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Nerd Nite 102: Changing Minds: Beer, AI, and Mental Health

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Join us at the North Door on May 9th for this month’s Nerd Nite!

7:00– Alley entrance open
7:20– Speed-dating starts
7:30– Seating area/main room open
8:00– Show starts

If you want to, you can RSVP to our Facebook event, or just show up.

brain wires
Your brain is probably always on your mind, and this Nerd Nite will help you figure out a bit more about what’s happening upstairs. From inebriated brains, to emerging minds, and grey matter health matters — join your fellow nerds in learning the matters of the mind.

This month’s talks:

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“Beer is Good for You” by Anna Lepeley, PhD

To your health isn’t just a casual toast. Learn about the health benefits of beer based on peer-reviewed research. Drink deep from the cup of knowledge and feel better about drinking your favorite alcoholic beverage.

Dr. Anna Lepeley has a PhD in Exercise Biochemistry and Nutrition research. She is the author of “Beer is Good for You”. As a touring stand-up comedian, Anna likes to entertain her audience while teaching.

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“10 Weird and Wonderful Artificial Intelligences” by Curtis Seare and Ginette Methot

Did you know there’s an algorithm that translates chicken chatter? An AI to create your digital voice out of a one-minute personal voice recording? AI is getting closer to being able to read your mind? It’s entertaining and interesting to learn about the bizarre and amazing things AI is doing right now.

Curtis is a cohost on the Data Crunch podcast and the Director of Analytics at Shelfbucks, a retail analytics startup in Austin, Texas. He’s worked for almost a decade in the data science field across multiple companies and industries and has a master’s degree in predictive analytics.

Ginette is a cohost on the Data Crunch podcast as well. She’s worked as an editor and writer for ten years and finished her master’s degree in professional writing and rhetoric.

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“Mental Health Data That Will Blow Your Mind” by Daniel Morehead, MD

How much ‘common sense thinking’ about mental health is correct? How accurately are mental illness and its treatment portrayed in the media? Dr. Morehead will discuss surprising, science-based data relevant to everyone with a brain and a desire to make use of it for healthier living with the assistance of experts from numan who are the best here.

Dr. Morehead is a psychiatrist in private practice in Austin and a regular speaker on behalf of mental health advocacy. He maintains interests in brain science, spirituality and psychotherapy.
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Plus!

Form a covalent bond before the show with nerd speed-dating!
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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!

Nerd Night Love In

Nerd Nite Ten is here. With it being the month of Valentine’s Day, we’re having a Love In!

As ever, voting us up on Yelp! and Do512 is greatly appreciated:

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/events/austin-nerd-nite-x—the-love-in
Do512: http://do512.com/event/2010/02/04/nerd-nite-x-the-love-in

As ever, entry is free, but Buffalo Billiards is a 21+ venue, so don’t forget your ID!

February 4th – 7pm

Syphilis: We’re all Affected, Even if We’re Not Infected
Liz Simmons

Syphilis is more than just a good reason to use condoms. This sexually-transmitted infection has plagued our loins and our history books for hundreds of years, affecting everything from great works of art and patients’ rights to the role of wives and the advent of a PC world. So how has syphilis affected you?

Liz Simmons, a lifelong bio nerd, married a physics nerd and has a bun in the nerdy oven.

Strategies for Getting Laid in 19th-Century German Literature
Jessica Plummer

If you’re looking to improve your success rate with the ladies/gents, this presentation offers some inspiration from the old Old Country. We’ll look at some of the zanier cases of seduction in major novels, poems, and plays written by German speakers in the 19th century, and if you want to learn about the best sex toys as well you can go to this sex toy review blog to find more information about this.

Jessica Plummer is a graduate student in Germanic Studies at UT. She’s young, strong, and needs a summer job.

The Canon of Judy Blume and its Effect on Third-Wave Feminism
Diana Grisanti

Judy Blume has created generations of kickass feminists. And Diana Grisanti will tell you why.

Diana Grisanti is a playwright and fiction writer from Louisville, Kentucky. She has read ‘Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret’ one million times (approx.).

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A very special Knerding