Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Next show Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7pm. “The Halloween Space Show”

Check out our latest article in the NORTH SHORE NEWS!

***BUY TICKETS***

We’re moving to weeknights and we’ll be back this October with a “Halloween Space Show,”  Star Trek Trivia and prizes for the best costumes. Come as your favourite scientist or super hero – whatever your poison is, it’s not limited to Star Trek costumes!

“SPACE. THE FINAL FRONTIER.” These epic words are the inspiration for the first show of our 2nd season on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7pm.

All 3 of our speakers dreamt of being astronauts when they were young so each talk has NASA & CSA connections! We’ll talk about how Star Trek inspired a love for space exploration with an ultimate Trekkie & filmmaker, how extreme underwater environments at Pavillion Lake (right here in beautiful B.C.) mimic Mars, and the gruelling but super cool testing that the Canadian Astronaut Program puts applicants through when they’re looking for the right stuff. Each talk is followed by a question and answer period with the speaker!

***Tickets on www.EventBrite.ca***

Talk #1: “Pavilion Lake, B.C.” / Speaker: Donnie Reid

The presence of strange structures in Pavilion Lake, B.C. (located in Marble Canyon, between Lillooet and Cache Creek) had been known for years by divers and locals, but it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the scientific discovery of Pavilion Lake’s unusual microbialites (carbonate rock structures) occurred. 

It was immediately apparent that these structures were a scientific gold mine and that comparisons could be drawn between the lake’s microbialites and fossil microbialites that represent some of the earliest remnants of life on ancient Earth, and were common from ~2.5 billion to 540 million years ago.

The Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) is an international science and exploration effort and is sponsored by NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). It has become an exciting field site for Earth scientists and astrobiologists who are interested in the application of the PLRP research to the search for life in our solar system and beyond.

Donnie works at Nuytco Research Ltd.  His talk will cover his years as Project Manager for NASA at Pavilion Lake and the cool joint human and robotic underwater efforts to explore and map the lake.

Donnie has been a SCUBA diver for over 26 years, having logged nearly 6,000 dives. Donnie has a degree in Accounting from UBC. He is an expert underwater photographer with credits in NATURE and National Geographic, has worked with the movie industry and ironically, hates getting wet.

 

Talk #2: “AstroNOT” / Speaker: Dr. Michael Koehle

In June 2016, for only the 4th time in Canadian space history, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) launched a call for potential astronauts. 4,000 applicants answered this call for only 2 spots to join the next class of Canadian space explorers. Of those that applied, Michael Koehle was selected for the 32-person shortlist!

Michael was a great fit; a scientist, a pilot and a doctor studying the impact of stress on human bodies in various environments, who had practiced in many rural and remote areas with limited resources — such as the Arctic, the Himalayas & remote areas of Africa. Michael is intrigued by how the human body adapts to different challenges, such as exercise, altitude, temperature, pollution, and space travel of course. No surprise, The Martian is his fav movie.

Michael’s visual talk focuses on what it takes to make the cut and the extreme testing involved in the selection process to become an Astronaut.

Michael is a Physician-Scientist and Professor, practising Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic at UBC and Director of the Environmental Physiology Laboratory, UBC. 

 

Talk #3: “Space, The Final Career” / Speaker: Matthew Cimone

Watching too much Star Trek while growing up, Matthew grew to understand that life was all about exploring the universe and doing good where one could. 

Matthew believes that our exploration and understanding of the cosmos reveals the beautiful reality that our planet is not divided by race, colour, or boundary, but is one Earth shared by humanity as it struggles to find its place on our tiny blue marble, adrift in the universe. 

Matthew will also share some details on his upcoming documentary about how space captures our childhood imaginations, featuring interviews with Eugene Roddenberry and Star Trek cast members, in a special Nerd Nite Featurette.

A University of Toronto alumnus, Matthew is an H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Interpreter, international development activist and is currently producing another upcoming documentary film “Chasing Atlantis,” which chronicles the last launch of the Atlantis space shuttle. If that wasn’t cool enough, Matthew was recently at SETI (where they look for life in other parts of the universe) to film additional footage. Matthew is also the co-founder/CEO of non-profit organization Esther’s Echo and a former TEDxUTSC speaker.

 

Be ready for question & answer periods after each talk, Star Trek trivia with prizes and Best Costume prizes! Meet other local nerds & speakers during the breaks.

