Nerd Nite #28- Trash, Telescopes, and Climate-smart microbes

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Nerd Nite #28- Trash, Telescopes, and Climate-smart microbes

DATE: 11/3/2015

VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7:30, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

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November Poster

ANITA 3: Looking at penguins from space – By Ben Rotter
Abstract:  As a disclaimer, this talk has nothing to do with penguins.  Their home in Antarctica just so happens to be one of the best places in the world to look for Ultra High Energy (UHE) cosmic rays and neutrinos emanating from the furthest reaches of space.  The ANITA3 balloon borne telescope is searching for these ghostly yet powerful messenger particles, which can open an entirely new window to our universe.
Bio: Ben is a Research Assistant and Doctoral Candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa who enjoys complex experimental apparatus and cats.
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Trash Talk: Consumption and Climate Change – By Nicole Chatterson
Abstract: Trash isn’t the sexiest topic, but it  plays a big role in our cultural narrative. This talk will focus on the intersection between waste, consumption, and climate change and discuss a major paradigm shift  that is underway.

Bio: Nicole is an environmental scientist, change agent, and educator and she is madly in love with the outdoors.
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Climate Change: We’re f*cked! Monitoring the tragedy with Microbes – By Markus Lindh
Abstract: Microbes respond rapidly to changes in the environment both in composition and metabolic activity. Here I present a disturbingly cynical yet remarkbly hopeful talk on how to monitor ocean change by determining microbial distribution patterns and applied theoretical ecology.Bio: Markus is A) ecologist, mainly working with marine microbes, B) aspiring educator specializing in visualizations, C) nerd that likes hiking and adventures.

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Nerd Nite #26- Bees, mass spec, and stream pollution

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Nerd Nite #26- Bees, mass spec, and stream pollution

DATE: 9/1/2015

VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7:30, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

 

“Life as a Bee” By Karen Neal

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“Nice Mass: Getting intimate with spectrometry” By Val FInlayson
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“Shit Runs Downhill: Non-point source pollution in streams” By Todd Cullison

Nerd Nite September 2015

Nerd nite #25 – Telescopes, cash and trails

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Nerd Nite #25- Telescopes, cash and trails

DATE: 8/4/2015

VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7:30, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

 

“Increasing the Awesome: NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope” By Dr. Amber Straughn
Just when you thought that we couldn’t get any better than Hubble, NASA goes and builds a telescope 100 times more powerful. Amber will tell us about building the amazing James Webb Space Telescope here on earth and the science we’ll do with it once it’s in space (2018!).
Bio: Amber Straughn is an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. When she’s not gazing longingly at the heavens (or throwing things at her computer in attempts to get code to run), Amber enjoys cooking, yoga, and flying airplanes….though not all three at once.
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“Small sums can go a long way: Rethinking wealth redistribution” By Matthew Pflam
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 Nerd Nite August 2015
“It ALL starts with a trail” By Aaron J Lowe
“Trails have guided us through the past, take us through the present and lead us to the future. From tracking an animal, driving a car, to walking on the moon, trails have evolved with us and have always been an essential tool to our existence.”
Aaron Lowe is a Trails and Access Specialist with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. With over 30 years of hiking and outdoor recreation experience, Aaron has been managing all 100 miles of forestry trails on Oahu since 1995. Aaron believes that human respect for nature can start with a simple hiking trail, and wants to implement creative ways for people to enjoy, learn and respect nature.

 

Nerd Nite 23: Science Communicators ‘Ohana Takeover

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Nerd Nite #23 – Science Communicators ‘Ohana Takeover!

DATE: 6/2/2015

VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7:30, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

June2015

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Nerd Nite #22 – Alternative energy and volcanoes!

NEW DATE: First Tuesday of the month, 5/5/2015

NEW VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

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“Nice Ash: Dealing with the Unexpected from KīlaueaVolcano” By Kendra Lynn
-Kīlauea Volcano’s modern activity is relative quiet – slow moving effusive lava flows and mild fissure or fountaining events have made this seem like an iconic, “safe” volcano. Kīlauea’s eruptive behavior in the not-too-distant past, however, was drastically different and in some cases, life threatening…
Bio: Kendra is a 3rd year Ph.D. student studying Kīlauea Volcano (HI) in the department of Geology and Geophysics at UH Manoa and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from Winona State University, MN.

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“Alternative Energy: These M&Ms are not for eating” By Mike Ferguson

– Adventures in recycling motor oil using molten metal

Bio: Mike is a chemistry instructor and the division chair of natural sciences and mathematics at Honolulu Community College.

