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This first Nerd Nite will feature the following three awesome talks:
Who Turns You On? with L. Kris Gowen, PhD
Predicting the FUTURE! with Anders Liljeholm
Cancer, Baby, Won’t You Hurry Up My Chimney Tonight? with Jay Lake
Who Turns You On?
with L. Kris Gowen, PhD
We all know that “sex sells,” but what about if what you’re selling IS sex? Or love? Or commitment? How do our favorite porn stars match up with who we want as real-life partners? Using data from the geeks at OK Cupid, research from the Internet Adult Film Database, and the book A Billion Wicked Thoughts, Kris will stimulate your thinking about how sexual desire and fantasy can stack up to real human experiences.
L. Kris Gowen, PhD, has been a sexuality educator for over 20 years and is a former section leader for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). As part of her role as faculty and research associate at Portland State University, she has been teaching Human Sexuality and other sexual health courses since 2002. Her research interests include how the Internet impacts adolescent sexuality. Visit her blog
Predicting the FUTURE!
with Anders Liljeholm
People in the past have made wild and crazy predictions of what life will be like in The Future. Many of those predictions were wildly inaccurate, but many came true. Some of the crazy predictions people are making now about The Future may come true as well. Anders will show predictions of The Future people made in the past, in 1900, 1950 and 1990, and then look at predictions people are making now about what life will be like 50 years from now.
Anders Liljeholm taught science and computers at OMSI for 20 years, teaching science teachers in rural Oregon, leading book groups about science, and teaching museum educators at a dozen science museums around the country. He has published a letter in the American Journal of Physics about alternative ways to make soda and mentos explode, taught over 1000 people to ride a Segway (not at the same time), and spoke in Klingon at his high school graduation and on his first date with his wife. He performs regularly with ComedySportz Portland. He lives in Portland and works for a software company.
Cancer, Baby, Won’t You Hurry Up My
with Jay Lake
Fantasy and science fiction writer Jay Lake has been living with Stage IV metastatic colon cancer for five years and is considered incurable. He talks about the diagnostic process, the experience of life with the disease, and most importantly (to science geeks), the perils and payoffs of being one of the leading edge patients for whole genome sequencing as a diagnostic tool.
Jay Lake lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects in between stints as a professional cancer patient. His books for 2013 include Kalimpura from Tor and Love in the Time of Metal and Flesh from Prime. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, as well as the Audie for Best Original Story, and a multiple nominee for the Nebula, Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.
Nerd Nite is a new monthly event (on the 4th Tuesday of each month) that strives for an inebriated, salacious, yet deeply academic vibe. Featuring short talks by several scientists, artists, experts of all types, and ordinary people with extraordinary skills, we aim to entertain, educate, elucidate, enlighten, and other things that start with “e.” Come drink along with us!