 

Location: Eagles Club Event Room

170 West 3rd Street at Chesterfield (just east of 7-11). Fully licensed bar. No minors allowed.

Transit: We’re just 3 blocks from the Seabus at Lonsdale Quay (straight up Chesterfield), so don’t learn and drive.

 

Social Media:

Website: www.northvan.nerdnite.com

 

Facebook: Nerd Nite North Vancouver

Instagram: @NerdNiteNorthVan

Twitter: @NerdNiteNV

 

FAQs

Doors open at 6:30pm. Show at 7:00pm.

You can bring food to this event!

MUST BE 19 YEARS OLD. NO MINORS.

Friday May 3, 2019 – “The Star Wars Show”


Episode 1.5 “Astrochemistry, Accelerators & Apocalyptic Party Planning”
Our May 3 show is a “Star Wars” themed, all-female line-up, in honour of all the awesome women of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math).
Each “nite” features three 15 minute “TED Talks” on subjects across all branches of science, in language anyone can understand. We do it in a fun, bar environment with beer and as much comedy as our Nerds can deliver, which makes this a 19+ event (sorry “nearly nerd-nite” teens we’ll see you soon). Be ready for an interactive question & answer period, social media competitions and prizes! Meet other nerds & the speakers during breaks.
Think & Drink with us while our Astrophysicist answers your gravitational lensing questions, when we talk “Black Hole” Mania! It’s our last show before we break for summer so come as your favourite Star Wars character or favourite scientist and may the force be with you! Bring your best game because there will be trivia and nerdy prizes. Win tickets to other local Nerd Nites, Story Collider and all kinds of nerdy events.

 
“Apocalyptic Party Planning” 
Geophysicist & Disaster Researcher, Mika McKinnon
Apocalyptic skills are a must for a modern Nerd, any gamer or zombie movie fan will tell you that.  Who better to teach us the basics than an actual disaster researcher and science fiction writer, specializing in tsunami, earthquakes and asteroid impacts — pretty much all the heart-pounding, doom-riddled science. 

Mika received her BA in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005, attending the College of Creative Studies. There, she re-launched the Society of Physics Students and lead a student colloquia on science fiction, creating an environment for an exchange of views. She received her MSc in Geophysics from UBC in 2010 where her graduate work centered on assessing and managing risk of landslides using statistical models.

Mika is a field geophysicist and science communicator with joint appointments at SETI and FEMA. She is currently a co-investigator with NASA’s Project ESPRESSO, lending her expertise towards the project’s goal of characterizing extraterrestrial target surfaces – asteroids, comets and moons. Mika has produced the largest published collection of data on landslides in space! 

Mika is also a United Nations Delegate for Hazard and Risk Reduction, and a science adviser to TV shows like Doomsday, No Tomorrow, Madame Secretary, Star Trek: Discovery and Stargate, where she adds science to their fiction.  She has been a contributing editor for Gawker Media and a science writer for Gizmodo. Like all Nerds, Mika is irrepressibly curious about our wonderfully weird universe and loves the outdoors.


“From Atom to Alien – The Universe As A Chemistry Lab”
Astronomer & Nerd Nite Victoria Host, Dr. Nienke Van Der Marel

We are all made of star-stuff! Everything on Earth consists of molecules built out of atoms, but what is the origin of these elements in the Universe? What molecules can we find in the regions where stars and planets are forming? How is it possible that molecules can form in those extreme environments of cold and emptiness? And how can we even observe those molecules? In this talk, Nienke will takes us on a tour through the most exotic chemistry lab ever…The Universe.

Nienke was born and raised in The Netherlands where she got her PhD cum laude in Astronomy at Leiden University in 2015, followed by a two-year fellowship at The University of Hawaii in Honolulu. In November 2017, she moved to Victoria for a fellowship at the NRC Herzberg Institute for Astrophysics. She is the Host of Nerd Nite Victoria (shows are the third Wednesday of every month at the Victoria Event Centre). 

Nienke loves to travel and has some pretty mad latin/african dance skills! You may remember Nienke from her appearance at the January show for our thought experiment “What is a Nerd?”


“Searching for New Particles at CERN”
Project ATLAS Researcher and PhD Physics Student (UBC/TRIUMF), Robin Hayes
 
Buried beneath the border of France and Switzerland, nearly 100 metres underground, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator on the planet. The LHC collides particles at 99.999999% of the speed of light, recreating conditions that existed shortly after the Big Bang. In this talk, you’ll hear about how scientists study such intense conditions, and about some of the mind-blowing discoveries they’ve already made. Protons at the LHC collide about 800 million times every second! All the data from these collisions would fill enough CD-ROMs to stretch from the earth to the moon four times over the course of a single year. Don’t miss this rare access to all things CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research).
 
