Nerd Nite NYC 13th Birthday Party
21 Clinton St.
212-228-2100 Price: $15
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Nerd Nite NYC celebrates its 13th birthday on March 9, 2019. Yes, it’s now a teenager, but thankfully has no acne, braces, or patchy pubes because, well, Nerd Nite isn’t a human. Phew! Therefore, you’re cordially invited to Nerd Nite NYC’s 13th birthday party at Caveat NYC featuring four of Matt’s favorite presentations; the health complaints and questions of adolescents, the science of the hangover, how sci-fi films can teach us to save humanity, and 20 presentations in 20 minutes. There will also be plenty of other shenanigans too – no chaperones allowed! Buy tickets here: https://www.caveat.nyc/event/nerd-nite-13th-anniversary-show-3-9-2019
Doors at 6pm, starts at 6:30pm
Dry T-Shirt Contest:
Be sure to wear your best nerdy t-shirt for our latest Dry T-Shirt Contest. Winners get free tickets to BookCon 2019 which features brethren nerdy authors such as Adam Savage, Danica McKellar, Randall Munroe, Frank Miller, Alyssa Milano, Joy-Ann Reid, and Benjamin Crump, the lawyer of Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice.
Back to the Lectures at-hand:
Happy 13th Birthday, Nerd Nite! Now Get Yourself to an Adolescent Doctor
by Dr. Nancy Dodson
Description: Nancy Dodson will let you in on the best kept secret in medicine– the small but mighty field of Adolescent Medicine. We will explore the history of adolescence, common medical complaints from the serious to the not-so-serious, and discuss the best diagnosis in all of medicine–a diagnosis you can make by just asking one question.
Bio: Nancy Dodson MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center. She has a clinical focus on the medical care of transgender teens and young adults, but she cares for a wide range of adolescent health problems, both outpatient and inpatient.
How to not Destroy Ourselves: Lessons from Science Fiction
by Dr. Ali Mattu
Description: 2017 sure does seem like the darkest timeline: our politics are broken, technology is disrupting society, and the planet is warming. But we’ve been here before, at least in the imaginary worlds of science fiction. Join psychologist Dr. Ali Mattu as he investigates how we got into this mess and what science fiction can teach us about getting out of it.
Bio: Dr. Ali Mattu is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and body-focused repetitive behaviors (trichotillomania/hair-pulling disorder and excoriation/skin-picking disorder). He aspires to bring psychology to everyone, everywhere by hosting THE PSYCH SHOW, writing about the psychology of science fiction at Brain Knows Better, presenting to the public, and advocating for the brain and behavior sciences through the American Psychological Association. Ali is an assistant professor at the Columbia University Medical Center. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles where he majored in psychology and minored in Asian American studies. Ali received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He completed a doctoral internship at the Bellevue Hospital Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Child Study Center. Ali is known as a “forward thinker” in the field of psychology and was named one of The Mighty’s mental health heroes of 2015.
The Science of the Hangover
by Paula Croxson, Ph.D., Neuroscientist
Description: Alcohol! Good fun, ice breaker, or worst enemy? For neuroscientist Paula Croxson, it’s definitely her worst enemy. She has hangovers that are unparalleled in their awfulness, and she got to wondering why. Come and find out as she explores the science of the hangover. Will she give you the answer to hangover-free drinking? Only one way to find out…
Bio: Paula Croxson is an Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she researches the brain mechanisms and chemicals that are responsible for memory, particularly the complex, autobiographical life memories that are damaged in Alzheimer’s disease. When she is not doing science, she plays the flute for the alternative rock band Marlowe Grey and neuroscience-based rock band Pavlov’s Dogz.
The Final Countdown: The Game
by Seth Porges
Description: Time limits on talks tend to be empty threats (Matt isn’t known for forcibly pulling people off stage when they go over). Here, the stakes are real. In this rapid-fire talk, Seth Porges attempts to run through 20 stories of unexpected geniuses while a timer counts down 20 minutes. And when it’s over, it’s over. Can he make it to the end of his talk, or will the audience miss out on the thrilling conclusion? (Note: If you’ve seen a similar talk before, this one is updated with all new stories!)
Bio: Seth Porges is a journalist, filmmaker, and television presenter. He regularly appears on the Travel, Science, Discovery, History, and Nat Geo channels and has contributed to dozens of publications, including InStyle, Forbes, Fast Company, Departures, Men’s Journal, Wired, and Mashable. Previously, he worked as editor at Maxim and Popular Mechanics magazines. He holds the world record for the most Nerd Nite talks ever given.
Retiree Sex Trivia by Matt’s Dad
There’s nothing quite like watching my dad read a handful of sexy questions about silver foxes while I visibly squirm on stage. Here’s your chance to watch me blush while trying to win some prizes. From now on, you’ll definitely wash your hands – or possibly just burn your clothes – the next time you visit a retirement home.