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Nerd Nite SF #108: Lyme, Mimes, and Peopling of the New World!

An anthropological archaeologist, a disease ecologist, and a mime walk into a bar, and after a few drinks - wait, sorry, we’ve definitely done this joke before, and the mime does NOT like to talk about it. Ba-dum-bump tss! But seriously, folks, you really need to walk into the Rickshaw on the third Wednesday of May for drinks, music, bao, and an incredible line-up of experts on Lyme disease, miming, and the Americas’ first settlers - plus more bad jokes natch. Be there and be square!

“A Bloody Meal with a Twist of Lyme (Disease, That Is!)”

There are many things to be worried about in today’s world: climate change, parking tickets, an ebola outbreak…but a disease that can be transmitted only by a small, non-flying bug shouldn’t be one of them. And yet Lyme disease, caused by a tick-transmitted bacteria, is one of the biggest and most rapidly emerging threats to Americans. How can this be?

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Swei is a vector and disease ecologist at San Francisco State University

“How to Get Stuck in a Box: A Former Mime Speaks” by Mark Schaeffer

How does a silent performer make audiences laugh and cry? Where did mimes come from, why do they wear white makeup, and why does everybody hate them? What are the secrets to making walls, ropes, and mantelpieces invisibly appear? In addition to learning a bit about the history and culture of this oft-maligned art form, you’ll get a demonstration (with audience participation!) of how the classic illusions are done.

Speaker: Mark Schaeffer founded and directed the Princeton Mime Company

“Finding the First Americans” by Todd Braje

Two decades ago, most archaeologists believed they knew when and how the Americas were first settled. But discoveries in Chile and the American West have fundamentally changed everything we thought we understood. Today, there are more questions than answers, which has stimulated new ideas and reinvigorated once-marginal theories. Find out about the researchers at the Cal Academy who are looking under the sea - at kelp forests and marine resources - as part of the largest scientific effort ever undertaken to identify submerged archaeological sites along California’s Pacific coast.

Speaker: Todd Braje is an archaeologist and Irvine Chair of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences.

Wednesday, 05/15/19

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$10

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155 Fell St. @ Van Ness
San Francisco, CA 94102