Nerd Nite NYC is back from its summer break with two shows. First up…Tuesday August 16, 2022 as part of the New York Waterways festival (tickets here and more info below) and then our regularly monthly show at Littlefield on Saturday September 3, 2022 in Park Slope/Gowanus Brooklyn (tickets here).

Hudson River Park joins forces with Nerd Nite this August!

Enjoy a special water-themed Nite featuring presentations about fatbergs (ewww!), alligators in sewers (look out!), and a weird tricks that various animals use to survive in the ocean (evolution can be gross sometimes).

NY Waterways Festival-themed Nerd Nite
Tuesday August 16, 2022 at 7pm
Hudson River Park’s Pier 40 Wetlab
353 West Street, New York, NY 10014
Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-a-scientist-nerd-nite-august-tickets-387151740277

Back to the Lectures At-Hand
*Presentation #1
Fatberg Ahead! What are They and What’s the Big Deal?
by Kim Worsham

Description: You may have seen the recent NYC DEP ads on the subways talking all about fatbergs, but what are they? Are they the newest climate change concern destined to destroy modern civilization? Kim will walk you through a little bit about how our city’s sewer system works and what we’ve done to make fatbergs possible…and what we should do to make them go away.

Bio: Kimberly Worsham, MPA, MIWM, is a water & sanitation (WASH) specialist and the founder of consulting firm FLUSH. She consults on projects in NYC and globally, including India, Australia, Cambodia, Kenya, Ghana, and Singapore. She received her MPA and B.Sc in business at NYU and a Masters in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland (Australia) as an International WaterCentre Scholar.

*Presentation #2
Alligators in the Sewers: NYC’s Greatest True-ish Urban Legend
by Michael Miscione

Description: For generations, native New Yorkers, transplants, and tourists have heard the rumor that the New York City sewer system is filled with live alligators. Is this true, or merely an urban legend? Michael Miscione has done a deep dive into the historical record and will reveal his findings in this entertaining illustrated presentation.

Bio: Michael Miscione, a native New Yorker, served as the Manhattan Borough Historian from 2006 to 2019. In 2010 Mr. Miscione declared February 9th Alligator in the Sewer Day. He has commemorated the holiday with various festivities every year since.

*Presentation #3
You Won’t Believe This One Weird Trick to Survive in The Ocean
by Marie Gilot

Description: From sea cucumbers to sharks, if you live in the ocean and want to eat and avoid being eaten, it pays to be a little gross. A quick introduction to the wild ways of underwater weirdos.

Bio: Marie Gilot (she/her) was a newspaper reporter in Texas where she was very popular due to her French accent. Then she came to her senses and moved to New York City where she trains journalists at a graduate school. She has multiple degrees of various significance, none relevant to this talk.

Nerd Nite NYC turns 18 Years-old: September 3, 2022

Nerd Nite NYC is old enough to vote and buy cigarettes…finally! Yes, Nerd Nite NYC kicks-off its 18th season at Littlefield on Saturday September 3rd. This Nite will feature three fun-yet-informative presentations about the history of crossword puzzles (sharpen your pencils), music theory (drum roll), and art for the shy or introverted (speak out!). And trivia too as always, so bring pals and win some prizes. Tickets here: https://littlefieldnyc.com/event/?wfea_eb_id=390592993157

Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
The History of Crossword Puzzles
by Adrienne Raphel

Description: Adrienne Raphel will discuss the history and strategy of crossword puzzles by offering us a delightful, erudite, and immersive exploration of the crossword puzzle and its fascinating history. Learn more in her book, Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them.

Bio: Adrienne Raphel is the author of Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can’t Live Without Them (Penguin Press, 2020), named an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review; What Was It For (Rescue Press, 2017), winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize; and Our Dark Academia, forthcoming this fall. Her writing appears in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Poetry, the Drift, the New Republic, and many other publications. Raphel has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship from the American Library in Paris, and she has been a featured speaker at events such as the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress and the Edinburgh Book Festival. She also serves as a mentor with the Periplus collective. Born in New Jersey and raised in Vermont, Raphel holds a PhD in English from Harvard University, an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an AB (summa cum laude) from Princeton University. She is currently a Lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and teaches with the Berlin Writers’ Workshop.

*Presentation #2
From Bach to Tool: The Secret Math Behind Music Theory

by Xander Brewer

Description: No, musicians don’t all just “feel” it. There’s a science to the language of music, and you might even be very familiar with it. But even after taking every theory class out there, there are some pieces of music that feel a little too… perfect. You can’t explain it. Luckily, I can, and will, in this fascinating journey into some of the weirdest mathematics behind music theory. Hopefully, after this talk, you’ll really “feel” it.

Bio: Xander Brewer holds a BA in Computer Science and Music from Boston University, and is currently a grad student at NYU Steinhardt studying Music Technology. He works remotely as a software security something-or-other (which is usually what people hear when I talk about what I do anyways so we might as well cut out the middleman, right?). He may or may not be related to NYC-based spoken word artist and musician The Ringer.

*Presentation #3
From Introvert to Extrovert and Back

by Ann LePore

Description: Why is leaving your comfort zone important to a healthy civil society? How can shyness be a boon to creativity? And why is switching between introvert and extrovert important for artists? Explore tools for conversations with strangers and learn how to create room to question the way we organize our shared experiences.

Bio: Ann LePore was raised in the garage under her father’s car. The works she creates are heavily influenced by her experiences as a storyteller, champion of science, civil society and as a seeker of secret landscapes. Her processes include projection mapping, animation, printmaking, installation, and data visualization. LePore has exhibited with e-Flux and Serpentine Gallery, London, and also shown her work in New York, Newark, Anchorage, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Moscow and Art Basel Switzerland. Much of her research has been completed during artist residencies including at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and aboard the Research Vessel Sea Wolf. Ann received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She is currently Associate Professor of 3D Design and Animation at Ramapo College of New Jersey.