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With temperatures way up in the 40s, it’s time to open your doors and head outside…so head to Nerd Nite on April 18 for presentations about the history of distilling in New York, the science of Shakespeare, and why Americans are so darn fat – and trivia will return again so form a team so one of you can please beat the record of 47 points. Please! Buy tickets here.

Friday April 18, 2014
Presentations+Trivia at 7:30pm ($14 – doors at 6:30pm) Presentations+Trivia sold out
Presentations-only at 9:15pm ($10 – doors at 9pm)
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, DUMBO Brooklyn
A/C train to High Street or F train to York Street

Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
A History of Distilling in New York
by Christopher Briar Williams

Description: Most enthusiasts of fine drink among us know about Scotch Whisky, French Cognac, Kentucky Bourbon and London Dry Gin. But have you ever heard of Rochester Rye, Hudson Valley Genever or New York Blended Whiskey? But for a misguided exercise called Prohibition, New York State would have taken its place among the world’s great spirits producers. From the earliest days of Dutch colonization right up to that dark day in 1920 when the nation went dry, New York was one of the best places in the world for distilled spirits, with a cast of bizarre characters that make Johnnie Walker, Jim Beam or Jack Daniels pale in comparison. Sadly, the spirits and brands these distillers created are lost to us forever, but a new wave of New York distillers are reclaiming that lost, boozy heritage.

Bio: Christopher Briar Williams is the distillery manager at Coppersea Distilling, a heritage methods farm distillery in the Hudson Valley. He is also a founding director of the New York State Distillers Guild.

*Presentation #2
The Science of Shakespeare
by Dan Falk

Description: William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time – a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution. New ideas about the human body, the earth, and the universe were transforming Western thought – and yet “Shakespeare” and “science” are rarely uttered in the same breath. But as award-winning journalist Dan Falk has found, a reassessment is at hand. In this illustrated talk, Falk will explore Shakespeare’s interest in the scientific discoveries of his time – asking what he knew, when he knew it, and how that knowledge is reflected in his work.

Bio: Dan Falk has written for Smithsonian, New Scientist, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and many other publications, and is the author of two previous popular science books, In Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt. He’s been a regular contributor to Canadian public radio, and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries. Falk was a 2011-12 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. He lives in Toronto.

*Presentation #3
Yo Mama has so much Adipose Tissue
by Josie Steinhauer

Description: We as a nation are obsessed with how fat we are, but what does it mean to be fat?  Who are the fattest Americans and who are the skinniest?  What about the rest of the world?  How did we get to be so fat?  And what can we do about it?

Bio: Josefa Steinhauer is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Yeshiva University.  She studies signaling by fat molecules in fruit flies.  She stays thin by swing dancing in her spare time.

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