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 one month 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.


2019-2020 Science Pubs


January 21, 2020 — McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend – Father Luke’s Room

Out of the Night, Into the Light: The Secret World of Bats

Tom Rodhouse, Courtesy Faculty; Co-Director, HERS Lab

As a lead architect of the North American Bat Monitoring Program, Tom Rodhouse has devoted more than two decades to bat conservation. He leads the Northwestern Bat Hub, a research and monitoring initiative within the HERS Lab at OSU-Cascades. Join us to learn about the valuable services bats provide natural ecosystems, from pollination to pest control, to hear why these mammals have historically been difficult to study and how the Bat Hub team is monitoring bat populations, including here in Central Oregon.  You’ll also learn about white-nose syndrome, a fungal condition that has been devastating to bats, and the impact of wind power turbines on bats in flight.

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Past Science Pubs

November 19, 2019 — McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Future Transportation

Chris Hagen, Director, Energy Systems Lab; Associate Professor, Energy Systems Engineering, OSU-Cascades

Technologies developed in the Energy Systems Lab at OSU-Cascades may shape how people and goods are transported in the future. Join professor and researcher Chris Hagen for a discussion about innovations in energy storage and engine technology that are changing how personal and transport vehicles are powered. He will also explore regulatory and economic factors that play a role in forecasting future transportation technologies. Hagen's research looks at energy conversion, novel transportation fuels, and the development of sensors for harsh environments. He developed a vehicle-based natural gas refueling system that led to the creation of a Bend-based company, OnBoard Dynamics. He launched a second company, Rogue Approach, which is advancing technology developed in the Energy Systems Lab that enables drones to fly farther and for longer periods of time. Hagen was recognized in 2017 by the Society of Automotive Engineers as one of the nation’s top young engineering educators.

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October 15, 2019 — McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

Modular and Portable: A New Way to Help Water Stressed Communities

Please note: This Science Pub has an earlier presentation start time of 6:15 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Bahman Abbasi, Assistant Professor, Energy Systems Engineering, OSU-Cascades

Around the globe, fresh water is increasingly scarce and untreated wastewater creates mounting public health challenges. Existing water desalination and wastewater treatment plants are large, permanent and expensive structures — features that are barriers for providing clean water in rural and impoverished areas, and in locations where water is needed urgently. Join OSU-Cascades researcher Bahman Abbasi to learn about efforts underway at the Bend campus to help stressed communities around the world by using thermal sciences to design innovative and perhaps lifesaving technologies. Abbasi is the recipient of more than $4 million in research awards from the U.S. Department of Energy to turn salt water into drinking water, and to treat hydraulic fracturing wastewater to improve the public health and environmental impact concerns associated with untreated wastewater.

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September 17, 2019 — McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend - Father Luke's Room

Does Your Dog/Cat Love You? The Science behind Human-Animal Bonds

Monique Udell, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences; Director, Human-Animal Interactions Lab

Pet owners can form remarkable, deep and mutual bonds with their animals. Join OSU researcher Monique Udell to explore the source and nature of these human-animal bonds, and the impact these bonds may have on our own dogs and cats. Udell’s research team focuses on the development of cross-species interactions and the variety of social attachments that can develop in both wild and domesticated animals, particularly wolves, dogs and cats. The lab’s studies have examined human-animal attachment, the influence of social enrichment and training on welfare, and mutually beneficial approaches to animal assisted therapy.

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