NNTO Season Finale: The ROM Is Coming!

2016_finale_romMay 12, 2016
TRANZAC – 292 Brunswick Avenue
$5 at the door

School’s out for Summer! We’re thrilled to cap the season with guest speakers from the Royal Ontario Museum!

Trivia is based on the ROM’s collections and we have some delightfully nerdy things for the raffle. You might also get some goodies on the way in.

DOORS at 7:00, START at 7:30

Presentation 1: “Asteroids: Friend or Foe?” by Dr. Kim Tait

Asteroid impacts throughout Earth’s history have influenced the evolution of life as we know it. Samples from these objects can help answer questions that are central to the human experience: where did we come from? Looking to the future, should we fear a catastrophic impact event here on Earth? How often have large (and small) impact events happened over time? Large asteroids are currently tracked by space agencies. How can we protect ourselves from potential destruction? What is our destiny?

Dr. Kim Tait is Curator of Mineralogy at the Royal Ontario Museum and is a participating scientist in NASA’s upcoming sample-return mission to the asteroid Bennu. She’ll talk about the significance of this asteroid and Canada’s contribution to the mission.

Kim’s “I am a Scientist” video here: https://youtu.be/LqMoyMwJNJc?list=PLDUS_TWMHn82ZPh9_IwWnWSKeobPzHY8I

Presentation 2: “Trilobites – Everyone’s OTHER Favourite Fossils” by Dave Rudkin

From cryptic origins during the Cambrian Explosion over half-a-billion years ago, trilobites rose rapidly to prominence in the seas of the Earth. For the next 250 million years this dynamic array of three-lobed, armoured arthropods evolved an astounding array of shapes, sizes, and lifestyles. Their fortunes waxed and waned through two global mass extinction events, until their ultimate demise in the “Great Dying” at the close of the Paleozoic Era. So, what do we know about trilobites? HOW do we know about them? Why should we care?

Dave Rudkin, Assistant Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum and self-professed trilobitophile, will be your guide on an exploration of these long-extinct denizens of the depths.

Check out Dave’s “I am a Scientist” video here:

Trivia and Raffle!



Matters of the Heart (and the Head)
February 18, 2016
TRANZAC – 292 Brunswick Avenue
$5 at the door

DOORS at 7:00, START at 7:30

Presentation #1: “Open Your Heart to Me: Techniques in Heart Transplantation” by Shubham Shan

When it comes to heart failure, transplants are the final option. With an aging population, decreased availability of viable donor hearts and poor preservation methods, cardiac transplants are difficult to perform. Shubham will talk about his work with Ex-vivo heart perfusion — constantly supplying blood to the heart outside the donor — and what this technique could mean for transplantations in the future.

Shubham Shan is a medical student at U of T, who moved recently from Alberta. He is a research fanatic who has done lots of work in different areas ranging from zebrafish neurophysiology, pig cardiac surgery to surgical education. His likes include mountains, traveling, highlighters, sticky notes and passive-aggressive grandmothers. His dislikes include arthropods, expensive board game cafes and pipetting.


Presentation #2: “How to Use a Babel Fish for Making Love” by Allison Reeves and Matthew Ridley

This Valentine’s Day-ish presentation takes you through the nuts and bolts of couple’s therapy through the therapist’s lens, and proposes <wink> that in order to optimize your love connection(s), you need to attune your ear to the heart’s subtext.

Allison Reeves is a clinical psychologist and Matthew Ridley is a couple and family therapist. When not competing over who has more empathy, this dedicated Toronto couple turns their attention toward supporting the trauma recovery of their cat, Harry.


PLUS: “Love”ly trivia, Valentine’s puns…what more could your heart desire?!


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Nerd Nite Toronto BOOK SWAP
March 13, 2016
TRANZAC – 292 Brunswick Avenue
$2 at the door

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Time to purge those shelves to make room for more! Bring your used books and take home someone else’s treasures.

All books of reasonable condition are welcome, including children’s books and graphic novels/comic books. Please loosely pre-sort your books by category so that they can be placed in the appropriate piles.

Bring a bag or a box to take home your own finds.

Your $2 admission helps us pay for the room rental. Any extra books will be donated to the Toronto Public Library. Information on donating to the Library directly can be found here: