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When: Wednesday Dec 11, doors at 7:00pm
Where: the North Door
Speed dating ticket are on sale now!
Ambassador program is open for Dec. registration
[ASL interpreter will be provided]
We are legion! Now that we’ve scientifically proven there are 2,000 nerds in Austin, we want to celebrate the fresh faces of New Nerdery in Texas. This month’s speakers include a Nerd Nite-Austin boss who amazingly has not given a presentation yet, the soon to be boss of Nerd Nite-Houston, and the Editor from McDonald Observatory’s StarDate magazine!
“Yesterday’s Tomorrows,” by Heydn Ericson
The future is now! But what was the future like then? This talk will give examples through Western architectural history of how the future was imagined, complete with lots of pretty pictures.
“StarDate 2014: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the McDonald Observatory,” by Rebecca Johnson
Rebecca is the Editor at StarDate magazine. StarDate is the outreach arm of McDonald Observatory out in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. The StarDate program includes the magazine and and the nationally syndicated radio show (heard locally on KUT).
2014 is the 75th anniversary of the McDonald Observatory. They are planning a year long celebration of astronomy and science in Texas. Rebecca will teach us about the history of the observatory and about doing science education across our huge state. She will discuss the Struve Telescope, the first large telescope at the Observatory, and the efforts to get the original model back to Texas in time for the anniversary. The model will stop in Austin first before making its way back home to Fort Davis. [Editor's note, we expect Nerd Nite- Marfa will be taking advantage of the Observatory and their astronomers frequently!]
Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show: onsale now!
…or just meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program:
Doors at 7, talks start at 7:30. As always, Nerd Nite is free.
(Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!)