Nerd Nite 62: Physics without frontiers, He-Man, Flint

27/09/19

Our speakers this month:


Dr Kate Shaw: Physics Without Frontiers. 

Kate Shaw is an experimental particle physicist with a joint position at the University of Sussex, UK, and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, a UNESCO institute. Kate's research is on the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN where her research focuses on the top quark and Higgs boson. Kate is also passionate about science in society and public engagement. In 2012 she founded the ICTP Physics Without Frontiers program which promotes physics in developing countries, for which Kate received the 2015 European Physical Society (EPS) Outreach Award. The programme leverages the passion of physicists worldwide to inspire, train and educate physics students in developing countries. It has reached over 17 countries to date and over 5000 students, and continues to help build the next generation of physicists.

Tim Pilcher: The history of He-Man.

Tim Pilcher is an Eisner-nominated writer, editor and publisher who has worked in the comics industry for over 30 years at DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, Ilex Books, Humanoids and Soaring Penguin Press, among others. He is the author of over 20 books on sex, drugs and comics (including Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Volumes 1 & 2 and How Comics Work) and the editor of Brighton: The Graphic Novel, and Brighton's Graphic War and has lectured around the world on comics at Cambridge University, Trinity College, UCL, Imperial War Museum, ICA, The British Library, SPX in Stockholm, New York Comic Con and Port Eliot Festival. His one-man show, Comic Book Babylon (based on his Vertigo Comics memoir) was a finalist for Best Literary Show in the 2014 Brighton Fringe Festival Awards. He occasionally updates his intermittent blog, Sex, Drugs and Comic Books (www.sexdrugsandcomicbooks.blogspot.com) and you can find him on Twitter: @Tim_Pilcher.

John Cooper: Flint: Fact and Fantasy

A Yorkshireman by birth, John Cooper qualified with degrees in geology and Museum studies and spent the last 38 years working for the Royal Pavilion & Museums here in Brighton, mainly at the Booth Museum of Natural History. John's main interests have been in dinosaurs and flint and he is currently writing a book about the latter. He established the Brighton & Hove Geological Society in 1984 which is still going strong. Retired now but still active in research and as a volunteer for the Booth Museum.

Hosted by Dr Mick Taylor

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