The President’s Nerdy Day





Dr. Chenming Hu from University of California Berkeley


President Barack Obama speaks before awarding the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Established in 1959, the National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation, created in 1980, recognizes those who have made contributions to America’s competitiveness, quality of life, and helped strengthen the country’s technological workforce


Dr. Nancy Ho from Green Tech America, Inc. and Purdue University


Dr. Armand Paul Alivisatos from the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Dr. Stanley Falkow from Stanford University School of Medicine


Dr. Mary-Claire King from University of Washington


Dr. Jonathan Rothberg from 4catalyzer Corporation and Yale School of Medicine


Dr. Michael Artin of Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Dr. Rakesh K. Jain from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital


Dr. Geraldine Richmond from University of Oregon


Dr. Simon Levin from Princeton University


Dr. Arthur Gossard from University of California


Dr. Robert Fischell from University of Maryland


Dr. Mark Humayun from University of Southern California

76 Responses to “The President’s Nerdy Day”

  1. May 19, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Good evening, TOD! Missed today’s event; thanks for posting!

  2. 4 jackiegrumbacher
    May 19, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks, Nerdy, for always rounding out the day on a positive note.

  3. 6 sherijr
    May 19, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Thank you Nerdy, I missed out on all this goodness today, so very much appreciate you posting it up for us 🙂 🙂

  4. 8 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm


  5. 9 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 9:21 pm

  6. 10 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Had a crazy idea, googled it and guess what?


    Q: Are there term limits for the vice president like there are for the president? Can they only serve two terms, too?

    A: No. In theory, someone could hold the office indefinitely, but no one has actually served more than two full terms.


  7. 22 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 9:50 pm

  8. 23 No Child Left Behind
    May 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    MSNBC TRMS just broke some news that the DNC is in talk with the Bernie campaign to make some sort of concessions to his campaign so that he and he young, athletic Robespierre revolutionaries don’t derail the Democratic Convention.

    I just don’t know anymore what to do with BS and his cult.

    • 24 No Child Left Behind
      May 19, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      • 25 catrst
        May 20, 2016 at 9:35 am

        I was thinking about the tale where Brer Rabbit says please don’t throw me into the briar patch. Since the disappointeds think they and only they have the answers, they have subsequently ignored the accomplishments of our President and the liberal positions of Hillary Clinton. They have believed the rhetoric of their own infallibility and so have no idea that “concessions” would probably be the original policy positions anyway. No way the Clinton campaign will throw out the ACA, the Dodd-Frank Act, or anything that’s precious. They might however give these clueless whiners the feeling that they pushed policies further into the liberal sphere when they were there already. Please proceed revolutionaries. Some day maybe you’ll realize the revolution started in 2008 and you are missing it entirely.

    • 26 COS
      May 19, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      This sounds like terriorism.

    • May 20, 2016 at 7:26 am

      I hope that the DNC does not think that giving into Sanders is the way to prevent issues at the convention. It would only give Sanders more power.

  9. May 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    • May 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      BTW, my ONE fear/phobia — OVERPASSES! Getting stuck under one in a traffic jam brings on anxiety! Taking about praying hard…

      • 33 arapaho415
        May 19, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        GE jazziz2.

        Not alone there.

        After the 1994 Northridge earthquake (where several [many?] freeway overpasses collapsed, most of my colleagues and myself were wary of sitting under them) — I worked a short block from the mall parking structure where a worked was crushed 😦 , which was just a couple of miles where several people were killed at the Northridge Meadows apartment building.

        People who lived in the area said it felt like more than one earthquake, one from the earthquake itself, the other from collapsing freeway overpasses.

  10. 34 vcprezofan2
    May 19, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Hey NerdyW, I like how you featured yourself in the title! 😉 😉 Thanks. 🙂

  11. 37 No Child Left Behind
    May 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    If an old guy who looks like Grandpa offered me marijuana on top of free housing, free healthcare and free school, I would be just like one of those young ladies.

    • 38 Judith Fardig
      May 19, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      They could easily have gone online 3 weeks or more ahead of May 17th and changed their registration to Democrat (or Republican). Thousands did so, and we had a record turnout for a primary. I detest open primaries.

    • 39 MightyPamela
      May 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm


  12. 40 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 10:12 pm


  13. 41 vcprezofan2
    May 19, 2016 at 10:21 pm


    A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
    The girl replied, ‘I’m drawing God.’
    The teacher paused and said, ‘But no one knows what God looks like.’
    Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, ‘They will in a minute.’


    The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: ‘Take only ONE. God is watching.’
    Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
    A child had added this note, ‘Take all you want. God is watching the apples…’


    A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
    The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated at her persistence, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
    The little girl said, ‘When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah’.
    The teacher asked, ‘What if Jonah went to hell?’
    The little girl replied, ‘Then you ask him’.

  14. May 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I totally appreciate how our President respects science.

    • 53 jacquelineoboomer
      May 20, 2016 at 12:52 am

      Yes, it is – puts a lot of (awful) current events into perspective!

      • 54 Roberta in MN
        May 20, 2016 at 10:44 am

        Just finished reading it. She could have left off the last 4 paragraphs on Bernie other than that it was an excellent reminder of how we got where we are.

  15. 55 MightyPamela
    May 19, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Three big days ahead:
    Tomorrow 20 May 2016, Sun into Gemini, 10:37 am ET, 7:37 am PT.
    Saturday: Full Moon 1.16 Sagittarius, 5:14 pm ET, 2:14 pm PT.
    Sunday: (flippin’) Mercury finally goes SD (stationary direct) 14.20 Taurus, 9:20 am ET, 6:20 am PT. (not a moment too soon, for many of us!) ❤️🌹🙏🏻🌹❤️

  16. May 19, 2016 at 11:05 pm


  17. May 19, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    The Misty Effect: HUGE lines, and the youngest and most diverse crowd I’ve ever seen at ABT. Amazing.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    It is Firebird o’clock here and the theatre is practically vibrating with excitement. https://www.instagram.com/p/BFnD-DQsTGw/

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    Man, that was just a theatre full of love. Just love and gratitude for Misty Copeland all the way up to the rafters. It was beautiful.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    That said, I witnessed 3 cases of audience on audience behaviour policing: someone actually yelled at a Black woman to put her phone away.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    In a row near me a woman imperiously instructed someone to stop unwrapping something. Which was way more disruptive than the crinkle itself.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    White people, you’ll be shocked to learn, do not respond well when mostly white spaces suddenly become less white.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    Standard response to inappropriate audience behaviour is passive aggressive tsking. Not out-loud reprimands. I’ve never seen that, ever.

    Chloe Angyal ‎@ChloeAngyal
    And certainly not 3 times in one night. Not in over 20 years of going to the ballet.

  18. 59 Dudette
    May 19, 2016 at 11:20 pm

  19. 64 vcprezofan2
    May 19, 2016 at 11:54 pm

    Well folks, in case anyone is looking for me I’ve signed off to do a little reading before bedtime. G’Night.

    psst, Amk: I didn’t see you today; wonder what you’re up to?

  20. May 20, 2016 at 12:16 am

  21. 70 Dudette
    May 20, 2016 at 2:40 am

  22. 71 Dudette
    May 20, 2016 at 3:09 am

  23. May 20, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Good Morning ☺, Everyone 😀

  24. May 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    Much better than war ….

  25. May 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

  26. May 20, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Hope all of you have a fine Friday … take care …. bbl ….


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