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Nerd Nite 98: The Eyes Have It

Wednesday December 13, doors at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm

Free at The North Door on 502 Brushy St. Austin TX

Ambassador is open for December registration 

(Nerd Nite Speed Dating is on winter hiatus)

[ASL interpreters will be present]

Join us as we explore the inner world of the evolution of third eye and dive into the ocean world with our beautiful new jellyfish overlords.

The talks:

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“The Poetry of Jellyfish Science,” by Juli Berwald

You’ve watched them swim and considered their poetic elegance and grace. You’ve been stung by them, which evoked undeniable emotion. But just what happens when jellyfish inspire actual verse?

Juli Berwald is a science writer based in Austin, Texas. She has recently published a memoir/science mashup called Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone.

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“Third Eye Blind: Evolution of the Circadian Clock and Why We Don’t Have a Pineal Eye,” by Will Gelnaw

The pineal eye is a photosensitive organ that helps regulate circadian cycles and behavior in many reptiles and was primitively present in the ancestors of all land-dwelling vertebrates. A review of the fossil record reveals that the pineal eye was lost, and sometimes regained, independently in many different lineages. This lead to the new hypotheses that this shift in the nervous and endocrine systems was due to the evolutionary advantages of a burrowing lifestyle.

Will Gelnaw is a Ph.D. candidate in the Jackson School of Geosciences, focusing on the role of evolutionary trade-offs in the history of life.

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Plus!

Why not meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program?

http://austin.nerdnite.com/ambassador/

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Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!