Nerd Nite Calgary #40 – SOLD OUT

Come start the new year with a beer! And of course a side cup of knowledge…

When: Thursday, January 17, 2019 (Doors open at 6:00pm, talks start at 7:00pm)
Where: WURST (2437 4 St SW)
Tickets: $10 plus fees, SOLD OUT – Waitlist is  online here

This is an 18+ event.

SPEAKERS
Sweet Leaf or Reefer Madness: is cannabis pain medicine?
Lori Montgomery, Clinical Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Lori Montgomery

Lori Montgomery

Most people have a strong feeling about cannabis one way or the other — but what does the science tell us about its use as a pain medication? We’ll take a quick tour of the literature and try to find our way through the haze of claims for cannabis as a cure-all or the source of all evil.


Malled: Deciphering Shopping in Canada
Kit Dobson, Associate Professor Department of English, Languages, and Cultures, Mount Royal University

DSC_0072                                           Kit Dobson

Generally Kit Dobson hates malls. But he is fascinated by them, by their place in our society, by how we interact with them and how they end up in our books, movies and art. Over the last five-plus years, Kit has traveled across Canada’s malls and shopping spaces in order to try and understand them and the cultures that they help to create. From Chinook Centre in Calgary to the underground malls of Montreal and even up to the famous Walmart in Whitehorse, he looks at our culture of consumerism, and how malls are both shaped by their location and shape the cultures around them.

Extreme pregnancy: A case report of a pregnant native highlander trekking to Everest Base Camp (5300m)
Trevor Day, Associate Professor of Physiology, Mount Royal University

Photo Credit: Ken Imrie of Glass Beach Studios

Photo Credit: Ken Imrie of Glass Beach Studios

Over 40,000 people per year trek to Everest base camp (EBC), located at 5300m above sea level in the Nepal Himalaya range, home to some of the biggest mountain in the world. Ascending to high altitude is a profound stressor for native lowlanders due to reductions in available oxygen, leading to risk of acute mountain sickness. Native highlanders have evolved many physiological mechanisms to allow them to live, work and reproduce at altitudes that would be dangerous for lowlanders. In 2016, Dr. Day organized an expedition to EBC, where one of their Sherpa Guides was seven months pregnant. This pregnant guide ascended from 3400m, higher than most mountains around Canmore/Banff, to 5300m, where there is half the oxygen of sea level. On average during ascent, she performed ~5 hours of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per day, while the recommendations of pregnant lowlanders is half of that per week! This remarkable demonstration of the superimposition of native highlander physiology, high altitude physiology, pregnancy physiology and exercise pushes the boundaries of what we know is humanly possible!

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