Friends of Nerdnite,
We’re thrilled to announce the lineup for the first-ever Boson Nerdnite Nerdtacular, which will take place Friday May 6, 7pm at the MIT Museum in Cambridge. The Nerdtacular will feature three really awesome (and nerdy) speakers, a larger venue, and a convenient Friday night timeslot. As you can imagine, we are very excited about it, and we hope you are too. In case you’re wondering, since the event is in a museum… yes, beer will be served, and nerd-appropriate tunes will be spun. It’s just like a regular Nerdnite, only more Nerdtacular.
This event is part of the fabulous Cambridge Science Festival, which runs from April 30 to May 8 — check out the full schedule here. There are tons of events that will appeal to the median Nerdnite audience member…we highly recommend you peruse their website and see if anything strikes your fancy.
Here is the Nerdtacular lineup:
1. “Shapely Sheets: Curved folding at an [almost] architectural scale”
by Joel Lamere
Joel has been teaching courses in architectural geometry, design and representation at MIT since 2007. He also has been active in architectural practice in the Boston area, working on design and realization of the Community Rowing Boathouse and Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute, both while with Anmahian Winton Architects. He also acted as canopy design and fabrication consultant to Utile Inc. for their Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, currently under construction on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. In 2010, he co-founded GLD, a collaborative design practice.
2. “Pwned: The history of debt in the U.S. and how banks came to own you”
by Louis Hyman
Louis is a historian and newly-minted member of the Labor Relations, Law, and History faculty at Cornell University. His book, “Debtor Nation: The History of America in Red Ink” came out recently. He worries what the book will do to his credit rating.
3. “Epitaph for the plankton: How tiny dead things quietly built the world as we know it”
by Hilary Close
Hilary is an organic geochemist finishing her Ph.D. in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. With degrees in Geology and Earth and Planetary Sciences, she considers her specialty to be an amalgam of prefixes, including Geo, Bio, Chem, Paleo, Marine, Organic, and Isotope. Her research has addressed biological contributions to the geologic record from modern times back to over a billion years ago. She is particularly fond of rocks, fossils, lipids, carbon isotopes, and the gunky green stuff in the ocean.
Plus — nerd-appropriate tunes by the Brobots.
Be there and be square
Friday May 6, 2011.
MIT Museum lobby
265 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139