Happy Sunday, my nerds.  I feel like it’s been FOR-E-VER since the last NN.  Did HBO’s “Chernobyl” leave you both scared and fascinated?  Do you dig hiking, nature, and history?  Are you into neurological malfunctions?  Or do you just like beer and learning cool shit?  Well friend, this month’s NN is for you.

“The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat”: A Book Review. Dr. Oliver Sacks’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” is a fascinating—if occasionally unnerving—journey into the human mind, and the strange feelings and situations that befall individuals who suffer from neurological disorders. A collection of short stories, each relating an encounter with a different patient, Dr. Sacks combines medical writing and storytelling to show us the stranger side of human psychology. Three of these stories will be presented and discussed.

Erin Nyren earned her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from NDSU in 2013. She spent the next five years as the CEO and lead teacher of Discovery Express Kids in Fargo providing science education classes and materials to elementary students and teachers, as well as serving as a freelance editor of scientific journal articles at Enago/Crimson Interactive Ltd. She now works at Aldevron as a Technical Writer.

Nuclear Weapons: How to Let Roaches Rule.  Information you probably didn’t know and now wish you didn’t.

Rick Reichenbach : An Army brat for the first part of childhood who finally settled down in ND. He programs computers for fun, and likes to camp, fish, hunt, and play computer games.  And also scare the shit out of unsuspecting nerds with terrifying conjecture. 

The North Country National Scenic Trail and the Dakota Challenge.  You may have heard of the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest trail, but the longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails in fact starts only 20 minutes from Fargo. One of 11 NSTs in the country,  the North Country Trail ends at Lake Sakakawea State Park in ND after passing through eight states on a 4660 mile trek from Vermont.  The members of the Dakota Challenge aim to hike all 438 miles in ND, but why?

Rennae Gruchalla is a charter member of the North Country Trail Association, serving as Vice President and Hike Leader of the Dakota Prairie Chapter. The purpose of the DPC is to build new trail, maintain existing trail, and to do outreach which includes sponsoring hikes, and tabling at events.

And there you have it!  We’ll be scared.  We’ll be intrigued.  We’ll be inspired.  It’s Fargo Nerd Nite, baby.  August 21st, 7PM (doors at 6:30), Fargo Billiards and Gastropub.  Be there and be square.

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