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Join us for another fun night at 32 North! Enjoy their giant Jenga, corn hole, pinball, and a beer for every taste!


“No, your honor, that’s not how AIDS works…,” and other stories from an HIV civil rights lawyer

The United States is still facing an HIV epidemic. It remains a major health issue for many of the 1.1 million people who are living in the U.S. with HIV today. But the stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS has also engendered a civil rights crisis. Civil rights attorney Marni von Wilpert will divulge her stories about HIV and the law – including bungled condom demonstrations, high drama with judicial officers, and lessons learned from the Peace Corps – on a journey to ensure that HIV-positive clients have access to high quality, life-extending health care, free from stigma and discrimination.

Marni von Wilpert is a San Diego native who started her legal career as an HIV/AIDS civil rights attorney and loves nerding out about the law. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, she spent 2 years in the Peace Corps as a social worker in Botswana working with children and adults who were HIV-positive. Her Peace Corps experience inspired her to attend law school and then begin her legal career in Mississippi, where she opened a civil rights clinic for people living with HIV/AIDS facing discrimination in housing, employment, and access to medical care. She can generally be found in a courtroom, on the beach, or @MarnivonWilpert or


Buckminster Fuller: and the Minimum Something!

We will be guided on a journey through the mind of Buckminster Fuller, one of the greatest thinkers and visualizers of nature and its systems. Fuller predicted many things that we are still discovering to be true! With a few simple (yet mind-blowing) hands-on experiences, we will illustrate some of Fuller’s fundamental concepts of the math of nature. By tying together physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy, and society, Buckminster Fuller envisioned a way to create fantastic social wealth from which all could benefit.

Our intrepid guide is Paulus Geantil: physicist; inventor; artist; maker; futurist; rhymer; and alumnerd! Paulus is the Chief Technology Officer and Director of Flux Power, Inc. (it’s just his “day job” lol). His hobbies include: working on the Grand Unification Theory; building fun/silly robots (which in turn build robots, but he doesn’t seem concerned about that); inventing toys and new products; learning as many human languages as a mind can hold; and pondering the universe.


Agile Science: Making applied sciences useful and usable for real-world problems

Society is increasingly being challenged with complex problems such as global health, climate change, and creation of more effective governance. Applied sciences need to evolve to match the complexity of this problem – to enable evidence to be used as part of the solution. On July 10, Dr. Eric Hekler will discuss some ideas he and his colleagues have been developing on how to make a more agile scientific applied process. Their approach is modeled after evolution, and is grounded in the emerging science of causality. When combined, they facilitate the type of research pipeline needed to make progress on these seemingly intractable societal problems.

Dr. Eric Hekler is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health at the UCSD and Director of Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems. His research focuses on how to develop more robust research methods and processes for supporting precision health. Dr. Hekler received a B.A. in psychology from SUNY Albany, M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from Rutgers University, his postdoctoral training at Stanford University, and prior to UCSD was at Arizona State University.


All this along with food, 32 North beers on tap, and trivia prizes! We’ll see you Tuesday, July 10th!

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