Nerd Nite NYC hosts trivia-only outdoors at Parklife (Littlefield’s outdoor venue) in Gowanus/Park Slope every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Limit of 4-people-per-team to ensure some safety.
Nerd Nite NYC returns to Littlefield on September 10, 2021
Nerd Nite NYC kicks-off its 16th year (we’re old enough to drive!) on Friday September 10, 2021 at Littlefield with three funny-yet-smart presentations about premature baby technology-of-the-future in Coney Island (in the 1930s), what FedEx has to do with consciousness, and gonorrhea (well, mostly about antibiotic resistance, but I just wanted to say ‘gonorrhea’). And trivia is back as always, so bring some pals, form a team, and win some decent prizes. A new season….IRL!!!!!!
Friday September 10, 2021
Trivia+Presentations: $23 – 7:45pm start (doors at 6:45pm)
Littlefield: 635 Sackett Street, Brooklyn (Park Slope/Gowanus)
Livestream (presentations only): $5 – 8:45pm start
Tickets coming soon!
Back To The Lectures At-Hand:
Babies in Boxes: How a Coney Island Sideshow Became Standard Practice in Neonatal Intensive Care
by Dr. Elizabeth Yuko
In many ways, the Coney Island of the early 20th century was the Internet of its day, a place where people went to learn and to gawk in equal measure. Among the sideshows and oddities were new mechanical wonders and cutting-edge technologies that had yet to make it into the mainstream. And there was also another exhibit, nestled among the curiosities and the technological demonstrations, that was a little bit of each. Between 1903 and 1943, babies born prematurely were rushed to a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive-care unit—one that happened to also be one of the most popular attractions on Coney Island. Run by a doctor named Martin Couney, it was, for most of its existence, one of the only facilities in the U.S. designed especially for the care of severely premature infants. At a time when most full-term babies weighed approximately six pounds, Couney declared that he had nursed thousands of three-pound babies back to health. Of the roughly 8,000 premature babies brought to him at Coney Island, around 6,500 survived. This illustrated lecture will highlight a fascinating chapter of reproductive medical history, allowing us to examine the nuances between skepticism, showmanship, exploitation and ethical concerns with emerging technology.
Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and writer specializing in sexual and reproductive health and the intersection of bioethics and popular culture. She is also an adjunct professor of ethics at Fordham University and has written for print and online publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. Yuko has given a TEDx talk on The Golden Girls and bioethics, and has appeared on The Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum and Buzzfeed’s live morning show, AM2DM.
Does FedEx Believe in a Soul? What International Shipping Rules Say About the Nature of Consciousness
by Dr. Patrick House
Description: It has been said that car rental and insurance companies know more about the brain than neuroscientists do. (We now know, for example, that the brain finishes growing around age 25, which has long been the age cutoff for when car rentals get cheaper.) Analogously, we can ask: What do shipping companies know about the soul? From Ancient Egypt tombs to the back rooms of the Smithsonian; from a CT scan of a mummy at Stanford Hospital to a cargo hold in Tanzania; from my career shipping brain machine-interface devices, mind-control parasites, and brains themselves, I share what I have learned about brains, living or otherwise, from how they are treated in transit.
Bio: Dr. Patrick House has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and a postdoc in ancient DNA, from Stanford University. His research focused on Toxoplasma gondii, the mind-control parasite which makes mice and man, respectively, less or more or maybe-not-at-all afraid of, or in love with, cats. He has written for The New Yorker and Slate and has a book forthcoming on elegance and the brain.
Gonorrhea is Forever
by Alison Gilchrist
Description: Science gave us mass-produced antibiotics, but antibiotic resistance is nature’s way of clapping back. Resistance in gonorrhea is a great example! Apologies in advance for making this Nerd Nite an unsexy date night.
Bio: Alison Gilchrist recently moved to NYC from Boulder, Colorado, where she completed a degree in virology. Now she studies vaccines and the human immune system, and fields questions such as: “so when does my free vaccine 5G kick in?” from family members.