> Nerd Nite North Bay #9: Sea Lion Strandings, Plant Inventions and Making Monster Movie Makeup Movies

Nerd Nite North Bay #9: Sea Lion Strandings, Plant Inventions and Making Monster Movie Makeup Movies

Note this month’s show is on the SECOND Tuesday of the month!

Join Nerd Nite North Bay’s expert speakers for our special July 14th SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH show on using science to save stranded marine mammals, the Santa Rosa scientist who invented 800 plant species, and how documentary films actually get made!

Three Nerdy Talks. Fresh Beer. Just $5! Tickets available here.
Door at 7PM, Show at 7:30PM. Note food IS available at the venue!

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Sea Lion Tsunami

Sausalito’s Marine Mammal Center is investigating the alarming increase in local whale and sea lion strandings to help prevent the next disaster. Learn how marine veterinarians are able to determine the exact cause of death of a multi-ton cetacean and what studies of mass strandings, biotoxins and epilepsy in marine mammals can tell us about the health of our Bay.

Dr. Claire Simeone is the Conservation Medicine Veterinarian at The Marine Mammal Center and National Marine Fisheries Service. In addition to providing clinical care to the patients at TMMC’s hospital, she investigates marine mammal unusual mortality events, trains international stranding responders, and provides veterinary support for field projects all over the United States. She fondly remembers traveling to Alaska to respond to a very whale-shaped log.

Dr. Franken-screen

Learn how the one man production company that contributed to documentaries on The Cliff House, Tower Records, Playland at the Beach and a soon to be released film on Frankenstein’s movie makeup artist practices his craft and stitches together a new movie. From digging up long lost archival material to using the latest video techniques, find out how November Fire turned passion for obscure history and the macabre into hit film productions and used it to pay the rent… sometimes!

Strephon Taylor put his unique twist on spooky Bay Area History as the character “Slob” on Creepy KOFY Movie Time. He is an artist and the owner of November Fire, a business based on a love of Halloween and horror movies. What started as a t-shirt company has evolved to support his creative efforts and now includes a recording company with eleven in-house movies and six CDs. His next project is a documentary about Jack Pierce, the man who created the famous make-up on Frankenstein’s monster.

Burbank of America

Luther Burbank’s agricultural inventions saved Ireland, created McDonald’s French fries, and took the spines out of cacti. Using Darwin’s new theories of variation and inheritance, Burbank’s experimental farm in Santa Rosa produced over eight hundred novel plant cultivars that spread throughout California and the rest of the nation, including the plumcot, the white blackberry, and the famous Flaming Gold Nectarine. Learn how the man once known as the world’s most famous horticulturist inspired a yearly parade, became friends with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, and changed the way America eats.

Erin Sheffield is the Chair of the Luther Burbank Experiment Farm Committee of volunteers. She received a BA in Ornamental Horticulture and investigated marketing, live television production, psychology, parenthood and Buddhism before returning in retirement to her first love: plants. As well as keeping tabs on what the volunteers are up to, she writes grants, does books tours, publicizes, photographs, and fills in with chores that no one else wants to do at the Farm.


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