Please join us the Monday after Thanksgiving, November 28, for the latest bout of Boston Nerdnery. We’ll kick things off at 8pm at the Middlesex. DJ Claude Money will provide the nerd-appropriate tunes. If you’d like to learn more about this month’s talks, the speakers, and possibly to find a job — read on.
Talk 1: On the vices and joys of machining at home: Blue collar aspirations of white collar men.
by Tom Trikalinos
Finding what works in healthcare is what he does in his day job, but in his other lives, Tom and his friends work on unorthodox projects that combine machining, digital electronics, house cleaning appliances, coffee, chalk and evidence-based medicine to provide suboptimal solutions to solved problems. He’ll describe one of these. Tom is Co-director of the Tufts Evidence-based practice Center and faculty at Tufts. Tom and his colleagues perform comparative effectiveness research, i.e., they try to understand whether what the doctor orders is what the patient needs. They analyze other people’s research to assess health technologies including drugs, surgeries, and tests.
If you are a programmer, a statistician, or a mathematician in search for a job, you may want to let him know.
Talk 2: What Art Can Tell Us About the Brain
by Brandon Moore
Brandon is a two-time Nerdnite lecturer — it’s great to have him back. He’s currently a research assistant with the Livingstone lab at Harvard Medical School and is applying to PhD programs in neuroscience. He has been fascinated with the way that the brain processes visual information and how art as well as optical illusions can be used to help investigate the neural basis of vision.