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Nerd Nite 37: Contemplating Recognition


Tue 14 Mar 2017, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Leroy's Bar, 2 Plimmers, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Delphine Mitchell

This month's Nerd Nite is all about recognising and identifying all kinds of things!

As always, seating may run out, so don’t rock up at 6:30pm expecting to get a decent seat - or one at all. With such a great variety of speakers, this one is gonna be big.

More details to come - but the line-up includes:
Dr Christel Devue: You know nothing about face recognition, Jon Snow

Christel is a Lecturer in Psychology at Victoria University. Her talk will highlight large individual differences in people’s ability to recognise others’ faces and how current tests used in the lab - or in the court! - to assess people’s face recognition skills have severe flaws that may conceal how bad/well people actually perform in their daily life.

She will also describe a recent study that she conducted on Game of Thrones fans to assess and challenge people’s real-life face recognition skills. Being super good at face recognition might not be what you think, Jon Snow!

Victor Anton: Spying on Wellington's Wildlife:
Victor is a PhD student at Victoria University. In 2014 he completed his Master of Science in Ecological Restoration and started to use novel technologies and citizens science to study New Zealand ecology. His talk will cover how his group used cameras deployed within Wellington city to study the population dynamics of different species and how, due to the large amounts of data gathered, they developed a citizen science website. He will also talk about some of the anecdotes and lessons learnt from combining citizen scientists and remote cameras to research urban wildlife.

Hayley Webster: Do You Wanna Piece of Me?
Hayley is a Wellington-based producer, comedian and improviser. Speaking from her own experiences as a live donor, Hayley is going to give us a crash course in what happens when you say 'yes'... from the battery of tests and what they are for, to weird stuff your body does after keyhole surgery. Speaking from the heart (sadly she can't donate that yet), her friendly optimism may steal yours.

As always, NNW is free/koha and open to everyone*. Bring your friends and family - and your appetite for some 2 for 1 tacos.

*Who behaves themselves, of course. Naughtiness will be stamped on. Hard. Read our Code of Conduct at the website.

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