The Dark Side of the Moon

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September Nerd Nite on the Rocks

John Mielke

April 8th, 2024 will bring the last total solar eclipse the U.S. will see until 2044. Get ready for this rare celestial event by joining John as he gives tips on where to go, what to bring, and how best to enjoy your four minutes of looking at the dark side of the moon.

The 5 C’s of Happy Relationships

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September Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Aria Harveland

As a lover of alliteration, Aria, a certified relationship coach, developed five essential skills necessary to improve and sustain great romantic relationships. These easy to remember “5 Cs” are her answer to questions couples ask every day about how to keep their relationships happy and healthy. Discover practical insights and valuable advice that can transform your relationship journey. 

History of Ancient Toys

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June Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Rick Rentz

Rick started out as a child, and hasn’t really grown up because he’s still plays with toys! Ancient toys began with rocks and sticks. Stones were used to build cairns, play catch, and skim on water. Sticks could be made into spears among other things, and sticks that you could throw and would come back to you were called boomerangs. When people began to make strings, it opened up a whole new world of toys. Buzz toys, bullroarers, and diablos were all made with strings. Rick will give us a closer look at some of these toys and more.

Does This Drug Work? How to Assess Improvement in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

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June Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Rebecca Woods

Every year, countless drug trials fail, not because the drugs didn’t work, but because the “ruler” that was used to measure their efficacy wasn’t suitable for detecting real-world changes. For children with rare neurodevelopmental disorders, the measurement problem is especially challenging because a one-size-fits-all approach can’t address the variety in symptomology inherent to such disorders. In her presentation, Rebecca will discuss barriers to effective clinical assessment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and describe methods being used to resolve these issues.   

Emperor PALpatine: The Secret Hero of Star Wars

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May Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Jade Harveland

Many say Emperor Palpatine was the grand puppet master pulling the strings in the Star Wars saga. Was Palpatine just evil for the sake of evil or were his motivations forward thinking with the goal of helping save the galaxy from a secret invasion?

Programming 101: Space Odyssey 2.0. Teaching Hal Who’s Boss

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May Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson, engineer and programmer, has spent over 10 years designing software. In his presentation, he’ll discuss the basics of computer programming and he’ll explain the process of designing a program and coding. He’ll also give a brief history of programming and how it has become more accessible to everyone.

Monogamy?! In This Economy?!!

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April Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Lee Graham

Polyamory may seem trendy and new, but did you know it goes back to the beginning of man? In this presentation, you’ll learn about what it means to be polyamorous with a personal take. Lee will discuss ethical non-monogamy, its history and types, and what distinguishes it from cheating.

Is True Happiness Achievable

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April Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Mark Becker

There’s mounting evidence that true happiness and contentment are not only possible, but likely through a spiritual paradigm shift. Our presenter, Mark Becker, has been on a spiritual enlightenment quest that has opened a multitude of unexpected avenues. Finding happiness through what he has learned and experienced is just one of the many benefits he has encountered. He’s passionate about sharing that journey with those who are interested.

HR 101: What You Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Red and white "For Hire" sign

April Nerd Nite on the Rocks

Heidi McCarter

Have you ever wondered, “Why haven’t they called me for the job?” or feared being pulled into Human Resources for a “talk”? In Heidi’s presentation, you’ll hear the ins and outs of job recruitment from a 20+ year veteran of Human Resources who specializes in recruitment—everything from applying for the job to landing the perfect role. This talk will be blatant and blunt with a “how to” approach to current job searching.

Baby Toys Get the Ball Rolling: Starting the Gender Gap Early

Child plays with toy cars

by Rebecca Woods

March Nerd Nite on the Rocks

There is evidence to suggest that the types of gender-typical toys children prefer can be explained by biological factors such as hormones that predispose children to prefer those types of toys. However, countless studies demonstrate that many of the differences between the sexes once thought to be biologically determined, actually originate from societally-constructed environmental differences. Can the same be said about toy preferences? Studies investigating the emergence of these preferences in infancy and toddlerhood can help answer this question.