Thursday, October 19, 2017 – Bats AND Zombies! – Tranzac-292 Brunswick Avenue

Nerd Nite Toronto – Bats AND Zombies!
Thursday October 19, 2017
Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto
7:30 pm, doors open at 7:00pm
$5 at the door

Join us for our Nerd Nite Toronto Halloween special, Bats AND Zombies!

$5 at the door gets you an evening with amazing presentations and trivia! Plus, we’ll have special Halloween treats for you!

Presentation 1: I Don’t Really Want to Suck Your Blood: Exploring the World of Bats

By Cylita Guy, PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto.

Have you ever heard that all bats want to suck your blood? Or that they’re blind, flying rats that get stuck in your hair? These myths are far from true, but continue to give bats a bad rep. As one of the most species rich group of mammals, bats are truly fascinating creatures. From species that can use the calls of their prey to tell if it’s toxic, to moms that carry babies 20% of their body weight, the diversity of ways bats live their lives is absolutely mind blowing. Join us as we discuss the wonderful world of bats, dispelling myths and sharing how their biology not only makes them unique, but a benefit to humans.


Presentation 2: Should You Fear the Walking Dead: A Microbiologists Guide to Zombies.

By Amanda Veri, PhD Candidate, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto.

Zombies seem to be popping up everywhere in tv shows, movies, video games and more, begging the question: are zombies all Sci-Fi hype or should we all be making zombie apocalypse plans? Join us as we investigate the potential for zombie attack by exploring the science behind zombies: the microbes! We’ll discuss what makes a zombie, examples of microbes that cause zombie-ism in nature, and whether these microbes could evolve to cause the walking dead in humans. We’ll also explore the best ways to protect yourself from zombie apocalypse (spoiler alert: the movies get it all wrong!).