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Nerd Nite Chapter 15

Aaaaaaaaand Nerd Nite Auckland is back for 2014!

Tues Feb 4th – same time, same place, new year and new nerdy talks.

For newbies and those of you who have forgotten since 2013, that’s 6.30 pm (talks start at 7 pm) on Tuesday 4th February, at Nectar, 472 New North Road, Kingsland (the bar above The Kingslander).

Our first speaker for 2014 is Raewyn Dalziel, who will be talking about facts and myths about women’s suffrage. Last year, New Zealand marked 120 years of women’s suffrage and some old questions resurfaced about the significance of this momentous electoral law change. Raewyn taught in the Department of History at the University of Auckland for many years before becoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University. She is a Guardian of the Alexander Turnbull Library and chairs a research advisory panel for Te Papa.

Next up we have Patrick Bowman, a professional physicist and amateur medieval re-creator. His historical interests include costuming, brewing, dancing, music and martial arts. Patrick will talk about his activities within the Society for Creative Anachronism and the fun of attempting to replicate and understand aspects of pre-seventeenth century European life. The talk will include pictures of Patrick and his friends in silly clothing, and some “show and tell”.

And our third speaker is Lisa McDonnell who is currently working as an analyst for Sports Performance Research Institute New Zealand (SPRINZ). Lisa will be talking about the science behind muscle spasms, through a story about her attempt at finishing the Auckland Marathon!

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