Science Pubs

Science Pubs are where we take science out of the laboratory and bring it to you, with food and drinks. Join us for fascinating discussions with researchers from throughout OSU and OSU-Cascades.

Science Pubs have moved to the OSU-Cascades campus!

It's a new era for the popular, 14-year-old series that has been held in venues throughout the region until now. Science Pubs have moved to Edward J. Ray Hall on the OSU-Cascades campus.

5:30 p.m.
Join fellow attendees to enjoy pub-style heavy appetizers and a no-host bar offering beer, wine, cider and soft drinks. 

6 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A

Cost
$22 per person includes food, free parking and presentation. No-host bar available.
 

March 2024

Science Pub: Klamath Dam Removal and Beyond

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Edward J. Ray Hall | Charles McGrath Family Atrium | OSU-Cascades

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Klamath River Boyle Dam


The largest dam removal in U.S. history is underway on Oregon’s Klamath River. Come hear from OSU’s biological and ecological engineer Desiree Tullos and anthropologist Bryan Tilt about the complex issues involved in the project including the hopeful impacts for ecosystems and Native peoples. 

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Past 2023-24 Science Pubs

Can Bacteria from Wolves improve the Health of our Dogs?

Tuesday, December 12, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Edward J. Ray Hall | Charles McGrath Family Atrium | OSU-Cascades

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Gray Wolf


A team of researchers at OSU-Cascades discovered that bacteria from a wild wolf can potentially help prevent canine inflammatory bowel disease, a chronic and untreatable illness that affects the quality of dogs' lives and can be concerning for their owners. The disease is a reflection of the modern dog diet, which is high in carbohydrates and can have a negative impact on the microbial community of a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Join biologist and team lead Bruce Seal to learn how the discovery could be an important step toward a dietary supplement or food additive capable of steering a dog's gut microbe closer to that of its ancestor the wolf.  Seal's research team also includes undergraduate students pursuing degrees in biology.


The Secret Lives of Sharks

Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Edward J. Ray Hall | Charles McGrath Family Atrium | OSU-Cascades

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Sharks


The next Science Pub looks at the critical role sharks play in maintaining vibrant marine ecosystems in Oregon and around the world. Presenter Alexandra McInturf is a researcher and postdoctoral fellow in OSU's Big Fish Lab. The lab's researchers have been featured on Discovery Channel's Shark Week and National Geographic's Shark Fest programs.


You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience

Tuesday, October 10, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Edward J. Ray Hall | Charles McGrath Family Atrium | OSU-Cascades

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Brian Primack

We turn to social media for connection and comfort, yet it can leave many of us feeling more alone and depressed. Dr. Brian Primack, author of “You Are What You Click: How Being Selective, Positive, and Creative Can Transform Your Social Media Experience,” will explain the nuances of people’s relationship with social media and its impact on mental health.

Dr. Brian Primack, dean of the OSU College of Health, leads 3,000 students, including at OSU-Cascades, and faculty and staff in areas including public health, exercise and sport sciences, human development and family sciences, and nutrition. He received undergraduate degrees in English and mathematics from Yale University, a master's degree in human development from Harvard University, and a medical degree from Emory Medical School. A prolific researcher, Dr. Primack has been quoted in NPR, the New York Times and BBC, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and US News and World Report.


Fungi in the Forest

Thursday, September 28, 2023 | 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Edward J. Ray Hall | Charles McGrath Family Atrium | OSU-Cascades

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A cowan


Explore the variety of fungi in Central Oregon and the surprisingly important role they play in forest health. You'll discover the vast fungal communication networks in forests at boot-level and beneath, how fungi are adapted to our fire-dependent environment, and how they can help forests recover from fire. You'll also learn about the largest fungus in the world, located nearby in the Malheur National Forest. Presenter: Ariel Cowan, assistant professor of practice and regional fire specialist with the OSU Extension Service in Deschutes County.