by Ann Feild — It being whatever thought, observation, plan, recollection, or pent-up emotion you might have.

I believe everyone can draw. Whether or not the drawing is deemed “good” or “bad” is academic. Most of us draw with gusto as toddlers and a bit beyond but get stymied by others’ judgments. It feels great just to take pen — or brush, or spraycan — in hand and let loose! Who’s judging? And who cares?! You may learn a lot about yourself if you draw for just a few minutes every day.

Bio: Ann Feild is a veteran artist and graphic designer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and an afficionado of the Universe.

Talk #3: Roy Prouty Mystery Talk

Bio: Roy Prouty joins the Nerd Nite Baltimore bosses team with an inaugural surprise talk! Roy 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 applications to geoscience and astronomy tasks in collaboration with GSFC and APL.

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