Welcome to Nerd Nite NYC, hosted by Matt Wasowski (matt @ nerdnite.com) Donate to Nerd Nite here.

BROOKLYN BRAIN JAM: We’re 1/4 of the first annual Brooklyn Brain Jam on Sunday September 7, 2014 from 12-6pm at the Bell House with other edutainment favorites Story Collider, The Big Quiz Thing, and Kevin Geeks Out. Read about our full line-up here.

NERD NITE on a BOAT:  On Thursday October 2, 2014 we’ll hold a special night on the party boat The Frying Pan to help kick-off the NYC SUBMERGE! festival. This Nite is open to the public and features 3 of our greatest hits (pinball, thumb-splitting shrimp, and the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride). Read about the full line-up here.

NERD NITE NERDTACULAR: And for the main event…we’re back on Friday September 19, 2014 at 8pm with our 7th annual Nerd  Nite Nerdtacular at the Galapagos Art Space!  7 friggin years!  This Nite which kicks-off our new season features a dry t-shirt contest shirt (wear your best nerdy t-shirt), treats from 8 Bit Bakery, CBS’s new show Scorpion about one of the smartest guys on the planet, music by the Main Squeeze Orchestra Quintet, and presentations about using Star Trek to treat cocaine addiction, the upside of your student loan debt, and the bizarre world of Archie comics.  Buy tickets here.

7th Annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular
Friday September 19, 2014 at 8pm
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
F train to York Street or A/C to High Street
$15: Buy tickets here

Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
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Star Trek Inspired Treatment for Cocaine Dependence
by Sean Luo

Description: As doctors, we all want a tricorder—a device that can tell us if someone is going to do well or not.  The brain changes with long-term cocaine use.  Brain scans can detect these changes, but to predict if someone can succeed in quitting cocaine, we need a little help.  I want to tell you about how artificial intelligence comes to my rescue.

Bio: Sean X. Luo, M.D., Ph.D. is a NIH-NIDA T32 Clinical Research Fellow and a Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellow in the Division of Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University and The New York State Psychiatric Institute.  His research focuses on the intersection of statistics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence and psychiatry.  He has published in a number of leading journals and was the lead author on a chapter, “Internet Addiction,” in the forthcoming The Behavioral Addiction Casebook.  In addition to his research activities, he maintains a small private practice and writes for a lay audience at his PsychologyToday Blog, “Hooked on Patterns.”

*Presentation #2
reyna_g_261Is There Really a Student Loan Bubble?
by Reyna Gobel

Description: With so much worry about whether or not student loan debt will impact the entire economy, it’s important to discuss both why people feel that way and what can be done about in. In this presentation, Reyna will pop the mystery surrounding the over $1 trillion dollar education debt bubble. And many of you, whether you just graduated or are pushing 40, will feel better about why and how you’re still paying off your student loans.

Bio: Reyna Gobel, M.B.A. and M.J., is a journalist, author and professional speaker who’s been quoted by Money Magazine, Real Simple, and The Washington Post, where Michelle Singletary chose the first and 2nd editions of CliffsNotes Graduation Debt as financial book of the month. Beyond her books, her advice can be found in her video course How to Repay Federal Student Loans and in her columns as a Forbes.com Education Contributor.

*Presentation #3
chris_cumminsThe Weird World of Archie Comics
by Chris Cummins

Description: Satanic teddy bears! Surfer Jesus! Time-traveling Jughead! Yes friends, Archie comics are more weird and wonderful than you ever imagined. In this talk, Chris Cummins will examine the oddest moments from Archie’s storied history, offering up a compelling glimpse at how Riverdale might very well be the strangest town in all of comics.

Bio: Chris Cummins is a Philadelphia-based writer/Archie Comics historian who regularly contributes to Den of Geek US, Geekadelphia and Topless Robot. He also runs the blogs Hibernation Sickness, What’s Dave Kendall Wearing?, Random Archie Comics Girls and Songs of 1992. He’s also one of the Philly Nerd Nite bosses, and the host of the upcoming Sci-Fi Explosion and Doctor Who Costume/Trivia events as part of October’s New York Super Week lineup. You can follow him on Twitter @bionicbigfoot.

Musical Guests
main_squeeze_quintetMain Squeeze Orchestra Quintet

The Main Squeeze Orchestra is New York city’s all-female all-squeezebox fantasy brought to life by the “Hugh Hefner of the accordion world”, Walter Kuhr. The band defies nerdy stereotypes of accordion music with a diverse genre-bending repertoire of cool music for bar mitzvahs to burlesque shows.

 

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Scorpion (CBS)
Scorpion is a new show premiering Monday September 22, 2014 after The Big Bang Theory on CBS. This high-octane drama follows eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits.  Recruited by Homeland Security as the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age,  these geeky masterminds have found the perfect job:  a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.  Walter’s “Scorpion” team includes an expert behaviorist, a mechanical prodigy, a statistics guru and a “genius translator” who helps this socially awkward group navigate the world.  Based on the true story of Walter O’Brien,  the man with the world’s fourth highest I.Q and founder and CEO of ScorpionComputerServices.com this show is a quirky, humor-filled rush of adrenaline that will satisfy the inner nerd in all of us.

Free Treats
8_bitbakeshop8 Bit Bakeshop
8 Bit Bakeshop, the Queens-based video game and comic book inspired bakery, will be handing out free nerdy samples of their cookies and cupcakes! Look forward to treats of some of your favorite nerdy pleasures handed out by 8 Bit’s team of cosplayers. It will be an unforgettable experience!
You can contact Nerd Nite NYC Boss Matt Wasowski at m...@nerdnite.com or buy his new book here.

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