NNB 47: Ghosts of Christmas Past and Biodiversity

‘Twas 11 days before Christmas when all through Brighton, not a creature was stirring, not even a nerd. That’s because they will all be at our Nerd Nite Christmas special. Alongside the usual excellent talks and cake, we’ll be having a science-themed carol singalong and a Plasticine modelling competition.

7.30 for an 8pm start
£4 Regular Nerds or £3 Unemployed/Students/65+ Nerds. We usually sell out so get your tickets quick!

Our speakers this month:

Dr Peggy St Jacques- The Ghosts of Christmas Past: Memory, Visual Perspective, and Imagination

Peggy L. St. Jacques studied at the University of Toronto and Duke University, and then worked at Harvard University before starting as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sussex. Her primary research focus is to understand the cognitive and neural mechanisms that support memory for events, including autobiographical experiences from one’s personal past and realistic experiences encoded in a more controlled setting. In particular, she is interested in how long-term representations of memory are modified via retrieval related mechanisms. She has also examined how memories change as we age, the influence of emotion on memory, and memory related changes in dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder. One of Peggy’s favourite autobiographical memories is when she visited a Balsamic Vinegar House in the Reggio Emilia area in Italy.

Dr Alice Eldridge- Learning to Listen to Biodiversity

Alice Eldridge is a research fellow and musician at the University of Sussex. Her work spans music, ecology & technology and includes ecosystemic approaches to music-making and computational methods for acoustic ecology. In this talk she will introduce the emerging field of Ecoacoustics – which investigates the ecological role of sound – and share results from field work in the Ecuadorian Amazon investigating the potential for using computers that listen to the dawn chorus to monitor biodiversity.

And Emily MacDonald will be accompanying us on her accordion for the carol singalong.

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