Join Nerd Nite East Bay to learn how human systems borrow from nature, how and why the Transcontinental Railroad arrived in the East Bay, and the bonkers biology of our favorite Kaiju.
Ecomimicry: How Human Systems Benefit By Copying Nature
Human activities have greatly modified natural ecosystems, sometimes to our own detriment. Ecomimicry flips this approach and tries to solve problems by recreating the structure and function of natural ecosystems within our own artificial systems. Learn about the "goal" of natural ecosystems as they evolve toward a certain state, and consider what ecosystems can teach us about more efficient and resilient agriculture, and how industries, economies, and societies can benefit from thoughtful ecomimicry.
Speaker: Amber Kerr is a lecturer in biology and ecology at UC Berkeley and Evergreen Valley College.
The Myth of the Golden Spike: How the East Bay Gained (and San Francisco Lost) the Transcontinental Railroad
When the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads celebrated the hammering of the Golden Spike that “completed” the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, the true story (and construction!) of the first nation-spanning railway was hardly finished. Discover why the first trains to the West Coast didn’t arrive until September, and learn about the many doomed efforts to connect the railway to San Francisco. Then see how politics, geology and dead cows all led to the mighty Transcontinental Railroad terminating in Alameda and Oakland, tantalizingly short of the Pacific Ocean.
Speakers: Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos are historians and co-publishers of the Alameda Sun
The History, Biology and Behavior of the Hyper-Evolved Modern Theropod Godzilla
Tsunami, earthquake, hurricane and typhoon all rolled in one, Godzilla, the “King of the Monsters,” has both plagued and benefited humanity for over half a century. By examining the origins and zoology of this force of transgenic nature, people and nations will be better equipped to deal with the awesome destructive power of our radioactive visitor from the Cretaceous.
Speaker: Shyaporn Theerakulstit is an actor, writer, YouTuber, cosplayer and general “nerd about town.”
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