Final Nerd Nite for 2019!

November topics include:

1) Sailor Buffy: A Comparative Analysis of the Parallels Between Sailor Moon and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, by Cortney Ostrom. buffy-sailor-moon
An engaging presentation highlighting the similarities between two popular, female-centric television series from the 90’s (“Sailor Moon” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). Topics include magic, metaphors, brawls, blondes, and relationships. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Cortney Ostrom is a graduate of the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College and complete fangirl. Her love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer is eclipsed only by her obsession with Sailor Moon.

2) Deadly Stars: The Top 10 Ways the Stars Can Kill, Maim, or Really, Really Hurt You, by Doug Lively.
The ancient Greeks often viewed stars (excluding planets) as stoic enduring markers fixed in a crystalline sphere that we know as the night sky. However, modern science has shown that this is hardly the case. On the contrary, stars are dynamic objects with motion and a life cycle of birth, existence, and eventual death of their own. This entertaining presentation will explore 10 Ways that stars (over their life cycles) can cause extinction, injury, and harm on Earth.

Doug Lively has been an Amateur Astronomer for 23+ years, he is a NASA / JPL Solar System Ambassador, has studied stellar evolution, and holds several national observing awards (including one for observing double stars). Additionally, he is a regular speaker at Astronomy Days for NC Museum of Natural Science, and other Astronomy Events around the Triangle.

3) ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜†๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€: ๐—ฃ๐—™๐—”๐—ฆ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—–, by Drake Phelps.
Dark Waters, starring Mark Ruffalo, has recently brought PFAS into the public eye. While the movie focuses on Parkersburg, West Virginia, these chemicals are also a major problem right here in North Carolina. This presentation will discuss the what PFAS are, their problems, and how we can be responsible citizens to protect human health and the environment.

Drake Phelps is a third-year PhD student at NC State University where he studies how PFAS suppress the immune system in fish and humans. He also recently joined the leadership team of Clean Cape Fear, a grassroots organization focused on addressing the PFAS problem in North Carolina through education, advocacy, and holding legislators and polluters accountable.


Nerd Nite Raleigh
will take place at:

Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh
2116-D New Bern Ave
Raleigh, NC 27610

โ€ข Ages 21+.
โ€ข Open to the Public.
โ€ข Starts at 7pm, arrive early for parking
โ€ข Free entry

Date/Time:ย  Thursday, November 21st, 7:00pmย  (arrive early for parking!).ย  Donโ€™t forget to RSVP on Facebook and invite a nerdy friend to come with!

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Please note:ย  Nerd Nite Raleigh will take a break for December and resume in 2020.

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