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Kelly Weinersmith
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My friend Hannah Grossman​ is running a project called Video Griot, where she works with folks in Gambia to create adult educational videos. She is asking for donations to buy raspberry pi systems, which will essentially make it easy to share the videos with multiple villages (and make the information in the videos easily accessible). If you have a little extra money and want to do something amazing with it, consider donating: 

http://www.videogriot.org/
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Challenges and stretch goals!

We hit the 50% mark with Buy David Shiffman less ugly sunglasses, so It's time to introduce our challenges and stretch goals!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/buy-david-shiffman-a-less-ugly-pair-of-sunglasses/x/10383894#activity

Announcing the Stretch Goals!
So what happens if we go over? Where does the extra money go? Because our projects have variable budgets, we have a sliding scale for stretch goals.

Up to $4000: Conservation genetics of three shark species, including Great Hammerheads. We're using DNA to unlock the history of shark populations before and after fishing depleted their stocks. Funds will go to lab costs* and consumables. 

$4000: If we hit $4000, we'll be able to take a class from a Title 1 school in the Miami area out on a day long shark tagging expedition. Students will get a hands on experience collecting data and participating in all (safe) components of the research. Funds raised above $4000 will first cover bus costs for the school, then go towards the shark conservation genetics project. 

Over $6000: Help build the ultimate ecodrone. We're building a quadcopter for serious, diverse ecologic research, capable of water take-off and landing. More than 75% of the cost of the drone is already covered, but extra funds means better cameras, water sampling capabilities, and other valuable tools to make this the most capable general use marine ecodrone out there. 
David Shiffman has spent his life saving sharks. Isn't it time he did so in style? | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Nerd Nite Block Party is this Friday! I'll be recording live with Science...sort of, and it's free! Come see us!+Ryan Haupt +Benjamin Tippett 
 
We’re kicking off the Bay Area Science Festival in style by holding multiple Nerd Nite events at once in our first ever “block party”. Nerd Nite brings science, rock music, speed dating, field trips, gaming, and, of course, beer all together for a night of epic nerdery in a 3-block radius!
Nerd Nite Block Party
Fri, October 24, 2014, 6:00 PM PDT
Folsom Street Foundry

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The Bay Area Science Festival is coming up! I'm working on some events for the festival, including:

-a live podcast recording with Science... sort of for the Nerd Nite Block Party!

-BAHFest West 2014 (with The Oatmeal's Matt Inman, Phil Plait-The Bad Astronomer, Elizabeth Iorns, and Andy Sih)

-a live podcast recording with Zach Weiner at Cal Academy for Creatures of the NightLife

Come see me! 

http://www.weinersmith.com/bay-area-science-festival/
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I'm presenting at Nerd Nite East Bay this month! :)
 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/850775

Party on, our potent potable drinking people. September’s alliterative line-up brings a presentation from Sharon McKellar (Oakland Public Library) on picture books, Kelly Weinersmith's PowerPoint on zombifying parasites, and Matthew Lewin‘s proposal on how to cure poisonous snake bites. All with plenty of time for pleasureful potation of pivo.

Mana and Walter will be there from OPL to issue library cards and help you pursue a plentiful plethora of extra resources.

Ion the Prize, Rick, and Rebecca will provide pluck and pizazz.

Be there and be square.

Monday 9/29
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8
The New Parkway, 474 24th St, Oakland
(less than half-a-mile from the 19th St BART)
$8
All Ages

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CATS, KIDS AND CALDECOTT: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PICTURE BOOK by Sharon McKellar

Picture books aren’t always as simple as they appear. With equal importance of storytelling and visuals, the picture book should be taken seriously as a tool and an art form. Come see a brief history of this medium and also learn about the prestigious Caldecott Medal. How does a group of librarians decide the most distinguished picture book each year?

Sharon McKellar has been a librarian with the Oakland Public Library since 2003, serving as a children’s librarian, a branch manager, and currently as the Community Relations Librarian. She is a reader, a writer, an excited member of the 2015 Caldecott Selection Committee, and a giant nerd.

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BRAIN-INFECTING PARASITES: WHAT CAN ZOMBIE-MAKERS TEACH US ABOUT THE BRAIN, IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND BEHAVIOR? by Kelly Weinersmith

Do you find parasites disgusting? If not, they may have already gotten to you. Some parasites are like little mad neuroscientists, forcing animals to bend to their wicked whims. Parasites can make ants into zombies, make fish beg to be eaten, and make humans get in car wrecks. In many animals, parasite manipulations are downright surgical. They manipulate behavior in ways that cannot yet be replicated in medicine.