Robin is a PhD student in Physics at UBC and TRIUMF. She works on the ATLAS experiment, studying data collected at the LHC near Geneva. When she’s not doing physics stuff, she enjoys cycling to school at 0.000002% of the speed of light and working hard to perfect her baba ghanoush recipe.

With over 80 locations worldwide, Nerd Nite is taking over! We’re an all-volunteer community outreach devoted to Science Communication for adults who yearn to learn more about the amazing discoveries being made in science every day.

We’ll play “What Are You Nerding Out On?” North Van style and have our Twitter Competitions where you can win tickets to Nerd Nites North Van, NN Vancouver & NN Victoria and of course our Nerd Nite tool cards and bookmarks.

We’ll be back this fall with some amazing line-ups and of course more unicorn science, so follow our social media over the summer and stay tuned for shows on radon, astroNOTs, genetics, metallurgy, cosmology and tons of other cool topics. If there’s a talk you’d like us to have, send us an email and we’ll make it happen! 

Buy Tickets

 

Location: Eagles Club Event Room

170 West 3rd Street at Chesterfield (just east of 7-11). Fully licensed bar. No minors.

3 blocks from Lonsdale Quay, straight up Chesterfield.

 

Transit: We’re just 3 blocks from the seabus so don’t learn and drive.

 

Social Media:

Website: www.northvan.nerdnite.com

Facebook: Nerd Nite North Vancouver

Instagram: @NerdNiteNorthVan

Twitter: @NerdNiteNV

 

FAQs

Doors open at 6:30pm. Show at 7:00pm.

Must be 19yrs or older, no minors.

You can bring food to this event!

Just 3 blocks from Lonsdale Quay, straight up Chesterfield.


Friday March 1, 2019 @ 7:30pm – “The Unexpected Connections Show”

 

Each “nite” features three 15 minute “TED Talks” on subjects across all branches of science, in language anyone can understand. We do it in a fun, bar environment with beer and as much comedy as our Nerds can deliver, which makes this a 19+ event (sorry “nearly nerd-nite” teens we’ll see you soon). Be ready for an interactive question & answer period, social media competitions and prizes! Meet other nerds & the speakers during breaks.

With almost 100 locations worldwide, Nerd Nite is taking over! We’re an all-volunteer community outreach devoted to Science Communication for adults who yearn to learn more about the amazing discoveries being made in science every day.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


At our October show we talked about the unexpected similarities between Math & Improv and we continue to explore more “Unexpected Connections” at the March show.

We’ll play “What Are You Nerding Out On?” North Van style and have our Twitter Competitions where you can win tickets to Nerd Nite North Van, Nerd Nite Vancouver (YVR) & Nerd Nite Victoria (YYJ) and of course our Nerd Nite tool cards and some new SWAG!

We’ll also put a little STEAM in our STEM and talk about what that means to Nerds! 

Speakers:

UBC Astronomer, Christa Van Laerhoven

Talk: “Donuts in Space” (AKA “Kuiper Belt Objects & Orbital Resonance”)

The Kuiper Belt is a region of leftovers from the solar system’s early history. Like an asteroid belt, it has also been shaped by a giant planet, but far larger and shaped more like a donut than a thin belt. Mmmm donuts. The Kuiper Belt is truly a frontier in space — it’s a place we’re just beginning to explore and our understanding is still evolving.

Christa Van Laerhoven is a valley girl from Agassiz and a postdoctoral fellow at UBC, studying what she likes to call ‘orbital shenanigans’ (how the orbits of planets, asteroids, and moons can change over time). She has a PhD from the Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona and a B.Sc. from UBC in Physics and Astronomy (Honours).


Science Cartoonist and UBC Public Health Educator Armin Mortazavi

Talk: “Mental Health & Batman”

In a unique talk using cartoons and storytelling, Armin will describe a period of anxiety & depression and how he came to terms with it all. We’re excited to see how our favorite “caped crusader” inspired him!

