Nerd Nite

FRI // APR 19 // 06:00PM

Nerd Nite NYC is back on Friday April 19th at Caveat for our penultimate Nite of our 2018-2019 season, featuring three funny-yet-smart presentations about how fame can compromise even those with brilliant minds, sinister architects, and how 80’s detective shows helped our collective recovery from Vietnam. Magnum PI is totally bummed he’ll miss this Nite..bogus, dude!

Doors 6:00 PM, show 6:30 PM.
Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
REFUND POLICY: Tickets maybe be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.

Back to the Lectures at-hand:

*Presentation #1

When Fraudsters Do Science: The Wayward Path of Paulo Macchiarini

by Kristifor Sunderic

Description Coming Soon

Bio: Kris Sunderic, PhD, is a freelance Science Writer and Science Communicator. He graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a BS in biomedical engineering before entering the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist working on vaccine formulations. He went on to earn his MS in biomedical engineering at the City College of New York in 2012, researching the effects of mild heat shock on the osteogenesis of mesenchymal stem cells and continued his research as a PhD candidate, studying the effects of heat shock and ultrasound on stem cells grown in mineralized polymer scaffold before earning his doctorate in 2018. Kris has given talks at both professional conferences and science outreach events and continues to pursue his passion for science communication. In his spare time, he enjoys stargazing, volunteering to teach STEM curricula, and winning trivia competitions around New York City.

*Presentation #2

Architecture of Power: The Built Environment of Force

by Andrew Haner – RA, LEED AP

Description: As western democracy seems to lurch towards nationalism and authoritarianism, it is an instructive time to think of what messages our built environment is sending us, especially about the concentration of power. A brief, informative (hopefully), and humorous (maybe?) chat about the (possibly) sinister intent of humanity’s worst people – architects.

Bio: Andrew Haner is the founder of sun|tect: architecture in Brooklyn. He also acts as an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn City Tech, is the pet parent of the greatest dog in the world, and is possibly NYC’s biggest University of Memphis basketball fan. Thinks he’s smart and funny, but may be neither. Can reach top shelf.

*Presentation #3

TV Therapy: How ‘80s Detective Shows Healed the Wounds of Vietnam

by Kevin Maher

Description: American Television can be a psychological power tool, processing the country’s collective unconscious. Throughout the 1980s, a batch of detective shows helped viewers deal with their complicated feelings about the Vietnam war (and its aftermath.) Crime shows concerning kidnappings and jewel heists would include episodes about distrusting authority and Rambo-style wish-fulfilment. Audiences experienced TV therapy through shows like THE A-TEAM, MAGNUM PI, MIAMI VICE, SIMON & SIMON and THE EQUALIZER.

Bio: Kevin Maher is an award-winning poet, a former masked-wrestler and a filmmaker whose work has screened everywhere from MoMA to Troma. He hosted AMC’s The Sci-Fi Department and currently produces Kevin Geeks Out, a live video variety show. He’s vowed to use his knowledge of trivia for good, never evil.

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