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Welcome to the monthly Nerd Nite, where nerds can share their passions and unusual research with a room full of people eager to spend a weekend night in a bar learning.

Nerd Nite DC is DC’s original science + nerd + drinking event. See us nerd out!

" Public Health Law: Preventing the Zombie Apocalypse Since 1905," by Elizabeth Houston
Summary: When people think of the legal field, they usually picture something from "Law and Order" or "Suits." But there is a lot more to the law outside of criminal cases and courtroom drama. Exhibit A -- public health law. You probably haven't heard of it before, and that's okay. Most lawyers aren't even aware of what this is. But this area of law literally affects every single one of us. Join me for a fun conversation about what public health law is and why you should care about it.

Bio: Elizabeth is a Privacy Officer at the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services. She is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and moved to the DC area in 2017 after being selected as a Presidential Management Fellow. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Christian Brothers University, and Juris Doctor and Master of Public Health degrees from The University of Memphis. Elizabeth is passionate about public health, health equity, and bioethics. She currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Billy, and her cats, Quincy and Meredith.
"On Nipple Toothed Pachyderms: American degeneracy and the fossil record of elephants," by Advait Jukar
Summary: What do fossils have to do with the spirit of America? Were the French right about a degenerate fauna in the west? What the heck are nipple teeth? I will be answering these questions and will take you on a journey through the fascinating fossil history of elephants and their kin.

Bio: Advait is a Deep Time Fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and studied the structure of ancient ecosystems, megafaunal extinctions, and the evolution of elephants and horses. Before Advait studied fossils, he studied mildly toxic frogs on a mountain in Korea.
"Why Trains Need Creeps," by Ben Titus, Principal Engineer
Summary: Find out what it take to move a train!

Bio: Ben Titus is a Mechanical Engineer by day, social justice warrior by night, and is trying to be mountaineer during the weekend.

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