Welcome to Nerd Nite v53! Join us for a fun and nerdy evening filled with fascinating talks on Air Quality, Small Stars, and the Physics of Toilets. Get ready to expand your mind and learn something new! The event will take place on Wed Apr 24 2024 at 7:00 PM at the Fox Cabaret in Pacific Daylight Time. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to geek out with fellow nerds!

Hosted by: Kaylee Byers and Michael Unger

Where: The Fox Cabaret

When: Wednesday April 24th; Doors @ 7, show starts @ 7:30

Tickets: Eventbrite

Poster by: Armin Mortazavi

Justin Fernandes – Cleaner Air Spaces

Indoor air quality from subsequent wildfire smoke exposure is a primary concern within Metro Vancouver due to geographical susceptibility and climate change. Warmer and drier wildfire seasons as a result of climate change will increase both the frequency and severity of wildfires.Within our regionanticipated air quality advisories driven from wildfire smoke will increase in frequency over the course of the next coming decades. This talk will dive into the use of low-cost air quality sensors to evaluate cleaner air spaces and empower community partners through data. This talk aims to highlight the value of low-cost sensor data in building climate resilience within Metro Vancouver.

Bio: Justin Fernandes (he/him) is a Master of Public Health candidate at Simon Fraser University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University. Upon the COVID-19 pandemic, he shifted his interest from clinical care to population health. His primary interests in public health include environmental health and climate change, specifically examining air quality and the built environment. As a climate change advocate, he believes in the power of data utilization in supporting climate action and reducing health inequities.

Anna Hughes – Small Stars

This will be a talk about the lives of the smallest stars in the universe, their wild behavior, and their stormy relationship with the planets in their orbit. I’ll talk about where life could be – or rather, where it couldn’t – and how lucky we are to be here at all.

Bio: Anna Hughes is an astrophysics PhD and former quantum machine learning (a real thing!) researcher, now working in the climate and sustainability space. She’s a seasoned snowboarder and hiker, and a truly terrible surfer.

Colin Enderud – The Physics of Toilets

Physics is everywhere! It’s dancing with atoms, spinning with galaxies, and even hanging out under your butt while you’re scrolling social media. There are some surprisingly elegant principles behind the humble toilet. Find out how four-dimensional space-time and fluid dynamics influences your household hygiene along with practical tips like how to flush when the water’s turned off.

Bio: Colin Enderud got his Bachelor’s of Science in Physics at UBC. He designs superconducting circuits for quantum processors professionally but has recreationally used toilets for most of his life. His appreciation for indoor plumbing has only increased after spending the last year and a half changing diapers. He will use any excuse, no matter how thinly veiled, to make poop jokes in a public forum.