Nerd Nite 79: What Rough Beast?

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Did you know we share 90% of our genes with cats? Sure, but it's that extra 10% lets us brew beer, post cat gifs and engage in self-justification!

Your 10% may be forgiven for not knowing this, but April 25th is DNA Day! This month we're joining the NIH in celebrating the discovery of the double helix and the completion of the human genome project. Appropriately, our presenters will help us explore the past, present and future of that thin line between animal and human.

This month's talks:
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"The Gault Site, Zooarchaeology, and Identifying the Unidentifiable," by Erin Keenan

More Clovis artifacts have come from a site just one hour outside of Austin than anywhere else in the Americas, and someone has to make sense of the animal material. How do zooarchaeologists (!! - Mgmt) identify the unidentifiable? Take a seat, Indiana Jones, you've got some learnin' to do.

Erin Keenan received her masters in zooarchaeology from the University of York in England. Currently she works at the Gault School of Archaeological Research at Texas State University to identify and analyze recovered archaeological animal material.

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"Out of the woods and into our trash: How animals thrive in the human world," by Calder Kamin

An artist and citizen scientist, Calder uses creativity to promote ecology education. She will share how her observations of urban wildlife serve as inspiration for her art in a fully illustrated presentation for Nerd Nite.

As an artist, Calder Kamin is drawn to the contradictory aspects of our relationships with animals and the environment. Her sculpture and public projects provide education about the ways humans impact biodiversity. Kamin is currently preparing new work for a solo exhibition in September 2016 at Women & Their Work.

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"The Age of CRISPR - What Will We Do Now That We Can Do Anything?" by Joe Hanson

Depending on how you feel about genetic modification, CRISPR is either the coolest or most terrifying tool that biology has ever devised. Now that we have the power to cheaply modify essentially any DNA sequence, everything from custom biofuels to curing cells of HIV infection to editing human embryos is on the table. Where do we draw the line?

Joe Hanson, Ph.D. is a biologist, science writer, and the creator/host of PBS Digital Studios hit science YouTube series "It's Okay To Be Smart". He lives in Austin, TX.

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Plus!

Form a covalent bond before the show with nerd speed-dating!

http://buytickets.at/nnatx/51070

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Plus plus!

Why not meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program?

http://austin.nerdnite.com/ambassador/

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Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!
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