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25-year-old Brandon Moore is an eccentric PhD student at Vanderbilt University on a national TV show called "King of the Nerds."
When he's not analyzing data or competing in a nationally televised nerd-off, you might find him rapping at a Nashville karaoke bar.
Moore's latest research revolves around understanding how the human eye turns light into images in the brain, but he has a history of less than orthodox projects.
"I tried setting up a camera with a computer to see if it could identify the gender of a person walking into my room with me," Moore said.
If he walked in with a male, it would do nothing, but if he walked in with a female, the system would dim the lights and play romantic music.
Of course experiments don't always go as planned.
"Often times when some of my guy buddies would come in it would dim the lights," Moore said. "That wasn't exactly expected so that was very short lived."
The last few years have seen nerdiness skyrocket in pop culture.
From hit shows like "The Big Bang Theory" to pro athletes like LeBron James even giving press conferences in full nerd attire, the once maligned moniker is now a popular pronoun.
But Moore says to be a real nerd, takes a whole lot more than just wearing the uniform.
"You may lose sleep, forget to bathe or something while conducting data analysis or something like that but you do it because you love it," Moore said. "And that's really at the core of what being a nerd is."
Moore says aside from winning the competition, he hopes his research will lay the foundation to someday help cure blindness.
"King of the Nerds" airs Thursday nights on TBS.
Thursday, January 17 2013, 01:48 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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