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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."
he's not analyzing data or competing in a nationally televised
nerd-off, you might find him rapping at a Nashville karaoke bar.
latest research revolves around understanding how the human eye turns
light into images in the brain, but he has a history of less than
"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.
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
The last few years have seen nerdiness skyrocket in pop culture.
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.
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, 02:07 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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