Scientoonist and North Shore guy Armin Mortazavi likes long walks on the beach and Hoobastank. He has a Bachelor’s in Microbiology & Immunology from UBC and a Master of Digital Media from the Centre for Digital Media (CDM).  Throughout the years, he has carved out a career in creating illustrations and design work to educate the public about health. Check out his Instagram @armin.scientoonist where he promises to draw you at least 1 or 2 cats. For real.


UBC Science Educator David Ng

Talk: “Science & Unicorns” (AKA “Public Understanding of Science”)

This talk will focus on scientific literacy generally, with good representation on the unicorn side of things. If you were at November’s show, you know whether unicorns were in fact real. 

David Ng is a geneticist, science educator, part time writer, and professor based at the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. 

Of note: (1) he is partly responsible for the massive DNA helix emblazoned on his building’s facade; (2) his Dad beat up Bruce Lee; (3) his first foray into general publishing featured a unicorn on the front cover; and (4) his wife and kids are all exemplary.  

Location: Eagles Club Event Room

170 West 3rd Street at Chesterfield (just east of 7-11). Fully licensed bar. No minors.

3 blocks from Lonsdale Quay, straight up Chesterfield.

Buy Tickets

Transit:

We’re just 3 blocks from the seabus so don’t learn and drive. 

Social Media:

Website: www.northvan.nerdnite.com

Facebook: Nerd Nite North Vancouver

Instagram: @NerdNiteNorthVan

Twitter: @NerdNiteNV

FAQs

Doors open at 6:45pm. Show at 7:30pm.

Must be 19yrs or older, no minors.

You can bring food to this event!

Just 3 blocks from Lonsdale Quay, straight up Chesterfield.

Nerd Nite 1.3 “Quantum Leap” – January 11, 2019 @ 7:30pm

 Nerd Nite North Van 1.3 – The Quantum Leap Show 

Chill out and leave the binary world behind when we take a Quantum Leap into an ALL-physics special! 

With 125 locations worldwide (on every continent except Antarctica), Nerd Nite is taking over! We’re a community outreach for adults who yearn to learn more about all the amazing discoveries being made in science every day. Our speakers deliver 15 minute “TED Talks” on complex subjects in language anyone can understand. We do it in a fun, bar-style environment with lots of beer and as much comedy as our Nerds can deliver! Speakers always do a round of questions afterward.

Our 1st speaker, Colin Enderud is a superconducting circuit designer at D-Wave Systems. This basically means he draws coloured lines and shapes all day that eventually turn into quantum mechanical things.  His earliest memory of being a nerd is walking into a magic shop where an employee asked “Do you like magic?” to which he replied “Yeah, but I like science better.” Colin has a BSc in Physics from UBC. 

Colin will talk about the type of SQUIDs that exist on silicon chips, not the type that live in the ocean (although they’re pretty great too.)  Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices are unbelievably accurate detectors of magnetic fields.  They’re not just super cool, they’re cryogenically super cooled.

Not sure what the heck SQUIDs are? We don’t know either, but we’re excited to find out because they can detect magnetic energy fields as low as 100 billion times smaller than the energy that moves a compass needle! The technology is used tons of ways, but sometimes in medical testing to measurie faint signals in the human brain or heart by sensing the magnetic fields created by the neurological currents. Other applications include the construction of highly sensitive gradiometers, magnetometers and voltmeters. 

Never heard of D-Wave? They’re just the world’s first quantum computing company and do tons of cool work with NASA, Google and Lockheed Martin (massive name drops). Yes NERD HERD, there is a world-class QUANTUM COMPUTER just over the bridge in Burnaby! They may not give public tours but it’s ok because they give free quantum computing time!!  Check out LEAP here www.dwavsys.com

Our 2nd Speaker & Guest Co-Host on this explosive night is the slickest Spoken Word Artist around and Slam Mistress, Angelica Poversky. Prepare to have your mind blown by her provocative science stylings. Check her work out: https://angelicapoversky.com

Our 3rd and Featured Speaker is Physicist, Author and YouTube sensation, Dominic Walliman discussing the fascinating and perplexing world of the Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics.

Dominic Walliman is a Physicist turned professional Author. He has a PhD in quantum device physics and an honourary degree in sitting around wondering why his experiments aren’t working. He now spends his days making YouTube videos about science and writing the Professor Astro Cat science books for kids. Check out his amazing and hilarious YouTube Channel “DOMain of Science”, our fav is “Movie Night with a Physicist” https://www.youtube.com/user/dominicwalliman

In this talk on the Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics, Dom takes us back to the basics…whatever those are! Famous physicist Richard Feynman once said “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don’t understand quantum mechanics.” Since then, physicists have been very creative trying to come up with interpretations of quantum mechanics that make sense. Dom isn’t sure they’ve succeeded. Find out why on January 11.

