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Nerd Nite SF #126: Bingo, DNA Sequencing & Power Plants

Rickshaw Stop San Francisco

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 7:00 PM


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**This month's event has been moved from June 15 to June 29 due to illness. If you can't make the new date, let us know and we'll get you a refund! **

Nerd Nite SF #126: Hey Girl! Bingo, DNA Sequencing & Nuclear Power Plants!

7 pm doors
$15 adv / $20 at the doorsAll ages

*All attendees must be fully vaccinated and be able to show proof (via card, phone, or QR code). Let's keep everyone safe and sound during this return to live entertainment! *
Join us for Nerd Nite SF, the Pride month party edition, where the early nerd gets the worm (or, the free bingo square) and we life up queer nerdery in SF.

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with the bearded bingo babe herself, Shelix, for Hey Girl! Bingo before the talks begin. Come early (7:30pm) to kick off the evening with a drink and a bingo card! Nerdy prizes and drink tickets are up for grabs!

The evening will continue with another kind of helix, the DNA kind, and a foray into California’s last nuclear plant and how nuclear energy may provide a path forward in our energy crisis.

How to Sequence a Genome with Jess McLaughlin

Ever wonder exactly how you get DNA from, say, a fruit fly, a lizard, your dog, or even yourself, and actually turn it into something we can read? Would you have guessed it includes weird chemistry, magnets, fluorescent colors, and some very fancy dish soap? Jess McLaughlin, an evolutionary biologist, will explain how DNA sequencing is basically tech-wizardry, turning molecules in your cells into light and then into computer bytes.

Jess is a postdoc at UC Berkeley, where they study the evolution of anole lizards in the Caribbean. They also research how new species of birds develop, and they have a passion for telling folks about just how weird biology can be.

Powering the Nerdtropolis: Why we need to save Diablo Canyon, our last nuclear power plant
with Guido D. Núñez-Mujica

California is facing not only a climate crisis, but an energy crisis. Despite all our talk about renewables, we continue building natural gas plants and asking for emission limits to be increased. Even worse, we plan to close our largest zero emissions power plant in 2 years. In this talk, Guido will tell us what we can do about it and why it needs to stay open.

Guido is a data scientist working in environmental issues, with a background in computational biology. He’s a TED Fellow, a Cornell Alliance for Science Fellow and does volunteer work about immigration and human rights. In his spare time you might find him on a South of Market Leather bar, coding for fun, working on his documentary project, learning Hindi or trying to change the color of his urine.

Be there, be square, and win a bingo prize!

Nerd Nite SF is a monthly lecture-in-a-bar series where we invite interesting people - scientists, historians, game designers, mimes, etc. - to give short talks on their expertise to tipsy nerds. We strive to be playful, entertaining, sometimes a little inebriated or salacious, but always deeply educational. Join us!

Rickshaw Stop

155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94103
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