Gather ‘round for an evening of informed and informal talks from a friendly neighborhood expert! We’ll have three speakers, each presenting on a different topic and sharing interesting facts that you never knew you never knew! Past Nerd Nite speakers have led deep dives into topics from the legacy of Louis Pasteur, to the origin of elements, to how a trumpet works, to a dissection of romance novel tropes. So bring a friend, grab a drink, and enjoy an evening among fellow nerds. Be there and be square!
Jennifer German, NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, will break down the acronyms and talk about NASA’s International Partners – including ESA, CSA*ASC, JAXA, Roscosmos and more! After all, Space isn’t just for the Americans, Russians, and Chinese!
Justin Schell, librarian, audio/video producer, and visual artist, will introduce Deeds of Injustice. Racially restrictive covenants, clauses in deeds that excluded anyone who wasn’t white from living in a property or neighborhood, were an integral part of housing inequality and systemic racism in the United States, including in Washtenaw County. Justin will share how Justice InDeed is working to better understand how these covenants were used in Washtenaw County, how they’ve contributed to inequality in the county today, and how all of us can help repair the harms done by them.
Nancy Wayne received her PhD in physiology from University of Michigan in 1988 and was professor of physiology at UCLA for 28 years. Nancy studied how the brain controls reproduction in sea slugs and fish and will be sharing The Fascinating Sex Life of a Hermaphroditic Sea Slug.