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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
Rebar finishing will add 40 jobs in Knox County
May 21, 2013 11:13 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Another 40 jobs are coming to Knox County as Gerdau (gair-DOW') expands its steel reinforcement bar plant.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development says the new facility will apply finishing services to rebar now made at the company's Lonsdale mill.
TDEC Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Gerdau officials announced the expansion on Monday, saying the plant will have the capacity to finish about 120,000 tons of steel per year.
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said it was good to see a vacant building in the WestBridge Business Park be put back into industrial use.
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