Join Nerd Nite North Bay’s expert speakers for our Tuesday April 7th show on criminal sketch science, building better ankle bracelets, and the Great Earthquake in Marin!
Three Nerdy Talks. Fresh Beer. $5 Tickets Available Here. Door at 7PM, Show at 7:30PM. Seating and Food Service ARE available at the venue!
The Thief Looked Like My Grandma
The Science of Forensic Art
Black and white WANTED posters are supported by SCIENCE. Find out how forensic artists use intricate knowledge of facial anatomy, witness interview techniques, and tricks for overcoming fallible human memory to identify suspects, and see how it can go horribly, horribly wrong.
Ralph Pata is the North Bay’s forensic artist and Lieutenant in the San Rafael Police Department. He has been drawing people since childhood, sometimes on bathroom walls. He is the resident sketch artist for over a dozen North Bay police departments. He graduated from the FBI Composite Art School at the Academy in Quantico and in March graduated from the FBI National Academy. The only thing he appreciates more than a fine wine is a killer espresso.
Breaking the Bracelet
How Electronic Monitoring of Offenders Has Gone Astray
Ankle bracelets aren’t just this season’s most sought after accessory, they are also a long-standing criminal monitoring tool with an interesting history. The original monitoring of parolees used rewards and was based on solid behavioral science, while the current programs have become solely punitive in nature and are less effective. Hear how the current system is failing and how GPS and physiological gamification may return electronic monitoring to its original goals.
Bob Gable is the father of electronic monitoring, based on his work with “juvenile delinquents” in the late 1960s and classes he took from B.F. Skinner. Implementation of the idea was primarily the work of Bob’s twin brother, a graduate student with Timothy Leary. While teaching at UCLA and the Claremont Graduate University, Bob has been repeatedly unsuccessful in convincing probation officers that rehabilitation should involve a certain degree of fun.
San Andreas’ Fault
The Great San Francisco Earthquake & Fire of 1906…In Marin!
Famous San Francisco earthquakes don’t get stuck in traffic. While the devastating April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire destroyed much of the city, there were also far-reaching effects to the north, particularly in Tomales and San Rafael. See rare photos and first-hand accounts from North Bay quake survivors and get inspired to finally put together your home earthquake kit for the next Big One!
Carol Acquaviva is the digital archivist at the Anne T. Kent California Room of the Marin County Free Library where she has been a librarian for the past thirteen years. Carol also serves on the Town of San Anselmo Historical Commission and nerds up with her own private collection of 16,000 historical postcards.
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