We’ll also have our Twitter Competitions after each talk with extra prizes and plenty of surprises! Win Hawking’s final book “Brief Answers to the Big Questions”, tickets to Nerd Nite NV, Nn YVR & Nn Victoria (YYJ), and of course our Nn tool cards!

We’ll play “What are you Nerding Out On?” the lite “Go-Fish” edition and we might even try our first audience-based thought experiment! 

Get ur tickets fast, this one will sell out…November was standing room only!

Buy Tickets

Transit:

We’re just 3 blocks from the seabus so don’t learn and drive. Stay afterward and socialize with some local nerds and scientists.

Social Media:

Website: www.northvan.nerdnite.com

Facebook: Nerd Nite North Vancouver

Instagram: @NerdNiteNorthVan

Twitter: @NerdNiteNV

FAQs

Doors open at 6:45pm. Show at 7:30pm.

Must be 19yrs or older.

You can bring food to this event!

Just blocks from transit.

Nerd Nite 1.2

Nerd Nite 1.2 – November 2, 2018 @ 7pm
Laughs, Brains & Water”
The first Nerd NiteNorth Van was a ton of fun! Thank you to all the wonderful people who came out!
Now its time for Nerd Nite 1.2 with 3 more fantastic speakers who will discuss laughs, the brain and water! Come think and drink with us on Friday, November 2nd! 

Speakers:

Lukas Grajauskas (MSc Student) – Love Your Brain

Robyn Fashler (BA Psychology) – The Laugh Track Legacy

Alan Shapiro (MSc) – A day in the life of a Water Nerd

We have lots of great local beers on tap! Drinking games, Twitter competitions & What R U Nerding Out On?!

We don’t take ourselves too seriously…it’s all in the name of science. We’re just blocks from the Lonsdale Quay & transit so don’t learn and drive.

Where: Eagles Club, 170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1E8

When: Doors @ 6:30pm, Event @ 7-9pm

Tickets: on Eventbrite


Alan Shapiro – A day in the life of a water nerd.

Summary: You probably don’t spend much time thinking about water, aside from staying hydrated and flopping around in it once in a while. On the other hand, I spend WAY too much time thinking, talking, and occasionally dreaming about water issues. I’ve had a chance to work on a bunch of cool projects, from oil spills and contaminated sites to water quality in First Nations communities. This talk offers a glimpse into a (slightly out of the ordinary) day in the life of a water nerd.

Bio: Alan Shapiro is a water scientist, unsurprisingly obsessed with all things water. He splits his time between working on water projects, teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and supporting science communication through organizations such as Science Slam Canada. Alan recently read an article about “Canada’s only water sommelier” and now feels incredibly insecure about his life choices.


Robyn Fashler (BA Psychology) – The Laugh Track Legacy

Talk Summary: Despite delivering “the best medicine”, Laugh Tracks have a pretty lousy reputation. With this talk, Robyn aims to refute this unjust impression. She will discuss the history, controversy, and significance of canned-laughs and explain why they deserve a hearty guffaw unto themselves.
Bio: Robyn makes her way selling office furniture, which she is weirdly enthusiastic about. In all seriousness, she is deeply concerned with what type of chair you sit in at work. Beyond that, Robyn is a self-proclaimed comedy connoisseur and is mildly obsessed with classic television. Naturally, she is also fascinated by laugh tracks. She hopes you will see their value as well.

Lukas Grajauskas (MSc Student) – Love Your Brain

Talk Summary: Lukas loves brains, and he will tell us what we can do to show some love to ours. Ageing comes with wisdom, but sometimes you can’t even remember where you put your glasses (have you checked your forehead?). Although our brain may slow as we age, the good thing is, there are a number of things we can start doing early to keep our brains healthy. Lukas will take us on a journey inside our own heads to tell us what goes wrong in aging brains, and what we can do now to help slow the degenerative process down.

Bio: Lukas spends his time investigating our brains as a Masters Student at SFU. Lukas uses MRI machines to spin protons and look into peoples heads, helping him find effective ways of tracking ageing and diagnosing neurodegenerative diseases. When he is away from the lab, he is off running ultramarathons, travelling abroad, or adventuring in the mountains with either his hiking boots or snowboard.