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“Whats that bulge? The Hawaiian Plume Explained” By Harrison Togia

 

Nerd Nite #21: Digital libraries, sorting truth from trash, and local stream pollution

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Nerd Nite #21 – Digital libraries, sorting truth from trash, and local stream pollution

NEW DATE: First Tuesday of the month, 4/7/2015

NEW VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

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“Massive digital libraries: sex, drugs, and swear words” By Ryan James

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“Telling truth from trash in the age of easy information” By Lydia Baker

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“Sh*t runs downhill: Non-point source pollution, a few solutions and how Hui o Ko’olaupoko became local experts” By Todd Cullison

 

Nerd Nite #20 – Elephants, unknown knowns, and plate tectonics

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Nerd Nite #20 – Elephants, unknown knowns, and plate tectonics

NEW DATE: First Tuesday of the month, 3/3/2015

NEW VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7:00, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

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“Are Zoo Elephants Happy?” By Kathy Carlstead
Abstract: Some critics say that elephants shouldn’t be kept in zoos because zoos can’t meet their needs. Applied animal behavior scientists study the factors impacting zoo animal well-being, with the goal of improving their care and conditions. A large study of elephants in North American zoos will be discussed, and I will present the specific results about the important relationships between keepers and elephants.

Bio: Dr. Kathy Carlstead is the former director of Research and Conservation at the Honolulu Zoo Society. She has studied welfare of zoo animals for over 30 years.

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“Rock Soup: Plates, Plumes, and Puddles?” By Sam Howell

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“Turbulence against humanity: the search for unknown knowns” By Andrei Natarov

Nerd Nite #19 – Outer reaches and close to home

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Nerd Nite #19 – Outer reaches and close to home: Plasma balls in the sky, microbes in the deep, and how to make a difference here on land.

NEW DATE: First Tuesday of the month, 2/3/2015

NEW VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7:00, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!!

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“The Sun: That fantastic ball of plasma in the sky” by Kathryn Whittman. This talk is part of national Plasma Month in February 2015!

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“Confessions of hydrothermal microbes: a deep, dark, and dirty existence” by Kiana Frank, Ph.D – SOEST Young Investigator

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“Show up and help make the rules” By David Nash. A talk about how to meaningfully contribute to policy decisions + community efforts.

Nerd Nite #18 – Cold places, climate swings, and making your science a hot topic

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Nerd Nite #18 – Cold places, climate swings, and making your science a hot topic

NEW DATE: First Tuesday of the month, 1/6/2015

NEW VENUE: Anna O’Brien’s at Isenberg and Beretania

Doors at 7:00, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

NO COVER!!! Happy New Year!

_______________________________Nerd Nite January 2015

“Lost in Translateion: How NOT to communicate your science” by Elisha Wood-Charlson of the C-MORE Education Office

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“The coolest place in the solar system” by Sarah Crites

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“Hot and Heavy? Using oceanographic sensors and oxygen isotopes to track El Nino in Palmyra” by Christina Comfort, a Nerd Nite Co-Boss and scientific diver on an equatorial El Nino study

Talks will be followed with a brief Q and A 🙂

Nerd Nite #17 – Lava, elasmobranch feeding and a bit of trivia…

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Nerd Nite #17 – Lava, elasmobranch feeding and a bit of trivia…

August 13th, 2014

Mercury Bar

Doors at 7:30, talks at 8ish

With DJ Globes providing music and awesomeness.

$5

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August Poster

“LAVA!!!” By Elise Rumpf

Elise will be showing a 15-minute video created by the guys from Ph.D. comics (www.phdcomics.com). The video highlights her research on LAVA!!!

Elise grew up in Buffalo, NY and did her undergrad in physics and geology at SUNY Buffalo. She moved to Hawaii in 2007 and earned a PhD in Geology and Geophysics and a certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance in May from UH Manoa. She’s currently figuring out what’s next and is open to job suggestions! 🙂

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“Feeding behavior of skates and rays” By Samantha Mulvany

 Sam did some work on the anatomy of batoids (skates and rays) and how that relates to the way they feed.  Some rays have lobes on their head that aid during feeding, while others lack these lobes.  She investigated a range of species with and without lobes to determine if there were any differences in the way that they feed.
Sam recently graduated from the University of South Florida with a PhD in Biology.

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NERD NITE TRIVIA TEASER!!
Hosted by Anthony Poponi
We’ll follow the two talks with a brief Q and A for the speakers, and then give a preview of next months trivia nite!! Make sure you eye up the smart-lookin’ folks in the crowd to put together a good team.  Winners get a prize!
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