Science Pub

Meet some of OSU’s leading researchers. Delve into their fascinating worlds in casual Science Pubs at McMenamins in Bend, and in Sisters and Sunriver. No scientific background required—just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge!


  • Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., presentations begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • Full menu, no-host bar.
  • Science Pubs are popular and sometimes sell out. Reservations required no later than 5:00 p.m. the day prior to each lecture.
  • Click RSVP below the Science Pub you wish to attend. Online reservations available starting six weeks prior to each event. If you need to cancel your reservation, please email us so we can accommodate others.
  • Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-322-3100.

Upcoming Science Pubs

December 15, 2015 • Father Luke's Room, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend

Who Are You Calling Old? Conflict and Negotiation in Eldercare

michelle-barnhartMichelle Barnhart, Associate Professor of Marketing, OSU College of Business

As the elderly population grows, family, friends and paid providers increasingly assist older people. Learn how those helping can overtly or subtly treat elders as "old," meaning unaware, confused, dependent or at-risk, and thus create identity dynamics and conflicts.  Barnhart will explain how by treating older people as valued adults, younger people can both provide valuable assistance and decrease their chances of threatening the older person’s identity and of creating conflict.

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February 16, 2016  • Father Luke's Room, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend

The First Victims of Climate Change

Elizabeth-MarinoElizabeth Marino, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, OSU-Cascades

Shishmaref, Alaska is a community of 600 that sits on an island in the Chuckchi Sea, near the Arctic Circle. Here, increased windiness and storminess, diminished sea ice, and extensive erosion – all linked to human-caused climate change – create flooding that affects the community annually. The village of Shishmaref needs to relocate in order to protect their traditional lifestyle and ways of life, but so far relocating has proven problematic. This talk discusses the grounded impacts of climate change, the obstacles to adaptation, and the ethics we all must grapple with, as people and places are changed in response to a warming world.

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