Modern parasitology seeks to ask these little mad scientists to give up the secrets they’ve been developing over millions of years of evolutionary tinkering. I am one of those parasitologists, and I’ve already squeezed a secret or two out of this these tiny tinkerers. I’ll chat with you about some of my favorite examples of parasite manipulation, and what they may tell us about the brain, the immune system, and behavior.

Kelly Weinersmith is a PhD student at the University of California Davis, where she studies how parasites turn their hosts into zombies. Groups like the National Science Foundation and the American Association of University Women have funded Kelly to do crazy things like sample fish in quantities measured in dump trucks, induce and analyze fish puke, and infect fish with brain-infecting parasites to measure how these parasites change fish physiology and behavior. It’s impossible for Kelly to keep her mouth shut about science, so when she isn’t actively doing science you can find her podcasting over at Weekly Weinersmith or Science…Sort of. For Kelly’s next big adventure, she she’ll be joining Rice University as a Huxley Faculty Fellow. Follow Kelly on twitter @Fuschmu.

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PANDEMIC: EXTREME MEDICINE AND THE QUEST FOR A UNIVERSAL ANTIDOTE TO SNAKEBITE by Matt Lewin

Snakebite is arguably the most neglected of neglected tropical diseases, affecting nearly 5 million people annually. Lewin, along with an international group of colleagues, made headlines recently for their pioneering approach to the treatment of venomous snakebites using a nasal spray of inexpensive anticholinesterases. This novel technique is the first step toward finding a universal antidote for snakebite. Hear about the treatment and about Lewin’s exciting tales from the field.

Throughout his career, Dr. Matt Lewin has treated patients and scientists in some of the world’s most remote locations and under the harshest conditions. Since 2008, he has been the California Academy of Sciences emergency medicine liaison to UCSF. Now Director of the Center for Exploration & Travel Health and Fellow of the Academy, he has played an active role in developing and testing protocols for the safe handling and first aid of Academy and Aquarium employees potentially exposed to venomous animals housed on Academy grounds and on display to the public.
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Science...sort of is recording live in DC! Come out and join the audience Friday May 15th at the Science Club on 19th st in NW. The show starts at 7:30. It's free but you need a ticket

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/science-sort-of-live-in-dc-tickets-16796010319
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The absolutely amazing Dr.@Sabriya Stukes​ has co-created Connect with STEM, which connects professionals in STEM fields with high schools to show students what scientists really look like and share with them what we do. If you're in education and want to connect your students with STEM folks, please check it out and become a Connector. Also, please share. This is important. 

http://connectwithstem.com/
Connect with STEM finds, engages, and sustains a growing network of professionals working in STEM fields who will bring them to life for our partnering schools and the students they serve.
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I'm going to be at the +California Academy of Sciences Night Life event this coming Thursday! I'll be doing live Weekly Weinersmith interviews, and will be giving a 5 minute talk on mind control for the "Twilight Zone" talks down in the aquarium. Come see me!

http://www.bayareascience.org/event/creatures-of-the-nightlife/
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Join Science..sort of at the Nerd Nite Block Party!
 
We’re kicking off the Bay Area Science Festival in style by holding multiple Nerd Nite events at once in our first ever “block party”. Nerd Nite brings science, rock music, speed dating, field trips, gaming, and, of course, beer all together for a night of epic nerdery in a 3-block radius!
Nerd Nite Block Party
Fri, October 24, 2014, 6:00 PM PDT
Folsom Street Foundry

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The absolutely amazing Erika Bergman is running a Girls Underwater Robot Camp in the Bay Area during the first two weekends in October. It looks seriously awesome, and is for girls ages 13-17. Please check it out, or share if you know any young girls who would like to learn about ROBOTS. https://openexplorer.com/expedition/girlsunderwaterrobotcamp
Girls Underwater Robot Camp. October 4, 2014. Over the first two weekends of October, I am inviting 4 girls to join together, build an ROV, and take it on a micro expedition in the Bay Area. The first weekend we'll build the robot and begin expedition planning. The following weekend we'll go out ...
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In (belated) honor of World Breastfeeding Week, the Weekly Weinersmith interviewed +Melanie Martin about her breastfeeding research:

http://www.weeklyweinersmith.com/?p=802
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  • Bowling Green State University
    Biology, 2000 - 2004
  • Bowling Green State University
    Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology, 2004 - 2007
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  • University of California Davis
    PhD Candidate, 2007 - present
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