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Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

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Monday, May 28, 2018 - 7:00 pm | Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door

Club 21 | 2111 Franklin St, Oakland, CA


Nerd Nite East Bay: Geeky Lectures in a Bar | Oakland

Nerd Nite East Bay is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series. They get smart and interesting people, give them lots of free drinks, and put them on stage in front of a couple hundred tipsy nerds.

Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s salacious, and it’s always nerdy.

Nerd Nite East Bay
Every last Monday | Doors at 7 pm; Show at 8 pm
Club 21, 2111 Franklin St, Oakland
$8 in advance; $10 at the door | 21+

The California Field Atlas
The #1 best-selling California Field Atlas from Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to guide readers outside normal conceptions of California. Learn about the grand scale of natural systems like tectonic plates and watersheds and the small scale details of wildflower gardens that combine to make up the myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories of the interconnected fifty-eight counties in our state. Think about our natural world in a different way through hand-painted maps, spirited wildlife illustrations and trail paintings from the book already celebrated as a quintessential love letter to California.
Obi Kaufmann is the author of the California Field Atlas (Heyday Books), winner of the 2017 Phelan Award for California Literature. A naturalist, painter and systems-thinker by inclination, Obi’s cartography balances ecology and aesthetics as driving and orienting forces across California’s largest living networks. An avid conservationist, Obi Kaufmann speaks on issues of ecological restoration and preservation throughout the state, and through Planet Earth Arts he will be the artist in residence in the Creative Writing program at Stanford University in 2018.
www.kqed.org/news/11653123/an-atlas-that-paints-wild-california-with-a-watercolor-brush
Inside the Strange Wood World of Woody Vines
Rainforests around the world are being invaded and replaced by a heartless and unstoppable (but not human!) enemy at an unimaginable scale. Climate change has shifted the balance of power to the lianas, woody vines that have evolved a novel growth mechanism to relentlessly climb towards the rainforest canopy in search of sunlight, doubling the chance of rainforest tree death and reducing fruit yields by over 75%. Learn how subtle shifts in the cellular composition of lianas have allowed these plants to dominate natural landscapes.

Joyce Chery is a PhD candidate in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley studying the evolution of vascular cambial variants in the ilianas. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and a UC Berkeley Chancellors Fellow.
http://ib.berkeley.edu/
How Materials Science Finds Answers in Failures
Much of modern society is based on the unique properties of complex new materials, and materials scientists break things on purpose in the lab to ensure resiliency and safety in the real world. Learn how famous broken objects like highways, planes and spacecraft tell interesting stories precisely because material science had already put them through tests to ensure that the unexpected would be avoided, and how failures in infrastructure start a critical race to discover what went wrong so future disasters can be avoided.
Mingxi Zheng is a materials engineer at Carbon3D specializing in fracture mechanics and new materials development and received her MS degree in materials science and engineering from UC-Berkeley. She was recognized with a UCB Grad Slam Award, built rockets at SpaceX and Virgin Orbit as a metallurgist, and spent years convincing people that majoring in breaking things was useful. Now she spend time thinking of new applications for the company’s custom polymers and 3D printer.


Event Details


Cost: $8*
*$8 in advance; $10 at the door
Categories: Club / DJ, East Bay, Geek Event, Lectures & Workshops
Venue: Club 21
Address: 2111 Franklin St, Oakland, CA
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