Nerd Nite Vancouver at the Vancouver Aquarium

The Blob – Sci-fi or Sci-fact?

This month we’re teaming up with the Vancouver Aquarium to bring you special “themed” Nerd Nite! Our talks are all about “The Blob”, both in cinema and in the ocean. Our last Nerd Nite at the Vancouver Aquarium sold out quick so be sure to get your tickets ASAP!

Where: The Vancouver Aquarium

When: May 24th 2016; Doors @ 6:00, Talks @ 7:00

Tickets: $8 for Aquarium Members, $10 for non-members – tickets here

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FILM SCREENING! On Sunday, May 22 at 1:00pm, we are partnering with The Cinematheque for an all-ages screening of THE BLOB (1958) in conjunction with the Vancouver Aquarium. The Cinematheque is located at 1131 Howe St. Information and tickets available here.


About our Speakers:

Dr. Philippe Tortell

Dr. Philippe Tortell is a biological/chemical oceanographer with broad interests in ocean-climate interactions. He received his B.Sc. in biology from McGill University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University.  He has been a faculty member at UBC since 2002, with a cross appointment in the departments of Botany and Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences.  His research employs a variety of laboratory and field-based measurements to examine the interactions between marine micro-organisms and ‘climate-active’ trace gases including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and dimethylsulfide.

Dr. Richard Dewey

Dr. Richard Dewey holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia. His research interests are coastal and ocean dynamics, mixing processes, turbulence, waves, and tides. Richard has conducted research throughout the Pacific from Japan to California, and along the B.C., Alaskan, and Arctic coastal margins. He is the Associate Director, Science Services with Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria.

Michael van den Bos

Michael van den Bos is a Vancouver-based film scholar, film history teacher and critic.  For 17 years, Michael taught film theory at the Vancouver Film School.  For five years, Michael taught motion picture history at the Pacific Audio Visual Institute, including a course in the history of 20th Century pop music.  Michael currently teaches animation history at Capilano University in North Vancouver.  Through the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, Michael worked in the Vancouver animation industry as a producer of animated films and TV programming.  Michael is a popular live speaker and commentator about classic movies, appearing frequently at a variety of special film events and festivals.  He is the Program Consultant and host of the Cinema Sunday series at The Cinematheque, Vancouver’s home of essential cinema, where he introduces classic family films.  For the Vancity Theatre, Michael has introduced and lectured about classic cinema, moderated film panels, and curates-hosts special movie clip show presentations, such as his popular Dancing in the Dark series, Reel Jazz, Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration and Singin’ in the Dark programs.

The Warm Blob

The Warm Blob itself will also be joining us this evening, follow@TheWarmBlob on twitter for live tweets! Please use hashtag #TheBlobVA to engage with this event on social media.

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