Nerd Nite North Van 1.1

The first North Van Nerd Nite is almost here! Think and drink with us on Oct 5th when we discuss photonics, sleep, and math+improv! We have three fantastic speakers for you and lots of great local beers for cheap!
We don’t take ourselves too seriously…it’s all in the name of science. We’re just blocks from the Lonsdale Quay & transit so don’t learn and drive.

Speakers:
Curt Da Silva (PhD, Applied Mathematics)
Mina Mofazari (PhD, Chemistry) Muon Spin
Dan Millar (B.A.Sc.) Your Sleep On Drugs


Where: Eagles Club, 170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1E8

When: Doors @ 6:30pm, Event @ 7-9pm

Tickets: $10 on Eventbrite


About our Speakers:

Our wonderful featured speaker, Curt Da Silva is a math nerd (doy) and software guy who has been improvising for the past eight years with Instant Theatre and has a Honours B. Sc. in Computer Science and Math and a Ph.D. in Applied Math from the University of British Columbia.

Talk Title: Improv & Math: Best of Friends? Or At Least Not Frenemies
Summary: This talk is about math — NO WAIT, COME BACK, KEEP READING! Understandably, math is a frequently maligned subject for many people (curse you bad math teachers!). But contrary to popular opinion, math is much more than figuring out the tip at a restaurant or figuring out why your Excel spreadsheet isn’t working. Math is abound with relationships between seemingly unrelated areas, from symmetries and number theory to geometry and algebra to exponentials and trig functions. Similarly, improv comedy is all about finding relationships between the unrelationshippable (not a word), making sense out of nonsense, and making us laugh in the process. In this talk, we’ll explore all there is to explore about the wonderful, weird, and surprising connections found in math, improv, and everything in between.

Dan Millar is a professional amateur. Following the completion of his Bachelors of Applied Science degree he worked as an Engineer for a grand total of 4 months. Feeling a need to be less qualified for his job he took a marketing and scientific communication role at a medical device company specializing in blood platelet testing. Not wanting to develop too much of an expertise in platelets, Dan has spent the past year diving deep into the world of sleep science, which he’ll be sharing a glimpse of in on stage.

Talk Title: Your Sleep on Drugs
Presentation Summary: Engaging in adequate amounts of sleep is arguably the single most important aspect to a persons physical and mental well-being. In this talk Dan will explore the typical sleep cycle and how everyday psychoactives like caffeine, alcohol and cannabis impact this critical life function. But don’t worry, Dan isn’t exactly here to preach sobriety, he’s more a fan of strategic debauchery.

Mina Mofazari: What did the thermometer say to the measuring cylinder? “You may be graduated, but I have several degrees.” Well so does Mina, she holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from SFU, a Master of Science in Physical Chemistry from Shahid Beheshti University, Iran and a Bachelor of Science in Pure Chemistry from Azad University, Iran. She is a veteran speaker and experienced T.A. When she’s not in the lab she runs and like all our nerds she LOVES HER cat!

Talk Title: Muon Spin 

Presentation Summary: Oxygen, Hydrogen, Sulphur, Sodium and Phosphorus walk into a bar. “OH SnaP” says the bartender. Physical Chemist Mina Mozafari is looking for a reaction when she talks about gas hydrates and muon spin spectroscopy. Hydrocarbon deposits are abundant in nature but did you know that there are cages made of hydrogen bonded water molecules, trapping gases inside?! These compounds are being studied as potential “nano-reactors” for small molecules, but not a lot is known about their chemistry so we employ muon spin spectroscopy to characterize organic “not-so-free radicals” inside them. Find out if there’s equality for liquids and solids in these icy cages when Mina breakdowns hydrocarbons for us in a fascinating look at gas hydrates and muon spin spectroscopy.

Nerd Nite Comes to North Van

That’s right – Nerd Nite has come to the Northshore! 

NNnv LOGO

Vancouverites now have the chance to double their monthly intake of alcohol-infused scientific seminars.

Located in the heart of Lonsdale, Nerd Nite NorthVan is a short seabus away from downtown and easy transit from almost everywhere on the Northshore.

Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in over 70 cities across the globe where folks give short, fun – yet informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along.

This is a time for brown ales and Brownian motion so come drink and think with us!

Cheers!

Location: Eagles Club

170 West 3rd Street, North Vancouver, V7M 1E8