Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts (well, mostly presentations and drinking). Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new. Each evening, three nerds will give short, fun presentations where they can nerd out about sperm transfer, string theory, Aztec mythology, or some similarly nerdilicious topic. While they talk, you drink, thereby increasing their wittiness, and your IQ.

"CRISPR: Past, Present and Future" by Jose Rodriguez Molina
Summary: Let's talk about CRISPR from a funny but also more scientific perspective. I've worked with CRISPR in the past, and can tell you where it came from (not aliens, as some people think) and where we're going with it.

Bio: José Rodríguez-Molina has a Ph.D. from UW-Madison in Cellular and Molecular Biology and currently works as a Synthetic Biology Specialist for Thermo Fisher Scientific.

"Spaced Out: The Consequences of Cosmic Radiation on the Brain" by Jose Rodriguez Molina
Summary: The intrigue of deep space travel comes with inherent risks, including exposure to the ionizing radiation fields in space. This talk will explore some of the known effects radiation has on the brain and delve into the countermeasures being taken to stop both the physical and potential psychologic problems facing future astronauts. 

Bio:Alexandra is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgetown University in the Tumor Biology T32 program. She currently researches radiation biomarkers using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. Alexandra grew up near Cape Canaveral, FL and reveled in every bring your child to work day at NASA (AKA she is a space nerd).

"Lessons I Learned From Richard Butt." by Blake Lindsey
Summary: Is the District of Columbia "North" or "South"? I will be answering that question by examining the misadventures of soldiers who manned the Civil War Defenses of Washington and the civilians who lived in DC.  The question matters more than you might think....and yes we will talk about a guy named Richard Butt who lived on Georgia Avenue.

Bio: Blake lives in Adams Morgan, and considers DC “home.”  He has many passions, among them bocce ball and Super Smash Brothers. 



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