Hey Baltimore Nerds! Welcome to our Nerd Nite number 18! Come out February 27th, grab a beer and settle in for the best 2 hours you’ll spend on a Wednesday! Scroll down to see talk descriptions….

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!

Talks at Nerd Nite are 15- 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 6:30…event starts at 7:00pm. We only accept cash at the door. Door tix are $5.

We have a great line up for this month! ***Keep scrolling…****

Talk Descriptions in no particular order….

Talk #1: Speaker: Dr. Trisha Ashley. Title: Tiny Stellar Islands in a Big Old Universe

Space! Science! Galaxies are islands of stars, gas, and dark matter, the smallest of which are called dwarf galaxies. Astronomers are still trying to understand dwarf galaxies and what we can learn from them. Trisha likes to study what makes some swarf galaxies really good at making large amounts of stars. Trisha will tell you all about dwarf galaxies, how they compare in size to our very own Milky Way galaxy, and what makes them special!

Trisha Ashley is an astrophysicist who researches all types of galaxies including dwarf galaxies, early-type galaxies, and the Milky Way. She currently works at Space Telescope Science Institute as a postdoctoral fellow. she also co-hosts Astronomy on Tap Baltimore, which is coming to De Kleine Duivel on March 27th!

Talk #2: Speaker: Dr. Joel Green. Title: Virtual Reality: Not Just a Dystopian Nightmare!

The continuous hype since the early 1990s about virtual reality (VR) has generally been met with resigned eye-rolling (that gimmick will never go anywhere) or moral terror (humans will never move or interact with each other in real life again!). There is actually a nice middle ground: things have actually changed since the 90s, and real reality can still be cool (and integrated with the experience). I’ll talk about what’s changed, and the changes VR will bring to the way we learn in the near future.

Joel Green is project sicentist in the Office of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Insitute, which brings the Hubble Telescope’s wonders direct to Baltimore. Joel has written for and appeared in numerous public outreach, communications, and educational materials, most recently the National Geographic special on Hubble’s Amazing Universe, and PBS Nova’s special on Treasures of the Earth: Metals. He leads the content development for WebbVR, an immersive virtual universe for the science of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Talk #3: Speaker: Lee Campbell. Either “Grey’s Anatomy- a Scientists Perspective” or “Hate-watching Grey’s Anatomy- a Scientist Perspective”

Why are they shooting lazerbeams into a lump of tissue? What is inactivated HIV? A scientist breaks down a few scenes from the television series Grey’s Anatomy to set the record straight. Learn about the evolution of molecular and biological techniques, from basic science to clinical applications.

Lee is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse IRP in Baltimore. He likes playing piano, eating at fancy restaurants, and a good old fashioned.