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 "register" 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.

Science Pubs 2017-2018

March 20, 2018 - The Belfry, Sisters

The Ordered Dissipation of Energy in Nature

Roderick Ray, Courtesy Professor; former Chief Executive Officer and President, Bend Research, Inc.

Patterns can be seen throughout nature, and are astonishing and beautiful when created by weather. In this Science Pub, OSU alum and Courtesy Professor Rod Ray will draw from his graduate studies, as well as research by scientists at MIT, NOAA and OSU to explore how the sun’s energy is the catalyst for repetitive and natural patterns like highly regular cloud formations, ocean currents, snowflakes, Arctic stone patterns, hurricanes, river paths, beach patterns and many types of waves. Using photographs, he’ll discuss several examples of ordered structure, including their key physics and how each structure dissipates energy in the environment.

We have reached capacity for this event. Registration is now closed.

February 20, 2018 •  McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

Gonads and Goiters: Stickleback Fish Health and Disease in the Deschutes River

Ann Petersen, Instructor, Biology, OSU-Cascades

Stickleback fish are models for studies about the impact of pollution on animal and human health. Humans and stickleback share about 70 percent of known human disease-causing genes. Stickleback are considered a “canary in the coal mine” for river and lake health by researchers worldwide. Health effects of aquatic pollution on this small fish are a proxy for the health impacts of aquatic pollution on all vertebrates, including humans. 

Stickleback are abundant in the Deschutes River and also found in the John Day and Crooked Rivers. OSU-Cascades biologist Ann Petersen will share how some local populations of wild-caught stickleback demonstrate distinct types of organ and tissue abnormalities and disease, including reproductive abnormalities. These health problems are consistent with signs that at certain locations on the Deschutes, the fish have been exposed to steroids from livestock or human waste, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, plastics or other endocrine disrupting chemicals. She’ll also share OSU-Cascades researchers' long-term plans to use the stickleback as a powerful biomonitoring tool to help maintain healthy waterways in Central Oregon.

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January 16, 2018 •  McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

The Search for the First Americans: Perspectives from Western North America

Loren G. Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, OSU Department of Anthropology; Executive Director, Keystone Archaeological Research Fund

The archaeological record is comprised of artifacts, often found buried in archaeological sites, which reveal patterns of past human cognition and behavior. Archaeological evidence indicates that humans were present in the Americas by at least 14,500 years ago and most probably initially migrated from northeast Asia during the last glacial period. 

The initial timing and route of entry into the Americas is not clearly understood; however, efforts to discover, excavate, and interpret early archaeological evidence of the first Americans continue to reveal important information about this exciting chapter of human history. 

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September 19, 2017 •  McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

Lift: The Science and Surprising History of Leavening Agents

Sue Queisser, Project Manager at OSU's Center for Sensory and Consumer Behavior Research

Did you know that some of the earliest leavening agents were derived from antlers, ashes or even urine? Ever wonder what exactly is the difference between baking soda and powder and how much to use? Have you been disappointed to follow a recipe exactly only to have your cake collapse? Sue Queisser, project manager at OSU's Center for Sensory and Consumer Behavior Research, will explain how the products we use bring our culinary wonders to lofty heights as well as the interesting stories behind their origins. You’ll also learn useful troubleshooting tips that will help you achieve optimal results in the kitchen.

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