Ever since last year’s sold-out Nerd Nite — when East Coast nerds descended upon our fair city bringing beer and presentations on real-life zombies, parasitic birds and ancient foodstuffs — San Francisco nerds have been hankering for another chance to get edified. Well, hanker no more. Nerd Nite SF returns! And this time, local nerds get to do all the edifying.
Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which brainy folk get together for nerdery of all sorts — well, mostly presentations and drinking. It was conceived in a Boston bar in 2003 when Chris Balakrishnan, a doctoral fellow at Harvard, spent so much time at his local watering hole talking about his research into the parasitic finches of Cameroon that the bartenders asked him to give a presentation on it for his friends, hoping he’d just get it over with.
Now there are Nerd Nites in New York, Austin, Washington, DC, Munich and San Francisco, with more coming soon to LA, Chicago and Seattle. All the presentations are given by volunteers who are eager to share their knowledge. No advanced degrees are required, just a passion for the subject matter.
At June’s Nerd Nite SF, find out why dead fish in stinky jars matter, how scientists are using your lipoproteins to create medicine nano-taxis, and how World of Warcraft gold can be exchanged for real sex. Alpha Bravo will man the turntable, spinning records not merely for their rhythmic aptitude, but also for their nerdy subject matter.
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