It is our first Nerd Nite at our new location! Join us at Maceli’s for Nerd Nite 36: Smarty Party! Our party themed event will feature presentations on noise induced hearing loss, St. Patrick’s Day, and craft beer from Free State’s head brewer! There will also be a SNACKS menu with items such as french fries, hummus and pita, vegetarian antipasto sliders, and BBQ pork sliders. Plus a full bar and MORE SPACE! That’s right, we no longer have to turn anyone away!

Join us on March 11th when doors open at 7:30 pm. Presentations will start at 8:00 pm. Still only $1 cover! Maceli’s is located at 1031 New Hampshire St.

Presentations include:

Aryn Kamerer: “Come on Feel the Noise: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and You.”

Everyone knows that noise is bad for your ears, but just how much noise is too much noise? If you have ever asked yourself what exactly is going on behind your ear drum when you’re at Allen Fieldhouse or a St. Paddy’s Day party, look no further! Aryn will take you on a thrilling journey through the ear and discuss new research in noise-induced hearing loss that challenges the field’s previous ideas on why so many of us need hearing aids when we age.

Aryn received her BA in Speech-Language Pathology at KU and is currently pursuing a PhD in Audiology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She spends most of her time in the Auditory Physiology Lab where her research focuses on creating new diagnostic techniques for identifying hearing loss, and the Electrical Hearing Lab where she is working on quantifying cognitive listening effort in people with cochlear implants. Although Aryn loves to preach about hearing protection, you can find her many a night in front of the stage at the Bottleneck, Jazzhaus, or Green Lady in KC.

Stephen Hassard: “St. Patrick’s Day: Time to fly the red, white, and blue.”

St. Patrick’s is a day of drinking green beer and shamrock shakes. But how much of St. Patrick’s day celebrations accurately reflects what we know about St Patrick? Considering the British and American influences on making St. Patrick’s day what it is today shouldn’t we be flying the red white and blue instead of the green, white and orange? The issue though is that in Ireland what flag you fly is ladened with religious and political connotations. In this talk we’ll discuss some of the different flags associated with St. Patrick and what those mean to different demographics of the Irish Population.

Stephen is an Irish-man who grew up in the colds of Canada (he says ‘eh’ far more often than ‘wee’ – unless there is beer involved or if the Irish consulate is jerking him around). When he isn’t eating potatoes Stephen works at Garmin as a UX Designer.

Geoff Deman: “Bud scars, Mutants, and Cannibals: the Wonderful, Horrible Life of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.”

Geoff forsook his degree in Art History some 20 years ago and embarked upon an beer-fueled bender in fermentation sciences, in Seattle during its Craft Beer nascency. Geoff’s ongoing odyssey in brewing landed him at the Free State back in 2002 where his continuing education in beer has included multiple stints judging at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, scholarship with the Master Brewers Association of America, travels far and wide, and authoring the briefest of entries in the Oxford Companion to Beer. All that is well and good, but he finds ultimate satisfaction with a mash paddle in hand, tending to a brew and looking out to see smiling faces enjoying the beer he brews.

Information about our new venue, Maceli’s, here: http://www.macelis.com/